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15 recommended Italian restaurants in Kyoto! Top-ranked adult restaurants for anniversary dinners

On your anniversary, why not enjoy a special dinner with a variety of seasonal ingredients? In this issue, we introduce restaurants in Kyoto where you can enjoy an Italian course meal in a wonderful atmosphere! We have prepared a unique lineup of restaurants, including an Italian restaurant in a stylish machiya (townhouse), a restaurant with counter seating where you can enjoy conversation with the chef, and a restaurant where you can enjoy the regional cuisine of Italy. Imagine the look of delight on your partner's face as you select the perfect restaurant.
(PHOTO: Takahiro Takami, Emi Masuda, TEXT: Eiko Kuwano, Yurie Sano, Yuka Miyaguchi)

1.Cute cuisine in an extraordinary space [TAKAYAMA] Dinner Course / Kawaramachi

The concept of TAKAYAMA (Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) is "comfort + excitement = happiness. Chef Takayama, who worked for five and a half years as a sous chef at Michelin-starred Kresios in Italy, serves small, multi-course meals in about three hours in the hope that diners will forget the busyness of everyday life and enjoy the food.

TAKAYAMA Fish Cuisine

An example of a dinner course priced at 28,000 yen. Colorful char-grilled fish connoisseurs at the market are served with seasonal vegetables.

Chef Takayama's creative cuisine is inspired by carefully selected ingredients, including vegetables from Ohara. A semi-circular counter is set up for guests to enjoy conversation with other guests and the staff. Enjoy a pleasant time discussing your impressions of the colorful dishes with a glass of wine in hand.



  • mountain that is often climbed by hunters
  • 2F GOOD NATURE STATION, 318-6 Inari-cho, 2-chome, Shijo-sagaru, Kawaramachi-Dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 2 minutes walk from Hankyu "Kyoto Kawaramachi Station"
    5 min. walk from Exit 3 of Gion-Shijo Station, Keihan
  • Tel. 075-744-6865
  • 18:00- (simultaneous start) *reservations required

2.Lino, an adult's hideout where you can enjoy a drink [Lino] Special dinner course by the chef / Karasuma Oike

Lino (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture), named after the wish "to be a restaurant that brightly illuminates and connects everyone," is a hideout for adults where you can enjoy pairing Italian food and wine in a moderately bright and moody restaurant. In addition to the food courses, you can order a wine pairing course, which is highly supported by those who love to drink.

Lino Sea Urchin Pasta

An example of the 11,000 yen dinner course. Hokkaido fresh sea urchin pasta with handmade tagliolini pasta

The dinner chef's special course is a full 10-course meal including Hokkaido fresh sea urchin pasta with handmade pasta tagliolini and char-grilled fillet of Miyazaki black beef. Enjoy the gems prepared using carefully selected ingredients from all over Japan and prepared in the best way to bring out the best of the ingredients in a casual setting.

Lino Interior


  • Lino
  • Akiyama Hoge Bldg. 1F, 230-2 Kamimyokakuji-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 10 minutes walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station
  • Tel. 075-746-6469
  • 18:00-22:00 (LO/20:30) *Reservations required

3.[Seasonal Dinner Course at Ristorante DONO overlooking the torii gate of Heian Shrine / Okazaki

[ristorante DONO (Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture), located in an excellent location overlooking the torii gate of Heian Shrine, was named with the hope of sharing the bounty of the earth. Chef Middle East, who has honed his skills in Italy and other countries and worked as a chef at restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka, fulfilled his dream of opening a restaurant in Kyoto, where he was born and raised.

DONO Course Main

An example of the 14,500 yen seasonal dinner course. The grilled deer has a light flavor with no odor and is so tender that it can be easily cut with a knife.

The course will feature 10 to 11 dishes that will allow you to enjoy the delicious taste of vegetables. Enjoy the culinary art in the city of art, decorated with vegetables grown by Chef Middle East in his own fields and wild plants he picks in Ohara. The meats, including gibier smoked over the restaurant's wood fire, are heated over a fierce fire to prevent them from smoky aroma, and you will be impressed by their moist and exquisite texture.

Exterior view of DONO

ristorante DONO

  • Ristorante Dono
  • 2F Beaupassage Kyoto Okazaki, 62 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5 minute walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
    7 min. walk from bus stop "Higashiyama Niomon
  • Tel. 050-1808-3110
  • 17:00-22:00 (LO/20:00) *Reservations required.

4.Ristorante Noro] Today's omakase course to satisfy both the stomach and the mind / Nijo

Ristorante Noro (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) is gaining popularity as a restaurant that offers course configurations to meet ten different requests. The owner-chef Noro's goal is to create a restaurant that is like a kappo restaurant, offering a wide repertoire of dishes based on Italian cuisine, which he learned through training in Japan, as well as French and Japanese cuisine, using a variety of techniques.

Ristorante Noro Main Cuisine

An example of today's omakase course menu for ¥12,100 including tax. Ristorante Noro's Menchikatsu with demi-glace balsamic sauce Moist roasted Omi duck breast with rich red wine sauce

Today's omakase course is a hearty meal that includes two appetizers, fish, meat, pasta, and dessert. The restaurant offers a wide variety of drinks, from wine to sake, so ask the chef for a recommendation and enjoy the pairing. For dinner, you can choose from four different price ranges, making this a restaurant you will want to have on hand for special occasions as well as for everyday use.

Interior view of Ristorante Noro

Ristorante Noro

  • Ristorante Noro
  • 67-14 Nishinokyo Shokushicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5 minute walk from JR Nijo Station
    9 min. walk from Subway "Nijojo-mae Sta.
  • Tel.075-823-8100
  • 17:30-22:00 (LO/20:30) *Reservations required.

5.Italian cuisine from Kyoto by a famous chef [IL GHIOTTONE] Dinner Course / Yasaka

[IL GHIOTTONE (Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) is an old private house restaurant that has been loved for over 20 years. The concept of the restaurant is "if Italy had a town called Kyoto," using local ingredients such as Kyoto vegetables and seafood from the nearby sea, and incorporating Japanese techniques. Enjoy Kyoto's unique Italian cuisine prepared by Chef Sasajima, who has honed his skills at famous restaurants in the Kansai region and has won various awards.

Il Ghiottone Main

The dish is an example of a dinner course, CenaC, 20,000 yen. Char-grilled duck with morel mushrooms

Dinner offers three courses in three price ranges: three appetizers, two pasta dishes, a meat dish, dessert, and an after-dinner drink. The restaurant has a large window overlooking a garden full of greenery, and is lined with carefully selected cutlery and glasses to create a special moment.

Il Ghiottone Exterior view


  • Il giottone
  • 388-1 Yasakaue-cho, Shimogawara-dori Tounomae-garu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 4 minutes walk from bus stop "Shimizu-michi".
  • Tel. 075-532-2550
  • 18:00 - 20:00 *Reservations required

6.Resident sommelier's [Vena] evening omakase course / Kyoto Gosho area

[Vena (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) was created by Chef Hayakawa, who trained at Il Ghiottone for more than 10 years, and sommelier Ikemoto. The restaurant offers Italian cuisine using seasonal ingredients imported from all over Japan. The restaurant has over 1,200 bottles of Italian wine to enjoy pairing with the cuisine. Let them know your preferences and find your favorite wine.

tagliolini with vena handmade pasta

An example of an evening omakase course for 24,000 yen. Handmade pasta tagliolini

The course menu features a variety of dishes that are prepared with meticulous care and ingenuity. The pasta noodles are handmade with a little more or less water to give them a firm texture. Enjoy the exquisite dishes created by the talented chef in a space with a Scandinavian taste where the light tone is subdued.

vena interior view


  • Vena.
  • 46-3 Kagamiya-cho, Muro-machi-dori, Isigawa-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from "Marutamachi" subway station
  • Tel. 075-255-8757
  • 17:30 - 20:00 (last entry) *Reservations required

7.Environmentally friendly ingredients shine at [cenci] Dinner Course / Okazaki

Selected in the restaurant competition "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2024," Cenci (Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) is a restaurant that is attracting worldwide attention. Chef Sakamoto's goal is to create Italian cuisine that takes into consideration social aspects. He is working to provide a place where people can understand and communicate about the environment and society by selecting ingredients with an awareness of sustainability, including the use of beef produced in Japan for the main course.


The dish is an example of a dinner course for 21,780 yen. Cereal grains, root celery, pigeon, brown rice, black vinegar, black garlic

The dinner course includes 8 dishes and 3 desserts, for a total of 11 dishes, all of which bring out the best of the ingredients. The menu is designed to draw attention to the ingredients, so the ingredients are written on the course menu instead of the names of the dishes. Enjoy the delicious dishes in the stylish and cozy restaurant with the menu in hand. In addition to wines, the restaurant offers a wide variety of teas, so ask the staff what kind of drink would go best with your meal.

cenci introspection


  • centimeter (esp. of cannon caliber, etc.)
  • 44-7, Entonbi-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 11 min. walk from Jingu-marutamachi Sta. of Keihan Co.
    14 min. walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-708-5307
  • 18:00-21:30 (LO/18:30)

8.Italian cuisine using Japanese vegetables [RADICE] Dinner Course / Kyoto Gosho area

RADICE (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture), with its gray-based Japanese atmosphere, is a restaurant where you can enjoy creative Italian cuisine in a modern atmosphere filled with dried flowers and a woody interior. Enjoy a relaxing time in the comfortable space with a sense of openness created by the atrium.

A dish of radice buri daikon with an Italian twist.

An example of the 15,000 yen dinner course. A dish of yellowtail radish arranged in Italian style *The composition changes depending on the season.

The dinner course features about 10 dishes that use a variety of seasonal ingredients. The dishes are based on the ingredients and cooking methods used in Japanese cuisine, with a dash of Italian essence, and are dishes that are hard to find at other restaurants. If you are able to sit at the counter, you will want to take note of Chef Nemoto's knife work and the delicate way in which he arranges the dishes.

RADICE interior view


  • radice
  • 50 Kagamiya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from exit 6 of "Marutamachi" subway station
  • Tel. 050-1720-7379
  • 18:00-23:00 (LO/20:00) *Reservations required.

9.Rokuso] night course reminiscent of a mountain village rich in nature / Kyoto Imperial Palace

At Rokuso (Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture), diners can enjoy creative Italian cuisine that expresses the grandeur of nature at a counter made of a single piece of Yoshino cedar. The restaurant's nostalgic interior is inspired by the mountainous Hanaseki area where Chef Nagatani was born and raised. Enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation with the sound of a murmuring river in your ears.

Handmade pasta tagliatelle

An example of an evening course offered in April 2024 for 22,550 yen. Handmade pasta tagliatelle

For dinner, diners can choose from three different courses. The ¥22,550 evening course features 11 dishes, including appetizers, pasta, fish, and Japanese black beef, all beautifully presented in Japanese vessels. The chef's specialties, including homemade pasta that has been carefully prepared to give it the best texture, are all served in a Japanese style for your enjoyment. The menu changes monthly, and the chef carefully considers the ingredients of each season.

interior view of the Rokuso

six ministries (of Zhou-dynasty China)

  • 522-1, Kakadouchi-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 2 minutes walk from Kawaramachi Imadegawa bus stop.
    8 minutes walk from Exit 3 of Demachiyanagi Station, Keihan
  • Tel. 075-231-1690
  • 18:00-19:30 (last entry) *Reservations required

10.Taste next to a Japanese garden [il cipresso Gion] Omakase course in the evening / Gion

il cipresso Gion (Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) welcomes customers in a corner of Gion. Private rooms are available on the first and second floors, and those seeking a more private experience should check availability.

il cipresso Main

An example of the evening omakase course priced at 14,520 yen. The main meat dish is a fillet of Kyoto princess beef grilled at low temperature.

The lineup of the evening's omakase course meal includes a fine filet of meat decorated with colorful vegetables and herbs and an appetizer starring seasonal vegetables, a brilliant culinary encounter awaits you. Look forward to a beautiful dessert at the end of the course, which is like a work of art, made with fruits and flowers.

il cipresso interior view

il cipresso Gion

  • Il Cipresso Gion
  • 566 South Gioncho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 4-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
  • Tel.075-533-7071
  • 18:00-22:00 (LO/19:30) *Reservations required.

11.Modern old private house [KOMATSU CUCINA ITALIANA] Dinner course / Former Hyakumanen-cho

[Komatsu CUCINA ITALIANA (Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) is an Italian restaurant that was renovated from an old private house inherited from a grandmother into a modern interior based on black and gray colors. The owner is Chef Ishida, who has been in the Italian cuisine business for more than 20 years after graduating from a vocational school. He named the restaurant after his grandmother's surname, Komatsu, who ran a beloved local restaurant, and welcomes customers every day with the hope of making this restaurant a space filled with love.

Cucina Italiana KOMATSU: Pasta kneaded with salmon roe

An example of the 14,300 yen dinner course. Tagliolini with watercress and squid ink

The concept of the dinner course is Italian cuisine that takes advantage of the characteristics of seasonal ingredients and gives full consideration to the compatibility of the ingredients. The order in which the dishes appear is also carefully considered, and a balance of tones, mouthfeel, and temperature range is pursued.

Exterior view of Cucina Italiana KOMATSU


  • Komatsu Cucchina Italiana
  • 557 Motohyakumanben-cho, Ichijojo-agaru, Aburakoji-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 4 min. walk from Ichijo-moribashi/Harumyo-jinja-mae bus stop.
    12 min. walk from Exit 6 of Imadegawa Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-285-3696
  • 18:00-23:00 (LO/20:00) *Reservations required

12.Furlan Dinner Course / Kyoto Gosho area

[Located near the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Furlan (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) is a restaurant where diners can sit at the counter and take their time to enjoy an eye-catching course meal decorated with vivid, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is named after Friuli, a northern region of Italy, and Friulian dishes occasionally appear in the courses.

furlan chalsons

An example of the 11,000 yen dinner course. Pasta at the time of photography is chalsons.

The dishes are exquisitely balanced in terms of sweet, sour, and savory flavors, and are served in 10 small portions, so you can enjoy a variety of flavors little by little and satisfy your hunger. Reservations are required.

furlan interior view


  • full-run
  • September 01, 2023 open
  • 1F Haos Haus, 693 Maruyacho, Teramachi-nishiiru, Isigawa-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 10 minutes walk from "Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae" and "Marutamachi" subway stations.
    11 min. walk from Exit 1 of Jingu-marutamachi Station, Keihan
  • Tel.075-600-9766
  • 18:30-21:00 *Reservations required

13.Limited to 10 people a day! Taste in a tatami room [Italian Cuisine ricetta8.7] speciale8.7 / Karasuma Oike

Italian Cuisine Shiki ricetta8.7] (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) offers food with a flexible imagination, filtered through the filter of Italian cuisine. Only 10 people are accepted per day for lunch and dinner, and reservations must be made at least one day in advance.

Italian Cuisine formula ricetta8.7 Tartar steak with potato fritters

An example of the 13,000 yen dinner course. Tartar steak with potato fritters

The chef himself visits production areas throughout Japan and carefully selects and purchases ingredients, capturing the essence of the ingredients in dishes that will make many food lovers swoon. In addition to alcoholic pairing courses, the restaurant also offers a home-made non-alcoholic drink pairing course using tea, herbs, and fruits. Enjoy the blissful experience of food and drink while chatting with the staff at the tatami counter.

Italian Cuisine ricetta8.7 Interior

Italian Cooking Ceremony ricetta8.7

  • Italian Cuisine Richetta Hatten Nana
  • 609 Kamegoya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 4-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station
  • Tel.070-8584-6965
  • 17:30-23:00 (last entry at 20:30) *Reservations required.

14.A happy space where you can enjoy dishes that bring out the best of the ingredients with your loved ones [måne] / in front of City Hall

The popular restaurant [måne], loved for 8 years in Matsuiyamate, Kyotanabe City, moved to the area in front of Kyoto City Hall (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) in April 2024. The restaurant is lit by a light as gentle as the moon, and guests can enjoy delicious food and wine while huddled together at the counter table.

måne cuisine

All dishes are examples of the 14,960 yen dinner course. Polenta with new potatoes and char-grilled abalone. Aromatic char-grilled abalone topped with liver sauce and black olive powder.

The owner, who has 15 years of experience at prestigious Italian restaurants in Kyoto, prepares a variety of dishes that are beautiful to the eyes. Enjoy seasonal course meals that bring out the best of the ingredients.

måne interior view


  • Morne.
  • 440-1 Yamamoto-cho, Nijo-dori Gokomachi-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 7 min. walk from Exit 3 of "Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae" subway station.
  • Tel. 075-741-6563
  • 18:00-22:00 (last entry/19:00)

15.Enjoy the best monthly Italian dishes at Ristorante [DODICI] in front of Kyoto City Hall / City Hall

DODICI (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture), located in the area in front of the Kyoto City Hall, a fierce battleground for Italian cuisine, is a ristorante that has won a Michelin star for two consecutive years since 2023. As the name "DODICI" means "12" in Italian, you can enjoy the chef's special dishes that change monthly.


All dishes are examples of the 16,500 yen dinner course. Trapanese with salsiccia is a pasta dish with a traditional sauce of almond and watercress paste and minced meat.

The chef, who was trained at a Michelin-starred ristorante in Italy, has created a variety of dishes based on traditional Italian cuisine, but with a Japanese and Kyoto-inspired twist and a sense of fun. The manager, who is a certified sommelier in both Japan and Italy, offers wine pairing services to match your food and tastes.

DODICI Interior


  • doditi (Nephrops norvegicus)
  • 239, Kami Hakusan-cho, Fuyacho-Dori, Oike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, in front of Hakusan Shrine
  • 7 min. walk from Exit 3 of Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station.
  • Tel. 075-221-1238
  • 18:00-22:00 (last entry/19:00)
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
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