English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 160 reviews)
Beautifully presented dishes with subtle flavours. The staff were very friendly and explained the dishes. The only down side was eating the first sashimi that I didn’t like (cuttlefish sashimi is horrible and quickly turns into a mucous texture when chewed).
Visited January 2020
“Please don't go - average food and horrible atmosphere”
We went based on Lonely Planet review and good tripadvisor rating - big mistake. The food was disappointing, place was empty and low on ANY atmosphere. It's in a shopping mall kind of setting which is already disappointing given that you have so many lovely authentic japanese dining spaces in Kyot...o. We were brought into a private room with only one other empty table where there was an interrogation booth-kind of bright yellow light, no music or any sounds and was incredibly cold due to aircon. We asked if we can be moved to another room (tatami-style room that looked a bit nicer) and were given a cold reply that it's not possible even though until the rest of our stay there the restaurant remained empty. We took 6800yen tasting menu (cheapest option). Food was at best - VERY average. In simple cheap izakayas we had better meals for 15 times less money. We noticed some obvious mistakes, like salmon being over-cooked in one of the dishes, also 3 courses included different versions of soups so entire experience felt soup-heavy, tempura was soggy and in the end we got served weird cooked rice mixed with grated ginger that literally didn't taste like anything keiseki-like. Service was ok, but it also seemed like they just wanted to get paid and have you leave as soon as possible.
Visited September 2019
“Delicious dinner in Kyoto”
Fantastic meal. Wonderful service and seasonal ingredients. If you are making a plan for a great night out, this is it.
Visited August 2019
“Disappointing, would not recommend”
I am sorry to leave a negative review but felt that it was important so others may avoid our disappointing experience. The restaurant is not cheap (albeit it does cost less than other Kaiseki restaurants) and my partner and I were expecting a special meal that would be a highlight of our visit to ...Japan. We have since had another Kaiseki dinner which was exceptional and therefore feel in a position to comment on the dinner we had at Tagoto as follows: - the food was very disappointing; we were expecting carefully prepared / presented dishes, but nothing appeared to be presented with any great care. The bento boxes from department store food halls are more carefully presented. - the food was bland; we accept that this may have been our lack of knowledge of Japanese Kaiseki, but our later experience at a different restaurant had dishes that had delicious, carefully balanced flavours and textures. The food was had a Tagoto did not. - the dining area was characterless; the decor was not just plain, but tired and felt like a school canteen. The staff were friendly and the service okay. Our reception to the restaurant was very warm and welcoming. We will remember this meal as our most disappointing (and one of the most expensive) of our wonderful trip to Japan.
Visited June 2019
We had dinner here with our group tour and it was amazing. The food was delicious and beautiful. The service was top notch as well. If you want an authentic Kaiseki dining experience in Kyoto, this is it.
Visited April 2019