Vegetable-friendly restaurants in Kyoto
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Here are some local restaurants where you can find a good selection of vegetables and vegetable-based dishes to go with your meat and fish.

Kyoto

Ikkyu - Shojin-ryori: Daitokuji Temple
[ Open noon-6pm (LO) daily. ]
This well-established restaurant has been preparing vegetarian shojin-ryori since the mid-1400s, and it's one of the few shojin places that serves (early) dinner as well as lunch. Lunchtime service...
[ Open noon-6pm (LO) daily. ]
Izusen - Shojin-ryori: Daitokuji Temple
[ Open 11am-4pm daily. ]
This famous shojin-ryori establishment specializes in teppatsu-ryori, a rather elaborate variation of Zen vegetarian cuisine. Located inside Daitokuji Temple (on the grounds of the Daiji-in...
[ Open 11am-4pm daily. ]
Sunny Place - Japanese/health food: Demachiyanagi
[ Open noon-2, 6-10:30pm. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Sunny Place has moved but the philosophy is the same. Healthy vegan Japanese fare at low prices. The new restaurant has a long narrow counter, upon which the array of side dishes included in the set...
[ Open noon-2, 6-10:30pm. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Kamo - Japanese: Karasuma
[ Open 7-10, 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
A specialist in Kyoto vegetables, Kamo offers a nice vegetable-centered buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is Y490, lunch is Y880 (60-minute limit), and dinner is Y1350 (80-minute...
[ Open 7-10, 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Komameya - Tofu: Karasuma
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed second Wednesday. ]
Fresh Kyoto yuba (tofu skin) is the focal point of the menu here, with unusual dishes like yuba and roast duck carpaccio and yuba dumpling pizza. The dining room is attractively appointed in...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed second Wednesday. ]
Natural Kitchen Koji - Izakaya: Karasuma
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
This prefab-style izakaya-cafe offers a lot of healthy-looking dishes (vegetable chips, sesame tofu) along with more ordinary izakaya fare (raw horsemeat, garlic fried potatoes). Drinks include...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Yaoya no Nikai - Kyo-ryori: Karasuma
[ Open 11am until they run out daily. ]
On the ground floor is a top-class produce shop with picture-perfect Kyoto vegetables, while upstairs they've set aside a tiny room for lunch. There's only one choice - a prix-fixe menu of small...
[ Open 11am until they run out daily. ]
Ashoka - Indian: Kawaramachi
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm. Closed 3rd Wed. ]
Kyoto's long-established Indian-food pioneer still turns out reliable curries in a smartly decorated dining room. Full-course dinners start at Y3000, although a la carte choices can be more...
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm. Closed 3rd Wed. ]
Yak & Yeti - Nepalese: Kawaramachi
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Mondays. ]
Inexpensive and tasty Nepalese curries and Indian tandoori dishes are the specialties at this charming little shop. The dining room has been expanded, but unfortunately it can get smoky.
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Mondays. ]
Touzan - Japanese: Keihan Shichijo
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily. ]
Ceramics, sake bottles and patterned tiles embellish the minimalist modern Japanese design at Touzan. Private tatami rooms have been reinterpreted as dining alcoves created by suspended blinds, while...
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily. ]
Kerala - Indian: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
The chef here is from the Kerala region of India, and he prepares a full range of dishes from that area, all reasonably priced.
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Shigetsu - Shojin-ryori: Tenryuji Temple
[ Open 11am-2pm daily. ]
With a fantastic location overlooking the beautifully landscaped garden of Tenryo-ji Temple, Shigetsu serves up a beautiful vegetarian shojin-ryori lunch built around yuba, tofu and seasonal...
[ Open 11am-2pm daily. ]
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