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La Jolla

#109 of 11,658 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
City Center
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154-2 Warayacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0000, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-708-2006
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
Sat - Sun 17:30 - 22:30
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1,000 reviews
484 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 604 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stepping into this Mexican/Southern California decor warmly greeted by a Swedish server and Japanese chef preparing food was quite interesting. The homemade plum wine was delicious as was the margarita. My beef enchiladas were great especially the tender beef. The warm chips and guacamole were fantastic. The sauces were mild unlike some traditional Mexican ones. Our Swedish server was very... More 

Thank minnesotans4
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food! Meat was full of flavour. Service was a bit slow and unattentive. Would definitely go back.

Thank katie165456
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked 3.5 miles from my hotel and made it to the restaurant 10 mins before last order. (10pm). The owner (I assume.... the chef actually) and entire staff were very nice.... which is not always the case when you click in an order at last call. Ordered fresh guacamole and beef fajitas. Both very good.

Thank Jeffrey T
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Found this place when searching for something slightly different to Japanese cuisine while staying in Kyoto for 4 nights! This is a perfect place for some Mexican treats and the homemade chips and guacamole were amazing! Staff were attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed. Highly recommend if looking for something a bit different in Kyoto

Thank Sarahg23
Stenloese, Denmark
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We'd had a very big day on the tourist trail and found this spot a five minute walk fro our hotel. Very nice meal. Highly recommended.

Thank Ian H
Whitehouse, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We went on a two week vacation to Japan and by day 11 we were desperate for some mexican food. Found this restaurant and it had high ratings. The tortilla chips and guacamole was delicious and the food was very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Good mexican food in Kyoto Japan.

Thank W9265ZRrobinm
Brisbane, Australia
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126 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

After a busy day being a tourist we were wandering the streets near our hotel looking for a Japanese restaurant without much luck and we happened upon La Jolla. Being from Australia where the local offerings of Mexican food pretty poor I was somewhat reluctant to subject myself to it in Japan but we decided to give it a try.... More 

Thank 3073Dogs
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

I noticed a few comments about the food being bland, but actually we thought the food was really good and pretty authentic Mexican. My wife had two grilled shrimp tacos, which she described as delicious and a perfect light dish. I ordered the Los Cabos Burrito. The filling was extremely generous, absolutely packed with freshly grilled shrimp as well as... More 

2 Thank Judge_Jason
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Was nice to have food other than Japanese for a meal. Food was decent and ambiance was nice. Drinks need a revamp. Margarita and Moscow mule tasted nothing like how they should taste.

Thank ndndon
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The food is OK but fairly bland. If you do not like spicy food, this could be the restaurant for you. The service is slow (the nachos starters took 30 minutes to appear. Don't expect many corn chips). Not bad, just not great. I might even go again, just for a change.

Thank Praiseandcomplaints

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$36
Mexican, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 154-2 Warayacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0000, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-708-2006
WE RECOMMEND YOU TO CALL US OR SEND US AN E-MAIL BEFORE COMING TO THE RESTAURANT.We serve delicious california style mexican food! Only the natural and fresh ingredients. We recommend you to make a reservation.

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Staying in City Center

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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