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“Excellent, simple food. But note the TripAdvisor map is wrong.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Senmonten

Senmonten
Ranked #386 of 12,099 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
San Diego
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Excellent, simple food. But note the TripAdvisor map is wrong.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

During our week-long trip to Kyoto, we choose Senmonten because the previous night we spent an hour walking to find a place we could all agree upon. Learn from us. It took us a good 20-30 minutes to find Senmonten.
As others have said, DO NOT USE THE TRIPADVISOR MAP (as of 6/16/14). Either google it on google maps or find it directly across the street from the 'Man in The Moon' Irish Bar. See my uploaded image that shows an arrow pointing to the correct location on the TA map showing the wrong location.
Once we found Senmonten, we were lucky to find a table. The menu is pretty straightforward and simple. Beer, soft drinks and Gyoza. What a fantastic combo! You also make your own sauce from the ingredients on the table. It won't be your most expensive and maybe not your best meal in Kyoto, but it is a solid, reliably enjoyable meal - once you find it.

  • Visited June 2014
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great gyoza! cheese gyoza!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

we had 10 meat, 10 tofu and 10 gyoza with cheese! all were really good! light, clean taste. warm and friendly staff! we loved this place and can't wait to go back! highly recommended for casual meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Eric_Pease
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Gorgeous gyoza”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

Awesome gyoza and well worth all the amazing reviews.
Google maps worked perfectly to find it and the advice it is opposite the Man in the Moon pub.

Visited May 2014
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Thank BM134
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Sydney
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

Fabulous gyoza, friendly and helpful staff. Well worth the visit and the many great reviews. As a solo female traveller I appreciate how easy and comfortable it is to dine alone in Japan and this place was no exception.

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San Francisco, California
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“Must visit in Gion!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

We spent 2+ hours last night trying to find SenMonTen, a few tips: With the river at your back, get out of the Gion station and start walking towards the big temple (Maruyama) at the end of the shopping arcade on Shijo dori. Half way to the temple, you'll see a large pedestrian gate of some sort on the right hand side of the street--look left and you should see Tully's Coffee on the left hand side of the street. Take a left just after Tully's at the corner and walk about 2 short city blocks. On the right, behind a few other signs, you'll see SenMonTen's white sign tucked away. Clearly, the gyoza was worth the effort, but the trip to find it nearly broke us! Many of the local shop owners knew the spot, so feel free to ask if you get lost further.

We polished off 100 gyoza with a single order of the cheese (it's great but we wanted the original). With 2 beers, 100 gyoza, small rice and pickles, it only cost us $75US. We'll be back!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank tamarindobound00
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