October 2022: Please note Le Bellecour is now La Part Dieu.
A fine date spot and a great place for a break from Japanese food, Le Bellecour is a brilliant French restaurant in the Northern Higashiyama district. It’s my favorite French restaurant in Kyoto.
Enter Le Bellecour and you’ve essentially entered France (although, for non-Francophones, the main difference is you don’t have to sweat your inability to speak French). Waiters speak Japanese, French and a bit of English and the menu is in French and English.
This place strikes a pleasant medium somewhere between casual bistro and a more proper dining room. Lunchtime courses are reasonably good value and but dinners will push this into the expensive category, especially if you get a nice bottle of wine. Just about everything on the menu is good here, and the master is expert with fish and lamb and the cheese cart always has some interesting and rare choices.
Name in Japanese:
59 Tanaka-Satonomae-cho, Sakyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
3min walk from Mototanaka Station, Eizan line
15min walk from Demachiyanagi Station, Eizan line & Keihan line
Official Website (Japanese)
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