We discovered this place using an app called "guru-navi" (Gourmet Navi), a Japanese App while we were walking around Gion and looking at various restaurants (typically 6,500yen - 12,500yen for a set meal), so we're feel thankful that we got to Gion Manzara! The portion of food was good and for the 2 of us, we spent a total of 7,990yen (including drinks). They serve Kyoto home-cooked food or as my Japanese friend describes it "fusion/creative Kyoto-style cuisine". This is my 6th trip to Kyoto, and let's just say... my experience at Gion Manzara was enjoyable enough for me to make the effort to post a review! Hahaha! I highly recommend it! :)
The fried chicken and beef sushi were amazing. The atmosphere is just generally fantastic
Tough to find but so worth it. Get the beef sushi roll and the fried chicken. Neither sound traditional but both are amazing.
A friend who had lived in Kyoto recommended Manzara for typical Kyoto food, not too exotic, not too expensive. It was our last night in Kyoto. Tomorrow we would return home. Our hotel called to make reservations for us. Apparently the restaurant's main location was fully booked and we were directed to a second location, not far from our hotel. We were assured it was just as good. It was fortunate that we asked the concierge at the hotel to mark the location of the restaurant on a map. Otherwise we might never had found it. It is located in a dark alley in the middle of a construction zone. Also, it is on the second floor. We were greeted politely and promptly seated. We waited for 10 or 15 minutes before gave us a menu and another long interval nefore we could order. Compared to other restaurants we had been to in Kyoto, the menu was very limited and dull. My tuna entree was good but tiny, my wife's chicken was underdone. I could not say that the food was bad, but it was not good. The whole experience was mediocre at best.