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Organic House Salute

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600-31, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan,

Vegetarian restaurant located in a residental alley on Kitsubashi-dori, behind Kyoto Tower hotel annex, at 京都府京都市下京区東塩小路町600−31. 5-minute walk from Kyoto train station. Around US$10 for a set dinner. May 2016 reported now fully vegan.

Category: Vegan, Japanese, Organic

Reviews (24)

First Review by JimmySeah

excellent best in Kyoto - Edit

After a few day in Kyoto we tried this restaurant ! Wow for less Then a 1000 yens u got a full dinner ! Great look restaurant traditional japanese look inside. Hard to find but thanks to happy cow i found it ! And i Will be back

Pros: excellent value

Cons: hard to find


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Beautiful and authentic experience - Edit

It's not often you find a vegan resturant that doesn't have a westernized menu or isn't targeted at tourists in anyway, so this place was definitely a special find. It had a great authentic Japanese menu which changed everyday, the pricing is very reasonable, portions are well sized and the food is incredible!! The setting is very cozy and laid back and has the option of sitting on the floor or on a table. Wish there were more vegan places like this in Japan!


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Rare gem near kyoto station - Edit

Loved the food here. Its a small business but it served great food with pride. Price wise very reasonable. The veggie set i had only cost me 980 yen. Take note that at dinner time some of the main course may not be available and only cakes and drinks are offered. Went there on dinner another time but the main course only left curry set rice. So do go there for lunch if you want to try out their veggie set. Not hard to find, the location pointed out in this app and with the help of google map, this place is easy to find. Jus keep a look out as it is nestle in a residential neighbourhood area.


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Decent food, great deserts and atmosphere! - Edit

Great location being so close to Kyoto station. Not difficult to find - I used the picture of the map and the outside of the cafe as a guide and found it perfectly. The food was decent - I had the vegetable soup, salad, pickled carrots, curried lentils and vegan cheese served with bread. The waitress spoke good English and was able to advise me what was vegan. Lunch was okay but the selection of deserts was definitely worth it. I like the low seating and traditional atmosphere.

They are mainly open for lunch and do tea and cake from 5-7pm daily. I asked about dinner and was told they only do this Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but this changes every few weeks. I would go back to try the vegan pizza I saw on the menu!


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Decent restaurant - Edit

First off, I concur with other reviewers that it is not easy to find the place. So some instructions.
If you arrive at Kyoto station, take note to exit ie Karasuma side. Cross the road opposite the bus stand where the new Hankyu restaurant is opposite the railway station and walk westward(left). You will come to a Lawson shop adjacent to a crossing with horizontal and diagonal zebra crossing. Take a right and then left. You are in Kitsuya bashi Dori. On the right side, after the first block take a right. Then a left. Note this left is like a 1 person walking path. You can find the restaurant. If coming from the north, it is the next east-westroad after Schijo Dori.

It is a small restaurant seats around 11 persons. Very near Kyoto station if you want to find food near there. Visited for lunch and had the washoku. They had another pane set and then a couple of separate items. Food was good.
Bottom line will recommend if you are in that area. Price was also reasonable at 980 yen for the lunch set

Pros: Near railway station, Relatively cheap

Cons: A bit hard to find


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Classic vegan macrobiotic - Edit

Very close to Kyoto station, I ate here twice. The lunch and dinner sets are reasonably priced at under 1000 yen and the cafe is very cute and serene. Like many Japanese vegan places it is tucked away and integrated into neighbourhoods and as such can be tricky to locate. Don't give up! The food is lovingly composed, seasonal and filling.


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Amazing - Edit

This restaurant is literally located on the first floor of some random woman's house... and it is awesome! I can only name about half of the foods I ate this evening, but everything was delicious. The flavor profile definitely skews sour/bitter and fermented (common in macrobiotic foods), so be sure you're up for an adventure!

Pros: Daily specials, Homemade everything, Totally unique

Cons: Tricky to find


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So great! - Edit

This was such a lovely experience. The restaurant feels really homely and the lady who waited on us was very nice. The food was really delicious and generous on portions. We ordered the lunch special which was a Japanese macrobiotic menu consisting of rice, pickles and a number of small dishes. One of my favourite meals in Japan. I can't remember the exact cost but it was reasonable.


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Tasty options - Edit

Organic house salute is a great safe place for a vegetarian or vegan in Kyoto. I ordered the lunch set on two different days and the food was varied and tasty. It cost about 1600 yen for the lunch set, a coffee, and a dessert. There is a small selection of food items for sale as well, some coffee and nuts and coconut oil and pasta. As others have mentioned it is a little tricky to find. There is another restaurant/bar at the intersection of the main alley and small residential alley that you must turn into. Once you've turned into the residential alley, you need to make a right in about 100 feet onto a sidewalk that goes in between some homes, you will recognize the building with the restaurant from some photos that others have posted. They have a selection of smoothies as well as meal sets. The only thing I would say is that after a few weeks in other Japanese cities where I didn't have so much luck finding good veggie options, I could have eaten twice the amount of food that came in the lunch set! I will definitely go back.


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Tasty Vegan, macrobiotic , raw options - Edit

Location: in a small lane off Kitsubashi-dori , directly behind the parking lot of the Kyoto Tower hotel annex. The Kyoto Tower hotel annex is 2-3 mins walk from Kyoto main station, and the Post Office. At the corner of Shinmachi-dori , and Kitsubashi-dori , at the hotel, turn right and walk one half block past the parking lot . You'll see a sign for a shop/ building "Nadia," and a narrow alley entrance on the right. That is the lane for Salute restaurant , located in a wooden townhouse Machiya with a sign and menu board in front, right at the bend in the lane. (. In fact, when you are walking past the hotel parking lot, you can see the townhouse behind the lot 's back fence; you just have to go into the lane to get to it, past some other small houses.)

The map on this Happy Cow review page really helps!

Menu /Ambiance: organic groceries for sale at the entrance , table and tatami seating , view of the back garden. Lunch set or 2 or 3 other vegan meals, such as tofu quiche, or veg curry , approx 900 yen. Smoothies, teas, coffee, sweets, and dinner too. There's an English picture menu. Salute is Friendly and peaceful with Delicious food, quick service , moderate portions. The raw cocoa & cashew smoothie was delish, as was the lunch set.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday October 08, 2014

Pros: Vegan , Friendly, peaceful atmosphere , Moderate portions

Cons: Hard to find without map


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cute and healthy - Edit

We had some trouble finding it, and we're in a bit of a rush to catch a train, but enjoyed a fairly quick lunch here. English menu available. Flavors were a bit mature for my 5yo gaijin but not bad.


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Delicious veggie delight! - Edit

With photos and the directions on this site, we were able to find the house no problem. The lady working there was so sweet and welcoming. It is very small on the inside, so we were glad we had put our luggage in lockers! Much like most small restaurants in Japan. The menu had roughly 5 set options. My husband had the vegan curry set and I had the pita set. My set came with a green smoothie! Both were very tasty. We were still slightly hungry after, but as typical Americans we are usually hungry after every meal in Japan. ;) Part of that is due to starving for days with no where to eat. Kyoto is our haven for vegan and vegetarian food and we just added the Organic House Salute to our list of stops for Kyoto. There are a few organic goods you can purchase there in the restaurant.

Pros: convenience

Cons: Small


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Nice japanese-style vegan restaurant - Edit

The meal consists in a variety of small dishes served in traditional japanese style. The dishes are very tasty, and include a selection of raw desserts.

Price is low, and the location is very close to Kyoto Station, even though difficult to find.

Pros: Traditional japanese food, Ambient, very calm, Location

Cons: Difficult to find


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comforting awesome veganness - Edit

This restaurant was a comfort and joy to me after spending a week not knowing how to find vegetarian cuisine in Tokyo. Organic House Salute is nestled in a tricky-to-find residential area, but the search was totally worth it. My family and I tried three of their main set meals- the curry, pita salad, and some sort of mixed plate set. It was delicious and hearty! we also had dessert- everything was lovely and vegan. The place was also very calm inside- it seemed like a traditional Japanese home turned into a restaurant. The vegan cheesecake with chocolate swirls was the best dessert (and Im vegetarian meaning I eat regular cheesecake- so that's saying a lot). Loved this place. I recommend it.

Pros: comforting, vegan in the middle of Japan

Cons: not so many options


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delicious fresh food - Edit

The location is quite hard to find, but it's a really nice traditional japanese house. I had the special lunch set of the day and it was delicious! Fresh, raw, extra ordinary meal. The raw cake was great too. They have a huge selection of really tasty looking raw cakes. I loved it and definitely want to go there again.

Pros: not just vegan, some meals are even raw, wide range of sweets, inventive meals


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Great out of the way find - Edit

The Organic House Salute is a small, out-of-the-way restaurant and store. We had a set meal at dinner. Nice variety of dishes. The price was reasonable.

Pros: Great set meals, Variety of seating (Japanese and western

Cons: Beer selection limited, Tricky to find


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Nice food and Perfect location - Edit

This restaurant serves very delicious food.
Perfect location - walking distance from Kyoto Station.
Owner has speaks English well too!
Highly recommended. Must TRY!
Updated from previous review on Monday December 09, 2013

Pros: Delicious Food, PERFECT location , REASONABLE Price


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