Nagoya’s restaurants are rich in traditional dishes such as misokatsu (fried pork cutlets with rich, red miso sauce), Nagoya cochin (free-range) chicken sushi, kishimen noodles, tebasaki (Japanese-style deep-fried chicken) and uiro (red bean jelly). If you’re looking for a good place to eat in Nagoya, it’s best to look around the city’s major business areas such as Sakae, Meieki and Fushimi. Here’s where you’ll find restaurants serving traditional and modern Japanese as well as Asian and Western food. Please note, however, that most shops and restaurants in Japan generally prefer cash over credit cards but if you frequent the bigger restaurants, there is a high chance that they will accept major credit cards. Tips are not customary in Japan so don’t feel bad about not leaving them for restaurant wait staff or in hotels and taxis.
Kitahachi has a lot to be proud of. After more than 65 years serving Nagoya diners, the restaurant still impresses customers with the sheer variety of its sushi menu including the famous Nagoya cochin chicken sushi. Other popular dishes include grilled conger eel, shabu shabu, uo suki (seafood and vegetables cooked in a hot pot) and fried chicken. English-language menus available. Major credit cards accepted. Kitahachi features both traditional tatami mat seating style and chairs and tables.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00, closed on Sundays
- Location: A three-minute walk from Higashiyama Line Sakae Subway Station Exit 8
- Tel: +81 (0)52 971 1335
- Cuisine: Japanese Sushi and more
Sekai No Yama-chan and Furaibou Chicken Wings
Nagoya’s specialty food and a must-try dish is tebasaki (Japanese-style, deep-fried chicken wingtips). Wings are soy-and-sugar-dipped, salted, peppered then double-fried. The result is that the wing is crispy on the outside and slightly juicy on the inside. Locals claim that the wings taste a lot better accompanied by beer. The most well-known restaurants that specialize in Nogoya’s tebasaki are Sekai No Yama-chan and Furaibou. Sekai No Yama-chan’s wings are said to be a bit spicier and they serve them with the ends intact. Sekai No Yama-chan has more than 30 locations in Nagoya alone including many in the Kanayama area. Furaibou has many shops downtown Nagoya such as in Sakae District.
- Opening Hours: All chains open daily usually from 17:00 – 24:00
- Location: Around Nagoya
- Tel: Sekai No Yama-chan +81 (0)52 971 2276 / Furaibou +81 (0)52 263 1638
- Cuisine: Nagoya Chicken Wings
Kamei Marunochi is a relaxing bar and restaurant featuring a warm-feeling wooden interior. The kitchen serves traditional Japanese food which goes down very well with sake and other local alcoholic drinks. Kamei Marunochi’s menu is quite impressive with choices ranging from deep-fried Nagoya chicken legs to udon (Japanese wheat noodles), duck and grilled Mikawa Bay conger eel. Major cards accepted. English-language menu and English-speaking wait staff.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 22:30, closed Sundays
- Location: 3-7-29 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya (about three minutes from Hisaya-odori Station)
- Tel: +81 (0)52 957 4192
- Cuisine: Japanese
Aichi Nagoya Japanese Restaurant Aikyo
This restaurant is another long-established Nagoya business and has garnered many loyal customers throughout its 30-plus years. Must-try items on the menu include Japanese conger eel, a variety of sushi, matsutake mushrooms and marbled beef steaks. Aikyo is rich in old-world charm and features both traditional tatami seating and modern-style chairs and tables. English-speaking staff. Prices are on the steep side.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30 - 23:00, closed for lunch on Thursdays
- Location: 1-31 Nishino-cho, Astuta-ku (15-minute walk from JR Tokaido honsen, Nagoya Station.)
- Tel: +81 (0)52 683 0010
- Cuisine: Japanese
It is almost unbelievable how many outstanding dishes a good chef can conjure up using tofu as the main base. Mameya genge’s most popular dish is soy milk shabu-shabu (pork slices fondue with hot soybean milk sauce). Other interesting dishes are cold tofu, tofu and avocado salad with wasabi (Japanese horse radish) dressing, spicy cod roe tofu, gratin-topped tofu with egg, deep-fried soy beans, deep-fried chicken and rice balls with tempura. Drinks include local sake, shochu and soy milk cocktails. All major cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: The Bee B1F, 4-15-23 Sakae, Naka-ku (two-minute’s walk from Sakae station exit 13)
- Tel: +81 (0)52 261 0308
- Cuisine: Japanese (Specializing in Tofu)
Another popular place to go is on the 12th and 13th floor of Tower Plaza. Here they have 30 plus small shops selling all kind of Japanese food to some Asian and Western cuisine i.e. pizza, pasta, salad and burger. Prices are reasonable. Some outlets offer menu in English but most will have food sample on the display which makes it easy for customer to order.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: On the 12th and 13th floors of the Tower Plaza, located atop the Nagoya Railway Station
- Cuisine: Japanese, Asia and Western
Tiger Café and Restaurant is rich in art deco design, much like a Parisian café. On top of their reasonably-priced lunch sets as well as French cuisine, Tiger also features many western food items including steaks, hamburgers and variety of sandwiches. English-language menu and English-speaking staff. Major credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 - 01:00 Fri & Sat 11:00 - 03:00 and Sun 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: 1-8-26 Nishiki, Naka-ku (about two minutes from Fushimi Subway Station)
- Tel: +81 (0)52 220 0031
- Cuisine: French and Western
Hub is a nationwide British pub franchise and there are three locations in town, all serving a variety of drinks and traditional pub food such as fish & chips, cheeseburgers, shepherd’s pie, pizza and spring rolls. Wash it all down with fine ales and stouts. Happy hour daily from 17:00 – 19:00.
Hub at C Forest 3
- Location: 2F in Fushimi
- Tel: +81 (0)52 220 0082
Hub in Ark
- Location: Building.1F, Sakae (from Sakae station take exit 8)
- Tel: +81 (0) 52 962 8682
Hub in Meikeki
- Location: located across the road from Nagoya JR Station
- Tel: +81 (0)52 533 4882
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 17:00 - 01:00, Fri 17:00 - 02:00, Sat/before public holidays 16:00 - 02:00, Sun/Public Holidays 16:00 - 01:00
- Type: English Pub
Raffles’ is a special dining venue in Nagoya where you can order food from Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and also India. Popular for sticking to the original recipes and serving genuinely spicy fare (they even grow their own chillies), Raffles’ is a charming little restaurant with a tropical feel to it (think Phuket or Bali) and features only 30 covers. Advance booking advisable.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00, closed on Sundays & Mondays
- Location: Shin-Sakae 2-2-22, Naka-ku
- Tel: 81 (0)52 264 7782
- Cuisine: Southeast Asian
Stepping inside Joe’s Kitchen, you’ll get the feeling that you’re in a sophisticated Shanghai bar back in the 1930s or 1940s. The impressive menu has a good selection of Chinese favourites such as steamed shrimp with garlic, beef rib stew, beef fillet in oyster sauce, egg-and-chicken congee, fried rice noodles and seafood spring rolls. Check out Joe’s ‘All you can drink’ menu. Major credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:00, closed Sundays
- Location: 2F, Hanakin Building. 3-4-21 Nishiki, Naka-ku (about a three-minute walk from Yakuodori Station Exit 4)
- Tel: +81 (0)52 954 0225
Hard Rock Café
Fans of the ubiquitous Hard Rock Café will be happy to hear that Nagoya also has a branch. You’ll find it on the third floor of the ZXY Building on Hirokoji Street not far from the Hilton in the busy Sakae District.
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 11:30 - 23:00, Fri 11:30 - 24:00 and Sat 11:30 - 03:00
- Location: On the third floor of the ZXY Building on Hirokoji Street in Sakae District
- Tel: +81 (0)52 218 3220
- Cuisine: Western
Lassiette de shibata
Located in Sakae, Lassiette de shibata is well known for French cuisine and delicious desserts. Prices are not necessary cheap.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:40 – 14:30, Dinner 18:00 – 22.30; closed on Tue
- Location: In Sakae District (three-minute walk from Sakae Station exit 12)
- Tel: +81 (0)52 261 7700
- Cuisine: French
Cream Dining Bar
Cream Dining Bar boasts some 130 wine labels from both Old and New world. The menu is quite interesting with mainly French-influenced dishes as well as the all-time favourites like steaks and pasta.
- Opening Hours: Nightly from 17:30 – 03:00
- Location: Nishiki 3-2-1, Naka ku, Nagoya (just before Hiroshima bank on Sakura Street)
- Tel: +81 (0)52 963 5511
- Cuisine: French and Western
Outback Steakhouse is a familiar name to many visitors because it has more than 800 outlets in the US and 100 plus stores worldwide. Outback first opened in Tokyo in 2000 and later expanded to many more locations. The one in Nagoya is located in Sakae, close to the Sakae Station. The food selection is massive from Outback’s favorite bloomin’onions, seafood salad, BBQ chicken nachos, Aussie cheese fries, chicken wings and plenty of choices for soup, salad and steaks.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 17:00 – 23:00, Fri & Days before public holidays 17:00 – 24:00, Sat 11:30 – 23:30; Sun and public holidays 11:30 – 23:30
- Location: Kowa Building. B1, three-minute walk from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Line
- Tel: +81 (0)52 968 7800
- Cuisine: Western
Thai food has won over many fans over the past decade to the point that you can spot Thai restaurants in all major cities around the world. In Nagoya, when hungry for tom yam goong (or spicy shrimp soup) or chicken green curry, stop by at Siam Garden – a beautiful colonial-style restaurant (& hotel). Their kitchen is run by Thai chefs which is a guarantee of the food’s authenticity.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 and dinner 17:30 – 22:30, closed first and third Sunday of the month.
- Location: From Fushimi subway station exit 7 walk west along Hirokojidori. Siam Garden is just before you get to the Horikawa Bridge.
- Tel: +81 (0)52 222 8600
- Cuisine: Thai