10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa

Publish-date: Aug 27 2020 Update-date: Sep 03 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa

If you are visiting Okinawa, you definitely don’t want to miss out on yakiniku (Japanese BBQ). In this article, we will introduce the top 10 yakiniku restaurants in Okinawa. From local brand-name beef and pork, to the rare Wagyu beef cuts that are hard to find anywhere else, this lineup of popular restaurants has it all.

1. Ryukyu Yakiniku NAKAMA

1. Ryukyu Yakiniku NAKAMA
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
When you think of Okinawan brand-name meats, Agu pork and Ishigaki beef often come into mind. Agu pork is more marbled than regular pork, and has a flavor that melts in your mouth. Ishigaki beef also has a melt-in-your-mouth feeling and is not too fatty, making it easy to eat. If you’d like to try both of these Okinawan brand-name meats, we recommend the Ishigaki Beef & Agu Pork Course (6,200 JPY (plus tax)). You can also enjoy appetizers, fried foods, and local vegetables here.

Ryukyu Yakiniku NAKAMA

Open: 17:00 - 00:00 (last order 23:00)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: Exit Okinawa Highway at the Kyoda Interchange. 7 minutes by car from Kyoda Interchange along National Route 58.
Address: 2247-1 Aza Nakama , Onnason, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Map

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2. Yakiniku - Ryukyu no Ushi - Naha Kokusai Dori Branch (Makishi)

2. Yakiniku - Ryukyu no Ushi - Naha Kokusai Dori Branch (Makishi)
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
Ryukyu no Ushi serves rare, high-grade cuts of Wagyu beef. If you find yourself not knowing what to order, we recommend the Dinner Set (from 2,900 JPY (plus tax)), where you can try a variety of Okinawan beef. In addition, this restaurant specializes in offering rare cuts of beef that you won’t find anywhere else, such as kainomi (bottom flap) and zabuton (chuck flap). Kainomi is an extremely soft cut of beef with plenty of fat and a flavor you won’t be able to get enough of. Zabuton is a rare cut of which only 3-4 kg exists in each cattle! It has a lot of marbled fat and a rich flavor that will have you hooked. Make sure to try their Okinawan brand-name meats!

Yakiniku - Ryukyu no Ushi - Naha Kokusai dori branch

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: -
Access: 350 meters from [Makishi Station]
Address: 3F, Hachimine Crystal, 3-2-3 Makishi, Naha city, Okinawa Map

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3. Misakigyu Takahara Branch

3. Misakigyu Takahara Branch
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
At Misakigyu Takahara Branch, you can taste Misaki beef, a brand-name beef from the island of Ishigaki. Our recommendation is the luxurious Misaki Beef Premium Set (12,000 JPY), which includes rare cuts of Misaki beef such as sirloin, misuji (top blade muscle), zabuton, and hire (tenderloin). The melt-in-your-mouth fat and dense umami of the meat cannot be beat! Make sure to visit and try a variety of Misaki beef dishes, including the Lightly-Grilled Misaki Beef Sushi (680 JPY).

Misakigyu Takahara Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday] Lunch: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: A 5-minute drive from AEON Mall Okinawa Rycom or a 1 minute walk from Family Mart Hiyane Branch.
Address: 1-2-6, Hiyagon, Okinawa-shi, Okinawa Map

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4. Yakiniku Shokudo Koken

4. Yakiniku Shokudo Koken
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
At Yakiniku Shokudo Koken, you can enjoy Kuroge Wagyu beef at a reasonable price. This includes their Beef Tongue (Salt or Special Sauce) (700 JPY (plus tax)), a luxurious dish that allows you to enjoy the whole beef tongue, from the base to the tip. The base of the tongue is soft, and the tip is delightfully chewy. Enjoy the subtle differences in texture and flavor, and try eating it together with seasonings like lemon salt or their special garlic sauce.

Yakiniku shokudo Koken

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: It is on Route 329, near SAN-A V21 Higashionna-shokuhinkan supermarket
Address: F1 Fukutoku Bldg., 652-5 Ishikawahigashionna, Uruma city, Okinawa Map

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5. Yakiniku Sora14

5. Yakiniku Sora14
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
For Kuroge Wagyu beef of the highest A5 grade, head to Yakiniku Sora14. An especially recommended item is the Premium Red Meat. The meat used for this luxurious dish is sourced from Okinawa. It has beautiful marbling, a rich aroma, and a deliciously dense umami. One unique feature of this restaurant is that they receive fresh beef every day and serve it the same day for the best flavor. Part of the fun is finding out what cut of lean beef is available each day, so make sure to inquire with the staff! We also recommend the Top Grade Boneless Short Rib (2,200 JPY), which has a melt-in-your-mouth flavor. Make sure to give this restaurant a try!

Yakiniku Sora14

Open: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: Straight ahead along Hiraragusukube Road from Nishizato intersection, soon you will see it. Next to Goya (Izakaya bar)
Address: 569-2F, Hirara-nishizato, Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa Map

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6. Ishigaki Beef Charcoal-Grilled Yakiniku - Yamamoto

6. Ishigaki Beef Charcoal-Grilled Yakiniku - Yamamoto
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
Who says yakiniku must be expensive? Here, you can get Okinawan Ishigaki beef at low prices. The restaurant’s most popular item is the Yaki Shabu (1,900 JPY (plus tax)), which uses top loin. Quickly broil the meat until it just starts to change colour, then wrap it around slices of onion and dip it in ponzu (citrus-seasoned soy sauce). The sourness of the ponzu perfectly complements the umami of the Ishigaki beef to create a masterful delight.

Ishigaki Beef Charcoal-Grilled Yakiniku - Yamamoto

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - (until meat supplies last)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY
Access: 10 minutes walk from the bus terminal
Address: 2-5-18 Hamasaki-cho, Ishigaki, Okinawa Map

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7. Yakiniku NAKAO

7. Yakiniku NAKAO
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
At Yakiniku NAKAO, you can enjoy soft, smooth Miyako beef. As they purchase this Okinawan brand of beef by the cattle, they are able to serve everything from classic to premium, rare cuts. The restaurant’s top recommendation is the Assorted Plate of 6 Kinds of Hard-to-Get Cuts of Miyako Beef (2,980 JPY (plus tax)). This luxurious dish allows you to compare different rare cuts of Miyako beef. Enjoy comparing the flavors and textures!

Yakiniku NAKAO

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - *Please inquire to the restaurant about business hours
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: It is on Nishizato-odori Road, in front of Miyako Central Hotel
Address: 244, Hirara-nishizato, Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa Map

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8. Gyuton Gassen

8. Gyuton Gassen Brand Gyu Agu Buta Ittogai Nikuryori Senmonten
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
Gyuton Gassen purchases their brand-name beef and pork whole, which is what allows them to offer not just around 100 cuts of top-quality meat, but also rare cuts of meat that you often don't see in Japan. For anyone who would like to try a variety of different cuts, we recommend the Ishigaki Misaki Beef, Domestic Beef & Red Pork Platter (from 3,800 JPY). The restaurant overlooks the seaside west of Onna Village, providing a nice view to complement the yakiniku. In the evening, depending on the weather, you might be able to witness a spectacular sunset. The scenery is too beautiful to capture in a photograph.

Gyuton Gassen Brand Gyu Agu Buta Ittogai Nikuryori Senmonten

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, Day Before Natinal Holidays, Natinal Holidays] 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm). We apologize for the inconvenience, but we will be closed from December 24th to January 7th.
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 10 minutes by car from the Ishikawa Interchange. Proceed toward Nakadomari on Prefectural Route 73 to National Route 58. Proceed west and we will be on your right.
Address: 583-1 Nakadomari, Onna, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Map

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9. Sumibi Yakiniku BISTRO Yamashiro Beef (Miebashi)

9. Sumibi Yakiniku BISTRO Yamashiro Beef (Miebashi)
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
Sumibi Yakiniku BISTRO serves Okinawan Yamashiro beef, a type of Kuroge Wagyu beef. If you’d like to get the full experience of Yamashiro beef, we recommend the Highest-Grade Sirloin (6,500 JPY). Sirloin is the most popular cut of Yamashiro beef. By slowly cooking the beef over charcoal, you can trap the umami, creating a gorgeous aroma and taste.

Sumibi Yakiniku BISTRO Yamashiro Beef

Open: 6:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:00 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY
Access: 15 minutes walk from Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station on Yui Rail
Address: 1F, Namura Plaza, 1-5-1, Matsuyama, Naha city, Okinawa Map

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10. Yakiniku Kinjo Chatan Branch

10. Yakiniku Kinjo Chatan Branch
10 Yakiniku Restaurants to Check Out in Okinawa
At Yakiniku Kinjo Chatan Branch, you can enjoy Ishigaki beef and Agu pork raised on the island of Ishigaki. The restaurant’s owners also run the Yuimarl Farm in Ishigaki, which is how they can offer high-quality brand-name beef at a reasonable price. The lunch-time Kinjo Yakiniku Special (from 2,400 JPY (plus tax)) offers meat taken from animals raised at Yuimarl Farm, such as the popular Ishigaki Kinjo beef and Ishigaki Agu pork. They also offer hamburgers and sukiyaki (hot pot stew) made from Ishigaki beef, as well as shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) made from Agu pork, so make sure to give them a visit.

Yakiniku Kinjo Chatan Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday] 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY - 2,000 JPY
Access: Once you reach the Kitamae intersection on National Road 58, head in the direction of the sea. It's a 3-minute drive by car to San-A Hamby Town. It's the place with the red tiled roof.
Address: 1-11-10, Kitamae, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa  Map
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Did any of these restaurants interest you? Okinawa’s brand-name meats are full of rich fat and umami, so make sure to give them a try at a yakiniku restaurant there!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.

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Publish-date: Aug 20 2020 Update-date: Sep 03 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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