Thanks to its proximity to the Genkai Sea, an area rich in fishing grounds, Fukuoka's culinary tradition includes not only tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen and motsunabe (offal stew), but also countless seafood delicacies! This article presents the selection of the best seafood izakaya! You'll definitely find the one for you!
1. Haruyoshitei (Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station)
The first one on the list is "Haruyoshitei," a restaurant in a street a little far from the downtown Tenjin area. Before you pass through the lattice door, you get to walk across a Japanese-style garden that gives this place the real atmosphere of a "ryotei," a traditional Japanese restaurant. You can sit either at the quiet counter, or in one of the private tatami rooms with a garden view. Then you can choose from a lot of dishes made with seafood, both local and from various areas of the country. Above all, [Ika no Ikizukuri (1,990 JPY)] is highly appreciated for its crunchy texture and unique sweet flavor. They also have plenty of course meals at reasonable prices, starting from 4,000 JPY (plus tax) for 8 dishes.
Haruyoshitei (Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station)
: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,800 JPYAddress
: 2-6-8, Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
2. Uoshin (Kurume Daigaku-mae Station)
"Uoshin" meets the needs of everyone with its flexible seating options: from private rooms for 2 people to large spaces for up to 60 people, not to mention several solutions for families. The same care is given to their dishes that are made with fresh seafood bought every morning at the Kurume Market and freshly harvested local vegetables. The fish for sashimi is stocked twice a day to guarantee maximum freshness. An unmissable dish is the daily special, [Sashimi 8-ten Mori (1,250 JPY plus tax)], an assortment of 8 types of seasonal sashimi.
Uoshin (Kurume Daigaku-mae Station)
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 1466-3, Asazuma-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka (Map
3. Kaisen Sakaba Yokauo (Nishijin Station)
Recommended for those who want to enjoy local products to their heart's content, "Kaisen Sakaba Yokauo" is 3 minutes on foot from Nishijin Subway Station. Once you climb the stairs decorated with fragments of wooden boxes on the wall, you'll find yourself in a retro atmosphere with warm light chandeliers and nets hanging from the ceiling. The seafood caught in Nagahama and Meinohama and the Itoshima-grown vegetables are tested by the owner himself before being purchased. Hence there are many daily dishes that will truly make you feel the difference of each season. A must-eat is [Meibutsu Oke Mori (from 2,000 JPY for 2 people)]. Enjoy an assortment of sashimi arranged in a bucket, made with daily "yokaneta" (good ingredients).
Kaisen Sakaba Yokauo (Nishijin Station)
Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
Average price: [Dinner] 3,300 JPY
Access: Depart Nishijin Station from the #2 exit and head straight through the shopping district toward Fujisaki. Just past the first set of lights there will be a red paper lantern on the right-hand side.
Address: 2F, 5-1-12 Nishijin, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka ()
4. Isokko Shoten Hakata Branch (Hakata Station)
If you're in the mood for something more than just eating what you're served, you may want to try the Hakata branch of "Isokko Shoten". Here, the super fresh fish is caught in the restaurant's fish tank and grilled by the customers themselves at their own table, making the wait a lot more engaging. The main choice here is [Ichinenju Kaisai! Harimanada-san Kaki Tabehodai] (Available all year! All-you-can-eat oysters from Harimanada) that you can have for 1,980 JPY. There are many regulars who come here multiple times throughout the year to taste Harimanada oysters for this convenient price. And the fact that you can order an all-you-can-drink option starting from 1,500 JPY (even if you're not having a course meal!) means that this place is great value for money.
Isokko Shoten Hakata Branch (Hakata Station)
: [Monday - Thursday] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
[Saturday] 4:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,800 JPYAddress
: 1F, Kawabe Bldg., 2-10-6, Hakata Eki Higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
5. Hakata Tonbo Haruyoshi Branch (Tenjin-minami Station)
Only 3 minutes on foot from Tenjin-minami Station, the Haruyoshi branch of "Hakata Tonbo" offers fresh seafood matched with a large variety of sake. There is a fish tank inside, so the level of freshness is outstanding here. Their most popular dishes are [Yari Ika], fished in the Chikuzen Sea, and [Herb Saba], raised in Matsuura, Nagasaki, and fed with herbs. As for the drinks, there are 30 types of Japanese sake and 20 types of shochu (Japanese alcohol) lined up. Why don't you indulge in the pleasure of tasting delicious seafood with alcohol in the relaxing atmosphere of this restaurant with its wooden and white-themed interiors?
Hakata Tonbo Haruyoshi Branch (Tenjin-minami Station)
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,500 JPYAddress
: 1F, JOJO Bldg., 3-12-26, Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
6. Hajime no Ippo (Hakata Station)
Loved by both locals and tourists, "Hajime no Ippo" is an easy-access restaurant located only 5 minutes away from Hakata Station. The seafood, offered at a very affordable price, is great in quality and freshness thanks to being procured directly from the fishermen via the restaurant's own supply route. Moreover, it's not cultured but 100% natural. Their signature dish is a trademark of Hakata: [Goma Saba (2,480 JPY for 2 people)], which consists of natural, raw mackerel topped with sesame and scallions.
Hajime no Ippo (Hakata Station)
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)
[Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: Irregular, beginning and end of the year (December 31 - January 2)Average price
: 5,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Shono Bldg., 3-7-15, Hakata Eki-mae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
7. Fujiken Nakasu Branch (Nakasu-Kawabata Station)
Characterized by its quiet Japanese-style atmosphere, the Nakasu branch of "Fujiken" allows you to taste creative seafood dishes mainly focusing on traditional Japanese cuisine. The fish they serve is delivered from the main branch (that is conveniently located at the fish market) and transferred to the restaurant's fish tank immediately after being caught to preserve its freshness. Their classic [Sashimi no Moriawase (1,300 JPY)] comes highly recommended, but you should also definitely try the unique dishes of this branch, such as [Uni Mamire Tofu (900 JPY plus tax)], which is tofu covered from edge to edge with uni (sea urchin), or [Sazae Pan (850 JPY plus tax)], which is a turban shell served with garlic butter-based bread.
Fujiken Nakasu Branch (Nakasu-Kawabata Station)
: [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Seven Bldg., 4-1-16, Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
8. Hamataro Futsukaichi Branch (Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station)
If you're looking for a place that offers not only seafood, but also other delicacies from Kyushu, come to the Futsukaichi branch of "Izakaya Hamataro." Their popular [Hamataro Mori (2,050 JPY, for 2 or 3 people)] is made with fresh sashimi directly supplied from the fishing site. Also - only on Monday and Friday - their menu includes seafood bought from fishermen from Matsuura, Nagasaki, so if it fits your schedule, visit this restaurant during these days of the week for a unique experience. If you're interested in other flavors of Kyushu, have some dishes made with Kinboshi Saga pork or [Satsuma Junzen-dori no Yakitori (from 130 JPY)].
Hamataro Futsukaichi Branch (Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station)
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: None (Closed at the beginning and end of the year)Average price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY *Banquet plan (2-hour all-you-can-drink included) from 3,500 JPYAddress
: 3-3-8, Futsukaichi Chuo, Chikushino-shi, Fukuoka (Map)More Details
9. Arandoron (Tenjin Station)
"Arandoron" is so popular that it's been crowded with businessmen in suits since the day it opened. Its charm lies in the reasonable prices and the simple seasonings that allow to taste the real flavor of seafood. They only use tried and true marine products from the Nagahama Market, which they select based on their long experience in the field and keep in their 2 fish tanks. One of the dishes that can serve as an example of their skills is [Awabi Ikizukuri], starting from 1,050 JPY. In addition, they offer premium shochu with what is known in Japan as "bottle-keep" (a system that allows you to buy a bottle and, if you don't finish it, to have it stored for your next visit), which makes this restaurant a valuable option for anyone staying in Tenjin for several days.
Arandoron (Tenjin Station)
: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: 2F, 2-14-38, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)More Details
10. Wadatsumian (Ohorikoen Station)
Located close to Ohorikoen Station, "Wadatsumian" is an izakaya-style kushiage (fried skewers) restaurant that is very popular among gourmands. Their kushiage are judged so highly since they "don't have any excess oil and therefore can be eaten in large quantities" and cost from 160 JPY each. Their famous [Buri Katsu (780 JPY)] is incomparable in regards to ability to condense the taste of Japanese amberjack inside the crispy coating. Of course, you can have non-fried food as well, such as delicious sashimi or [Kaisen-don] (rice bowl dish with seafood) made with seafood provided from various areas of the country. The owner also runs a sushi restaurant in Itoshima, so on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month he offers a 3,000 JPY sushi and kushiage course meal (reservation required) that you just can't miss.
Wadatsumian (Ohorikoen Station)
: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: Closed only on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPYAddress
: No.2 Dohi Bldg., 2-10-3, Chuo-ku Minato, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)More Details
11. Robata Issho (Hakata Station)
With its dark colors, "Hakata-mae Robata Issho" offers a chic Japanese modern atmosphere and is relatively easily accessible, being only 5 minutes away from Hakata Station. Starting from seafood directly delivered from the fishing areas, here you can enjoy a rich variety of flavors that are typical of Kyushu. For example, they have as many as 3 options just for ikizukuri (sashimi cut from live fish): spear squid, conger eel, and leatherfish. There are only a few restaurants in the prefecture that offer spear squid, because it requires advanced skills to cut it properly. This is a great opportunity to try it! The restaurant offers both private rooms for 2 and banquet halls for up to 100 people, so it is a good choice for anyone.
Robata Issho (Hakata Station)
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 amClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY (Course menu from 4,000 JPY) / [Lunch] 900 JPYAddress
: 1F, Daihakata Bldg., 2-20-1, Hakata Eki-mae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)More Details
12. Maruhide Main Branch
The main branch of "Maruhide" is a quiet Japanese modern restaurant that truly feels like a hideaway for adults who wish to take a break from their busy lives. All the seafood is directly delivered by local fishermen, allowing you to taste the authentic flavor of each ingredient. Something you definitely must try is [Zeitaku Mori (1,280 JPY)]: gunkan (battleship) maki topped with a generous amount of uni, ikura (salmon roe), and maguro (bluefin tuna). Another popular item is [Maguro no Rare Katsu (980 JPY)], a cutlet made with fresh northern bluefin tuna from Nagasaki. Thirsty? There's plenty of great alcohol from all over the country, especially sake, so how about adding some good memories to your trip by sipping sake in this relaxing atmosphere?
Maruhide Main Branch
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 amClosed
: SundayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPYAddress
: 1F, Fukusen No.1 Bldg., 2-4-16, Hakata Eki Higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)More Details
Hakata, Fukuoka, has many restaurants that deal with fresh seafood because they’re a port city. Their seafood dishes are great, but there’s more to the area’s cuisine than that! The restaurants listed in this article have plenty of amazing dishes that aren’t seafood, so you can savor many different things.
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.