When hanging out with friends, family, or as a couple, you often get in the mood for a casual meal during the day, as well as a nice dinner at night. This useful list of 12 restaurants in Hakodate has great options for both lunch and dinner!
A 1-minute walk from Goryokaku-Koen-mae Stop, this chic and refined restaurant can be found facing the retro-style tramway. Inside, there is an open kitchen where you can admire the chef skillfully grilling your meat, making the wait for your meal more exciting. Their tasty [Coarsely-Ground Hamburger and Lamb Burger Taste & Compare] consists of a delicious, juicy hamburger coated with rice flour and their original lamb burger, which started off as a staff meal.
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
*Closed on April 3 - 5 for staff training.Average price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae StopAddress
: 31, Hon-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
2. Jonetsu Steak Hanazono Branch
All the meat served at this steakhouse is dry-aged on-site. The process takes about 240 - 720 hours. Their [Dry-aged Beef Ribeye Steak 300g] has an incredibly good balance between fat and lean meat, with the typical juiciness of an excellent loin cut. The restaurant is managed by a butchery, so not only is their meat always nice and fresh, but it also comes at a reasonable price. The restaurant has a parking lot and horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu tables) for you to stretch your legs at, so feel free to come with your kids!
Jonetsu Steak Hanazono Branch
: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: ThursdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY (plus tax) / [Lunch] 1,400 JPY (plus tax)Access
: 15-minute walk from Fukabori-cho Stop. Located on Hiyoshigaoka Street.Address
: 24-21, Hanazono-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
3. Hakodate Dining Gaya
Located near the morning market in front of Hakodate Station, this restaurant only uses ingredients from Hokkaido, especially fresh seafood from nearby waters. The restaurant has 3 crab tanks and serves dried fish and various types of fish roe, including ikura (salmon roe). For lunch, you can enjoy the bounties of Hakodate's coastal waters in 3 different set meals: sashimi, grilled, or with soba (buckwheat noodles). There are counter seats and private rooms for up to 22 people, so it's the ideal place for both solo diners and large groups.
Hakodate Dining Gaya
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 am)
*Operating hours may vary depending on the seasonClosed
Average price: 2,000 JPYAccess
: 2-minute walk from the West Exit of Hakodate Station. From there, head towards Mt. Hakodate and you'll eventually see Gaya's sign. It's by the entrance of Hakodate Morning Market.Address
: 9-14, Wakamatsu-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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4. Kaiseki no Sato Kira
This restaurant is located in Mt. Hakodate, which is one of Hakodate's most popular attractions. Here, you can gaze down at the townscape of Hakodate while enjoying your meal. It's a place that's great for both lunch and dinner. They serve up a new style of kaiseki cuisine (traditional Japanese course cuisine with tea) comprising of creative dishes, where local products are cooked with French and Italian methods. Luxurious ingredients like red king crab are the main ingredients of the Japanese-Western fusion food on their kaiseki menu (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol), which is ideal for business dinners. You can book their banquet room - suitable for up to 60 people - for a wedding reception, engagement party, or even for a Buddhist memorial service!
Kaiseki no Sato Kira
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (last admission at 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (last admission at 7:30 pm)Closed
: Wednesday *May change depending on the month, Beginning and end of the year (December 30 - January 1)Average price
: [Dinner] 5,200 JPY (plus service charges) *This is the price for their omakase (chef's recommendations) menu, which comes with 10 - 12 dishes. / [Lunch] 2,200 JPY (plus service charges)Access
: 10 minutes by car from Hakodate Station
20 minutes by car from Hakodate AirportAddress
: 17-1, Sumiyoshi-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
5. Kitaichi Ajisai Shokudo
Kitaichi Ajisai Shokudo offers a combination of the flavors and atmospheres of Ajisai and Kitaichi Shokudo, which are 2 beloved and long-established eateries in Hakodate's food stall village, Daimon Yokocho. The retro interior looks exactly like a restaurant from the Showa era (1926 - 1989), but everything is nice, clean, and somewhat chic. Other than Hakodate's classic zangi (fried chicken), which was created during the beginning of the Showa era, you'll be served simple delicacies like [Curry Rice], [Neapolitan], and [Ankake Yakisoba] (fried noodles with a thick sauce). These traditional flavors will take you back in time! Their wide range of beloved dishes make it extremely popular with families as well. Feel free to stop by during an afternoon stroll, as they have a large selection of refreshments, including desserts, coffee, and soft drinks.
Kitaichi Ajisai Shokudo
: 10:30 am - 8:25 pm (L.O. 8:25 pm)Closed
*Closed every 4th Wednesday of the month. If it's a national holiday, it will be closed the next day instead.Average price
: [Dinner] 999 JPYAccess
: 7-minute walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae Stop. Next to Goryokaku Tower and Goryokaku Park.Address
: 29-22, Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
6. Menchubo Ajisai Main Branch
Established over 80 years ago, this long-established ramen restaurant can be reached in 7 minutes on foot from Goryokaku-koen-mae Stop. Their signature dish is the [Ajisai Shio Ramen]. The soup is made with kombu (edible kelp) from south Hokkaido, as well as pork and chicken bones, while the straight noodles are specially ordered. Kombu is an essential ingredient for the clear and light yet flavorful soup. Together with their ramen, the 100% malt [Sapporo Classic] comes highly recommended. This beer is both refreshing and tasty, and matches divinely with ramen. Hokkaido is the only place where you can have it!
Menchubo Ajisai Main Branch
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 8:25 pm (L.O. 8:25 pm)
*Closes at 3:00 pm on December 30 and 4:00 pm on January 1 and 2.Closed
*If the 4th Wednesday of the month is a national holiday, it will be closed the next day instead. Also closed on December 31 and January 1.Average price
: [Dinner] 1,100 JPY / [Lunch] 880 JPYAccess
: 7-minute walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae StopAddress
: 29-22, Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
Shizen is a European-style restaurant that's located near Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse in the Hakodate Bay area. It is opposite of Hakodate Meijikan. Built during the late Meiji era (1868 - 1912) in a renovated earthen warehouse, its beams, pillars, and roof are still the original ones, giving the restaurant a nostalgic feel and tranquil atmosphere. Their "authentic European cuisine that are made to be eaten with chopsticks" focuses on seafood and is appreciated by people of all ages. On the 2nd floor, there are private rooms where you can relax and forget about the daily grind.
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pmClosed
: WednesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
*These figures are averages of what your budget should be.Access
: From the station, head towards Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and you'll find it on the way to Hakodate Meijikan and Hakodate Factory.Address
: 10-10, Toyokawa-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
8. Bari Bari Saran
This yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant uses top-quality meat. Their premium Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef), which are carefully selected, is not frozen but stocked in lumps of chilled raw meat that are sliced every day for their customers. This premium meat is said to be jaw-droppingly delicious. In addition, you can admire the townscape of Goryokaku from rooms on the 2nd floor, which you can enjoy together with top-class meat and premium wine, authentic shochu (Japanese alcohol), or any other drink from their extensive menu!
Bari Bari Saran
: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pmClosed
*Closed during the beginning and end of the year (December 30 - 31, January 1 - 3).Average price
: 3,500 JPYAccess
: 5-minute walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae StopAddress
: 10-7, Hon-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
9. Sushidokoro Kihara
Plenty of fresh Hakodate ingredients, local and famous brands of sake (another type of Japanese alcohol) that enhance the flavor of food, a warm and laid-back atmosphere - you can enjoy all of these thanks to the incredible hospitality of the artisans working here. The head chef carefully selects the best ingredients available, based on his 40 years of experience as a sushi master. The most recommended dishes are the [Tsugaru Strait Maguro] (bluefin tuna) and the [Surume Ika] (Japanese flying squid). Their [Hokkaido Bafun Uni] (sea urchin) with Kihara's homemade kombu-flavored salt is also not to be missed. Here, diners can enjoy delicious sushi, prepared skillfully to bring out the flavor of each ingredient, in a cozy space.
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
: WednesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPYAccess
: 10-minute walk from Yunokawa-onsen Stop
Around 10 minutes by car from Hakodate Airport
Around 15 minutes by car from Hakodate StationAddress
: 2-1-2, Yunokawa-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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10. Gotoken Sekkatei
This restaurant serving Japanese-style Western cuisine has been offering traditional dishes ever since its establishment in 1879, winning the hearts of both locals and tourists. Here, you can casually enjoy various full course meals, Russian cuisine, British-style curry, and much more. The recipe for their traditional [Beef Stew], which is made with a demi-glace sauce that takes over a month to prepare, has been passed down from generation to generation. In addition, each dish comes with a detailed explanation of the best matching wine, so diners will not have to worry over choosing the right wine to pair with their food. Definitely give this place a try!
: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
*From November to March, the L.O. changes to 8:00 pm and they close at 8:30 pm. Also closed every Monday of January - February, as well as January 1 and 2.Closed
*Can only reserve for their full course dinner. Needs to be done 5 days in advance.Average price
: 1,500 JPYAccess
: 3-minute walk from Jujigai StopAddress
: 4-5, Suehiro-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
11. L'oiseau Par Matsunaga
L'oiseau Par Matsunaga is located in a detached house with a French twist in a residential part of Hakodate. It's the ideal place for a special meal or date. The chef, who gained his experience both in Japan and abroad, makes sophisticated and creative French-inspired dishes that will please all of your senses. Don't miss this chance to savor a perfect combination of French ingredients and produce from nature-lush Hokkaido!
L'oiseau Par Matsunaga
: [Monday, Thursday - Sunday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Wednesday - Sunday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
*Closed on Monday for dinner and on Wednesday for lunchAverage price
: [Dinner] 13,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPYAccess
: From Kashiwagi-cho Station, go west and then straight on Kashiwamatsu Street. You'll find it after around 200m. Around 15 minutes by car from Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.Address
: 4-5, Kashiwagi-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
For dinner, this restaurant serves 4 types of course meals that combine fresh ingredients from Hokkaido with luxurious products imported from France. Treat your tastebuds and eyes to the umami-rich (Japanese savory taste) [Hakodate Abalone Poele] or the hearty [Wagon Service Dessert]. You can also taste several different flavors all at once with their [Daily Hors d'oeuvres] platter, which is available for lunch and dinner. It is a cozy space, making it the perfect option for a luxurious lunch.
: Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
[Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)Closed
*Please contact them to make a reservation for dinner
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk towards Hakodate Park from Aoyagi-cho Stop
5 minutes by car from Hakodate StationAddress
: 21-23, Aoyagi-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (Map
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.