Nagoya is a city with a unique food culture that's often referred to as “Nagoya Meshi”. Besides a wide variety of tourist attractions like Nagoya Castle, there are also a lot of delicious places to eat at here. Here is an introduction to the top 15 restaurants and izakaya (Japanese pubs) around Nagoya Station!
1. Kaisen Bistro Masuyone (Seafood Izakaya)
This restaurant was created by a veteran fishmonger that holds the rights to auction at Tsuruga Port (Tsuruga-ko), Fukui. Visit to enjoy some delicious seasonal seafood that was freshly caught from the Japan Sea (Nihon-kai)! As the fish is shipped in from the port every morning, it is as fresh as if you were eating it at the port! Recommended items include [Today’s Sashimi Assortment from Tsuruga Port] (2,480 JPY for 2 - 3 people), as well as live crab dishes that can be enjoyed throughout the year! Their Fukui-grown vegetables, premium brands of beef, pork dishes, and ji-zake (Japanese local alcohol) are also very popular.
Kaisen Bistro Masuyone
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 5 minutes walk from Nagoya StationAddress
: 1F, Sun Town Meieki, 3-11-2, Meieki, Nishi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi MapMore Details Reservation
2. Mikuni Nagoya (French Cuisine)
Mikuni Nagoya was created by none other than the greatest French chef in Japan, Kiyomi Mikuni. Located on the 52nd floor of a hotel, this is a good place to enjoy some delicious French cuisine while overlooking beautiful scenery. Seasonal ingredients are stocked from around the world, including an abundance of luxurious ingredients for dinner, such as truffles and lobster. The dinner menu consists of only the finest dishes, such as the [Tresor] (23,000 JPY). Diners can order up to 3 courses. Approximately 300 varieties of sommelier-chosen bottled wines are available, as well as around 15 varieties of glass wine.
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 7,500 JPYAddress
: 1-1-4, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi MapMore Details
3. CALA CARMEN (Spanish and Mediterranean Cuisine)
Experience true Spanish cuisine, cooked by a Barcelona-born lady, at CALA CARMEN! The female chef of this restaurant was surrounded by food ever since she could remember due to being born into this over-100-year-old family-run restaurant, which started with her grandfather. It has gained quite a reputation for its authentic Spanish cuisine. The menu includes a wide variety of dishes, one of which is the [Pasta Paella] (2,900 JPY for 2 people) - made with thin, short pasta that's popular in the Catalonia region of Spain, as well as tapas, fish and meat dishes. Diners can also enjoy handpicked, affordable Spanish wine here.
: Normal hours: 5:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m.)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPYAccess
: A three-minute walk from the Taiko-dori exit of Nagoya Station. Head west from Taiko-dori Exit crossing, turn right at the first corner, and then left at the third corner, where it will be right in front of you.Address
: 1-4-1 Noritake , Nakamura-ku,Nagoya-shi , Aichi
)More Details Reservation
4. Kitokito Nagoya Branch (Japanese Cuisine and Kaiseki)
The skillful chef of this restaurant serves delicious cuisine by mainly using seafood procured from Toyama on the Japan Sea coast, as well as other fruits of the earth. Their signature dish is the [Shinminato Snow Crab]. The sweetness and richness of this delicious crab, caught in Shinminato, Toyama, will undoubtedly fill your mouth with joy! The [Rockfish Grilled with Salt] (4,800 JPY plus tax) is also highly recommended. The fat of this rare and luxurious fish trickles off, enhancing the umami (Japanese savory taste) as it is grilled. It goes amazingly well with sake (Japanese alcohol)!
Kitokito Nagoya Branch
Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Sunday *Closed during the beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 8,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Address: 3-7-13, Meieki, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi ()
5. Diavolo e Bambina (Italian Cuisine)
Make a casual visit to this authentic Italian restaurant! Almost everyone who visits here orders a pizza cooked in their firewood kiln, with the [Pizza Margherita] (1,390 JPY) being highly recommended. Topped with tomato sauce, basil, and cheese, the outside of this pizza is crispy, while the homemade dough is deliciously soft. Its simplicity enhances the flavor and richness of the pizza itself. Other kiln-baked dishes are also on the menu, such as fresh seafood that's caught and procured every morning from the market, handpicked premium brand meats, and seasonal vegetables. An abundance of affordable wines and cocktails are also available.
Diavolo e Bambina
: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPYAddress
: 3-11-17, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi MapMore Details
6. Bistrot coba (French Cuisine)
The chef of this bistro doesn’t serve your average, run-of-the-mill French cuisine. They only serve dishes that have been personally approved. The signature dish would have to be the [Salad Gourmand] (1,400 JPY for small, 1,800 JPY for medium). This salad is topped with home-smoked duck breast, pork tongue, chicken breast, gizzard confits stewed in oil, cured ham, salami, and bacon. They also have baked pie pastry dishes - a French classic - as well as beef cutlets and steaks made with the best cut of beef fillet from Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef), Chateaubriand.
Open: [Tuesday - Wednesday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Thursday, Friday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Monday *Twice a month, closes on both Monday and Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Address: 1F, Sakura Hills Meieki North, 2-25-12, Nagono, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
7. Mikien Meieki 3-chome Branch (Yakiniku)
This yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant has been loved by many ever since its opening in 1976. The appeal of this restaurant has to do with its A4 and A5 ranked Kuroge Wagyu. Not only does their beef taste amazing, but their prices are also very affordable. Dip the freshly barbecued meat into their rich and aromatic secret sauce, which has remain unchanged since it first opened. For the ultimate experience, try a touch of shoyu (soy sauce) and wasabi. It will perfectly bring out the natural sweetness of the meat and the umami of the ingredients!
Mikien Meieki 3-chome Branch
: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)Closed
: None *Closed during the beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: 3,500 JPYAddress
: 3-17-33, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi MapMore Details
8. GABURICO Meieki Branch (Italian Cuisine)
At this restaurant, you can enjoy dishes made of meat that was carefully selected by the chef. The generous portions of succulent, umami-rich beef served here makes GABURICO's dishes ideal for sharing. Dishes that will undoubtedly impress include the [Beef Tomahawk Grill – Rib Roast on the Bone (1lb or 450g)] (3,999 JPY), the [Beef Sirloin Steak (1lb)] (3,999 JPY), and the [5-Kind Grilled Meat Assortment for Meat Lovers] (3,999 JPY). All of these dishes are so exquisitely presented that you cannot help but take a photograph! Stylish private rooms are also available.
GABURICO Meieki Branch
: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pmClosed
: None *Closed December 31 and January 1Average
price: 2,980 JPYAddress
: 6F, Nagoya Third KH Bldg., 3-26-6, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi MapMore Details
9. Ichigo Meieki Branch (Japanese Izakaya)
Sit back and enjoy some delicious food and drinks in a private room at this stylish izakaya. They have a varied menu, consisting of items like sashimi made with fresh seafood, delicacies that go amazingly well with alcohol, and delicious local dishes. Their specialty is the [Whole Chicken Karaage] (deep-fried chicken) (500 JPY), which is made by marinating a whole chicken in a special sauce before frying it. The skin is deliciously crispy, and the meat is mouth-wateringly succulent. Only 5 servings of this dish are served each day.
Ichigo Meieki Branch
Open: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
[Saturday] 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
[Sunday, National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Address: 2F, First KH Bldg., 3-8-13, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
10. Bistro Bambina Meieki Branch (Italian Cuisine)
Diners can enjoy generous portions of meat or cheese fondue at this bistro. Large sections of meat are slowly cooked at low temperatures in the [Roast Beef Cooked at a Low Temperature] (799 JPY). This method of cooking makes the meat truly succulent and tender. The umami of the lean meat and sweetness of the fat will undoubtedly fill your mouth with joy! They have an all-you-can-eat plan where you can savor as much of this roast beef, as well as their popular cured ham, as you like! You can also order cheese fondue to enjoy the fantastic combination of meat and cheese.
Bistro Bambina Meieki Branch
: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: None *Closed December 31 and January 1Average price
: 2,980 JPYAddress
: 5F, Yanagibashi Food Market, 4-14-10, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Map
11. Rinka Meieki Branch (Japanese Cuisine)
The chef of this izakaya takes pride in their creative cuisine. While all their dishes go amazingly well with alcohol, the one item that's trending on social media right now is the [Cheese Dak-galbi]. This South Korean dish consists of mixing chicken and vegetables that have been fried in a spicy and sweet sauce with cheese, and then eating it. They also offer horse meat sashimi and sushi dishes, as well an abundance of classic Nagoya dishes like karaage chicken wings and miso cutlet (rich pork meat coated in breadcrumbs and fried before being topped with delicious miso sauce).
Rinka Meieki Branch
Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Address: 2-3F, 3-18-9, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
12. Ryujin Meieki Branch (Teppanyaki)
This authentic teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle) izakaya uses seasonal ingredients, such as seafood and vegetables, alongside the more classic option of meat. Diners have a choice of luxurious, first-class ingredients like tender Kuroge Wagyu Chateaubriand steak, foie gras, and abalone. The chef highly recommends the [Garlic Shrimp With Finest Aomori-grown Garlic] (980 JPY). Give their dishes, which all have wonderfully enhanced flavors, a go!
Ryujin Meieki Branch
: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: B1F, Meieki IMAI Bldg., 4-10-25, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi MapMore Details
13. Yakitori Fugetsu Meieki Branch (Japanese Cuisine)
This restaurant serves unique yakitori (chicken skewers) using the pride and joy of Aichi - Mikawa Aka-dori (Mikawa Aka chicken) and Nagoya Cochin. Mikawa Aka-dori is perfect for yakitori, as it has great quality. It is stocked whole to ensure its freshness and give customers a chance to eat rarer cuts like liver or chicken neck. The meat of Nagoya Cochin is muscular, firm, and rich in umami. As their sake is stocked from across the country, diners can enjoy chicken to the fullest with some sake.
Yakitori Fugetsu Meieki Branch
: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: 6,500 JPYAddress
: 3F, Crystal Bldg., 4-2-9, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi MapMore Details
14. Hanamiyabi Meieki Eki-mae Branch (Japanese Cuisine)
Diners can enjoy creative cuisine made with Tottori-grown Daisen-dori (Daisen chicken) at this izakaya. While lots of options are on the menu, the restaurant highly recommends the [Daisen-dori Yakitori Teppan] (from 780 JPY plus tax). In this dish, chicken is aromatically grilled on an iron grill. It is then seasoned to your preference, with a choice of sauce, salt, or dried plum. All their ingredients, including the ones used in their fresh seafood dishes like the [Assortment of 6 Sashimi] (1,480 JPY plus tax), are directly procured from the market to ensure their taste and freshness. As all of their seats are in private rooms, diners can sit back and enjoy some delicious food and drinks here.
Hanamiyabi Meieki Eki-mae Branch
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Irregular *Closed December 31 and January 1Average price
: 3,000 JPYAddress
: B1F-B101, No. 2 Hara Bldg., 1-18-19, Meieki Minami, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi MapMore Details
15. Magurogoya Main Branch Esca Branch (Seafood Izakaya)
This restaurant seeks out the true deliciousness of tuna. Besides sashimi, this restaurant also serves dote-ni (a Nagoya specialty dish, consisting of ingredients stewed in miso, such as Hatcho miso paste). Hatcho miso paste originates from Aichi, and is made from fermented beans. Also available on their extensive menu is steak, as well as ara-ni (a dish made from leftover parts of a fish, such as the head, bones, gills, fillet, and scrape). These ingredients are simmered in a spicy and sweet sauce made of sweet sake, shoyu, and sugar. Diners will also be pleased to see rarer cuts of meat too, such as meat from the head!
Magurogoya Main Branch Esca Branch
Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Average price: 1,500 JPY
Address: 6-9 Saki, Tsubaki-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
All of the restaurants listed are conveniently located near Nagoya Station. Please use this article as a guide to finding the one that you’d like to try!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.