Kamakura is near enough to Tokyo that you could cover it with a day trip. It's a place surrounded by the sea and mountains, giving you an opportunity to experience all 4 seasons. There are many historical sites, as well as shrines and temples, that you can visit. Here are 15 restaurants in this amazing area that you should visit!
1. Ristorante Siva (Italian Cuisine, Shichirigahama)
You can enjoy traditional and regional dishes that have been deconstructed and reconstructed in creative ways at this restaurant. You’ll find mostly course meals available, regardless of whether it’s lunch or dinner. Fresh ingredients like flavorful Miura vegetables (grown in the Miura Peninsula (Miura-hanto) of Kanagawa Prefecture) and fresh seafood like tuna from nearby fishing ports are used here. Enjoy each mouthful of their delicious dishes!
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Wednesday, 3rd Tuesday of the month
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,500 JPY
Address: 3-1-14, Shichirigahama Higashi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
2. Ah Goo (Japanese Cuisine and Kaiseki, Kamakura)
You can enjoy authentic Japanese course meals at this restaurant. The menu consists of a variety of nutritious dishes that vary by the month, so you will be able to taste the different flavors of each season. The [Kissho] (6,480 JPY) course, available for both lunch and dinner, is affordable and contains a plethora of dishes. Some of their well-received dishes include soups with flavorful dashi (broth), sashimi made from fresh seafood caught in the local fishing port, and zosui (porridge cooked with seasonal vegetables, meat, and other ingredients).
Open: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 12:00 am), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday *Open if it falls on a national holiday
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Address: 93-25, Nikaido, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa ()
3. Ohama (Japanese Cuisine, Kamakura)
Ohama is an izakaya (Japanese pub) run by an owner who loves sake (Japanese alcohol). There are usually around 20 carefully-selected brands of sake from all over the country available. On the menu, you’ll find seasonal dishes that pair well with these sake. Enjoy local ingredients here, from fresh seafood delivered from fishing ports in the Miura Peninsula to fresh vegetables from farmers' markets. Try the food, and you’ll realize just how much care they take to make sure that it goes well with their alcohol. It’s also fun to try several of them to find the one that you like the most!
: [Weekdays] 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: 5,000 JPYAddress
: 101, Miyuki Bldg., 4-15, Onari-machi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
4. Beau Temps (French Cuisine, Hase)
Beau Temps is a wine bar with the atmosphere of a secret hideaway. Housed in the remodeled barn of a kominka (Japanese traditional house), they offer around 200 different wines, from light ones to full-bodied wines. Their collection focuses mainly on natural wines. They serve a number of dishes based on traditional French cuisine to go with their wine. Fresh vegetables procured directly from farms and the daily catch from fishermen in the Miura Peninsula are used, but sometimes, you can find Japanese ingredients like soft-shelled turtles in the line-up.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 amClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPYAccess
: Enoshima Railway, Hase Station. Walk in the direction of the Great Buddha of Kamakura and turn right at the Hasekannon intersection. Go 50m into the 3rd side street. Address
: Hase 1-14-26, Kamakura, Kanagawa MapMore Details Reservation
5. Restaurant Pleins d' Lerbes Kitakamakura (French Cuisine, Kita-kamakura)
This French restaurant is located in a mansion, tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood. This spacious and open restaurant offers a view of a lovely Japanese garden, making it a great place to relax. There are 3 lunch courses available, and 2 set menus offered for dinner. Their simple and classic French dishes bring out the flavors of the ingredients. Do check out the 270 or so wines that were carefully selected by a sommelier. Take your pick from wines of various origins, including French, Italian, Californian, and Argentinian wines.
Restaurant Pleins d' Lerbes Kitakamakura
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pmClosed
: Tuesday, Closed at dinner on the 1st Monday of the monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPYAddress
: 3-32-11, Kajiwara, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
6. Kitakamakura En (Japanese Cuisine and Kaiseki, Kita-kamakura)
This restaurant has a calm atmosphere, despite being located near a train station. You’ll be able to enjoy sophisticated Japanese dishes, as well as a view of Engaku-ji Temple’s Byakuro Pond (Byakuro-chi). Choose from 3 different Kaiseki courses (traditional Japanese course cuisine with tea) for lunch and dinner. You can enjoy an appetizer known as "sakizuke", simmered dishes, grilled dishes, and other dishes that showcase the skills of the chef. They are able to serve their food at reasonable prices by not being overly obsessed with where they procure their ingredients. This is the restaurant to visit if you’re looking to savor the tastes of each season, along with good alcohol.
: [Tuesday-Sunday, Holiday, Day Before Holiday] Lunch 11:30-14:00 [Tuesday-Sunday, Holiday, Day Before Holiday] 17:00-20:00Closed
: MondaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,800 JPY / [Lunch] 5,400 JPYAccess
: JR Yokosuka Line Kitakamakura Station, 10 seconds walk from the west ticket gates. Exit the ticket gates and turn left immediately. It's on the 2nd floor of Kousen.Address
: Yamanouchi 501, Kamakura, Kanagawa
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7. ete - French cuisine (French Cuisine, Wadazuka)
This is a popular restaurant in Kamakura where you can sample authentic French cuisine made with ingredients like Yezo-jika (Yezo venison) and foie gras. People love that while they pay reasonable prices for the food, they’re able to enjoy quality meals that are more satisfying than the prices would suggest. Their seasonal course menus feature carefully-selected ingredients like Challans duck, brought in from France, Hiraboku Kinka-ton (Hiraboku Kinka pork) from Yamagata, and locally-grown Kamakura vegetables. Their wine menu consists of reasonably priced wines, mostly from France.
ete - French cuisine
: [Tuesday-Sunday, Holiday, Day Before Holiday] Dinner 17:30-21:30 [Wednesday-Sunday, Holiday, Day Before Holiday] Lunch 11:30-13:30Closed
: MondaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPYAccess
: Enoshima Railway, Wadazuka Station. Very close to the Rokujizo intersection.Address
: Yamaguchi Building 1F, Yuigahama 2-7-20, Kamakura, Kanagawa
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8. ESSELUNGA (Italian Cuisine, Hase)
ESSELUNGA is housed in a renovated kominka, which is rather uncommon in Kamakura. They take care to use pesticide-free or organic vegetables, and the chef even visits the places of origin to check on the freshness and ripeness of the produce. The focus on freshness extends to the fresh catch that’s procured directly from fishermen and fishmongers. Try their [Terrine of 12 Types of Garden Vegetables] (2,250 JPY plus tax) that’s filled with vegetables, and also the [Pasta of the Day] that features seasonal fish, mushrooms, and vegetables. You can also order their [Vegan Course], which doesn't have any animal products in it.
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: Monday, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,500 JPYAddress
: 1-14-26, Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
9. Ristorante Amalfi (Italian Cuisine, Shichirigahama)
The whole of Shichiriga Beach (Shichirigahama) can be seen from this restaurant. Here, diners can sample authentic Italian cuisine made with seasonal ingredients like seafood from Misaki Fishing Port and Kamakura vegetables grown by contracted farmers. The recommended item here is their [Tomato Sauce Linguine Pescatore] (1,890 JPY) that features plenty of fresh seafood piled on top. It’ll remind you of traditional fishermen food that you can get at a fishing port in Italy! Fresh tomatoes and olive oil from Italy combine into a rich sauce in this pasta dish, which also features the lovely umami of seafood. Check out over 50 brands of wine from all over Italy as well!
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:45 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPYAddress
: 1-4-8, Shichirigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
10. Roast Beef Kamakurayama (Western Cuisine, Nishi-kamakura)
This restaurant is located in a quiet area that's surrounded by ample greenery. You can look forward to enjoying a special time here while dining. Be sure to try their famous [Roast Beef], which is also included in their course menu, that comes with a generous serving of seasonal ingredients. The A4 - A5 ranked Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) is roasted at a low temperature, which is what makes it so juicy and tender. You can enjoy the flavor of the beef by eating on its own, but their homemade gravy and garlic sauce also goes really well with the meat!
Roast Beef Kamakurayama
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 8,000 JPY
Address: 3-11-1, Kamakurayama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa ()
11. Takeru Quindici (Italian Cuisine, Kita-kamakura)
Italian food made with local, seasonal ingredients is served in this calm Japanese restaurant. Starting from their daily à la carte menu items, the dishes here make full use of the flavors of fresh ingredients and are a treat for the tastebuds. The most popular item is their [Chicken White Liver Mousse] (1,050 JPY), which is served with homemade bread and fig confiture (jam), making it a great combination with wine. Their authentic wood-fired pizzas are also a must-try. The Neapolitan style [Margherita] (1,300 JPY) pizza with mozzarella, tomatoes, and parmesan is a good choice to go with.
: [Monday, Wednesday - Friday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (2 service periods: 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm and 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: Tuesday, Closed 1 other day per monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: In front of Kita Kamakura Tokeiji Gate, 1384, Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
12. Amalfi DELLASERA (Italian Cuisine, Shichirigahama)
This is one of the most popular and crowded restaurants in Shichirigahama. It’s the sister restaurant to Ristorante Amalfi, and it is also located on high grounds, providing a lovely view of the sea. The open terrace offers a 180-degree sea view as you enjoy their dishes, which are made with fresh seafood caught off nearby waters and local vegetables. When the fishing ban is lifted between March - December, you can also enjoy their popular whitebait dishes. Their [Pizza Shichirigahama] (1,670 JPY) comes with green onions, olives, parmesan, and boiled whitebait. Baked in a special oven, it is an irresistible menu item that you have to try!
: [Weekdays] 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 10:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm) *10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm) between April - OctoberClosed
: None *Closed on New Year's DayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPYAddress
: 1-5-10, Shichirigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
13. Shiki Shunsai Yamato Ofuna Branch (Japanese Cuisine, Ofuna)
This is an izakaya where you can enjoy a wide variety of creative dishes. Focusing mainly on Japanese cuisine, there are also elements of French and Italian cooking in the more than 100 dishes served here. Among these, the [Aged Steak] (from 899 JPY plus tax for 80g) is an item that they’re especially proud of. Angus beef rib-eye is aged for 1 month to produce this juicy steak, which has a rich aroma. There are limited servings of this dish available per day. Their seafood is also caught and delivered directly from fishing ports every morning, so do also try their fresh sashimi!
Shiki Shunsai Yamato Ofuna Branch
Open: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Average price: 3,500 JPY
Address: 3F, vicolo Bldg., 1-11-7, Ofuna, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa ()
14. bills Sichirigahama (Cafe, Shichirigahama)
"bills" is a casual restaurant that originated from Sydney, Australia, and this is their very first overseas branch. They’re famous for their [Ricotta Pancake (1,400 JPY)] that’s also a hit with Hollywood stars and celebrities from around the world. Their fish dishes and curries are also excellent. The [Fish Curry] (1,500 JPY) is one such dish. The combination of the sweetness from coconut milk, as well as the umami from vegetables and white fish, creates a mellow flavor that’s hard to resist. The restaurant faces the sea, so you can get a view of the ocean no matter where you sit.
: [Tuesday - Sunday] 7:00 am - 9:00 pm (Food L.O. 8:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 8:30 pm)
[Monday] 7:00 am - 5:00 pm (Food L.O. 4:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 4:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPYAddress
: 2F, WEEKEND HOUSE ALLEY, 1-1-1, Shichirigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
15. Onzoshi Kiyoyasutei Kamakura Prince Hotel Branch (Japanese Cuisine, Shichirigahama)
Be it teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle), shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables), or sukiyaki (hot pot stew), you’ll find a variety of Japanese dishes at this restaurant. Their table seats offer a view of Eno Island (Enoshima) that changes all the time: a nice view of the sea as it glistens under the sunlight, a gorgeous sunset view, and a stunning, illuminated night view. The [Kuroge Wagyu Fillet Steak] (80g for 7,500 JPY) is a popular menu item that's made with luxurious ingredients. The [Mikaku Gozen] (3,900 JPY), featuring 7 beautifully arranged dishes with ingredients that represent the 4 seasons for lunch, is another great option.
Onzoshi Kiyoyasutei Kamakura Prince Hotel Branch
: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,200 JPYAddress
: 1-2-18, Shichirigahama Higashi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map
There's so much to choose from, be it Japanese, French, or Italian cuisine! Use this list to help you find the right place for your meals when visiting Kamakura!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.