15 Recommended Restaurants for Hokkaido Cuisine

Publish-date: May 28 2019 Update-date: Aug 06 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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15 Recommended Restaurants for Hokkaido Cuisine

Hokkaido, a region lush with nature, is full of great food. The ingredients are wonderful, and there are many unique regional dishes in Hokkaido as well. True to its reputation as a treasure trove of food, Hokkaido has many outstanding dishes made of fresh ingredients from the surrounding sea and its land. This article recommends restaurants to visit that will let you thoroughly enjoy the fabulous food that Hokkaido has to offer, including Japanese cuisine, yoshoku (Western-style Japanese food), and regional specialties. Both locals and tourists will find this information useful!

1. Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch

1. Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch
Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch is a restaurant where one can enjoy outstanding buta-don, which is a rice bowl dish of pork that has been grilled over an open fire. This restaurant is operated by Sorachi, a manufacturer that has been producing sauces for yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) and jingisukan (mutton and vegetable dish) for 60 years. The restaurant's signature dish, [Buta-don], is an outstanding item that combines domestic pork grilled over binchotan (a kind of high-grade charcoal) with a secret sauce developed over many years by Sorachi. Try it once, and you are sure to be hooked! The clean, cafe-like restaurant has a comfortable feel, so you can relax and enjoy your meal. If you are traveling from afar, why not stop by in-between sightseeing?

Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 850 JPY
Access: Located on the sixth floor of Stellar Place Center, directly connected to JR Sapporo Station and Sapporo subway station.
Address: 6F Stellar Place Center, 2-5 Kita Gojonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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2. French Restaurant Mikuni Sapporo

2. French Restaurant Mikuni Sapporo
French Restaurant Mikuni Sapporo is a place where one can enjoy food nurtured by the grand nature of Hokkaido. Established by Kiyomi Mikuni, a chef who hails from Hokkaido, this restaurant is unique in the sense that it uses every part of an ingredient, including parts that are often thrown out like the skins and cores of vegetables. All the dishes maximize the natural goodness of the ingredients. The luxurious, light-filled restaurant has private rooms. It is the perfect venue for special occasions, such as dates, anniversaries, introductions, and engagement ceremonies. Enjoy the variety of French dishes made with special care and attention to the wonderful ingredients of Hokkaido!

French Restaurant Mikuni Sapporo

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, Holidays, Day Before Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 13,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: Go straight from Sapporo Station on the JR Chitose and Sassho Lines / 1 minute on foot from Sapporo Station on the Sapporo Subway Namboku and Toho Lines
Address: 9F Sapporo STELLAR PLACE , 2-5 Kita 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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3. Italian Restaurant Stazione

3. Italian Restaurant Stazione
Italian Restaurant Stazione is a cozy spot where one can enjoy outstanding Italian cuisine. The restaurant's signature [Whole Tomato and Eggplant with Mozzarella Tomato Sauce] is a stunning dish with a whole roasted tomato on top. The bright and comfortable restaurant has seats at the counter as well as spacious table seating, so customers can drop in on their own or enjoy a meal with family and friends. There is a selection of more than 70 reasonably priced wines, so it is also perfect for large groups getting together for birthdays and parties.

Italian Restaurant Stazione

Open: 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (last order 10:00 p.m.)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: One minute walk from JR Sapporo Station North Exit.
Address: Tokan Bldg. 2F, 4chome Kita Shichijo Nishi , Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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4. Sapporo Modern Restaurant Erimotei

4. Sapporo Modern Restaurant Erimotei
Sapporo Modern Restaurant Erimotei is housed within a 70-year-old Japanese inn that an English designer decorated in an eclectic, contemporary style, blending Western and Japanese elements. The original Japanese dishes served here includes slightly unusual dishes such as Berkshire pork with porcini cream soba (buckwheat noodles). There is a private-style lounge on the basement floor, table and counter seating with views of an English-style garden on the first floor, and a private VIP room and semi-private rooms on the second floor, so this place is perfect for those wishing to have a private dinner.

Sapporo Modern Restaurant Erimotei

Open: [Weekdays, Saturdays, Holidays, Days before holidays]Dinner: 5:00 pm- 11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)
[Weekdays]Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (last order 2:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 750 JPY
Access: A three-minute walk from West Exit of JR Sapporo Station
Address: 5-11-2 Kita Nanajo Nishi , Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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5. Yakitori Oden Zen

5. Yakitori Oden Zen
At Yakitori Oden Zen, you can enjoy slowly simmered oden (hot pot stew) and chargrilled yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) in a magical space that seems to combine newness and a feeling of nostalgia. In particular, don't miss out on the [Zen's Special Oden], consisting of simmered ingredients in dashi (broth) made with Rishiri kelp and shavings from dried, smoked mackerel​, and [Zangi], a regional dish of Hokkaido. The daily menu, made with fresh seafood and other ingredients procured that day, is also recommended. This is a restaurant with a warm and cozy atmosphere where you can relax with outstanding food and your favorite sake (a kind of Japanese alcohol).

Yakitori Oden Zen

Open: (Weekdays, Saturday, days before holidays) Dinner 3:00pm- 11:30pm last order 11:00pm)*Weekdays- 11:00am-3:00pm is lunch, 3:00pm- 11:30pm is dinner, without non-stop business hours.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 750 JPY
Access: 1 minute's walk from Exit 8, Sapporo Station, Namboku Line, Sapporo Municipal Subway. 2 minute's walk from JR Sapporo Station.
Address: Sapporo Nikko Bldg. B1F, 4 Kita Shijo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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6. Natural & Organic Bal Alice-no-Niwa

6. Natural & Organic Bal Alice-no-Niwa
Natural & Organic Bal Alice-no-Niwa prides itself in its organic dishes that show off the seasons. It is a place where one can enjoy a variety of original dishes made with plenty of organic vegetables that have been carefully nurtured in Hokkaido farms. You'll find a large selection of outstanding dishes that are only available here, such as [Matsuhashi Beef Steak], made with high-grade beef from Sarabetsu Village in Tokachi, Hokkaido, and [Alice's Bagna Cauda], consisting of organic vegetables enjoyed with a special soy milk sauce. The restaurant feels like it is one with nature, oozing a sense of comfort that lets you relax and enjoy your meal. It is recommended not only for organic food lovers but also for those who aren't particularly picky about the ingredients used in the meals they eat.

Natural & Organic Bal Alice-no-Niwa

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *Food L.O. 2:00 pm, Drink L.O. 2:30 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) *Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drink L.O. 11:30 pm
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from Sapporo Station on Sapporo Municipal Subway Toho Line
Address: 1F, Sakken Bldg., 2-8, Kitasanjo-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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7. MEAT GANG! Sapporo APIA Branch

7. MEAT GANG! Sapporo APIA Branch
MEAT GANG! Sapporo APIA Branch prides itself in serving its original brand of beef that is not available anywhere else. Most recommended is the [3 Special Meats 240g], a luxurious selection of the best cuts of Kuroge Wagyu beef - sirloin, chuck, and tenderloin - that is perfect for sharing. The restaurant has a stylish interior and is great for those occasions where the setting is essential, such as dates and nights out. Enjoy high-grade meat to your heart's content here!

MEAT GANG! Sapporo APIA Branch

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Late Lunch 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: Head towards the underground shopping center APIA Joyful Walk from Sapporo Station.
Address: B1F, APIA West Bldg., Kita 5 Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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8. SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR Sapporo Branch

8. SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR Sapporo Branch
SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR Sapporo Branch is a restaurant where you can enjoy pizza that won the top prize at the PIZZA FEST, a pizza festival held in Naples every fall, for 3 consecutive years. The [D.O.C], a pizza made with 100% buffalo mozzarella, is not to be missed. The pizza is made with attention to detail in everything, from the cheese and tomato sauce to the crust, and it is baked in a stone oven made by professional pizza oven makers flown in from Italy. Why not visit to enjoy outstanding pizza in this lively restaurant?

SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR Sapporo Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm *Lunch reservations start at 11:00 am or 12:30 pm.
[Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 3:00 pm - 1:00 am (Food L.O. 12:00 am, Drinks L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the West Exit of Sapporo Station *Walk through PASEO to avoid the rain and snow
Address: 1F, Satsueki Bridge, Kita 6-jo Nishi 5-1, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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9. 29〇TOKYO Sapporo Ekimae Branch

9. 29〇TOKYO Sapporo Ekimae Branch
29〇TOKYO Sapporo Ekimae Branch is a restaurant where you can enjoy homemade roast beef and cured ham to your heart's content. The homemade roast beef that is cooked to perfection and the cured ham is carefully prepared in the restaurant every day. The [Roast Beef Cheese Fondue], where this special roast beef is served with a fondue sauce, is the restaurant's No. 1 recommendation and hugely popular. The stylish restaurant with an Asian-style decor has a variety of seating options, such as private rooms, horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu table), and regular table seating. It is the perfect place for enjoying a meal in a chic environment.

29〇TOKYO Sapporo Ekimae Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 2:00 am (Food L.O. 1:00 am, Drinks L.O. 1:30 am)
Closed: None
*Closed on New Year's Day
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
*All-you-can-drink plans start from 1,800 JPY (excl. tax)
Access: 1 minute on foot from Sapporo Station. 6F of the building in front of BIC CAMERA with Karaoke Shidax.
Address: 6F, Sapporo TR Bldg., 1-25, Kita 4-jo Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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10. Baden Baden Sapporo Ekimae Branch

10. Baden Baden Sapporo Ekimae Branch
Baden Baden Sapporo Ekimae Branch is the place to visit if you're looking for beef steak or all-you-can-eat cheese fondue. The course meals with all-you-can-drink options and hearty meat dishes are perfect for when you want to savor meat in a fun environment with a large group of people. You can enjoy craft beers and wines from across the world together with a variety of meat dishes, such as sirloin steak. The interior has a chic feel and there are private rooms, making it the spot to visit for a dinner party in a stylish environment.

Baden Baden Sapporo Ekimae Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 2:00 am (Food L.O. 1:00 am, Drinks L.O. 1:30 am)
Closed: None
*Closed on New Year's Day
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
*All-you-can-drink plans start from 1,800 JPY (excl. tax)
Access: 1 minute walk from the South Exit of Sapporo Station. On the 6th floor of Sapporo TR Bldg.
Address: 6F, Sapporo TR Bldg., 1-25, Kita 4-jo Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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11. Mia Bocca Sapporo North Exit Branch

11. Mia Bocca Sapporo North Exit Branch
Mia Bocca Sapporo North Exit Branch is a casual restaurant that offers authentic Italian food that customers have loved for 15 years, ever since its opening. All the dishes are made with carefully selected ingredients and taste outstanding, with examples being their assortment of colorful appetizers, crispy chicken served with a sweet and savory sauce, and Tokachi beef with herbs. The [Amore Course], a set meal with dishes that you select from the standard menu, is also recommended.
with dishes that you can selected from the standard menu, is also recommended. The bright and welcoming interior is the perfect setting for get togethers with friends. Why not visit to experience the outstanding Italian food of Mia Bocca for yourself?

Mia Bocca Sapporo North Exit Branch

Open: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
[Sunday] 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
*Closed on weekdays between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
*Lunch is from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
*Opens at 11:00 am on Saturday, Sunday, and any national holidays.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,300 JPY *Party courses start from 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 840 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from the North Exit of Sapporo Station
Address: 1F, Stork Sapporo, Kita 7-jo Nishi 5-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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12. Suntory's Garden Sora

12. Suntory's Garden Sora
Suntory's Garden Sora prides itself in serving outstanding dishes made with plenty of ingredients from Hokkaido. It offers an extensive menu, with items such as the [Hokkaido Beef Roast with Rich Cheese and Potato Fondue], which is eaten dipped in a special fondue sauce, and the [Horujin Teppanyaki], a hearty combination of the Hokkaido soul food, jingisukan, and offals marinated in miso. The restaurant consists of a beer hall with views of the city at night, the main floor that accommodates up to 130 guests, and a horigotatsu-style private room for up to 40 people, so it is perfect for parties, including after-wedding parties.

Suntory's Garden Sora

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Monday - Thursday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (Food L.O. 10:30 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 700 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the West Exit of Sapporo Station. Cross Nishi 5-chome Tarukawa Street and walk west. On the 8th floor of the JR building by the Hakodate Main Line tracks.
Address: 8F, JR 55 Bldg., Kita 5-jo Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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13. Kani Honke Sapporo Ekimae Branch

13. Kani Honke Sapporo Ekimae Branch
Kani Honke Sapporo Ekimae Branch is a restaurant where one can enjoy original crab dishes made with crab procured directly from fisheries. There is a wide selection of crab dishes, such as the [Whole Boiled Hairy Crab] that's plopped as is on a plate; the [Crab Chirashizushi], made with red king crab meat; and the [Red King Crab Suki], consisting of delicious broth extracted from simmering a red king crab. You'll also find an extensive lineup of rooms, ranging from private rooms that even solo diners can make use of to large rooms that can accommodate up to 80, so the restaurant can be utilized for a variety of occasions. It is a restaurant fit to visit with anyone, be it close friends, family, or colleagues.

Kani Honke Sapporo Ekimae Branch

Open: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed: None
*Closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Average price: 5,500 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from the South Exit of Sapporo Station (JR building)
Right outside Exit 13 of Sapporo Station (subway building)
Address: 1-8, Kita 3-jo Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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14. The Lani Kau

14. The Lani Kau
The Lani Kau is a restaurant where you can enjoy popular Hawaiian dishes that are made with fresh ingredients from Hokkaido. There is a wide selection of Hawaiian standards, such as the delightful [Loco Moco] that comes with a luscious egg yolk served on top of a juicy hamburger steak made with 100% Toyonishi beef from Hokkaido and the [Pancakes with Fruits], in which fluffy pancakes are topped with a generous serving of fruit. The brick interior designed to fit a downtown image is very stylish and perfect for nights out or lunch get-togethers. All the food here is not only tasty but beautiful to look at and photograph.

The Lani Kau

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
[Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday
*Closed during Obon and the beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: Connected to Sapporo Station. On the B1F of Asty 45.
Address: B1F, Asty 45, Kita 4-jo Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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15. Umikago

15. Umikago
Come to Umikago to savor Japanese cuisine made with seasonal ingredients primarily from Hokkaido. The [Uni and Ikura Claypot Rice Bowl] is topped with a generous serving of super fresh uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe) and is the pride of the restaurant. It is prepared once the order is placed, so you can enjoy it freshly made. When you open the lid, you may even gasp at how beautiful it looks and the wonderful aroma that whets the appetite! This serene restaurant has counter and table seating, as well as private rooms, so it is appropriate for various occasions.

Umikago

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Weekdays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
*Closed between December 30 and January 3
Average price: [Dinner] 5,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 4-minute walk from Sapporo Station. Connected to Sapporo Chi-Ka-Ho.
Address: 1F, Nissay Sapporo Bldg., 1-1, Kita 3-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: May 14 2019 Update-date: Aug 06 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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