Right next door to Tokyo, Yokohama is a popular day trip destination. The Chinatown and Bay areas are both filled with attractions and stylish shops. With no shortage of fantastic restaurants to choose from, we've rounded up fifteen of the best, particularly in and around the Minato Mirai area.
1. Shimonsyuro (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), General Chinese cuisine)
A famed restaurant established in 1983, it offers a large variety of original dishes made with seasonal ingredients - especially super fresh seafood. Above all, their [Hong Kong Style Ike-Awabi no Yaki Pie] (1,400 JPY for 1, minimum order of 2) is one of the most popular items. It's a small baked pie topped with abalone, characterized by a rich taste coupled with the irresistible aroma of butter. Make sure to try some of their mixed dishes made with seasonal vegetables and freshly-caught seafood, like the [Kisetsu no Aona Itame].
: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: Irregular (closed once a month)Average price
: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: 145, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map
2. Yamate Jyubankan (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), French cuisine)
In a historical western-style building, sitting on the hilly Yamate, there is this restaurant that serves delicious French cuisine and wines. The 1st floor is a casual cafe, while the French restaurant is on the 2nd floor. The menu changes according to the season where, for example, for lunch you can find the [Chef's Special Lunch], a course with delicacies like their special beef tongue stew, while in the evening you can dine on the [Chef's Special Dinner] that includes elegant offerings of lobster and Japanese scallops fricassee. All their dishes allow you to enjoy the deliciousness of seasonal products, each served in a beautiful way.
: [1st floor Cafe] 11:30 am - 6:00 pm (L.O. 5:00 pm)
[2nd floor] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)Closed
: Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, it will be closed the following business day instead)Average price
: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,800 JPYAddress
: 247, Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)More Details
3. Ristorante La Tenda Rossa (Bashamichi, Italian cuisine)
"I want people to laugh together and enjoy food and wine without restraints", says the chef of this renowned restaurant, who adopted the style of a typical Italian trattoria after undergoing his training in one. Most of the wines available - over 1,000 bottles, in fact - are made in Italy. As for the ingredients used, there are products like seafood from Amami Island (Amami Oshima) and the Goto Islands (Goto Retto), and dry-aged beef or even wild game. The menu varies seasonally, but if you get the chance, try the [Handmade Pici with Natural Boar Ragout] (2,160 JPY plus tax), which is a dish of Tuscan hand-pulled pasta with a boar meat sauce full of umami (Japanese savory taste), or the [Chef's Specialty Italian Artichokes Ripieno] (1,940 JPY plus tax), an artichoke filled with salt-pickled pork meat, sprinkled with cheese and breadcrumbs and fried.
Ristorante La Tenda Rossa
: [Tuesday - Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:45 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:45 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: Monday, first Tuesday of the monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,400 JPYAddress
: 1F, Kannai Kitahara Fudosan Bldg., 6-75, Ota-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map
4. Osteria Austro (Bashamichi, Italian cuisine)
Feel the flow of the seasons with the delicious products served at this restaurant. The meticulous chef examines every single ingredient in order to offer his customers only the best of the best of the season's vegetables, fish, and meat. Here you can sample several types of meat you wouldn't normally see on a menu. For example, in summer, order the [Natsu Shika no Roast (2,900 JPY)]. Compared to winter, deer have a particularly rich umami in summer, thanks to the nourishment from the mountain they've been eating, like nuts and leaves. Note that its availability depends on the stock, so it's not always on the menu. Another recommended item is the [Shimoda Inoshishi Loin and Belly Grilled Assortment].
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *Courses 1:30 pm (L.O.)
Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) *Courses 9:00 pm (L.O.)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPYAddress
: 3-34-2, Kitanaka-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)More Details
5. Onder (Sakuragicho, Shabu-Shabu - Sukiyaki)
A brand-new restaurant that opened in April 2017, Onder serves duck-based dishes, made with the smooth-tasting Iwate-gamo (Iwate duck), and homemade smoked cuisine. Their specialty is a dish of duck meat served both fried and shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) style, called [Shunkan Kunsei no Kamo Yaki-Shabu (1 serving 2,500 JPY plus tax)]. After enjoying the thick fried slices of roast and leg meat along with the well-cooked green onion, pour the dashi (broth) into the pot and cook the thinly-sliced loin meat in shabu-shabu-style. At the same time, you can also enjoy the aromatic flavor of smoked meat. Be sure not to miss the tender and juicy [Iwate-gamo no Roast (1,489 JPY plus tax)].
: 4:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 5F-1, 1-28-1, Hanasaki-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
6. Rio's Buongustaio (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), Italian cuisine)
Only three minutes on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park) Station. This restaurant along the canal truly feels like something you'd find in the heart of Rome, Italy. Not to mention, what they serve here is not the usual Italian cuisine tailored to the Japanese taste, but authentic Roman dishes! Enjoy their [Porchetta Norcia Style (from 1,000 JPY)], a typical delicacy that consists of an oven-roasted skin-on roll of pork shoulder and pork belly. You should also try the [Roman Traditional Pasta Cacio e Pepe (1,500 JPY)], one of Rome's top three pasta recipes.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
*the L.O. for the [A-Lunch Course], available on weekdays only, is at 2:30 pmClosed
: SundayAverage price
: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPYAddress
: 1FB, Riverside Motomachi, 1-23-1, Moto-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)More Details
7. Ichiraku (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), General Chinese cuisine)
A historical Chinese restaurant in Motomachi-Chukagai, their flagship dish is the [Sumibiyaki Chashu]. Superbly tender domestic pork is marinated overnight in a special sauce, then carefully grilled over charcoal, resulting in a fragrant and juicy delicacy. Additionally, there are lots of dishes made with vegetables from local farmers in Kanagawa, alongside some vegetables directly imported from China. Their menu is varied and creative, making them popular among both tourists and locals.
: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: 3,001 JPY - 3,500 JPYAddress
: 150, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)Source
: hitosara (Japanese)
8. Mutekiro (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), French cuisine)
This is, arguably, the most representative French restaurant of Yokohama. The 1st floor is a restaurant and bar, while the 2nd floor is divided into tatami rooms, with a unique retro yet modern design that creates a laid-back atmosphere. They only serve course meals, for both lunch and dinner. Their original dishes are a reinterpretation of traditional French cuisine and one that makes use of local products. You'll find different delicacies according to the season, but for example, you may be lucky enough to have the chef's specialty called [Ishidai no Tartare Celery to Shoga no Blanc-manger] or the [Foie Gras no Grillé Gobo no Risotto], a Japanese-Western fusion appetizer.
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)Closed
: Irregular (Monday)Average price
: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPYAddress
: 2-96, Moto-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)More Details
9. Sisiliya (Kannai, Pasta - Pizza)
This restaurant searched for a pizza that you can only have in Japan, tailored to the country's water and climate. To ensure the perfect flavor, texture, color, and aroma for each pizza, they use an original blend of 4 types of flours. They let the dough rise for a long time at low temperatures, so that it gains a fine texture and a rich flavor, before baking it in a wood-fired oven at high temperatures, which allows the moisture to evaporate immediately. It results in a dough so good, you'll feel like you're in heaven after just one bite. For the toppings, they use cheese delivered directly from Naples, fresh vegetables from the farms and other products carefully selected to match their special dough. Enjoy their signature dish [Margherita (1,100 JPY)], a classic but still one of the best, or the rich [Quattro Formaggi (1,400 JPY)], made with 4 different cheese types like mozzarella and gorgonzola.
: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 3,200 JPYAddress
: 1F, Wado Bldg., 1-7, Aioi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map
10. Elysee Hikaru (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), French cuisine)
A little away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this French restaurant is perfect for a quiet meal. They create the menu only after procuring the ingredients for the day. With the motto "local products for local consumption", all the ingredients used are from the nearby areas, such as fresh seafood caught in the adjacent sea, seasonal vegetables and fruit carefully grown by local farmers or Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) produced in Yokohama. The menu varies depending on the season. You can enjoy gorgeous dishes with unique names that credit the producers, such as the [Summer Plate with Japanese Spider Crab caught by Kayama and Corn harvested by Takanashi] or the [Orange Watermelon harvested by Kato and Horned Turban from Nagai Fishing Port (Nagai Gyoko), Spaghetti Squash Meets Summer Vegetables].
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: WednesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPYAddress
: 2F, Colonel's Corner, 246, Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)More Details
11. Kappo Hidetomo (Kannai, General Japanese cuisine)
Here you can enjoy Japanese dishes made to boost the flavor of seasonal ingredients. With sakura shrimp in spring, hamo (pike conger) in early summer, unagi (eel) in summer, matsutake (mushrooms) in fall and fugu (blowfish) in winter - you'll find a different lineup for each season. Plus, they also serve delicious nabe (hot pot) dishes with Wagyu and fresh seafood. Try one of their filling courses or their many a la carte dishes that pair perfectly with alcohol.
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Saturday] Lunch 11:00 am - 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,500 JPY / [Lunch] 880 JPYAddress
: 1-2F, Sugiyama Bldg., 3-30, Minami Naka-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
12. SALONE 2007 (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), Italian cuisine)
A popular Italian restaurant with the concept of "cucina creativa" (Italian cuisine of traditional and regional dishes reproduced making use of modern techniques). Their menu changes on a monthly basis and offers course meals only. As a matter of principle, other than a couple of classics, they never make the same dish twice. Plus, dishes are named only by the concept and the ingredients they're made of. To give you an example, there is a braised dish that boosts the umami of each fish called [Fish Octopus Clam], while one of their classic specialties is an amuse-bouche named [Beef Potato Truffle]. When you see them you won't believe your eyes, and when you take a bite, you'll be awed. It's one of those restaurants you have to try at least once in your lifetime.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, 1st and 3rd Monday of the monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 7,000 JPYAddress
: B1F, 36-1, Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map
13. Brasserie Artisan (Motomachi-Chukagai (Yamashita-Park), French cuisine)
The owner-chef of this famed restaurant, who was trained in France, will delight you with his precious and elaborate French dishes. A recommended item is the [Aged American T-bone Steak (12,000 JPY plus tax)], a dynamic 1.3kg bone-in rib roast. To round off your decadent meal, try ordering their [Classic Otokogi Pudding (500 JPY plus tax)], a dessert that's been their specialty ever since the restaurant's opening, where the caramel is scorched until right before it burns to add a slightly bitter flavor with a punch to the firm pudding.
: [Monday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Tuesday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)Closed
: WednesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 8,500 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPYAddress
: 001, La Spiga Motomachi, 1-31, Moto-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map
14. Kiyoken (Sakuragicho, General Chinese cuisine)
Kiyoken is a popular chain with many restaurants in Yokohama, specializing in shumai (Chinese dumplings). Exclusively at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Yokohama Akarenga Soko) branch, you can get original handmade ones called [Akarenga Shumai (390 JPY)]. As the name suggests, [Akarenga Shumai]'s wrappers are red like the building's bricks, and they're stuffed with pork meat mixed with snow crab and red rice. In addition to dumplings, the menu includes noodles, like the [Tontoro-men (900 JPY)] and donburi (rice bowl dish) like the [Tori no Amakara-don (900 JPY)]. They also sell souvenirs, so be sure to check it out when visiting the area.
: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 1,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 2, 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)More Details
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.