Sapporo is the northernmost ordinance-designated city in Japan. Its population of approximately 2.6 million people means that it has around 30% of Hokkaido's entire population, making it the fifth largest city in Japan after the likes of Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. In 1972, Sapporo became the location for the first Winter Olympics in Asia. It currently plays host to approximately 13 million tourists every year. It truly is the center of Hokkaido's politics, economy, industry, culture, and tourism. Here are the top 17 restaurants in Sapporo for lunch. Try to find your favorite!
1.Hinano Sapporo Station-mae Tokyu Department Store Branch
This restaurant serves nostalgic dishes that mothers or grandmothers in Japan would most likely make. Around 80 different dishes and drinks are on the menu, as well as a number of desserts. There is no restaurant as particular about food safety, ingredients, and seasonings as this one is – and they are proud of it! They also add around 10 new dishes to the menu each month, all using seasonal ingredients. The warm hospitality felt by those visiting this restaurant makes customers forget just how much work must go into each dish – but that’s just the way the restaurant wants it. If the customer is happy, then they are happy. Lunch is served between 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Hinano Sapporo Station-mae Tokyu Department Store Branch
Open: Lunch 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (L.O. 4:00 pm)
*Customers who arrive between 11:00 am – 1:30 pm are restricted to a 120-minute time slot. Customers who arrive after 1:30 pm can relax for as long as they want until 5:00 pm.
Dinner 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Following Tokyu Department Store
Average price: Dinner: 2,100 JPY / Lunch: 1,500 JPY
Access: Opposite of South Exit of Sapporo Station. Inside Sapporo Tokyu Department Store
Address: 10F, Tokyu Department Store, 2-1, Kita 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
2.Restaurant Four Seasons [New Otani Inn Sapporo]
This restaurant combines the traditional flavor of Hotel New Otani cuisine with Hokkaido ingredients, thus creating Japanese, Western, and Chinese food with a twist. The interior of the restaurant is very calming, with a sophisticated and stylish main dining area. Although dinner can only be enjoyed here through a reservation, customers can rest assured that reservations are not required for lunch. The restaurant provides an exclusive lunch menu which changes every week and includes dishes like [Chef's Lunch] and [Combination Plate]. Customers can also freely enjoy the salad, soup, appetizers, desserts, and drinks available at the buffet.
Restaurant Four Seasons [New Otani Inn Sapporo]
: [Weekdays, Saturdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm[Weekdays, Weekends, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm *reservations requiredClosed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAccess
: 2-minute walk from Exit 22 of Sapporo Station on various lines of the Sapporo SubwayAddress
: Inside New Otani Inn Sapporo, 1-1-1, Kita ni-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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3.MEAT GANG! Sapporo Apia Branch
With a direct connection to Sapporo Station, this conveniently located restaurant has an original brand of beef that can only be enjoyed here. The interior of the restaurant has a bright and cheery atmosphere. The [Hokkaido Kuroge Wagyu Dry-aged Meat Selection], which includes 3 types of meat (lean, fatty, and a rare cut of beef), is highly recommended. It uses rich, succulent Kuroge Wagyu Beef from cows that have been raised for longer than cows that make up the dry-aged meat of Tsubetsu Town.
MEAT GANG! Sapporo Apia Branch
Open: Lunch 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Dinner 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Average price: Dinner: 3,000 JPY / Lunch: 1,000 JPY
Access: Get off at either JR Sapporo Station or Sapporo Subway Station. Head towards Apia Joyful Walk within Sapporo Station's underground mall.
Address: B1F, Apia West, Kita 5-jo Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
4. BUDDY BUDDY
This unpretentious restaurant serves simple, old-fashioned home cuisine from southern America, such as Cajun and Creole. The interior is carefully decorated with antique (1930 – 1940) American goods, creating a relaxing and casual atmosphere. The spicy and appetizing [Cajun Chicken] dish is highly recommended, as is the [Seafood Gumbo] that's filled with seafood goodness. Drinks range from 8 types of draft beer or bottled beer from around the globe, to whisky and more than 80 types of cocktail.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
[Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday] Dinner 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Average price: Dinner: 2,500 JPY / Lunch: 1,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 22 and 23 of Sapporo Station. Located directly south of Kita-2 Higashi-1 intersection.
Address: 1-2-3, Kita 2-jo Higashi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
5.Rendezvous Lounge [New Otani Inn Sapporo]
This restaurant, just a 6-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station, offers buffet cuisine that cannot be categorized into any specific genre, as everything - from Japanese and Western to Chinese cuisine - is available here. Meals suitable for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at the hotel’s spacious lobby. The chef recommends the meat dishes or pasta on the lunch menu. An authentic sushi chef will prepare sushi for customers at the “Live Corner” in the evening. Although the restaurant predominantly centers around buffet cuisine, a selection of confectionery is also available from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm for those who don’t wish to eat too much.
Rendezvous Lounge [New Otani Inn Sapporo]
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Breakfast 7:00 am - 9:30 am, Regular Opening Hours 7:00 am - 9:00 pmClosed
: NoneAverage price
: Around a 1-minute walk from Exit 22 of Sapporo Station on the Sapporo Subway Namboku and Toho Lines.Address
: 1F, New Otani Inn Sapporo, 1-1, Kita 2-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
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6. Kanako's Soup Curry Shop Sapporo Minami 1-jo Branch
This restaurant offers a delicious soup filled with nutrients from carefully selected seasonal vegetables, such as vegetables from Biei Senka in Biei, Hokkaido. Since they aim to serve dishes that use the best tasting ingredients of the time, the vegetables used in their dishes change with the seasons. The recommended dish here is the satisfying [Kanako’s Chicken Grill on Rice] that lets you eat tons of chicken. Only 30 plates are served every day. You can eat the juicy chicken as it is, or add spices to make it fragrant and delicious. Eat it any way you like!
Kanako's Soup Curry Shop Sapporo Minami 1-jo Branch
: [Monday - Friday] 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O.)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 10:30 pm Open whole dayClosed
: Beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: 1,001 JPY - 1,500 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from Exit 37 of Daido Station. Head towards Sosei River (Sosei-gawa) on Minami 1-jo Street (Minami 1-jo-dori). After turning left at Itaya Bldg., you'll find it to the right.Address
: 1F, Osawa Bldg., 1-2-2, Minami 1-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoSource
: hitosara (Japanese)
7.Ramen Sapporo Ichiryuuan
The name of this restaurant refers to the wish for each and every grain of Hokkaido-grown wheat to be cherished. Both counter and table seats are available at this laid-back restaurant that's only a 2-minute walk from Sapporo Station. It serves slightly more luxurious ramen that uses ingredients that you can only find in Hokkaido, which is known as the "treasure chest of ingredients". The signature dish of the restaurant has to be the [Genki-no-deru Miso Ramen], which uses non-fragrant ascetic garlic. You might be able to expect medicinal effects from consuming it! Lunch is served from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm.
Ramen Sapporo Ichiryuuan
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Closed every Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY
Access: 2 minute walk from the south exit of Sapporo station. It is directly above the Sapporo Municipal Subway Sapporo Station (Touhou line). It is contiguous to exit 23.
Address: BF1 Hokuren Building, 1-1 Kitashijonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
8.Toritaro Sapporo Station North Exit Branch
Fresh sashimi and charcoal-grilled yakitori can be enjoyed alongside alcoholic beverages at this restaurant, which is located only a minute away from Sapporo Station. Relaxing counter seats welcome you as you pass through the noren (curtain) and open the lattice door. It is a haven for office workers! Horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu table) seats, modern Japanese-style seats, and private rooms of various sizes are available. Seafood for dishes like sashimi are freshly brought in every morning, and then carefully prepared for consumption. The [Sumibi Yakitori] (charcoal-grilled yakitori) is highly recommended. The menu has a wide variety of dishes to suit both lunch and dinner, as well as an attractive sake (Japanese alcohol) menu.
Toritaro Sapporo Station North Exit Branch
Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am – 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)
[Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm – 00:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: Dinner: 3,000 JPY / Lunch: 700 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Sapporo Station. Head straight north from North Exit of Sapporo Station. The restaurant is on B1F of the Hokkaido Bank Bldg.
Address: B1F, Tokyo Tatemono Sapporo Bldg., 2-20, Kita 7-jo Nishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
9.Kodawariyama Sapporo Eki-mae Branch
Hokkaido-grown ingredients are lovingly grilled over charcoal at this restaurant, which is located right next to Sapporo Station. Not only are the seafood and meat received directly from the market, making them outstandingly fresh, but everything also comes with a very reasonable price tag. Recommended dishes include the [Osashimi no Moriawase], with tuna caught in Hakodate, as well as the fatty and meaty [Tokudai Hokkai Shima Hokke] (a type of atka mackerel). The restaurant has private rooms for large groups. Lunch is served between 11:30 am - 2:00 pm.
Kodawariyama Sapporo Eki-mae Branch
Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
[Friday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
[Monday – Thursday] Dinner 5:00 pm – 00:00 am
[Saturday] Dinner 4:00 pm – 1:00 am *4:00 pm – 12:00 am on Sunday
Average price: Dinner: 2,500 JPY / Lunch: 800 JPY
Access: 20-second walk from Exit 14 of Sapporo Station
Address: B1F, Kamei Bldg., Kita 4-jo Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
10.SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR Sapporo Branch
This Italian bar, located under the train tracks, will put you in good spirits with its array of over 100 different types of wine, along with pizza, pasta, and desserts. This bar cares so much about the quality of its food that it even invited an actual chef from Italy over to bake pizza in their red kiln. [D.O.C dokku] is their signature dish, which has won the Grand Prize at Pizza Fest - a pizza festival that takes place every autumn in Naples - for 3 consecutive years. All their pizzas are topped with [Water Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese], which is a rare mozzarella cheese that's 100% made from water buffalo milk.
SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR Sapporo Branch
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) Reservations for lunch are ① From 11:00 am, or ② From 12:30 pm.
[Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 2:30 pm – 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 2:30 pm – 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Reservations for lunch are ① From 11:00 am, or ② From 12:30 pm.
Average price: Dinner: 3,000 JPY / Lunch: 1,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from West Exit of Sapporo Station. *Avoid the rain and snow by coming via Paseo.
Address: 1F, Satsueki Bridge, 5-1, Kita 6-jo Nishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
11.New Western KAZU
New Western KAZU, located 3 minutes away from Odori Station and only a minute away from Nishi Yon Chome Station by foot, combines a casual atmosphere with the pure foundations of Western cuisine. The name, [Shinyoshoku], refers to making new food that adheres to the original recipe's foundations. The owner wanted customers to relax and enjoy this kind of food so much that they included it in the name of the restaurant! The [Succulent Beef Stew with Hokkaido Wagyu Beef Shank] has been the best-selling dish on the menu since the restaurant opened. In this dish, succulent chunks of slowly stewed shank meat are generously topped with homemade demi-glace sauce.
New Western KAZU
Open: [Tuesday – Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)
[Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Tuesday – Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Sunday] Dinner 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm (L.O. 7:30 pm)"Closed
Closed every Monday and third Sunday of the month"Average price
: Dinner: 3,000 JPY / Lunch: 1,500 JPYAccess
: 3-minute walk from Exit 10 of Odori StationAddress
: B1F, President Matsui Bldg. 100, Minami 1-jo Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido MapMore Details
12.Restaurant Minna de Koreru Mon Sapporo Station West Exit Branch
This restaurant, which is only a 3-minute walk from Sapporo Station, serves the best [Ezo wild game] - such as Ezo venison and duck - as well as top quality horse sashimi. They are very particular about using only locally grown produce. The menu of this restaurant includes a popular all-you-can-drink option that costs 390 yen per person for 1 hour. This makes it the ideal location for a quick drink on the way home from work. Lunch, which is reasonably priced, is served from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (Monday - Saturday).
Restaurant Minna de Koreru Mon Sapporo Station West Exit Branch
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day Before a National Holiday] Dinner 5:00 pm – 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) Food L.O. is also 11:00 pm.
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am – 2:00 pmClosed
: SundayAverage price
: Dinner: 2,900 JPY Average banquet cost is 3,500 JPY / Lunch: 480 JPYAccess
: 3-minute walk from Sapporo StationAddress
: B1F, Daini Hokkaido Tsushin Bldg., Kita 5-jo Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido MapMore Details
13.Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch
This butadon (pork rice bowl) specialty restaurant, located on 6F of Stellar Place, is directly managed by the well-established restaurant, Sorachi, which produces the famous Genghis Khan sauce. The interior is so laid-back, clean, and sophisticated that it feels more like a cafe than a restaurant! The ingredients for their sublime sauce are all carefully aged at a low temperature so as not to impair the richness and flavor. Japanese pork loin is then dipped into this sauce, and grilled several times over to create a dish that is unique. It will definitely make you want to order more!
Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch
: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 850 JPYAccess
: 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
14.Teatro di Massa
The chef, Yuya Nitta, worked at a famous Sapporo restaurant before he experienced “Cucina Creativa” while travelling around world-famous restaurants with stars in northern Italy. Teatro di Massa puts on a show for their unique dishes with the goal of bringing out flavors from local ingredients. Customers can enjoy watching the chef prepare their food in the open plan kitchen, which is visible from every angle of the restaurant. Lunch is served from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (L.O.), Thursday – Sunday.
Teatro di Massa
: [Monday, Wednesday – Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm (L.O.) The restaurant acts as a bar from 9:00 pm onwards.
[Thursday – Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (L.O.)Closed
*Open as usual if Tuesday lies on a national holidayAverage price
: Dinner: 12,000 JPY Lunch
: 2,800 JPYAccess
: 7-minute walk from Susukino Station. Exit from Tanuki-koji 7-chome and you'll find the restaurant in the building to the south side of 8-chome.Address
: 2F, Taiyo Bldg., 8-7, Minami 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido MapMore Details
15.RICCI Cucina Italiana
Seasonal Hokkaido ingredients are used in abundance at this Italian restaurant, such as seafood directly shipped from Sapporo Central Wholesale Market, Suffolk lamb meat from Betsukai Town, Doro-buta pork from Obihiro, and vegetables that are freshly harvested by contracted farmers. Highly recommended dishes include the [Madachi Cooked à la Meunière with Pumpkin Puree and Gorgonzola Sauce], in which madachi (Pacific cod milt) are fried in butter until crisp and aromatic. The restaurant also stocks rare Hokkaido wine. Lunch is served from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
RICCI Cucina Italiana
: [Tuesday – Sunday, National Holidays, Day Before a National Holiday] Lunch 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)
[Tuesday – Sunday, National Holidays, Day Before a National Holiday] Dinner 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)"Closed
If Monday is a national holiday, then the restaurant will be closed on Tuesday insteadAverage price
: Dinner: 5,000 JPY / Lunch: 1,500 JPYAccess
: 4-minute walk from Odori StationAddress
: 2F, Odori Koen West Bldg., 7-12-2, Minami 1-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido MapMore Details
16.Chugoku Ryori Koka
Enjoy the 4 big types of Chinese cuisine to your heart’s content at this stylish restaurant. Movable partitions allow the tables to be divided off as the customer desires, making it ideal for large banquets or family meals. The renowned Hokkaido chef, Tomii, makes regular dishes, such as [Fukahire no Sugatani] (shark fin cooked so it preserves its original shape) and [Gyoza] (Japanese dumpling), with a delicious and original twist. The large drink menu includes items such as draft beer and all-you-can-drink 8-year Shaoxing rice wine (out of the jar), as well as Chinese alcoholic beverages like Maotai (a variety of distilled Chinese alcohol).
Chugoku Ryori Koka
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am- 3:00 pm (last order 2:30 pm) [Weekdays, Saturday, Day Before Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 2:30 am (last order 2:00 am) [Sunday, Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 750 JPYAccess
: 4 minute walk from Susukino Station. Opposite Okura Building on the south side.Address
: 2F Sapporo Prince 6.2 Building, Nishi-2-chome Minami-6-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.