Do you have lunch at the same place all the time? For a change of pace, here is a list of must-try restaurants in Fukuoka that you might want to visit for lunch. This list includes a mix of old and new, as well as restaurants that serve rare dishes like crocodile meat. You'll also find ones that serve classic Japanese cuisine like tonkotsu ramen (noodles).
1. Rikyu Hakata Eki-mae Branch
Gyu-tan (beef tongue), one of Sendai's specialties that's known for its unique flavor and soft texture, has made its way to Fukuoka, Kyushu. This is especially true of the Hakata area. Each piece of this carefully seasoned delicacy is aged before being cooked over charcoal to retain its juiciness. Aside from grilling, it can also be enjoyed in curries or stews.
Their [Medium Spicy Beef Tongue Curry Teishoku] (set meal) has just the right level of spiciness, with a good blend of carefully-selected spices that make it ideal for lunch.
This is their [Stew Lunch Teishoku], which is a luxurious meal made of beef tongue steak that's been slow-cooked in a demi-glace sauce.
Rikyu Hakata Eki-mae Branch
: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
*For opening hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, contact the restaurant.Average price
: [Dinner] 1,575 JPY / [Lunch] 1,575 JPYAccess
: Directly connected to Hakata Station. Located on Amu Plaza's 9th floor, City Dining Kooten.Address
: 9F, JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, 1-1, Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, FukuokaMore Details
2. Ramen Kurume Hondasyoten Canal City Hakata Ramen Stadium Branch
Kurume, Fukuoka is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen and Ramen Kurume Honda Shoten. The restaurant achieves the exquisite taste of their ramen by only using soup cooked with the "yobimodoshi" (combining the broth of the day with that of the day before) method, combined with their homemade noodles and topped with char siu (thin slices of braised pork belly) that has been slow-cooked for 3 days.
Enjoy their [Tetsunabe Yaki Gyoza (10 pcs)] (iron pan-grilled dumplings) freshly cooked, even at lunch!
This is Honda Shoten's best-selling [Honda Ramen No.1 (Pure)], which is known for its basic tonkotsu taste.
Ramen Kurume Hondasyoten Canal City Hakata Ramen Stadium Branch
Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Average price: 900 JPY
Access: 10-minute walk from Nakasu-Kawabata Station. Head southeast on Nakasu Chuo Street. It is on the southern side of the 5th floor, in Canal City Hakata Center Walk.
Address: 5F, Canal City Hakata Center Walk, 1-2-22, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
3. Bistro Shirokuma
Bistro Shirokuma takes pride in providing delicious yet creative meals in a relaxing space that even solo diners can enjoy. For lunch, their [Carbonara] is a must-try. This well-loved, delicious dish is made cute with the addition of a bear-shaped meringue topping. It's great for solo diners, groups, and even after-party gatherings!
Spend a wonderful meal in their stylishly spacious interior, which is one of the features that stand out as you enter the restaurant.
Spice up your lunch with their freshly-cooked, juicy hamburg steak that's served on a hot iron plate.
: [Friday, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 5:00 am
[Sunday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
[Tuesday - Thursday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 3:00 amClosed
*If it falls on a national holiday, the restaurant will close on Tuesday instead. For bookings outside of business hours, please contact the restaurant.Average price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPYAccess
: 6-minute walk from Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station. Head straight towards Gokoku Shrine via Route 202. It is on the left side.Address
: 201, 1-15-50, Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (map
4. Shitamachi Bistro Rojiura
Rojiura is a 4-in-1 bistro that functions as an izakaya (Japanese pub), bar, lunch destination, and party place. Their concept is to offer a menu and environment that suits everyone. Their menu consists of items ideal for sharing, making the bistro a perfect location for romantic dates. Tonkatsu loin (fried pork cutlet) and sautéed dishes made of Itoshima pork, which are also offered on first-class JAL domestic flights, are just some of their lunch must-tries.
Taste dishes made from Itoshima pork (a type of branded pork from Fukuoka) with the [Itoshima Pork Loin Cutlet Lunch Teishoku] (set meal)!
Try the [Mentaiko Ishiyaki Bibimbap Lunch] (mixed rice with meat, vegetables, and pollock roe in a savory and spicy sauce) served in a stone bowl, which is a recommended bibimbap dish that features Fukuoka's unique, local flavors.
Shitamachi Bistro Rojiura
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:00 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: 3,300 JPY
*They have course meals.Access
: 2-minute walk from Futsukaichi StationAddress
: 1F, 6-3-22, Futsukaichi Chuo, Chikushino-shi, FukuokaMore Details
A restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere, Hanmadan offers authentic Korean dishes for lunch for as low as 500 - 800 JPY. Their dishes are seasoned with 5 kinds of chili peppers imported from Korea, and they provide diners with healthy and diet-friendly Korean dishes at affordable prices.
For 800 JPY, you can have [Sundubu Jjigae Teishoku] (set meal with Korean tofu stew) with a salad and coffee.
They also have lunch selections that are limited in number, such as their [Bibimbap] (500 JPY), of which only 5 servings are made and sold per day.
: Lunch 11:30 pm - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30), Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: 3,001 JPY - 3,500 JPYAddress
: 2-15-35, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, FukuokaSource
: hitosara (Japanese)
6. Yumehana Genkido
Enjoy dishes made with carefully-selected ingredients from the Genkai Sea (Genkai-nada) and Kyushu! Their ingredients are carefully selected by the head chef, who has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Seasonal seafood is purchased every morning directly from fishing ports, such as those from the Genkai Sea, for ultimate freshness. For lunch, diners can enjoy yari-ika (spear squid) sourced from Yubuko Port (Yobuko-ko) and tora-fugu (tiger blowfish) from Shimonoseki, as well as other fresh seafood straight from the restaurant's live tank.
When checking for the freshness of fish, check the gills rather than the eyes. Extremely fresh ones should have a reddish or pinkish color.
One feature that's unique to meat grilled on an iron griddle is that food becomes crispy on the outside, yet remains juicy on the inside.
: Lunch 11:00 pm - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 700 JPYAccess
: 5-minute walk from Hakata Station. Leave the Hakata entrance and turn right. It is on the 8th floor of the Hakata Bus Terminal.Address
: 8F, Hakata Bus Terminal, 2-1, Hakata-eki Chuo-gai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (map
7. IMBISS KULA
Do you want to experience a casual yet stylish dining environment? Head for IMBISS KULA, which is a minute's walk from Hakata Station. A cafe by day and bar by night, the atmosphere of the restaurant significantly changes in the evening. One of their best-sellers is the [16-grain Rice Curry], which is loved for its rich curry sauce and chewy multi-grained rice. Feel free to visit the place for lunch and dinner with your family and friends!
[16-grain Rice Curry], their best-selling lunch dish, is known for its chewy texture.
Try their deliciously chewy [Wiener Dog], which is served with a side of homemade coleslaw.
: [National Holidays] 6:00 am - 1:00 am
[Sunday] 6:00 am - 1:00 am
[Monday - Thursday] 6:00 am - 2:00 am
[Friday, Saturday] 6:00 am - 5:00 amClosed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 600 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from the Chikushi Entrance of Hakata Station. It is located inside Ex-Side Yokocho, which is to the left of the station.Address
: 1F, Ex-Side Hakata, 1-1, Hakata-eki Chuo-gai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (map
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.