Explore the beautiful and picturesque Kanazawa! There are lots of sightseeing spots, like Kenrokuen and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. During your visit to this splendid area, be sure to try at least one of these 15 restaurants near Kanazawa Station.
1. Kusunoki (Japanese Cuisine)
This Japanese restaurant is located near Omicho Market, walking distance from Kanazawa Station. The restaurant is renowned for its seafood dishes. Kusunoki uses only the wild ingredients. It also has seafood not easily found outside of Ishikawa Prefecture. One of their most popular dishes is the [Nodoguro Mushi-zushi (1,800 JPY)] - a steamed sushi made with a top-class fish called "rosy seabass". When cooked, the umami (Japanese savory taste) of the fat increases and the resulting flavor is extremely delicate. Other popular delicacies are the [Shun no Sengyo Assortment], which is a platter of fish procured daily from the market by the owner, and the [Jukusei Tennen Buri Shabu (2,800 JPY)], which consists of shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) with slices of a 5 to 10-day aged Japanese amberjack that's over 11kg.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm *Need to reserve at least a day in advance, Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: WednesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY *Reservation only!Address
: 2F, AD Bldg., 12-1, Musashi-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map
2. Shishimaru (Yakiniku)
At this yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant, they serve Noto beef - a popular breed of Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) raised in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture. Around 500 cattle of this rare breed are raised per year, and its meat is characterized by a smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture. This restaurant serves every kind of Noto beef cut: from A5-ranked cuts to horumon (innards). The most recommended dish is the A5-ranked [Noto Beef Horumon Assortment], which you can enjoy the rich sweetness and umami. You should try the [Morioka Reimen (880 JPY plus tax)] to finish off your meal. The firm cold noodles in a collagen-rich soup made from beef bone dashi (broth), is a great option for everyone.
Open: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Average price: 4,500 JPY
Address: 2-100, Otomo, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa ()
3. respiracion (Spanish and Mediterranean Cuisine)
Head over to "respiracion" when you’re in the mood for some authentic Spanish cuisine. Their dishes are prepared by 3 talented chefs, each with their own style. Thanks to its open kitchen, the atmosphere inside is lively and welcoming. Their [Seafood Paella (2,850 JPY plus tax)], made with plenty of seafood, and their [Charcoal-grilled Meat Dishes of the Day (from 1,980 JPY plus tax)] that consists of meat grilled Spanish-style so that the juices and umami are locked inside, come highly recommended. You may also enjoy their course meals, which offer a large variety of delicacies. While you're at it, pair your food with one of their many sommelier-selected wines, such as organic Spanish wine.
Open: [Monday - Thursday] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
[Saturday] 2:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
[Sunday] 2:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Average price: 5,500 JPY
Address: 67, Bakuro-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
4. Gyoshoan (Japanese Cuisine)
This Japanese restaurant is famous for having its seafood delivered directly from Kanazawa, Nanao, and Ushitsu Ports, which are Ishikawa's most well-known fishing ports. They stock their ingredients in 3 batches - in the morning, afternoon, and evening - so you'll find the freshest products available at any time of the day. They also have a fish tank, allowing them to serve live seafood delicacies. Their menu is made up of dishes like sushi, sashimi, grilled dishes, and steamed food. If you can't decide what to order, try the [10 Pieces of Local Fish Sushi (3,480 JPY plus tax)], made with local fish caught in nearby waters, including the premium rosy seabass. They also offer [7-kind Sashimi Assortment (from 3,280 JPY plus tax for around 2 people)] - their signature dish that allows you to stuff your mouth with beautifully arranged, fresh sashimi.
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Open on New Year's Day *Has irregular holidays, around twice a year
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Address: 3-13-17, Eki Nishi Shin-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa ()
5. Oryori Kifune (Japanese Cuisine and Kaiseki)
Higashi Chaya District (Higashi Chaya-gai) is a popular spot that contains the atmosphere of retro Kanazawa, and this restaurant is only a few steps away from it. Built in a renovated kominka (Japanese traditional house), it offers Japanese cuisine that combines tradition with innovation. For example, the [Awabi and Himi Udon with Kimo Miso Dressing] comes highly recommended and matches divinely with sake (Japanese alcohol). It is a udon (thick noodles) dish with abalone that has been carefully steamed for 3 hours before being served with a sauce made from butter and bittersweet innards. Another great option is their special [Morikomi] - an assortment of seasonal delicacies. The owner stocks large quantities of any ingredient they deem valuable, and this insatiable curiosity is what allows them to create unique dishes that have fans coming back again and again. Both lunch and dinner are limited to 4 groups of people, so don't forget to make a reservation!
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch from 11:30 am (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner from 5:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
[Sunday] Breakfast from 7:00 am (L.O. 9:00 am), Lunch from 11:30 am (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner from 5:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: Wednesday, 1st Tuesday of the monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPYAddress
: 1-9-69, Hikoso-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map
6. Restaurant N (French Cuisine)
This restaurant serves French dishes made exclusively with domestic products delivered from farms across Japan. A perfect example from one of their course meals is the [Shiranuka Lamb Roti with Vegetables from Noto]. In this dish, the delicate aroma of high-quality lamb roti is combined with vegetables taken from Noto, Ishikawa. The menu also boasts of a colorful platter of vegetables called [30 Kinds of Vegetables]. The different flavors and textures of each vegetable are amazing!
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner Courses 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm), Dinner A-la-carte 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Friday - Sunday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner Courses 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm), Dinner A-la-carte 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: Wednesday *Irregularly closed once a monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 9,800 JPY / [Lunch] 6,500 JPYAddress
: 2-1-2, Hon-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map)More Details
7. Tokiwa (Japanese Cuisine and Kaiseki)
Walk 2 minutes from Kanazawa Station to get to this Japanese restaurant. Tokiwa serves tasty Japanese dishes, with a particular focus on Kanazawa's seasonal products. Their carefully selected ingredients are produced mainly in Ishikawa Prefecture. They also offer famed sake brands from all over Japan that were selected by a sake expert. The menu varies by the season, but to give an example, they make a delicious [Nodoguro no Iimushi] that uses the luxurious rosy seabass. The fish is stuffed with glutinous rice and then steamed, resulting in a tasty delicacy. The [Hassun], an appetizer made with plenty of seasonal ingredients, will please both the palate and the eyes with its exquisite flavors and splendid presentation.
: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: 7,000 JPYAddress
: 5-5, Horikawa-cho, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map)More Details
8. Kanazawa Cya-ya Kappo Tsuzumi (Japanese Cuisine and Kaiseki)
Kanazawa Chaya Kappo Tsuzumi serves Japanese cuisine using various seasonal ingredients. For example, from October - May, they offer a luxurious course meal of wild tiger pufferfish that's procured either from Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, or Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. During the winter, they offer a variety of crab-based dishes. They also serve typical Kanazawa specialties, among which the [Aigamo Jibuni (1,200 JPY plus tax)] comes highly recommended. In this dish, duck from Kyoto and traditional vegetables from Kaga are arranged beautifully in a bowl. It tastes even better than it looks!
Kanazawa Cya-ya Kappo Tsuzumi
Open: Breakfast 7:00 am - 8:30 am, Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY (plus tax) / [Lunch] 3,500 JPY (plus tax)
Address: 2-17-21, Hon-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa ()
9. Itteki (Japanese Cuisine)
Itteki serves Japanese cuisine made from quality ingredients that are mostly procured from Noto, Ishikawa. You'll find different dishes on the menu depending on the season, but if you get the chance, try the healthy [Cauliflower Yoshino Tofu], which is seasoned with a sauce made from kudzu (type of beans), sea urchin, and other ingredients. Also, try the [Amigasa-mushi with 2 Types of Shrimps] - sweet shrimps and botan shrimps steamed with sake, and then served with a sake-based American sauce. You'll also find a large variety of premium sake from all over the country here.
Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 1:30 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
Average price: 6,000 JPY
Address: 1F, Sun First Bldg., 2-48, Horikawa Shin-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa ()
10. Asanogawa (Sushi)
Located along the placid Asano River (Asano-gawa), Asanogawa offers sushi courses using fresh seafood stocked daily from the morning market. Their sushi is prepared in a way that enhances the original flavor and umami of the ingredients to the fullest. Some examples are the [Maguro no Akami-zuke] - handed down from the head chef of Komatsu Yasuke, who was considered to be the most prominent sushi chef of western Japan - and [Aka Ika], which is a nigiri (hand-formed sushi) dish made with red squid caught in Kanazawa.
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: WednesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPYAddress
: 2-13, Kazue-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map)More Details
11. Teppanya Tomoshibi (Teppanyaki)
Stuff your face with Kanazawa delicacies in this teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle) restaurant. Other than classic teppanyaki dishes, like the [Okonomiyaki (from 800 JPY plus tax)] whose fragrant taste and fluffy texture matches divinely with beer, they also make several Noto beef delicacies. Noto beef is a tasty brand of beef from Ishikawa Prefecture that is hard to find in other parts of Japan. The [Noto Beef Akami Momo Steak (1,900 JPY plus tax)] comes highly recommended. The suffused lighting and elegant, modern interior of Teppanya Tomoshibi are other reasons for this place's popularity.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: TuesdayAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 301, Bill Ran, 2-4-30, Hon-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map
12. French Izou (French Cuisine)
A 3-minute walk from Kanazawa Station, this French bar offers a laid-back atmosphere. Creative hors d'oeuvres, original seafood dishes, and sublime meat-based main dishes made by the talented chef are lined up on their rich menu. Apart from numerous à la carte dishes, they also offer course meals for both lunch and dinner. Whether you go for some alone time or for an exciting night out with friends, you won't be disappointed!
Open: Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Monday *If it falls on a national holiday, the following day will be closed instead
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Address: 5-10, Horikawa-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa ()
13. Daimyo Jaya (Japanese Cuisine)
Daimyo Jaya serves traditional dishes from Kaga and fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan (Nihon-kai). Their course meals are highly recommended, such as the [Nodoguro Kaiseki (reservation required) (8,000 JPY plus tax)] - a Japanese banquet meal with alcohol that's centered around the premium rosy seabass - and the [Mini Kaiseki Hagoromo (2,800 JPY plus tax)], which is a lunch meal that contains plenty of Kaga delicacies. They also serve several à la carte options made with seasonal ingredients. In the winter, don't miss their crab and Japanese amberjack dishes!
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,100 JPYAddress
: 7-5-1, Konohana-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map)More Details
14. French Cuisine Preeminence (French Cuisine)
Savor the riches of Ishikawa, cooked French-style, at Preeminence. The menu mainly consists of course meals made from a large variety of local produce: fish, beef, vegetables, and fruit. All their delicious dishes pair perfectly with their wines from Noto and France.
French Cuisine Preeminence
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: Monday *Open if it falls on a national holidayAddress
: 4-8-31, Kita Yasue, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Map
15. GYO-KAI JIN Kanazawa Eki-mae Branch (Seafood Izakaya, Creative Cuisine, Japanese Cuisine)
While carrying on the tradition of Kanazawa cuisine, this popular restaurant creates innovative dishes that you won't be able to find anywhere else. For example, the [Minus 196°C Hiyashi Tomato (680 JPY)] (tomato chilled in liquid nitrogen) and the [Noto-gyu ga Torokeru Aburi Uni (380 JPY)] (seared Noto beef with raw sea urchin) are both beautiful and delicious. As for drinks, they offer a wide variety of options, from sake and wines to cocktails made with fresh vegetables and fruits.
GYO-KAI JIN Kanazawa Eki-mae Branch
Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)
Average price: 5,000 JPY
Address: 2F, Creer Bonheur Eki-mae, 2-12-4, Hon-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa ()
This list covers a variety of restaurants, from ones that traditional Japanese cuisine to others that offer French dishes. Now that you know where to find them, go visit them!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.