Hakata is known for its charming food culture that centers on unique foods like that you'd find at yatai (food stalls). Of these, its most famous dishes are spicy mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) and motsu-nabe (offal hot pot), but Hakata's one-bite gyoza (dumplings) are another delight that cannot be missed. A bit smaller than typical gyoza, they are delicious and easy to snack on and go great with beer. However, Hakata has so many great gyoza restaurants that it can be hard to choose just one. So, here are some of the best places to eat delicious gyoza in Hakata.
1. JIN DIN ROU KITTE Hakata Branch
With lines out the door even in Taiwan, JIN DOU ROU KITTE Hakata is known for their [Thin Skin Soup Dumplings] and delectable [Oolong Soup Dumplings], which are made by kneading premium Taiwanese oolong tea leaves into the dough. What makes their dumplings special is the umami-rich, meaty soup that can be seen bubbling out of the incredibly thin skin. They can also be easily picked up with chopsticks. The [Shrimp Gyoza], filled with a delicious shrimpy flavor, is another recommended dish. With an exotic, stylish ambiance, this restaurant is a great place to visit with a date, a friend, or even just by yourself.
JIN DIN ROU KITTE Hakata Branch
: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
*Falls in accordance with KITTE Hakata's operating times
*December 31: Normal operating times / January 1 - 3: 10:45 am - 11:00 pm / From January 4: Normal operating timesAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from Hakata StationAddress
: 9-1, Hakata-eki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
2. W's Lotus Garden
W's Lotus Garden offers original dishes based on traditional Shanghai recipes, but with a modern twist. It is split into two different areas: Ren, a luxurious space offering sofa-style seating and relaxing private rooms, and So, which has beautiful wooden tables and a casual ambiance. Its dishes use fresh, in-season ingredients that are healthy yet delicious. The beautifully chosen tableware is a feast for the eyes, too. W's Lotus Garden also offers course meals depending on your budget, which are perfect for fancy occasions like anniversaries and parties.
W's Lotus Garden
: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Weekends, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (L.O.), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAccess
: 5-minute walk from the Chikushi Gate of Hakata StationAddress
: 2F, TERASO, 2-7-27, Hakata-eki Higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
Yuushin is known for its juicy, meat-stuffed gyoza prepared on a red-hot teppan (iron griddle) and brought to the table sizzling hot. Reasonably priced at only 450 JPY, once you eat here, you'll keep coming back. Of course, the gyoza go great with drinks, too. Their square teppan are custom-made so that the gyoza can be fried to perfection. With a stylish interior, this restaurant is great for nights out with friends and dates. Why not visit and eat their famous gyoza to your heart's content?
Open: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] From 5:00 pm
Access: 3-minute walk from the TVQ bus stop
Address: 1F, La Concerto, 2-7-7, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
4. Ma's Chinese Restaurant Hakata
Ma's Chinese Restaurant Hakata specializes in delicious, authentic Chinese home food. The most popular dish on the menu is the [Golden Ankake Fried Rice], extravagantly prepared with shrimp, squid, whitefish, and a light, golden starchy sauce. Another must-try is the [Dan Dan Noodles], made with high-quality noodles, soup, chili oil, and sesame seeds. The restaurant interior has a royal blue color scheme, rare for a Chinese restaurant, with a sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance.
Ma's Chinese Restaurant Hakata
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Weekends] 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 9F, JR Hakata City AMU Plaza, Hakata-eki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
5. Temujin City Dining Kuten Branch
This restaurant is known for its light and healthy gyoza, which have a lot of secrets behind them. These delectable dumplings are filled with plenty of vegetables as well as ground beef instead of the more traditional pork, which makes them taste better. Also, the dumplings contain just the right amount of garlic, so you can eat as many as you want without any unpleasant aftertaste. With direct access to Hakata Station, this restaurant is located in a convenient spot, easy to stop by during shopping or on the way back from work.
Temujin City Dining Kuten Branch
: 11:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 1,200 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: 10F, JR Hakata City AMU Plaza, 1-1, Hakata-eki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
6. Asahiken Ekimae Honten
Serving sizzling hot gyoza prepared using traditional techniques, Asahiken is a famous gyoza restaurant that started off as a food cart in 1954. With a crunchy exterior and a juicy filling made with 14 different ingredients, these dumplings are so addictive that once you take a bite, you can't stop eating them. Even better, they don't contain a lot of garlic, making them easy to eat. This restaurant offers take out and delivery as well, so you can enjoy their delicious dumplings at home as well. Another highly recommended dish is their famous [Chicken Wings], marinated in their specialty soy sauce that takes a whole day to prepare. On weekends, they sell over 5,000 wings a day! This restaurant is always bustling with businessmen and families.
Asahiken Ekimae Honten
: 3:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 1,501 JPY - 2,000 JPYAddress
: 2-15-22, Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
: hitosara (Japanese)
7. Hakata Gion TETSUNABE
TETSUNABE is known for their exquisite gyoza prepared in an iron pot. The gyoza are stuffed with both filling and love. Served in the same pot they're cooked in, the dumplings come to the table sizzling hot and delicious, with an irresistible crispy outside. The restaurant only handmakes the dumplings using filling prepared with ingredients procured the same day. The gyoza are prepared by a husband and wife team. One stretches dough into dumpling wrappers, the other wraps the filling, and both pour their love into their work. This restaurant also has a delicious house yuzu-pepper dipping sauce that goes amazingly well with the gyoza. It is recommended that you visit this place during their off-times, as there is typically a long wait to get in.
Hakata Gion TETSUNABE
: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pmClosed
: Sunday, National Holidays
*Also Obon and the beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: 1,001 JPY - 1,500 JPYAddress
: 2-20, Gion-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map
: hitosara (Japanese)
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.