The 10 unmissable restaurants in Kyushu, March 2019

Publish-date: Mar 13 2019 Update-date: May 16 2023
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Kyushu, March 2019

Planning a trip to Kyushu and looking for something specific to eat? There are plenty of restaurants to suit every tastes. Discover the best places to eat here, from traditional meal and quintessentially comfort food to western-style dishes and varied ethnic cuisine.

1. Yufuin Sansyouryou

Yufuin Sansyouryou cuisine
Yufuin Sansyouryou floor
Locally grown and harvested on the same day, the vegetables take center stage here at this restaurant. Each vegetable variety is carefully researched and prepared simply as to bring out the best flavor of the ingredient, from cutting, boiling, steaming, seasoning, and so on. They make sure that they don't just prepare the food and serve but also endeavor to connect with their customers and build a relationship with them. It is this sentiment, and the delicious food, that earned them recognition in 2018 from a world-renowned gourmet guide. The beautiful lunch box [Awasebako (Umi, Yama)] depicts the 4 seasons of Yufuin and is absolutely a must-have item! You can feel all of Yufuin in this dish, from the grandness of nature to the feelings and efforts of the farmers here. Dinner is especially recommended if you want to really savor each and every vegetable, but both lunch and dinner are great options for travelers!

Yufuin Sansyouryou

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 7-minute walk from [Yufuin Station]
Address: 2850-51, Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu city, Oita (Map)
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2. Karin

2. Karin
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Kyushu, March 2019
With a focus on eating for your health and beauty, Karin mixes French techniques into creating healthy Japanese food that you can enjoy to your heart's content. There are 3 types of courses on the menu to choose from, all packed with flavors of the season. The dashi (broth), which is a necessity of Japanese cooking, is made every day with charcoal grilled flying fish, Oita hana donko (high-quality shiitake mushrooms), and Rishiri konbu. The owner-chef then takes the carefully selected ingredients, pins down when they're in season, and draws up a menu that changes daily. The [Nama Uni] is made from the highest grade ingredients available in that season, such as the Kitaura red sea urchin or the Hokkaido Konbumori bafun sea urchin. You can enjoy extravagant ingredients such as this, along with rank A5 Saga beef and red sea bream, all under one roof! At this restaurant, you'll be able to spend a fantastic night indulging in exquisite sounds, presentation, and smells!


Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Open on Sunday and National Holidays upon reservations.
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY
Access: Head towards Nakagawa from [Tenjin-minami Station] for around 5 minutes on foot. It's on the 2F of Bay Hill Court Bldg.
Address: 2F, Bay Hill Court Bldg., 3-19, Nishi Nakasu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka


The 10 unmissable restaurants in Kyushu, March 2019
Our hideaway-like [HAKATA CHIKUSAI] is illuminating in front of Reisen Park. Our sophisticated space was designed by Mr. Kengo Kuma, a world-renowned architect. We serve exquisite Japanese and teppanyaki (grilled on an iron griddle) dishes in our relaxing dining with the soft lighting coming through Japanese paper. At a counter seat, you can fully enjoy carefully-selected Japanese black beef from Kyushu, while enjoying watching the chef's light movements. Relaxing private rooms are also available where you can receive our attentive hospitality, which is suited for entertaining your clients and special occasions such as an anniversary date and weaning ceremony. Our flexible services with small surprises following the dinner occasion are also highly received. Please visit this special restaurant to satisfy your five senses with the seasonal banquet and teppanyaki dishes in our sophisticated space. 


Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: 4 minute walk from exit No.5 of the [Nakasu Kawabata Station] on Subway. On the first floor of Chowa Bldg, across from Reisen Park. 4 minute walk from Kushida-jinja Shrine and Hakata-za
Address: 1F, Chowa Bldg., 4-8 Tenya-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka

4. Chikae Fukuoka Branch

4. Chikae Fukuoka Branch
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Kyushu, March 2019
Founded in 1961, and beloved by its many customers, Chikae combines the class and vibrancy of a restaurant with a homely, relaxed atmosphere. Initially, owned by a coal mining baron, Nakajima Tokumatsu, the historic mansion was renovated to have 30 or so Japanese styled rooms that could accommodate for anything from family outings, company events, or tourists to ceremonies or memorial services. The programs on offer are very efficient, to ensure everything runs smoothly. The biggest highlight, however, has to be the giant tank on the other side of the counter on the first floor. Watching fresh fish from Kyushu elegantly swim while you dine is a whole new experience, especially when dishes such as [Ika Iketsukuri] and [Sekiaji Sugatazukuri] are prepared straight out of the tank for the freshest taste possible.

Chikae Fukuoka Branch

Open: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm) *Lunch is only served on weekdays to those with prior booking. Counter opens at 5:00 pm. [Saturday, Sunday, National Holiday] 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm) *Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Access: 4-minute walk from Exit 4 of [Akasaka Station]. Turn left at the Public Employment Security Office Intersection.
Address: 2-2-17, Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka

5. Aho-dori

Aho-dori cuisine
Aho-dori floor
This dish is made from the thigh meat of free-range chickens from Miyazaki , grilled over oak charcoal to produce an outstanding taste and aroma. The heat of the fire reaches every part of the chicken, and using oil from the chicken, aroma and color are added. This dish is flavored with a blend of various roasted salts. When thinking of Kyushu and Hakata cooking, offal stew comes to mind. For the main ingredient of the offal stew, the entrails (small intestines, a cow's stomach), we use the Bungo cow, whose meat has a strong fatty flavor. This is finished with a soy sauce flavoring, using a traditional Kyushu stock that is popular in home cooking. When interacting with customers, we always put our heart into seeing things from the customers' perspective. We think that by going about our work with confidence, we give the customers a sense of security. The shop is brimming with vitality, and old fashioned warmth. Every day, a wide range of people crowd in, both locals and tourists.


Open: Normal hours: 6:30 p.m.-4:00 a.m. (last order 3:00 a.m.)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Nakasukawabata Station. Just inside Ningyo Koji (Doll Alley).
Address: Ningyokoji, 4-1-19 Nakasu , Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka

6. La Rochelle Fukuoka

La Rochelle Fukuoka cuisine
La Rochelle Fukuoka floor
[La Rochelle Fukuoka], with its elegant space away from hustles and bustles of the city, offers you the ultimate moment with French dishes. Enjoy our [course of the Chef's Choice] created by the great sense of the skillful Chef Goshima. Our nutritious meals are cooked bringing out the original tastes of the day's ingredients. The first dish is [Bite-Sized Hors-d'Oeuvre] with the sense of the season. With its various flavors, you will feel anxious for the meals that are coming next. The main dishes use meat and seafood mainly from Kyushu. Thoroughly enjoy delicious ingredients sublimated into elaborated dishes by our chef's skillful techniques. For alcohol that goes with these dishes, our sommelier will select the recommended wine for you. Please have a happy and comfortable moment with our heartwarming services which will please your spirit.

La Rochelle Fukuoka

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) / Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from Exit No.1 of Akasaka Subway Station. Go towards the direction of Ohori Park along Meiji-dori Street, then on the right side
Address: 1-1-5 Otemon, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka

7. Le Marchand de Bonheur

Le Marchand de Bonheur cuisine
Le Marchand de Bonheur floor
In the spring of 2018, a new French restaurant opened in Kego, Fukuoka to great anticipation. Chef Mori, who honed his skills at top restaurants in France and Japan, chose to establish his own restaurant here with a desire to cook using the ingredients of his hometown of Kyushu. The French cuisine he presents is based on traditional French techniques but is full of wholesome flavors of local ingredients. There is a wide selection of dishes that are only available here, such as the signature [Fritters of Sea Anemone from the Ariake Sea], the innovative potato salad known as [Lightly Smoked Potato Salad], and [Sake Lees Blanc-Manger], which exudes aroma of umami (Japanese savory taste) of rice grains. There is a variety of a la carte dishes and courses so customers can enjoy the food according to their own preference and the occasion. Even the side dishes are of astonishingly high quality. A restaurant is a comfortable place where customers can relax, and experience genuine, quality flavors and a luxurious time.

Le Marchand de Bonheur

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY
Access: Walk 8 minutes from [Akasaka Station] / Walk 8 minutes from [Yakuin-odori Station] / Walk 12 minutes from [Yakuin Station]
Address: 2F, Wing Court Kego, 2-2-23, Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka

8. Nadai Matsuhonke

8. Nadai Matsuhonke
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Kyushu, March 2019
[Nadai Matsuhonke] is udon (thick noodles) restaurant on the second floor of the building near to the station. Do not miss our [Special Curry Udon] using our proud [double soup] which is made with chicken stock, 4 kinds of Japanese broths, and spices which are carefully-selected and originally-blended. Its taste has a punch yet is not too spicy. Its exquisite taste is popular for children to adults. When you are tired of everyday udon dishes, we recommend the [Taiwan Maze Udon (noodles to mix with other ingredients)], which is similar to oiled ramen noodles, with savory and spicy ground meat. In addition to lunchtime, we open from 5:30 pm to 5:00 am so that you can visit us for various occasions such as lunch, dinner, and to enjoy the last dish after drinking alcohol. We are also ideal for casually enjoying drinking alcohol, as a wide variety of skewers are available which go well with beer.

Nadai Matsuhonke

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:30 pm - 2:30 am *5:30 pm - 2:30 am on Sunday when the next Monday is a national holiday. Nakasu branch: 5:30 pm - 5:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from [Tenjin Minami Station]. From exit No.6, go towards the direction of Nakasu along National Route 202. On the second floor of the building next to [Toyoko INN Nishi Nakatsu].
Address: 1F NIPPON GARAGE Bldg., 2-4-9, Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka

9. Sangaono

  Sangaono cuisine
  Sangaono floor
Sangaono, located in Itoshima city, is about an hour drive from Fukuoka city. The restaurant serves delectable kaiseki cuisine that features the local bounty from the sea and mountain. Lunch and dinner menu have a separate list of menu that uses seasonal ingredients available during the month. Set menu ends with rice and soy sauce-seasoned ingredients cooked in an earthen pot, a delicacy among Japanese. This traditional style inn invites 3 groups of guests a day, offering warm hospitality. At weekends, guests hold anniversaries and important events such as wedding, yuino ceremony, memorial service and other traditional ceremonies. Guests are welcome from group of women for an excursion to those wishing to relax during the weekend before departing for work, offering hospitality tailored to each taste.           


Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (L.O.2:30 pm) Dinner 4:30 pm - 10:20 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,800 JPY
Access: 10 minutes driving from Nishikyushu Expressway Maebaru IC /  Approximately 10 minutes drive from JR Chikuzen-maebaru station
Address: 2143-2, Shimakuga, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
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10. Noko Tantanmen Hakata Ozora

Noko Tantanmen Hakata Ozora cuisine
Noko Tantanmen Hakata Ozora floor
[Ginza Ozora] is a renowned Szechuan hot noodle restaurant popular among noodle fans. In the end of 2017, its branch opened in Fukuoka city, Fukuoka prefecture. Our proud [Szechuan Sesame Hot Noodles], highly recommended by an expert, is in an cloudy soup with a deep white color. This rich soup, using a chicken bone stock and an abundance of sesame, has a deep creamy taste. Enjoy the exquisite harmony of the soup and accents such as spicy Sichuan pepper, chili oil, ground meat mixed with miso paste, and coriander. From the first sip, you will surely be fascinated with the world of flavor that follows the "hot". [Szechuan Sesame Hot Noodles Without Soup], our another specialty, is also a master piece with an exquisite taste which you should not miss. 

Noko Tantanmen Hakata Ozora

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY
Access: 4 minutes walk from Watanabe-dori Station on subway
Address: 1F, Haruyoshi Bldg., 1-7-21, Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Mar 12 2019 Update-date: May 16 2023

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