The 10 unmissable restaurants in Okinawa and Southeast Islands, July 2019

Publish-date: Jul 01 2019 Update-date: Jul 03 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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The 10 unmissable restaurants in Okinawa and Southeast Islands, July 2019

Planning a trip to Okinawa and Southeast Islands 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. OMORO HOUSE

OMORO HOUSE cuisine
OMORO HOUSE floor
Relax and take your time to enjoy the calm atmosphere and rich menu at OMORO HOUSE. Be sure to try the [Otsukuri] made with seasonal Japanese fish sourced directly from Toyosu Market. The 3 types of hand-made condiments show off the originality of the head chef, and perfectly bring out the flavors of the fish. You'll also want to try Yamashiro beef, a high-grade beef that has earned popularity for its excellent texture. [Seared Nigiri Sushi], made with sirloin, is a true delicacy that melts in your mouth. A full wine list that pairs with the menu's meat and fish is also available. This restaurant aims to bring their customers a moment of bliss with the quality of their food, drinks, and customer service. You'll experience the highest quality dining experience here.

OMORO HOUSE

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 12:30 am (Food L.O. 11:45 pm, Drinks L.O. 12:00 am) [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 1:30 am (Food L.O. 12:45 am, Drinks L.O. 1:00 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: Located around a 1 minute walk from [Oromachi Station]. The restaurant is located just past the DFS North Garden, beside the Libre Garden Hotel.
Address: 1F, T&C Shintoshin Hills, 4-17-25, Omoro-machi, Naha city, Okinawa (Map)
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2. Konchiwa Shurijo-mae Branch

Konchiwa Shurijo-mae Branch cuisine
Konchiwa Shurijo-mae Branch floor
Conveniently located within walking distance from Shuri Castle on Ryutaku-dori, this izakaya takes pride in its Okinawan cuisine. It has a homey atmosphere along with a comfortable space to dine in. This izakaya caters to all occasions with its table seating, counter seats for solo diners to relax in, and private rooms with sunken kotatsu floor seating that are great for parties. The varied menu includes authentic Okinawan cuisine that has earned rave reviews from Okinawa locals, as well as fresh sashimi, chicken, pork, beef, and yum cha sets. The extensive alcohol menu includes local awamori liquor and sake and shochu sourced from all over Japan. There is a range of course menus, including menus that can be adjusted to your guest list and budget, making this a popular choice for guests of all ages.

Konchiwa Shurijo-mae Branch

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 2,800 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from [Shuri Station]
Address: 1F, Palace Side Villa, 1-10, Shuritonokura-cho, Naha city, Okinawa (Map)
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3. Ganaha Main Branch

Ganaha Main Branch cuisine
Ganaha Main Branch floor
Ganaha is run by a long standing butcher shop. By sourcing whole Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality cattle), the restaurant is able to deliver fresh and high quality meat dishes. There is a wealth of dishes to try here, including 12 types of Wagyu offal and rare cuts of beef. Fully stocked with a range of local Okinawa delicacies like Ishigaki beef and Yayanbaru Island Agu Pork, two popular dishes you should try is the [Agu Pork Loin Steak] and [Shabu-Shabu]. Local alcohol options including the restaurant's beer and awamori liquor that help draw out the appeal of Okinawan produce. A range of services like Happy Hour from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, terrace seat discounts, and Sunday family set discounts make this a wonderful place to bring the family. Here you can eat your fill of yakiniku and enjoy a drink at reasonable prices.

Ganaha Main Branch

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 10:30 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: Around 15 minutes by car from Okinawa Expressway Kyoda Interchange towards Nago City.
Address: 2F, 1410-1, Miyazato, Nago city, Okinawa (Map)
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4. Anzuya P's SQUARE branch

Anzuya P's SQUARE branch cuisine
Anzuya P's SQUARE branch floor
[Anzuya P's SQUARE branch] is famous for the drinks created in front of the guests, and performances such as topping cheese in front of the guests. The chef's best recommendation is [Shochu (Japanese liquor) Mixed with Lemon & Soda Water] using an abundance of domestic lemon. This exquisite drink is popular as the guests can make it by themselves. Also enjoy the high-quality dishes such as [Grilled Beef Tongue] and [Pot Sticker with Coriander], with a wide variety of drinks. They offer various reasonable services and discounts, such as [Special Tuesday] when 4 different kinds of dishes become half price and monthly discounted menus of recommendation. You will have no problems to visit by car, as there is huge shared parking for 250 vehicles. Please visit on various occasions. 

Anzuya P's SQUARE branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am [Friday] 5:00 pm - 2:00 am [Saturday] 3:00 pm - 2:00 am [Sunday, National Holidays] 3:00 pm - 0:00 am
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: 20 minutes by car from [Naha Airport]
Address: 2-4-1-203 Nishihara, Urasoe city, Okinawa (Map)
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5. Sumibi Maruya

Sumibi Maruya cuisine
Sumibi Maruya floor
Their chefs are professionally trained in Japanese cuisine, which gives high expectation in boiled dishes. The must-try specialty is Soki (pork ribs), which is carefully stewed until soft and tender, then grilled over charcoal when ordered to enhance the flavor. Their sashimi is also incredibly fresh and tasty, so please ask the staff for seasonal recommended sashimi. On top of the great food, their staff is friendly, energetic, and unique. This restaurant guarantees a great dinner moment in Okinawa.

Sumibi Maruya

Open: 5:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Food L.O. 11:30 pm, Drink L.O. 00:30 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,300 JPY
Access: It is near Itoman city fire department headquarters, right beside Ramen Sanpachi.
Address: 1F Daikyo Apartments, 1209-3 Teruya, Itoman, Okinawa (Map)
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6. Verdemar

Verdemar cuisine
Verdemar floor
Their limited Ryukyu Marche course features the signature meat dish, "Japanese Beef Flambe with Foie Gras Garnish and Warm Vegetables." They grill the choice Japanese beef in front of their diners, bringing it to perfection with truffle sauce for a luxurious treat. They serve traditional French fare, but they are also dedicated to incorporating as many Okinawan ingredients as possible in the cuisine. These ingredients, like Island carrots, Island leeks, and bitter melons, bring out the flavor of the dishes all the more. They want you to be utterly delighted with their resort, so their motto is to offer not only delicious flavors, but also to surprise the guests with excellence. With the live performance of cooking right before your eyes and their eye-popping combinations of ingredients, their aim is to satisfy both body and mind. They are located in a popular resort hotel overlooking the Yomitan sea. The hotel has a chapel and many couples hold their wedding receptions as well at Verdemar.

Verdemar

Open: Morning 6:30 A.M.-10:00 A.M. Dinner 6:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. (Last order 9:30 P.M.)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY
Access: 20-minute walk from the Oto Ufudo Bus Stop, or 1 hour from the airport by car.
Address: Hotel Nikko Alivila, Gima 600, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa (Map)
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7. Nuji

Nuji cuisine
Nuji floor
Their "Charcoal-Grilled Kichiji with Boiled Tofu Skin, Sea Urchin, Snack Peas, and Udo" features crisp slices of aromatic charcoal-grilled "kichiji" (broadbanded thornyhead). The tofu skin absorbs the savoriness of the fish, balancing the rich flavor of the sea urchin and other ingredients perfectly. There are many indispensable ingredients in Japanese cuisine that are difficult to come by here in Okinawa, so they have them delivered directly from the main islands. Especially edible wild plants, a staple of spring, these are packed with savoriness and an elegantly faint, earthy, bittersweetness. Because they have a closed kitchen, it's rare that they get to express the gratitude to guests directly. That's why they have the rice, cooked in the earthenware pots, delivered to the diners directly by head chef. This gives the restaurant a precious opportunity to listen to the voices of the patrons directly. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Dinner: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Nuji

Open: Lunch: 11:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Dinner: 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 1 hour from the airport by car.
Address: Oriental Hills Okinawa, Azaserakaki 79-1, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa (Map)
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8. Nagomi Ryori Morishima

Nagomi Ryori Morishima cuisine
Nagomi Ryori Morishima floor
"Steamed Sea Bream and Cheese Dumplings" are perfect, pairing cream cheese and cheddar cheese with sea bream. This restaurant's creative arrangements add a fresh spin on Japanese cuisine while staying true to the fundamentals of traditional Japanese cooking. Okinawan spinach (Gynura bicolor) is called "handama" here in Okinawa, and "kinjiso" in Kanazawa. It's a common ingredient in local stir-fried dishes, but they have creatively and deliciously added it to pickled vegetables and jellies as well. Offering a variety of ways to enjoy the prefecture's produce is one of the themes. It's a given that they try to offer the guests delicious food, but they also aim to provide them with a fun time. They go beyond food to create conversation and atmosphere, hoping that you enjoy your dining experience. Though the restaurant offers authentic Japanese cuisine, they dare to be casual in their interior. Please relax and enjoy your meal in the tatami rooms with traditional Japanese furnishings.

Nagomi Ryori Morishima

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:15 pm)
Closed: Wednesdays
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 318 meters (a 5-minute walk) from Shuri Station on Yui Rail
Address: Shuritorihori cho 2-10-11, Naha, Okinawa (Map)
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9. BACAR OKINAWA

BACAR OKINAWA cuisine
BACAR OKINAWA floor
They challenge themselves to make each pizza they bake both tender and chewy while possessing crisp portions for you to enjoy. Their pizzas will delight and surprise you with each bite. They want to show you the true charm of the crust, so our pizzas come in only two simple varieties: Margherita and Marinara. They take the weather and humidity into account and let their dough rise at a low temperature, ensuring that both the taste and texture are superb. Enjoy their heartfelt service along with the great meals. This is not a restaurant just offering delicious food, but also a place where people meet, relax, and enjoy their food in the salon-like atmosphere.

BACAR OKINAWA

Open: Regular hours 6:00 P.M.-11:00 P.M. (Last order 10:30 P.M.)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: 10-minute walk from Kencho-mae Station on Yui Rail
Address: Kumoji 3-16-15, Naha, Okinawa (Map)
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10. Wine & Dining The Orange

Wine & Dining The Orange cuisine
Wine & Dining The Orange floor
Seafood is expertly combined with seasonal ingredients to create the Western cuisine here. Enjoy the large selection of dishes made with Okinawan ingredients and more.

Wine & Dining The Orange

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,700 JPY
Access: 10-minute drive from Ishikawa Interchange on the Okinawa Expressway
Address: 1F, Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo/Hotel, 246-1, Aza Fuchaku Shirifukuchihara, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jul 01 2019 Update-date: Jul 03 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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