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There are so many yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurants in Sendai. Starting from the local Sendai Beef and including meats produced in nearby prefectures like Maesawa Beef and Yonezawa Beef, the area abounds in high-grade meat brands. In these restaurants, you'll get to treat yourself to simple yet luxurious yakiniku of beef, pork, and chicken raised in the vast, prosperous land of Tohoku. The options are countless, but the following 6 yakiniku restaurants are the most delicious according to locals!
1. Sansuien Higashiguchi Second Branch
You can access from the East Exit of Sendai Station. If you go during the weekend, don't forget to make a reservation! Other than the popular [5 Seconds Scorched Loin] and the [Lean Meat Steak], relish the umami (Japanese savory taste) of wagyu with the [Scorched Fatty Meat], a quickly scorched sirloin cut, with eggs.
Sansuien Higashiguchi Second branch
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: Depart from the west exit of Sendai Station, go under the overpass, go straight along with the one way street, then on your right.
Address: 1-3-17, Shintera, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi (Map)
2. Choga Jip
This restaurant serves authentic dishes of Korean home cooking using ingredients imported directly from Korea. It's located quite close to Sunmall Ichibancho on Minami-machi Street. They're well-known for their all-you-can-eat samgyeopsal. The yakiniku party courses are also recommendation.
Average price: [Dinner] 2,800 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: 30m from the entrance of Sunmall Ichibancho heading towards Sendai Station
Address: 2-3-9, Ichiban-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi (Map)
3. Wabi Ichi
Each one of the 20 private rooms comes with a different design, so you can pick the one that best suits you and your companions' mood. The beer server equipped in every room makes it perfect if you're up for a few drinks, as well as an excellent location for parties and special celebrations.
[Sunday, National Holidays] 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: Beginning and end of the year
Average price: 6,001 JPY - 7,000 JPY
Address: 2-1-10, Kakyoin, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
4. Mitsubayashi Meat
From the classic galbi to rare offal cuts, here you can grill your meat on the shichirin, an earthen charcoal grill. Despite the high quality of the meat, the prices are incredibly reasonable. Make it your first bar hopping stop in Bunka Yokocho!
[National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
*In case of consecutive holidays, it will be closed on the last day
Average price: 3,500 JPY *Courses start from 3,000 JPY. You can also have a course tailored to your budget.
Access: Inside Bunka Yokocho
Address: 2-3-41, Ichiban-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi (Map)
5. Grill Dining Masatora
Enjoy delicious top rank yakiniku in the stylish interior. The attentiveness towards food starts from the careful selection ingredients, such as the locally produced Hidakami Beef. Part of its appeal is due to its clean and classy design that sets it apart from the typical image of a yakiniku restaurant.
Grill Dining Masatora
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 850 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from the exit of the Sendai Station North - Nakakecho free passage. It's 98m away from Sendai Station. You should be able to find it immediately upon entering Motodera Street.
Address: 2F, Motodera Suzuki Bldg., 304-3, Motodera-koji, Miyagino-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi (Map)
This restaurant serves a fantastic high-quality beef tongue that is thickly cut and tender. You can enjoy it yakiniku-style in modern Japanese interior along to the sound of Jazz music playing throughout the room. The meat is cut in thick chunks and sits for 1-2 nights to deepen the flavor. There are also private rooms where you can have business dinners.
[Sunday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed for the beginning and end of the year on December 31 and January 1, Open from January 2
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY *All-you-can-drink plan including course meals with 12 courses (5,000 JPY) to 16 courses (9,500 JPY)
Access: 3-minute walk from Hirose-dori Station, 10-minute walk from Aoba-dori Station. It's on the 1st floor underground of the former Hotel Richfield Sendai.
Address: B1F, Hotel Grand Terrace Sendai Kokubuncho, 2-2-2, Kokubun-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi (Map)