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  • atsutahourainoki Honten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Goudochou 503
  • Atsuta Houraiken Jingu Branch
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    4.5
    325 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Jingu 2-10-26
    A venerable traditional ryotei restaurant which was founded in 1873. The restaurant serves eel cuisine, including hitsumabushi eel on rice, a Nagoya specialty. The restaurant’s a la carte menu includes many dishes made with Aichi seafood. The unagi kaiseki eel course meal requires a reservation. The restaurant also offers a menu of takeout items which can be brought home to enjoy.

    I had a try at 3 out of the top 5 eel restaurants. This restaurant beats them all. Firstly order their classic Eel Bowl then Try the white unsauced eel and the liver if you have a bigger crowd. I am...

  • Atsuta Horaiken (Matsuzakaya Branch)
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    4.5
    757 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Sakae 3-30-8 Matsuzakaya Nagoya store South Front 10F
    This eel restaurant is located on the 10th floor of the South Building of Matsuzakaya department store in Naka Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. The main location which registered the trademark for the “hitsumabushi” eel dish, has been around since 1873. They use specially selected high-quality eel and grill each one carefully over Kishu Bincho charcoal with their secret sauce that has been passed down over the years. The first bowl is usually eaten as-is; the second with spices; the third with tea poured over it; and the fourth however one pleases. The “unagi kaiseki” (eel banquet) is great for special gatherings.

    It was my first experience in Japan but no with the “Japanese food”. I wanted to try the real and best food and I can ensure it was the best donburi eel i hace never eaten before.

  • Komatsuya
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Yamatomachi 5-3
    A boxed lunch shop selling eel and tsukudani foods boiled and preserved in soy sauce. Established in 1916, the shop is located a three-minute walk from the west exit of Tsuchiura Station on the JR Joban Line. The shop's kabayaki, made only with eel from trusted sources, is deep steamed and grilled by an experienced chef, resulting in meat that is plump, tender, and clean-tasting. In addition to kabayaki, the shop also offers Unaju (grilled eel and rice boxes) and bento box lunches, as well as anago (garden eel) bento box and chirashi sushi crafted with the skills of a long-standing eel cuisine purveyor. Other selections include Yawatamaki rolls made with burdock from Ibaraki and kimoyaki grilled liver, plus foods sold in sealed vacuum packs like tsukudani perfect for giving as a gift. The shop also has a space where customers can eat top quality, fresh-grilled Unaju during lunchtime.

    成田空港に向かう途中、期待しながら寄りました。特上うな重2700円、脂がのってフワフワ、厚すぎず薄すぎずちょうどよい肉厚で、泥臭みもなく、タレもうまかったのですが、ご飯がパサパサで粘り気がなくまずかったです。もっと粘り気とうまみのあるコメを使えばと残念でした。それに、お吸い物も味が物足りませんでした。その後、日光市とさくら市のうな重(いずれも4000円)を食べましたが、蒲焼自体は小松屋さんが上、ご...

  • Surugaya
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    4.5
    131 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Chiba Pref. Naritashi Nakamachi 359
    This eel vendor is near the main gate of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. They roast kyosui eel raised in the Oigawa River, fed by water from the Southern Japan Alps, over binchotan charcoal, brushed with a secret sauce made with fine varieties of soy sauce and mirin cooking sake. Dishes include eel served marinated on rice, kabayaki style, and shirayaki style. Other cuisine features carp and suigo (riverside district) fowl.

    This place pretty much only sells eel, so if you wanted to try something else, too bad. It might have been a little tourist gimmick, but I did like the fact that the servers were all in traditional...

  • Unagi Kappo Yondaime Takahashiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saitama Pref. Kitakatsushikagunsugitomachi Sugito 3-10-6
    A long-standing eel restaurant established in the Meiji period which is located in 3-Chome Sugito, Sugito Town, Kitakatsushika County. The restaurant serves eel tempura, a signature dish since the establishment first opened its doors; unaju gozen eel rice box meals, and other eel dishes. The restaurant also serves sea bream chazuke, shokado bento box meals (advance reservation required), a la carte dishes, and kaiseki course meals.
  • Ogakiku
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    4.5
    113 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Nakachou 3-22
    "An eel restaurant established in 1807 which is located in Naka-cho, Kawagoe City. The restaurant is housed in a three-story wooden building built in the early Taisho period. Menu selections include eel broiled and slathered in a secret recipe sauce handed down for seven generations; a la carte eel dishes like shirayaki plain broiled eel; the ""Torikaba Sanshoku"" meal, which comes with chicken kabayaki and soboro as well as egg soboro; and eel course meals."

    Went there for the first time, and found that the quality of UNAGI here is sometimes better than some of the famous first class UNAGI restaurants in Tokyo, especially in terms of the best combination...

  • Maekawa
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Komagata 2-1-29
    A venerable eel restaurant founded in the Edo period boasting some 200 years of history. The shop’s Kabayaki (broiled eel with sauce), soaked in a secret sauce passed down for generations, is tender down to the bones. Meanwhile, the shop’s shirayaki (unseasoned broiled eel) allows the true flavor of the meat to shine through. Overlooking the Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree, during the day diners can enjoy the downtown hustle and bustle and in the evening a lovely nightscape.

    This place is awful from the food to the service. While the view of the river is ok it does not make up for rude waitresses who are unskilled in the art of serving and the poor quality of the...

  • Izuei Main Shop
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    4.0
    143 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 2-12-22
    Said to have been established around the reign of Tokugawa Yoshimune, the eighth Tokugawa shogun, this restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine and eel dishes. Using traditional skills refined over a period of more than 200 years, the restaurant's chefs broil up plump, flavorful kabayaki grilled eel.

    The look of the restaurant is very nice, right across the park. Not much variation on the menu, but youre here for one thing:the unagi. Its really tasty and the rice was really good. Its better...

  • Yatsumeya Nishimura
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    4.5
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Meguro-ku Shimomeguro 3-13-10
    An eel restaurant located in 2 Chome Shimomeguro, Meguro City, Tokyo. Yatsumeya Nishimura was established during the Taisho period (1912-1926) close to the Sugamo Togenuki Jizo statue and moved to its current location in front of the Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson) in 1960. The restaurant serves the highest quality domestic eel grilled over high-grade ubame oak charcoal and smothered in a secret sauce which has been continuously topped off and added to since Yatsumeya Nishimura first opened. In addition to being able to eat inside the restaurant, Yatsumeya Nishimura also sells eel skewers and bento box lunches for eating on the go out front.

    hands down the BEST unagi i have ever had!!! What made this place even better was the neighbourhood and the main lady who spoke perfect english. When i arrived off hours, I thought the store was...

  • Grilled Eel Sueyoshi
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    4.0
    127 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 14-10
    This long-established eel specialty restaurant is located in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Tenmonkan Street in the downtown area. The restaurant uses the eels from Osumi Peninsula, which are special even among Kagoshima’s abundance of eel farms, due to the care taken in raising them with the spring water from the Shirasu Plateau. Soaked in a secret sauce that had been handed down for around 80 years, the restaurant’s prized eels are grilled over a charcoal fire. Popular menu items include the “Unadon” and “Unaju,” which are bursting with the delicious taste of the eels. A square of colored paper on which the children’s author, Hatoju Muku wrote “Sueyoshi has the best eel in Japan” is displayed here.

    I ordered the small size(梅) of うなぎ重. It came in a box with 2 layers, first layer was grilled eel and lower one was rice. As soon as you opened the box, you could catch the nice aroma of charcoal...

  • Pontocho Idumoya
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    3.5
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Pontono-machi 173-2 Kashiwaya-machi which rises to Shijo-machi
    This is a Kyoto cuisine restaurant in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto. This window glass enclosed restaurant situated on the Kamo River provides a spacious atmosphere for dining. Popular for their secret Tokyo-style broiled eel sauce and other seasonal Kyoto cuisine, during the months of May through September one can enjoy your meal 'on the river', with seating on the deck erected over the river.

    We came here for their eel courses as it had come highly recommended by a local as one of the top 5 places for eel in Kyoto. Our first choice had been the Michelin starred Uole-ye U but it had been...

  • Sakuraya
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    4.0
    238 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Hirokoujichou 13-2
    A long-standing eel restaurant founded in 1856 famous for its long lines of patrons waiting to get in. Inside the restaurant’s stately and solemn building, visitors will be charmed by a subdued atmosphere which conveys a sense of history and tradition. The restaurant’s recipes are family traditions which have been passed down since Sakuraya was founded, and regulars note that your meal is sure to be delicious no matter when you come. The restaurant’s eel “jubako” (stacked boxes of eel over rice) are particularly popular. Sakuraya let’s its top quality eels swim for several days in snowmelt from Mt. Fuji to marinate them, after which they are lovingly broiled with sauce to create meat that is flavorful, aromatic, and plump. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of individual menu items and course dishes. The closest station is Mishima-Hirokoji Station.

    Poor service. The man at the door was extremely rude and made us wait for 2 hrs in the cold while the restaurant is only half full. No service at all. Will never go back again. The unagi was no good...

  • Unayoshi
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Midorichou 21-6
    This eel restaurant was established over 60 years ago in Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is a very popular restaurant that sells out at lunchtime even on weekdays, to the point that it almost never stays open until the evening. Its most famous dish is the unagi-don eel bowl topped with aromatic broiled eel. There are three secrets to its deliciousness: the underground water from Mt. Fuji in which the eels are kept alive for several days, the sauce made from a secret recipe added to over the years and the cooking skills of the chefs that are passed down through the generations. The unagi liver tsukudani (preserved in sweetened soy sauce) and hone sembei (crackers made from eel bones) are popular as gifts to take home.

    三島でも有名な店です。休日でしたが、たまたま、ほとんど並ばずに入ることができました。うなぎは柔らかくて美味しかったです。お値段もそこそこ行きます。

  • Kitaya
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Honmachi 10-13
    This restaurant serving up unagi (river eel) cuisine is located close to Ise-jingu Shrine’s Geku in Mie Prefecture’s Ise City, and is a long-established place that was founded in 1910 as a fish shop. It is a popular shop that is always bustling with tourists returning from a visit to Ise as well as locals. What they use in their dishes are thick portions of unagi from Aichi Prefecture’s Mikawa and three types of secret sauces. They make good use of Ise-style grilling and a traditional technique called Hashi-yaki, making the flesh plump and cooking the skin to an aromatic finish with a crispy texture. The popular item on the menu is the Ise original Unagi-don called Ise Mabushi.

    10年振り二回目の利用 鰻丼中のご飯大を注文 初回来たときの事は何も覚えてなく同じ失敗をした事を鰻丼がテーブルに運ばれてから気付いた。 ご飯大の量が半端ねぇ。 鰻の肉厚がもう少し欲しかったです、

  • Hitsumabushi Bincho Esca Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nakamura-ku Tsubakichou 6-9 Esca underground shopping area
    This eel specialty restaurant, famous for their version of the Nagoya specialty hitsumabushi (eel rice bowl), is located in the Esca Underground Shopping Center beneath Nagoya Station. Their hitsumabushi uses carefully selected eels which are covered with their secret sauce that uses a rich tamari-soy sauce base and cooked over ubame oak charcoal to create a luxuriant sweet-smelling dish. The taste of the crisp grilled skin is unbelievable. Their kimoyaki (grilled eel liver) and shirayaki (unseasoned grilled eel) are also popular menu items. Being located right next to the bullet train ticket gates this is the perfect place to round off a business trip or vacation.
  • Atsuta Houraiken (Matsuzakaya Basement Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Sakae 3-16-1 Matsuzakaya Nagoya store main building B1F
    Founded in 1873, this longstanding restaurant lets visitors enjoy eel dishes in a casual atmosphere and offers takeout as well. It’s on the first basement floor of the main Matsuzakaya building in Naka Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, inside the “Gochiso Paradise” area. Its flagship item is the excellent “hitsumabushi,” which uses a secret sauce passed down through the generations and healthy, Kishu Bincho charcoal-grilled eel prepared by expert chefs. There’re also eel rice bowls, “umaki” (omelet-wrapped eel), “mabushi nori maki unagi” (flavored eel rice rolled with seasoned laver), “sansho-ni” (boiled eel with Japanese pepper) set that makes a great gift, and more.
  • Unagi no Chojiya
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Ashino 2746
    Chojiya is an eel restaurant with a history going back 300 years since its establishment and its storehouse has been designated as a Nasu Town Cultural Property. It uses fresh eel from a fishpond where the water is drawn from the Nara River, and the eel which is carefully grilled on charcoal has many fans. Booking is recommended before visiting on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Its menu items include unaju (rice topped with broiled eel and served in a box), grilled liver, deep fried bones and deep fried eel.

    老舗らしく、常時混んでいるので昼時を少し外すと良いと思います。正直、格別では有りませんが普通に美味しいです。芦野地域で食事処に困ったら是非、お薦めです。

  • Kikuya Japanese Cuisine
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    4.5
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Chiba Pref. Naritashi Nakamachi 385
    A Japanese restaurant located along the Omotesando (temple approach) to Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple in Nakamachi, Narita City. The restaurant serves all sorts of set meals, formal meals, individual dishes and course meals, as well as unagi-ju and unagi-don (types of eel on rice dishes) using domestically sourced eel and naturally sourced eel on rice depending on the season. The restaurant has honorably received the Imperial chrysanthemum emblem from Shinsho-ji Temple which has been used as the current restaurant name since from at least the Tenpo period.

    Was planning on coming here for a good meal when I had a layover in Narita. In addition to being conveniently close to Naritasan temple, this place oozes traditional atmosphere and is cozily...

  • Yahataya
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Chiba Pref. Ichiharashi Uruido 1307-20
    Yahataya is a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine that is located on Prefectural Route 14 in the Uruido district of Ichihara City. The menu at Yahataya includes Unaju (broiled eel with rice, served in a box) made using two of the most famous Japanese eel varieties—Oigawa River Kyosui Eel, and Tonegawa-River Bando Taro Eel—as well as sushi, seafood don (seafood on rice), tempura, steak and other meat dishes, Fugu (pufferfish) cuisine, etc. There is also a banquet hall seating up to 100 people, making Yahataya an ideal venue for banquets etc.

    お盆でしたので、待ち時間30分以上でしたが、うなぎは美味しいですー 天ぷら、寿司は普通ですねー もう少し、注文してから早くうなぎが出来るといいのですが、、、

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