Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Akayu Ramen, Ryu-Shanghai Akayu (Main Store)
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Nanyoushi Nirone 6-18
    This ramen shop is along the Prefectural Route 246 in Niirone, Nanyo City. The signature Akayu Karamiso Ramen, can be made to order by requesting your preferred amount of hot red chili pepper paste to be added to the broth. Also on the menu are the Akayu Ramen with a chicken based soy sauce broth, and the Karamiso chilled ramen noodles with a special sauce.

    Had Akayu Karamiso Ramen (830 yen). Very hearty and distinctive soup broth - just right magnitude of spiciness. Noodle was thick and hearty, although a bit too soft. Restaurant seems lively and in...

  • Yonezawagyu Dining Bekoya
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Higashi 3-2-34
    This yakiniku restaurant specializes in Yonezawa beef, and is located a - three-minute walk from Yonezawa Station. A transported old civilian home, the harmonious relaxed interior is divided into near-private rooms, making it a popular place for savoring high-quality Yonezawa beef. The yakiniku and sukiyaki are divided into corners depending on the meal, and the steak corner features a fun performance with dramatic cooking on the iron skillets on the counter. The weekday lunch set lets you eat a good amount of Yonezawa beef for a reasonable price, so it is recommended.

    We arrived 30 minutes before closing due to snowfall. There isnt any lunch set available anymore so we had to go ala carte. We ordered few cuts to share within the family and on one of the staffs...

  • Handmade Suisha Ki-soba
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    4.0
    156 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Kamatahonchou 1-3-26
    This restaurant continues to offer the same Kanchu Hikinuki Soba, made from buckwheat flour ground in the coldest winter, as was offered to the Shogunate at the close of the Edo period. The soba from Yamagata and Hokkaido is ground in the water-wheel mill and used fresh in handmade noodles on site. Their ramen Tori Chuka, made with Japanese broth and chicken, was once a staff dish that was only available to a few, but now is a hugely popular dish on regular offer.

    Here is famous for tori soba. If you visit yamagata prefecture must enjoy local noodles. Although here is always long queue. You should visit between lunch time and dinner time.

  • Shichibei Soba
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Kitamurayamagunoishidamachi Jinengo 266
    This is a soba noodle restaurant in Jinengo Oishida-machi, Kitamurayama County. Their only dish is cold morisoba, but even in winter they attract a crowd. They offer all-you-can-eat of their soba, dipped in a sobatsuyu broth mixed with daikon white radish. The soba comes with three side dishes including pickles to accompany your endless soba meal.

    開店前に到着し、予約札を取り駐車場で待ち開店と共に入店。辛味大根の汁に蕎麦だれを合わせて食べるスタイル。蕎麦は食べ放題で1300円。わんこ蕎麦スタイルでは無いが、おかわりいかがですか?と3杯と半分大満足です。

  • Senbon Dango
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    4.5
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Kitamurayamagunoishidamachi Oishida Otsu 76
    This dango dumpling shop is on Prefectural Route 30 in Otsu Oishida, Oishida Town. They sell dumplings made without additives like sugar and enzymes and their catchphrase Hard Dumplings Tomorrow speaks to the high quality. The name Senbon Dango comes from having sold 1,000 dango skewers in a single day. They also sell hidendaizu tofu made with Yamagata Prefecture grown hiden soybeans and natural nigari bittern.

    I dont have much experience in the world of Dango, but I can safely say that nothing Ive encountered comes close to the quality of the Dango here. I stopped by after a trip to Kaneyama and...

  • Sobadokoro Shojiya (Yamagata Main Shop)
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Saiwaichou 14-28
    This is a soba noodle shop along the Ushu Road in the Saiwai-cho, Yamagata City. Founded during the Keio period, this over 150-year-old shop is the oldest store in Yamagata Prefecture. They offer hand-made soba noodles using the skills handed down by generations of artisans. There are a lot of other items on the menu besides soba, including udon, mugikiri, and microbrew jizake. The shop exudes the history of the Edo period, with a hearth, seating in the rice cellar all within this traditional restaurant.

    Polite staff and nice ambience. Mushroom soba was very tasty but the tempera for soba was a bit too oily to both me and my husband liking

  • Kaisen-donya Tobishima
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Funabachou 2-5-102F
    This restaurant, which opened in 2003, specializes in fresh seafood and marine products. It offers fresh fish caught off the Shonai coast of the Japan Sea for reasonable prices. The “funamori-zen” and “tobishima-zen” dishes, of which only 30 to 50 portions are available daily, offer incredible volume for an amazing price. The other sets and rice bowls are popular for offering hearty helpings of seafood. It’s about a 10-minute drive from JR Sakata Station.

    刺身定食(1000円)、岩牡蠣(2個980円)、ウニ(一皿580円、いずれも外税)をいただきました。どれもたいへん新鮮で、値段以上でした。昼11時半過ぎに伺ったので、店の外まで行列ができていましたが、セルフサービスで、店員さんが上手に仕切ってくれたので、15分程度の待ち時間ですみました。

  • Sakaeya Honten
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Honchou 2-3-21
    An 18 minute walk from the east exit of Yamagata Station. A ramen restaurant which invented chilled hiyashi ramen, a Yamagata specialty. Inspired by a brief comment made by a customer, the restaurant’s original owner first began offering hiyashi ramen in 1952 after much trial and error. The fat in the broth doesn’t congeal despite being chilled, and this soup, perfect for enjoying in the heat of high summer, is both light and yet rich in flavor. It’s so delicious you’ll want to drink every last drop! The crisp bean sprouts and cucumber o top add a nice accent.

    初めて来店しました。 席もほとんど埋まっていて人気店のようです。 薬膳ラーメンなるものを注文してみました。 写真もなくどういうものがくるのか楽しみにしていました。 白きくらげが麺の上に沢山乗ってありたべごたえがありおなかがいっぱいになりました。その他沢山メニューがあったので、選ぶとき迷うかも知れないです。 機会があれば又いきたいと思います。

  • Koshikakean
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    4.5
    57 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Kitame 1-6-11
    Koshikakean is a Japanese-style confectionery store run from a more than 100 year old building in Tendo City. The shop sells Japanese confectionery like their jouman, or sake bun. The bun itself is made with ginjoushu sake and sake lees and is stuffed with fine-grained sweet bean paste. Other sweets include their light and fluffy warabi mochi. Koshikakean was also famous for its kakigori, or shaved ice, which was so popular there were always too many customers in the shop which forced it to stop selling the ice cones. They have however begun to sell kakigori again at a sister store, available only in the summer time, and it is still as popular with customers now as it ever was.

    An unassuming domestic dwelling tucked into a small alley - housed this traditional dessert shop with a long heritage - which took us a while to find it. A block away from Dewazakura Museum, it...

  • Al-ché-cciano
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Shimoyamazoe Ichiriduka 83
    Since it was opened in 2000, this Italian restaurant has been serving the highest quality food using carefully selected ingredients delivered each morning from producers in Shonai. Guests can taste the full flavor of the food from Shonai in the many course meals available as well as from large platters, optional menus to add to your course meal, and special course meals to suit any guests’ needs.

    After seeing a recommendation for Al Che-cianno on YouTube I was eager to try this restaurant out. Tonight my partner and I ate here and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious! So simple...

  • Wantanmen no Mangetsu Main Shop
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Higashinakanokuchimachi 2-1
    This ramen shop, established in 1960, serves up flavors loved by the locals. The flagship dish is the wonton noodles with melt-in-the-mouth wontons in chicken bone and dried fish stock soup. Also popular is the Mangetsu dipping ramen with a choice of two of three kinds of soup—limited to only 20 portions per day.

    仙台にあった満月さんは良く利用していましたが酒田のお店は初めて訪問です。 無難にワンタン麺と思いましたがメニューを見たら飛び込んできた旨辛味噌ワンタンに変更、チャレンジです。 味噌味と程よい辛味、スープが進みます。 満月さんらしく細めのストレート麺も美味しい。 ワンタンもふわふわで好きです。

  • Robata
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    4.5
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Kawahara 42-5
    This facility for food and accommodation is located around five minutes on foot from Zao Onsen Bus Terminal. In the first floor guests can try the famous “Genghis Khan” dish said to have originated in Zao. Popular treats are the extremely fresh raw lamb and handmade sauce. The mushrooms and vegetables picked directly on the mountain by the staff and shopkeepers’ associates are of the highest quality, allowing patrons to enjoy almost 100% Yamagata seasonal foodstuffs. As for bathing, there are private baths and footbaths with water direct from the source.

    This restaurant is a “yaki-niku” or “grilled-meat” place where you grill your own meat and vegetables at the table. My husband and I each ate the Ghengis Khan meal. It was delicious and fun to cook...

  • Kumabun
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Kasuga 5-2-52
    More often than not there is a line of people waiting to enjoy the ramen at this ramen shop, which is continuously listed in the top popular ramen shop rankings for the Yonezawa area. This eatery is pleasant with a sense of cleanliness, has comfortable tables and slightly higher than normal chairs. When crowded, parties often share a table. The broth is not oily or heavy, balancing portions of vegetables, chicken, and dry fish well, and the noodles are hand kneaded, thin and al dente. The top menu orders are chuka-soba, with the traditional chashu pork, memma, and naruto toppings, and chashu ramen. Other options offered are such soy broth based, bean sprout ramen, wakame ramen types, and also miso or stir-fried vegetable ramens.

    中華そば シンプルな王道ラーメン 鶏豚煮干しはどれも突出せず それでいてしっかり旨みを感じる 絶妙なあっさり メンマもチャーシューも美味いので メンマラーメンもチャーシューメンも食べたい 驚いたのは注文してさほど待っていないのに「遅くなってすみませんね、すぐお持ちしますので。」と申し訳なさそうに店員さんから謝られたこと。どれだけ提供が早いんだw

  • Mitoya
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4494-5
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant located on the approach to the Risshaku-ji Temple, one of the most famous temples in Yamagata Prefecture. The restaurant is famed for its Ita soba, a serving of noodles 50% larger than normal presented on a wood plank. You can enjoy the smooth texture of the restaurant’s ni-hachi soba noodles until you’re full to bursting. Mitoya also takes great pride in its bota mochi sweet adzuki bean rice cakes. The restaurant’s zunda mochi and fuku mochi rice cakes also have a simple flavor, and you can relax in the restaurant’s confines and enjoy the scenery of the Tachiya River from its windows. Mitoya also offers an abundant selection of seasonally limited items. Highly seasonal dishes include the mountain vegetable tempura in spring and the tomato stewed in lemon juice in summer.

    If you are visiting Yamadera and like soba, try Mitoya. Sitting at the counter overlooking the river is the best seat in this small restaurant. The service is good, as is the soba. Enjoy the view and...

  • Chottotei Main Branch
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunkahokuchou Yachi Tokoroka 2-11-2
    Chottotei is a soba restaurant located on National Route 347 in Yachi Tokorooka, Kahoku Town, Nishimurayama County. As well as soba the restaurant also serves kishimen, ramen and rice dishes. Their most popular dish is the meat soba, said to be a specialty of Yachi. The cold meat soba with lots of chicken is a popular dish throughout the year.

    地元宮城でも冷たい肉そばが食べられるお店はありますが、初めて本場の河北町で食べることができました。 お盆最終日、12時ちょうどに着いたので少々並びました。コロナ対応か、お盆対応か、中華麺はなくめん類はお蕎麦だけでした。 細竹の子やカマボコが載っている鶏そばを注文。竹の子にもだしが染みていて、夏なのにネギが柔らかく美味しかったです。

  • Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan, Gutto Yamagata
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Omotezaou 68
    Located just off the Yamagata Kaminoyama Interchange on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway, Yamagata Kanko Bussan Kaikan “Gutto Yamagata” is a tourist destination with many attractive features. Special attractions include The Street of 100-Year-Old Shops and the sections where Yamagata saké and other famous food ingredients and products from Yamagata Prefecture. Just inside the entrance is an event plaza, where local governments, businesses, and others in the prefecture hold events daily as efforts to promote Yamagata.
  • Ogiya Beef Meat Pia
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Chuou 1-11-9
    This restaurant is proud to serve Yonezawa beef, which is famous all over Japan as a leading beef brand, matured at low temperatures. Customers can enjoy this superb beef even for a casual lunch at any time and at a reasonable price. Customers can feel peace of mind with the detailed information provided concerning the beef that is on sale from producers to individual identification. It is around seven minutes by car from JR Yonezawa Station.

    [米沢牛]の食べ比べがしたく 米沢に2泊し 夕食として 2度 こちらで《すき焼き》を食べました。最初の夜は《お店で牛肉まつり 通常価格4400円を3300円税込 150g 御飯/味噌汁 付 10月31日迄》、2日目の夜 《特選米沢牛;生産者 鈴木英行 130g 6500円税込、単品メニューの為 別途 御飯/味噌汁...

  • Araki Soba
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Murayamashi Okubo Instep 65
    A long-established soba restaurant founded in 1920. The handmade soba noodles made from the Murayama Dewa-kaori variety of buckwheat are characteristically thick and very chewy. The menu consists of only ita-soba which is soba served in a long wooden box. Guests can choose from two types of sizes, either one portion, or one and a half portions. The soba can be enjoyed with side dishes of herring simmered in miso, or an assortment of seasonal vegetables.

    噛むほどに風味が感じられる十割蕎麦です。もそもそ感は一切なくて、私の知る十割蕎麦とは全く違いました。蕎麦つゆの鰹の香りもよく、お漬物もピリリと鷹の爪が効いていて最高。鰊の味噌煮もあわせておすすめしたいです。

  • Ryu Shanghai
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Iida Nishi 4-1-20
    This ramen shop is in Iidanishi 4-Chome, Yamagata City. They are famous for their Akayu Karamiso Ramen, made with Akayu-grown chili peppers in their rich spicy miso soup. They also offer up Akayu Ramen, made with chicken stock and soy sauce flavored broth, and Hiyashi Chuka cold noodles.

    赤湯温泉にある辛味噌ラーメンを山形市内で食べられる支店です。山形大学医学部付属病院の前にあります。店の前が無料の駐車場になっていますので便利ですが他店と共有なのでランチ時は混み合います。駐車場のバーは常時上がっています。出るときは入る時と同じ通路を使った方が安全です。コロナ対策も十分です。10時30分から開店していますので、人気店なので昼利用時は早めに入店をお勧めします。 赤湯本店と同じ味。満足と...

  • Hirata Farm Tonya (Sakata Store)
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Mizuho 2-17-8 Garden Palace Mizuho 1F
    This is a pork cutlet and pork cuisine specialty restaurant located along National Route 7 in Mizuho, Sakata City. Insisting on direct to store sales solely from the Hirata Farm, their motto is to serve 'really delicious pork that naturally makes your tummy happy.' The pork cutlet using Hirata Farm sangen pigs, raised in an optimal environment with safe feed, provides a quality taste with the true nuanced flavor of pork.

    おいしいとんかつだった。 久しぶりにお昼ごはんでご飯をお替りしてしてしまった。 とんかつ自体は胸焼けせずさっぱりして楽しめた。

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Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.

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