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  • Jizakana Kobo
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 2-1 Niigata Prefectural Marine Aquarium Center 1F
    A cafeteria on the first floor of the Niigata-ken Suisan Kaikan in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant operates amidst a direct-sale floor selling marine products and local seafood caught by members of the Niigata Fishery Cooperative Society. Jizakana Kobo offers a full menu of rice bowls which give diners the chance to enjoy the fresh bounties of the ocean off Niigata at reasonable prices, including Alaskan pink crab, three seafood variety, and Japanese amberjack rice bowls, as well as the Jizakana tarekatsu pork cutlet rice bowls. The restaurant also offers seasonal menu items and items limited to just a few portions each day.

    ランチで利用しました。とてもリーズナブルな値段で海鮮丼を食べられます。何種類も丼の種類はありましたが、一番オーソドックスな海鮮丼を注文。ピークを過ぎていたこともあり5分も待たずに出てきました。丼は少し小振りで男性のお腹的には物足りなさがありますが、値段を考えれば納得できる量です。ネタは新鮮で美味しかったので、ランチ用に量を増やしたもの等も用意していただけるとよいかなと思いました。

  • Izakaya Isshin
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Tabatamachi 15-6
    Isshin is a popular izakaya, about a four minute walk from Murakami Station, where you can enjoy seafood directly from Iwafune Port. The chairman and company president is an active fisherman who fishes every day and consequently the restaurant has a reputation for good quality, fresh fish. There are a wide variety of dishes on the menu from rice bowls to sashimi, tempura, fried fish and set meals. Their most popular dishes are the seafood rice bowls. The luxurious Jokamachi Tonosama Seafood Rice Bowl topped with an assortment of over 20 kinds of seafood is the restaurant’s specialty. The stylish restaurant decked out in bamboo and Japanese umbrellas has a very Japanese feel to it.

    団体旅行のランチで利用しました。JR村上駅からすぐの立地です。海鮮丼はウニ、とろ、新鮮なイカ等、どんぶりからはみ出るくらいのボリュームでした。夜は居酒屋として営業しているようです。また機会があったら利用したいです。

  • Ponshukan Uonuma Kamakura (Niigata Station Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hanazono 1-96-47 CoCoLo West Bldg. 1F
    A restaurant located within Ponshukan, a commercial building within JR Niigata Station. Here you can taste some great food which makes plentiful use of ingredients from Uonuma such as Koshihikari rice and mochi pork from southern Uonuma, Uonuma wine wagyu beef, snow chilled vegetables, yairo shiitake mushrooms, and fresh seafood. The restaurant’s specialty is the cooking of Koshihikari rice and fresh fish in a traditional cooking stove. Charcoal grilled wagyu beef, shiitake mushrooms and fresh fish are also popular. They have a wide range of local Niigata sake too with over 100 to choose from. Their lunch menu of sushi and sashimi is also very popular.
  • Tonkatsu Taro
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Furumachidori 6-973
    This restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, specializing in tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) was founded in the early Showa period and is famous for being the birthplace of the Niigata specialty tarekatsu-don. They continued to open many more branches and franchises while safeguarding the unique taste created on the food stall where it all began. The tarekatsu-don with five thinly cut, tender pork cutlets dipped in a sweet soy-sauce based tare, or sauce, and combined with a piping hot bowl of rice, is a unique Niigata taste popular with many people outside of the prefecture. Upstairs you’ll find seating at tables while downstairs it’s all at the counter, making it an easy place to grab some food even when you’re by yourself.

    Id been cycling all morning so I was after a big and tasty lunch. From the pictures I was worried that just pork and rice might be a bit bland but it was delicious. The seasoning on the breaded...

  • Seafood Restaurant Negi-bouzu (South Entrance Store)
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    4.5
    75 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Sasaguchi 1-10-1
    This Japanese-style restaurant is located near the JR Niigata Station. Its purely Japanese appearance, like a sake brewery, is attractive to customers. The relaxing interior, from which the garden can be seen, is an elegant space that can be used for both course meals and for entertaining guests. The Sado Koshihikari rice, cooked in copper pots and traditional cooking stoves, is highly reputed, and there are an abundance of dishes that use Niigata’s specialty products, such as blackthroat perch, Sado sushi and A4 and A5 rank Murakami beef. The alcohol-tasting six drinks of Echigo menu, which allows customers to compare the taste of six different sake, is also very popular.

    The place is next to the station, so if the weather is not good, or you just want to chill out in the afternoon and eat some fresh sushi, sashimi, or nabe, just go here. The only problem there was a...

  • Kamadaki-meshiya Kometaro
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Kamihitoichi 323-5
    Located in Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture, this Japanese food restaurant has a large iron pot for cooking rice as its landmark and is in an old house said to be over 200 years old. The floor hearths and large cooking stove give it a distinctive atmosphere. Its rice is made by boiling Minamiuonuma-produced Koshihikari rice provided directly by contracted farmers. Homegrown vegetables, char, summer sweetfish, and other seasonal ingredients are also used. The kamameshi hot pot with local chicken, crab, matsutake mushrooms, and more is especially popular.

    We love the place. Its adviseable to book as it is always busy, and deservedly so. Try the super sized onigiri! The ambience and the food as well as the service are outstanding.

  • Wappameshi Inakaya Niigata Furumachi Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Furumachidori Kyubanchou 1457
    This Japanese restaurant is located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture and is said to be the birthplace of “Wappameshi” rice, one of Niigata’s signature dishes. The restaurant founder conceived of the dish with Kitaoji Rosanjin. It involves bending a thin piece of cedar to create a “wappa” container, into which is placed rice boiled in soup stock, seasonal seafood, and other ingredients. The “sake oyako” dish, made with Murakami-produced salmon and salmon roe, is quite popular. There’s also “noppe (soup with fried tofu and other ingredients),” tender Namban shrimp, oysters, and other types of Niigata cuisine, not to mention a great lineup of local brews.
  • Kako Asahiyama
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Tenjin 1-12-7LEXN11-1
    This is a tavern directly operated by Asahi Shuzo Brewery, famous for brands such as “Asahiyama” and “Kubota,” where you can enjoy food that goes with sake and alcoholic beverages. As well as famous sake from Asahi Shuzo Brewery, there is a wide range of “Sake brewery cuisine” such as grilled sable fish marinated in sake lees and miso. Specialty cuisine such as nodoguro (sea perch), a high-class fish from the Sea of Japan, and Echigo’s local cuisine “Noppe” (fried tofu and vegetable soup) are also popular. If you make a reservation the day before you can enjoy the “Shokado Bento” lunch box served with seasonal cooked rice in an earthenware pot. The tavern has a relaxing Japanese brewery atmosphere, and is approximately a three minute walk from JR Niigata Station.

    This was an amazing tasting experience. Great sake to accompany an excellent selection of dishes. Particularly excited about the house appetisers, especially the goma tofu. What a piece of...

  • Kakurega-shubo Yattoko
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Minamisasaguchi 2-1-122F
    This hideaway-style Japanese restaurant and bar, which boasts a Kappo cuisine menu, using local chicken and fish, is located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Its specialty is fried young chicken, the tender meat of which is cut into half-length or thick slices and then well-fried. The crispy texture and juicy meat are irresistible. The head chef personally selects the fresh fish for sashimi to be used in the restaurant. These, and the yakitori skewers, each prepared by hand, are customer favorites. The drinks menu is also well stocked, with over 40 kinds of Ume-shu (plum wine) and sake brewed in Niigata, including Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale, which won the highest gold prize in the world.

    毎日料理長自ら仕入れに行き、鮮度の良いものだけ出すというこだわりの「お刺身盛り合わせ」が大変美味しかったです。

  • Ika-no-Sumi (Niigata Station Front)
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Higashiodori 1-5-24
    Located a convenient two-minute walk from JR Niigata Station, you can enjoy Japanese cuisine and local sake here in the brewery-like atmosphere. It features a wide selection of dishes and courses that use Niigata ingredients, from the fresh sashimi or charcoal-grilled fish caught in Sado, to the “Kogane buta (Golden Pork)” slow-matured in a snow room, or the succulent “Murakami Beef.” Depending on availability, you might even enjoy the clear-bodied squid sashimi named “squid odori-zukuri.” After trying some local Echigo sake, you can top is all off with “ice-cold slow-matured Sado koshihikari” cooked in a copper pot.

    Being very close to Niigata JR station,This restaurant seemed very popular. All the dishes ordered were very very tasty and I was happy to have chosen this place but you have to trade off many other...

  • Tonjiru Tachibana
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Kurihara 2-3-10
    Tonjiru Tachibana located on National Route 292 at 2 Chome, Kurihara, Myoko City is a specialty tonjiru (pork soup) restaurant. Its simple tonjiru made from pork, onions, tofu and white miso (soybean paste) features a mild sweetness while having a stew-like richness. It offers noodles such as tonjiru ramen noodles and tonjiru soba noodles as well as a tonjiru set meal served with Koshihikari rice produced in Yashiro.
  • Kinpuku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Sado-shi Aikawa 2-9
    A well-known kushiyaki grilled bamboo skewer restaurant which serves food so tasty, people are willing to cross an ocean to enjoy it. In this bar-like establishment, lit by indirect lighting, you can eat authentic charcoal fire-grilled kushiyaki skewers. Only counter seating is available and no reservations are accepted whatsoever. Aikawa’s most popular dining establishment, it is always filled with customers despite the fact you won’t know whether you’ll be able to get in that day until you go. In addition to standards such as regular meat cuts, gizzards, and cartilage, many locals come here to enjoy the novel special daily skewers. Also great is the restaurant’s large selection of beers and Sado sakes, as well as wines, which go surprisingly well with kushiyaki.
  • Ryori-ya Kurofune
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Joetsu-shi Koyasu 1195
    An authentic Japanese restaurant in a residential area off the Joshin Bypass. Guests dine on contemporary kaiseki banquet cuisine among chic, dark toned decor. Their creative dishes add Western and Chinese-style arrangements to Japanese fare featuring regional, seasonal ingredients. Their ample lunch menu includes Shinshu soba noodles, sashimi sets, tempura sets, stone cooked wagyu beef sets, etc. Everything they serve is made with great care and is a feast for the eyes. The restaurant is decorated with a Taisho period pendulum clock, pottery, antiques, and more. Lots of people drop by for drinks at night.

    落ち着いた店内でとても良い雰囲気を出しています。ランチタイムに行きましたが、料理が美味しく、特に刺身が美味しい。

  • Sennari
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Joetsu-shi Koyasu 1363
    This Japanese restaurant is so popular with locals, ask about where to get good kamameshi rice dishes in Echigo and its name is sure to come up. Situated on a corner of the Koyasu apartment complex intersection close to Niigata Prefectural Central Hospital, here customers can enjoy piping hot kamameshi. The restaurant notably uses salts as the base flavor for its kamameshi instead of soy sauce. The resulting kamameshi is simple and thus conversely allows the innate flavors of the ingredients used to make it shine through. The restaurant makes its kamameshi to order, and on weekends it fills up with customers practically instantaneously. In addition to kamameshi, the restaurant also serves eel and chicken dishes as well as tempura and donburi rice bowls.

    接客も丁寧で釜めしが有名なお店。 完全に好みだけど、少しお出汁の味が濃いかな。定食はコースの様に色々ついててお値打ち。いつも食べ過ぎて単品にしておけばよかったと後悔する。 定食のいか天と西瓜の食べ合わせは毎度気になる。一度も大変な目にあったことはないんだけどねー。

  • Nabe-zhaya
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Higashi-bori Dori 8-1420
    This venerable restaurant carries on its tradition from its founding in 1846, at the end of the Edo period. This shop, popular along with Furumachikagai with a number of cultural figures, is perfect to sit back and enjoy a meal and some sake while you savor the deeply historic atmosphere. Kagai is as well-known as Kyoto's Gion district, and it maintains its past glories with seven buildings that are Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. The early-modern Japanese style building is outfitted in western interior decoration, and you can read its history on the walls. They can change the rooms, dishware, and food to match a variety of events, including wedding receptions and engagement parties, banquets, and so on, so please ask in advance.

    My husband and I visited this restaurant for lunch because we were told that this restaurant is a must go if we go to Niigata. We ordered lunch course for 130K for one person. It turned out it worths...

  • Edosho
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Murakami-shi Omachi 2-17
    This Murakami beef specialty shop is about five minutes' drive from Murakami-Senamionsen Interchange of the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway. The building was formerly a Murakami village hatago, an Edo period travel lodge, and now they offer up fresh Murakami village beef, which is often described as being of a whole other class to other Kuroge Wagyu beef. Murakami beef calves are carefully selected for the highest quality and are then fed on copious koshihikari rice straw and hay, making this one of Japan's highest ranked beef brands by the Nation Beef Cow Association. The meat is colorful and flavorful, and the sirloin served up rare offers a whole new level of enjoyment. This beef, with its rich flavor and delicately sweet aroma, is perfect with wine. Pairing your beef with the shop's stock of red wine or local sake can bring your meal into perfect harmony!

    肉もたれもおいしかったです。すき焼きのメニューは長くお休みしているようですが、このたれの味ならきっとおいしいはず。食べてみたいです。

  • Nanten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Higashi Sakanouemachi 1-2-1 Nagaoka GRAND HOTEL
    A restaurant located on floor B1 of the Nagaoka Grand Hotel, a hotel perfectly positioned for both sightseeing and business located a three-minute walk from Nagaoka Station. Here customers can enjoy dishes made with seasonal Nagaoka vegetables and other choice ingredients, as well as renowned sakes from 16 breweries located in Nagaoka City. The restaurant’s hearty donburi rice bowls, topped with colorful ingredients and visually appealing as well as tasty, are popular during lunchtime. The toppings differ depending on the season, and customers rave that you can enjoy something different no matter how many times you come. Also nice is the restaurant can provide tatami mat seating, table seating, and zataku low table seating depending on the number of people in your party. The tatami mat seating area also has partitions which can be used to create private dining spaces, making this an excellent place to for banquets, birthday parties, and other celebrations.
  • Restaurant Kahan
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Higashikanbara-gun Aga Machi Ishima 4301
    A restaurant adjoining Roadside Station Aga-no-Sato situated along National Route 49. Located on the second floor of the station, here customers can enjoy a relaxing meal along with a view of the Agano River just across the way. The chef particularly recommends the special oyakodon chicken and egg over rice, which is topped with huge chunks of brand name Koshi no Tori chicken raised on herbs amidst the area’s abundant natural beauty. The choice dish consists of flavorful thigh meat wrapped in thick, creamy scrambled eggs seasoned with Japanese dashi stock. It also comes with a seasonal nimono stewed dish, aemono side, homemade pickles, and soup; a hearty meal choice, its reasonable price is also a plus.

    そんなに観光価格というわけでもなく食べられます。お子様ランチもあるので、子連れでも食べさせるものに困りません。 わたしはあんかけ豆腐を食べましたが、おいしかったです。

  • Chaya Moritaki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Minamiuonuma-gun Yuzawamachi Yuzawa 357-5
    "This historical restaurant, about five minutes' walk from Echigoyuzawa Station, is marked by the tokkuri sake pitcher above the shop's sign. It offers a number of dishes, primarily focusing on iwana (char) river fish, so rare as to be called the ""phantom fish.” The fresh iwana served up here are all taken live from the shop's tank. They create all kinds of dishes from it, including as sashimi, fried, or even pickled skins, and their full set is not to be missed. The shops popular ""hidden dish"" is Udon-Suki. They use smooth, firm udon noodles in their own special sauce along with a mix of seasonal ingredients for a perfectly harmonized dish. The shop gets quite crowded in high-season and on weekends, so it's best to make reservations."
  • Shunno Sankai Ryori Yururi
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Shiomachi 4-5
    Shunno Sankai Ryori Yururi on Prefectural Route 3 in Shiomachi Town, Murakami City is a Japanese cuisine restaurant. It is under the direct management of Nagatoku which processes and sells salmon products such as salted salmon, and situated next to the shop area of the head office. It offers soba noodles, salmon dishes such as a special harakodon as well as rice bowls and set meals using local seafood and Murakami beef. It also offers full-course meals in the evening.

    平日のランチ13時過ぎにに訪れましたが満席でした 駐車場にタクシーも止まっていたので地元でも人気店なのかと思われます 村上牛丼と鮭親子丼のセットをいただきました とても美味しかったです 特に村上牛は!とろけました!! 勿論ご飯も美味しいし小鉢も美味しかったです これでこのお値段はかなりお得!! 東京で食べたら倍以上するだろうと思いました

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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