Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Kanazawa Station Branch
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    4.0
    195 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1 Kanazawa Hundred Street Aun and
    Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Kanazawa Station Branch located in Kanazawa Hyakubangai Anto in Kanazawa Station is a sushi restaurant. It offers local sake and nigiri (formed sushi), including local fish such as blackthroat seaperch and Japanese glass shrimp. You can enjoy reasonably-priced local fish at lunchtime as it offers a Hokuriku Mankitsu lunch menu which is a nigiri set meal with blackthroat seaperch, Japanese glass shrimp and northern shrimp as well as a Jizakana Nigiri Nodoguro Temaki lunch menu which is seven nigiri with a blackthroat seaperch sushi hand roll.

    Traditional sushi in Kanazawa are wonderful but wonderfully expensive. This place is great place to eat sushi and not get indigestion at the check. Staff very friendly and sushi masters excellent. I...

  • Itaru Main Branch
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    4.5
    186 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kakinokibatake 3-8
    This popular Japanese-style restaurant, located behind the Kanazawa City Hall, in Kakinokibatake, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, has been featured numerous times on television programs and in travel guides. This restaurant is so popular with the local people and tourists that they line up outside. The restaurant is proud of its generous servings of seafood from the Sea of Japan, sashimi and carefully selected junmai sake, and its Sea of Japan Sashimi Platter, bursting with the flavors of fish freshly caught that same day, is very popular. In the winter, customers can enjoy the restaurant’s yellowtail and crab meals.

    Authentic Japanese setting and fare some of which was good but some, esp what looked like sea slugs, not at all to our liking. Couldnt eat that type of food often.

  • Koubei Sushi
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hashibachou 1-6
    A sushi restaurant which uses seafood from the waters off of Kanazawa. The restaurant is located between the Kenrokuen and the Higashi/Kazue-machi Chaya District, making it easy to stop by after exploring the town. Inside, the restaurant has a bright, modern, and cozy atmosphere. The restaurant used seafood stocked that day for its sushi. The sushi vinegar used to make the restaurant's shari sushi rice is a special blend mixed with a stock slowly extracted from konbu kelp. The restaurant offers both omakase (chef's choice) and customer choice options, and the restaurant's chef can prepare sushi for you based on your budget and tastes.

    The sushi was delicious, and the waitresses were pleasant, but the older sushi chef was so rude that I wouldn’t recommend going here. It was the most expensive meal I’ve had in Japan, so the bad...

  • Morimorisushi Omicho Branch
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    4.0
    252 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Aokusamachi 88 Omicho Market 1F
    Morimorisushi Omicho Branch in Omicho Market, a famous tourist place in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is a popular sushi-go-round restaurant where there is a queue during peak times. As it is located in the market, the freshness of ingredients is outstanding and there is a wide variety including fresh fish delivered from fishing ports in Noto and Kanazawa as well as local fish purchased in the market. “Morimori santenmori” topped with a Botan shrimp, sea urchin and a slice of large fat tuna and “Omicho santenmori” which is offered only at the restaurant are popular. It has a true Japanese style interior and has counter seating as well as table seating. It opens at seven o’clock in the morning so you can also eat your breakfast there.

    Focus on local fish and good quality. It’s coronavirus season so not many tourists but plenty of locals. Don’t be fooled by “We’re Full” sign. It’s always out front. When we went we signed in and got...

  • Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Restaurant
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    4.5
    108 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Ekinishishinmachi 3-20-7
    Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Restaurant in Ekinishi-Shinmachi Town, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular sushi-go-round restaurant where there is a queue during peak periods. Seasonal local fish are supplied twice a day from fishing ports in Kanazawa and Noto so it is extraordinarily fresh at both lunch and dinner. The most popular ingredient is black throat seaperch which is referred to as the king of white fish. The melting fatty texture is irresistible. It also has a range of unique local ingredients such as white prawn, which is a local specialty of Toyama Bay, and rare gasu shrimp. It is a shop where you feel free to enjoy authentic sushi formed by an experienced artisan, so many tourists also visit.

    This head Maimon restaurant is off the centre of the city, located just next to Hokuriku Expressway so to get there, you need to have a car or take a taxi, but it is definitely worth it if you are in...

  • Akadama Honten
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    3.5
    86 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Katamachi 2-21-2
    A longstanding and famous Kanazawa oden restaurant established in 1927 which is located in Kata-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa. The restaurant’s famed traditional oden consists of various foods steeped in a kombu-based broth and heated at just the right temperature to draw out maximum flavor. For generations, the restaurant’s proprietresses watched over Akadama’s secret oden recipe, lovingly preparing it fresh each day. The restaurant’s domestic beef tendon nikomi stew, boiled tofu, and dashi chazuke are also popular. The first floor of the restaurant has an old fashioned atmosphere—customers sit at the counter and enjoy their meal while conversing with the proprietress. The second floor has Japanese modern-style tatami seating and pleasant window-side seating.

    Lots of people. Be prepared to q and wait patient. However, once you start eating the oden, you will believe your wait was worth it. The young lady who took our order was very friendly. Knowing that...

  • Grill Otsuka
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Katamachi 2-9-15
    A “yoshoku” Japanese-style Western cuisine restaurant established in 1957 located in Kata-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Grill Otsuka is said to be one of the restaurants which invented hanton rice, a local Kanazawa specialty dish. A hearty dish, hanton rice is ketchup rice wrapped in a semi-soft omelet, topped with deep fried breaded tuna and shrimp, and covered with ketchup and a homemade tartar sauce. In part thanks to its atmosphere reminiscent of the good, old days of the Showa period, Grill Otsuka is frequently featured in travel magazines.

    This is a small restaurant that has become famous for one dish:hanton rice, similar to omu-rice but with a seafood twist. We had the signature dish and we all enjoyed it, except for my daughter who...

  • Mawaru Toyamawan Sushitama (Kanazawa Station Shop)
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    4.0
    179 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1
    This “conveyor belt” sushi shop is located inside “Kanazawa Hyakubangai,” a commercial center just past JR Kanazawa Station. Popular enough to draw in not just local shoppers, but tourists as well. They offer primarily the bounty of Hokuriku’s sea acquired that day from Ishikawa and Toyama ports, all at a reasonable price. Their pride and joy may be the sushi rice which features a combination of Noto koshihikari rice with vinegar from a classic shop. Besides sushi, there are great dishes like fresh sashimi, rare tastes of Hokuriku and famous Toyama white shrimp.

    My husband loves a sushi train and this didn’t disappoint, staff were great and they have an iPad for each group so you can order extra things not on the train ( all in English )

  • Ikiikitei (Omi-cho Restaurant)
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Aokusamachi 88 Omi-cho Ichiba-kan 1F
    "A restaurant located on the first floor of the Omi-cho Market Hall affiliated with the long-standing Kanazawa sushi shop Tamazushi. The restaurant's counter is able to seat 10 customers. The establishment is compact, but the cozy atmosphere makes it possible for customers to quickly get to know each other, ensuring that even diners coming on their own will feel comfortable coming in. The restaurant primarily serves rice bowls and nigirizushi-style sushi made with fresh seafood shipped straight from Kanazawa Port. The establishment is particularly visited by many tourists seeking to enjoy its tasty seafood rice bowls. Visitors are recommended to try the ""Tokusen Hokuriku-don,"" piled high with high quality seafood; and the ""Ikiikitei-don,"" loaded with 14 different toppings. For those who don't want to eat too much, try the ""Mini Kanazawa-don."""

    Sushi was too thin with price. Also crab was too little, so I wanted to get one more peice. But they gave very a little piece and over charged 800yen. They didnt say anything with extra money. The...

  • Kuroyuri
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    4.0
    155 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1 within Kanazawa Junichi Town 'Ann'
    A Kanazawa oden restaurant embraced by a wide array of fans, from tourists to people on business trips to local regulars. Kuroyuri is located inside the Kanazawa Hyakubangai Anto shopping mall, which is connected directly to JR Kanazawa Station. The secret to the restaurant’s popularity is its secret recipe oden, which has been continuously replenished and made the same way for over a half-century. Some of the oden options include kurumabu baked wheat gluten rings which gush out broth with every bite, daikon radish slices, boiled eggs, and ganmo deep-fried tofu and vegetables. The restaurant also offers a full menu of local Kaga sakes and a la carte dishes made with Kaga vegetables and seafood stocked from the Omi-cho Market.

    It was our first experience eating Oden, the staff were very friendly and helpful. They helped us with our selections. As noted in the other reviews, there was a line up but it moved quickly. The...

  • Restaurant Jiyuken
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-6-6
    Located at the entrance to Higashi Chaya District in the Higashiyama district of Kanazawa City, Jiyuken is a long-established Yoshoku (Japanese-style Western food) restaurant that was founded in 1909. Jiyuken serves proper, old-fashioned Yoshoku using recipes (such as a special demi-glace sauce) that have been handed down through the generations since the restaurant was first established. The rice omelet, made by frying rice and meat seasoned a soy-sauce-based sauce and then wrapping it inside a fried egg, has consistently been the most popular item on the menu. The lunchtime set meal (also available at dinnertime), which includes four Jiyuken favorites—home-made hamburgers, sautéed pork, potato croquettes, and fried shrimp in béchamel sauce—is also very popular.

    I would say it’s a pretty good place for lunch. The Omurice is cheap and unique because the restaurant used rice with soy sauce instead of ketchup. Cream croquette is delicious. Hayashi rice is...

  • Le Musée de H Kanazawa
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    4.0
    120 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Dewamachi 2-1 In the Ishikawa Prefectural Art Museum
    A stylish café situated on the first floor of the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Produced by the world-famous pâtissier Hironobu Tsujiguchi, the café offers creative sweets made with select local and natural Noto and Kanazawa ingredients. Exclusive sweets are also only sold here, such as the saison de gateau and Tsujiguchi role, made with Noto eggs, milk, and honey. The Concept G course, which combines Japanese teas and sweets, is also popular.

    Had perfectly baked cakes and coffee overlooking the beautiful peaceful garden. Nicely presented. A haven in Kanazawa. Worth the slightly steeper price. Great service. Also nice to watch the cakes...

  • Omi-cho Ichibazushi Main Shop
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    4.0
    120 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Shimoumichou 28-1
    A popular conveyor belt sushi restaurant located in the Omi-cho Market in Kanazawa, Ishikawa which even sees people lining up outside the door at peak times. Renowned for its authentic sushi prepared by chefs and its extravagant seafood rice bowls, Ichibazushi takes pride in the freshness of its ingredients. Getting its fresh seafood from auctions in the market, Ichibazushi uses somewhat larger cuts of fish than usual, quickly and skillfully pressing them together with local sushi rice. The restaurant’s menu spans everything from standards to seasonal items, including blackthroat seaperch, horse mackerel, tuna, Japanese amberjack, mackerel, sweet shrimp, and more. Offering both counter and table seating, even families can enjoy a relaxing meal here.

    Fresh and delicious, staff very friendly and helpful, but each plate was 100yen more than it would be in Tokyo or Osaka.

  • Turban Curry Main Shop
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-1-48 Unasinville 1F
    A long-standing Japanese-style curry restaurant located in Hirosaka, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture which offers Kanazawa curry, a local favorite. This famous restaurant has been loved by the residents of Ishikawa Prefecture since it was established in 1971. The restaurant’s curry, carefully prepared according to a secret recipe consisting of local ingredients and over 20 spices, is characterized by its perfect level of spice and dark, almost black color. Thick and rich, this curry goes great with toppings such as breaded pork cutlets and wieners. One of the most popular items on the menu is the L set curry, which is topped with the restaurant’s three most popular toppings.

    I dropped by for an early dinner after touring the city. The restaurant is quite small but was nearly deserted when I went there (probably due to lack of tourists from COVID-19). You order curry from...

  • Fusion21
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-2-1 In the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    A café and restaurant located inside the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Surrounded on all sides by large glass windows, Fusion21 is open and airy feeling, and the white interior creates an appealing, arty atmosphere. Offering a diverse menu incorporating local ingredients such as Kaga vegetables, the lunch special, which comes with a main dish and access to a side dish buffet, is quite popular. Fusion21 also offers a wide selection of sweets, making it a perfect place to enjoy an elegant tea time before or after exploring the museum.

    This was the worst food I have eaten in Japan. It tastes like European canteen food. For european standards it’s ok, but compared to any other Japanese restaurant we have been to, this was really...

  • Amatsubo (Kakinokibatake Main Restaurant)
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kakinokibatake 4-7
    "A Japanese izakaya pub serving traditional Kaga cuisine and oden stew made with Kanazawa ingredients. The establishment's traditional Kaga dishes, made with select local ingredients, are created with a focus on being able to enjoy them together with tasty local liquors at reasonable prices. The establishment stocks its ingredients fresh each morning from the Omi-cho Market, known as the ""kitchen of Kanazawa."" The establishment also offers around 40 distinctly Kanazawa-style oden dishes at any given time, including awabu (steamed wheat gluten mixed with millet), rock octopus, and banjugai clams. The establishment carries an abundant selection of local liquors, including several varieties of local Tengumai sake, such as ginjo and kizake pure sake varieties."

    Very good place for fresh sea food. I especially like the crab and the sweet shrimps... Service is ok and fast. Restaurant is crowded at lunch time during week end.

  • Tsubomi
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kakinokibatake 3-1
    A famous Japanese-style café operated by the long-standing Japanese-style restaurant, Suginoi and located close to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. The café’s garden, enclosed by a towering stone wall built in the Edo period, offers beautiful seasonal beauty, from cherry blossoms and fresh verdure in spring to autumn foliage in fall. Customers can enjoy charming sweets made with select ingredients and mountain spring water while listening to the soothing burble of the nearby Tatsumi Irrigation Channel. Popular menu items include the hon-warabimochi jelly and the kuzukiri noodles, made from rare 100% pure and domestic warabi bracken and kudzu powder. The café’s famously superb Tsubomi shaved ice, only offered in summer, is luxuriously topped with a homemade syrup created from various fresh fruits.

    We came across this place on advice from a local merchant when we were looking for a place to sit and relax We had a large party and they were able to seat us all at a large table. The specialty...

  • Rokkakudo
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    4.5
    65 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-38-27
    A steakhouse located at the foot of Mt. Utatsu a 15 minute walk from the Kenrokuen Garden. In addition to the meat itself, all of the ingredients, down to the seasonings, have been carefully selected. The flavor and taste of the meat; the sound of the steak frying; the fragrant, appetite-inducing aroma; the balance of textures between tender meat and crisp vegetables; and the sight of the chef's skilled movements-here you can enjoy steak using all five senses. During the day, the restaurant serves steak set meals as well as a weekday-only Mt. Utatsu Lunch which includes tenderloin steak, seasonal seafood, and grilled vegetables. At night, the restaurant offers a variety of course meals which allow you to choose your cut of meat, and it can be used for parties.

    Was one of the recommended restaurants. We were in the area so thought a 10 minute walk will be good. Google maps doesn’t show elevation as the restaurant is on top of a windy road. So advice is to...

  • Morihachi Saryo teahouse (Morihachi Main Store)
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    4.5
    58 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Otemachi 10-15
    The Morihachi Saryo teahouse is situated on the second floor of the main branch of Morihachi, a traditional Japanese confectionery shop that was founded 390 years ago, on National Route 159 in the Otemachi district of Kanazawa City. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea accompanied by Morihachi’s famous traditional “Black Yokan” or Jo-namagashi high-end fresh confectionery; visitors who book ahead at least one day before their visit can also have a specially-made Bento boxed lunch that features the Kazue Town district’s famous Kibune cuisine. There is also a special area for Rakugan (hard candy) making experience activities (which need to be booked at least two days in advance); after the candy-making experience, visitors can enjoy eating the candy they have just made together with some Matcha green tea. The adjacent Kanagawa Museum of Wooden Japanese Sweet Molds has displays of the wooden molds used to make traditional Japanese confectionery.

    Needed a place to rest from the summer heat on my way to Higashi Chaya and stopped in this Japanese sweets shop/museum. Interesting museum showing off the various molds they have used in their long...

  • Tawaraya
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kobashimachi 2-4
    A long-standing “ame” candy and syrup shop located in Kobashi-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa which was established in 1830. It is said the shop was started after the original owner witnessed the struggles of mothers who were unable to produce milk for their newborn babies and decided to create a highly nutritious ame which could be given to suckling infants. The shop’s ame is made with only domestic rice and barley. The shop’s signature item is its Jiro-ame, a “mizuame” thick syrup. This can be eaten as-is but it’s also popularly used as a natural seasoning and secret ingredient in vegetable, fish, and meat dishes.

    Down a lovely little street is this old fashioned sweet store. They give you a taste of the syrup but not the candies. It was interesting and we did purchase some of the sweets. The flavour is...

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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