Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Restaurant
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    4.5
    107 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...

  • Itaru Main Branch
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    4.5
    183 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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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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...

  • Number 7 Gyoza Shop
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    3.5
    85 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Morinosato 1-259
    This large three-floor store with a large car park is a specialty gyoza store, located in Morinosato, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The store is popular with a wide range of customers, including local university students, businessmen and families. The famous White Gyoza, with its garlic flavored filling wrapped in a thick layer of dough, is a soul food of Kanazawa. And, with the crisp crust and juicy meat filling, the dumplings pack a punch of flavor that goes extremely well with white rice.

    Ive been coming here for over 30 years. Still great gyoza! One of my favorite comfort foods when Im in Hokuriku.

  • Grill Otsuka
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    4.0
    100 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...

  • Ikiikitei (Omi-cho Restaurant)
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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    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...

  • Nodoguromeshi Hompo Itaru
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kakinokibatake 2-8
    "Opened along with the launch of the new Hokuriku Shinkansen, this restaurant specializes in serving dishes made with blackthroat seaperch, a high-class fish and Kanazawa specialty product. The sister establishment to the popular Japanese izakaya pub Itaru in Kanazawa, the restaurant is located nearby. The restaurant's signature ""Nodoguro Meshi"" consists of rice served in an iron bowl and topped with numerous slices of torch-broiled blackthroat seaperch. This particular dish can be enjoyed three ways-first, as-is; second, with your choice of condiments added on top; and finally, by pouring a broth made from blackthroat seaperch on top. The restaurant's crunchy hone-senbei, made by deep frying blackthroat seaperch bones in oil, are also popular."

    I like the fish ‘nodokuro ’ more than tuna. A bowl of rice with grilled nodokuro on top is so tempting to me. Wish I live here and can have this simple dish frequently.

  • Restaurant Jiyuken
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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...

  • Omi-cho Ichibazushi Main Shop
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    4.0
    121 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.

  • Tawaraya
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    4.0
    55 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...

  • Sushikuine Kenchomae Branch
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Seito 1-51
    Sushikuine Kenchomae Branch in Seito, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a sushi go-round restaurant. Fresh seafood landed at Kanazawa Port and Himi Port in Toyama is directly delivered to the restaurant. Each piece of sushi it offers is formed with an artisan’s skill. It is fully equipped with counter seating as well as table and small tatami seating areas. It is possible to order easily using a touch panel.

    受付を打ち切るお店が多い中、こちらは年始19時過ぎでも受け付けてくれました。それだけで良心的だと思いました。とても美味しかったです。ちょっとだけ高めかな?だけど価格相応に美味しいです。

  • 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...

  • Buddhist Vegetarian Cuisine at the Sojiji Soin Temple
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Wajima-shi Monzenmachi Monzen 1-18-1
    This historic Buddhist temple, situated along National Route 249 in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, was founded in 1321 as the head temple of Soto Buddhism. The Soto head temple was moved to Yokohama City's Tsurumi in 1910 after a large fire, but this temple was later rebuilt, regaining its position as a fundamental center for training and study. Today, the temple offers zazen meditation activities and, with an advance reservation, visitors can also try the temple's shojin ryoryi traditional Japanese Buddhist cuisine. The menu consists of only two choices: either just a honzen main course meal or a honzen meal plus side dishes. This authentic shojin ryori cuisine is made with seasonal vegetables and fruits with a focus on ingredients picked by ascetic monks in undeveloped woodlands, and the food is served on Wajima lacquerware.

    In May 2018 there was still a big project going on here to renovate some of the main parts of the temple. Notwithstanding that, it is a beautiful spot, with graceful buildings and attractive...

  • Sushikuine (Matto Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Tanakamachi 617
    The Matto main location of a conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain operating in the prefectures of Ishikawa and Toyama. In addition to sushi made with select seafood straight from the port, the restaurant also serves vegetable sushi such as avocado, and shiitake sushi, and pressed sushi topped with lightly pickled eggplant and cucumber. The owner particularly recommends the 10 and 15 piece nigirizushi and tokujo first class nigirizushi sets. The restaurant offers lunch sets from Monday to Saturday (excluding holidays), three out of four of which are limited to a set number of customers per day. All are reasonably priced and come with nigirizushi and arajiru fish scraps soup. Diners can also enjoy fresh made sushi in comfort by making an order using a touch screen which will then be delivered via a high speed lane.

    Fresh fish Exceptional service Excellent pricing Parking Orders come to you by person or by train!! Come here for a joyful dinner!!

  • Omi-Cho Market Kanazawa Oden Ippukuya
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kamioumichou 50
    "A standing oden stew restaurant located in Omi-cho Market, known as the ""kitchen of Kanazawa."" The restaurant's Kanazawa-style oden is made with distinctive Kanazawa ingredients such as dashi-soaked kurumabu wheat gluten wheels, whelk, and northern shrimp tempura. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of nerimono paste foods, like vibrantly red swirled akamaki kamaboko, steamed fukashi kamaboko, and bakudan soft boiled eggs wrapped in minced fish. The restaurant's unique ""Kanimen"" crab meat-stuffed crab shell comes in two versions-minced shrimp and minced blackthroat seapearch."

    Very clean market with minimal smell. Bustling with people and so many different stalls to check out. So many things to see and buy. Also has a few restaurants tucked inside. Great place to go for a...

  • 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...

  • Tsubomi
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    4.5
    56 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...

  • Kaitenzushi Saikaimaru
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuigunshikamachi Saikaifuto W 6 6 Saikai fishing port premises
    A sushi restaurant located on the grounds of the Saikai Fishing Harbor. The restaurant's name indicates it is a conveyor belt sushi place, but in place of an unending conveyor belt of sushi rolling past, customers make an order via a touch panel at their table, after which a sushi chef quickly prepares their order. Directly operated by a fisherman's union, the restaurant uses fresh seafood caught and brought into port that day. Only salmon and mackerel caught in the waters off Saikai, in particular, are used, no imports. The restaurant's menu also includes many distinctly local sushi toppings such as thread-sail filefish, whelk, and neon flying squid.

    地物のあじ、イワシ、サバが美味しい。サーモンもいける。 後は普通の回転すしかなあ。味噌汁はGOOD。 勿論、甘えびは本場中の本場なので新鮮で甘い。

  • Sushikuine (Komatsuoki Restaurant)
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    4.5
    52 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Okimachi 8-7
    "The Komatsu Okimachi location of this conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain which operates in the prefectures of Ishikawa and Toyama. The restaurant's seafood is shipped straight from Kanazawa Port and Himi Port. Aiming to serve authentic, high quality sushi, the restaurant uses select seafood and the composition of the sushi rice is changed depending on the season and weather. Besides standard sushi favorites, many of the selections on the menu are seasonal, such as midwinter Japanese amberjack, spear squid, and female snow crab, and one of the biggest appeals of the restaurant is that you can enjoy these truly seasonal and ephemeral tastes here. The menu primarily consists of sets of popular sushi such as the ""Kanazawa-zukushi"" and the ""Himi-zukushi."" There's also a fish tank in the kitchen to ensure the restaurant can serve truly fresh sushi varieties."

    Really amazing suchi, I am not a fanatic of sushi but I have to admit this was really great. We speak absoluty no word of Japanesse and eventhough it was really easy to order. First you need to get...

  • Shibazushi (Kanazawa Hyakubangai Restaurant)
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1
    "The Kanazawa Hyakubangai location of Shibazushi, a sushi restaurant established in 1958. Created by founder Tadashi Kajitani, the restaurant's namesake shibazushi has an elegant flavor; inheriting the traditions of Kanazawa-style oshizushi pressed sushi, shibazushi consists of sushi rice made with select rice and water topped with fresh seafood which is then wrapped in a bamboo grass leaf. The restaurant's staple menu selection is its simply flavored horse mackerel shibazushi, which is made with fatty domestic horse mackerel over minced ginger. The restaurant also makes use of seasonal fish like sea bream and horse mackerel. In addition, the restaurant offers a monthly changing selection of bento box lunches as well as the ""Zeitaku Noto-gyu to Noto-buta Bento,"" a bento box which comes with both Noto beef and Noto pork."

    When you come to Kanazawa, please visit this store. You will be greeted by kind shop staff and a great selection of sushi and bento menu. Oshizushi wrapped by bamboo leaf is a delicacy. With abundant...

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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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