Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Shiga Area

  • The Biwako Terrace – THE MAIN Terrace Café
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Kido 1547 - 1 Biwako Valley
    The Biwako Terrace is an observation terrace located within the Biwako Valley nature resort, around five minutes' drive from the Shiga Interchange of the Nishi Otsu Bypass (Kosei Road), from which visitors can enjoy superb views of Lake Biwa. The terrace is situated around 10 minutes' walk from the ropeway summit station, on the summit of the 1,174 meter-high Mt. Horai. The terrace features an open, spacious design that makes use of large arches; visitors can enjoy a spectacular panorama, with views of Lake Biwa, the Ibuki Mountains, and even as far as Hira Mountains. Beverages and snacks are available from Cafe 360. Premium seats are available (for an additional charge). The terrace is open between April and October each year.
  • Kinomoto Tsuruya Pan Main Store
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    3.5
    83 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kinomotochoukinomoto 1105
    A bread bakery situated along National Route 303 in Kinomoto Kinomoto-cho, Nagahama City. Examples of breads and bread-based foods made by the bakery which have been a favorite of locals for many years include the signature “Salad Pan,” a sandwich offered since the establishment first opened in 1951 consisting of takuan pickled daikon radish and mayonnaise served in a “koppe pan” bread roll; the simply named “Sandwich,” which consists of just mayonnaise and fish ham served on shokupan bread; the “Castella Sandwich;” and “Lunch Pan” bread.

    たくあんにマヨネーズは確かに合いますね。 コッペパンもしんなりしていておいしかった! なんか懐かしさを感じる味付けです。 I brought back to memories when I was childhood. These breads are...

  • Ohmi Beef Restaurant & Shop Okaki Honten
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Yamanoue 5294
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant standing along Prefectural Route 13 in Yamanoue, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The restaurant serves Omi beef sukiyaki, shabushabu, steaks, yakiniku, and Okaki’s signature “Shoshichi Nabe” hotpot. You’ll also find traditional kaiseki course cuisine style meals; Omi beef hitsumabushi, steak and Hamburg steak set meals, and a la carte dishes on the menu. Quality raw meats can be purchased over the counter at the adjoining butcher shop.

    1月2日に初詣で多賀大社にお参りに行き、その帰りにお昼ご飯にと思い、岡喜本店に行きました。予約の方が多く、とても混んでいました。 生の近江牛を美味しくいただきました。

  • Honke Tsuruki Soba
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    4.0
    140 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Otsu-shi Sakamoto 4-11-40
    A one-minute walk from Sakamoto-hieizanguchi Station on the Keihan Electric Railway, and 10 minutes from JR Hieizan-Sakamoto Station. This soba noodle restaurant can be reached by taking a right at the Sakamoto Citizens' Center and then taking the next left. The history of the restaurant stretches back over 300 years; it was established in 1716 by a man who worked in the Enryakuji Temple's kitchen. The restaurant employs a basic noodle recipe of 80% buckwheat flour to 20% wheat flour, but the exact proportions are adjusted daily based on the outside temperature and humidity. Customers can enjoy handmade soba noodle combo meals and other combo meals; as well as Omi musubi soba (assortment of three types of small soba dishes) and other soba and rice dishes a la carte.

    This soba restaurant is a must-do on your visit to Hieizan Sakamoto . The soba is good and not so expensive , about 9 usd a serving . They also have an English menu . As it is very popular with...

  • YOKARO
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 7-8
    This is a restaurant in Nagahama City where you can taste the home-cooked specialty of “Yakisaba Somen” (fine white noodles with grilled mackerel) which is characteristic of Kohoku. This specialty of boiled fine white noodles and meaty grilled mackerel arouses an appetite for a somewhat strong seasoning. The set menu is also substantial; there are also “O-zen” (a four-legged tray for festive food) which can be enjoyed together with grilled mackerel sushi and “Toban-yaki” (a roast on a ceramic plate) of Omi beef. The store now makes use of a merchant’s house constructed approximately 200 years ago, having in some respects an aura which feels nostalgic. It is also known as a famous shop where queues can be seen.

    We decided to drive 30min from Hikone just to find out how good is the signature Mackerel and it was indeed very special. The Mackerel could be ordered as a whole or I think most visitors went for...

  • German Restaurant Wurzburg
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Yumihama 5
    Wurzburg is a German restaurant located a 10-minute walk from Nishiki Station on the Keihan Ishisaka Line. In addition to genuine German-style beer and Franken wine, Wurzburg serves Schnitzel, sausages, and other German-style home cooking. The view of Lake Biwa from the restaurant is relaxing, and the German-style interior has an elegant, antique atmosphere. Pets are welcome on the outdoor terrace. In addition to enjoying authentic German cuisine, diners can enjoy the traditional, German-style building. The wait staff all wear folk costumes, which adds to the atmosphere.

    The restaurant has some good dishes but it is a little on the expensive side. The staff are friendly but language ability was a problem using English.

  • Shamotei Hieizan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Yamanakachou 107-4
    Hieizan Shamotei is a famous restaurant specializing in Shamo chicken that has often been featured in media such as gourmet magazines. The owners are extremely fussy about the quality of the meat, all of which comes from chickens that they have raised themselves by hand. The resulting meat has a rich savory flavor, a delicious taste that one can enjoy nowhere else. One reason for the restaurant's popularity is that diner's can choose how to have their chicken prepared, whether in a stew or even raw. Popular options include grilled chicken and Shamo chicken sukiyaki, which are loved by a wide range of generations, from children to adults.
  • Shijimi Kamameshi Koshu
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ishiyamadera 3-2-37
    Kosho Shijimi Kamameshi is a country-style restaurant located near the main gate of Ishiyamadera Temple. The signature dish is Clam Kamameshi (similar to risotto), and when diners lift the lid of the pot, the aroma is irresistible. The restaurant uses local Omi rice from Shiga Prefecture, a rich broth, a bit of soy sauce, and shijimi clams from Lake Biwa and cooks them together. Diners can choose from four dinners, and all of them include freshly made Clam Kamameshi and red miso soup with clams, although they all include different side dishes. A large helping of Omi no Obanzai (assorted seafood and vegetables) accompanied by a moderate helping of grebe is especially popular.

    志じみ茶屋 湖舟。 元祖 志じみ釜飯御膳 鰻2切れ付き ¥2,200 を,注文しました。 おおよその客が注文する人気メニューらしく,ほかに鰻のメニューが人気のようです。 上手に炊けていましたが,ややご飯の味が弱いようでした。 しじみの身が小さい季節だったので,大きくなる初夏には,ほどよい味になるのでしょうか? 鰻は,美味しい。 たくさんの客で,いっぱいでした。 出来上がるむまで,20...

  • W.Bolero
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Harimadachou 48-4
    This is a French confectionery specialty store. It sells cakes, chocolate and baked goods. It has a warm atmosphere reminiscent of south France and there are many handmade western-style confections lining the shelves of the store. There is also a cafe salon, and in fine weather, customers can enjoy their purchases immediately on the terrace seating.

    以前から食べてみたいと思っていた、ドゥブルベボレロのケーキを買いに行ってきました。 南仏風の店構えに、テイクアウトもイートインも行列ができていました。テレビ番組で紹介されたほど美味しくて有名なアイアシェッケと秋なのでモンブランを買って帰りました。 美味しかった- また来ます。

  • Shiruman Main Restaurant
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Yasukiyochou 12-14
    This Japanese-style restaurant is located in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture. Customers can enjoy their homemade udon dishes made with lavish amounts of bonito flakes and delicious soup stock at this restaurant which is directly managed by Ryotei Ryokan Yasui. The menu incorporated locally harvested ingredients such as Kinuhikari rice produced in Shiga Prefecture. Its mackerel sushi is also very popular.

    誰も他人の評価に口を挟めるものではありません。料理とはそう云うものなのです。嫌いな人にとっては例え100万人が好きと云っても評価はゼロです、それでいいのです。ここも当地ではかなりの知名度を誇る料亭(旅亭)ですが、ここの料理が合わないと云う人には評価のしようがありません。ここは彦根城主の井伊家から「井」の一文字を授かり「やす井」と称した料理旅館に隣接する料亭です。店舗と雰囲気はそこそこのものでしたが...

  • Takashima Village Hall 3 Oumido
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Katsuno 1406-2
  • CHEZ LA MERE
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku
    "This cake shop is proud of their luxurious fruit sandwich. The sandwich uses seasonal fruit like peach, strawberry, mangoes and kiwi. The fruit isn't diced finely, giving the sandwich a full, satisfying feel. The bright interior is outfitted with desks and tables for eating in-shop. Their cakes, made on the motto of ""Mildly flavored cake you'll never get tired of, just like mother made,"" is popular with customers of all ages and genders."
  • Ebi Senbei no Sato EXPASA Taga Store
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Inukami-gun Tagacho Binmanji Nishitani 66-36
  • Omi-Imazu Nishitomo Main Shop
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Imaduchousumiyoshi 2-1-20
    An eel and river fish specialty store and restaurant located in 2 Chome Sumiyoshi Imazu-cho, Takashima City. The restaurant part of the facility serves hitsumabushi, eel rice bowls, unaju rice boxes, eel steamed seiromushi style, eel rice bowl and soba noodle sets, and kaiseki course cuisine and sashimi set meals made with river fish. The adjoining shop sells products like eel chazuke—plain-grilled eel stewed with Japanese pepper.

    Nishitomo is a restaurant of eel specialty in Omi Imazu. I heard that it has a long history, but the building is quite modern. It is located just in front of Shiga Bank and 5~6 minutes’ walking...

  • Izutsu Yatsuhashi Honpo (Oiwake Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Yokogi 1-3-3
    A shop specializing in yatsuhashi, a traditional Japanese sweet, situated along the Tokaido Highway in Yokogi, Otsu City. Here you can find all manner of standard and fresh yatsuhashi, including the shop’s signature “Yuko” fresh yatsuhashi filled with chunky bean jam. The yatsuhashi production line on the second floor is open to the public and visitors can tour the workshop with no advance reservation required.
  • Restaurant Matsukiya Main Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Karahashichou 14-17
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant situated along Prefectural Route 104 in Karahashi-cho, Otsu City. The restaurant has a steak counter on the first floor, large dining room with seating for 100 on the second floor, and six private dining rooms on the third floor. The restaurant serves dishes made with Omi beef such as steaks, sukiyaki, shabushabu, amiyaki barbecue, and “Omi Beef Steak Kappo” cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. For lunch, the restaurant serves an Omi beef “Gozen” meal, steak “oju” lacquered boxes, and more.
  • Bistro Kokkaran Horii
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Umebayashi 1-2-21
    A bistro which stands quietly in a back alley in Umebayashi, Otsu City. Here diners can enjoy French cuisine which harnesses the innate flavors of the ingredients while eating with chopsticks and sitting at a sunken kotatsu-style table. In addition to a la carte dishes, the menu also includes two course meals (advanced reservation required).

    大津駅そばアルプラザ方面に歩きお店まで徒歩3分程度。 お店は飲屋街の突き当たりにある隠れ家的な雰囲気です。 単品も当然ながら、コース料理がオススメです。この日は4000円のコースをオーダー。 前菜にはじまり、スープはビシソワーズかオニオンスープから一品。 魚は鯛、サーモン、ホタテのグラタンから一品を選択。 メインは牛、豚、羊、鳥の4種からそれぞれの調理法で選択。 羊のハーブステーキを選択。 柔らか...

  • Restaurant Sennaritei Omi Beef Cuisine
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Togachou 120-4
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant situated along Prefectural Route 528 in Toga-cho, Hikone City. The restaurant serves a variety of Omi beef dishes, including sukiyaki, shabushabu, steaks, gozen meals, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, and a la carte items such as roast beef. During lunchtime, the restaurant offers lacquered oju steak boxes and Hamburg steaks.

    コースを注文しました。お寿司やローストビーフ、焼肉、デザートなど、どれもとても美味しかったです。そしてボリュームもあり大変満足しました。一番安いコースでしたがとても満足のいくものでした。

  • Omi Beef Sennaritei Kyara
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Honmachi 2-1-7 Dream Kyobashi Castle Road
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant located in 2 Chome Hon-machi, Hikone City. The restaurant serves dishes made with Omi beef raised at the establishment’s own farm, including sukiyaki, steaks, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, nigirizushi, and a la carte items, as well as “Steak Chazuke” and “Cha Shabu” made with konbu broth and green tea. For lunch, the restaurant offers lacquered steak oju boxes, Omi beef rice bowls, sukiyaki, and other gozen meals.

    Truly tasty food prepared on high quality raw materials. Well presented and balanced in tastes. A few examples from the dinner is shown below.

  • L'Hotel du Lac
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Nishiazaichououra 2064
    A French restaurant located inside L’Hotel du Lac situated along Prefectural Route 557 in Oura Nishiazai-cho, Nagahama City. The restaurant serves next generation French cuisine created based on the theme of fermentation and made with fond (broth) crafted from Shiga Prefecture ingredients and Lake Biwa fish. The restaurant also offers classical French cuisine produced by the sommelier Shinya Tasaki.

    Private cabin accommodations are comfortable, spacious and well equipped. It was the heart of summer, yet the air conditioning worked great and my room was just a 1 minute walk to the swimming pool...

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Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.

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