Western Food Spots in Nara Area

  • Wakakusa Curry Honpo
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    4.5
    123 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Mochidonochou 38-1
    Wakakusa Curry is a curry restaurant in Mochiidono Town, Nara City. The restaurant serves all sorts of curry such as healthy curries made up of spinach or tomato and mixed with seasoning, and chicken curry made with coconut milk. Guests can customize their curry with a variety of toppings, and can also choose how hot they want it and how much rice to have. Also on the menu are dishes such as baked curry, omelet curry, and curry ramen. Takeaway curry bread is also available.

    It is a small restaurant that is slightly off the main road and easy to find the curry was good enough, service was polite and fast and the price was good.

  • Trattoria Piano
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Hashimotochou 15-1
    An Italian restaurant located a four minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station which serves dishes lovingly prepared from select Nara ingredients including traditional Yamato vegetables, Yamato pork, and Yamato beef. In spite of Nara’s lack of access to the ocean, the restaurant is also renowned for its fresh seafood shipped direct from Tosashimizu. The restaurant has a stylish interior and relaxed atmosphere that makes it easy for both couples an groups to enjoy themselves. In addition to a la carte dishes such as chewy oven-baked pizza and authentic pastas, the restaurant also offers a full menu of reasonably-priced lunch choices.

    Good pasta and pizza, service was very good on a busy night. We had no problems communicating to them in English. They coped with allergies very well. We enjoyed our meal!

  • French O·Mo·Ya (Nara Town Branch)
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kunodouchou 11
    This is a French restaurant on the road west off of the Fukuchiin North intersection in Kunodo Town, Nara City. They offer French cuisine made with fresh Nara produce and served in a style with Shigaraki-yaki ware and chopsticks. There are different courses available during lunch and dinner, and a plate lunch is also available during lunchtime.

    This quaint French fusion restaurant in a machiya in the old town of Naramachi hits all the right notes. It is especially convenient for and within easy walking distance of those staying at historic...

  • Haru
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kunodouchou 14
    A “yoshoku” Japanese-style Western food restaurant situated inside an old townhome in Kunodo Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Haru has an old-fashioned look appropriate to the ancient capital of Nara, including a Japanese garden and sunken hearth. This famous restaurant serves old-fashioned yoshoku made with local specialty products such as select Yamato beef and Yamato pork. Some of the most popular items on the menu are the juicy hamburg steak and huge wild fried prawns with head. Women love Haru’s Hayashi rice topped with a crisply breaded pork cutlet. The inside of the restaurant has the quiet atmosphere of an old-fashioned Japanese home, making it easy to enjoy a quiet meal at your leisure.

    It is not easy to find this little culinary pearl but it is well worth looking for it. The experience could not be more autentic. Don‘t be afraid if there is no English menu. The only dish is a big...

  • Pepita d'Oro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Imamikadochou 28
    This is an Italian restaurant in the Imamikado-cho Shopping Street in Imamikado-cho, Nara Prefecture. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine made from home grown vegetables, Yamato beef and fresh fish that have been caught by the owner. The acqua pazza made with seasonal fish and home-grown vegetables is one of the popular dishes.
  • Le BENKEI
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Kitakoriyamachou 276-1
    Since opening in 1975, Le BENKEI has been on a never-ending journey to create French cuisine based on a philosophy of local production for local consumption, using locally-sourced traditional ingredients. The restaurant earned one star and four red forks and spoons (indicating top-class comfort) in the Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2012 and 2013. The restaurant strives to provide guests with a supremely blissful experience.

    An exceptional culinary experience, providing French cuisine with a Japanese inflection. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients, innovative dishes, elegantly responsive yet unobtrusive service. The wine...

  • Tama
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Imaichou 4-5-14
    This is a French restaurant located in Imai-cho 4 Chome, Kashihara City. The restaurant serves dishes that enhance the flavor of the produce using locally grown organic and pesticide-free vegetables. Visitors can enjoy the course menus by making a reservation for lunches and dinners. Dinner reservations accepted until the previous day.

    I guarantee you would feel quite lucky to find this place. The restaurant is located in the middle of Imai-cho which has a famous historical townscape of Edo-era. They serve real French dishes with...

  • Yoshoku Katsui Yamanobe no Michi
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Tenri-shi Yanagimotocho 577-1
    A restaurant inside the Tenri Trail Center in Yanagimoto-cho, Tenri City. They are located along the Yamanobeno Michi (means the road at the skirts of the mountain) which is said to be the oldest road in Japan. Their menu offers western dishes including Hamburg steak and fried shrimp. Their Western Lunch Meal pairs the meal with a drink of your choice including either beer or a glass of wine.

    昨日、初めてお邪魔いたしました。 ランチだったのですが、山の辺のお店なのに、いっぱいお客さんが居て、びっくり。 コースをいただきましたが、どのお料理も絶品。 とくにお肉は最高でした。 また、スタッフのかたが、常にまわりに気配りしていただき、気持ちよくランチをいただくことができました。 ありがとうございました!

  • Bonappetit Meshiagare
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Jurinchou 1
    This is a French restaurant in Jyurin-in Town, Nara City. The chef has experience from a range of first-rate French restaurants and serves safe and reliable foodstuffs in French style from a 90-year-old machiya (old townhouse).

    I had a very good white fish main course. It was maybe a bit on the salty side, but not so much that it spoiled the meal. The aperitif plate was very good, also. The owner was nice, and the other...

  • Nara Italian Bambuno
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Imamikadochou 22
    This is an Italian restaurant in Imamikado Town, Nara City. They offer highly original creative cuisine using Nara foodstuffs including Yamato pork, Yamato Nadeshiko eggs and organic vegetables from their own farm for dishes like Naramachi Pasta accented with sake lees and tea leaves. In between lunch and dinner the restaurant is open as a café where visitors can enjoy sweets including handmade cakes. Between May and October, they serve shaved ice with balsamic vinegar and Mascarpone cheese. The second floor features an open tatami seating space, enjoyed by many diners with children.

    Wandering arround the pagoda zone we came across this restaurant for dinner. We were looking for something different from japanese excellent gastronomy so we thought a pizza could worth a break. Even...

  • SAKURA BURGER
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Higashimukikitamachi 6
    SAKURA BURGER is a hamburger restaurant located about two minutes on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station. The restaurant serves their popular Sakura Burger with thick slices of homemade bacon, and other hamburgers all made with ingredients from Nara and seasonal produce (all burgers come with fried potatoes). They also serve hot dogs, toasted sandwiches, individual dishes and desserts.
  • Nino
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    5.0
    538 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Nishimikadochou 11-11

    They say in Japan that the customer is god, but here you are treated as a friend as soon as you walk in the door. Nino san cooks excellent and authentic Italian food how it is meant to be cooked...

  • Curry House CoCo Ichibanya Nara Kami-sanjo
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Nara-shi Kamisanjocho 7

    We visited the deer park and walked A LOT! working up an appetite. My other half is vegetarian and this is one of the many Coco Ichibanya that caters for veggie/vegans. I am a creature of habit but...

  • Mana
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    4.5
    37 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Nara-shi Shimosanjocho 44-2

    We stumbled across this place by chance, it’s up some fairly non-descript stairs with a sign outside. I’m so happy we did as it’s one of the best curries we’ve ever had. We each had a set menu that...

  • Kakoi Rora dining Tanaka
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasasagichou 6-11

    What a fabulous place! We were on our way to the Nara Brewery and passed the restaurant and after a couple of beers decided to go back there for dinner. The staff were gracious and attentive, the...

  • RistoranteL'Orchestrata
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Nara-shi Kasuganocho 101 Nara Kasuganocho
  • Wagyu Streaks Curry Nara Honten
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Hashimotochou 28 Kasuga Sanjo street Hall 2F

    We stumbled upon this place while eating our mochi nearby. We ordered the two most expensive plates, hashed beef and rice and Japanese beef curry and rice. Both came in a beautiful presentation of...

  • L'Auberge DE PLAISANCE Sakurai
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Sakurai-shi Taie 2217
  • Verde tsujijin
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    11-43, Minamihonmachi, Yamatotakada-shi, Nara, 635-0086

    Different multiple-course menus were served in each of the four times I ate in this restaurant, each one creatively composed, the most unforgettable medley focussed on seafood preparations served...

  • YamaokaPizza
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Ikoma-shi Onitoricho 455

    生駒駅から徒歩50分程歩いて訪問。 高台なだけあって景色が最高。 小さな小屋のような店内。とにかく料理が絶品。 窯で焼かれたモチモチのピザ。旬のフルーツを使ったサラダや前菜。 メニュー数も多いので、グループで行ってシェアするのがオススメです。

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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