Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Matsue Area

  • Teien Saryo Minami
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    4.5
    109 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Suetsuguhonmachi 14 Miomi Museum 1F
    A restaurant located on the first floor of the long-standing Minamikan ryokan inn on the shore of Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. A white sand and pine garden, backed by Lake Shinji, stretches out beyond the restaurant’s windows, and the restaurant has both tables and private dining rooms with views of this beautiful scenery. The restaurant’s vaunted regional cuisine makes abundant use of the seasonal culinary blessings provided by the San’in, such as fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan and seasonal vegetables from the countryside. Minami’s taimeshi minced sea bream with rice is made according to a traditional family recipe based on the shirukakegohan and sobagu loved by Matsudaira Fumai, the seventh lord of the ancient Matsue Domain.

    A whiff of kaiseki in a stylish atmosphere, thats what you get when dining at Minamis, the restaurant thats part of the top Matsue ryokan. We had lunch and could afford it. Wasnt the best we had...

  • Yagumoan
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    4.5
    98 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 308
    This is a well-known Izumo soba shop in Kitabori Town, north of Matsue Castle, where the charm of the castle town remains. The shop interior, remodeled from the remains of a samurai residence, is a soothing space where one can feel the four seasons and history. One can enjoy a quiet meal while looking out over the bamboo forest, carp swimming in the pond, gardens and towering old pines. Among the meal options for Izumo soba prepared daily by the shop owner, cold-quenched Wariko soba and duck broth soup Kamonanban are popular.

    Upon making the reservations for 6 for lunch for the room overlooking the gardens and pond, they asked for a Y200/person surcharge. I think it was very reasonable charge, given the beautiful...

  • Kamiyo Soba
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Matsue-shi Okudani Cho 324-5
    "A veteran Matsue shop that has been making Izumo soba noodles with flour stone-ground in-house since its establishment in 1952. Izumo soba is known as the ""original buckwheat noodles."" It has a distinct aroma and flavor as well as a dark color from the grinding of unhulled buckwheat. As times change and shops making Nihachi-soba (made with 20% wheat flour and 80% buckwheat flour) increase, they still make Juwari soba (made with 100% buckwheat flour) without any additions. The soba noodle broth uses an old-fashioned cooking sake and high grade dried bonito to deliver the traditional flavors of Matsue."

    Enjoyed the lunch with our family there, the cost is very reasonable but I am wondering that they can charge a lot more and serve more fancy menu. I am not the one to encourage the expensive menu but...

  • Chugoku-Sanchi Soba Kobo Funatsu
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    4.5
    65 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sotonakabarachou 117-6
    This is a famous Izumo soba restaurant in Sotonakabara-cho, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, bustling with tourists and local regulars alike. The specialty Juwari soba is made from buckwheat cultivated in Okuizumo-cho, home-milled and rolled by hand. The three types of soba made with local spring water are each matched with four specially-prepared flavors of dipping sauce. The luxury soba course and local sake options are popular.

    そば湯までおいしい‼︎お店です。 タクシーで駆け付けると、運転手さんが「ここはおいしいですよ」と教えてくださいました。たれと薬味ををそばの上にかけて食べる、出雲そばのお店です。実は私、うどん派なのですが、ここはおつゆが本当においしい。おだしの香りも食欲をそそります。そば湯はトロットロで、ほんのり甘い。すごく美味しかったです。そば湯がおいしいなんて初めてでした。あ!そば湯におつゆ入れるの忘れてた!そ...

  • Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 509-1
    "This is a beer hall where you can enjoy a Matsue local beer called ""Beer Hearn"". Also, at the beer restaurant visitors can eat Shimane Wagyu Beef and Shinjiko Shicchin, seven types of seafoods that can be found in the Seto Inland Sea. You can also enjoy five types of local beers at the beer counter overlooking the souvenir corner and the beer factory. It is a convenient facility that is walking distance from the Matsue Castle and Shiomi Nawate tourist site lined with traditional Japanese houses. "

    Had a very good Japanese lunch as part of a tour group. Hot plate between 4 people with choices of meats and fish to place and cook. Good local beer 540 yen each. Took the canal boat cruise from the...

  • Waraku Matsue Japanese Cuisine
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Otesembachou 565
    At this restaurant guests can enjoy Japanese seasonal cuisine made using produce in season collected from various parts of the Sanin region as well as fresh fish from one of the three tanks in the center of the restaurant. The cuisine of genuine taste and high quality, served in a relaxed atmosphere, is highly satisfying. Private rooms are also available on the top floor and are perfect for special gatherings such as a family ceremonies or welcome parties etc. During the season of crab fishing, the menu includes a course of Matsuba crab and snow crab.

    今日は和らくでカニをいただきました! 山陰でカニを食べるなら、やっぱりここのお店だと思います!毎年この時期に、1年間頑張った自分に対してのご褒美として、ここでカニを食べています(*´∀`*) ここのお店で食べる松葉ガニは、本当に大きい!!そして美味い!!食感はしっとり、それから口の中に甘味が広がって官能的です!! 私はカニ刺しと炙りが好みです!是非食べてみてください(^^) Today...

  • Fujinatei
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchoufujina 21-1
    "This Japanese restaurant is located next to Lake Shinji. Managed by the long-establish inn ""Minamikan"" in Matsue, guests can dine while looking out on Lake Shinji. The restaurant offers rice with whole steamed sea bream with a taste that is a family tradition, passed down and conceived by the first-generation chef. In addition, you can enjoy various tastes of Matsue, such as the specialty unagi-mabushi eel over rice served with condiments and dashi broth poured on top., a traditional Japanese cuisine course using seasonal ingredients, Izumo soba noodles, and sushi. Because they also other children's sets, the restaurant can be enjoyed by everyone from couples to families."

    平日のお昼にいきましたが予約なしでは順番待ちのようでした。ひつまぶし風の鯛めしは御出汁が足りなければ追加で出してもらえます。宍道湖の景色も料理もとてもよかったです。

  • Izumo Soba Kigaru
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Ishibashichou 400-1
    This long-established soba restaurant is located in Ishibashi Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture and offers authentic Izumo soba made from homemade stone-milled flour. There are two types of soba prepared from early every morning: “hiki-gurumi,” which is made from unprocessed milled buckwheat, and “maru-nuki,” which is made from buckwheat with the shells removed. “Hiki-gurumi” is great for “warigo soba” and “kamaage soba,” which Izumo is famous for, and “maru-nuki” makes for great “kamo (duck) seiro soba” and “zaru soba.” Loyal local customers regularly come here, and it feels just like the old days. There’s raised tatami seating as well for those who want to stretch their legs.

    The izumo soba was delicious, and the restaurant was perfectly willing to cook eggs for the oyako soba longer than usual for my parents, who like their eggs very thoroughly cooked. There were also a...

  • Saiundo Honten
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tenjinmachi 124
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop renowned for its “wakakusa,” a sweet viewed as a Matsue souvenir standard. Saiundo is located a 10 minute walk from Matsue Station. Wakakusa is a Japanese-style sweet consisting of soft gyuhi glutinous rice dumplings covered with light green kanbaiko glutinous rice flour. These legendary treats take their name from a poem written by Matsudaira Harusato, the seventh lord of Matsue Domain. In addition to wakakusa, the shop sells a wide variety of Japanese and Western-style sweets made with select ingredients, as well as seasonal “namagashi” fresh sweets. There’s also a café space where you can enjoy a namagashi and matcha green tea set.

    Shop of WAGASHI traditional Japanese sweets in Matsue since 1874. We can eat wagashi with green tea in upstairs.

  • Nekkoya
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Isemiyachou 542-6
    Nekkoya is an izakaya (Japanese-style pub) where guests can enjoy seasonal food from the San'in region including Lake Shinji. It is located along Ohashi River, about three minutes on foot from the north exit of Matsue Station. The warm, wooden interior of the pub with its spacious atrium type space has a very relaxed feel. The well loved and creative food on offer is a blend of both Western and Japanese tastes such as their deisui-shijimi, clams from Lake Shinji bathed in sake, and their dogi-no-ichiyaboshi (white fish salted and dried overnight), as well as their rich and juicy foie gras chawanmushi (steamed egg custard and other ingredients). Nekkoya is a relaxing place to have a meal while looking out over the river.

    first time to visit Matsue. read some review and decided to dinner at Nekkoya. Wrong decision. We were assigned to a small counter (4 people only) facing the kitchen. The only thing is we can watch...

  • Yamaichi
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Higashihonmachi 4-1
    Yamaichi is a restaurant located on the banks of the Ohashi River approximately 12 minutes on foot from Matsue Station, run by a family with a very cozy atmosphere. On the counter guests can find the day’s obanzai, a traditional style of Japanese cuisine native to Kyoto. Yamaichi mainly serves dishes using seafood from Lake Shinji and Matsue specialty dishes. Their miso soup made with large clams from lake Shinji with their meaty, rich flavor is particularly popular. The restaurant also serves a whole range of local dishes which go well with a cup of sake such as their deep-fried moroge shrimp (one of the seven varieties of seafood usually found in Lake Shinji), or udon, as well as their pickled mackerel made with mackerel caught off the Shimane Peninsula.

    We loved our dinner here. They don’t have an English menu but looking at Tabelog I knew they served oden and we wanted to try that. So we ordered oden, sashimi & eel (we heard someone else order it...

  • Naniwa-honten Restaurant
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Suetsuguhonmachi 21
    "This long-established restaurant, with a traditional atmosphere, is located on the shore of Lake Shinji. Visitors can enjoy beautiful dishes made with the best seasonal ingredients and taste Lake Shinji's seven delicacies including, ""sea bass, greasy-back prawn, eel, cattle egret, ice fish, carp, and clams."""

    松江市の市街地で宍道湖畔に建つ抜群の立地の料亭です。 地元食材で美味しい料理を提供してくれます。一品一品が丁寧に作り込んだもので美味しくいただきました。 湖に面した個室は少し岸から張り出して、食事をしながらの風景は絶景です。

  • Ristorante Vecchio Rosso
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou 1-5 In Shimane prefectural art museum
    This Italian restaurant is located on the first floor of the Shimane Art Museum, which is on the shore of Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. You can see the sprawling lake through the glass windows, and it looks spectacular when the water surface is dyed red by the sunset. There is authentic Italian cuisine made with local seafood and vegetables procured from contracted farmers, as well as wine. You can enjoy everything from casual lunch sets to dinner courses fitting for a celebratory occasion, all while relishing the flavors of Shimane. Many couples like to come at dinnertime to enjoy the gorgeous night view.

    I jumped off the town tourist loop bus to start exploring on foot and walked into the Shimane Art Museum. I saw the restaurant and had a great lunch. Nice view in a nice dining setting.

  • Kaiten Sushi Hokkaido Gakuendori Restaurant
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Matsue-shi Gakuen 2-chome 25-25

    平日のランチがかなりお得なのでおすすめです。お味噌汁が無料でいただけます。ランチ限定価格のお安いメニューがあり助かります。

  • Kamedayama Tea Room
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-59 Inside the Kinkaku
    Kamedayama Tea Room is a café on the first floor of the retro Western-style building called “Kounkaku,” built in the outer area of Matsue Castle during the Meiji period. It features freshly brewed coffee, handmade sweets, and light fare. Constructed to lodge the Emperor Meiji on his Imperial visit, Imperial Prince Yoshihito, who would later become the Emperor Taisho, also stayed in 1907. You can pass a leisurely time here while admiring Kounkaku’s graceful decor. It is 10 minutes by car from Matsue Nishi Interchange on the San’in Expressway.

    週末のお昼ご飯に利用しました。洋食系がメインです。お値段は普通ですが、素敵な喫茶店で女子会にもお勧めです。

  • SHOAN
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchouhayashi 223-3
    SHOAN is a healing space where time moves slowly and where you can sip coffee close to nature. It has features like a terrace overlooking Lake Shinji and a seasonal flowerbed, and you’ll be pleased with the hearty portions of their breakfasts and the set menu. Be sure to enjoy a delicious coffee with your meal. It is five minutes by car from JR Tamatsukuri Onsen Station.

    This little cafe is located on the side of a main road, and has beautiful views of the adjacent lake. It is a great spot to take a scenic break from a long drive, or just meet up for a midday...

  • Sakuragawa
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 468-4
    Sakuragawa is a Japanese restaurant directly managed by a fish shop located in Kuroda Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, where guests can taste the fresh seafood of San’in all at reasonable prices. This restaurant is housed within a home-like building lending the place a relaxed atmosphere and inside there is plenty of seating in semi-private rooms so guests can relax and enjoy the food. Sakuragawa has a wide range of set meals on offer including the Shimane sashimi set meal with seasonal sashimi lavishly presented on a boat-platter, the San’in nodoguro-meshi with grilled rockfish on a bed of rice, and the takitate-kamameshi set meal with five different kinds of kamameshi (rice, meat, and vegetables boiled together in a small pot) to choose from. For lunch, their hearty ryoshi-don (fisherman’s bowl) is popular.

    2000円前後で地ものの海産物を堪能することができます。気軽に入れるため会食時もおすすめです。たこめしをいただきました。

  • Toki no Kaze Kura
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Higashihonmachi 1-64
    A restaurant directly operated by a rice shop in Higashihommachi, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. Kura is renowned for its donburi, bowls of rice grown with the pure waters of Izumo topped with an abundance of delicacies from the sea and land of Shimane. The restaurant’s signature menu item is the shijimidon, which is piled high with shelled Lake Shinji basket clams flavored with dashi stock. This superb local treat gives meals the chance to enjoy rich, flavorful, plump and large sized basket clams. Other popular menu options include the sazanamidon topped with steamed shirasu whitebait, and the karubidon topped with Japanese wagyu beef.

    新鮮な魚介類やお肉、とれたて野菜をふんだんに使った季節ごとの旬の料理が美味しいです。おすすめは、メインに味噌汁や小鉢が付いた定食です。

  • Tsukigase Dumpling and Sweets Tea Shop
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Matsue-shi Suetsuguhonmachi 87
    This sweets cafe is part of Kyomise shopping street, with its old fashioned city scenery. Founded in 1945, it has offered up its carefully made dango dumplings made from Okuizumo Nita grown Nitamai koshihikari rice, one of the two most highly rated koshihikari varieties, reputed as Uonuma koshihikari rice in eastern Japan and Nitamai koshihikari rice in western Japan. This shop, marked on the outside by its old fashioned machiya townhouse design, is spacious and elegant on the inside. Their meticulously handmade dumplings are the perfect company for a break on your stroll through Matsue. They also offer standard sweet treats like parfaits and zenzai sweet bean soup, as well as a Japanese-style house-made ramen with carefully selected ingredients. Their ramen uses rich flying-fish stock, and it's available in a Dango set meal with Mitarashi Dango sweet dumplings with a soy sauce syrup.

    団子を中心とした甘味店だが、ラーメンも提供している。お昼どきは、ラーメン客も多い。あごだしラーメン660円を食べたが、あっさりめのスープは好ましい。岩のりがよいアクセントになっている。

  • Horai Kichijitsuan
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 101
    With the main building having been built in the Meiji period and a separate extension added at the start of the Showa period, Horai Kichijitsuan is a restaurant housed within the Horaiso complex of restaurants with a lovely adjoining garden. The historic building was originally opened as a restaurant ryokan from where guests can see the garden from any seat in the restaurant, table seat or private room. The restaurant’s Western and Japanese fusion of local flavors in their gozen and kaiseki-ryori (traditional Japanese meals brought in courses), made with ingredients from Matsue such as locally produced vegetables and seasonal seafood, are particularly well liked. Horai Kichijitsuan’s lunch menu such as their Koto bento with Matsue delicacies beautifully arranged in a white wooden box and tray is also popular. The nearest station is Matsue-Shinjiko-Onsen Station. From Matsue Station take the bus to the Prefectural Civic Center and the restaurant is located close to the bus stop.

    We love this place. People were very friendly even though they spoke very little English. Food was very good and great Sake.

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