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Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Saga Area

  • Kawashima Tofu Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kyoumachi 1775
    This tofu shop makes its tofu using high quality Kyushu soybeans. A small 10-seat restaurant adjoins the shop which opens four times a day at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. in line with when fresh batches of tofu are made. The zaru-dofu (fresh creamy tofu served in a draining basket) is particularly exquisite; the best times to order it are either 8 a.m. when its fresh and warm or at 12 p.m. when the flavor has really set in. During the evening, the restaurant only serves a traditional kaiseki course meal.
  • Genkai
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoutononoura 508-3
    A live seafood restaurant located in the Yobuko-cho area of Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. The restaurant keeps its stock in some 10 fish tanks on the premises. As the tanks circulate water from and back out to the Genkai Sea, the restaurant’s specialty squid, select mackerel, horse mackerel, sea bream, and abalone are kept healthy and can be prepared in the freshest possible state. Genkai is renowned for its chewy squid ikizukuri (slices of fresh raw fish arranged to look lifelike) and other seafood kaiseki course cuisine. The restaurant also offers ikizukuri and broiled fish dishes à la carte, making it a great place to enjoy a casual meal as well.
  • Kawatarou Yobuko Branch
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochouyobuko 1744-17
    A live seafood restaurant located in Yobokucho, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture; on the first floor, diners can enjoy watching squid swim lively in the fish tank located in the center. The shop’s vaunted squid a brought directly via tank from the boats of local fisherman. The ikizukuri special, which includes squid sashimi prepared direct from the tank, is so fresh the squid’s arms may still move. The restaurant also offers a variety of other fresh seafood dishes, including tempura and kaiseki course cuisine. In addition to table seating, Kawatarou offers tatami seating and private rooms and can also accommodate group meals and parties.

    九州では有名店のようで休日は開店前から行列ができます。開店30分前に並べば最初の回で入店でき、料理もすぐに食べることができました。 産地でなければ食べられないとても新鮮なイカを刺身と揚げ物でいただき、大変満足です。 This restaurant is famous for fresh squid in Kyushu. There is a long line on weekends...

  • Caravan Saga Karatsu Wagyu Beef Steak Specialty Shop
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Nakamachi 1845
    This Wagyu beef steak specialty shop won a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Fukuoka & Saga 2014 – Special Edition. It serves grilled ingredients unique to Saga. The restaurant prides itself on its use of A5 rank Saga and Imari Wagyu beef. The second-generation owner of the restaurant uses his discerning eye, trained in a butcher’s shop to select ingredients, and the high-quality meat, which is then aged for two weeks, is tender and has a deep flavor. Sitting at a counter seat, customers can enjoy conversing with the chef while watching their meal be flambéed (flaming brandy over food) in front of them. The nearest station is Karatsu Station.

    Great experience for any Yuri on Ice fan and foodie. Got 3 lunch sets to share with friends; hamburger steak and 2 types of Saga beef. I dont remember which beef parts because my Japanese is...

  • Underwater Restaurant Manbo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoutononoura 1944-1
    Located along the Yobuko coast, this is Japan’s first restaurant in the sea. In the center is a huge fish preserve connected to the sea, creating an aquarium-like atmosphere. The underwater table and tatami-room seats allow one to watch the fish in close proximity, and in the tatami hall above one can look out over the Yobuko mountains and Yobuko Ohashi bridge in a preeminent location while tasting fish cuisine of unparalleled freshness. At the front they sell souvenirs including the famous squid steamed dumpling.
  • ARITA PORCELAIN LAB
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Kamikouhira 1-11-3
    A pottery shop located in 1-Chome Kamikohira, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. The shop is the flagship location for the ARITA PORCELAIN LAB brand developed by Yazaemon-gama, a pottery studio established in 1804. The shop sells Arita ware tableware which combines traditional techniques with designs suited to modern lifestyles. There's also an adjoining cafe which serves dishes made with local ingredients on the brand's tableware.
  • Ikahonke Isohama Annex
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoutononoura 2039-23
    A squid restaurant located in Tononoura, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. The restaurant primarily serves dishes made with Yobuko's famous squid, such as ikizukuri with live squid so fresh its flesh is see-through, squid shumai dumplings, and rice bowls topped with squid sashimi. The establishment also offers kaiseki course cuisine and tempura and sashimi set meals which come with squid shumai dumplings.

    I had a fabulous lunch in this preatty restaurant:the location is very cool, and the food is fantastic! I eat alive squid for the first time in my life and I was very impressed; all the lunch was...

  • Ikahonke Main Restaurant
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    3.5
    56 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochouyobuko 3086-2
    A squid restaurant located in Yobuko, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. The restaurant serves famous Yobuko squid cuisine, including squid rice bowls topped with squid sashimi, squid shumai dumplings, and ikizukuri made with squid from the Genkai Sea so fresh its flesh is transparent. The menu also includes squid ikizukuri set meals, tempura and sashimi set meals which come with squid shumai dumplings, and kaiseki course cuisine. Finally, the restaurant sells souvenirs and gifts like its tasty squid shumai dumplings.

    This place is amazing, great food, great scenery and great staff which they can not speak English but very helpful and the service is very good. For the price it is well worth it. There is a car park...

  • Ikadoraku Squid Specialty Restaurant
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoukabeshima 3606
    A squid cuisine specialty restaurant located on Kabe Island in Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. The restaurant serves dishes made with fresh squid swimming in its own in-house tank and caught in the waters of Yobuko Bay, including kama meshi rice, tempura, squid shumai steamed dumplings, and ikizukuri made with fresh and translucent squid. In addition to a la carte choices, the establishment also offers set meals like a triple squid set meal, special squid ikizukuri set meal, and Saga wagyu Japanese beef Toban-yaki (grilled on earthenware utensils) set meal. Flash frozen squid ikizukuri and other items are also available for takeout to share with friends and relatives or for shipping to anywhere in Japan.

    今年は3回利用させていただきました。 遠方からの友達や両親を呼子に案内したのですが、朝市近くは忙しい時期やまとまった人数が揃わないと予約不可なお店もある中で、ここはネットから予約が出来るので、限られた観光の時間を有効に使えて助かります。

  • Cafe de Blue
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Tosushi Shukumachi 716-1
    A cafe located close to the Hiratsuka intersection along Prefectural Route 17 in Shuku-machi, Tosu City. The cafe's abundant array of parfaits, prepared by the hands of the owner, are made with chocolate and ice cream that is also homemade. The limited time parfaits, made with seasonal fruit, are particularly popular. The cafe also serves homemade pancakes and other sweets, and, for lunch and dinner, dishes like pastas, pizza, and a Saga beef hamburg steak sandwich.

    姉と買い物に行き、ランチに行ってきました。 久しぶりでしたが、相変わらずの人気で、食べるまでの待ち時間は長かったですが、 大変美味しくいただきました。 サラダを頼みましたが、カナッペみたいなパンが2つついていたので、とても満足でした。850円税抜きでした。 煮込みハンバーグやスパイシーチキンも美味しかったです。 今回は食べなかったですが、やはりパフェが人気みたいでした。

  • Cafe Restaurant D'Azur
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Shintenchou 475-45
    A cafe and restaurant located in Shinten-cho, Imari City. One of the most popular selections on the menu is the Imari beef Hamburg steak set meal, made with a 100% Imari beef patties and local vegetables. The restaurant's Imari beef steaks and other dishes are served on Imari ware tableware.

    平日の17時前に家族3人で来店。伊万里牛ハンバーグセットを注文。お客さんはわたしたち3名と、後から入って来られたおひとり様が2組の計5名でしたが、出てくるまでに30分以上かかったような...ペコペコで来店したので、せめてサラダとスープだけでも先に出して欲しかったです。店内は清潔感がありきれいでした。

  • Gallery Arita
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    4.5
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Honmachi Otsu 3057
    "A cafe situated along National Route 35 in Otsu, Hon-machi, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. The cafe serves a gozen meal, which comes with Arita's famous godofu tofu; ""Arita-yaki Gozen"", a meal consisting of an assortment of local delicacies served on Arita ware; Imari beef curry, Imari beef steaks; and Imari beef hamburg steaks. During teatime, the establishment also offers toast and pancakes topped with ice cream. Order a hot drink and you can choose which coffee cup it will be served in from among some 2,000 on display in the cafe."

    This is recommended by a shop we visit and the cafe was very nice, they will let u pick the own cup out of their hundreds of collection and they also served 10 set of special lunch every day. We...

  • Maruko Ramen Center Kiyama Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Miyakigunkiyamachou Kokura 1642
    A ramen restaurant situated along National Route 3 in Kokura, Kiyama Town, Miyaki County, Saga Prefecture. The restaurant's ramen consists of the establishment's own original straight, medium fine noodles combined with a light, 100% tonkotsu broth made with pork bones stewed at ultra-high pressure in a short time with underground Kiyama spring water. The restaurant also accepts orders for takeout starting from a single saving of ramen and also sells only noodles, only broth, and a five savings of ramen and donburi rice bowl combo.
  • Ide Chanpon
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Kitagatachou Shiku 1928
    A Japanese diner situated along National Route 34 in Shiku, Kitagata-cho, Takeo City. The restaurant's champon, consisting of a rich tonkotsu pork bone broth and a heaping pile of crisp vegetables, has been made according to the same recipe since the establishment first opened its doors in 1949. In addition to champon, the restaurant also serves pork cutlet and other rice bowls as well as udon noodles.

    Champon noodle got used to Koreans. We have it. But it was something local and extraornidary taste with very very local dinning astmosphere. People are very kind and nice. You will have to keep in...

  • Kabeshima
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoukabeshima 260-1
    A Japanese seafood restaurant located on Kabe Island in Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. The fish and other seafood used by the restaurant swims in its own fish tank filled with seawater from the nearby ocean. Here customers can enjoy Yobuko's famous squid ikizukuri, and a variety of fresh seafood stocked from local fishermen. At this restaurant, situated on the north side of the island, customers can also take in a sweeping view of the Genkai Sea with their meal.

    海を見下ろすロケーションのレストランです。景色も良くとても気持ちよく料理が頂けます。今回、食べたコースはかべしまコースを頂きました。茶碗蒸しや魚の煮物の味付けも絶品でした。そして、メインのイカの刺身、げそ天はとても新鮮で美味しかったです。また、店員さんもとても親切で雰囲気の良いお店でした。検索サイトで一品サービスしてくれるクーポン券があるので、お店に行く際は使うと良いと思います。

  • Kira (Tosu branch)
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Tosushi Tashirodaikanmachi 812-5
    A yakiniku Japanese-style grill-it-yourself barbecue restaurant located in Tashirodaikan-machi, Tosu City. Here customers can grill up fresh vegetables and meats from Saga, including Saga beef, other varieties of Japanese beef raised in the prefecture, Hizen Sakura pork, and Honebuto Ariake chicken. The restaurant also serves steaks, Seiro mushi steamed dishes, Yakisuki (dip and grill), and more. During lunch, the establishment offers traditional and Hamburg steaks, a variety of meat set meals, and grilled dishes.

    Quality of beef appears to be inferior to the main shop in honten, especially when wr just tried the main shop a week back. Maybe its because its not cooked on the table, but served on a hotplate...

  • Genkai Squid Specialty Kaishu
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoutononoura
    A squid specialty restaurant located in Tononoura, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. The restaurant serves seafood from the Genkai Sea and dishes made with Yobuko's famous live squid, including squid ikizukuri and squid shumai steamed dumplings. In addition to set meals like an ikizukuri set meal, seafood rice bowls, and a kaiseki course meal featuring all manner of squid dishes, the establishment also offers reservation only course meals. In the adjoining Yobuko Kaishu Kodawari Kobo, visitors can watch squid shumai being made beyond a glass window and purchase some of these tasty dumplings to bring home.

    I wanted to add to the English reviews on Karatsu restaurants. We wanted to try the dishes that most Japanese tourists choose in Karatsu. The big deal here is very, very fresh squid. Large sets of...

  • Saga Beef Restaurant Kira (Main Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Otakara 3-9-16
    A Saga beef specialty restaurant situated along Otakara-dori Street in 3-Chome Otakara, Saga City. Here customers can enjoy Saga beef a variety of ways, including sauteed and grilled steaks, steamed seiro mushi style, shabushabu, yakishabu, sukiyaki, and sukishabu. There's also a teppanyaki steak corner where customers can watch their chef prepare their food right in front on their eyes. The restaurant also offers lunchtime menu selections such as a Saga beef loin steak lunch.
  • Mitsuze Soba
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Mitsusemuramitsuse 2858-2
    "A soba noodle restaurant situated along National Route 263 in Mitsuse Mitsuse-mura, Saga City. Located in an area at the foot of the Sefuri Mountains where quality spring water flows known as Mitsuse's ""Soba Highway,"" the establishment is known as a having pioneered soba making here. The restaurant's signature dish is its ""Ita Soba""-a three-person portion of soba noodles piled on top of a seiro steaming basket."

    In the last month we went there to eat Soba. The sobs were pretty good. We love their Soba so much. Very good!

  • Souan Yococho
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimojuku Otsu 2190
    A tofu cuisine specialty restaurant located in Otsu Shimojuku, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. The restaurant is known for having invented onsen yudofu tofu, a local Ureshino Onsen specialty dish. The establishment primarily serves kaiseki course meals and onsen yudofu set meals. The restaurant's homemade tofu for its onsen yudofu is notable for its creamy texture and rich flavor, which customers can enjoy along with the milky white onsen yudofu broth.

    We had a very good and memorable tofu lunch ! Tofu was very smooth and tasty. Went there for early lunch and it was not crowded. Comfortable and cosy place. Friendly staff. English menu available.

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Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu’s Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.

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