Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Saga Area

  • Kawatarou Yobuko Branch
    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.
  • 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.
  • Karatsu Burger Matsubara Main Store
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Karatsu-shi Kagami

    It is walking distance from Seaside Hotel, walking along the old pine tree street. There is a walking pass (you will find the pass once you get in), so follow it and you will find the van making and...

  • 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.
  • Genkai Squid Specialty Kaishu
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    4.0
    33 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.

    ツアーでここにいきましたが、福岡からのバスも来ていて、大箱ですが人気のようです。料理はおいしくいただきました。 刺身が新鮮でねっとりしています。うまい。

  • Ide Chanpon
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    4.0
    93 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.

    Excellent noodles. The Cantonese will understand the word ‘wok hei’ (smoky taste of the iron wok to fry the noodles) We ordered extra vegetables and it was a LOT!

  • Ikadoraku Squid Specialty Restaurant
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    4.0
    26 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.

    接客最低。 タブレットでの注文だったが、注文して30分以上待っても何も出て来ず、後に来た客の方が食べ物が出てきていたので、日本人女性店員に確認したら、注文用紙が出力されていなかったと。今から準備するのでまだ時間がかかると。 ずっと待たされている、後の予定もあったので少しでも早くするよう伝えると、紙が出力されていなかったので自分は悪くない、しょうがないと、お詫びの言葉もまったくなし、今から作るから時...

  • Restaurant & Cafe Romanza
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Saga-shi Yanagimachi 2-9 Saga-shi History Folk customs Former Koga Bank
    Enjoy one of a kind fare in a shop with a nostalgic atmosphere, including creative cuisine and custom coffee from a local bean seller. Recommendations include their Romanza Lunch with a limited weekday soup special, salad, small dessert, and drink, as well as their Romanza-style Sicilian Rice with an arrangement of local Saga City delicacies.

    佐賀市内の有名B級クルメ《シシリアンライス》を楽しみたく 2軒訪問した内の1軒です(他の1軒;ホテルクランテはがくれ、レストランはなかご)。こちらの《シシリアンライス》は肉材として 甘辛く炒めた肉ではなく ローストヒーフを使用している点であり、その意味で 面白みに欠けると感じました、但し 店内の雰囲気は 十分満足出来ます(添付 写真参照)。価格は[レストランはなかご]と同じく...

  • 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.
  • Ikahonke Main Restaurant
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    3.5
    66 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.

    イカは美味しいく、眺めも良く良い体験でした。コロナ禍で、ガラガラかと思いきや福岡近辺や地元の方々が並んでいたのには驚きでした。

  • Saga Beef Restaurant Kira (Main Store)
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
    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.

    Checking out the hotel in Fukuoka, we began the journey in Saga. The first stop was Saga City, the capital of the prefecture. One of the specialties of Saga is definitely its beef, and so we went to...

  • 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.
  • Yakiniku NURUBON GARDEN Karatsu Watada
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Karatsu-shi Watadasakiishi 4-2-3
    "Located on the corner of the intersection in front of Watada Station, this yakiniku restaurant has seating for banquets of up to about 34 people and continues to pursue high-quality yakiniku and original Korean cuisine. The restaurant is known for its ""strictly selected yakiniku"" and ""authentic Korean cuisine,"" both of which are prepared to the highest standards of expertise as a sole supplier of Wagyu beef."
  • ARITA PORCELAIN LAB
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    有田焼のお店で、カフェレストランが併設されています。コロナ対応で席はゆったり配置ですが、自分たちだけだったので、貸し切り気分でお茶を楽しみました。ラデュレとのコラボの器もあり素敵。紅茶にかぎり、器が選べる。カフェオレとかはえらべない。パーキングは一応あるが、2台なので、車で大勢でいくのにはむかない。

  • Ikahonke Isohama Annex
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    4.5
    47 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.

    河太郎や萬坊はきちんと休みを載せているので、調べている段階で営業しているかわかるようにしているのに、ここはHPでは一切お盆休みの有無について書いていないのに、訪れたら定休日の看板が。あり得ない。

  • Cafe de Blue
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    3.5
    16 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.

    JR新鳥栖駅と鳥栖駅の中間にあるカフェです。広くはありませんが駐車場があり、店内は沢山のテーブル席がありました。ここはパフェが有名なお店のようですが、食事のメニューも取り扱っています。今回はハンバーグとピラフを注文してみましたが、良い雰囲気の喫茶店の食事のようで美味しかったです。今回は開店直後の11時に入店しましたが、直後に沢山の客が入ってきました。事前予約をしていくか、なるべく早く入店することを...

  • Cafe Restaurant D'Azur
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    4.0
    7 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.

    個人の感想で恐縮です。お店のミートスパゲッティは過去40年を遡って最上に美味しいかったです。日本人ですが、ミートスパゲッティが世界一美味しいと思う人間です。ただ一度味わって下さい。批判はそれからです。

  • Gallery Arita
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    4.5
    67 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."

    A lovely place to enjoy lunch and explore porcelain. Especially the choosing of your tea or coffee cup makes the experience enjoyable. Nice curries.

  • Mitsuze Soba
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    4.0
    32 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."

    五年前に伺った時と店内が変わりこじんまりして、田舎の古民家風な雰囲気もディスプレイはなくなり単なる食堂みたいな感じでした。 昔をしってるだけにとても残念な気持ちでした。 座敷がなくなりほとんどテーブル席でしたので赤ちゃんや小さなお子様連れにはむかないとおもいました。 おそばは相変わらず安定した美味しさでした。 コロナ対策は検温はなく、入り口あたりにぽっんと消毒液がおかれてるだけで、店員さん...

  • Souan Yococho
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    4.0
    101 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.

    The ingredients are not heavy, the tofu just taste great and the sashimi was so fresh and the side dishes too. The tofu drink was so nice without additive or sugar

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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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