Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Jack’s Steak House
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Nishi 1-7-3
    Located in Naha City, Jack’s Steak House is a long-established steak restaurant that opened in 1953, not long after the end of the Second World War. It offers delicious, high-quality steak at reasonable prices, and is popular with both tourists and locals. The interior, which is reminiscent of an American diner, still features the “A Sign” permit awarded to the restaurant during the American Occupation.
  • Airport Restaurant
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    4.0
    1212 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kagamizu 150 Naha Airport Building 1F
    The Airport Restaurant is located on the left-hand side of the first floor in the Arrivals building at Naha Airport. Although mainly intended for airport employees, non-employees are welcome to use the Restaurant, and many tourists eat there. Diners can enjoy classic Okinawa dishes such as Okinawa-style Soba Noodles, Chanpuru (a stir-fried dish), Champon (rice with fried vegetables, meat and eggs), etc. for very reasonable prices (around 600 yen).

    I had a transit flight for Ishigaki Island, I looked forward to trying this restaurant as I heard about positive feedback. Soki soba was good maybe because of super reasonable price. Other local...

  • Hitoshi (Ishiganto Store)
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    4.5
    698 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Okawa 197-1
    This bar is where you can taste seasonal seafood and local dishes from Ishigaki Island. Their tuna sushi, which is a set with two fresh otoro and chutoro tuna sushi each and a thin tuna sushi roll is recommended. Besides sushi, there is also a large number of a la carte dishes, and the shop requires a reservation. It is highly accessible because it is located within walking distance of the city area.

    You must make a reservation. We were lucky to get one for 5pm the following day. We arrived before 5pm and there was a queue to get in!! It was an anomaly seeing such a long queue in a relatively...

  • Ufuya - Okinawa Old Folk House
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    4.0
    616 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nakayama 90
    This local restaurant uses a kominka (old house) centered on Asato residence, constructed in the late Meiji period (1868–1912). In the afternoon, in addition to Okinawan soba wheat noodles, you can enjoy their prided Agu pork dishes and steak using wagyu beef from the prefecture, and reservations are only available for the shabu-shabu course and wagyu steak. They only offer courses of Ryukyu dishes or Agu pork at night.

    Make your reservations online as the place can be packed. We ordered the Agu pork shabu shabu set for 3 persons and really enjoyed the meat and the fresh vegetables. The resulting broth at the end...

  • Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna
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    4.5
    360 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritounokurachou 2-13
    Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna is an Okinawan cuisine restaurant in a traditional Japanese house in Ryukyu architecture built more than 60 years ago. It stands on the site of the Misato Palace in the foothills of Shuri Castle. In the quiet and tasteful restaurant, you can enjoy traditional Okinawan cuisine including Okinawan soba noodles, rafute (stewed pork cubes), nigana (Ixeris dentata) and tofuyo (Okinawan fermented tofu). On veranda seating, you can enjoy your meal while admiring a beautiful meticulously maintained garden.

    With tables and benches in the outdoors surrounding a zen garden, the restaurant is an experience by itself aside from the food. We had the Goat Soup set which is as pungent as expected but otherwise...

  • Sumibiyakiniku Yamamoto
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    4.0
    474 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Hamasakichou 2-5-18
    Although this popular Ishigaki beef barbecue restaurant is located just off the main street, it would be best to make a reservation. Besides beef ribs and tongue grilled on tabletop grills and specially selected steak and offal, their “yaki shabu” using high grade Ishigaki beef is popular. It also has Agu pork and seafood dishes.

    Good quality delicious food for a reason price compared to other yakinikus. I dont eat beef but my husband enjoyed his. I got the pork you wrap in lettuce which was divine and we had some of the...

  • Okinawa Soba Nakamura Soba
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    4.0
    447 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Serakaki 1669-1
    Okinawa soba noodles have various tastes depending on the region. At this store, their hand-prepared and thin 100% wheat flour sea lettuce noodles using homemade sea lettuce without preservatives are popular. The soup base is rich with pork and bonito, but the noodles go perfectly with the simple soup. Fish cakes with sea lettuce, pork ribs, sea lettuce and red pickled ginger are used as topping.

    We popped by this restaurant for lunch on a Friday afternoon in October 2019 as we were on our way to Nago. The restaurant was not fully crowded and seats were available quite shortly, thanks to the...

  • Ishigakijima Mirumiru Hompo (Main store)
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    4.5
    401 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Arakawa 1583-74
    This gelato shop is located on a mountain where you can see the ocean around Ishigaki Island. It is very popular because of its lineup of tropical flavors using ingredients from the island that are also sold in the shop and fresh milk taken every morning. The view from the shop is amazing, and you can look out on seven islands from Nagura Bay in the morning. In addition, it is also possible to see the green flash phenomenon if you are lucky.

    they had good gelato, not the best in my opinion but it was cheap! The view of the sea was pretty but its luck when it came to seeing a nice sun set.

  • Cafe Curcuma
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    4.0
    357 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Nanjo Chinen Chinen 1190
    An Asian herb restaurant located in Kurukuma no Mori located close to Chinen Castle Ruins in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. Inside the cottage style restaurant, healing Asian music plays, and customers can enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean along with original curries featuring toppings like Okinawa Agu pork sausage, and spicy Thai style green curry. There are also Asian style spring rolls, tom yum goong, and other Asian dishes, plus original meals like garden salads made with grilled pork skewers and fresh herbs.

    Pitched on a high hill, the restaurant sells pricey Thai food with a fantastic view. If you are dining in, you have to sit indoors. Come just for the drinks and you get to sit on the veranda...

  • Okinawa Soba Hamaya
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    4.5
    322 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunchatanchou Miyagi 2-99
    This 36-year-old Okinawa soba noodle restaurant is a symbol of Okinawa. Their traditional salty soup that uses no soy sauce has the condensed savoriness of pork, chicken and skipjack, and is popular for its unique irresistible flavor. Their “Hamaya soba” with pork cartilage soki boiled until soft and their “Okinawa soba” topped with cartilage soki and boneless rib of pork are especially popular.

    So glad we visited. Its very casual inside - you pay at the vending machine out front and get a ticket - prices are great. The soba was wonderful. The pork is so tender it just melts in your mouth...

  • Seaside Drive-in
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    4.0
    323 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Nakadomari 885
    Seaside Drive-in in Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture is an American-style restaurant. It is open 24 hours, and everything on the menu which is a fusion of Japanese and Western is available for take-out. Despite the American-style facade, it is a fun place which has a range of antique toys and an aquarium where you can see tropical fish. It faces the sea so you can gaze at the beautiful sunset in the evening.

    Loved the charm of the place. Our Okinawan friend took us here on our way to our hotel and we thought it was a lot of fun and great value for money!

  • Mikado
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    4.0
    316 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Matsuyama 1-3-18
    This dining hall was founded in 1962 and is open 24 hours. It is famous as the origin of the “pork and eggs set,” which has become a standard of Okinawan cuisine. There's also goya chanpuru, Okinawa soba, and other home-style cooking with plenty of vegetables. The main draw is their katsudon (pork cutlet rice bowl). The sweet and savory sauce, soba soup stock, and braised pork is sure to whet your appetite.

    Great local cuisine; providing a range of dishes to tempt all cuisine styles inc vegetarians like me. Menues are in English and prices are very reasonable.

  • Kishimoto Shokudo Yaedake Branch
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    4.0
    295 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Inoha 350-1
    Located in Motobu, Kunigami District near a municipal market, Kishimoto Shokudo is a famous, long-established Okinawan Soba noodles restaurant, which was founded in 1905. Kishimoto Shokudo’s second branch, the Yaedake Branch, is located to the east of the main branch on Prefectural Highway 84 near the entrance to Yae-dake (Mt. Yae). Using the same recipes as the main branch, the Yaedake Branch serves Okinawan Soba noodles with full-bodied noodles prepared using charcoal, and a simple broth, as well as Jushi (Okinawan rice porridge). As at the Main Branch, the entire menu basically consists of variations on these two items (diners can choose what size Soba noodles they want).

    If you have gave this place a bad review it’s because your stupid and have no idea what your eating. The deal here is that this place is well over a hundred years old and the recipes haven’t...

  • Captain Kangaroo
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    4.5
    253 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Umusa 183
    This hamburger shop is said to be the best one in Okinawa. It boasts an overwhelming popularity because of their large and tasty burgers and reasonable price. Besides hamburgers, they also offer highly satisfying large drinks. The wait is often long for this popular shop, but you definitely want to eat here at least once if you go to Okinawa.

    I didnt dine in here but ordered take-out. While waiting for my burger my clothing quickly soaked up the smell of fried burgers from the kitchen. The food was really good, amongst one of the best...

  • Hitoshi (Main store)
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    4.5
    251 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Shineichou 15-8
    This popular bar is where you can taste the amazing flavor of tuna. In addition to their otoro and chutoro, there are countless recommended items including gunkan-maki (oval-shaped sushi wrapped with nori seaweed) with tuna and sea grapes, lightly broiled otoro with ponzu sauce, and their sashimi of the day. Making a reservation is recommended because it is a popular store.

    Based on ratings here and elsewhere online, we wanted to give it a try. Long line, couldn’t make it the first time and were told the waiting list was 34 people that day and the day after. The...

  • Maruyoshi Shokudo
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    4.0
    268 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Gusukube Sunagawa 975
    Maruyoshi Shokudo is a long-established Okinawan Soba noodles restaurant located on National Highway 390 in Sunagawa, Gusukube, Miyako-jima City (between the intersection of National Highway 390 and Prefectural Highway 190 and the intersection of National Highway 390 with the Prefectural Highway 201). The restaurant’s Okinawan Soba noodles, which combine a thick pork-based broth with a touch of garlic with noodles that are boiled to a firm consistency, have been popular on Miyako-jima for many years; the restaurant is also famous for the brown sugar ice-candy that is served after the noodles (in the case of small-sized portions of Miyako Soba noodles, only for children).

    We were lucky to be the last customers! And so lucky we could eat their number one soba dish! Meat is very tasty and portions are very reasonable. Mainly occupied by local! We got to try the ice...

  • Takenoko Soba Noodles restaurant
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    4.0
    263 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Taketomi 101-1
    Founded in 1975, Takenoko is one of the longest-established Yaeyama Soba Noodle restaurants on Taketomi Island. It is also one of the most popular restaurants on the island, with queues often forming at lunchtime. The restaurant’s signature dish is Yaeyama Soba Noodles, featuring a full-bodied yet clear and uncomplicated broth. Takenoko also makes its own special “Kuchu” spice (Koregusu spice) using locally-grown red chillies, which is available for sale as a souvenir gift.

    As expected, food was delicious. They have an English menu which helps a lot since they could only understand a few English words. We took the seats at the balcony since we wanted to take in the...

  • Kishimoto Cafeteria flagship store
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    4.0
    260 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Toguchi 5
    Kishimoto Cafeteria is a long-established (founded in 1905) Okinawan Soba Noodles restaurant located in Motobu Town. The restaurant’s signature dish is its hand-made “Ash Soba Noodles,” made with broth derived from the clear upper layer of water that has had rice straw ash dissolved in it. The rich-flavored dried bonito soup stock and thick hand-made noodles have remained largely unchanged since the restaurant was first established. Kishimoto Cafeteria is very popular with both tourists and locals.

    If you are exploring the northeast of Okinawa island you owe it to yourself to try and have lunch here. They specialise in the local Okinawan soba noodles and it was one of the best lunches we had on...

  • KITCHEN inaba
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    4.0
    224 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Uehara 742-6
    This restaurant is located on Prefectural Avenue 215 in Uehara, Taketomi Town, Yaeyama County. Centered around local cuisine using island ingredients such as mangrove crab, they offer set meals and a la carte items. You can also enjoy minced Ryukyu wild boar and wild boar soup. At night, folk song live shows are performed inside, which features a bar counter and open terrace seating.

    Had a delicious lunch here. We ordered 3 dishes:Chicken Curry Katsu, Pork Belly rice bowl, and Pork Cutlet set. All were amazing and very reasonably priced. Perhaps the best meal I have had on...

  • Hamabe no chaya
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    4.0
    219 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Tamagusuku 2-1
    Hamabe no chaya (“Seaside Tea-house”) is a café located in Nanjo City. As the name suggests, the cafe is situated right on the coast, with large windows that afford a great view of the ocean; a lot of diners choose to eat at the counter by the window for this reason. The food menu features dishes that make use of locally-sourced ingredients produced in Nanjo; beverage options include Okinawan herbal tea and original-blend coffee.

    We had our breakfast here which was included in the stay in Sachibaru-Yadui. We were there early, and were the only customer in this hut cafe that look out to the beach. Breakfast was hearty and...

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