August 27, 2017
The 10 Best Places to Eat in Hakata, Fukuoka
Fukuoka is famous for their local food such as Motsu nabe (hot pot), Spicy cod roe, Mizutaki (hot pot) and more. Hakata is the center of Fukuoka and you can enjoy the fun atmosphere there. Today, I’m going to introduce you some restaurants you really should visit in Hakata city.
1． Shirasu Kujira
There are many restaurants in Hakata, but if you are particularly looking for delicious fish, this is the place to go. They serve fresh fish with a reasonable price. Conveniently located in the center of Hakata station, you can also stop by here while waiting for your train.
Though their available fish varies depending on the season, I recommend you to try “whale”. They have whale sashimi and whale bacon, or you can try the platter which comes with three or five kinds of whale dish. Since this menu gets sold out pretty quickly, don’t miss it!
They also serve many kinds of alcohol beverage, appetizers and side dish. From 11am to 2pm, there is a lunch special menu such as Seafood Donburi, Tempura Donburi, and Sashimi lunch special.
Name: Shirasu Kujira
Address: 2F 1-1 Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Hakata-shi, Fukuoka
Store hours: 11:00～24:00
Map: Map to Shirasu Kujira
2． Tempura Hirao
“Delicious, Cheap, Quick”, that’s the motto of this tempura restaurant. They have six stores in Fukuoka. In order to serve the same quality at each location, they select their ingredients carefully. Especially they use a special kind of shrimp called Usuki Special, which has a sweet flavor.
Once you arrive at the restaurant, purchase the tickets depending on what you want to order, and go to your table. First, they will bring you some rice, miso soup, and Tempura sauce. Their most popular item is “Okonomi Teishoku” and it comes with shrimp, pork, white fish, squid and vegetables. You can also enjoy your tempura with Matcha salt and Curry salt.
Name: Tempura Hirao
Address: 2-4-1 HIgashi Hirao, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Store hours: 10:30～21:30
Map: Map to Tempura Hirao
3． Yoshizuka Unagiya
When you want to have some Eel dish in Hakata, I recommend this restaurant. Originally established in 1873, their history continues. They carefully select their eel from Shizuoka, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima, and the flavor is astonishing!
Enjoy your eel as you like, by dipping their secret sauce or pouring it over the eel. They also serve different kinds of eel dish. Their alcohol beverages have a great selection to pair with delicious eel dishes.
Name: Yoshizuka Unagi ya
Address: 2-8-27 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka ken
Store hours: 11:00～21:00
Map: Map to Yoshizuka Unagi ya
4． Ganso Motsunabe Rakutenchi
Motsunabe restaurants compete so much in this Hakata area, but many locals and tourists really like “Rakutenchi”. This restaurant was awarded as the No.1 Motsunabe restaurant in Japan. Their Motsu is very fresh and doesn’t have any unique “Motsu” smell.
They use plenty of vegetables such as Chinese chives (Nira) and cabbages, and it is visually surprising. Usually people finish their Motsunabe with noodles called “champon noodles”, and this tradition actually started in this restaurant. They have four locations in Hakata, and two of them are located right in front of the Hakata station.
Name: Ganso Motsunabe Rakutenchi
Address: 1-10-14 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Store hours: 17:00～24:00
Map: Map to Ganso Motsunabe Rakutenchi
This restaurant has a fancy luxurious look, but don’t hesitate and open the door. In this restaurant, you can have Mizutaki, which is one of the famous food in Hakata. If you have some special occasion, you’ll enjoy your food and atmosphere here. The price ranges from 3800 yen to 4800 yen.
Lunch time is actually a good time to come. They are open for lunch from 11:30 to 16:00, so even when you missed having lunch, you can still have good lunch here! Lunch menu starts from 880 yen and it is a reasonable price. Even Mizutaki is 2800 yen so compared to dinner menu, they offer an affordable price.
Address: 10-5 Shimo Kawabata, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Store hours: 11:30～23:00
Map: Map to Toriden
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6． Kamaage Makino Udon
You might not know, but Fukuoka people love Udon. Besides, Udon actually started in here in Fukuoka, not even in other famous udon places such as Kagawa or Gunma. Many locals call this restaurant “Macky” and frequently visit here. They offer a variety of menus starting from 300 yen. You can also request the softness of noodles.
Fukuoka udon is relatively cooked softly, so the soup gets absorbed in noodles. So, eating style here is to add soup into your bowl as needed. Their No.1 item is “Meat burdock Tempura Udon”.
Name: Kamaage Makino Udon
Address: 2-4-30 HIgashi Hirao, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Store hours: 10:00～23:00
Closed: Every 3rd Wednesday
Map: Map to Kamaage Makino Udon
7． Nakasu Chinya
Would you like to try amazing sukiyaki at the restaurant with over 60 years of history? They use high quality Wagyu beef and the taste is something you cannot forget. They sell meat on the first floor as well.
Dinner time is a little bit expensive, so I recommend their lunch special. Since they sell fresh meat, they use fresh ingredients for their dishes.
Name: Nakasu Chinya
Address: 3-7-4 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Store hours: 11:30～14:00 / 17:00～23:00
Map: Map to Nakasu Chinya
8． Yoriai Dokoro Tsushima
This restaurant serves local food from Nagasaki, Tsushima. Their building was moved all the way from Nakasaki which was built 100 years ago. They serve their local rice and many local dishes.
I recommend you to have lunch there, because their seafood donburi is just 900 yen. Also, if you visit dinner time, you can enjoy their local sake.
Name: Yoriai Dokoro Tsushima
Address: 2-12-1 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Store hours: 11:00～14:00 / 17:00～22:00
Closed : Sunday and Holidays
Map: Map to Yoriai Dokoro Tsushima
9． Marusan Gyoza
When it comes to Gyoza in Hakata, you might have heard of Teppan Gyoza. This restaurant is a great Gyoza restaurant. They serve big plate items along with Gyoza, so why don’t you order the plate while waiting for your Gyoza? Each plate is just 350 yen!
Gyoza will be served with the sizzling sound and amazing flavors. Crispy outside and juicy inside. Steamed Gyoza is also a popular item, so I recommend you to try both kinds of Gyoza.
Name: Marusan Gyoza
Address: 4-1 Narayacho, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Store hours: 17:00～24:00
Closed : Sunday
Map: Map to Marusan Gyoza
10． Hakata Motsunabe Yamaya
You know Cod roe is famous in Fukuoka. It seems that Fukuoka people have their favorite kinds of cod roe. This restaurant Yamaya is known for cod roe and also for Motsunabe. You can choose the soup form two kinds, Shoyu and Miso.
Don’t forget to order some dishes using cod roe. From baked cod roe to cod roe potato salad, there are many dishes available. During the lunch time, they offer all you can eat special including rice, cod roe, and Karashi Takana (Takana Mustard Green).
Name: Hakata Motsunabe Yamaya
Address: 1-1 Chuo gai, Hakata station, Hakata-ku, Hakata-shi, Fukuoka
Store hours: 11:00～14:00 / 17:00～23:00
Map: Map to Hakata Motsunabe Yamaya
Enjoy local delicious food in Hakata!
Did you find anything you want to try? Hakata offers so many different kinds of delicious food in such a small area! It is hard to choose but once you try it, you’re gonna love it!