If you're in Kobe, you'll definitely want to try Kobe beef at least once! It's one of Japan's 3 most famous brands of high quality beef, and only cuts that pass a strict inspection are allowed to carry the brand name. Here are 10 restaurants where you can eat a Kobe beef lunch at a reasonable price!
- 1. Wakita
- 2. Kobe beef Grilled beef Yazawa Main Branch
- 3. Kobe beef KISSHOKICHI Main Branch
- 4. TE CHAN GUM Sannomiya Main Branch
- 5. Shinnihon
- 6. Kobe-Beef steak house [Shin] in Sannomiya
- 7. Kobe beef Grill with stone Kiln Steak Kirara
- 8. shabu no ya Sannomiya Branch
- 9. La terrasse kitano
- 10. Kobe beef Grilled beef Kobe tanryu Higashimon Branch
Wakita is located a 4-minute walk from Minatogawakoen Station. At this casual yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant, you'll be able to savor Kobe beef that the owner has procured himself. For lunch, they serve rice bowl dishes and set meals that include miso soup and rice. A must-try dish is their Kobe Beef Yakiniku Set (2,871 JPY (excl. tax)). While grilling your meat on the iron griddles on the tables, you'll be able to enjoy the rich flavor and umami (Japanese savory taste) of Kobe beef as it melts in your mouth. It tastes even better if you dip the meat in their house-made sauce!
2. Kobe beef Grilled beef Yazawa Main Branch
A 5-minute walk from Sannomiya Station and Motomachi Station, Yazawa Main Branch is a popular restaurant for enjoying reasonably priced Kobe beef that was awarded first prize at Kobe beef competitions. A recommended item on their lunch menu is their Kobe Beef Hitsumabushi (from 1,800 JPY (excl. tax)), which is a rice dish topped with Kobe beef slices that can be enjoyed in 3 steps. First, you savor the umami of the Kobe beef as is. Then, you try it with toppings like seaweed, wasabi, and mitsuba (wild Japanese parsley). Lastly, you pour Japanese-style dashi (broth) over it to change up the dish once again.
3. Kobe beef KISSHOKICHI Main Branch
A 3-minute walk from Motomachi Station, this restaurant is known for using high-quality ingredients. They buy whole Kobe beef cows and use the best quality of meat. They also use ingredients such as rice and vegetables from contracted farmers, seasonal fish from the Seto Inland Sea, and tiger pufferfish sent from fishermen in Yamaguchi Prefecture. For weekday lunches, the recommendation is the Premium Kobe Beef Lunch Course (from 3,900 JPY (excl. tax and service charge)). You have to make reservations in advance for this course, and only 29 people can order it in a day. From the hors d'oeuvre to the main dishes, you can indulge yourself in several dishes made with generous amounts of Kobe beef. There's also the Kobe Beef Steak (from 2,500 JPY (excl. tax)) which comes with their house-made sauce. An English menu is available.
4. TE CHAN GUM Sannomiya Main Branch
Located a 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station, this Kobe beef and Kuroge Wagyu (another type of high-quality Japanese beef) yakiniku restaurant has been loved and adored by the locals for many years. They offer carefully selected cuts of A4 and A5 Kobe beef. Their secret sweet and spicy sauce, which is raved over by many yakiniku fans, is a proud result of 10 years of trial and error. The balance of the exquisitely sweet and spicy flavors brings out the maximum sweetness of the high-quality meat. The Kobe Beef Lunch (2,480 JPY (excl. tax)) is the most popular item on their lunch menu. It comes with 3 different cuts, such as premium loin, that you can enjoy as yakiniku. There are English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean menus available. There are also staff who can speak English.
Shinnihon can be found a 5-minute walk from Minatogawakoen Station. This is a yakiniku restaurant that serves carefully selected A4 and A5 Kuroge Wagyu, with a focus on Kobe beef, at a low price. At lunch, you can order the Lunch Course (1,400 JPY (incl. tax)) to enjoy shio-tan (salted tongue), seasoned yakiniku (includes Kobe beef), and offal. For those who want an even more affordable meal, try the Yakiniku Lunch (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)), which comes with only seasoned yakiniku and Kobe beef.
6. Kobe-Beef steak house [Shin] in Sannomiya
At this restaurant, which is located a 5-minute walk from the West Gate of Sannomiya Station, you can enjoy Kobe beef grilled by a skilled chef and organic vegetables from Kobe City and Awaji Island, all at a reasonable price. The meat is grilled at the perfect temperature so that the surface is crispy, but the inside is tender! The melted fat of the beef and the juices are so moist, you'll be hooked! They make sure to have the best quality of vegetables, so you'll also be able to savor organic and chemical-free vegetables procured from farmers. The vegetables served here change with the seasons. At lunch, the top recommendation is the Kobe Beef Round Steak Set Lunch (2,980 JPY (excl. tax)), an extremely satisfying dish that, in addition to umami-packed round steak and a salad made with seasonal, organic vegetables, also includes rice and red miso soup.
7. Kobe beef Grill with stone Kiln Steak Kirara
A 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station, Kirara is a restaurant where you can feast on fragrant Kobe beef that's been seared in a brick oven. The meat is grilled in one go over the high temperature of the brick oven, which securely traps the umami inside it for an incredibly juicy result unlike those cooked on an iron griddle. If you're looking to go here for lunch, the Kobe Beef Steak Lunch Course (3,900 JPY (excl. tax)) is a good option. It comes with fresh ham and brick oven-grilled steak, which is cooked with high quality A5 Kobe beef. The Tamba premium rice included in the set is another great point. You need to reserve in advance for this, but you can do so online from their official website. There are various foreign language menus available, too!
8. shabu no ya Sannomiya Branch
This restaurant is located a 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station. Here, you'll be able to casually enjoy Kobe beef shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables), even as a solo diner! At the counter seats, which are a rarity at shabu-shabu restaurants, you can enjoy a solo meal of meat at your own pace. Among the offering on the lunch menu, you should try the Kobe Beef Set (3,780 JPY (incl. tax))! The set includes Kobe beef brisket, vegetables, toppings, noodles, and rice, so it's really satisfying and filling. Dip the meat in their special, flavorsome ponzu (citrus-seasoned soy sauce) sauce, which is made from yuzu and sudachi (citrus fruits) from Tokushima, to elevate the delicious flavors of the meat. With an additional 100 JPY, you can try their secret sesame sauce, which mixes sesame paste and peanut butter with soy milk and other seasonings.
9. La terrasse kitano
A restaurant and cafe located a 12-minute walk from Sannomiya Station where you'll be able to eat only the highest quality of A5 rank Kobe beef. The restaurant has a distinctly elegant atmosphere with an intricate spiral stairway, but as a remodeled house, it also has a comfortable ambience in which you can relax. The top recommendation on their lunch menu is the 4-Kind Harmony Set (2,600 JPY (excl. tax)). The set includes 4 kinds of beef dishes made with Kobe beef: beef stew, hamburg steak, beef tendon, and steak. With this set, you'll be able to enjoy Kobe beef to your heart's content! The flavors of the Kobe beef change according to the dish, and being able to enjoy this type of meal is truly an unparalleled luxury. Try sitting on the 2nd floor terrace so you can enjoy your Kobe beef lunch in a nice, open atmosphere.
10. Kobe beef Grilled beef Kobe tanryu Higashimon Branch
A 5-minute walk from the West Gate of Sannomiya Station, this restaurant serves high quality Kobe beef over grade A5 in a yakiniku style. The meat is seasoned simply with just salt and pepper as they are confident in their meat quality. Since the seasoning is so simple, you can truly savor the sweetness and fragrance of Kobe beef. Their secret sauce matches perfectly with their lightly seasoned Kobe beef. A popular item on their lunch menu is their Kobe Beef Rare Cut Assortment (3,800 JPY (excl. tax)), in which you can taste luxurious cuts that you wouldn't be able to have anywhere else at a reasonable price. They have an expansive a la carte menu as well, including dishes like Kobe Beef Yukhoe (980 JPY (excl. tax)), which are great to try if you have some space left in your stomach!
From yakiniku to steak, Kobe beef can be enjoyed in a variety of different styles. Visit Kobe to find your favorite Kobe beef restaurant!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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