Foreigner-Friendly
DINING SPOTS

with an English menu or English-speaking staff

You’ll find restaurants in Kanazawa to be very accommodating. However, not all the staff are as fluent in English as they are friendly. But don’t let this deter you; as a foreign guest the staff will be even happier to entertain you!

sticker.jpgFind our sticker on the street! Make sure to look for the pink Eye On Kanazawa sticker at building entrances. They have English speaking staff or an English menu. *Not displayed at all restaurants.

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【Kaiseki Restaurant】
KOTOBUKIYA [壽屋]
2-4-13, Owaricho, Kanazawa
Tel: 076-231-6245

Kaiseki-Style Cuisene For Everyone
If you are looking for a nice place for a special dinner in Kanazawa, why don’t you experience a traditional kaiseki-style course meal? Kotobukiya, which literally means ‘celebration house,’ offers you some excellent course meals containing exquisite dishes. Our most recommended dinners, called shojin ryori, are based on the Dharmic concept of non-violence, a tradition within Japanese Buddhist cuisine. You will be amused with the idea of pseudo dishes made from a variety of vegetable-based ingredients. It’s almost an art!

• Kaga Shojin (Japanese Buddhist Course Meal) ¥7,000-¥9,000 *Please make a reservation “3 days” in advance of your visit! / Kotobukiya Kaiseki (Kaga Cuisene Course Meal) ¥10,000-¥20,000 *Please make a reservation the day before your visit! / *Tax and service charge are not included in prices. *Beverages are not included.
Budget: ¥8,000-¥21,000
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: Limited English spoken
Open: 11:30-14:00 (last call 13:30); 18:00-22:00 (last call 19:30); Closed irregularly

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【Sushi Bar】
Sushi Place ASANOGAWA [鮨処 あさの川]
2-13, Kazuemachi, Kanazawa
Tel: 076-222-1114

Sushi Kanazawa Style in Kazuemachi
This quaint restaurant is newly opened under the supervision of Mr. Morita who used to be the head chef at Japan’s legendary sushi restaurant Komatsu-Yasuke in Kanazawa. We definitely recommend that you sit at the counter bar seats to appreciate sushi Kanazawa-style! Enjoy the exquisite sushi course of the day, and be amazed by masterful sushi-making skills in front of you while you wait!

• [Lunchtime] Course Sushi ¥3,500~ / [Dinner Time]
Course Sushi ¥8,000~ *Tax not included in prices (seating *Reservation recommended
Budget: ¥4,000-¥15,000
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menu; English spoken
Open: 11:30-14:30 (last call 14:00); 17:30-22:00 (last call 21:30); Closed Wednesdays

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【Cafe & Dining】
a.k.a. / HUM&Go
[アーカ/ハムアンドゴー]
1F, The Share Hotels Hatchi, 3-18, Hashibacho
Tel: 076-256-1100

Stop by The Share Hotels Hatchi!
Having a coffee break or dining in the new boutique hotel Hatchi is becoming a new trend in Kanazawa. The popular local restaurant a.k.a. (atelier kitchen for artisan) has moved into the building, and the cafe HUM & Go is already a place of relaxation for both locals and tourists alike!

• [ HUM & GO] Muffin of the Season ¥300 / Quiche of the Season ¥450 / Green Juice of the Day ¥480~ / Freshly Brewed Coffee ¥420 • [a.k.a. ] Course Meal of the Season: ¥3,240 (4 dishes) / ¥5,940 (6 dishes, rice and dessert)
• Budget: HUM & Go ¥700~¥800; a.k.a. ¥3,000~¥4,000 (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menu; Limited English spoken
• Open: HUM & Go 8:00-18:00; a.k.a. 17:00-23:00; Open everyday

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【Beef Hot Pot】
IROHA [金沢牛鍋 居ろは]
2-5-9, Honmachi, Kanazawa
Tel: 076-232-1770

You Can’t Miss this Mouth-watering Beef!
The beef hot pot has developed a symbolic significance since the end of the samurai age. Slowly simmered beef, alongside vegetables and other ingredients in a sweetened soy sauce, this is definitely a Japanese creation! Share a yummy hot pot with your friends or family in this cozy machiya-style building!

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• Gyu-nabe (for 2 people) ¥3,000 / Hot-Pot-Cooked Rice (roughly 4 cups) ¥1,100 / Additional Ingredients ¥400~ / Additional Large Oysters ¥600 (2P) / ¥1,200 (4P) / Assorted Kanazawa Oden ¥1,100 / Tempura ¥550~ *Tax not included
Budget: ¥4,000~¥5,000 (There is no seating charge, and a complimentary appetizer will be served as well.) (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menu; Limited English spoken
• Open: 17:00-24:00 (last call: 23:00 for food; 23:30 for beverages); 17:30-23:30; Closed Sundays

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【Craft Beer Bar】
Craft Beer Dive FUTA’S [フウタズ]
1F, Satomicho Townheights, 44-1, Satomicho
Tel: 076-222-0593

Try A Variety of Locally Brewed Beers!
Futa is the young owner of this craft beer bar. Six draught beers are typically available, and as they tap out (on average each lasts about a week), they are replaced by yet another aspiring craft brew. For those enjoying some time off, a bar open in the middle of the day must be a precious commodity, especially in Kanazawa. Futa’s is located three minutes from Kenrokuen Garden or the nearby museums. Stop in for a cold one after your stroll!

• Craft Beer of The Week ¥750~ / Assorted Smoked Dishes ¥800 / Mushroom and Homemade Bacon Pizza ¥800 / Homemade Tuna Salad ¥800 / Wasabi Pasta ¥750 *Tax not included
• Budget: ¥2,000 (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Not accepted
• Language: English menu; English spoken
• Open: 15:00-23:00 (Mon.-Fri.); 12:00-23:00 (weekends and holidays); Closed Tuesdays

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【Udon Noodles】
FUKUWAUCHI[福わ家]
1-9-31, Hikoso-Machi / Phone: 076-264-8780

Tasty Udon Noodles and Rice Dishes
Fukuwauchi boasts udon noodles, and a kamagohan rice dish cooked in an iron pot. Enjoy a cup of green tea and a sweet before you start cooking the noodles at your table! Finish the rest of your soup by throwing white onigiri rice balls into it! If you are vegetarian, please note that they use dried Bonito fish for the dashi broth for all the noodles.

Tori-Suki Udon-Nabe Course [Ima-Mori] ¥2,000 / Udon Nabe Set ¥1,700~ / Hot pot rice dishes ¥2,000~
・ Budget: ¥2,000 (free seating charge)
・ Credit cards: Not accepted
・ Language: English menu; English spoken
Open: Mon-Fri 11:30-14:30 (last call) / 17:30-20:30 (last call) ; weekends and holidays 11:00-20:30 (last call); closed Wednesdays

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【Restaurant & Bar】
MARAIS D’OR [マレ・ドール]
2F, Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, 2-1-1, Kohrinbo
Tel: 076-231-3913

Within the-Landmark-Hotel Restaurant
Marais D’or, comprised of a restaurant, lounge, and a bar on the second floor of the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, will provide you with a relaxing time complete with excellent cuisine and invigorating beverages. The hotel is located within the landmark Kohrinbo downtown, so one can hardly miss it. Don’t forget their “Happy Hour (17:00-19:00), which offers two drinks for 1,000 yen.

•Steak Course: ¥3,500~ • Restaurant: Lunch ¥1,800~; Dinner ¥3,500~ / Bar: Original Cocktails ¥1,000 *Tax and service charges included
Budget: ¥1,800~¥3,500 (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menu; English spoken
• Open: 11:00-15:00 (last call: 14:30) / 17:00-22:00 (last call: 21:30); open everyday
• All seats are non-smoking.

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【Spanish】
HYAKUMAN-GOKU BAR [百万石バル]
Musashi-Sun Bldg. 2F, 4-25, Fukuro-machi
Tel: 076-232-1235

Fresh Seafood from the Market!
This Spanish restaurant was opened in March 2015 near the bustling Omicho Market. They boast simply cooked dishes of excellent seafood, along with Spanish rice dishes cooked in earthenware pots. Their Kanpai set costs 800 yen, and comes with your choice of appetizer and an alcoholic beverage – a popular choice indeed!

http://www.omichou-bar.com

•Seafood Paella: ¥1,190 (per person) • Kanpai Set with your choice of an appetizer and an alcoholic beverage (draft beer, sherry highball, or Shandy Gaff): ¥800 / Paella ¥2,380~ / Tapas ¥500~
Budget: ¥3,500
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menu; Limited English spoken
• Open: 17:00-1:00 (Sun, Tue-Thu / last call: 24:00); 17:00-3:00 (Fri-sat / last call: 2:00); closed Mondays

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【Sushi Bar】
MAIMON SUSHI [金沢まいもん寿司]
Kanazawa 100bangai ANTO (JR Kanazawa Station)
Tel: 076-225-8988

Grab some sushi at JR terminal!
This sushi bar is one of the branches of Kanazawa Maimonzushi which is well-know for good sushi and foreigner-friendliness. The counter seats are always packed with passengers – a busy sushi bar with dishes made from fresh ingredients! It is easy to understand why. Grab some sushi before or after a train trip! What a convenient location!

Sushi: Maguro Akami (red tuna / 1P) ¥250 / Maguro Chutoro (fattier tuna / 1P) ¥350 / Salmon (1P) ¥150 / Miso soup ¥300~ *Tax not included.
• Budget: ¥2,000~¥3,000 (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menu; English spoken
• Open: 11:00-22:00 (last call: 21:00); open everyday

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【Cafe】
CAFÉ DONGURI-NO-KI
[カフェどんぐりの木]
16-19, Musashi-machi, Kanazawa
Tel: 076-255-1678

Feel free in their Traditional town House!
This local mom-and-daughter owned cafe is in a traditional townhouse built in 1940. Just stop by for a cup of coffee and you’ll find out how comfortable it is to stay there. The friendly mom will strike up a conversation with you in English as soon as you are seated. The menu changes every season, and please check the blackboard as well!

• Kuromitsu Kinako Parfait ¥520 / Hot coffee ¥380 / Hojicha (Japanese roasted tea) ¥300 / Iced tea ¥410 / Ginger ale ¥350 / Mix pizza ¥850 *Customers must order one item per person.
• Budget: Café time ¥300~¥820
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menu; Limited English spoken
• Open: 10:00-18:00; closed Wednesdays and Sundays

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【Indian / Nepalese】
AASHIRWAD [アシルワード]
1F, Gyohan Bldg., 2-12-15, Kohrinbo, Kanazawa
Tel: 076-262-2170

Vegetarian/Vegan-friendly!
It’s conveniently located near the samurai district of downtown! Enjoy a variety of foods in the cozy space! The restaurant has a wide assortment of vegetarian/vegan-friendly dishes. Their curries utilize fresh, local vegetables, and come highly recommended. Check out their article on the Lonely Planet website as well!

• Saag Paneer ¥1,300 / Lunch; ¥850~ / Dinner: Vegetable Curry ¥900~; Vegetable Biryani ¥1,100; Tandoori chicken (2P) ¥1,080; Momo (6P) ¥720 *Tax included in prices
• Budget: ¥850~ (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Not accepted
• Language: English spoken
• Open: 11:30-15:00 / 18:00-22:00; closed Mondays (closed Tuesdays when national holidays fall on Mondays)

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【Italian/Spanish】
OLIVE OIL KITCHEN
[オリーブオイルキッチン
B1F, Porte Kanazawa, 2-15-1, Honmachi
Tel: 076-225-7796

The Magical Flavor of Olive Oil
The Olive Oil Kitchen picks only prestigious oils from Italy and Spain, hence their dishes are scented with a magical aroma. They say having two spoons of extra virgin olive oil everyday is good for one’s health. Kanazawa has an abundance seafood just like the Mediterranean regions do, so these Spanish-Italian correspond very well with Ishikawa’s own abundant, fresh, local ingredients.

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• Appetizers (Assorted Tapas Plate) ¥1,380 / Tortilla (Spanish Omelet) ¥480 / Lunch ¥980~ / Pasta ¥950~ / Beef steak ¥2,600 / Course meal ¥2,500~ / Original cocktail ¥450~ / Wine ¥2800~ (by the bottle) *Tax not included
• Budget: ¥3,000~¥4,000 (seating charge:¥350 after 17:30)
Most credit cards accepted
• Language: English menu; Limited English spoken
• Open: 12:00-14:30 (cafe hours); 17:30-23:30; Open everyday

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【Ramen Noodles】
MUSASHIMARU
[特製ラーメン武蔵丸]
34-2 Shimotsutsumicho, Kanazawa
Tel: 076-232-2234

Original Ramen & Side Orders
Located next to Omicho Market in the Musashi area, this ramen shop is often packed with international tourists. Stop by not only for a bowl of ramen, but also for a beer and small side dish. Feel free to tell them if you don’t want the barbecued pork chashu or anything else for that matter! Friendly staff are ready and willing to customize your ramen order.

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• Tonkotsu Ramen ¥734 / Clam Ramen ¥842 / Side Dishes ¥205~ / Alcoholic Beverages ¥302~ / Kara-age fried chicken (4P) ¥313 / Gyoza fried dumpling (5P) ¥313 / Chahan fried rice ¥313 / Chashu-gohan (rice with barbecued pork) ¥313 / Draft beer ¥421~ *Tax included in prices
• Budget: ¥680~¥1,600 (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Not accepted
• Language: English menu; limited English spoken
• Open: 11:00-15:00; 17:00-23:00 (Mon-Sat); 11:00-21:00 (Sunday and National holiday)

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【Sushi Bar】
IPPEI SUSHI平鮨
1-5-29, Kata-Machi / Tel:076-261-8674

Authentic but Affordable
Who says sushi bars have to be expensive? The moment you slide back the entrance door to be greeted by the cheerful chef and kimono-clad okamisan (mistress) you’ll find yourself won over by this authentic and reasonable sushi bar. The thick omelette is a must.

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• Nigiri ¥1,400 / Moriawase (assortment including rolled sushi) ¥1,200 / Cuttlefish ¥100 / Sweet prawn ¥150 / Tuna sushi roll ¥800
• Budget: ¥3,000 (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Not accepted
• Language: English menu; Limited English spoken
• Open: 18:00-1:00; closed Sundays and national holidays

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【Yakitori】
CHOCHINYA Katamachi
[鳥珍や 片町店]
2-1-14, Katamachi / Tel:076-231-5959

The Tebasaki Can’t be Beat!
The humble young owner grills skewers, meat, and vegetables everyday. Don’t leave Kanazawa without trying their special ‘Kanazawa Tebasaki’ (crispy chicken wings), the specialty of the house! Order at least 3-5 per person! It can get pretty packed on the weekends, so it may be best to go on a weekday. Enjoy the fragrant smoke of the yakitori grill and a merry scene!

• Yakitori (1 skewer) ¥130~ / Kanazawa Tebasaki (3 pieces) ¥400 / Grilled satsuma chicken thigh ¥500~ / Grilled chicken meatball ¥400 / Cup of Shochu ¥500~
• Budget: ¥3,000 (seating charge with appetizer [otoshi]:¥300)
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English and Japanese menus; limited English spoken
• Open: 17:00-2:00 (last call: 1:00); closed irregularly

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【Izakaya】
DAIAN [だいあん]
1F/BF Central Bldg, 4-1, Horikawa-machi
Tel:076-263-5858

Welcomes Foreign Tourists
This popular Izakaya located next to Kanazawa station welcomes foreign tourists. The chic interior offers counter seats as well as western or Japanese table seating. Some dishes are traditional Japanese, while some are fusion. Enjoy both and pass the plate with your friends as you share a delicious experience!

• Assortment of 5 grilled skewers ¥1,274 / Kaga-Yasai no Tempura ¥734 / Shun no Sakana no Moriawase ¥2,484 / Braised pork with soft-boiled egg ¥842 / Assortment of deep fried skewers ¥1,058
• Budget: ¥3,500~¥4,000 (seating charge with appetizer [otoshi]: ¥388)
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English and Japanese menus; limited English spoken
• 170 seats
• Open: 17:00-24:00 (last call: 23:00); Open everyday

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【Izakaya】
HIZUKI [ひづき]
1F/2F Central Arc Bldg, 2-53, Horikawa-Shinmachi / Tel:076-263-5858

Located Next to the Station
Serves authentic Japanese food and popular local dishes adjacent to the station. Seafood and local vegetables are a must! Assortments are recommending for sampling or sharing. Skilled chefs are looking forward to cooking for foreign tourists. Choose either counter seating, or a western or Japanese style table.

• Raw fish assortment ¥3,780 / Kamo no Jibuni ¥842 / Black pork hot pot ¥1,598 (per person) / Steamed minced lotus root with creamy sauce ¥734 / Deep fried Shiraebi (White shrimp) ¥734
• Budget: ¥3,500~¥4,000 (seating charge with appetizer [otoshi]: ¥388)
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English and Japanese menus; limited English spoken
• 140 seats
• Open: 17:00-24:00 (last call: 23:00); Open everyday

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【Izakaya】
UMIHIKO[海彦]
3F Kanazawa Central Hotel, 4-4,
Horikawa-machi / Phone:076-263-5858

Good Local Sake and Food!
Just three minutes from Kanazawa station, on the 3rd floor of Central Hotel, this casual Izakaya boasts fresh seafood grilled on charcoal. They have many private tables with Horizaseki style seats, so don’t worry about numb legs. Many local kinds of Sake are stocked, not only from Ishikawa but also from Toyama, Fukui, and Niigata.

・ Hokuriku Nodoguro Ichiyaboshi ¥2,030~ ・ Tempura using local vegetables ¥734 / Assorted raw fish ¥1,706~
・ Budget: ¥3,500~¥4,000 (seating charge with appetizer [otoshi]: ¥388)
・ Credit cards: Most accepted
・ Language: Japanese menu; limited English spoken
・ 122 seats
・ Open: 17:00-24:00 (last call: 23:00); Open everyday

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【Fine Dining】
CASCADE DINING
[カスケイドダイニング]
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa 1F
Tel: 076-224-9802

Smart Hotel Dining
Located inside the upscale hotel next to Kanazawa station, CASCADE DINING offers contemporary European meals that use fresh local ingredients that provide the customer with authentic “Kanazawa cuisine.” Their lunch and dinner buffets (Sat, Sun and national holiday only) are absolutely fantastic.

• Lunch buffet ¥2,200~ / Dinner buffet ¥3,800~
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English menus; Limited English spoken
• Open: 6:30-23:00 (last call: 22:30); Open everyday

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【Japanese】
UNKAI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
[雲海]
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa 5F
Tel:076-224-9805

Delight of Kaiseki Cooking
UNKAI boasts sophisticated Japanese cuisine and a stunning view of a Japanese garden. Tempura is highly recommended. While it’s possible to order a-la-carte, most diners order teishoku (lunch) or a course meal. Counter seats are available where you can sit and watch your food being prepared.

• Tempura Teishoku ¥2,400 / Lunch ¥2,400~ / Dinner course ¥6,000~ / A-la-carte menu available
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English and Japanese menus; Limited English spoken
• Open: 11:30-14:30, 17:00-21:30; Open everyday

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【Teppanyaki】
KAGA TEPPANYAKI [鉄板焼 加賀]
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa 19F
Tel:076-224-9806

Luxury Teppanyaki Dining
Situated on the top floor of ANA CROWNE PLAZA KANAZAWA, this classy teppanyaki restaurant boasts the finest taste and view in the town. Top quality beef, fresh seafood and vegetable from the Hokuriku area are cooked in front of your eyes on a flat grill by skilled chefs.

• Lunch ¥2,500~ / Dinner course ¥7,000~ / A-la-carte menu available
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English and Japanese menus; Limited English spoken
• Open: 11:30-14:30, 17:00-21:30 (last call: 21:00); Open everyday

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【Chinese】
KARIN CHINESE RESTAURANT
[花梨]
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa 2F
Tel:076-224-9804

Refined Chinese Cuisine
They offer not only authentic Cantonese food but also original Chinese dishes utilizing local ingredients such as seafood from the Sea of Japan. Enjoy their course meals or the delicious a-la-carte selection including Chinese noodles, roast duck, chicken and fried rice in a relaxed atmosphere.

• Madam China ¥4000 / Lunch ¥1,400~ / Course menus ¥6,000~ / A-la-carte menu available
• Credit cards: Most accepted
• Language: English and Japanese menus; Limited English spoken
• Open: 11:30-14:30, 17:00-21:30 (last call: 21:00); Open everyday

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【Yoshoku】
RESTAURANT JIYUKEN
[レストラン自由軒]
1-6-6, Higashiyama / Tel:076-252-1996

Yoshoku at Higashi Chaya District
Conveniently situated in the Higashi Chaya district, this long-established yoshoku restaurant has always been popular among the locals and tourists. (Yoshoku is the Japanese take on Western cooking.) It’s hard to go wrong with any of their fairly priced dishes served by a friendly staff.

• Omerice ¥735 / HAYASHI-RICE (Rice with hashed beef ) ¥680 / Deep-fried oyster (Only in season) ¥1,310 / Teishoku (Today’s special) ¥920 / Bowl of rice with beef fillet cutlet old style ¥1,365
• Budget: ¥1,500 (free seating charge)
• Credit cards: Not accepted
• Language: English and Japanese menus
• Open: 11:30-15:00, 16:30-22:00; closed Tuesdays and every third Monday