Nagasaki Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Nagasaki

February 24, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Nagasaki (長崎市, Nagasaki-shi, Japanese: [naɡaꜜsaki]) ( listen (help·info)) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "Long Cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki have been proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Things to do in Nagasaki

1. Yossou

8-9 Hamamachi, Nagasaki 850-0853, Nagasaki Prefecture Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian Lunch, Dinner +81 95-821-0001
Excellent
36%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 387 reviews

Yossou

Reviewed By Richard271828 - Perth, Australia

We tried all the recommended dishes and we considered the three-colour rice and egg soup okay but not among our favourites in Japan. Sashimi likewise was good but not amongst the very best we've had in Japan. Meal was also quite expensive at about 85,000 yen for three people. Restaurant was full with a queue so obviously very popular with the locals.

2. Kagetsu

2-1 Maruyamacho, Nagasaki 850-0902, Nagasaki Prefecture Reservations Japanese Dinner, Lunch +81 95-822-0191
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Kagetsu

Reviewed By mflickermd - los angeles,ca

When we arrived, we were not sure we were at the right place. We were finally greeted by kimono clad servers and shown to our private tatami room that overlooked a garden.Everything was classically beautiful including the food. We chose a kaiseki meal and we couldn't have eaten another bite when we were finally finished. Very little English is spoken here, but we did fine with our limited Japanese. The food was delicious. This was an expensive meal, but a worth while experience.

3. Shooken

3-19 Uonomachi, Nagasaki 850-0874, Nagasaki Prefecture Takeout +81 95-822-0410
Excellent
33%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Shooken

Reviewed By mikebern - New York, NY

It's not as sweet as some of the others...the chocolate and green tea are particularly good. Also, the place itself provides a good and unique experience, especially for tourists. It's not a restaurant. In fact, the storefront, while not hard to find...it's right across from the Kokaido-mae tram stop...is discretely marked, and when you walk in, it's kind of like an office. In fact, they seat you at a desk, and bring you tea and a few samples of cake. When you're ready to order, you tell the person what you want, and he/she wraps it up and brings it to you. It's definitely a high-end place, and you can get much cheaper castela in Nagasaki. But not nearly as good. (Here's a tip: freeze it and eat it frozen...I hope this isn't something that's frowned upon. But anyway, it's what I do, and it's great.)

4. Shikairo

4-5 Matsugae-machi, Nagasaki 850-0921, Nagasaki Prefecture Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 95-822-1296
Excellent
28%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 500 reviews

Shikairo

Reviewed By Sherry T

Personally I thought this place has become overly commercialised for tourists. We didn't mind the champon, it was ok but definitely over-hyped. We ordered other typical Chinese dishes such as fried noodles, sweet n sour pork, etc. The sweet and sour pork came over fried and the other dishes were pretty bland.
Shikairo's saving grace is its reputation as the first restaurant to serve champon, and its gorgeous view. There's also a level which sorta serves as a champon museum.
Tip: Come slightly before typical meal times to avoid the buses of tourists that arrive.

5. Horaiken Bekkan

5-23 Hiranomachi, Nagasaki 852-8117, Nagasaki Prefecture Chinese Dinner +81 95-846-2277
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Horaiken Bekkan

Reviewed By misssn329 - Cambridge, United Kingdom

We visited here around 1 after visiting the peace museum which is just around the corner. There was a a slight wait in line (which is always a good sign) and we were seated after around 20/30 minute wait. We ordered Chanpon, Nagasaki's regional dish which was delicious and filling. Would recommend to all wanting to try this dish. There is an English menu available.

6. Kozanro Nagasaki Chinatown Honten

12-2 Shinchimachi, Nagasaki 850-0842, Nagasaki Prefecture Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$220 +81 95-821-3735
Excellent
29%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 430 reviews

Kozanro Nagasaki Chinatown Honten

Reviewed By Sonny1965 - UK

A long queue was forming at 6, so we booked ourselves in and told to come back in one hour. Sounds good, it's a popular place!
Food however in this canteen style restaurant was basic.
Spring rolls, greasy. Beef and pepper was ok. They wouldn't / couldn't make fried chicken (which they had) with sweet and sour sauce, so ordered sweet and sour pork.
Most daunting was the noodles with onions which came as noodles, onions and sea food!
Wouldn't go back!

7. Bunmeido

1-1 Edomachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture Takeout, Reservations +81 95-824-0002
Excellent
24%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Bunmeido

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

Bunmeido shops could be found all over Japan and products on sale in numerous outlets, supermarkets and airport duty-free shops. Well, visiting the main shop was quite an experience. Once we entered the shop, sales ladies started setting up coffee table with cold tea, refreshing towels and sampler of its famous Nagasaki Castella. A kind of service which I had never came across with.
Eggs, sugar, flour were carefully selected to make its cakes and desserts. Bunmeido’s castella and mikasayama (red bean paste cake) were our favorites.
Shop is easily reachable from Ohato or Dejima tram stop.

8. Menya Always

5-22 Yorozuyamachi, Nagasaki 850-0852, Nagasaki Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Japanese, Asian, Soups Lunch, Dinner +81 95-824-1199
Excellent
55%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Menya Always

Reviewed By Garry H

I give it 5 stars for the service the ability to help western people but more so for the quality of there Ramen. I'm going to say the best I have ever had was here.

9. Tarafuku Asa

2-6 Aburayamachi, Nagasaki 850-0832, Nagasaki Prefecture Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating Japanese, Seafood Dinner +81 95-832-8678
Excellent
53%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Tarafuku Asa

Reviewed By Sakubona - London, United Kingdom

Friendly izakaya with a good selection of dishes at a very reasonable price. Probably the best bet for late evening dining for foreign visitors to Nagasaki. No English menus, but friendly staff will make sure that you are looked after and explain what they have.

10. Kozanro Chinatown Shinten

13-13 Shinchimachi, Nagasaki 850-0842, Nagasaki Prefecture Reservations Chinese, Japanese Dinner +81 95-820-3735
Excellent
28%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Kozanro Chinatown Shinten

Reviewed By mat_mak - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

This Chinese restaurant is a well-known store which is located in Nagasaki Chinatown. It offers Nagasaki Chanpon noodle and sara udon noodle, and it privided standard, special, very special noodles. Very special noodles were 1500 yen. Dishes contained shark fin, clams, and scallops. I felt a flavor of the seafood in the soup. I felt that it was much rich taste. I thought that it was a little bit pricey, but I was satisfied because it uses a good ingredients.

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