Top 10 restaurants in Fukuoka, Japan

September 14, 2017 Ying Subia

Fukuoka is a gourmet paradise... "providing you're not vegetarian," say travelers on our Fukuoka forum! It's right on Genkai Sea, and the seafood is fresh and abundant. So is Fukuoka-style ramen, which you can find at the city's famous yatai (outdoor stalls) as well as modern restaurants. Walk off your meal at Ohori Park and the nearby Fukuoka Castle ruins.
Things to do in Fukuoka

1. Chikae Fukuoka

2-2-17 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0041, Fukuoka Prefecture Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Seafood, Sushi Lunch, Dinner +81 92-721-4624
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 728 reviews

Chikae Fukuoka

Reviewed By ITRT - Virginia

Our tour guide Seigo wanted us to experience the traditional food of Fukuoka so he took us here for lunch. Arrive early as the restaurant is a favorite with the locals. We arrived ten minutes before 11:30 AM and we had a 15-20 minute wait to be seated. The restaurant offered two different meals during lunch 1500 JPY (14 USD per person). Seating is counter-style around big tanks of fresh seafood or at tables. Seigo had pre-ordered the fish entree which consisted of Sashimi, boiled and seasoned vegetable mix, Tempura, fermented vegetables, grilled fish, egg custard, rice and a bowl of crab miso. I am not a fan of sushi or sashimi so I think I would have preferred the soba noodle entree. Service as quick and delivered by traditional kimono-clad waitresses.

2. Hakata Motsunabe Yamanaka Akasakaten

1-9-1 Akasaka, Chuo-ku | Sunny Akasaka 2F, Fukuoka 810-0042, Fukuoka Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese Dinner HK$63 - HK$259 +81 92-716-2263
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 301 reviews

Hakata Motsunabe Yamanaka Akasakaten

Reviewed By FirstVillage - Tokyo, Japan

Trying the Fukuoka specialty "hakata motsunabe" is a must for foodies visiting the city (but if you don't like pork tripes, then you better skip it.) Now there are dozens of motsunabe restaurants in Fukuoka, but the legendary Yamanaka is still the best. The Akasaka branch is a bit difficult to find, since it's located on the 2nd floor of a supermarket called Sunny, with a discrete sign in the front. It's newer and more stylish than their main store, but the food has the same quality. Their entrance hall looks like an upscale hotel lobby and, for a moment, I forgot I was going there to eat intestines soup. We ordered the miso-based motsunabe, but they also offer the "shoyu" and "shabu shabu" versions. The soup itself was a bit salty, but you can always ask them to add more water to it. Other ingredients are garlic chives, konnyaku (konjac), tofu, burdock, cabbage and, of course, the "motsu" - delicious fatty pork tripes. Motsunabe is Fukuoka's soul food - so don't expect an elegant kaiseki course here. If you like the French cassoulet, you will probably enjoy motsunabe too. Recommended.

3. Hakata Motsunabe Yamanaka Honten

2-2-12 Mukaino, Minami-ku, Fukuoka 815-0035, Fukuoka Prefecture Reservations, Waitstaff Japanese Dinner +81 92-553-6915
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Hakata Motsunabe Yamanaka Honten

Reviewed By Lynette0708 - Shanghai, China

I made a mistake that I made the reservation but went to a sushi restaurant with the same name!
But eventually we were here. And fortunately we made it, it's so yummy!!
Maybe coz I'm a carnivore:-) the Fukuoka signature motsunable is really my cup of tea.
Beancurd inside is also tasty, and finished by udon, thumbs up!

4. Yoshizuka Unagiya

2-8-27 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 810-0801, Fukuoka Prefecture Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Japanese Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$220 +81 92-271-0700
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 659 reviews

Yoshizuka Unagiya

Reviewed By Stefano O - Paris, France

The eel here is very good, I like the crispness of the skin, it is a bit sweeter that in Tokyo. We ate at the first floor, which it is not very charming. If you only care about the eel, this is a good place.

5. Ippudo, Daimyo

1-13-14 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0041, Fukuoka Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Japanese, Asian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$71 +81 92-771-0880
Excellent
35%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 195 reviews

Ippudo, Daimyo

Reviewed By Allan S - Manila

This is the original branch of Ippudo. In Fukuoka, where Ramen is everywhere, this restaurant doesn't stand-out from the rest because most, if not all, ramen restaurant in this city are very good. But ippudo being popular globally, you will want to visit this place at least once. Food is good here, can't go wrong with it.

6. Kappo Yoshida

1-14-10 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001, Fukuoka Prefecture Reservations, Serves Alcohol Japanese Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +81 92-721-0171
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

Kappo Yoshida

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

Bream Cha-Tsuke, katsu , tempura, sashimi lunch meals were all 1080 yen each. 1.5 x more bream set for 1620 yen.
Don't miss trying the dried fish powder which can be sprinkled on rice.
We reserved the only live squid available on that day, eaten as sashimi and head part as tempura.
Ika Tsukuri would range 3000-10000 yen, depending on its size
The place was filled at 12 noon with nearby office workers, better to go at 1 pm after the peak lunch hour.
Instruction of consuming Bream Cha-Tsuke:
first bowl - mix bream with sauce and wasabi, pour onto rice
second bowl - addition of green tea onto rice
English menu available

7. Udon Taira

Hakataekimae, Hakataku, Fukuoka 812-0011, Fukuoka Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff Japanese, Asian Lunch, Brunch HK$63 - HK$71 +81 92-431-9703
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Udon Taira

Reviewed By lee r

I was told this is a famous one.
I guess this is famous for the price.
Soup was a bit sour and the noodle was really thick (over cooked)
It is not worth it to find this restaurant.
Tenpura was also too much oily....
Beef was smelly...
It was the worst udon in my life.

8. Ichiran Hakata Sun Plaza Underground

2-2-1 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture Waitstaff Japanese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +81 92-473-0810
Excellent
36%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 173 reviews

Ichiran Hakata Sun Plaza Underground

Reviewed By Joyce T

Enjoying a bowl of flavoursome and delicious tonkotsu ramen in a private little cubby may be old-hat for locals, but for me as an international traveller it was a new and exciting experience. You are given the choice to choose the 'intensity' or your ramen, the toppings and any extras through a machine (there are pictures and English aids) and paying before being led into a room filled with cubbies. You will have to fill out a small sheet to confirm your purchase when in your cubby, and then place your order when you are ready.
There are places for you to hang up your coat and place your bag on a hook. You will hear the soft voices of hidden staff on the other side of your cubby and the bells of other patrons placing their order from your cubby, but I think all the hidden bustle as you enjoy your ramen actually adds to the experience.

9. Kiwamiya Fukuoka PARCO

2-11-1 Tenjin, chuo-ku | Fukuoka Parco B1F, Fukuoka 810-0001, Fukuoka Prefecture Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Steakhouse, Barbecue, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +81 92-235-7124
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Kiwamiya Fukuoka PARCO

Reviewed By Okela - London, United Kingdom

i stumbled on this lovely restaurant in Fukuoka @ the Parco department store B1. We actually had intended to dine at one of the Yatai stalls that evening, but the weather was appalling and it seemed that the particular stall didn't open. Anyway, we were fortunate enough to try the restaurant and had their famous Hamburger steak and Wagyu style steaks as well. The meal was excellent, absolutely loved the whole DIY bbq concept. The meats were well seasoned and came with a choice of dipping sauces. We went for the standard bbq sauce and a Ponzu one as well.
I only noticed this place as it was the only restaurant that had a constant queue. I know the japanese like to queue, but this was WELL worth it!!!!! It's worth mentioning that there are a chain of these restaurants dotted around, not sure exactly where, as the website is in Japanese, but would assume that it could be found in other major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

10. Ichiran Main Shop

5-3-2 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 810-0801, Fukuoka Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Soups Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +81 92-262-0433
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 391 reviews

Ichiran Main Shop

"Restaurants Specializing in Classic Tonkotsu Ramen -From the 60s- Ichiran is the most dedicated Ramen Company to the study of Tonkotsu Ramen in the whole World. Instead of diversifying our menu, we concentrate only on Tonkotsu Ramen. There are over 40 specialists involved in every single bowl. We always pursue a higher level of Ramen. We only offer the highest quality and the safest products,

Reviewed By SmartTravellerHK - HK

We were here at 10:30am on a weekday and there were many vacant seats. We ordered the noodles by buying from the vending machine and then you can fill out the questionnaire to tell how you want your noodles (mild taste, oil, spicy, etc). The noodles were OK but the soup were too salty. Definitely will about it before coming back again.

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