Top 10 restaurants in Niigata, Japan

March 27, 2018 Kiesha Cripe

Discover the best restaurant in Niigata, Japan including Tonkatsu Taro, Suzakayasoba, Benkei, Pia Bandai, Tomizushi Niigata station, Matsuriya Niigata station south, Bunsuido Cake shop, Echigo Nagaoka Kojimaya CoCoLo Main Bldg., Kojimaya Sohonten Keno, Kaisenya Negibozu, Kako Asahiyama
Things to do in Niigata

1. Tonkatsu Taro

973 Furumachidori Rokubancho Chuo-ku, Niigata 951-8063, Niigata Prefecture Japanese Lunch, Dinner +81 25-222-0097
Excellent
29%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Tonkatsu Taro

Reviewed By Michiel P - Den Haag

This was the top rated Japanese restaurant in Niigata, so it seemed the obvious choice while staying there for a week. To my surprise the restaurant does mainly breaded then fried pork cutlets, so basically it's a schnitzel restaurant. The food that was served surely tasted very well, but I can get a schnitzel also back home. My advise: if you're craving a schnitzel go to this place. If you're looking for Japanese food this place isn't it.

2. Suzakayasoba

Benten, Chuoku, Niigata 950-8751, Niigata Prefecture Reservations Asian Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$220 +81 25-241-7705
Excellent
18%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 104 reviews

Suzakayasoba

Reviewed By nyorotaro - Yokohama, Japan

日本酒の種類もそこそこあり、おつまみも豊富なので、居酒屋的に食事して最後に蕎麦で締めるパターンで楽しめます。
料理や魚もけっこう美味いですよ。刺身もいけます。

3. Benkei, Pia Bandai

2-4 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku | Pia Bandai, Niigata 950-0078, Niigata Prefecture Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Sushi Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +81 25-255-6000
Excellent
34%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Benkei, Pia Bandai

Reviewed By Rumples - Tucson, Arizona

I recently ate lunch here and considered the sushi to be extremely fresh, flavorful and well prepared. In fact, I rank it in the top 5 percent of sushi I have consumed during decades of visiting Japan. This is a conveyor-belt restaurant, where the sushi rides around the serving area, giving customers the opportunity to select what they want to eat from the belt in front of them.
Obviously English-speaking, I received a handout with photos of fish and their English names. This helped me to ensure I got what I wanted. It also assisted the helpful young Japanese man sitting next to me to point out what he considered to be the best fish of the day (salmon). I noted that he often ordered directly from one of the sushi chefs and ignored what was on the belt, so I did the same a couple of times. At one point, i started to pick up a dish from the belt, and the chef took it from me, placing a plate of the same type of sushi, which he had just made, in my hands. His motto must be fresher is better. Though the restaurant was completely full with a long wait line, two of the sushi chefs kept tabs on me, ensuring that I had the best experience possible.
A middle-aged Japanese couple replaced the helpful young man. They saw my English handout and started to work with me on mastering the fish names in Japanese.
The two chefs got involved and my lunch included a fun language lesson.
Sushi cost depends on the color of the plate it is on. The customer piles up the empty plates and a server makes note of the plate colors at the end of the meal and presents the bill, which is taken to the cashier. Each plate price is presented on the belt and in the Seating area, so there are no surprises. And each plate holds two pieces of sushi. The total for my five plates was Y1684, which I consider to be quite reasonable for Japan.
A possible drawback to this delightful restaurant is that a non-Japanese speaker may have difficulty learning what the daily specials are. The handout sheet does not include these and no one I interacted with spoke English. But there are more than enough obvious choices.
Benkei is located at the Pia Bandai Market. The restaurant's name is not listed in English, but it is in the row of shops that includes the fish market and is the only conveyor-belt eatery in the area. Pia Bandai is a stop on the Niigata city bus loop route.

4. Tomizushi Niigata station

1-2-5 Higashiodori, Chuo-ku, Niigata, Niigata Prefecture Japanese, Sushi Lunch, Dinner +81 25-242-1212
Excellent
28%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 64 reviews

Tomizushi Niigata station

Reviewed By Badwolfys - Hong kong

Read trip advisor and went--thanks to the staff who charged us the wrong amount ... chased after us outside the store and fumbled around for 10 minutes, we missed the train, waited an extra 40 minutes, and consequently the fireworks. I really didn't care what the final amount was. They undercharged us. But get the price right the first time. Really not happy.

5. Matsuriya Niigata station south

1-1-1 Minamisasaguchi, Chuo-ku, Niigata, Niigata Prefecture Lunch +81 25-243-6125
Excellent
18%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Matsuriya Niigata station south

Reviewed By GIZMOKI - Yokohama, Japan

信越線が強風で大幅に遅れ、遅い夕食。開いてて良かったです。深夜までやってます。ドンキホーテの2階ということで、少し不安でしたが、しっかりした良いお店でした。新潟名物のタレかつのお店です。

6. Bunsuido Cake shop

1041-1 Yahiko, Yahiko-mura, Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata Prefecture +81 256-94-2282
Excellent
22%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Bunsuido Cake shop

Reviewed By ディープ産駒 - Tokyo, Japan

JR弥彦駅と弥彦神社の間にあるお菓子やさんです。
何でも、テレビに出て人気になったとのことでした。
名物はパンダ焼き、確かにパンダの形をしていました。
1人2個までとのこと。
白パンダ焼きは130円。小倉アンコと枝豆アンコが人気。
確かにもちもちしていて美味しかったです。
でも、全国第1位かな?
ごちそうさまでした。

7. Echigo Nagaoka Kojimaya CoCoLo Main Bldg.

1-1-1 Hanazono, Chuo-ku | Niigata StationBldg. in SAISON, Niigata 950-0086, Niigata Prefecture Lunch, Dinner +81 25-243-7707
Excellent
24%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Echigo Nagaoka Kojimaya CoCoLo Main Bldg.

Reviewed By Sean Seungwon J - Basel, Switzerland

Conveniently located in Niigata station nearby Shinkansen entry. I could have local Niigata food, hegy soba and tare Katsu, despite busy schedule.

8. Kojimaya Sohonten Keno

3-65 Idomaki, Tsubame 959-1232, Niigata Prefecture Japanese +81 256-66-3003
Excellent
20%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Kojimaya Sohonten Keno

Reviewed By NineDragons - Ichikawa, Japan

This Kojimaya is a very busy restaurant. It also means that the food is very good.
Most of the meal is set around Hegi Soba, a kind of noodle that is produced in Nagaoka area. Wheat noodle mixed with a bit of Fu-nori. Quite different from soba.
Service is very efficient for this busy restaurant so everything moves on smoothly. Well organized.
I would recommend to visit any of the Kojimaya restaurants when you are travelling through Niigata. A must place to eat.

9. Kaisenya Negibozu

1-10-1 Sasaguchi Chuo-Ku, Niigata 950-0911, Niigata Prefecture Reservations Japanese, Seafood, Pub Dinner +81 25-240-6363
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Kaisenya Negibozu

Reviewed By bariloche48 - Perth, Australia

Several people told it was the most famous and best fish restaurant in Niigata and I believe it. This is a Japanese food experience you shouldn't miss.

10. Kako Asahiyama

1-12-7 Tenjin Chuo-Ku | Lexni 1-1, Niigata 950-0917, Niigata Prefecture Reservations Japanese Lunch, Dinner +81 25-278-8230
Excellent
38%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Kako Asahiyama

Reviewed By Higuma2017 - Vechta, Germany

This was an amazing tasting experience. Great sake to accompany an excellent selection of dishes. Particularly excited about the house appetisers, especially the goma tofu. What a piece of concentrated pleasure! Great sashimi, fried oysters (too bad they don't have nama oysters, the greatest defect here). Their cheeses and smoked daikon are super exquisite, a tasting adventure. The Niigata pork was the lowest point: weak taste and tough. But overall excellent service and the most pleasant dinner. You pay for it.

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