Where to Eat in Gifu: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 28, 2017 Madelene Haan

Gifu (岐阜市, Gifu-shi) is a city located in the south-central portion of Gifu Prefecture, Japan, and serves as the prefectural capital. The city has played an important role in Japan's history because of its location in the middle of the country. During the Sengoku period, various warlords, including Oda Nobunaga, used the area as a base in an attempt to unify and control Japan. Gifu continued to flourish even after Japan's unification as both an important shukuba along the Edo period Nakasendō and, later, as one of Japan's fashion centers. It has been designated a core city by the national government.
Things to do in Gifu

1. Kawaramachiya

28 Tamaicho, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture Cafe Dinner +81 58-266-5144
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Kawaramachiya

Reviewed By Ratpackers - Singapore, Singapore

This cafe sells souvenirs and local handicrafts. the atmosphere inside the traditional building is so good. I wanted to order the matcha swiss roll cake but it was not available hence I went for the scones and they were perfect! Coffee was great, service too!
We sat upstairs and had private room to ourselves with a nice view of the courtyard below and able to see Mount Kinka and Gifu castle from a distance.
I would highly recommend patronising this cafe if you are visiting Gifu old town.

2. Hinano Gifu Station Building

Hashimotocho, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture Dinner HK$71 - HK$220 +81 58-216-2020
Excellent
20%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Hinano Gifu Station Building

Reviewed By Dayne_1968 - Gifu, Japan

It's one of the best/ fresh buffet I had...we usually avoid them, but my son and wife loves the food ..once a month dinner....we're on a budget..

3. Chaya Akawani

13 Hachimancho, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture Japanese +81 58-264-9552
Excellent
15%
Good
81%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Chaya Akawani

Reviewed By kazuzuka - 愛知

3月中旬に訪問。満席までは行きませんが多くの座席が埋まっていました。今回は、かき氷(紅茶サクラミルク)を注文しました。桜シロップの風味の良さが味わい深かったです。ごちそうさまでした。

4. Kozo

35-2 Hachimancho, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture Japanese Dinner +81 58-263-7799
Excellent
65%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Kozo

Reviewed By toyotoyo11 - nagoya

ランチに、無謀にも予約なしで行き、当然のように満席でしたが、席が空いたら電話を頂けるということで、買物を先に済ませてから行きました。
料理は和風創作料理で、どれも外れが無く美味しい点、値段があまり高くないという点で、かなり個人的は気に入りました。
なお、結構混雑して騒がしいので、まったりと食事するという感じではありませんが、お勧めです。

5. Senryu

14 Nagara, Gifu 502-0071, Gifu Prefecture Steakhouse, Japanese Dinner, Lunch +81 58-231-1151
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Senryu

Reviewed By Michael-Traveller-JP - Dusseldorf, Germany

For foreign visitors, Teppanyaki usually is a great food experience, but culturally disappointing, as most Teppanyaki restaurants are western style places. Not so at Senryu. Here the major attraction is the setting, in an old Japanese house alongside Nagara river, with a view on Gifu castle and beautiful Japanese Gardens. Food is served in individual Tatami rooms, fortunately with holes for your feet and cusions with backrests. More comfortale than sitting on chairs.
Food is prepared in typical Teppanyaki style at your table in a set menu. The steak is from the region, Hida beef, no different in quality from the more famous Kobe beef. The way of preparation is a bit different though, placing a huge piece of extremely marbled Sirloin on a bed of garlic and fat, covering it with a lid and searing for a while, before carving the steak up and grilling it to your liking on the teppan.
Although the food is excellent, what makes Senryu stand out is the experience of great Japanese beef in an extremely beautiful Japanese setting. Excellent service complements the experience. They also have a wine list with an adequate selection, but this is not the strongest point of the place. As one may expect, an evening here won't come cheap, but won't set you back more than an upmarket Teppanyaki dinner in Tokyo. However, your dinner at Senryu will be far more memorable.
If you are just looking for good quality Japanese meat, this can be found in a few other places. If you are looking for a full Japanese steak dining experience, it's hard to beat Senryu.

6. Marudebu, Honten

3-1 Hinodemachi, Gifu 500-8876, Gifu Prefecture Asian +81 58-262-9573
Excellent
27%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Marudebu, Honten

Reviewed By hosakin - 福岡

岐阜高島屋県道151号線金華橋通りを挟んで斜め向かい。岐阜市民にはソウルフード。平日昼下がりに訪問。店内は客層も年季の入ったジモティ中心、混雑時は相席必至。メニューはわんたんと中華そばの2種類、各400円。両方注文。わんたんは数量限定につき、早めの来店がお薦め。小振りの丼から今にも溢れんばかり麺や雲呑にブラック濃口の出汁が並々と注がれています。拉麺よりも蕎麦や饂飩に合いそう。最後は「おおきに」と大声で店主の送り出しと相成りました。

7. Kochoan Semba

3-26 Nikkocho, Gifu 502-0933, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-232-6776
Excellent
23%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Kochoan Semba

Reviewed By まーちゃん77777 - Osaka Prefecture, Japan

お蕎麦が大好きでよく食べにいくのですが、こちらのお蕎麦はかなり粗びきです。ごつごつしていて蕎麦の香りがとてもします。今までに食べた中でも、ベスト5に入るくらい好きなお蕎麦です。店内は古民家を利用した落ち着いた空間で、和室に上がりいただけます。オープン前から人が待っていて人気ですので並ぶ覚悟で。だし巻き玉子も美味しかったです。

8. Gyoza Restaurant Gishu

1-31 Sumidamachi | Matsuno Bldg. 1F, Gifu 500-8843, Gifu Prefecture Chinese Dinner +81 58-266-6227
Excellent
25%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Gyoza Restaurant Gishu

Reviewed By Dayne_1968 - Gifu, Japan

Yes, folk! The long lines mean something in Japan in any restaurant...take the hint ...." the food is delicious and worth the wait....
I'm an expat who now resides in this city (Gifu) kinda on the " fat" side because I'm always looking for the " next best plate" ...I would recommend this dim sum joint to the most finicky ぎょざ(gyoza) eater.... the soup inside is remarkable!...PERIOD!
So get in line..hope you're a Japanese speaker ..." no engrish" folks...HA!
Side note: the shrimp fried rice is the " bomb" ...is that too 2008?...
Mos def ...go there...behind the bank !

9. Takada Hassho

17-2 Sugiyamacho, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture Japanese +81 58-262-1750
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Takada Hassho

Reviewed By kthubten - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Select price point and the beautiful dishes will be brought out in perfect timing. My dishes were centered around seafood.

10. Japanese Restaurant Kairantei

2695-2 Nagara Fukumitsu | Gifu Miyako Hotel, Gifu 502-0817, Gifu Prefecture Reservations, Seating Japanese +81 58-201-0279
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Japanese Restaurant Kairantei

Reviewed By AndraYo - Tokyo, Japan

Kaiseki is a style of Japanese cooking, individual dishes of contrasting flavors displayed beautifully. Our Autumn Course was delicious. It started with a mushroom kanten, a clear soup, sashimi, eggplant in a dashi sauce, the main was Hida Beef from Gifu (marbled like Kobe beef) ending with a chestnut dessert served with real matcha green tea. The clear "teapot" is for cold sake (REISHU) Hanami Kura.
Highly recommended.

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