Where to Eat in Karatsu: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 16, 2017 Toi Mattera

Discover the best restaurant in Karatsu, Japan including Kawataro, Yobuko Branchi, Ikahonke Iso Hhamabekkan, Mambo, Patisserie Tamagoiro, Amegen, Gepparo, Ide Chanpon Karatsu, Takeya, Genyo, Isaribi
Things to do in Karatsu

1. Kawataro, Yobuko Branchi

1744-17 Yobuko, Yobukocho, Karatsu 847-0303, Saga Prefecture Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +81 955-82-3208
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 146 reviews

Kawataro, Yobuko Branchi

Reviewed By Billy Z - Singapore, Singapore

We are not a fan of Squid Sashimi so we opted for the Squid Siew Mai instead, it was interesting and the texture was soft and tastey but just like any good dim sum.
The fish Sashimi was rather disappointing as the fish texture was quite stiff and we wonder whether the fish has been served too fresh too early and not aged?

2. Ikahonke Iso Hhamabekkan

Yobukochotononora, Karatsu 847-0304, Saga Prefecture Reservations Seafood, Japanese Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$220 +81 955-82-1113
Excellent
57%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Ikahonke Iso Hhamabekkan

Reviewed By MiLui3

I had a fabulous lunch in this preatty restaurant: the location is very cool, and the food is fantastic! I eat alive squid for the first time in my life and I was very impressed; all the lunch was very amazing. I suggest to everybody to try this unique experience!

3. Mambo

1946-1 Yobukochotononoura, Karatsu 847-0304, Saga Prefecture Japanese Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$220 +81 955-82-5333
Excellent
28%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Mambo

Reviewed By Machiotoko - Tokyo

When I went to Yobuko, There is no choice because we have to eat a cuttlefish.
The cuttlefish here is delicious. I think that this is more delicious than a cuttlefish in Hakodate. Because it seems hard to get here without driving car, it is Honorable for a drinker. Japanese sake in Saga is the best.

4. Patisserie Tamagoiro

2269 Hamatamamachihamasaki, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 955-56-6802
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Patisserie Tamagoiro

Reviewed By solelevante - Hsinchu, Taiwan

 ネットで評判の店なので行ってみました。「卵感」を期待してロールケーキ、シュークリーム、栗のプリンをいただきましたが、んー、どれも至って「普通」で、個人的にはたとえ次回チャンスがあったとしてもこの3つはどれもリピなしです。
 セルフサービスのお茶もあったようですが、席に通された時には何の説明もありませんでした。

5. Amegen

1058-2 Hamatamamachigotanda, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture Reservations Japanese Lunch, Dinner HK$369 - HK$738 +81 955-56-6926
Excellent
74%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Amegen

Reviewed By arattm - 福岡

180年近く前に創業した川魚中心の料理店です。内容は季節で異なりますが、訪れた時期のもの、白魚の踊り食いがいただけました。季節のの摘み草の前菜もいけます。鮎の背越しや鯉の洗いを酢味噌でいただきました。川魚が苦手の自分もおいしくいただけました。最もおいしいと思ったのは鮎の飴焼きです。またツガニの姿煮や蟹のだしが十分きいた蟹ご飯もいけます。

6. Gepparo

4-182, Higashikaratsu | Karatsu Sea Side Hotel, Karatsu 847-0017, Saga Prefecture Reservations Breakfast +81 955-75-3300
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Gepparo

Reviewed By ChuJoe

We enjoyed the breakfast buffet here. Although the dining room was very busy with the holiday crowd, the staff were efficient and friendly. Nice view of the sea and beach.

7. Ide Chanpon Karatsu

3561-1 Kagami tanaka, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture Asian +81 955-77-3031
Excellent
42%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Ide Chanpon Karatsu

Reviewed By 箕面のふーちゃん - Mino, Japan

小さい頃食べた、野菜大盛りチャンポンでした、、、残念ですが、具材に乏しくて悲しい思ひ出が甦ります。コスパは高いでしょう、、、外食でなくても自宅でも作れる?味が好きな方はどうぞ。

8. Takeya

1884-2 Nakamachi, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture Japanese Lunch +81 955-73-3244
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Takeya

Reviewed By Jennifer461 - Aptos, California

There aren't many reviews of restaurants in Karatsu, so I thought I should share our experience at Takeya. This is a wonderful chance to experience Kyushu warmth and hospitality. This restaurant serves eel, but if you are not a fan of unagi-you should know that it is a wonderful, mild-flavored fish. It is an oily fish loaded with healthful Omega 3. There are no bones to deal with. Traditionally, unagi is grilled with a sauce made of soy, sake, and a few other ingredients. Takeya is located in the downtown area. It is a convenient walk from the station. The restaurant is located in a beautiful, old Taisho-era house. It is worth going to just to experience the atmosphere. We were intrigued to see that it was retro-fitted for electricity with knob and tube wiring--people in Kyoto take classes to add this bit of authenticity to remodeled townhouses. The set dinners vary between 2,620 yen and 4,470 yen. We orded the cheapest "teishoku" or set dinner. They do not speak English in this restaurant, but don't worry about feeling awkward. They are delightful hosts. Just point to the set dinner at the top of the menu that fits your budget. In addition to the set dinners, they have donburi-eel over rice. Our teishoku (the cheapest) included a pickled cabbage with shiso starter, a little local tofu, tasty, local rice (and plenty of it!), and a plate of seven or eight pieces of grilled eel. We also had an excellent clear soup with two intriguing pieces of eel liver and a spring of kinome (a fragrant leaf). I have eaten a lot of Japanese food, but never the eel liver. They looked very pretty-like an exotic mushroom. The flavor was mild and the texture was not mushy. We had draft beer with our dinner. They have tatami mat rooms upstairs, but we opted for the tables downstairs. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is charming.

9. Genyo

1-16 Kitajonai, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture Japanese Dinner, Lunch +81 955-70-1500
Excellent
38%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Genyo

Reviewed By HelenaGuerra - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Based on the previous reviews we decided to stop by on our way from Fukuoka to Nagasaki. It's not far from the art museum. It closes around 2.30pm.
We picked the squid sashimi. When it came to our table we noticed that the pieces of squid sashimi were on top of an live squid. Initially we even thought that the sashimi was cut from the live squid. We started eating the sashimi although we were a bit concerned about the live squid moving a bit. At some point the lady came and point to the live squid and said tempura. Then we realized that the live squid was just there for show which made us a bit sad.
The tempura came after a while and it was delicious. The squid sashimi was also the fresher sashimi I ever had.
There were also several side dishes that came with the squid. Namely miso soup, some noodles soup, pickled veggies, desert with beans... Something that I don't know the name but tasted like pork.
We shared (more than enough for 2 people) and the bill came up to slightly over ¥3.000 (cash only, you can find ATM's on 7/11).

10. Isaribi

1467-1 Yobuko-cho Yobuko, Karatsu 847-0303, Saga Prefecture Reservations Japanese Lunch +81 955-82-5224
Excellent
41%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Isaribi

Reviewed By xanctum - 栃木

呼子の朝市通りから車で5分ほど外れた郊外にあります。玄界灘を望む尾ノ上公園内にあり、お店からも眺めがいいです。隣に公園の駐車場もあり、利用できます。ほかの店に比べて遅くまでやっているので、ランチだけでなくディナーにもよいです。

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