Kobe Restaurants & Food
Experience Local dining
Kobe is Japans most ‘international’ city, with a great western influence in its fashions and foods. However for the purpose of the traveler and explorer, we assume there is no desire to seek out more “west” food and experiences, as you have traveled to the East for the East, and while Kobe offers amazing French, Italian and other cuisines we will focus on local Japanese cuisine.
2-1-17 Shimoyamatedori, Chuoku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0011, Japan
Step off the train at Sannomiya and step into Moriya for the real deal baby. $60 US will get you the standard Kobe Beef Set, and about $110 will get you the premium Kobe beef set. BOTH are outstanding, so don’t feel like you’re coping out if your budget doesn’t permit you to have the premium.
The restaurant is literally a five minute walk from the Station, and being popular with the tourists there may be a wait.
3/F of the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel complex
1-1 Kitano-cho | Chūō-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
The only meat that melts in your mouth, Kobe Beef is what to eat when you’re in Kobe. So slit some throats or whatever you must do so you can afford the $70 Kobe Beef Set. And don’t let the fact that this eatery is in a shopping complex turn you off, it is top notch, the chef even comes out and cooks it in front of you; so you end up getting a little show out of the deal.
Sannomiyacho, Chuoku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0021, Japan
Although the Kobe Beef at Mitsuwa is outstanding and just as good as the Wakkoku and Moriya, we’re assuming that you’ve had your fill of beef at this point and are ready for some other tasties. Highlights on the menu include the sashimi, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu.
For those of you who still haven't had enough beef, you can order your Kobe Beef 'a la cart' so you don't have to pay for all that extra stuff.
Hyōgo-ken, Kōbe-shi, Chūō-ku, Ninomiyachō, ３丁目3−6
Now for something less commercial and on the obscure side, we will feature Tsuru-san, a hole-in-the-wall eatery with excellent shabu-shabu and yakiniku. Despite its not being a tourist spot the price is still dear, with a lunch set coming in at $60 USD.