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This area guide covers central Nagoya City.
This area guide covers central Nagoya City.

Central

23 Craft Beerz Nagoya - Beer bar: Nagoya
Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Yes, they serve 23 beers - mostly Japanese craft beers - on tap. Try them all! There's also a small food menu in case you're hungry.
Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
St. Arnould - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nagoya
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Belgian beers and food are served at this specialty dining bar, with six taps and hundreds of bottled beers. The food menu offers traditional items like stewed beef carbonade (Y1240), mussels...
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Brick Lane - Beer bar: Nagoya
Open 2pm-2am daily.
Four-part tasting flights are one of the attractions at this friendly, late-night beer bar; they're priced at Y1200 for four 100ml pours. The 6-8 taps dispense mostly Japanese craft beers, with...
Open 2pm-2am daily.
Grillman - Burgers: Nagoya
Open 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays.
By day it's a burger joint with a great beer selection, while at night it turns into a craft beer bar with nice burgers. The ten taps dispense mostly Japanese craft beers from around the country,...
Open 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Hitoyasumi - Cat cafe: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm daily.
One of Nagoya's best cat cafes, Hitoyasumi has a large cat staff (21 at last count) and comfortable furnishings for human visitors. In addition to the large L-shaped playroom, there's a separate...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Liquor Mountain - Liquor shop: Nagoya
Open 4pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Located in the heart of Nishiki's late-night entertainment zone and keeping appropriately late-night hours itself, Liquor Mountain offers some very good discounted prices on imported beers and...
Open 4pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Ebisuya - Udon: Nagoya
Open 11am-1am daily.
Thin, flat kishimen noodles are a featured dish here, served in a hot fish-based broth with fish cakes, fried tofu, boiled spinach and other ingredients. Another popular dish is their rather novel...
Open 11am-1am daily.
Torisei - Chicken: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Lunchtime specials start at Y900 and include karaage fried chicken and chicken sashimi. In the evenings it's mainly charcoal-grilled chicken; budget around Y4000 for dinner.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Blue Note - Jazz club: Nagoya
This branch of the popular live jazz club presents local talent and visiting jazz headliners who are touring Japan. Check their calendar to see who's coming.
Torishige - Chicken: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Torishige prepares grilled chicken and other dishes with Nagoya cochin, a local heirloom breed prized for its flavor. Prix-fixe menus of charcoal-grilled chicken on skewers are priced at Y4300 and...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Torigin - Chicken: Nagoya
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Famous in town (and among tourists) for its Nagoya cochin (an heirloom chicken breed), Torigin is set up to handle the crowds. Elaborate prix-fixe menus, with chicken prepared in various styles, are...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Outback Steakhouse - Steak house: Nagoya
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Entertaining dining and amusing cocktails from the Australian-themed American steakhouse chain. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. Lunch is served on weekends and holidays.
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yamamotoya-Honten (Sakae Chunichi) - Udon: Nagoya
Open 10:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Yamamotoya is one of the best-known purveyors of miso-nikomi udon, flat udon noodles prepared in a miso-rich, bonito-based soup. The noodles are thick and chewy, and the soup is filled with fish...
Open 10:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Cat St. - Cat cafe: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Arriving soon after opening time on a weekday, we encountered a playroom full of very active cats, chasing each other over an obstacle course of shelves and tables and the occasional seated visitor. ...
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Enoteca - Liquor shop: Nagoya
Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
This retail liquor shop includes a tiny bar up front where you can order wine by the glass plus simple snacks like pates and assorted cheese platters.
Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Bincho (Lachic) - Unagi: Nagoya
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Bincho does a nice version of hitsumabushi, a local Nagoya-style version of unagi eel, grilled over binchotan charcoal.
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
To The Herbs - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. They don't close between lunch and dinner, but stay open all afternoon.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Yabaton (Lachic) - Tonkatsu: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton is famous for their miso-katsu - pork cutlet prepared with a thick miso sauce - a local Nagoya specialty. The main shop is in Osu - this is a more centrally located branch.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Da Noi - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-9:30 (LO) daily.
Upscale Italian cuisine in an elegant setting; the chef trained in Europe for nine years before opening the original main branch in Tokyo. Budget around Y6000 for food at dinnertime, or Y2400 for...
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-9:30 (LO) daily.
Gumbo and Oyster Bar - Seafood: Nagoya
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
An informal oyster bar serving raw and cooked oysters from Japan, New Zealand and the US, along with Cajun-style gumbo and seafood "pan roasts." Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. Lunch, served...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hisago - Tempura: Nagoya
Open 11am-3:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Good-quality tempura at reasonable prices; the original branch in Tokyo dates back to 1918. In addition to the usual fish and seafood, Hisago offers a vegetarian prix-fixe menu featuring sesame tofu...
Open 11am-3:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Maruha - Izakaya: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
"Ebi-fry" - Nagoya's famous dish of deep-fried giant prawns - is one of the featured menu items at this inexpensive seafood-oriented izakaya, with a set menu of two prawns, sashimi, soup and rice...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Uttoko - Izakaya: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sesonal seafood is the main focus in this stylish dining bar. The specialty of the house is a bento-style meal with 8 or 10 seasonal delicacies served in a bucket-style tray (Y1,995-2,730). You can...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Suzunami (honten) - Seafood: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30pm daily.
Broiled fish, marinated in sake lees, is the main dish here. Open for lunch only. They also have a branch in the Esca complex next to Nagoya Station.
Open 11am-2:30pm daily.
Sawasdee Sumiyoshi - Thai: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good, accessible Thai food in a comfortable setting. Set-price dinners start at just Y980, which gets you a main dish (red or green curry, pad thai, etc.), tom yam soup, an unexciting mini-salad...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Cafe de la Casa - Cafe: Nagoya
Open 11am-8pm daily.
This cute little cafe in the Design Center Building is run by an interior furnishings shop. Lunch (served until 3pm) is around Y1000 and includes soup bar, salad bar, optional beverage, and assorted...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Aroma Fresca - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed 2nd Monday.
High-level Italian in an upscale department-store setting. Budget from Y5000 for lunch, Y10,000-15,000 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed 2nd Monday.
Horaiken (Sakae) - Unagi: Nagoya
Open 11am-9pm daily.
A more centrally located branch of Nagoya's most famous grilled-eel restaurant, located on the dining floor of Matsuzakaya Department Store. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Yabaton (honten) - Tonkatsu: Nagoya
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Yabaton is famous for their miso-katsu - pork cutlet prepared with a thick miso sauce - a local Nagoya dish, as well as their cute sumo-wrestling pig mascot. This is the original, main branch.
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Usagito Cafe - Rabbit cafe: Nagoya
Open 1-7:50pm (Sat, Sun 11am-7:50). Closed Tuesdays.
While the cafe component of many rabbit cafes can be rudimentary at best, Usagito devotes quite a bit of space to their cafe area, and offers substantial fare like fettucine, cheese penne and curry...
Open 1-7:50pm (Sat, Sun 11am-7:50). Closed Tuesdays.
Cesari - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Great Neopolitan-style pizza from wood-burning pizza ovens; the grilled chicken is also fantastic. Up front there's a very casual cafe-bar with live music (usually jazz), and in back is a...
Open 11am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.

East of Hisaya-Odori

Perms - Cafe: Nagoya
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
A casual cafe-bar serving pizzas, pastas and other light fare. Lunch is served until 2pm, there's a happy hour from 4-7pm, and the last order for drinks at night is 12:30am.
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Keg Nagoya - Beer bar: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
One of the best beer bars in town, Keg Nagoya serves around fifteen craft beers, many of them otherwise hard to find, on a rotating basis. The food is also good.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Wolfgang Puck - International: Nagoya
Open 11am-9pm (LO). Closed 1st, 3rd Mondays.
Modern California-style international fare, including many of Puck's signature dishes such as smoked-salmon pizza. The rather spectacular dining space, at the top of the Aichi Arts Center, features...
Open 11am-9pm (LO). Closed 1st, 3rd Mondays.
En Plancha - Spanish: Nagoya
Open 5pm-1am (Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
Late-night drinks and good tapas-style small dishes at reasonable prices. Wines are priced from Y2800 per bottle, or Y400 per glass. The setting is quite casual, with a split-level dining area.
Open 5pm-1am (Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
Sekai no Yamachan Honten - Izakaya: Nagoya
Open 5:30-11:55pm (LO) daily.
With branches all over Nagoya, this popular shop is famous for their spicy chicken wings and other local delicacies, as well as its inexpensive prices. If you want to finish off your meal with ramen...
Open 5:30-11:55pm (LO) daily.
Umi no Hi - Izakaya: Nagoya
Open 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Grilled, dried fish (himono) from around Japan is the mainstay of the menu here, along with local vegetables and tofu dishes. For drinks, you can choose from at least a half-dozen well-selected...
Open 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Mazenta - Wine bar: Nagoya
Open 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Worth checking out if you happen to be in the neighborhood, this quiet bar on the first floor of a design office stocks 40-50 organic wines, priced from Y3300 per bottle or Y650 per glass. The food...
Open 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.

Nagoya station

Bincho (Esca) - Unagi: Nagoya
Open 11am-3, 5-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Bincho does a nice version of hitsumabushi, a local Nagoya-style version of unagi eel, grilled over binchotan charcoal.
Open 11am-3, 5-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Suzunami (Esca) - Seafood: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 4:30-9pm (LO) daily.
Broiled fish, marinated in sake lees, is the main dish here. Located in the basement Esca complex at the west exit of the JR Nagoya shinkansen line.
Open 11am-2:30, 4:30-9pm (LO) daily.
Yamamotoya-Honten (Esca) - Udon: Nagoya
Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Yamamotoya is one of the best-known purveyors of miso-nikomi udon, flat udon noodles prepared in a miso-rich, bonito-based soup. The noodles are thick and chewy, and the soup is filled with fish...
Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Erick South - Indian: Nagoya
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Serving some of the best budget Indian cuisine in town, Erick specializes in dishes from southern India. Curries and other dishes are all distinctively flavored, and multi-curry set menus start at...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Din Tai Fung - Dim sum: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The specialty of the house at this Taipei-based chain is xiao long bao (shoronpo in Japanese) - dumplings that squirt hot broth when you bite into them. The menu also offers other dim sum dumplings,...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kitchen Salvatore Cuomo, The - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Pizzas are the mainstay of this popular Italian chain, but they also do assorted starters, pastas, and grilled meats and fish. Budget around Y5000 at dinnertime for food and drink. The weekday...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Paul Bocuse - French: Nagoya
Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
One of several Bocuse venues in Japan, this mid-level, casual brasserie offers classic French cuisine, with prix-fixe dinners priced at Y2,560-6,800 and lunches from Y1960.
Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
Breizh Cafe - French: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Delicious Bretagne-style dessert crepes and savory buckwheat galettes are served along with hard cider and soft drinks imported from the region. Seating is either inside the cafe or out on the...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
En - Izakaya: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
A reliable izakaya chain, En serves a wide assortment of dishes, including charcoal-grilled meats and fish and original seasonal vegetable dishes. The drinks menu includes 16 kinds of craft sake...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kagaya - Japanese regional: Nagoya
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
As the name implies, Kagaya serves Kaga-ryori, the distinctive (and delicious) regional cuisine of Kanazawa and Ishikawa Prefecture. Kaiseki-style dinners are priced Y6,000-10,000, while prix-fixe...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Maharaja - Indian: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Perhaps Japan's most popular India-restaurant chain, Maharaja offers good-quality curries and tandoori dishes at reasonable prices. Vegetarian options are available. Set lunches (11am-3pm) start at...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tsunahachi - Tempura: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Reliable, good-value tempura from the Tokyo-based chain. You can order piece by piece but most people order set meals, which start at Y1995 in the evening and Y1260 at lunchtime.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Seijo Ishii - Retail: Nagoya
Open 7:30am-10pm daily.
You'll find a good selection of imported foods and some interesting wines at this centrally located branch of the Seijo Ishii retail chain.
Open 7:30am-10pm daily.
Yabaton (Meitetsu) - Tonkatsu: Nagoya
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton is famous for their miso-katsu - pork cutlet prepared with a thick miso sauce - a local Nagoya favorite.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Enoteca Muro - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Good, casual mid-level Italian cooking in a pleasant shopping-mall setting. Prix-fixe dinners are Y4800-6800, lunches Y1800-2800, or budget around Y3500 at dinnertime for a la carte starters plus...
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Muy - Spanish: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Muy's dramatically lit, 16-meter-long bar makes an impressive centerpiece to the stylish interior. The menu features a good selection of tapas (including imported Spanish hams), grilled meats, and...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Nenohi - Izakaya: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Run by the local Morita Brewery, which has been brewing sake since 1665, Nenohi serves artfully prepared seasonal delicacies designed to go well with its sake. You can choose from eight different...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Imahan - Shabu-shabu: Nagoya
Open 11am-3:30, 4:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Imahan, whose original Tokyo branch dates back to 1895, serves up deluxe-level beef dishes - sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and grilled steaks. Sukiyaki and shabu-shabu prix-fixe dinner menus are...
Open 11am-3:30, 4:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Kitcho - Kaiseki: Nagoya
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8pm (LO) daily.
The Nagoya branch of one of Japan's most famous (and most expensive) kaiseki restaurants; the main branch is in Kyoto. Prix-fixe kaiseki menus are priced at Y17,325-32,340 at lunchtime and...
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8pm (LO) daily.
Enoteca Pinchiorri - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
This famous Florence-based restaurant serves top-level Italian cuisine and offers a magnificent 42nd-story view. Prix-fixe dinners are priced Y10,000-20,000, and lunch is Y4,000-10,000. The wine...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
L'Auberge de l'Ill - French: Nagoya
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO) daily.
The Nagoya outpost of the famous Alsace restaurant, which has been awarded three Michelin stars for forty years in a row, occupies a rather grand dining room and offers an impressive skyscraper view....
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO) daily.
7 Days Brew - Beer bar: Nagoya
Open 5pm-1am daily.
Located conveniently close to Nagoya station, this spacious specialty beer bar dispenses eleven beers on draft - seven Japanese craft beers, three craft imports and one major brewer during our last...
Open 5pm-1am daily.
Y Market - Brewpub: Nagoya
Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-10pm) daily.
Upstairs on the second floor of the brewery is a large dining area where you can sample some of the dozens of beers made here along with beer-friendly food. Eight beers on tap are priced at around...
Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-10pm) daily.
Okadaya - Liquor shop: Nagoya
Open 7:30am-6:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Sitting right in the middle of the wholesale fish market area near Nagoya station, this old-fashioned-looking liquor store stocks a nice selection of both craft beers and craft sake.
Open 7:30am-6:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Rokusanroku - Ramen: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm daily.
This popular shop serves miso ramen, a bit sweeter than is typical for this style, with good chashu. They also serve tsukemen (noodles with a dipping sauce on the side). They may close earlier than...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm daily.
Taverna Guida - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The kitchen turns out good-quality Italian fare, and the atmosphere is casual trattoria-style, with boisterous traditional Italian music. Specialties include home-made sausages and charcoal-grilled...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Salle a Manger de Kajino - French: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 6-10:30pm. Closed Wed, 2nd Tues.
This tiny French bistro serves interesting game meats such as wild boar, guinea fowl and Ezo deer. Budget around Y6000 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-2:30, 6-10:30pm. Closed Wed, 2nd Tues.

South

Horaiken (honten) - Unagi: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
This long-running shop serves hitsumabushi, grilled unagi eel served in traditional Nagoya fasion. There are both traditional tatami-mat rooms and more Westernized dining rooms with tables and...
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Red Lobster - Seafood: Nagoya
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
There aren't a lot of full-fledged restaurants in the immediate area of Nagoya Aquarium and the rest of Nagoya Port - it's mostly food-court territory. This popular US-based chain at least delivers...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Cafe Lambeek - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nagoya
Open 6pm-3am. Closed Mondays, 1st Sunday.
The seven taps at this cozy neighborhood bar dispense a rotating selection of Belgians, including a few imported directly by this bar. If you don't mind bottled beers, there are around 400 to choose...
Open 6pm-3am. Closed Mondays, 1st Sunday.
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Updated 2016-11-22