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This area guide covers central Nagoya City.

See also our listings for Nagoya by cuisine.
This area guide covers central Nagoya City.

See also our listings for Nagoya by cuisine.

Central

Midtown BBQ - American: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Great US-style barbecue is served at this Canadian-owned specialty restaurant, with a full line-up of meats including wagyu brisket (a standout), pulled pork, ribs, smoked sausage and chicken. The...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Brick Lane - Beer bar: Nagoya
Open 2pm-midnight 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-midnight 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 around Y1,000 and include karaage fried chicken and chicken sashimi. In the evenings it's mainly charcoal-grilled chicken; budget around Y5,000 for dinner.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Schmatz - German: Nagoya
Open 5-11pm daily.
This is the second Nagoya branch of the popular Schmatz chain of German restaurants, known for their original craft beers and modern German cuisine. The compact food menu features dishes like...
Open 5-11pm daily.
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 start at Y5,800 for...
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. They serve elaborate prix-fixe menus, with chicken prepared in various...
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 Y4,000 at dinnertime. Lunch is served on weekends and holidays.
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Harukanaru - Curry: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
The tasty original curries here are loaded with fresh vegetables, sourced directly from local farmers, and served with Koshihikari brown rice from Niigata. Curries are attractively presented, spice...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm (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 are served 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.
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 reasonably priced set menu of two prawns, sashimi,...
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 (from Y2,730). You can...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sawasdee Sumiyoshi - Thai: Nagoya
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sawasdee serves good, accessible Thai food in a comfortable setting. Set-price dinners start at around Y1,000, which gets you a main dish (red or green curry, pad thai, etc.), tom yam soup, an...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Aroma Fresca - Italian: Nagoya
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed 2nd Monday.
This Tokyo-based restaurant serves high-level Italian cuisine in an upscale department-store setting. Budget from Y5,000 for lunch, Y10,000-15,000 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed 2nd Monday.
Moff Cat Cafe - Cat cafe: Nagoya
Open 11am-6pm (last entry) daily.
This centrally located cat cafe is notable for its floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing the interior in light and keeping the cats entertained watching the neighborhood activities. The playroom is laid...
Open 11am-6pm (last entry) daily.
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.
Trunk Coffee and Craft Beer - Cafe: Nagoya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A gourmet coffee shop by day, Trunk turns into a craft-beer destination at night, with eight taps dispensing domestic craft beers until 11pm. The taplist includes well-regarded brewers like...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Cesari - Pizzeria: 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.
This casual cafe-bar serves 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.
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.

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 sablefish (gindara), marinated in sake lees, is the unusual specialty of this popular Nagoya-based shop. You can order it as a simple teishoku meal, with soup, pickles and rice, or as part...
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.
Mikushi - Kushiage: Nagoya
Open 11am-8:45pm (LO) daily.
This long-running specialty shop serves some of the best kushiage in town. The lightly breaded, deep-fried skewers of seafood and vegetables are crisp in texture and always fresh-tasting. Firm,...
Open 11am-8:45pm (LO) daily.
Spajiro - Yoshoku: Nagoya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This popular spaghetti restaurant chain offers both traditional Italian-style noodles and a wide variety of Japanese pastas, featuring ingredients like spicy cod roe, salmon roe, natto, asari clams...
Open 11am-11pm 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, with multi-curry set menus starting...
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.
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 start at Y7,000, while prix-fixe lunches...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz - German: Nagoya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The popular Schmatz chain of German restaurants is known for their German-style original craft beers and modern German cuisine, and this first Nagoya branch offers a good selection of both. Eight...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (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 tend to be more economical.
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 - which is a local Nagoya favorite. In addition to the usual hire and rosu varieties they also serve Berkshire...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
World Beer Museum - Beer bar: Nagoya
Open 11am-3, 4:30-11pm daily.
Choose from more than 180 beers from around the world at this sprawling beer hall, including twenty on tap. The drinks list focuses on five beer-producing countries - Belgium, Germany, Czechia, the...
Open 11am-3, 4:30-11pm 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 start at...
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 from around Y25,000, although prices go much...
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 from Y19,360, and lunch starts at Y6,050. 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.
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 Y7,000 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-2:30, 6-10:30pm. Closed Wed, 2nd Tues.

South

Hopbuds - Liquor shop: Nagoya
Open Fri-Sun 5-11pm. Closed Mon-Thu.
One of Japan's best bottle shops, Hopbuds was launched in 2017 by an American craft-beer aficionado. They sell more than 100 well-selected craft beers from the US and Japan by the bottle. If you...
Open Fri-Sun 5-11pm. Closed Mon-Thu.
Tall Boys Brewing Taproom - Brewpub: Nagoya
Open 6-10pm (Fri-Sun 3-11pm). Closed Mondays.
Located in the Kasadera neighborhood of southern Nagoya, this cozy bar is equipped with eight taps that dispense beers from local brewery Tall Boys Brewing as well as a few guest beers. If you're...
Open 6-10pm (Fri-Sun 3-11pm). Closed Mondays.
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 European-style dining rooms with tables and...
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
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 2024-07-12