5 places to eat beef in Kobe

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A plate of wagyu

A wagyu steak ready for cooking

Chefs at Misono restaurant in Kobe

Steak at Mouriya in Kobe

Beef being prepared for cooking

Enjoy the best beef in Kobe

Known for its excellent wagyu, or Japanese beef, Kobe boasts a large number of restaurants where you can enjoy this delicacy. If you're passing through the city, here are 5 places where you can try this delicious meat.

Kobe beef is a unique meat. It comes from the Tajima breed of cattle, which itself belongs to the wagyu breed, the name of the famous Japanese beef. Wagyu is a particularly marbled meat, meaning that the meat is streaked through with fat. The result? An extremely tender meat that melts in the mouth and has excellent flavor.

If you are visiting Kobe or the surrounding area, a trip to a restaurant to taste this famous, internationally renowned beef is essential... Here are 5 of the best places in the business, for an unforgettable taste experience.

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Mouriya Honten

This restaurant founded in 1885 is well known as one of the best beef restaurants in Kobe. The cheapest menu starts at 5,500 yen ($49) for lunch and dinner, including a round steak, soup, rice and tea. To have a filet of their finest meat, expect to pay at least 10,000 yen ($89). The restaurant, with its modern and European-inspired decor, has limited place settings, so it is strongly recommended to book ahead on their website. If you sit at the bar, the chef will give you an explanation of the process as he prepares the meat on a teppanyaki (hotplate) in front of you.

Address : Mouriya Bldg., 2-1-17 Shimo Yamate Dohri, Chuoh-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken
Open every day 11:00 to 22:00

Steak Aoyama

This small, family-run restaurant with just 8 seats offers a particularly warm welcome to enjoy Kobe beef in a great atmosphere. Seated in front of the chef, everything is explained to you as he cooks, from the origin of the ingredients to the cooking technique. For the basic menu with 100g of meat, a starter, soup and coffee, it will cost 5,200 yen ($46) per person. The relaxed family atmosphere is very pleasant, and they offer reasonable rates for good Kobe beef.

A wagyu steak ready for cooking

Address : 2 Chome-14-5 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0011
Open Thursday to Tuesday from 12:00 to 21:00. For reservations, call the restaurant on +81 78-391-4858.


Misono is a chain of restaurants founded in Kobe in 1945. They are, more or less, the creators of teppanyaki cooking - or cooking on a hot plate in front of the customer. In other words, Misono is the benchmark when it comes to Kobe beef restaurants. This chic establishment offers a true dining experience, to try at least once in your life, with top quality food and service. The price of the classic menu, around $140, is accordingly high, but worth it!

Address : 7&8F Misono Bldg., 1-1-2 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0011

For reservations call 078-331-2890.

Open every day 11:30 to 22:00


In this elegant restaurant near Shin-Kobe Station, cuts of meat are on offer from 9,010 yen ($80) for sirloin (ribeye), and prices can go up to almost 15,000 yen ($133) for the finest cuts of meat. The chef cooks the fresh meat in front of you, with perfect seasoning. The lunch menu is recommended as it includes a small piece of Tajima beef as well as the accompaniments such as rice, soup, vegetables, plus dessert and coffee, for a very reasonable 5,380 yen ($49).

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It's possible to reserve online

Address : 3F Shin-Kobe Oriental Avenue 1, 1-Chome Kitano-cho Chuo-ku Kobe-City
Open every day 11:45 to 22:00.

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Kobe Beef Steak Ishida (Kitanozaka)

This Kobe beef chain is located in Kobe's Sannomiya district. It's best to go there for lunch - the menu, including a 130g ribeye steak is offered at 8,800 yen ($78), while a dinner will cost you at least 12,900 yen, or $115. The restaurant also offers prime cuts, such as A5 quality tenderloin - the best steak going. It will, however, cost you 17,000 yen ($150) to taste this exceptional meat...

To make a reservation, visit their website.

Beef being prepared for cooking

Address : Pare Kitanozaka 1F 4-7-11 Kanocho, Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo-ku
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 to 22:00.

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