Where to Eat in Matsumoto: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 24, 2017 Stefan Strunk

The proud black “crow castle” of Matsumoto keeps watch over a city that’s rapidly developing into an epicenter of food and culture. Slurp noodles made from local soba or taunt your taste buds with product from the Daio Wasabi Farm. Take a soothing soak in a local hot spring or spend a few minutes in the Timepiece Museum. Classical music fans should consider a visit during the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, founded by famed conductor Seiji Ozawa.
Things to do in Matsumoto

1. Shizuka

4-10-8 Ote | N of Metoba-gawa, Matsumoto 390-0874, Nagano Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Pub Dinner, Lunch +81 263-32-0547
Excellent
43%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Shizuka

Reviewed By Tim v - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The staff was very welcoming and friendly. They provided us with an English menu, which was missing a lot of the options from the Japanese one, but enough choice remained. The portions are a bit small. But the food tastes delicious and is well worth the money. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the helpful staff added to this. Would certainly recommend this restaurant.

2. Kobayashi-Soba

4-8-6 Ote, Matsumoto 390-0874, Nagano Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +81 263-32-1298
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

Kobayashi-Soba

Reviewed By David4758 - Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nice surroundings, friendly staff who explain what to do with the various dishes. Soba noodles and soup were very tasty. Duck slides with spicy sauce were expensive but tasty. Tried two kinds of sake, our favourite was the first on the menu which went very well with the noodles. Tried soba dumplings, tried dumplings were fine, other dumplings were rather tasteless.

3. Coffee Marumo

3-3-10 Chuo, Matsumoto 390-0811, Nagano Prefecture Cafe Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 263-32-0115
Excellent
52%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Coffee Marumo

Reviewed By SHIN1015 - Nagano, Japan

女鳥羽川の近くにあるレトロな喫茶店です。店内は民芸調の家具が並び、とても雰囲気が良かったです。モーニングセットでトーストとコーヒーがついておいしくいただきました。コーヒーはコクがあってさすが喫茶店の味という感じ。新聞を読んでいる地元民の方も多く見受けられ人気の高さを感じました。

4. Motoki

2-32 Kaichi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture Reservations Japanese, Asian Dinner +81 263-36-3410
Excellent
40%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Motoki

Reviewed By Shaharum A - Kajang, Malaysia

The restaurant is located near the Matsumoto castle. It is a traditional Japanese restaurant serving local meals and Soba is a specialty here. Usually whole grain will be used in making Soba however, here Soba is prepared by skinned buckwheat which made its color whiter and milder in taste (this what I've learnt from a local friend). It was winter so I took hot Soba and rice with tempura for dinner. The Soba taste a bit lighter than the other ordinary Soba that I've taste and of course it is tasty. If you have a sensitive taste buds, you should try it. I would love to try some other foods but I'm too full. The service here was warm Japanese hospitality, nothing less.

Kamikochi Azumi | Kamikochi Inperial Hotel, Matsumoto 390-1516, Nagano Prefecture Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$149 +81 263-95-2001
Excellent
58%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Grindelwald

Reviewed By デモン - Tokyo, Japan

This lounge is located in Kamikochi Imperial Hotel.
During day time, it is very cloud and noisy.
But after 5 pm, it is exclusive for hotel guests.
In spring or autumn, you can enjoy peaceful time with your partner in front of bonfire under classical mantelpiece. It is very romantic.
If you stay in this hotel, please spend your day time in your room or outside, and go there in evening.
If it is bad weather, heavy rain, it will be challenging to go out. In that case, you can ask reserve seats from your room. Once you get off the lift, you will see so many people are waiting for vacancy in front of the lounge as refugees :-)

6. Hu La La

2-5-13 Chuo, Matsumoto 390-0811, Nagano Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Cafe Dinner, Lunch +81 263-50-7677
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Hu La La

Reviewed By lady5000 - Sydney, Australia

Like most people craved a change from ramen so popped in here. Mostly locals eating but I enjoyed my teriyaki burger. Simple just patty, lettuce, mayonnaise on a nice bun 750Y plus a drink. Quickly cooked and tasty. Not a big serving though for western tastes i think but fine. Nice music not too loud in background.

7. Miyota Matsumoto

2-1-24 Chuo, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Japanese, Pub Lunch, Dinner +81 263-37-1434
Excellent
26%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Miyota Matsumoto

Reviewed By familyGNZ - South Australia, Australia

The kindness of staff was apparent as soon as they saw our Japanese did not extend beyond greeting and thanking them. They were happy to explain dishes and the food was amazing! The restaurant was almost full but service was not rushed. We enjoyed the semi private dining spaces and the stuffed dumplings, soba noodles and tempura were all lovely.

8. Five Horn Kamikochi

4468 Kamikochi | 1F Hotel Gosenjaku, Matsumoto 390-1516, Nagano Prefecture Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Drinks, Lunch +81 263-95-2111
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Five Horn Kamikochi

Reviewed By HKHO - Hong Kong

Cakes made with passion. Cheese cakes and apple pies both adorable. Strawberry milk recommended. Most of us have to share a table when dining here. So close to Kappa bridge at a decent hotel up Kamikochi.

9. Kamon Jigoya

4469-1 Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1516, Nagano Prefecture Japanese, Pub Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +81 263-95-2418
Excellent
35%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Kamon Jigoya

Reviewed By Shirley Y - Hong Kong, China

A tiny fish of 10 cm for 1000 yen is quite expensive. However, taken into consideration that it comes from the river which flows beside your seat, barbequed (you can see the charcoal stove) after you've made your order and served so crispy that you can enjoy the whole fish including head and bones, I think it's still a good deal. This traditional building also offer boarding. If you cross Kappa bridge after the toilet and hike your way to Myojin region, you will take a tea break at Kamon Jigoya before crossing the Myojin bridge.

10. Sakura

1-20-26 Chuo, Matsumoto 390-0811, Nagano Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Soups Lunch, Dinner +81 263-34-1054
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Sakura

Reviewed By SCSLondon - London

We arrived here early evening and we are lucky as just after us there was a long queue of people, mostly local workers it seemed. Orders are made by using the vending machine just inside the door. The buttons had pictures and the waiter was helpful when we got confused. We sat along the counter on a high stool. We ordered two different ramen and also two different gyoza, plus two beers. Everything we tasted was delicious and fresh. This must be one of the best places in Matsumoto for a quick, tasty meal.

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