Where to eat Steakhouse food in Takayama: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 5, 2019 Vergie Nakamoto

Find out what Steakhouse restaurants to try in Takayama including Restaurant Le Midi, Ajino Yohei, Ajikura Tengoku, Hida Takayama ATEYA, Butchers Hida Takayama, Maruaki Hida Takayama, Kitchen Hida, Hida Takayama Sakana, Hida Takuma, Syuntei Nakagawa
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10. Syuntei Nakagawa

33-2 Kamiichinomachi Takayamacity, Takayama 506-0844 Gifu Prefecture French, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service [email protected] +81 577-34-4433 http://syunteinakagawa.com
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4 based on 38 reviews

Syuntei Nakagawa

We offer seasonal vegetables,fresh sea food,and very popular "Hida-gyu"(well-known as"Hida-beef")with French-Japanese cuisine by "Teppan-yaki"style. "Teppan-yaki" is a way of Japanese cuisine by cooking on a hot iron griddle in front of you.Please comgort

Reviewed By Lantis7481

We discovered this charming restaurant on our walk back to the parking lot. It is located a bit off the main (walking) paths of old town Takayama. We reserved a table for dinner but on a Sunday night during the off peak season, there were only two tables ( including ours). We expected teppan dinner. And it was teppan with a French twist. The taste itself for what we ordered bordered on the ordinary but the presentation was indeed a work of art. The best deal would be the set menu; unfortunately , it is totally beef...not even Hida pork was offered for teppan. All else must be ordered a la carte... and for a price. The prawn teppan was 1700 yen and to our shock came with one nicely decorated "small" prawn. We hurriedly ordered two bowls of mushroom fried rice ( 750 yen each) and fried rice with foie gras ( 1700 yen); salad was quite delicious and colorfully presented ( 1700 yen); two pieces of bread(250 yen). The best a la carte deal is probably the fish of the day: fresh and tasty. For dessert we ordered opera cake ( pretty good, not sweet)and vanilla ice cream ( so so). A nice experience but quite expensive.

9. Hida Takuma

5-1 Temmammachi, Takayama 506-0025 Gifu Prefecture Japanese, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +81 577-35-1341 http://hidatakuma.com
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4 based on 60 reviews

Hida Takuma

Reviewed By Duane O

Our family each ordered a different dish and all were top notch. From the Miso Beef that is cooked over a candle heated pot to the Beef Nigiri, each dish was executed beautifully. The staff do not speak English but are very helpful and the owner is very attentive.

8. Hida Takayama Sakana

1126-1 Echigomachi, Takayama 506-0033 Gifu Prefecture Japanese, Steakhouse, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards +81 577-36-1288 http://www.takayama-sakana.com/en
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4 based on 76 reviews

Hida Takayama Sakana

【Reservation only】 Fine dining of selected seasonal ingredients and the highest quality of Hida beef can be enjoyed in a peaceful location.

Reviewed By PatriciaHKG

Hida Takayama SakanaSupposed to be one of the best and most expensive hida beef restaurants in Takayama, it turned out to be a big disappointment.I wanted my husband to try out the Hida beef in Takayama and made special effort to find out and reserved lunch at one of the best and most expensive beef restaurants. Lunch, same as dinner, was 11,000 yen per person for their Hida beef course. This is about double the price of most of the restaurants in Takayama town centre.We had to get a taxi there because it is a bit away from the centre.We were 15 minutes late for our appointment because our bus was late due to weekend traffic.We were the only customers there and were eagerly and quickly served lunch.In spite of the price of the lunch, we were quite surprised that we were served at the bar sitting on bar stools.Beef was chewy and probably the worse we have had in Japan.Lunch was served in a hurry. Everything was over in 45 minutes.We had to go back to the centre by taxi and because we could not speak Japanese, we had to rely on the restaurant to make the call. It was such a beautiful day and the surrounding was so beautiful, we would like to take a short walk and come back for the taxi. However, it was not possible because the only two people there (chef/owner and waitress) said it's their break time. It was then when we began to understand why lunch was served in such a hurry.Very disappointed with the food and service. Much over-rated by the reviews on Trip Advisor. There is no difference between the lunch and dinner price. May be this is not the place for lunch, or they should not have opened for lunch.Such a bad and memorable experience!

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7. Kitchen Hida

1-66 Hommachi, Takayama 506-0011 Gifu Prefecture Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Table Service +81 577-36-2911 http://www.kitchenhida.com/
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4 based on 140 reviews

Kitchen Hida

Reviewed By Tablepourdeux

Of all the restaurants I ate in during a recent 2-week visit to Japan, this is probably the hardest one for me to rate. We were staying in Takayama with a Japanese friend and Kitchen Hida was a restaurant that she had heard of by reputation from her friends and the media. So we were happy to book a table for three in the expectation of having a special meal. The first thing you ask yourself when you walk into the restaurant is "Where am I?" The restaurant furnishings and decor evoke a low-end family restaurant/bistro circa. 1976. Yes, the waiters are impeccably turned out in French bistro whites and are graceful and charming, but the restaurant vibe was definitely old-fashioned drab. I had the (wrong) impression that we would be experiencing an upmarket Japanese dining establishment and was quite disappointed to find that this was not the case. Maybe I'm somewhat spoiled by western dining experiences, but when I drop over $120 for a single steak, without extras, I expect a certain ambiance in the surroundings or, at least, a white linen table cloth. But no, our cutlery was placed on paper mats on an unadorned wooden table. We also had a problem with the upholstered seats which offered no support, leaving us sitting largely on the wooden frames. In fairness the waiter warned us about the seats and told us they were in the process of being replaced, but perhaps this remedial action should have taken place some years earlierSo we ordered a steak each (an A4 chateubriand for me and two A5 filets for my dining companions), two salads and a portion of french fries for myself (nothing better with steak IMHO). The chosen steaks were brought to the table prior to cooking for our perusal and approval and very good they looked too. To my surprise, the salads and french fries arrived as a starter course. When I told our Japanese friend that I hoped that my french fries would arrive with my steak she communicated this to the waiter who shrugged and smiled but my fries remained on the table. So I ate them with the little bowl of ketchup that came with them, and very good they were too. But it appears that my steak was to be enjoyed on its own without competition from french fries.So, to the steak itself. It arrived on the plate accompanied by fried onions on top, a couple of small dumplings of (quite good) gnocchi and a rich (port jus?) gravy on the side. It was cooked exactly as I had ordered it (medium rare) and it was so tender you could cut it with a wet noodle. It was without doubt the most tender (softest?) steak I have ever eaten. But was it the most flavorsome/enjoyable steak I have ever eaten? Unfortunately not ... The focus on Hida beef tenderness is, I think, at the heart of my disappointment, not necessarily with Kitchen Hida, but with wagyu beef in general. The Japanese put a very high value on the tenderness of premium Hida and Kobe beef and this is achieved by having an extremely high degree of fat marbling. The fat is also different to that found in commodity cattle - it is higher in monounsaturated fats and omega fatty acids and lower in cholesterol - all good things from a health point of view. But the different fat chemistry also leads to a softer fat than we are used to in the west. So wagyu beef has a very high percentage of very soft fat - which leads to its unique flavour and buttery texture in the mouth.My problem is that my Western palate is accustomed to steak tasting like, well, conventional Western steak - and, to be perfectly honest, that's what I prefer. So, while my ¥12,100 steak was undoubtedly the most tender, softest (and, by definition, fattiest) steak I have ever eaten, and was probably as fine an example of expertly prepared Hida beef that you will find in Takayama, it was not the pinnacle of my steak eating experience. To those Westerners that attest that the steak that they ate here was the best they have ever eaten, I commend you for having a palate more closely aligned with Japanese appreciation of wagyu beef than my own.With steaks for three with one glass of wine and one beer (plus the salads and french fries mentioned above) coming to ¥33,000, this would be classified (by me at least) as an expensive meal. For that price, even if the beef was a terrific example of well-cooked Hida beef (which I have no reason to believe it wasn't) I feel that the ambiance, seating and somewhat drab and dated setting let this restaurant down somewhat. One for wagyu aficianados.

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6. Maruaki Hida Takayama

6-8 Temmammachi, Takayama 506-0025 Gifu Prefecture Japanese, Steakhouse, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +81 577-35-5858 http://www.hidagyu-maruaki.co.jp
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4 based on 631 reviews

Maruaki Hida Takayama

Reviewed By Silnogma

The restaurant knows that the quality of the meat served is not directly related to them, that's why they have pictures from all the farmers involved, who make possible that we taste such fantastic meat (believe me: I usually don't dare to eat meat).The restaurant is connected to the butcher: ashamed I could not buy there to bring it home.Dinner's menu price was very reasonable according to the quality of the meat served. Note: if you are really hungry, need to move to the dishes not the menu that was adjusted- light.I would suggest the staff to be more friendly: even foreigners are there for a short time period, will help making the experience complete and fantastic.I'd repeat whenever I can.

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5. Butchers Hida Takayama

58 Aioimachi, Takayama 506-0014 Gifu Prefecture Steakhouse, European Lunch, Dinner Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Table Service, Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi +81 577-36-3878 http://www.butchers-hida.com/
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4 based on 173 reviews

Butchers Hida Takayama

Reviewed By David C

We used tripadvisor for most of the restaurants while touring Japan. 100% of the time the reviews were accurate. However this time I was very disappointed with food My husband wanted steak so we chose this restaurant as it was convenient to the hotel I didn’t want red meat so called ahead to check they had an alternative on the menu. The chicken. Is the worst I’ve tasted. It was like rubber abs under cooked. I sent it back to be cooked more but I was unable to eat this disgusting food. We paid £90 approx for basically a plate of chips ! And a steak meal. Worst meal in japan !

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4. Hida Takayama ATEYA

9-3 Asahimachi, Takayama 506-0017 Gifu Prefecture Japanese, Steakhouse, Asian, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Table Service +81 577-33-6651 http://ateya.jimdo.com/
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5 based on 74 reviews

Hida Takayama ATEYA

At Ateya – The Taste of Hida, you can enjoy Hida Takayama's renowned Hida Beef dishes and local cuisine. 6 minutes from Takayama Station on foot, located at Takayama Town centre. Close to Miyagawa-morning market, Old town and other attractions.

Reviewed By Rocío B

In our visit in Takayama we choosed this place taste an authentic japanese dinner of Hida beef and japanese snacks . We ordered 250g of amazing Hida beef , also tasted Gyoza and typical Takayama snacks . Quality, taste and staff were TOP. We also tried 3 kind of local sake as sets are available in menu. We strongly recommend this place!!!

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3. Ajikura Tengoku

4-147 Hanasatomachi, Takayama 506-0026 Gifu Prefecture Grill, Steakhouse, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +81 577-37-1129 http://www.ajikura.jp/
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4 based on 262 reviews

Ajikura Tengoku

Reviewed By Lachlan72

Waited 40 minutes, but totally worth it! The local Hida Beef is AMAZING and just melts in your mouth. Fun to cook your own, lots of different combinations of platters to order and service is prompt and efficient when needed. We ended up ordering more - it was so good! The best meal we had on our 12 day trip to Japan was in this restaurant. About 5 minutes walk from the train station and well-worth finding. If you love beef, then this is definitely the place for you. Highly recommended!

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2. Ajino Yohei

105 Kamisannomachi, Takayama 506-0846 Gifu Prefecture Barbecue, Steakhouse, Japanese, Grill Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +81 577-32-0016 http://www.funasaka-shuzo.co.jp/eat/restaurant/
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4 based on 120 reviews

Ajino Yohei

Reviewed By Cavydad

Hida-gyu beef was excellent! Simply melts in your mouth. Everyone at the table had their own grill to cook their beef and vegetables. The restaurant is attached to as sake brewery and they offer a variety of sakes. Try the lemon sake. It is quite a treat. Not inexpensive but quite a treat.

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1. Restaurant Le Midi

2-85 Hon machi, Takayama 506-0101 Gifu Prefecture French, Steakhouse, European Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service +81 577-36-6386 http://www.le-midi.jp/index.html
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4 based on 329 reviews

Reviewed By ECWorld

I came for the famed Hida steak, and Le Midi actually offered various flavors and grades. In addition they offer a fairly extensive menu covering a wide price range. I tried the A4 grade steak lunch set (150g) which set me back about 8000 yen. Steak was tasty with nice texture, whether it was worth the price tag was another issue. Service was excellent, and the sides and the soup were also very good. Overall a very good dining experience.

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