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The 10 Best Restaurants In Hiroshima, Japan

Shabu-shabu in Hiroshima | ©  cyclonebill/Flickr
Shabu-shabu in Hiroshima | © cyclonebill/Flickr
While many people still associate Hiroshima with the infamous atomic bomb of 1945, today’s vibrant Hiroshima is home to an increasingly sophisticated restaurant scene that offers a tasty balance between contemporary and traditional dishes. While this tragic historical event is what draws most tourists to Hiroshima, this city has much more to offer than just its past. Here’s an update of our original article on the best of Hiroshima’s restaurants.

Organ-za

Organ-za is a quirky eatery that offers satisfying izakaya-style food. There are a few vegetarian options, but the menu mainly focuses on meat dishes, including adventurous dishes in addition to tamer dishes such as fired potatoes with parmesan cheese. The restaurant frequently hosts events, which range from live jazz to burlesque shows, along with rotating art exhibits. The interior is eclectic and interesting, filled with old books, retro appliances and a dust-covered piano. Seating is offered along the counter, as well as at a few tables found near the stage. It’s a one-of-kind place for a meal with friends, or even just a post-dinner drink, with a diverse selection of teas, coffee, and alcoholic drinks available.

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Artcafe Elk

Artcafe Elk aims to be a welcoming environment for tourists, expats and locals alike, combining excellent food with frequent language exchange events. The restaurant’s extensive vegetarian menu is particularly noteworthy, offering vegetarian-friendly versions of classic Japanese dishes like okonomiyaki and udon. The vegetarian panini are especially popular. The interior features a regular rotation of exhibits by local artists, and the café also hosts numerous events aimed at connecting people of different cultures. Events are free on the condition that participants order a meal or a drink.

Guttsuri-ann

Restaurant, Seafood, Japanese
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Oysters in Hiroshima
Oysters in Hiroshima | © ikumi C /Flickr
Guttsuri-ann is one of Hiroshima’s top seafood restaurants. Set in a former oyster factory, this restaurant’s relationship with good seafood goes way back. Customers choose their seafood from the restaurant’s aquarium, and are then given the option to grill it themselves or leave it to the expertise of the accommodating staff. English menus are available and the restaurant also offers an excellent selection of seafood salads and sashimi to enjoy alongside the grilled seafood. The restaurant is located a little outside of town, but many satisfied customers will tell you it’s worth the detour.
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Oysters in Hiroshima © ikumi C /Flickr

Kanak Otemachi

Kanak Otemachi offers surprisingly authentic Indian cuisine with an emphasis on curries and naan bread. This cosy restaurant attracts many travelers, expats, and locals, with its full and rich flavors. The restaurant offers several set menus for lunch and dinner, along with à la carte options. The tandoori chicken is a particular favorite, and there are plenty of vegetarian options, including spinach and chickpea-based curries. The restaurant can be a little hard to locate, but most people would agree it’s worth the effort to find it.

Kanawa Oyster Boat Restaurant

As the name suggests, Kanawa Oyster Boat Restaurant is one of the best places in Hiroshima to go for oysters. People flock from around Japan to enjoy oysters here in their peak season, which is during the late winter in Hiroshima. Fortunately, the restaurant also maintains its own private supply, so it’s able to continue serving oyster dishes year-round. The oysters are served a number of different ways, including fried with lemon and dipping sauce, as well as grilled in their shells. The restaurant is set on a charming boat, which rocks gently in the water as diners enjoy their meals. The boat’s interior is decorated in a traditional Japanese style, with tatami mat floors and low tables.

Hiroshima © Norio NAKAYAMA/Flickr

KeMBY’s

KeMBY’s is somewhat of an institution among Hiroshima’s expats and locals, known for its easy-going ambiance and comfort foods. The restaurant offers a staple pub food menu of Tex-Mex favorites and burgers, along with Italian-inspired pasta, pizza, risotto and meat dishes, plus a few vegetarian options. The food is tasty, but many people choose to stop by later in the evening for drinks and a round of pool. Domestic beers are available on tap, and there are plenty of imported beers to choose from as well. The restaurant often hosts live music nights, with current and upcoming performances listed on their Facebook page.

Nagataya

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki | © Joy/Flickr
A favorite of locals and tourists alike, Nagataya is an izakaya-style restaurant that serves traditional teppanyaki, in which meals are prepared on flat-top grills at diners’ tables. The restaurant is well-known for its fantastic okonomiyaki, but a variety of seafood, including squid, shrimp, and oysters, are also served. Located right next to the Peace Park at the end of Hondori, the restaurant’s interior is spacious and the staff are extremely welcoming. This popular restaurant often has queues outside the door, so it’s best to avoid peak dining hours.
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm

Okonomi-mura

Restaurant, Japanese
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If you’re looking for a place to try one of Japan’s most famous dishes, okonomiyaki, then Okonomi-mura is the place to go. This traditional dish is made with a combination of eggs, flour, and cabbage as a base, and is typically enjoyed with different sauces and fish flakes as toppings. Hiroshima’s style of preparing okonomiyaki is unique because the ingredients are layered rather than mixed. At Okonomi-mura, the staff make this traditional dish right in front of diners, on flat-top grills embedded into the restaurant’s tables. Ranked among the city’s top okonomiyaki restaurants, diners can talk with the chefs while their dish is being expertly prepared over the hot griddle.
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Pizza Riva

The wood-fired pizza at Pizza Riva is worthy of straying from Japanese cuisine to enjoy. With a chef who was recently awarded first prize at a pizza competition in Naples, this restaurant’s pizza is some of the most authentic found in Japan. Using an oven imported from Naples, the restaurant cooks up pizzas ranging from the basic margherita, to more complex creations like the umberto, which is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, and bologna sausage. As expected from any good pizzeria, the décor is simple and comfortable, leaving the pizza itself to take the spotlight.

Pizza Riva, 1-7-22 Yokogawamachi, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, +81 82 293 4741

Hiroshima | © Thilo Hilberer/Flickr

Hiroshima | © Thilo Hilberer/Flickr

Roopali Wakakusamachi

Roopali Wakakusamachi is one of Hiroshima’s best eateries for vegetarians, offering plenty of veggie dishes, as well as helpful English-speaking staff that are happy to cater to specific preferences. Located close to Hiroshima Station, the restaurant’s colorful exterior is almost impossible to miss. The menu focuses on traditional Indian cuisine, offering a standard selection of tikka masala and tandoori, along with more imaginative dishes like coconut naan. There are several set menus available in addition to à la carte items, and customers can choose the level of spiciness they desire.