11 Best Kobe Beef Restaurants In Kobe

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A visit to Kobe is incomplete without sinking your teeth in the world-famous Kobe beef. The meat comes from a breed of cattle known as Tajima. However, not every cow has its meat ending up in a steakhouse. Only authorized breeders based in Hyogo Prefecture get their cows out in the market. Besides, the meat must be of the highest grade. Kobe beef restaurants prepare the meat in front of your eyes. The process is like a scene from a TV cooking show. The chef cuts and seasons the meat before placing it on a hot grill. It cooks with a pleasing sizzling sound. Medium heat is required to retain the meat’s flavor. Kobe steakhouses feature a counter-style seating arrangement that allows you to see what the chef is doing. Try one of the Kobe beef restaurants in Kobe, listed below, and you will not be disappointed.

1. Kokubu Steak House

Kokubu Steak House is in Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe City. It specializes in Kobe beef menus, a world-famous delicacy. The restaurant has a no-smoking policy, plus you must book your space in advance. At the same time, guests are not allowed to wear fragrances. A business casual dress code is permitted. The facility’s chefs prepare Kobe beef as you watch. Accompaniments include salad, vegetable slices, and garlic rice. For the best of Kobe Beef, we recommend that you order steak cooked teppanyaki style, Japanese cuisine grilled on an iron plate. The chef cuts the meat and vegetables into small pieces before grilling them in a pan as you sit nearby and watch.

Kokubu Steak House

Address: 1 Chome-21-2 Kitanagasadori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0012, Japan

Website: [Kokubu Steak House]

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (closed on Sun)

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2. Japanese Restaurant Hanasato KOBE

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Japanese Restaurant Hanasato KOBE features a friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy great Kobe beef. At the entrance, there is a nice arrangement of flowers and potted plants. The facility has free Wi-Fi, a smoking section, and parking is also available. Besides, you can order alcoholic drinks from the fully stocked bar.

Japanese Restaurant Hanasato KOBE

Address: Japan, 658-0053 Hyogo, Kobe, Higashinada Ward, Sumiyoshimiyamachi, 7 Chome−3−27

Website: Japanese Restaurant Hanasato KOBE

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)

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3. Meriken Hatoba

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Meriken Hatoba is located near Chinatown, several meters from Meriken Park. It offers Kobe beef menus plus you can also enjoy Tajima beef. The restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere, and the aroma of steak will make you want to stay longer. Inside the restaurant are a chic red interior design and a neat seating arrangement. You can also order Japanese whiskey served straight from handmade barrels placed on one side of the restaurant. Before the preparation of your meal, the chef explains the process. More so, the cooking staff will present your choice of beef cut for your approval. Remember to make reservations as there are occasions when the restaurant closes early, especially when their beef sells out.

Meriken Hatoba

Address: 1 Chome-3-14 Motomachidori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0022, Japan

Website: Meriken Hatoba

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 5:30pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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4. Kobe Beef Steak Restaurant Royal Mouriya

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Kobe Beef Steak Restaurant Royal Mouriya features a gorgeous ambiance. It is spacious with a New York theme bar. Three private rooms are available with each accommodating up to 15 guests. Here, you can host a private party or just sit in quiet surroundings. Besides, the restaurant stocks 100 wine varieties. You can request for the best to go with your Kobe beef cut. For the starter, you will find the soup, bread roll, and hand-whipped butter most enticing. Chefs at the restaurant prepare food in your presence. As a result, you not only enjoy fine beef but also get a free show. Admission is not open to children below six years.

Kobe Beef Steak Restaurant Royal Mouriya

Address: Japan, 650-0012 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Kitanagasadori, 1 Chome−9−9

Website: Kobe Beef Steak Restaurant Royal Mouriya

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

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5. Genkichi Kobe Beef

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Genkichi Kobe Beef is less than three minutes away from Sannomiya Station. The restaurant serves Kobe beef teppanyaki selected from the best cuts. It features minimalist décor with seating space for a maximum of 10 guests. The set menu has variety, but you can settle for roast or beef sashimi. Whatever the choice, the chef will prepare it carefully in the typical teppanyaki style. More so, you get to follow all steps of the cooking process. Also, the staff at the restaurant explain how they go about making their meat selection. Genkichi Kobe Beef restaurant has a reputation of serving champion Kobe beef representing one percent of only 50 cows that get chosen annually.

Genkichi Kobe Beef

Address: Japan, 650-0004 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Nakayamatedori, 1 Chome−4−23

Website: Genkichi Kobe Beef

Opening hours: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm (daily)

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6. Steakland Kobekan

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Steakland Kobekan has a seating capacity of nine diners. It is a large busy restaurant as reflected in the back and forth movement of cooks and waiters. A typical Kobe beef meal includes 200g of beef. It comes with an appetizer, salad, fresh seafood, grilled vegetables, and soup. The mouthwatering beef does not require much pepper, sauce, or salt. Steakland Kobekan’s chefs prepare the meat as you watch. If visiting for the first time, stay put for a show, especially the part where the chef slices the beef. Then watch as he cooks it on a teriyaki pan. The place also serves beer and wine. You can make reservations too.

Steakland Kobekan

Address: Japan, 650-1112 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Kitanagasadori, 1 Chome−9−17

Website: Steakland Kobekan

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

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7. Kobe Beef Steak Ishida.Main-Shop

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Kobe Beef Steak Ishida Main-Shop serves mouthwatering Kobe beef. The restaurant uses carefully selected beef and features a teppanyaki-style counter. Take your seat at a counter and watch as the chef grills your choice cut. There is free Wi-Fi at the facility, and a member of staff will gladly share with you the password. Smoking is prohibited, plus you need to make a reservation before visiting the restaurant. A full bar at the outlet serves a wide variety of drinks. The friendly staff will also help you choose the main meal as well as the condiments. Note that waiters in Japan take customer orders very quickly; do not feel intimidated.

Kobe Beef Steak Ishida.Main-Shop

Address: Japan, 650-0012 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Kitanagasadori, 1 Chome−21−2 Takai Building, 3rd Floor

Website: Kobe Beef Steak Ishida.Main-Shop

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 11:30am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Tue: 5pm - 10pm

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8. Kobe Tanryu Sannomiya

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Kobe Tanryu Sannomiya offers the juiciest Kobe beef at reasonable prices. Like in other Kobe beef outlets, the facility features an arrangement with seats around a counter. It can accommodate up to eight guests. At the counter, there is a large grill where you can see the chef preparing your steak. The restaurant buys its cows from the highly-rated Kobe cattle exhibitions. For preparation, the chef will ask that you choose your preferred mode. Always opt for medium-rare as it yields the best flavor. What follows is the sizzle, and a drift of the aroma as cooking gets underway. Grilled vegetables plus seasonings accompany the meal. Take toppings of your preference, or you could ask the chef for guidance.

Kobe Tanryu Sannomiya

Address: Japan, 650-0012 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Kitanagasadori, 1 Chome−10−9

Website: Kobe Tanryu Sannomiya

Opening hours: 11am - 10:30pm (daily)

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9. Tor Road Steak Aoyama

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Posted by STEAK AOYAMA on Sunday, September 13, 2020

Tor Road Steak Aoyama is a Japanese steak house in Kobe. You must make reservations beforehand as the restaurant gets many visitors. The staff is friendly, and they speak English. The seating area features an iron-plate grill with space for seven customers at a time. The chef will entertain you with meticulous Kobe beef preparation masterpieces. As you wait for your meal, you can enjoy an appetizer straight from the restaurant’s original 50-year-old recipe. For the salad, you will find its chicken, light sauce, avocado, and sashimi to be most delicious. Try savoring the beef on its own first before eating it with the condiments. In the end, sample the restaurant’s green tea.

Tor Road Steak Aoyama

Address: 2 Chome-14-5 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0011, Japan

Website: Tor Road Steak Aoyama

Opening hours: Thu - Tue: 12pm - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9pm (closed on Wed)

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10. Wakkoqu

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Wakkoqu is in the mall near the Shin-Kobe train station. Early booking will guarantee you space leaving you to enjoy the steakhouse’s Kobe beef. The high-end restaurant has an extensive menu plus the friendly chef will advise you on the best options for pairing food. Apart from meat dishes, Wakkoqu also serves prawns, abalone, and a variety of other seafood. It has a capacity of 32 customers and private rooms as well. Besides a Japanese menu, you can also order English, Chinese, and Korean cuisines. The chef cooks medium-rare (most diners prefer their beef grilled this way) and later instructs you on the best way to enjoy your steak.


Address: Japan, 650-0011 Hyogo, Chuo Ward, Nakayamatedori, 1 Chome−22−13

Website: Wakkoqu

Opening hours: 11:45am - 10pm (daily)

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11. Steakhouse En (from USD 157.0)

Nestled within Motomachi, an upscale retail district in Kobe, Steakhouse En prides itself on its delicious teppanyaki offerings. Guests from different walks of life come to this restaurant to savor the flavors of high-quality Kobe beef, which is meticulously sourced from an award-winning cattle ranch. The head chef has friendly relations with the farm owner, further ensuring you get the best beef there is.

The counter table is where guests can watch the chef craftfully preparing the succulent beef and lobsters. Make sure to order the multi-course teppanyaki meal, which not only comes with Kobe beef in loin and fillet cuts, but also top-tier seafood, seasonal delicacies, and desserts.

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Luxurious Kobe Beef Teppanyaki Course in Kobe En Steakhouse

Duration: 2hours

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Mouthwatering Kobe beef

Kobe’s steakhouses await you with sweet, chewy, and juicy Kobe beef taken with appetite-inducing sauces. If you’d like to sample this mouthwatering delicacy, use our list above to find the best Kobe-beef restaurant in Kobe.

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