The 12 Best Kobe Beef Restaurants in Kobe

Where better to try out the world-famous Kobe beef than Kobe itself? Use our rundown of the 12 best Kobe beef restaurants in Kobe as your guide.

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Kobe beef, as we all know, is one of Japan’s most fabled foods. Its marbled appearance and succulent taste make it sought-after the world over, but, to be true Kobe, it can only come from wagyu cattle raised in Hyogo prefecture. Moreover, the cow must be slaughtered and processed in specific slaughterhouses, must have a beef marble score of level six or higher, a meat quality score of A-4 or A-5 and must have been fed nothing but rice, straw, maize, barley and cereals grown in the prefecture.  

Kobe cows are all wagyu, but not all wagyu cows are Kobe. This confusion has led to a number of illegitimate Kobe restaurants across the world. Diners, however, are unlikely to be able to tell the difference. Yet, if only real 100% Kobe beef will do, where better to get it than in Kobe itself. Once you’re there, use our list of the best Kobe beef restaurants in Kobe to point you in the right direction.

If you’re in Kobe, you’re also going to need somewhere to stay, we’ve got you covered there as well.   

1. Mouriya

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One of the best and most well-known restaurants in Kobe, Mouriya offers diners A4 and A5 beef prepared right in front of their eyes. The restaurant is a renowned spot for an authentic Kobe beef experience, which, if you’re on a budget, also offers customers some cheaper alternatives. As for cuts, they offer lean, sirloin, rib eye and fillet. The choice is yours. Mouriya operates five branches in total, all of which are usually pretty crowded, so it might be a good idea to make reservations before you arrive. 

­ 11:30 – 22:00 (last lunch order 15:00)

 Closed every First Mondays & Tuesdays and Holidays

­ 078-391-4603

  ¥  4,800 – 15,800 (lunch)

      6,500 – 16,400 (dinner)

­ 2-1-17 Shimoyamate-dori, Chuo-ku

­ Mouriya (Japanese)

2. Ishida Kobe Beef Steak

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One of Kobe’s best teppanyaki-style restaurants, Ishida Kobe Beef Steakhouse is a contemporary take on the traditional restaurant-style, with small private rooms for parties and the choice of the a la carte or set menu. 

For the set menu, diners can expect a sophisticated appetizer of basil pesto and mustard seeds, followed by grilled foie gras and green salad and for the main event, Ishida Kobe Beef Steak’s premium Kobe beef prepared before your eyes. 

­ 11:30 – 15:00 (lunch), 17:00 – 22:00 (dinner)

 Closed every Wednesdays

­ 078-325-2919

  ¥  2,800 – 17,100

­ 1-21-2 Kitanagasa-dori, Chuou-ku, Kobe

­ Ishida Kobe Beef Steak (Japanese)

3. Wakkoqu

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A well-established Kobe restaurant, Wakkoqu is renowned for its one-of-a-kind grilling method for their prime wagyu beef. If you’re looking to change it up a little, they also have a brilliant range of fresh Hyogo seafood. They also cater well to private parties or business dinners, the lavish atmosphere being the perfect environment for such events. Do, however, make sure you make reservations first.  

­ 11:45 – 22:00

 closed at New Year

­ 078-222-0678

  ¥  3,880 – 14,200

­ 1-22-13 Nakayamate-dori, Chuo, Kobe

­ Wakkoqu

4. Kissho Grill

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Kobe beef is generally very expensive. Fortunately, if you’re low on cash, Kissho Grill is a great little Kobe restaurant for all budgets. Rest assured, the wagyu’s authenticity is assured, the only drawback being that the restaurant is pretty narrow. The limited seating means you’re probably going to have to wait to get inside, but it’s worth it for the bargain basement prime beef.   

­ 11:00- 23:00

 closed on holidays

­078-391-1377

  ¥  1,680 – 12,000

­ 1-3-10 Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

­ Kissho Grill

5. Steak Land

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Always packed with locals and foreigners alike, Steak Land is one of the most popular Kobe beef restaurants in the city, many diners drawn by its excellent affordability. Choose from large and small steaks, Kobe and non-Kobe steaks, all cooked to your preference. At Steak Land, you’ll be entertained too, the skilled chefs preparing the meat right there in the middle of the restaurant. 

­ 11:00- 22:00

 closed on holidays

 ­078-332-2900

  ¥  2,880 – 9,480

­ 1-8-2 Kitanagasa-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

­ Steak Land

6. Misono

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Misono claims to be the pioneer of the teppanyaki steak, inventing the concept in 1945. If its impressive history wasn’t enough, the restaurant’s A4 and A5 Kobe beef is of assured quality, and the non-Kobe wagyu isn’t half bad either. Misono selects its cuts from only the best cows and even has its own internal ranking system. They take their food seriously here. 

­ 11:00- 14:30 (lunch), 17:00 – 22:00 (dinner)

 closed New Year

 ­078-331-2890

  ¥  1,620 – 32,400

­ 1-1-2 Yamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

­ Misono

7. Yazawa Kobe Beef Restaurant

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With awards lining the walls, Yazawa Kobe Beef Restaurant is another spot for the meat lovers. Their shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) uses the Kobe we know and love in a new and welcome way. The ceremony and procedure of the shabu-shabu preparation make it a great social experience, and the A4 and A5 grade beef is hard to beat. 

­ 11:00- 15:00 (lunch), 17:00 – 22:00 (dinner)

 closed on Holidays

­ 078-392-0038

  ¥  1,500 – 10,500

­ 2-3-1 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe

­ Yazawa Kobe Beef Restaurant

8. Kobe Plaisir

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At Kobe Plaisir, you no longer have to choose between Kobe cooking styles. Diners can switch between teppanyaki-style, steamed or shabu-shabu, all of which are fantastic. All you indecisive diners out there, head here. 

­ 11:30- 15:00 (lunch), 17:00 – 22:30 (dinner)

 closed every Mondays

 ­078-571-0141

  ¥  1,000 – 25,500

­ 2-11-5 Shimoyamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

­ Kobe Plaisir

9. Steak Aoyama

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Steak Aoyama is a family-run restaurant now in its 53rd year, still as good as ever. The reason for the restaurant’s longevity is clearly the quality of its food. The meat, unsurprisingly, is fantastic, but even the small details, like the rice – sourced from a renowned Niigata producer – is to a very high standard. Plus, tourists rejoice, the staff speak fluent English.  

­ 12:00- 22:00

 closed every Wednesdays

 ­078-391-4858

  ¥  2,700 – 12,500

­ 2-14-5 Shimoyamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

­ Steak Aoyama

10. Nailey’s Grill

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Nailey’s Grill is one of Kobe’s most relaxed and reasonably priced Kobe restaurants. With a non-smoking environment with friendly bilingual staff, the restaurant is committed to serving premium meat in innovative ways, made clear by one of their best dishes, the Kobe Ceaser Salad. Head to Nailey’s Grill for a different, wholly welcome Kobe beef experience. 

­ 18:00- 24:00

 closed on Holidays

­ 078-231-2008

  ¥  1,700 – 16,570

­ 2-12-8 Kano-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

­ Nailey’s Grill

11. Daiei

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A little difficult to find, but once you do, you’ll be glad you made the effort. Daiei serves excellent Kobe beef, but, what keep the customers flocking back is, surprisingly, the vegetables. Fresh and well-prepared, the veggies are hard to beat. Plus, with a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes on offer, whether you’re a meat eater or not, Daiei has you covered.  

­ 17:00- 22:00

 closed on Holidays

 ­078-861-5531

  ¥  2,700 – 10,080

­ 7-1-17 Shinoharaminamimachi, Nada-ku, Kobe

­ Daiei (Japanese)

12. Bifuteki no Kawamura

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We all know that Kobe beef is in a league of its own, and everyone wants to experience it. For the ultimate experience, Bifuteki no Kawamura, a restaurant that uses wagyu you won’t find anywhere else, is your best bet. The meat is perfectly marbled and the taste out of this world. Our last entry, but one of the best.  

­ 11:30- 15:00

 closed on Holidays

­ 078-335-0399

  ¥  3,700 – 14,280

­ 4-5-13 Kano-town, Chuo-ward, Kobe 

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