19 Unmissable Kamakura Restaurants

Tourist favourite Kamakura isn't just brimming with history, but excellent restaurants too. For 19 of the very best Kamakura restaurants, keep reading to discover our favourites.

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Kamakura is an ancient town located in Kanazawa Prefecture, around 90 minutes from Tokyo by train. Whilst it’s primarily the town’s temples, shrines and beaches that keep the tourists flooding in, what you may not know is that Kamakura is also a foodie’s delight. Kamakura restaurants are many and varied, and luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of 19 of the best of them. From traditional favourites to contemporary fare, Kamakura restaurants have what you’re craving. 

For more information about Kamakura, check out our guide: Top 21 Things to Do in Kamakura.

Kamakura Station Restaurants…

Latteria BeBe Kamakura

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Located just two minutes from Kamakura Station, Latteria BeBe pizzeria is the perfect stop-off for a quick Italian lunch or relaxed dinner. The menu is fairly simple – pizza, pasta, cheeses, etc – but executed to perfection. The cheese, for example, is made fresh from local milk each day. It is this attention to detail that pushes Latteria BeBe above the competition. Be warned, credit cards are not accepted.

Station: Kamakura Station 
Address: 〒248-0012 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Onarimachi 11−17 
Phone: 0467‐81‐3440 
Website: Latteria BeBe Kamakura 
Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 (Close on Monday)

Garden House

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Garden House is a restaurant situated inside an old atelier and surrounded by nature despite being just five minutes from Kamakura Station. The cuisine served here is Californian in origin and made using only the freshest ingredients. Garden House prides itself on being a part of the local community and sourcing its ingredients locally, from the ham to beer and everything in between. 

Station: Kamakura Station 
Address: 〒248-0012 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Onarimachi 15-46
Phone: 0467-81-5200
Website: Garden House
Hours: 9:00 - 22:00

Rans Kamakura

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A stylish Italian restaurant very close to Kamakura Station. Rans is committed to serving up healthy, locally sourced dishes without compromising on the taste. Everything is good, but try the lunch special for something a little different. The homemade focaccia is also not to be missed: soft, chewy and perfect with a drop of olive oil. In the evening, Rans is also a great place for a cocktail. 

Station: Kamakura Station 
Address: 248-0005 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Yukinoshita, 1−5−38
Phone: 0467-23-1196
Website: Rans Kamakura
Hours: 11:00 - 23:00

Mercer Cafe

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Halfway up Komachi Shopping Street lies Mercer Cafe and Brunch Kitchen, an open fronted cafe with free WiFi and some great food and drink. It’s a great spot to sit down, have a cup of coffee and plan your next move in Kamakura. The Brunch Kitchen side of things serves up the food, all light, tasty and inexpensive. Dishes like the spicy chicken salad and salmon tartar are favourites, as well as the famous French toast. The cafe section is great for a coffee or tea, or if you’d rather, a glass of wine at just 400 yen a pop. 

Station: Kamakura Station 
Address: 〒248-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Komachi 2-6-28 
Phone: 0467-24-5512
Website: Mercer Cafe
Hours: 8:30 - 21:00

Bowls Donburi

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A donburi is a simple, traditional dish of fish, meat or vegetables on a mound of rice. Kamakura’s premier donburi specialists Bowls serves up this classic dish all day every day, giving customers the choice of a great range of toppings to suit all tastes. Choose from fish (local whitebait bowl, salmon and tuna), meat (steamed chicken, ginger pork) and vegetables (okra and natto, vegetable curry) in small, medium or large size, all for a very reasonable price. One tip: Don’t forget to check the underside of your bowl before you leave. If you see ‘アタリ’ you’ve won a special discount on your meal!

Station: Kamakura Station 
Address: 〒248-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Komachi 2-14-7 
Phone: 0467-61-3501
Website: Bowls Donburi Cafe and Dining
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 - 21:00/Weekends 11:00 - 22:00

Katsuretsuan Kamakura

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Katsuretsuan is a famous tonkatsu chain originating from Kanagawa Prefecture and now with a branch in Kamakura, right next to the station. Deep fried pork cutlet and miso is a winning combination after a day of energy-sapping sightseeing and Katsuretsuan’s is the best. The restaurant itself is very family-friendly and even provides English picture menus. 

Station: Kamakura Station 
Address: 〒248-0012 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Onarimachi, 2-10 
Phone: 0467-23-2772
Website: Katsuretsuan
Hours: 11:00 - 20:00

Caraway

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, but still just five minutes from the station, Caraway Cafe is a great option if you’re after a traditional Japanese curry. Rich and delicious, the curry is served in a gravy boat alongside heaps of rice and their special Kamakura fig jam. With a wide selection of curries to choose from and prices starting at 600 yen, for a cheap, tasty and satisfying meal, you could do much worse than Caraway Cafe. 

Station: Kamakura Station 
Address: 〒248-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Komachi, 2-12-20 
Phone: 0467-25-0927
Website: Curry House Caraway
Hours: 11:30 - 19:30 (Close on Monday)

Sushidokoro Kimi

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Sushidokoro Kimi is a fine sushi restaurant, located a two-minute walk from Kamakura Station East Exit. Although not particularly cheap, Kimi’s serves up fresh, delicious and expertly prepared fish in a great setting, perhaps making it a good alternative to a basic kaiten (conveyer belt) joint. During the day, the best value for money is had with a lunch set, which begin at around 1,500 yen. Alternatively, ask the chef for that day’s special and you’re sure to be served something well worth trying. 

Station: Kamakura Station
Address: 〒248-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Komachi, 1-4-1 
Phone: 0467-25-4141
Website: Sushidokoro Kimi
Hours: 11:00 - 21:00

Udon Miyoshi

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A classic udon restaurant located around five minutes from Kamakura Station where you can enjoy high-quality hand-made udon in a relaxed setting. The restaurant offers a variety of udon dishes at incredibly reasonable prices, starting from 880 yen. Add tempura, vegetables, whatever you like, it’s all available here. Perfect for a casual lunch or dinner. 

Station: Kamakura Station
Address: 〒248-0005 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Yukinoshita, 1-5-38 
Phone: 0467-61-4634
Website: Udon Miyoshi
Hours: Weekdays 11:15 - 18:30/Weekends 11:15~19:00 

 

Kamakura Beach Restaurants…

Beau Temps

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Now for some of the best restaurants along Kamakura beach. Beau Temps is a small wine bar hidden in Hase, not far from the giant Buddha. The restaurant serves a variety of organic wine alongside delicious appetisers and a solid menu of flavourful Mediterranean dishes. They offer lunch and dinner courses starts from just 2,500 yen. A great place to drop by for a relaxed drink or meal. 

Station: Hase Station
Address: 〒248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Hase, 1-14-26 
Phone: 0467-40-6172
Website: Beau Temps
Hours: Lunch 12:00~14:00/Dinner 18:00~22:00

Ocean Harvest Cocomo

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Located right in front of Yuigahama beach, Ocean Harvest Cocomo is a stylish and spacious Italian beach bar, perfect for a lazy lunch or dinner. The restaurant’s huge front windows offer customers fantastic views over the water as they dine. On the menu is a great assemblage of authentic Italian fare, all prepared using locally sourced ingredients. The pizza and pasta are great, but for something a little different, try the oysters which are said to be the best in Kamakura. Best of all, prices are extremely reasonable, with a lunch set starting at roughly 1,500 yen. 

Station: Hase Station
Address: 〒248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Hase, 2-8-8 
Phone: 0467-33-4584
Website: Ocean Harvest Cocomo
Hours: 12:00~23:00

Kamakura Matsubara-an

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Matsubara-An is one of Kamakura’s best-loved restaurants. Located not far from Yuigahama Station, the restaurant is housed inside a charming traditional Japanese house with all the original features and a spacious courtyard. The speciality here is teuchi soba (handmade buckwheat noodles), which you can see being prepared by the masters in the kitchen. To compliment your soba, Matsubara-An also serves an extensive selection of side dishes including sashimi, chilled tofu and dashimaki tamago (rolled omelette), not to mention a good choice of premium sake. 

Station: Yuigahama Station
Address: 〒248-0014 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Yuigahama, 4-10-3 
Phone: 0467-33-4584
Website: Matsubara-an
Hours: 11:30~22:00

Sangosho Moana Makai

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Overlooking Shichirigahama beach, find Sangosho Moana Makai, a Japanese curry restaurant par excellence. The curry comes in different styles, including a vegetarian version, pork mince and eggplant, and seafood. The restaurant itself has a nicely laid back feel, great sea views and outdoor seating for a spot of al fresco dining. Drop in during the day for a good quality coffee for just 300 yen, 

Station: Shichirigahama Station
Address: 〒248-0026 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Shichirigahama, 1-3-22 
Phone: 0467-31-5040
Website: Sangosho
Hours: Sun.Mon.Tue.Wed Lunch 11:30 - 15:00/Dinner 17:00 - 21:00; Fri.Sat Lunch 11:30 - 15:00/Dinner17:00 - 21:30 (Close on Thursday)

Kebab Kamakura

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A hole in the wall place close to Hase Station, ideal for a quick bite on your to the Buddha. The kebabs are always tasty, very reasonably priced and a great alternative to Japanese food. Handily, the owner speaks both English and Japanese, and is extremely friendly. 

Station: Hase Station
Address: 〒248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Hase, 1-16 
Phone: 0467-24-1458
Website: Kebab Kamakura
Hours: 11:30 - 16:30

Good Mellows

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Good Mellow is another excellent alternative to Japanese fare, as well as another restaurant able to boast fantastic sea views. Good Mellow has a ‘tropical’ theme, which translates into a menu dominated by burgers. Thick, juicy and charcoal-grilled, topped with bacon, mozzarella, avocado, or whatever else you may desire, accompanied by perfect fries. There’s also a good selection of imported craft beers and a monthly event with live DJs and food.

Station: Hase Station
Address: 〒248-0021 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Sakanoshita, 27-39 
Phone: 0467-24-9655
Website: Good Mellows
Hours: 10:30 - 19:00 (Close on Tuesday)

Sometaro

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An okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) place located right between Hase Station and Hasedera Temple. Decked out in full traditional Japanese style, this is a great place to try out this most Japanese of dishes. Alongside the classic okonomiyaki, Sometaro also serves monjyayaki (a thinner version of okonomiyaki), teppanyaki (grilled meat and veg) and yakisoba (fried noodles). With reasonable prices and friendly staff, this is another great post-sightseeing eating spot. 

Station: Hase Station
Address: 〒248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Hase, 3-12-11 
Phone: 0467-22-8694
Website: Sometaro
Hours: 11:30 - 21:00 (Close on Wednesday)

Sorahana

 

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If you’re after exquisite Japanese food in an elegant, traditional setting, Sorahana should be your first choice in Kamakura. Housed within a quaint old house, the restaurant serves authentic dishes made from local, organic ingredients, prepared with great artistry and care. Lunch sets (2,300 yen) and dinner sets (8,000 yen) are well worth the money, but if you haven’t got the time, pop in for some fabulous tea and cake (1,200 yen) in the afternoon. 

Station: Hase Station
Address: 〒248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Hase, 3-8-17 
Phone: 0467-38-7979
Website: Washoku Sorahara
Hours: Lunch 11:30 - 16:00/Dinner 17:30 - 22:00 (Close at dinner time on Thursday)

 

Kita-Kamakura Station Restaurant…

Hachinoki

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Located close to Kita-Kamakura Station, Hachinoki is a shoijin ryori restaurant, meaning it serves cuisine inspired by the Buddhist tradition. All the food is totally vegetarian and very healthy, as well as an insight into the day-to-day lives of Buddhist monks. They serve everything from bento boxes to take out to full kaiseki (multi-course) meals, meaning whatever your appetite or budget, there’s something for you. Hachinoki also has a smaller cafe in front of Kencho-ji Temple which is also well worth checking out. 

Station: Kita-Kamakura Station
Address: 〒247-0062 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Yamanouchi 350 
Phone: 0467-23-3723
Website: Kamakura Hachinoki
Hours: Lunch Weekdays 11:30 - 14:30/Weekends 11:00 - 15:00; Dinner 17:00 - 19:00

 

Ofuna Station Restaurant…

Guenpin Fugu Ofunanoseki

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Guenpin Fugu is a well-known fugu (blow fish) restaurant that’s been serving up the potentially lethal delicacy for over 30 years. They specialise in torafugu (tiger blow fish), a variant recognised as the highest grade out of the 20 blow fish types. The chefs, of course, are highly trained, serving up the fugu in styles including sashimi, hot pot, fried and barbequed. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to try out this place. 

Station: Oofuna Station
Address: 〒247-0056 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Ofuna 1-23-11, Matsuoka Ofuna Bldg.2F 
Phone: 0467-45-8329
Website: Guenpin Fugu
Hours: Weekdays 17:00 - 23:00/Weekends 12:00 - 23:00

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