Updated: November 07, 2018
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5 Locals' Favorite Spots To Have An Authentic Sapporo Dinner!


If you are looking for a really nice dinner in Sapporo where you can have some local cuisine Hokkaido is famous for, and where you can spend a relaxing evening in a warm and welcoming environment, these are some places you should know about!

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Jingisukan Daruma 6.4

This is one of the most popular and delicious restaurants for jingisukan (lamb barbecue) in Sapporo! It goes by the name Daruma Rokuyon in Japanese. Mention that to anyone in Sapporo and they should know what you are talking about because it's that popular. It's located a 3-minute walk from the subway Namboku Line Susukino Station. English menus are available and it is open until late at night (5 AM).

The Jingisukan at this famous shop is tender and succulent. The shop uses a variety of superior cuts of lamb which changes with the seasons. You should definitely try the special cuts! They are offered on a first come first served basis so the best cuts might be sold out if you go late at night. The regular meat is still great, however, and the soy-based garlic dipping sauce makes every bite heavenly. You should also try the very popular Chanja (spicy cod fish dish) here as an appetizer. Expect to pay 2000 to 3000 yen for an outstanding jingisukan meal.

Seafood Buffet Nanda 難陀

Nanda is a sure bet when you want to try a little bit of everything. The all-you-can-eat buffet is one of the best introduction to the food culture of Hokkaido there is. You can have seafood sashimi as well as grilled seafood. Tables are equipped with roasters on which you grill your items yourself. This is a particularly fun experience for those who have never had this kind of dining style. Not only do they serve seafood, but also some fine wagyu beef as well. Lunch prices for a 70-minute all-you-can-eat course are ¥3,700 per adult and ¥4,700 with the all-you-can-drink alcohol option. Dinner prices for 100-minute courses are ¥4,780 per adult and ¥5,980 with the all-you-can-drink alcohol option.
Located a 5-minute walk from the Susukino Station.

Kisumu Bettei 蔵鵡 別邸

If you're used to rowdy and cheap yakitori restaurants, be prepared for a totally different experience. This place is sleek and stylish, yet still very Japanese. There's a stunningly beautiful tatami room for groups. As for the yakitori, they serve true delicacies of that cuisine and also some really nice oden. The yakiniku is charcoal grilled. What's surprising is the price that isn't too expensive! Most people pay around ¥5,000. What's more, there is even an all-you-can-drink option that includes wines, whiskey, shochu, sake, cocktails and soft drinks.

Kaiyotei 開陽亭 すすきの店

Kaiyotei is a really popular place for seafood hot pots! As part of their course meals (about ¥3,000), you can have one nabe dish that contains some of the seafood and meat Hokkaido is most famous for. For instance, you can have a seafood nabe, a lamb nabe or a Hokkaido pork nabe. The courses come with sashimi too, so you basically get to try lots of seafood not matter what hot pot you choose. They also serve salads and a noodle dish as part of the course. You can order the nabe a la carte too.

Ristorante Canofilo

This is an outstanding restaurant for Italian cuisine with a Japanese touch. In a luxurious and quiet atmosphere, you can enjoy delicate Italian pasta dishes that are created from seasonal ingredients found primarily in Hokkaido. Try for instance a fragrant pasta dish with plenty of truffles, or with Hokkaido's famous sea urchin as a topping. They have omakase courses (chef's selection) and they can adapt the food to your dietary restrictions.
For dessert, you can have this beautiful and creative assortment of chocolates that include flavours of tomato, sesame, matcha, etc.

The restaurant is located at a 7-minute walk from the Susukino Station.

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