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11 Best Restaurants to Eat Kobe Beef in Kobe

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If you're going to try Japan's finest beef, might as well try it at its birthplace! Here are the absolute best restaurants to try Kobe beef and all the various ways it can be eaten!

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What is special about "Kobe Beef" (神戸牛)?

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Kobe Beef is the most famous Japanese cattle(Wagyu) and it is raised in Kobe, Hyogo.
The beef has a soft texture like silk, and it is dissolves on your tongue like butter. It truly is a one of a kind experience!

In 2006, the US media selected Kobe Beef as "the 9 most expensive luxury food in the world" following caviar, Foie gras, and white truffle!

[Beef Steak] Steak Land Kobe-kan ステーキランド神戸館

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The chef grills Kobe Beef in front of your eyes at the counter bar. You can enjoy the fine smell of high ranked beef right before eating it!
Kobe Beef lunch specials are just JPY 2,980, which is reasonable compared to other restaurants! The portion of meat is 150g.

[Teppanyaki] Wakkoqu

This restaurant has a really interesting setup, where you sit directly at the counter and you can watch the chefs grill your steak on the grill. This is called "teppanyaki" cuisine in Japanese.
The chef will cook this beautiful piece of marbled steak on the grill in front of you with some butter and garlic. It's incredibly tender and tasty. Teppanyaki is a terrific experience to have in Japan, especially if it's Kobe beef!!

[Teppanyayi] Moriya Honten

This restaurant is also a teppanyaki restaurant where you can enjoy watching the chef cook your food in front of you. It's a wonderful experience you definitely need to try while you're in Japan!
There are different courses to choose from, all of which include carefully selected Kobe beef.

[Sukiyaki] Komon 古もん

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You should not miss Sukiyaki if you like Japenese beef! Sukiyaki is probably the best way to have meat. Komon provides Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ)orSukiyaki (すき焼き)from JPY 5,000. This is cheap given that this is shabu-shabu, and even more so considering that they serve Kobe beef!
You can access Komon from Sannomiya Station(三宮駅). Komon is a really old restaurant, long-standing for 45 years, they specialize in Sukiyaki and Shabu-shabu.

[BBQ & Hot Pot] Bidoro 炭火焼肉・にくなべ屋 びいどろ

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Unlike conventional BBQ, Bidoro is beautiful and stylish! Kobe Beef ribs are just JPY 980!! Only those who visit Kobe can eat Kobe beef at such a reasonable price!
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Bidoro's Kobe beef hot pot is also awesome! They prepare two different kinds of soup: red and white. If you like spicy flavors, choose the red one.

[French Cuisine] Kitano Club

Kitano Club has a very refined and elegant ambiance, and weddings are often held here. It is the perfect place for a date or a special occasion!
This Western-style resto serves very beautiful dishes, including Kobe beef. You can also try different types of meat, such as Kobe pork! You can try one of the courses (starting at 6,500) or you can order a la carte!

[Western Cuisine] Aragawa 麤皮

Aragawa has won many awards and much recognition for its cuisine. The piece de resistance comes in the form of the best steak you can possibly imagine. It is said that they carefully select the best Kobe beef there is, so you really do get the pinnacle in terms of quality. The cuisine at Aragawa is mostly western but it has some elements of Japanese cuisine incorporated into it as well (e.g. sea urchin sashimi pasta). They are also very particular about their seafood. Dining at this restaurant costs around ¥30,000.

[Beef Bowl] Kobe-Gyudon Hiroshige 神戸牛丼 広重

It looks like a luxury Japanese restaurant. You can enjoy food in a relaxing and traditional atmosphere!
A lot of Kobe Beef is topped on the rice with some green!
You can choose the size from regular or large serving. Also, if you like, they can cook the gyudon (beef bowl)with or without eggs!

[Hamburg Steak] Kobe Brando-tei 神戸ブランド亭

The restaurant is located in the Mosaic Garden Building. You can go there from Harbor-Land Station (ハーバーランド駅).
Hamburg steaks include 100 percent Kobe Beef and are the most popular item on the menu!
Just for JPY 2,500, you can try the extra famous Kobe beef!

[Hamburger] Kisshokichi 吉祥吉

This place serves a hamburger with Kobe Beef for ¥1,000.
It feels more right to call it a "steak burger" rather than a "hamburger"!
Not only Kobe Beef hamburgers, they also serve a lot of unique local burgers. Japanese hamburger culture is really growing in Japan!

[Ramen] Yazawa 八坐和

Yazawa Ramen Shop is in Sannomiya, Kobe City. Kyuryuchi・Daimaru-mae Station(旧居留地・大丸前駅) is the most convenient to access here.
As a topping, Yazawa uses Kobe Beef!
Look at that gorgeous ramen bowl! The soup is made from beef bone broths so it has a rich flavour. After finishing the noodles, you can enjoy the rest of soup with rice like a risotto!

Lastly...

Kobe beef is one of the best types of beef raised in Japan. As you can see, Kobe beef can be enjoyed in various ways. While you are in Kobe, why not try their original Kobe beef cuisines from the places mentioned above?

And if you don't have the chance to travel in Kobe, you can also try Kobe beef in Shibuya, Tokyo! Click on the link below for more information.

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