The best restaurant (Ishigaki Beef, seafood) on Ishigaki Island Japan

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*This article confirmed the information in January 2022.

The foods you must eat on Ishigaki Island are Ishigaki Beef, Yaeyama soba, Okinawan cuisine, fresh seafood, and fruit juice while looking at the beautiful sea. There are many restaurants on Ishigaki Island where you can eat these cuisines. We introduce 10 popular restaurants that you should definitely visit.

However, these restaurants are always crowded. It is recommended that you make a reservation in advance for them where you can make a reservation.

The characteristic of restaurants on Ishigaki Island is that there are many them in the city center around Ishigaki Port, and not many in other areas. In particular, there are few restaurants in the northern part of the island.

In addition, there are many restaurants that are privately run and have irregular holidays. Therefore, there is no website for it, and there are it that are closed suddenly or during the off-season winter, so it may be better to confirm the business hour by phone in advance.

  Contents 
Yamamoto (Ishigaki Beef)
Hitoshi (Sushi)
Funakura no sato (Okinawan Cuisine)
Tofu no Higa (Okinawan Cuisine)
Akaishi Shokudo (Okinawan Cuisine)
Shunya Banchan (Japanese Cuisine)
Vanilla Deli (Ishigaki Beef Burger)
Papoiya (Ishigaki Beef Steak)
Re:Hellow BEACH (Ishigaki vegetables)
Kunatsuyu (Okinawan Cuisine)


Top 10 popular restaurants on Ishigaki Island

*Business hours may have changed.

Yamamoto (Ishigaki Beef)

Yakiniku Yamamoto

More photos : Instagram

This restaurant is the most popular restaurant on Ishigaki Island where you can eat grilled Ishigaki Beef. You can eat reasonable and delicious Ishigaki Beef. Many Japanese tourists and locals visit here. It’s a casual yakiniku restaurant, with many families and easy to go with children.

All the beef served at this restaurant is tender and delicious, but  “Yaki Shabu” is a menu you must eat. It is a dish of crisp onions wrapped in tender beef.

You can book it by phone or by visiting the restaurant, but we recommend booking early. It is difficult to make a reservation.

There is no official website and SNS. The only way to get information about business hours, such as temporary closures, is to call the restaurant.

Categories Yakiniku(Grilled beef)
Business Hours 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Closed Wed.
Menu (only in Japanese) Must-eat menus
・Yaki Shabu : 2,400 yen
  Eating the onion wrapped with slightly grilled Ishigaki Beef
・Nico Tan : 650 yen
  Stewed Ishigaki Beef tongue
・Jo-Karubi : 2,300 yen
  High quality Ishigaki Beef bone-less short rib
Address 2-5-18 Hamasakicho, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 003 424*74
Map No.  1 
Bus Bus stop name : Bus Terminal
10-minute walk from the bus stop
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards
English No
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 6 cars)
Phone Number 050-5263-0552
Web Tabelog
Instagram (official)

Hitoshi (Sushi)

sushi

More photos : Instagram

It may be the most famous restaurant on Ishigaki Island. It is a famous restaurant for tuna dishes. You can eat fresh tuna. Why don’t you eat Sushi and Sashimi!
Tuna menu is famous, but other menus are also delicious. It is a typical izakaya and it is also popular with locals.

It is better to make a reservation by calling or visiting the restaurant. However, it is a popular restaurant that can not be connected no matter how many times you call, and it may be the most difficult restaurant to make a reservation on Ishigaki Island. If you can make a reservation you are lucky.

If you go to the restaurant on the day without a reservation, there may be seats available for a short time. You should go as soon as the restaurant opens.

You can get information on holidays on the official Instagram.

Categories Izakaya(Tavern)
Business Hours 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Closed Sun.
Menu (English) Must-eat menus
・Maguro Sushi : 1,080 yen
  Tuna Sushi set (Fatty tuna, Medium fatty tuna, Tuna roll)
・Ishigaki Gyu Sushi : 350 yen
  Ishigaki Beef Sushi
・Sashimi Moriawase : 1,650 yen
  Assorted Sashimi
Address 197-1 Ohkawa, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 004 249*34
Map No.  2 
Bus Bus stop name : Bus Terminal
5-minute walk from the bus stop
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards ×
English No
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 10 cars)
Phone Number 0980-88-5807
Web Tabelog
Instagram (official) Instagram

Funakura no sato (Okinawan Cuisine)

Restaurant Funakura no sato

More photos : Instagram

It is a restaurant where you can eat Okinawan cuisine in a traditional Okinawan house. There are 3 restaurants (traditional cuisine, cafe, Unagi and Tonkatsu) and a souvenir shop on the large grounds.

This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, but dinner time is recommended. There is a Sanshin* and song performance service every night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and you can enjoy traditional performing arts while eating Okinawan cuisine. There are many families, and children can also enjoy it.
It may be better to book in advance during the summer season.

There is an official website, but you can’t get information about business hours such as temporary closures of the restaurant. If you want to get it, you will probably need to call the restaurant.

*Sanshin
It is a traditional Okinawan stringed instrument. It is characteristic that snake leather is used.

Categories Restaurant
Business Hours 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Closed Always open
Menu (English, Chinese) Must-eat menus
・Soba Kaiseki (lunch menu) : 1,800 yen
  Local noodle set (Yaeyama soba*, Mozuku**, Jimami tofu***, Jyuushi****, pork, and so on.)
・Gajyumaru (dinner menu) : 6,500 yen
  Okinawan cuisine set (Tempura, Tofu, Sashimi, Simmered vegetables and pork, Grilled Ishigaki Beef, and so on.)

Address 2468-1 Arakawa, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 060 264*64
Map No.  3 
Bus Bus stop name : Funakuranosato
in front of the bus stop
Route : No.9
6 buses / day (from Bus Terminal)
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards
English unclear
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 30 cars)
Phone Number 0980-82-8108
Web Official
(only Japanese)
Instagram (official)

*Yaeyama soba

Yaeyama Soba Image
This is a traditional noodle from the area around Ishigaki Island. The characteristic of the soba is that it has pork on it.
Yaeyama soba is made with different ingredients from Japanese soba and tastes completely different. Japanese soba is made from buckwheat flour, and Yaeyama soba is made from flour.

**Mozuku
Mozuku is a thread-like seaweed. In Okinawan cuisine, mozuku is pickled in vinegar or made into tempura.

***Jimami tofu
Jimami tofu is a peanut tofu. It is made from peanuts and sweet potatoes. Jimami tofu is different from normal tofu in that it has a sweet taste. It’s like an Okinawan dessert.

****Jyuushi
This is Okinawan mixed rice, a common dish in Okinawa. This is also sold at supermarkets as rice balls.

Tofu no Higa (Okinawan Cuisine)

Restaurant Tofu no Higa

More photos : Instagram

It is open from 6:30 in the morning, and many people go there for breakfast. Business hours are until 3:00pm, but it will close when sold out, so it is recommended to go early. In addition, you can’t make a reservation, so you should go here with plenty of time. When we went around 9 o’clock, there was already a sold out day.

Why don’t you try Yushi Tofu!
Yushi Tofu is a traditional Okinawan dish, and its manufacturing process is different from normal tofu. The characteristic of Yushi Tofu is that it is softer than normal tofu.
Yushi Tofu is made from soy. Therefore it is recommended dish for vegan too.

When you order the “Yushi Tofu set”, you will be served tofu, rice and soy milk. The amount of tofu is quite large.
The tofu is warm and has no added flavor. Add special miso or soy sauce to it to suit your taste. In addition, you can order toppings such as omelet and seaweed.

The “Otoshiyori Yushi Tofu set” is recommended for children and women. This is a mini size Yushi Tofu set.

If you go by route bus, the nearest bus stop is “Nagama Bashi”. However, it does not have many buses, so it is recommended to use the “Art Hotel” bus stop.

There is no official website and SNS. The only way to get information about business hours, such as temporary closures, is to call the restaurant.

Categories Restaurant
Business Hours 6:30 am to 3:00 pm
Closed Sun.
Menu (only in Japanese) Must-eat menus
・Yushi Tofu set : 450 yen ~
  Rice and Yushi Tofu
・Otoshiyori Yushi Tofu set : 450 yen
  This is a mini size Yushi Tofu set.
Address 570 Ishigaki, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 034 822*12
Map No.  4 
Bus Bus stop name : Art hotel
13-minute walk from the bus stop
Route : No.10
1 buses / hour (from Bus Terminal)
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards ×
English No
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 10 cars)
Phone Number 0980-82-4806
(Reservation not possible)
Web Tabelog
Instagram (official)

Akaishi Shokudo (Okinawan Cuisine)

AkaishiShokudo

More photos : Instagram

The noodles with tender stewed pork called “Souki soba” are famous. When you come to Ishigaki Island, you must eat “Souki soba” at this restaurant. The dishes other than noodles are also popular because they are delicious and large in size.

It is far from the city center and there are not many buses, but it is worth a visit to eat. It is a popular restaurant that is visited by many people every day, but you can’t make a reservation. Therefore, you’ll probably have to wait until you enter.

Akaishi Beach

Why don’t you take a walk on the beautiful Akaishi Beach, which is within walking distance from the restaurant, while you wait.

It is recommended because there are not many people right after the restaurant opens. But there is no official website and SNS. The only way to get information about business hours, such as temporary closures, is to call the restaurant. We have the impression that the business hours of this restaurant change often.

Categories Restaurant
Business Hours Fri. – Sun.
11:00 am to 3:00 pm、5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Closed Mon. – Thur.
Menu (only in Japanese) Must-eat menus
・Souki Soba : 600 yen ~
  Ishigaki local noodle with tender stewed pork

Address 360 Ibaruma, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 741 216*06
Map No.  5 
Bus Bus stop name : Akaishi
2-minute walk from the bus stop
Route : No.6
3 buses / day (from Bus Terminal)
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards ×
English No
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 10 cars)
Phone Number 0980-89-2447
(Reservation not possible)
Web Tabelog
Instagram (official)

Shunya Banchan (Japanese Cuisine)

Syunya Banchan

More photos : Instagram

The fluffy Japanese omelet in the morning menu is excellent. Every day, many Japanese tourists visit here to eat it.

The inside of the restaurant has a calm atmosphere, and you can spend a relaxing time from the morning. It is like eating a delicious Japanese breakfast at home in Japan.

You can make a reservation on the website or by phone. As of January 2022, it seems that you have to make a reservation.

You can get information about holidays on the official website.

Categories Restaurant
Business Hours breakfast : 8:30 am to 9:30 am
lunch : 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Closed Irregular holiday
Menu (English) Must-eat menus
・Breakfast Special : 1,430 yen
  Japanese omelet set (Japanese omelet, fish, Simmered vegetables, soup, Japanese pickles)

Address 13-1 Shiraho, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 074 017*51
Map No.  6 
Bus Bus stop name : Shiraho
3-minute walk from the bus stop
Route : No.4, 10
3 buses / hour (from Bus Terminal)
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards
English unclear
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 15 cars)
Phone Number 0980-87-0813
Web Official
Instagram (official) Instagram

Vanilla Deli (Ishigaki Beef Burger)

Burger Shop VanillaDeli

More photos : Instagram

It is a restaurant where you can eat Ishigaki Beef Burgers. When you put it in your mouth, the flavor of the meat overflows from the thick Ishigaki Beef hamburg steak, and mixes with the exquisite sauce that matches it.

There is also a burger menu for vegetarians, so anyone can enjoy it.

This restaurant is located near the city center and offers stylish, bright interiors.

You can get information on holidays on the official Instagram.

Categories Cafe
Business Hours 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Closed Irregular holiday
Menu (English) Must-eat menus
・Avocado wasabi sauce flavored burger : 1,090 yen
・Vegetarian Deluxe (sandwich):594 yen
Address 12-2 Ishigaki, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 003 359*13
Map No.  7 
Bus Bus stop name : Bus Terminal
3-minute walk from the bus stop
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards ×
English unclear
Parking Lot ×
Phone Number 0980-83-3270
(Reservation not possible)
Web Tabelog
Instagram (official) Instagram

Papoiya (Ishigaki Beef Steak)

Steak

More photos : Instagram

If you want to eat Ishigaki Beef steak on Ishigaki Island, this restaurant is recommended. It is high price, but it is a restaurant where you can eat authentic Ishigaki Beef steak.

It is easily accessible as it is located in the city center.

There is no official website and SNS. The only way to get information about business hours, such as temporary closures, is to call the restaurant.

Categories Restaurant
Business Hours 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Closed Sun.
Menu (English) Must-eat menus
・High quality Ishigaki Beef tenderloin steak : 9,800 yen
・High quality Ishigaki Beef sirloin steak:9,800 yen
Address 258 Ohkawa, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 004 210*12
Map No.  8 
Bus Bus stop name : Bus Terminal
3-minute walk from the bus stop
View
Accepted Credit Cards
English unclear
Parking Lot ×
Phone Number 0980-83-3706
Web Tabelog
Instagram (official)

Re:Hellow BEACH (Ishigaki vegetables)

Cafe Re:Hellow BEACH

More photos : Instagram

It may be the most popular cafe on Ishigaki Island. It is a cafe with a view of the sea, close to the city center. You can eat dishes using Ishigaki Island vegetables while looking at the sea.

This restaurant is fashionable and cute interiors and popular with Japanese tourists. The parking lot is always full with rental cars.

We recommend the terrace seats where you can feel the sea breeze. Breakfast while looking at the sea is also a good choice.

You can make a reservation on the website or by phone.
You can get information on holidays on the official Instagram.

If you go by route bus, the nearest bus stop is “Maezato Koen”. However, there are only two buses a day here, so you will probably have to walk from the “Hirae higashi” bus stop.

There is a cafe called “PUFF PUFF” next to this cafe. Like “Re:Hellow BEACH”, this cafe is a popular cafe with a view of the sea. If Re:Hellow BEACH is full, PUFF PUFF is also recommended.

Categories Cafe
Business Hours 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Closed Irregular holiday
Menu (English) Must-eat menus
・Ishigaki vegetables bagna cauda : 1,350 yen
・Vegetables and Tofu meat Taco Rice:1,350 yen
  Taco rice is a traditional Okinawan dish of Mexican taco ingredients on rice.
Address 192-2 Maesato, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 956 291 182*43
Map No.  9 
Bus Bus stop name : Hiraehigashi
10-minute walk from the bus stop
Route : No.4
2 buses / hour (from Bus Terminal)
View
Accepted Credit Cards
English unclear
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 20 cars)
Phone Number 0980-87-0865
Web Official
(only Japanese)
Instagram (official) Instagram

Kunatsuyu (Okinawan Cuisine)

Yaeyama Soba Image

More photos : Instagram

It is a famous restaurant of “Yaeyama Soba” that is popular with locals because it is reasonably priced and delicious.
The atmosphere in this restaurant is like eating in a local private house. If the soba is sold out, it will close, so you should go early.

You can eat Yaeyama Soba at many restaurants on Ishigaki Island. The taste varies depending on the restaurant, such as light or strong.
This restaurant is light and delicious.

Why don’t you try “Yaeyama Soba“, a traditional noodle on Ishigaki Island!

There is no official website and SNS. The only way to get information about business hours, such as temporary closures, is to call the restaurant.

Categories Restaurant
Business Hours 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Closed Sun.
Menu (only in Japanese) Must-eat menus
・Yaeyama Soba : 400 yen ~
  This is traditional Ishigaki noodles.
Address 203 Ishigaki, Ishigaki-shi
mapcode_short MAPCODE 366 004 848*42
Map No.  10 
Bus Bus stop name : Art hotel
5-minute walk from the bus stop
Route : No.10
1 buses / hour (from Bus Terminal)
View ×
Accepted Credit Cards ×
English No
Parking Lot 〇 (Free, about 5 cars)
Phone Number 0980-82-7646
(Reservation not possible)
Web Tabelog
Instagram (official)

If you want more restaurant information, we recommend “Tabelog” website.
This website is the most famous restaurant information website in Japan. Therefore, a lot of restaurant information on Ishigaki Island is written.

Furthermore, restaurant ratings written on the website are important information for Japanese people when choosing a restaurant. In fact, high-rated restaurants are popular with Japanese people.


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