Izu Peninsula restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Shimoda

Gorosaya

Elegant, understated ambience and fantastic seafood. The isōjiru soup is made from more than a dozen varieties of shellfish and looks like a tide pool in a bowl. The sashimi-don (rice bowl), not on the English menu,…
Top Choice Shokudo in Matsuzaki

Mingei Sabō

Generous seafood sets come with sashimi, perfectly grilled fish and multiple tiny appetisers at this traditional restaurant beside the little port (go for the lunch set '美味しいランチ' for ¥1620). From the Matsuzaki bus s…
Top Choice International in Kisami

South Cafe

It's well worth dragging yourself away from the beach for the tasty sandwiches, burgers, salads and curries (not to mention the must-have brownies) at this stylish diner. The drip coffee (with free refills) is also …
Sushi in Itō

Hamazushi

This roadstop chain restaurant opposite the beach has zero character, but who cares when it's this cheap, tasty and fun? Choose from bargain-priced bites like nigiri, maki, fried chicken and ramen using a touchscree…
Japanese in Itō

Bora Noya

Fish brought in to neighbouring Futo port supply the pearlescent sashimi platters at this former fishing lodge dating back to the 17th century. 'Bora' refers to the striped mullet that migrate along the coast and ha…
Japanese in Shimoda

Ahoya

In a 140-year old former shipping workshop, this funky snack shack hawks yummy tako-yaki (fried wheat balls filled with octopus) and shimodoyaki, their own creation with squid, shrimp, egg and seaweed. During winter…
Fusion in Kisami

Wabi Sabi Cafe

Choose from chair or hammock to savour the serenity at this homespun cafe, part of Wabi Sabi guesthouse, serving veggie and vegan Japanese fusion food. Dishes like edamame hummus, vegan Massaman curry, and a sweet a…
Izakaya in Itō

Kunihachi

A cute izakaya cluttered with eclectic decor. The menu caters to all with cheap and tasty dishes such as jumbo okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), tempura and sashimi sets, alongside more outlandish options like fried c…
Sushi in Itō

Fuji Ichi

A fishmonger downstairs and a casual restaurant above, this humble, market-fresh eatery is noted for its grilled fish and squid (cooked DIY on hot plates), but you won't go wrong with the sashimi set (sashimi teisho…
Noodles in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Zenfutei Nana ban

This institution serves the local noodle speciality, zendera soba (¥1260), with a stalk of fresh wasabi root to grate yourself – they even give you a plastic bag in which to take home the precious wasabi root leftov…