Top Choice Vegetarian in Sendai


The vegetable curries, macrobiotic tofu and fresh, colourful salads are the highlights of this stalwart of healthy dining, which rotates its menu regularly from a library of cookbooks on display. The occasional fish…
Japanese in Sendai

Aji Tasuke

In a city of fans of charcoal-grilled cow tongue, this little gyūtan has been steadily among the top few for some time now. Perch at the counter to watch – and smell – the grilling in action. It's next to a small to…
Japanese in Sendai

Rikyu Ichibancho Yanagimachi

The best gyūtan (charcoal-grilled cow's tongue) place in town is this tiny hole-in-the-wall filled with locals. It's very cheap, very fresh and there is an English-language menu so you don't accidentally order the t…
Japanese in Sendai


Spectacular evening kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) courses and crunch-for-lunch tempura are served in this evocative traditional building in the heart of Kokubunchō. Best for dining with two or more.
Japanese in Matsushima

Santori Chaya

Perennial local favourites from land and sea such as kaisen-don (mixed sashimi on rice) and gyūtan (chargrilled cow's tongue) feature here, along with seasonal specialities such as Matsushima's famous oysters. Seati…
Izakaya in Sendai


Named after a Song-era fantasy epic, this classic izakaya (Japanese pub-eatery) specialises in charcoal-grilled kinki (also called kichiji, or rockfish), which is nibbled by sake-sipping customers propped at the bar…
Bakery in Sendai

Manhattan Bakery

Japanese bakeries often make sugary, limp bread, but not so Manhattan, which whips up delicious sandwiches to order from a variety of fresh toppings. There are just a few tables, so expect to get and go (on a picnic…
Cafe in Sendai

Gengo Chaya

In business for 130 years, this teahouse is known for its zunda-mochi, pounded rice cakes topped with a jam made from fresh soybeans – a Sendai speciality. The teahouse is on the eastern edge of Nishi Park, with whi…
Burgers in Sendai

Hosoya's Sandwich

In the middle of the entertainment district is this old-school burger joint that's been in business since 1950. The ice-cream sodas are great if you're not on the booze, plus there are also a few options for vegetar…
Vegetarian in Sendai

Jogi Tofuten

It's soybeans at every turn at this large tofu speciality restaurant in a quiet street in Aoba-ku and popular with students. Triangular, spongy and lightly fried, the tofu is only the starting point. Mix and match t…