Nara restaurants

Top Choice Izakaya in Nara

Washokuya Happoh

This large, cheery, modern farmhouse-style spot salutes Nara as sake's birthplace, in both drink and food. Alongside izakaya standards like sashimi and karaage (fried chicken pieces), we loved the dishes marinated i…
Top Choice Burgers in Nara

Sakura Burger

This unassumingly gourmet burger joint is steps north of Kintetsu Nara Station. Expect a lunchtime queue for burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs with your choice of toppings. The namesake Sakura burger comes piled with…
Izakaya in Nara

Kura

This friendly spot in Naramachi is styled like an old storehouse and has just 16 seats around a counter amid dark-wood panels and an old beer sign. Indulge in mini-katsu (mini pork cutlets), yakitori (grilled chicke…
Okonomiyaki in Nara

Kameya

A giant red lantern marks the entrance to this casual, spirited okonomiyaki joint, going strong since the 1960s. There's a seemingly infinite number of combinations for the savoury pancakes cooked on steel griddles …
Food Hall in Nara

Yumekaze Plaza

Adjacent to Nara-kōen and across from the Nara National Museum, this convenient collection of a dozen restaurants offers everything from handmade soba to Italian pasta and panini sets, and kamameshi (rice hotpot), n…
Pizza in Nara

Mellow Café

Not far from Kintetsu Nara Station and down a narrow alley (look for the arbour and stone water barrel), this pleasant cafe centres on pasta and brick-oven pizzas, and desserts like the mellow parfait (made with fru…