Okinawa & the Southwest Islands restaurants

Top Choice Noodles in Miyako-jima

Rāmen House Tida

This old-school family noodle joint exudes a Shõwa-era movie vibe if only for its fabulously faded original decor. Friendly hosts dish out hearty bowls of steaming broth, tasty fried rice and juicy gyōza. Many years…
Top Choice Izakaya in Miyako-jima

Pōcha Tatsuya

This hospitable izakaya is a warm, efficient bastion of Miyako-jima quality, serving fresh, thoughtfully prepared local fare such as kobushime-yawaraka-ni (steamed cuttlefish; ¥730) and sūchiki (vinegared pork with …
Top Choice Okinawan in Naha

Ryūkyū Ryōri Nuchigafū

For a memorable, elegant meal in Naha, don't pass up dinner at the hilltop Nuchigafū, off the southern end of Tsuboya Pottery Street. Formerly a lovely Okinawan teahouse, and before that a historic Ryūkyūan residenc…
Top Choice Chinese in Naha

Shanghai Wantan Rō

If you think you'll be fed any time before 8pm, you're mistaken. But if you can hold out for this little late-night eatery, you won't be disappointed. The standouts of the drool-worthy menu (which is, incidentally, …
Top Choice Okinawan in Naha

Yūnangi

You'll be lucky to get a seat here, but if you do, you'll be treated to some of the best Okinawan food around, served in traditional but bustling surroundings. Try the okinawa-soba set (¥1400), or choose from among …
Top Choice Izakaya in Ishigaki-jima

Shima-no-tabemonoya Paikaji

This Ishigaki city favourite serves all the Okinawan and Yaeyama standards. The boisterous atmosphere and kitchen get top marks, although smokers detract from the experience. Try the ikasumi chahan (squid-ink fried …
Top Choice Bistro in Irabu-jima & Shimoji-jima

Blue Turtle

This blingy little bistro gets bonus points for its delightfully secluded location, resting atop a shaded grassy knoll on a white-sand beach, whose turquoise waters glimmer seductively while you sip your cocktail at…
Izakaya in Miyako-jima

Nanraku

Nanraku is Miyako-jima embodied in an izakaya – an earthy, convivial atmosphere, with ingredients sourced from local bounty. Chef Nanraku-san is a local boy, and his celebration of the island's cuisine and its prove…
Okinawan in Naha

Ashibiunā

Perfect for lunch after touring Shuri-jō, Ashibiunā has a traditional ambience and picturesque garden. Set meals feature local specialities such as gōyā champurū (bitter melon stir-fry), okinawa-soba (thick white no…
Izakaya in Okinoerabu-jima

Mōri Mōri

This super-friendly izakaya in Wadomari offers small dishes such as gōyā champurū (bitter melon stir-fry; ¥500). See if you can break the local beer-chugging record, which stands at under three seconds. It's a littl…