Sendai restaurants

Top Choice Vegetarian in Sendai


Vegetable curries, macrobiotic tofu and fresh, colourful salads are the highlights of this delightful, minimalist cafe, which rotates its menu regularly from a library of cookbooks on display. The occasional fish pr…
Japanese in Sendai

Aji Tasuke

In a city of fans of charcoal-grilled cow's tongue, this little gyūtan has been steadily among the top few purveyors for some time now. Perch at the counter to watch – and smell – the grilling in action. It's next t…
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 cheap, fresh and there is an English-language menu so you don't accidentally order the tail.
Japanese in Sendai


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


Named after a Song-era fantasy epic, this classic izakaya specialises in charcoal-grilled kinki (rockfish; also called kichiji), which is nibbled by sake-sipping customers propped at the bar. Jiraiya's entrance is o…
Cafe in Sendai

Gengo Chaya

In business for 130 years, this charming 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,…
Burgers in Sendai

Hosoya's Sandwich

In the middle of the entertainment district you'll find 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 a few options for veg…