Comfort Hotel Naha Prefectural Office
Phone: (81) 98 941 7311
Fax: (81) 98 941 7312
Right behind Tokyo Inn Hotel, this intimate, lantern-lit space is perfect for a small group of friends or a date. Traditional tatami floor seating or hardwood benches are available, and an English menu eases the dining experience for tourists. Sashimi, stone-grilled taco rice, pizza, Ishigaki beef and a wide selection of awamori (Okinawan rice liquor) and cocktails compose the menu, and entice friends to while away the time in this cozy setting. Large parties are advised to make a reservation, as the restaurant can only accommodate 51 people at a time.
Uraniwa serves an array of dishes from all over Okinawa, including Ishigaki steak and Okinawan pork. This venue is great for intimate parties or large gatherings (for parties of 15 or more, please book ahead), with its chic ambience and Japanese flair. Also, if you plan your visit accordingly, you can enjoy live music while you dine (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).
With one location on Kume Street and another on the busy Kokusai Street, Ryukyu Cuisine & Dance Yotsudake serves set menus of traditional Ryukyuan cuisine and enhances the experience with classical Ryukyuan dancing. Traditionally, the Ryukyu Kingdom welcomed envoys from powerful countries with this kind of hospitality. Ryukyu Cuisine & Dance Yotsudake brings this tradition to the present, allowing visitors to experience the hospitality for which Okinawa has become renowned. The tables on the first floor are organized so that everyone can see the stage, though guests can also reserve a private room on the second floor. Reservations are highly recommended.
Want to really feel like you’re away from home? Welcome to Edomurasaki, a traditional Japanese restaurant that offers private dining rooms with your choice of tatami seats on the ground or Western chairs. It is recommended to book these private rooms ahead, as they are the perfect setting for business meetings and traditional Japanese New Year festivities. The menu is representative of Okinawan cuisine with fresh seafood and regional pork dishes.
The owner, Toshiko Yamashiro, hails from Iheya Island in Northern Okinawa, and named the tavern after Iheya Island's symbol, the Nendo Hiramatsu (a type of pine tree). Conveniently located near Kokusai Street, the bar and restaurant serves an assortment of Ryukyuan dishes, and the couple performs traditional dances and songs. If you're feeling bold, you can put on a costume and do a free-spirited Okinawan dance called the Kachashi with the owners. The venue is closed on Wednesdays.
In a basement space in Naha City, Sachiko Nakada, Okinawa's queen of comedy, performs skits, dances and songs with family members and the Deigo-za performance group. Having done multiple TV shows and live events, Sachiko Nakada's goal is to preserve Uchina-guchi (the native Okinawan dialect) through her comedic performances. Food and drink are available at the venue.
The epitome of chic, Darl Bar serves a wide selection of Western and awamori (Okinawan rice wine) cocktails as well as a variety of snacks until the wee hours of the morning. The first thing you notice upon entering is the long, hardwood bar, the recessed lighting and the chandeliers, which highlight the venue's modern furniture and sculpted columns. All-you-can-drink plans are available for guests parched from a day of work. Women can get discounted food and drinks every Tuesday night. Darl Bar holds sixty guests, and groups above forty are asked to call ahead.
Nowhere else could you get as good a view of the city and of the water as from the Naha Harbor Diner which sits atop a banyan tree. The venue offers a truly unique scenery as well as delectable cuisine. The menu includes seafood dishes, pasta, Okinawan pork, and steak, so your stomach will surely be satisfied no matter what it is hankering for. Guests can organize large parties here as well as intimate dinners to share with that special someone; whatever the occasion the Naha Harbor Diner is a great choice!
With traditional leg-well seats (guests sit around a table with their legs going into a below-floor level), Torizo welcomes its guests to get an authentic Japanese experience, although the menu may be quite unexpected. Torizo’s specialty is not typical Okinawan cuisine but rather, it is famous for its Miyazaki Jitokko chicken dishes! This poultry is rare to come by and is renowned in Japan for its tenderness and juicy flavor. Stop on by to Torizo and have a taste!
Situated in the center of Kokusai Street, Zizake Yokocho is the perfect place to enjoy some awamori (locally crafted Okinawan sake) along with a smattering of traditional Okinawan tapas-style dishes after a long day of souvenir shopping. Accustomed to tourists, the pictures of the prix fixe menus help indecisive visitors choose which of these healthful dishes to sample, although items can also be ordered à la carte. This venue gets crowded during the tourist season so be sure to make reservations via their website. Live traditional music and dance performances occur three times nightly beginning at 6:30p, and patrons are welcome to join the dancers on the stage at the end of the set. Feel free to bring your own awamori for a JPY2000 bottle fee.
The tastefully decorated Latin-themed interiors beckon seekers of Argentinean food, drinks and music to spend an evening at Peña Amancay. This dining and music venue serves delectable cuisine from the exotic country of its origin, also offering wines imported from the region. Conveniently located in central Naha, and easily accessible by public transportation, Peña Amancay is definitely worth a visit, not just for the food and drinks, but also for the range of folk musicians that grace its stage. Call for more information.
Umi no Chinboraa is near Tomarin Port in Naha City, and its proximity to the harbor ensures that the seafood they serve is only the freshest available from the southern Yaeyama Islands. The soft lighting and hardwood floors give the restaurant and bar the feeling of a lounge, and provides a quiet place for a family or group of friends to enjoy a traditional Okinawan meal. The impressive bar offers an all-you-can-drink menu, and set meals are available for groups over four people. Private rooms with traditional seating on tatami floors or with long benches can be reserved for large parties.