Freshly grilled yakitori is something that is too hard to resist. This popular charcoal grilled delicacy has been an all time favorite in Japan. Yokohama boasts a good number of restaurants that serve yakitori and many agree that it is among the best that they had ever tasted in Japan.
Masters who specialize in the arts of grilling yakitori is quite rare and those who open their own restaurants are usually very successful. Just imagine yourself eating charcoal grilled chicken skewers dripping with juices and special sauces. Yes, I bet you are feeling hungry yourself so make sure to head straight to the 10 best yakitori restaurants in Yokohama for a mouth watering experience.
1. Denbei (伝兵衛)
Denbei is one of the most popular restaurants in Yokohama when it comes to yakitori. Their grilled chicken is so juicy and tastes absolutely fantastic. Just 5 minutes away from Yokohama station, this spacious and comfortable restaurant is the ideal place to feast on grilled chicken. They also have sake to go along with the food, so expect a hearty and enjoyable experience.
Address: 2-1-12 Kitasaiwai Nishi-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
2. Sumibi Yakitori Azuma (炭火焼鳥あずま)
Sumibi Yakitori Azume is an Izakaya that specializes in yakitori. With that said, they have a great collection of sake, shochu, and draft beers. They have a good number of dishes on their menu. But, what stands out the most is their yakitori. You just can’t help but stuff yourself with their grilled chicken. A great place to enjoy food and drinks, especially with the company of family and friends.
Address: 2-29 Aioicho Naka-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
3. Yakitori Midori (焼鳥 美鶏)
Yakitori Midori’s set menu course of ¥ 3,500 is enough to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. The set consists of seven skewers, three types of dishes. It makes a delicious and filling meal and is well worth the price. This is what you call great value for a good price. There are also times when they also serve braised beef’s tongue, so you might want to try that as well.
Address: 2-30 Ota-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture Tanaka Building 2F
4. Nogizaka Torikou Shokudo (乃木坂 鳥幸食堂)
Aside from yakitori, Nogizaka Torikou Shokudo also have delicious oyakodon (chicken rice bowl). It is said that they had won 2nd place in an oyakodon competition and some people visit this restaurant to try both their yakitori and oyakodon at the same time. Their rice bowl with yakitori is a delicious combination so make sure to try it at least once.
Address: 1-2-7 Nishi Ku, Yodobashi, Kanagawa, Yokohama
5. Yakitori Ebisu (やきとり 戎)
Yakitori Ebisu is located on the 10th floor of the Sky Building that is adjacent to the east exit of Yokohama Station. Although they are well known for their yakitori, they also have a good variety of dishes on their menu. This includes beers and other beverages that goes well with their food. Another good part about this restaurant is that they have a smoking and non-smoking area.
Address: 2-19-12 Takashima Nishi-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
6. Yakitori Saito (焼き鳥 さいとう)
Yakitori Saito is a restaurant where it is highly recommended to get a reservation. The reason why this restaurant is popular because their yakitori is delicious! For a price of ¥ 1,500 you can get their “random 7 skewer set”. A set of skewers that are all carefully grilled to perfection. For many, the price is very reasonable and the service is great. It’s no wonder why Yuki Saito is very popular with the locals in Yokohama.
Address: 2-34-2 Aioicho Naka-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
7. Torinozen (鳥乃膳)
Torinozen’s atmosphere is quite nice. While listening to the music in the background you get to enjoy their delicious grilled chicken in a good atmosphere. The assorted skewers will give you a taste of contentment and the price is very reasonable as well. There are other items on their menu as well and the all-you-can-drink option is a great deal for people who plan to stay a while in Torinozen.
Address: 1-7-19 Tsuruyacho Kanagawa-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
8. Hisago (ひさご)
Hisago is not only a yakitori restaurant, they also have oden! Yes, this popular dish where everything is steeped in a mild dashi broth is something that people love to have especially when the weather is cold. The restaurant is always crowded with customers so you have to get there as early as possible. Some people prefer to dine here during dinner because there are less customers in the evening. Overall, a great place to have yakitori and oden at the same time!
Address: 1-5-29 Minamisaiwai Nishi-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
Website: http://www.taiyokanko.co.jp/tenpo/hisago/hisago_top.htm (Japanese Only)
9. Sennari (千成)
Sennari is a simple yet well-known shop in Yokohama. The atmosphere is good and the grilled chicken is even better. This is a place where you can feel at ease and enjoy a meal without too much worries. They don’t have sauces for their grilled skewers only salt. However, even though there is a lack of any “special sauce” the taste is just right and you will find the simple preparation to your liking
Address: 1-16-10 Okano Nishi-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
10. Ultra (うる虎 横浜本店)
Ultra is a one of those Izakaya where you get to enjoy a good variety of dishes in one place. Aside from yakitori, they are well known for their motsu nabe. For those who are familiar with “Japanese hotpots”, this is a well sought dish. Indulge yourself in drinking a glass of beer, munching on yakitori and enjoying a bowl of motsu nabe. That would definitely be a very enjoyable dining experience.
Address: 2-16-2 Tsuruyacho Kanagawa-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
Data is as of December 2017
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