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Kawatarou

#26 of 9,907 Restaurants in Fukuoka
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1-6-6 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 810-0801, Fukuoka Prefecture
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+81 92-271-2133
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Portland, Oregon
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't have a dinner reservation so had to go back later to be seated, but it was worth the wait. If you have to wait, I recommend you study their menu before being seated so you can order efficiently. They are very busy so the wait staff won't patiently wait for your order while you look at the menu.... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

For our last night in Fukouka, we couldn't get any restaurant we want. Based on hotel's recommendation and the TripAdvisor review, we booked Kawatarou, the original store. Interestingly, as a highly rated restaurant, its staff barely spoke English. As I didn't want the set menu, which was the big mistake, we went through a lengthy ordering process with our waiter.... More 

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Thank Jl928
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We went there on a slow monday for lunch, our hotel told us we dont need to reserve a table beforehand. Just went over and wait, it just took us 15 minutes to get our seat. Better sit by the pool with all the actions are. The food is exceptionally good, one of the best sushi restaurant we have ever... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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298 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Tried to visit for lunch for its famous live squid in tanks by the table, but it was not opened for business. Asked hotel concierge to check and found that the restaurant would not open for lunch when there was no catch of live squid due to stormy weather.

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Thank GGHolliday
Hong Kong
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

This restaurant is a sashimi restaurant. They keep living jellyfish in a pool. All the dishes are so fresh and nicely presented. Never taste such a good meal. The price is half of Tokyo. Highly recommended to all visitors. Not many tourists know the place and unfortunately no English speaking services.

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3 Thank Traveladvisor20
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

Having the squid swim around in front of you is an experience and they make good sashimi but rest of food is nothing to write home about.

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Singapore
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257 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2013

We had planned to dine here for lunch and was eagerly waiting for the place to open for lunch before 12noon. When it finally did open, we were just left to stand there at the entrance and wait. I reckon this was more because of a language barrier and inability to communicate between us and the staff. Request for a... More 

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Australia
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Ive put this up as there are very little reviews for this restaurant This was recommended by concierge at the grand hyatt. Only 1 min walk, as requested something very close and good sashimi. They serve sashimi at this restaurant. There is an English menu which was helpful. You sit side by side around a large live squid pool. Their... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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187 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

It's a must visit for those going around Fukuoka. Though I would say that this restaurant is not for the faint hearted especially if you are afraid foods that move in particular the squid. They may offer several seafood preparations but the people go here for the ika ikizukuri (live squid sashimi)... They have a strong tradition and come the... More 

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boston
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2012

I visited this place nestled along the river in the Nakasu district of Fukuoka. It is a charmingly small place, with the main dining room dominated by a fishpond that literally harbors one's dinner. We ordered the omekase, which was a filling progression of really outstanding course after course. While my limited Japanese prevents me from recounting the specifics of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-6-6 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 810-0801, Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kyushu-Okinawa  >  Fukuoka Prefecture  >  Fukuoka
  • Phone Number: +81 92-271-2133

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?