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Okada Description

Located near Kintetsu Nara Station, Okada is a hidden gem offering traditional Japanese cuisine in the heart of Nara. With a cozy and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is a perfect blend of modern elegance and authentic Japanese charm.

Okada's menu features a range of exquisite dishes that showcase the essence of Japanese culinary artistry. From beautifully crafted sushi and sashimi platters to flavorful grilled dishes and delicate tempura, each bite at Okada is a harmonious symphony of flavors and textures. The restaurant's attention to detail in presentation and use of fresh, high-quality ingredients truly sets it apart from other dining establishments in the area.

One of the standout items on Okada's menu is their meticulously prepared kaiseki courses, offering a multi-course dining experience that highlights the seasonal ingredients and culinary skills of the chefs. Whether you are a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine or simply looking to explore the rich flavors of Nara, Okada promises a memorable dining experience that celebrates the art of Japanese gastronomy.

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Okada Overview

Address

26-2 Imamikadochō, Nara, Nara 630-8374

Phone

+81 (0) 742-93-8119

Access

16 minute walk from Nara Station

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 6:00PM-10:00PM
Tue: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Wed: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List

Private Dining Room

Sake Selection

Okada Reviews

Okada Google Average Rating

4.8

5

Google
Edit: After going to other kaiseki restaurants like Hassun in Kyoto, I've grown to appreciate this place more. The chef doesn't give favoritism to Japanese clients (especially regulars) which I appreciate. There's so many more courses despite being significantly cheaper than many other kaiseki places too, and more attention to detail.

One of the best meals of my life and a truly fantastic kaiseki experience! I really appreciated how the chef was willing to experiment with slightly non-traditional ingredients like the Turkish kadayıf and even cream cheese with (what I took to be) lemongrass. The service was outstanding and everyone tried really hard to explain to us each dish despite the considerable language barrier. We really hope to come back the next time we're at Nara.

5

Google
Absolute wonderful Kaiseki experience! Went for the dinner course and every single dish is artistically presented and packed with natural flavors of the seasonal ingredients. Ahead of each bite, the head chef and his staff offer introduction of the ingredient selections in English as best as they can, making the overall dining atmosphere very engaging.

5

Google
Absolutely impeccable food, presentation, service, everything. I managed to get a same-day dinner reservation and it was the best meal of my entire Japan trip. Every course was absolutely delicious and the staff went above and beyond to translate each dish into English for me (bringing out books with photos of various ingredients and pointing at the relevant ones). Couldn't recommend it more highly.

5

Google
M so glad I decided to dine here. I booked way ahead for dinner.

Ingredients were very common, nothing fancy, but the execution of the food is good.

Service is also very friendly despite not able to converse much in English.

Really enjoyed my meal here. Thanks chef!!

5

Google
Very interesting for a few reasons. If you want an off the beaten path experience, you can’t go wrong here.
First, presentation is immaculate, every course is an art itself. When you are being served, you always wonder what’s next and can’t wait for it.
Second, most dishes are perfectly balanced, I especially like the fish in the fish soup, just salty and tender enough, but not overwhelming your taste Bud. And the potato rice,l with a hint of umami on the rice just makes you crave for more.
Third, the staffs are on the younger side, but if anything, it makes the experience more casual and enjoyable, everyone engages with everyone, that’s the point of fine dining, right? To have a good time.
Fourth, I am not familiar with traditional Kaiseki, but mashed lotus root with crab favor, carrot with wasabi favor, apple mousse with a bit chunk of apple, it’s not what I’ve expected but I am not complaining.
It’s worth a trip of you can get a reservation.
Bonus point of you aren’t full by the end, you get free refill on the white rice

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