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Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

Very nice Saga beef (Wagyu) restaurant. Meat quality excellent, you can either grill it yourself on the table or eat as Shabu Shabu. Pricey for Saga but the meat quality is worth it. Waiters and employees extremely nice and helpful.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 19, 2019 via mobile

It is a do-it-yourself tenpanyakki. We had the Kira special lunch set. The meat taste very good. If you drive, just park opposite the restaurant. The staff are very polite, friendly and speaks limited English. Just point at the menu or food to order and...communicate. The restaurant closes very punctual at 3pm. Strictly no orders after 2pm.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Saga beef, to me, is the best beef in Japan. Beautiful marbling, fatty, melt in your mouth, flavourful. Kira does it best and serves quality beef, don't hesitate to try the beef sushi! While the food may be pricey, the food is definitely worth the...money and the queue!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

We wanted to try this restaurant when we booked the trip and I have tried to reserve the table on line and they do not allow said they can only accept booking by hotel. so, we have asked our hotel to book the restaurant and...the hotel reply, it can only be booked by the hotel in restaurant area. Anyway, at the end we went to the one in Tosu for lunch. we order two different types of beef, the Saga one and the local farmer one, and we think the difference in quality is minimal. The beef was good, but I have had better. We went there on a Sat at 1:30 and do not need to wait for a table. However, service was good and most staff can speak English.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

FYI, NO photography allowed in Teppanyaki area (with SIGNS displayed, not sure about the rest of the entire place) I have been to Kira Hakata 3 times and Kira Ginza once in the past, I would say Kira Honten is the BEST among all three...based on food freshness, quality, ambiance and most important: service. I went there for solo teppanyaki dinner two nights in a row. There is a separated waiting room for teppanyaki customers. Once my seat was available, the server took me to teppanyaki area. This hall is very open but quiet filling with light scent from fresh lilly. The teppanyaki chef was very skillful cutting and preparing my food, NO onion volcano or knife throwing/chopping show (which showed this is a real high end teppanyaki place). Dishwares are all premium pottery lines from Arita-yaki. Beautiful!! Most produces are from Saga with a few exceptions from Kyushu. Everything was very delicious including desserts & coffee (what a surprise!) Service is really top notch! This is the best dining experience compared with other worldwide Michelin star restaurants i have been to in the past. Actually i didn't know this place got any star until now. My water glass was always full, and the server always refilled my sake glass. He speaks good english and we had no communication issue at all. I can tell he was little nervous serving me the first night (fyi, single woman dining alone in high end restaurants is rare in Japan) but he was very comfortable the second night. He offered recommendations on teppanyaki course and cut of beef to make sure i got a chance to sample both great cut they offer. We ever chatted a little about my dining and travel experience in the rest of Japan. The whole experience made my solo Japan trip very memorable and forget the rude treatment from other Japanese business in Tokyo! I definitely must go to this place again when i visit Saga!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile

I traveled a long way from Hakata to take the wagyu beef here. I arrived at around 1315 hrs on a weekday but still need to wait for almost an hour to be seated. Lunch is at a bargain price and I tried two different...types of beef menu. The most expensive one and a less expensive one. The top wagyu beef at the lunch menu is worth the price and together with my son, we ordered four dishes of beef finally. The also served with vegetables, unlimited rice and a very nice green tea cake. We spent around a thousand dollars for lunch and it’s value for money.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

Contrary to other reviewers, i found their service to be excellent! You just have to be aware that almost all of the servers do not speak English, and the culture of dining is different from Western. We are so glad we made the trip to...Saga to try this out. If you don't have a reservation, i suggest you go there early for lunch.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed December 18, 2017

the saga beef is excellent, melts in your mouth. lunch set met at 3000-5000 ish, is probably the best value for money ever. while they do not accept reservation, the queue is orderly and reasonable. we waited about 15min, arriving at 1pm on a weekday.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

Pros Good food nice environment Cons Horrible services There is a Chinese waiter who is terribly impolite. He come and clean up the table when we are eating/ cooking/ chatting without asking us. His attitude is very bad towards customer. And keep staring and commanding...to us. This is the worst service experience I ever had in Japan. Be aware when you come.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch given we had booked dinner with onsen. The saga sirloin was surprisingly more expensive and taste softer than saga waga beef. We ordered 2 set lunch plus a la carte another piece of sirloin, and got so full the whole day....It offered 5% discount if you have a Kyushu JR pass.More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

You could see the coffee color line of the stake. They said it start to be looked like this right after cutting . But still it's not as fresh as showing on menu. I asked but they don't want to explain or gave plain explation....Later I asked senior casher when checking out and got this answer. They ignored me for 20mins while i was waiting and looking at them. But they are just chatting, the chinese waiter and Japanese hall manager, no intention to response at all. They said they would find someone speaking english for me but she is busy now and you need to wait. Later after talking with his manager, the waiter said there is no reason and it's just like this. It's ok to eat and giving me the bill while i even didn't start my dessert. I don't think they know steak somehow. Exactly after paying which is around 17000yen, I ask again and finally a waitress who can speak a little English came to explain. Also Japanes manager came and stand aside to help. Only by this time, customers' voice is finally been heart and I feel I am respected. That's worst resturant I have been in Japan. For the price given, they should not provide this kind of filet as well as service. This resturant doesn't treat customers in good way and don't care about quality or customer . Saga stake is really tasty and I want to get the best stake in best restaurant. That's the reason I travelled. This is just not. Advise you to think before you go!More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Quite famous among the HK visitors. Recommended by a tourist book. Came just in time before it stopped order for lunch. The mandarin speaking waiter was helpful and recommended us sets which tasted well and very good value for money.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed March 18, 2016

We are 3 persons to have lunch here because it is much cheaper than dinner. I will suggest you to make reservation in advance in order to get a table. We are lucky that when we arrived, we saw a notice that all booking are...full on the day, what a shock! Therefore I try to ask whether it is possible to get a seat, the waitress asked my name and advice us that there may be a cancellation 1 hour later, but we have to wait to see. Of course we wait. After 1 hour, it is lucky that the original booking was cancelled and we have got the table.... We all have the Saga Wagyu beef lunch set with is @JPY4500. They are using induction cooker and with a big metal pan, and you serve yourself. Every set has about 200g of beef and a lot of vegetables, rice and soup you can refill as much as you like. For me it is good because I like Japan rice very much. The wagyu is no question to be very delicious, juicy and with favor of beef. Don't cook too long, don't turn (2 turn only will be the best) and about medium-rare will be good enough. There are car park next to the restaurant, and there is a local farm market next to the restaurant that you can buy local vegetables, rice and wagyu. It will take around 15-20 minutes to walk from JR. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed March 14, 2016

fatty, can't eat too much. not appreciate the taste of meat but very famous in Saga city.there are many good meat restrant in Saga

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed April 10, 2015

Having heard of the delicious Saga beef but dinner menu is quite expensive, so we did manage to take lunch last week. We tried the Saga beef lunch set at Yen3,900 per person with salad, Saga beef and vegetable Teppanyaki, dessert and coffee and tea....Still remember the Saga beef melted in my mouth. Yummy....More

Date of visit: April 2015
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  • Food: 4.5
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