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“Everything I expected... and then some more.”

Kobe beef steak&Grill Meriken Hatoba
Ranked #2 of 12,028 Restaurants in Kobe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$133
Description: We mainly serve Kobe beef steak for lunch time and dinner time. We had lots of customers from overseas and they loved our steak because of the quality of beef and the reasonable prices. Every steak we serve is only used rare cuts of beef. There is seafood menu as well. English is available in weekends.
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Description: We mainly serve Kobe beef steak for lunch time and dinner time. We had lots of customers from overseas and they loved our steak because of the quality of beef and the reasonable prices. Every steak we serve is only used rare cuts of beef. There is seafood menu as well. English is available in weekends.
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

When I planned my trip from Mexico to Japan, my wife said she would treat me to a dinner in Kobe, to try the best of the best in steaks. After some research I chose Meriken Hatoba, being the #1 in Trip Advisor, but also due to the comments of the chef being very special.

Arriving to the restaurant was tricky, as it is located on a small street, like an alley. It gives it a special look, intimate from the start. We were greeted by the chef himself, master Sonoshi Okumoto, and quicky asked about our country of origin. He brought a Mexican flag right away and told us he’s a big fan of our country and “Lucha Libre” as he holds about 75 wrestler masks from famous wrestlers like “El Santo”. We loved that.

Restaurant is small, perhaps 10 seats and I believe we were lucky to get in without reservation, as at that time it was not full (I strongly recommend reservations to avoid any trouble).

Looking at the menu, we chose a plate including 130-150 grams of Kobe beef and sides of rice, vegetables, salad and soup. We also asked for two glasses of red wine and chose a local Kobe type. Steak was everything I expected, soft and buttery, perhaps a little bit too much pepper for me, but easy to wash on the meat juice on the plate to soften the flavor. The vegetables and sides were good, but steak was the king of the night (perhaps I should have asked for a meat only plate and skip the sides). Wine was also amazing, great pair for the dinner. Price for the whole meal (2 people) was about $140 dollars, which I believe is a fair price for the great food we had.

We met a couple from Malaysia and got to chat with them to share travel tips and talk about the food.

Tipping in Japan is not accepted, but we brought some Mexican candy to give away to people giving us a great service. We shared some with Sonoshi-san, his team, and also with our Malaysian friends. We hope they enjoyed them, and hope to return soon to Kobe and Meriken Hatoba.

Muchas gracias, Maestro Sonoshi !!

Thank AlexGDL
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Camper810932, オーナー at Kobe beef steak&Grill Meriken Hatoba, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Muchas gracias!
Thank you for giving us such a high appraisal.It is our duty to bring you a wonderful experience.So that you can feel our Japanese friendship.You will always be my friend.I am very happy to be able to serve you.
Hope you have a good day.Gracias,mi amigo!

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

典型日本家庭小酒馆 老板本人就是大师傅 手艺超好 还特别好客 要了rare的牛排 鲜嫩爽滑 来冲绳的话就不要错过!soft texture of the rare beef! You won’t want to miss it!

Thank Ruoqing X
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Camper810932, オーナー at Kobe beef steak&Grill Meriken Hatoba, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018
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非常感谢您给予我们的评价。您的评价就是我们一直进步的动力。再次感谢您。

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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Food and customer service was outstanding. We called at noon and were able to get a reservation for 1PM. It is a small place so I do recommend getting a reservation. We tried the rice bowl and the tartare, the quality was amazing and delicious. The master chef also gave us complementary drinks at the end for being foreigners. Highly recommend!

Thank Tammy V
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Camper810932, オーナー at Kobe beef steak&Grill Meriken Hatoba, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Thanks for your coming and your appraisal.It is our duty to bring you a wonderful experience.So that you can feel our Japanese friendship.Thank you so much.Hope you have a good day.

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

This is a very nice place to try kobe beef, me and my friends came almost at closing time and without any reservation before, and yet they still have us. The food is awesome, I had kobe steak and its probably the best steak i ever had. The Service is very good and the chef is very nice too, after meal he gave us a shot of soju. Thank you Meriken Hatoba

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Camper810932, オーナー at Kobe beef steak&Grill Meriken Hatoba, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Thanks for your coming and your appraisal.It is our duty to bring you a wonderful experience.So that you can feel our Japanese friendship.Thank you so much.Hope you have a good day.

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

We had the kobe beef set dinner that came with soup, salad and rice. The beef was very good, it just melts in your mouth. The chef cooks each portion individually and they only use the best part from the cow.
We happened to celebrate a birthday there and the chef was very generous to treat us to free drinks.
Overall, it was an enjoyable time with the tasty food and attentive service, while still reasonably priced for kobe beef.

Thank Sarah G
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Camper810932, オーナー at Kobe beef steak&Grill Meriken Hatoba, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Thanks for your coming and your appraisal.It is our duty to bring you a wonderful experience.So that you can feel our Japanese friendship.Thank you so much.Hope you have a good day.

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