Holiday Dining Options in Nagoya 2023

The holiday season brings a unique charm to Nagoya’s dining scene, allowing you to savor special holiday flavors and treats you might find at home with family and friends. If you’re wondering where to find the best of these seasonal delights, worry not – there are options! Nagoya’s holiday dining scene is a vibrant mix of local tradition and global flavors, offering various options to satisfy your holiday cravings. Whether you’re in the mood for something traditionally Japanese or looking to indulge in international holiday fare, Nagoya’s restaurants and eateries have you covered with their festive offerings.

Midtown BBQ

Barbecue might not be the first thing that comes to mind for a festive Christmas meal, but Midtown BBQ is set to change that perception. They are bringing back their highly acclaimed Prime Rib Christmas special this holiday season. Customers can indulge in Angus beef prime rib, meticulously prepared with Midtown’s signature herb blend and slow-roasted for an entire day to achieve perfect tenderness and flavor. The dish is served with various classic Christmas side dishes to complement this main attraction.

Given the popularity of this seasonal offering, it’s advisable to make reservations early to ensure a spot at Midtown BBQ’s feast. The experience promises to add a delicious twist to traditional Christmas dining.

Midtown BBQ

A five-minute walk from Fushimi Station
Naka Ward, Nishiki, 1 Chome−16−10 Midtown BBQ (map)

The Coat of Arms

Nagoya’s Commonwealth Pub and Restaurant, The Coat of Arms, is hosting its much-anticipated traditional Christmas Turkey Dinner again. This festive feast offers patrons a choice of succulent turkey, savory ham, or a combination of both. Accompanying these main courses are sides of creamy mashed potatoes, a mix of garlic and regular steamed veggies, a rich, creamy bean casserole, and an innovative twist with delicious Yorkshire pudding. This festive gathering is a great way to get into the holiday mood and an excellent value. However, seating is in high demand and sells out quickly, so early booking is highly recommended to secure your taste!

Coat of Arms Commonwealth Pub and Restaurant (COA)

A two-minute walk from Marunouchi Station
460-0003 Nagoya-shi, Naka-ku , Nishiki 2-6-12 (map link)
Tel: (052) 228 – 6155

The Kawabun Nagoya

This year, the Kawabun Nagoya will offer a Christmas Course as usual. They invite you to join with family and friends, and small children are welcome. Though the course is not exactly the most traditional of selections, it still promises to be pretty fantastic.

There are two eight-dish sets – either 17,000 JPY for the standard or a private room for 25,000 JPY – to choose from. Both feature extravagant delicacies, and both are well worth a taste.

The Kawabun Nagoya

A two-minute walk from Marunouchi Station
2 Chome-12-30 Marunouchi, Naka-Ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 460-0002 (map link)

Hilton Hotel Nagoya

Christmas Sweets

  • Offerings: Christmas whole cakes, gingerbread houses, stollen, and a Christmas hamper with roast chicken, beef, caviar, cheese, champagne, and wine.
  • Sales Start: November 2, including mince pies and seasonal tarts.

Christmas Buffets

  • “Mangiare! Cantare! Natale!”: The lunch and dinner buffet is themed around an Italian family party featuring roast chicken and a seafood bar.
  • Sweets Buffet “The Nutcracker”: Inspired by the Nutcracker story, featuring themed sweets​.
  • Afternoon Tea “The Nutcracker”: Including Christmas sweets and savory items​.

Special Christmas Dinners

  • Jazz Dinner: On December 23-24, with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne​.
  • Premium Order Buffet “Taste of the Dynasty”: Featuring luxurious ingredients like abalone and lobster, available December 22-25​.
  • Teppanyaki Dinner Course: With premium ingredients like sea bream wagyu beef, available December 22-25​.

Kaiseki and Tempura Dinner Courses

  • Kaiseki: “Rokka” and “Hijiri” options​​.
  • Tempura: “Asama” and “Myojin” options​​.

Christmas Train 2023

  • Exhibition: A charity event featuring a European townscape diorama and a Christmas tree made of gift boxes.
  • Period: November 4, 2023, to January 8, 2024​.

These festivities at Hilton Nagoya provide a range of dining experiences and Christmas-themed events, creating a festive atmosphere for the holiday season.

Hilton Hotel Nagoya

A five-minute walk from Fushimi Station
1-3-3 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008 (map link)
052-212-1111 (More information, but only in Japanese)

The Marriott Hotel Nagoya

The Marriott Hotel’s Restaurant Pergola in the JR Nagoya Station Tower offers a bright and casual space with a broad menu. Each Christmas, they devise a special festive menu that is bound to impress.

Featured Restaurants & Offerings

  1. All-Day Dining Pergola: Christmas Buffet featuring roast beef and desserts. Special lunch and dinner times, including quick lunch options and two-part service on select days.
  2. Lobby Lounge Scenery: Christmas Afternoon Tea with various teas and coffee.
  3. Main Bar Estmare: Champagne & Fruit Set for Christmas.
  4. Chinese Cuisine Ri-An: Special Christmas Lunch & Dinner menus.
  5. Teppanyaki Na-Gutei: Exclusive Christmas Lunch & Dinner offers.
  6. Kyoto Tsuruya: Christmas kaiseki meals for lunch and dinner.
  7. French Cuisine Mikuni Nagoya: Premium Christmas lunch and dinner menus, including options with champagne and caviar.
  8. Sky Lounge Zenith: Various Christmas dining experiences, including afternoon tea and dinner with caviar.

Check their website or contact the hotel for more up-to-date information.

The Marriott Hotel Nagoya

Located in JR Central Towers (Nagoya Station)
1 Chome-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-Ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 450-6002 (map)
052-584-1111 (more information, but in Japanese only)

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