With Christmas fast approaching, one thing sure to be on everyone’s mind is the good old Christmas dining experience. Kobe has a few restaurants that cater for its growing expat population with seasonal menus on offer. Whether you’re looking for a full festive party atmosphere or a quiet meal for two, check out our guide to find out what’s on offer. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
The Kobe Club is a private non-profit membership club for the city’s expat community. Located next to the Futatabi Hills near downtown Kobe, the club was founded nearly 150 years ago and has a range of facilities and events on offer. The traditional English Christmas dinner has been one of the annual highlights over the past few years with guests enjoying a home-from-home feast of turkey, stuffing, vegetables and Christmas pudding washed down with champagne.
Price: 20,000 yen per person
Situated only two minutes by walk from Shin-Kobe Station, the Crowne Plaza has a host of seasonal culinary delights on offer. A traditional Christmas buffet is available throughout December in the Terrace restaurant. If that doesn’t take your fancy, you could try the Italian Christmas lunch at Level 36, the Chinese Christmas feast at Suzhou, the Christmas Teppanyaki at Kitano, or the “Noel” Christmas dinner set (available December 22-25) at The Bar. For those with a sweet tooth, there is a two-day White Christmas Dessert Buffet and a selection of artistic Christmas cakes to order.
Prices: Vary from 3,000 – 16,000 yen
For a festive treat with an East Asian twist, the Oriental Hotel on the waterfront is well worth a try. There are six restaurants to choose from offering panoramic views of Kobe and a range of Japanese, Chinese, French and Western cuisine. The pick of the bunch is probably Santa Monica’s Wind where you can indulge in a Christmas lunch buffet that includes everything from Peking Duck to traditional Christmas favorites. Runs until Christmas day.
Price: Adults 4,039 yen; Children 2,424 yen
The Kitano Club has been serving up premium French cuisine accompanied with smooth jazz music for 50 years in Kobe now. It offers an elegant dining experience and from December 22-25 will have a special Christmas menu available. Diners can choose from from French-style duck or beef fillet and a selection of festive desserts. Special festive cakes and macaroons are also available to lunch time guests.
Price: 11,880 yen per person (including tax and charges)
Situated near the Kitano Ijankan Museum, the Cafe de Paris is an award-winning establishment where you can enjoy a slice of Parisian atmosphere in the center of Kobe. The Christmas Dinner runs from December 22-25. A great place to enjoy a romantic festive meal for two with fruits de mer and roast beef to choose from. If the full meal option doesn’t suit, there is a lunch time menu offered at under half the price.
Price: 8,500 yen per person
Another option for those fancying a French Christmas experience, this cosy top-floor restaurant in Kobe’s Kitano area has a reputation for fine artisan cuisine. During Christmas week, they will be serving up three festive options – a full Christmas meal, a Christmas lunch and a Christmas breakfast.
Price: From 3,500 – 10,800 yen
If a set festive menu is not what you’re looking for, there are plenty of restaurants in Kobe that take party bookings if you just want to hire a space out where you and family or friends can have a party meal over the holiday season. You can also source all the produce you need to prepare your own seasonal banquet at home from The Meat Guy or the Foreign Buyers Club.