Eat

Zamami Village has a surprisingly large number of dining establishments for such a small community with a total population of around 900 people.  Whether you’ve got a craving for Italian, ramen, sashimi, pre-made bento lunch boxes, cafes, or a deep-fried pork cutlet, Zamami Village has got it all.  There are a few important points to keep in mind.  During the off-season winter months, many places close.  At the very least, there should be one place open during both lunch and dinner times.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, the peak-season summer months are so packed that it’s almost impossible to get dinner without booking a reservation in advance.  Please plan accordingly.

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Zamami Island:

All of the restaurants on Zamami Island, aside from the small parlors by the two beaches, are located in the primary Zamami Hamlet by the port.  Each restaurant should have an English menu with or without pictures.  A few representative places are as follows.

Breakfast:

  • Cafe Cha-Villa (098-987-3737) is the cafe attached to the guest house Cha-Villa.  The polished atmosphere is pleasant, and Cafe Cha-Villa is one of the only places open for breakfast (toast and coffee).  As a cafe, Cha-Villa offers coffee, tea, cakes, tarts, and light food items.
  • Nanamaru (???)–Izakaya by night, breakfast restaurant by morning.  Nanamaru is one of the few restaurants on Zamami Island serving breakfast.  Nanamaru specializes in traditional Japanese-style breakfast menus.  Stop by in the evening for a Japanese-style pub (izakaya) dinner.

Lunch:

  • Wayama Mozuku (098-987-2069) is well known as the island’s primary producer of mozuku sea weed and serves delicious mozuku-infused Okinawa soba noodles.  Wayama also serves plain mozuku and a number of other dishes.  Wayama Mozuku is only usually open for lunch.
  • Ojisan (090-6859-8695) is a standard Okinawan shokudo, or cafeteria, type of establishment only open for lunch.  Ojisan’s claim to fame is their huge katsu-don, or deep-fried pork cutlet with egg over rice… bowl.  Ojisan also has standard Okinawan items like champuru and Okinawa soba.  Ojisan is closed on Sundays.
  • Zamami Burger (098-987-3626) is a burger shop at the foreign owned and operated Zamamia International Guesthouse.  Zamami Burger serves both standard and specialty burgers for lunch, all afternoon and into the evening when other restaurants are usually closed to prepare for dinner.  In addition to traditional beef burgers, Zamami Burger also has fried-chicken sandwiches and vegetarian burgers, fries, and drinks.  The hours are from 12:00 until 20:00.
  • Izakaya Santa (098-987-3592) is an izakaya open for both lunch and dinner.  Santa’s lunch menu changes every day but always includes miso soup, pickled vegetables, salad, and iced coffee or iced tea in addition to the entre item.  One main draw to Santa’s lunch menu is all you can eat rice (only during lunch).  For a great price, you can fill up with delicious food.  Santa is often closed on Thursdays.
  • Umibaru (098-987-3757) is generally open for both lunch and dinner and is an Okinawa soba specialty restaurant.  Head to Umibaru for your fill of noodles.
  • Fishing Co-op (098-987-2015) is located near the port and sells fresh cut sashimi, tempura, fish sausage, onigiri rice balls, etc.  The fishing co-op’s offerings vary daily depending on the catch.  They often sell donburi bowls of rice with tempura, tuna sashimi, or fish and sauce on top.  The fishing co-op is only open weekdays.
  • Nagisa (098-987-2233) is a souvenir shop across from the port and also serves ice cream, sashimi, and beer.
  • Restaurant Marumiya (098-987-3166) is an Okinawan and Japanese food restaurant serving anything from fries, to goya champuru, to sashimi.  Marumiya is open for lunch and dinner.  Marumiya usually has a discounted lunch menu with two entres to choose from each day and comes with iced tea or iced coffee.  The standard menu is also available to choose from during lunch.  Marumiya is often closed on Wednesdays.
  • Tonton (098-987-2235) is a ramen and dumpling restaurant with a cafe style of atmosphere.  They are open for both lunch and dinner.  Tonton is attached to the Cats Inn Kerama guesthouse.

Bento (pre-made lunch boxes)

  • Tampopo is a bento-box shop.  Tampopo’s bento generally feature Okinawan food.  Tampopo sells onigiri rice balls and sata andagi Okinawan donuts too.
  • Fishing Co-op (098-987-2015) as listed above has donburi rice bowls with tuna sashimi, tempura, fish and sauce available for take out.  They also have onigiri rice balls and more.  The fishing co-op is only open on weekdays.
  • Komine Store (098-987-2151) is a small grocery store on the island and sells bento boxes, onigiri, fresh baked bread, sata andagi, snacks, etc.
  • 105 Store (098-987-2656) is the largest grocery store on the island and sells bento boxes, fresh baked bread, sata andagi, snacks, etc.
  • Zamami Burger also offers takeout.
  • Marumiya also offers takeout on some items.

Dinner

  • La Toquee (098-987-3558) is a bar and restaurant on the second floor of the large yellow building in the center of town.  Although a little bit on the pricier side, it serves delicious items including sashimi, salads, sea food, pizza, etc.  It is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance regardless of the time of year.  La Toquee is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Umibaru (098-987-3757) is an Okinawa soba noodle specialty shop.  They also serve beer and alcohol.
  • Marumiya (098-987-3166) is an Okinawan and Japanese food restaurant also serving beer and alcohol.  They have pretty much anything from fries, to goya champuru, to sashimi, ramen, etc.  It is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance as Marumiya tends to be crowded.
  • Zamami Burger (098-987-3626) is a burger shop at the foreign owned and operated Zamamia International Guesthouse.  Zamami Burger serves both standard and specialty burgers for lunch, all afternoon and into the evening when other restaurants are usually closed to prepare for dinner.  In addition to traditional beef burgers, Zamami Burger also has fried-chicken sandwiches and vegetarian burgers, fries, and drinks.  The hours are from 12:00 until 20:00.
  • Tonton (098-987-2235) is a ramen and dumpling restaurant with a cafe style of atmosphere.  Tonton is attached to the Cats Inn Kerama guesthouse.

Bars / Izakaya (Japanese-style pubs with plenty of food)

  • Izakaya Santa (098-987-3592) is an izakaya serving a variety of Japanese food.  Santa has many delicious items and plenty of alcohol including beer and some cocktails.  Santa is often closed on Thursdays.
  • Open House (098-987-2672) is an izakaya with a lot of finger food.  Open house is a good place to get your fill of awamori, a traditional Okinawan liquor.  Open house is frequented by locals.
  • Nanamaru is a newly opened Izakaya on the first floor of the Guesthouse Iyonchi.  Nanamaru’s menu heavily features sashimi specialties, but the restaurant also serves Izakaya standards as well as Japanese home-cooking items like croquettes and fried chicken.  Nanamaru is also one of the few restaurants open for breakfast and specializes in traditional Japanese-style breakfasts.
  • Sangosho (098-987-2861) is a karaoke bar with ramen, finger food, and alcohol.  The owner is a quiet old man.  Sangosho, meaning coral reef, is another hot-spot for the locals looking to extend their night with a little bit of karaoke.  If you’re going for the ramen and not the karaoke, it’s best to head over early.  Sangosho opens at 19:00 and doesn’t seem to have a set schedule.  Just keep an eye out for its glowing colored sign hanging near the Komine Store.
  • Urizun (098-987-2432) is a small izakaya frequented by the Zamami born and raised.  It has a small bar counter, two tatami rooms, and a couple of tables for two.  In addition to beer and awamori-based beverages, Urizun offers finger-food fare to fill oneself up on.
  • Bar Keiko is a small drinking establishment in an old Okinawan-style house.  Customers gather around a small table on tatami flooring as the owner pours drinks and beer for the customers.  There is not really any food other than small nib-lets like peanuts and chips.
  • La Toquee (098-987-3558) has a tropical themed bar in addition to its restaurant offerings.  La Toquee serves beer, awamori, cocktails, wine, whiskey, gin, etc.
  • Marumiya (098-987-3166) has a bar in addition to its restaurant space.  Marumiya primarily serves beer, awamori, and awamori-based cocktails.
  • Tonton (098-987-2235) has a bar in addition to its ramen and dumpling offerings.  Tonton is attached to the Cats Inn Kerama guesthouse.
  • Zamami Burger at the Zamamia International Guesthouse serves beer and cocktails in addition to specialty burgers.
  • Torajiro is the enigma of Zamami’s izakaya.  Although rarely open even during summer months, lucky customers can order takoyaki, balls of batter and dough with octopus in the middle, on the few days that it is actually open.  Of course Torajiro also serves alcohol.

Cafes / Miscellaneous

  • Cafe Cha-Villa (098-987-3737) is the cafe attached to the guest house Cha-Villa.  The polished atmosphere is pleasant, and Cafe Cha-Villa is one of the only places open for breakfast (toast and coffee).  As a cafe, Cha-Villa offers coffee, tea, cakes, tarts, and light food items.
  • Tonton (098-987-2235) is a ramen and dumpling restaurant with a cafe atmosphere.  Tonton also serves coffee and tea.  Tonton is attached to the Cats Inn Kerama guesthouse.
  • IRIE Kitchen (098-987-2545) is attached to the IRIE boat snorkeling and standup paddleboard tour shop.  During the summer, IRIE also often serves alcohol and BBQ food.
  • DRIFTER (070-5488-4378) is a marine sports shop that also has BBQs upon request.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Aka-Geruma:

Aka Island has few restaurants and izakaya compared to Zamami, and it is recommended to include some meals at your hotel.  That being said, there are a few places on Aka Island.  Geruma Island has one, very delicious restaurant.

Lunch:

  • Parlor Miyama is a small parlor dining establishment only open for lunch in the main Aka area.  Parlor Miyama has three items on its menu: taco rice, Okinawa soba, and curry rice.  You can see the water from Parlor Miyama.
  • Hahna Cafe (098-987-2104) is a small cafe with views of the water in the Aka area.  Hahna serves pizzas made with island vegetables, pasta with local shellfish, and soy-milk smoothies.  Draft beer is also available.
  • BB’s is a cafe style establishment located right on Aka’s main Nishibama Beach.  BB’s name stands for their two main menu items: burgers and bagels.  BB will also serve onigiri and shakes.
  • Beach House is a seasonal place to grab a bite located in the Aka residential area.  Beach house serves Japanese food a la carte or in set lunch menus.
  • Gerumagnon (098-987-2650) is the only restaurant on Geruma island, but it serves delicious, artfully crafted Italian course meals.  Only available upon reservation, Gerumagnon’s menu changes everyday as all of the vegetables are locally picked on Geruma Island and the fish and calamari caught in its surrounding waters.  Gerumagnon has two levels of lunch menu and also serves wine and champagne.  Dinner is also available at Gerumagnon.  Have someone who speaks Japanese call ahead as they only operate by reservation.

Dinner

  • Gerumagnon (098-987-2650) is the only restaurant on Geruma island, but it serves delicious, artfully crafted Italian course meals.  Only available upon reservation, Gerumagnon’s menu changes everyday as all of the vegetables are locally picked on Geruma Island and the fish and calamari caught in its surrounding waters.  Gerumagnon has two levels of lunch menu and also serves wine and champagne.  Dinner is also available at Gerumagnon.  Have someone who speaks Japanese call ahead as they only operate by reservation.
  • EL Tio 34 is an outdoor Spanish influenced tapas style of restaurant / izakaya.
  • Beach House is a seasonal place to grab a bite located in the Aka residential area.  Beach house serves Japanese food a la carte or in set lunch menus.

Izakaya

  • Bar Yonamine House (098-896-4786) is a relaxing indoor izakaya with jazz music and light food such as pizza, sausages, and other snacks.
  • EL Tio 34 is an outdoor Spanish influenced tapas style of restaurant / izakaya.

Cafes

  • BB’s is a cafe style establishment located right on Aka’s main Nishibama Beach.  BB’s name stands for their two main menu items: burgers and bagels.  BB will also serve onigiri and shakes.
  • Hahna Cafe (098-987-2104) is a small cafe with views of the water in the Aka area.  Hahna serves pizzas made with island vegetables, pasta with local shellfish, and soy-milk smoothies.  Draft beer is also available.

 


 

Pictures (no particular order; use ctrl+F search function in your browser; cmd+F for macs):

Cafe Cha-Villa

Cafe Cha-Villa

Cha-Villa Cafe interior.

Cha-Villa Cafe interior.

Trattoria & Bar Gerumagnon (on Geruma Island).

Trattoria & Bar Gerumagnon (on Geruma Island).

Trattoria & Bar Gerumagnon pasta dish.

Trattoria & Bar Gerumagnon pasta dish.

Trattoria & Bar Gerumagnon appetizer.

Trattoria & Bar Gerumagnon appetizer.

Hahna Cafe on Aka Island.

Hahna Cafe on Aka Island.

Bar Keiko

Bar Keiko

Bar Keiko interior.

Bar Keiko interior.

Marumiya's bar and owner.

Marumiya’s bar and owner.

Nagisa

Nagisa

Ojisan's famous katsu-don (pork cutlet, egg, and onions over rice)

Ojisan’s famous katsu-don (pork cutlet, egg, and onions over rice)

Open House

Open House

Parlor Miyama on Aka Island.

Parlor Miyama on Aka Island.

The sign near the Komine Store indicating whether or not Sangosho is open.

The sign near the Komine Store indicating whether or not Sangosho is open.

Sangosho and its owner.

Sangosho and its owner.

Izakaya Santa

Izakaya Santa

Tampopo

Tampopo

Tonton

Tonton

Bar Yonamine House

Bar Yonamine House

Wayama Mozuku

Wayama Mozuku

Wayama Mozuku's mozuku-infused Okinawa soba menu.

Wayama Mozuku’s mozuku-infused Okinawa soba menu.

Urizun

Urizun

A typical evening at Torajiro.

A typical evening at Torajiro.

Torajiro

Torajiro

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