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Enjoy the Open and Relaxing Rooftop Tables at Seafood Restaurant El Faro

post : 2019.02.17 02:00

Take the elevator to the top floor of a building located next to the Makishi Station at the entrance to Kokusai Street, and you’ll find yourself in an open space like a beachside terrace somewhere overseas. The noise of the busy city from a few minutes ago will be a forgotten past in this atmosphere.

EL FARO opened in April of 2016 and is a sister shop of Borrachos, a Mexican restaurant located on Paradise Street in Naha. You can enjoy various, international seafood dishes from countries like Spain, Italy, and regions in South America in this sophisticated establishment. Their terrace is a white wooden deck with parasols and beach chairs, and the relaxed layout is like what you might find on a beach. Inside, though, has a cool industrial layout with wood, iron and bricks which give that polished urban feel, like a bar in an overseas metropolis. The terrace is great for get-togethers with friends for drinks, like a beer garden, but the interior is elegant and sophisticated for grownups to enjoy great dishes and drinks at their leisure.

In Spanish, El Faro means lighthouse. A drink here during sunset, when the orange sunlight shines on the streets of Naha spread before your eyes, is extra enjoyable.

Their interior isn’t the only thing that makes this place special. Their seafood dishes prepared with an abundance of catch from the seas of Okinawa are wonderful and authentic. The Seafood Pescatore looks fantastic and the taste is tantalizing, with shrimp, crab, clams, squid, octopus and other seafood seasoned with Cajun spices, and topped with lemon and peppers. The dish is what you might expect in Italy, and is delicious to the very last bite of the softshell seafood.

The Tuna Carpaccio features tuna from the waters of Okinawa, and is both fresh and refreshing, and has a very exotic taste.

They have a wide selection on their regular menu, but also offer about ten other daily dishes at all times, so you’ll find something new each time you go. The vegetables used in the dishes are sent directly from Itoshima City in Fukuoka Prefecture, once or twice a week.

They also have a wide array of alcoholic beverages, like champagne, wine, whisky, cocktails, house sangria, Awamori and others. There are ten varieties of bottled beer, and some of the labels are hard to find elsewhere, like Anchor Steam Beer. For something a little different and interesting, they also offer cocktails and soft drinks made from mate tea from South America.

There’s a bar space inside and they get late-night customers who come by for a drink and a snack to enjoy quietly by themselves. The staff are friendly and conversation with them is fun, and so some may find themselves staying longer than they’d expected.

The establishment is operated by co-owners, Setoguchi-san and Tsuchiyama-san. Tsuchiyama-san was working at an Italian restaurant also in Okinawa when he went to Borrachos as a customer and met Setoguchi-san. They hit it off instantly and talked about working together on something, and the rest is history.

El Faro is available for private parties or after-parties for weddings and other gatherings. They plan to hold various events regularly, like Halloween parties, count-down parties and other fun gatherings. On October 23, 2016, they invited a DJ hosted by Corona, so it was great timing to enjoy this urban oasis. Why don’t you drop by and enjoy the food and atmosphere of El Faro, too?


Address: 6th Floor, 1-1-60 Asato, Naha, Okinawa
Telephone: 098-868-4770
Hours: 17:00-02:00 (Last Call @ 01:30)
Closed: Wednesdays  

Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sandy