CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO (March 2007)
Ufuya means a “big house” in the Okinawan dialect. This is a great restaurant to go if you’re in the Nago area or to stop by before or after visiting the Chura Umi Aquarium in the north. We always go there after our aquarium visit. They do not take reservations on weekends as it gets very busy. We’ve waited outside of the restaurant with our 2 year old and it is not a hard to place to wait with kids as there is a waiting room, water fountain, wooden swing, and a pineapple field outside.
If you have out of town visitors, they will enjoy this restaurant very much. We’ve seen families with kids at the restaurant and we’ve always felt comfortable taking our child. They have private rooms, so if you go there as a big group, it is possible to get a room if it is available. They mainly serve Okinawan soba, but some other dishes are also available and the prices are very reasonable. There are inside and outside seating. If you are seated outside, you’ll be able to view a nice waterfall.
The restaurant is open all year round.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2011, BY JULIA POOLE:
[The original post] was written in 2007. I have no idea if anything has really changed with the restaurant since we just got here but what we encountered was certainly different than we expected.
Hours: Day 11:00 – 17:00, Night 18:00 – 22:00
Payment: Yen only
From the Kyoda interchange on the expressway, head north on Highway 58. turn left at Shirogane Bridge onto 84. Pass Nago Pineapple Park on your right and make a left turn at the second traffic light after Pineapple Park. Make another left turn immediately and follow the winding road for approximately one mile until you see the Ufuya restaurant and parking lot on your right side.
HERE is a link to an English article about the restaurant.