Tokyo Restaurants

Boasting more than 100,000 restaurants, the only problem when going for dinner in Tokyo, is too much choice. Tokyo is truly a gourmet's delight; whether you prefer stand-up noodle shops, exclusive kaiseki restaurants or sushi bars, Tokyo has something for everyone. Many of the more pricey venues offer great deals for lunch, so it is worth making the most of these culinary delights earlier in the day. Book ahead for most places, especially at the weekends.

Breeze of Tokyo

Breeze of Tokyo, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

Breathtaking and definitely worth a visit. Take in spectacular views of Tokyo Bay and a glittering skyline from the 36th floor as you indulge in some of the finest cuisine Tokyo has to offer. The cuisine is International Tokyo cuisine, prepared by Japanese chefs who've experienced authentic French cooking but depart from preconceived ideas.

Address: 36F Marunouchi Building, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Exit) or Tokyo Station on Subway Marunouchi Line
Telephone: +81 3-5220-5551
Website: http://www.breezeoftokyo.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:00 to 23:00, Sun 18:00 to 22:00

Darumaya

A good deal, one can get a satisfying bowl of noodles for quite a reasonable price. Darumaya serve excellent ramen, fried rice, and chilled noodles. Try hiyashi-soba which is chilled noodles with pork, egg, cucumber, seaweed, red ginger, and sesame. There is an English menu for convenience, and for those in a hurry, take-out is available.

Address: 1F Murayama Building, 5-9-5 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Omotesando Station
Telephone: +81 3-3499-6295
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 to 22:00

Diamond Dining

Wizard of the Opera, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

A personal favorite. The Diamond Dining group has seven different fantasy theme restaurants in Ginza, where everything (interior, wait staff, food, drinks etc.) blends in to the theme. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, try the Alice in Wonderland Café or The Wizard of the Opera, or perhaps the Vampire Café.

Alice in Wonderland Café
Address: 5F Taiyo Building, 8-8-5 Ginza, Chuo-ko, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station
Telephone: +81 3-3574-6980
Website: http://www.diamond-dining.com/alice/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 to 23:30, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 04:00, Sun 16:00 to 23:30

The Wizard of the Opera
Address: B1F Tokyu Building East No.3, 2-16-8 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-3985-2193
Website: http://www.diamond-dining.com/opera/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 to 24:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 04:00, Sun 17:00 to 23:30

Vampire Café
Address: 7F La Paix Building, 6-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit B2)
Telephone: +81 3-3289-5360
Website: http://www.diamond-dining.com/vampire/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 to 23:30, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 04:00 (closed Sundays)

Erawan

Erawan, Roppongi Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

There are plenty of options when it comes to Thai restaurants in Tokyo. But the magnificent view from Erawan situated on the top floor of Roi Building is unrivalled. Try to get a table by the large windows on the Tokyo Tower side. The extensive menu offers plenty of seafood and curry selections, including deep-fried prawns with chili sauce, steamed whitefish with Thai sauce, and red curry with beef and eggplant.

Address: 13F Roi Building, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station
Telephone: +81 3-3404-5741
Website: http://www.erawan-jp.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 17:30 to 23:30 daily

Hatsuogawa

This small and very traditional family-run unagi shop prepares eel the old-fashioned way, beginning preparation once you've placed your order. The unaju box is particularly delicious, or go for kabayaki – eel skewers with rice on the side. Budget around 2,500 yen for lunch or dinner.

Address: 2-8-4 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Asakusa Station
Telephone: +81 3-3844-2723
Opening Hours: 12:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 (Sundays open for dinner only)

Ibuki

Ibuki, Shinjuku Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Sukiyaki and shabu-shabu and in traditional Japanese surroundings. Ibuki is an excellent initiation into the pleasures of cooking your own sukiyaki (thinly-sliced beef, vegetables and tofu cooked in broth at your table) and shabu-shabu (thinly-sliced beef and vegetables cooked in broth and dipped in vinegar and citrus sauces). As they're accustomed to foreign visitors, they accept credit cards, have an English menu and host guests in a friendly and traditional atmosphere.

Address: 3-23-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station on Marunouchi Line (Kabukicho Exit) and JR Yamanote Line (East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3352-4787
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 23:30 daily

Inakaya

This large, tourist-friendly restaurant is one of the best robatayakis in town. Although tourist-oriented and overpriced, it's still great fun; the drama of the place alone is worth it. At Inakaya in Roppongi the chefs stand in the middle of a giant U-shaped communal table and diners continue ordering until they're full. Enjoy fresh-grilled seasonal fish, mouth-watering seafood, meat, vegetables and top-quality sake.

Address: 4-10-11 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station
Telephone: +81 3-5775-1012
Website: http://www.roppongiinakaya.jp
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 23:00 daily

Irimoya

Irimoya, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

This Ginza restaurant serves traditional cuisine made with organic fish and chicken. Locally brewed sake and shochu are also available. Irimoya is housed in a 100-year-old building brought from Fukushima.

Address: 3F Ginza Lion Building, 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station on Subway Ginza Line
Telephone: +81 3-3571-4384
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00 to 23:00, Sat 15:00 to 23:00, Sun 15:00 to 22:00

Izuei

Izuei, Ueno Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

This Ueno restaurant, with a 260-year history dating back to the Edo Period, specializes in Unagi (grilled eel). Izuei also offers sushi and tempura as well as set meals. This multistoried restaurant is modern yet traditionally decorated with more than 200 seats. There's no English-language menu, but there is a display case outside, and the menu has some pictures.

Address: 2-12-22 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ueno Station
Telephone: +81 3-3831-0954
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00 daily

Kaguwa

Kaguwa, Roppongi Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Don't miss an unforgettable night at Kaguwa, where you can feast on fine Japanese food and liquor while enjoying an elaborate stage show. The interior is shaped like a theater, with Japanese-style tables instead of rows of seats. The spectacular shows combing Meiji-era themes with modern twists, including dancing, upbeat music, and even flying performers.

Address: 3rd Renu Building, 5-4-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station on Subway Hibiya Line (Exit 3) and Subway Toei-oedo Line (Exit 5)
Telephone: +81 3-5414-8818
Website: http://www.kaguwa.com
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 18:00 to 00:30, Fri-Sat 18:00 to 04:00
Admission: 3,500 yen

Mikura

Mikura, Shibuya Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Mikura is an emotional and culinary oasis amid the excitement and noise that epitomizes the neighborhood around Shibuya Station. The restaurant specializes in casual Kyoto cuisine and traditional soul food like tonyu-nabe (soymilk hotpot), seasonal tempura vegetables, and saikyo-yaki (fish marinated in Kyoto miso). The food at Mikura restaurant is reasonably priced and served in plates and bowls as beautiful as the presentation.

Address: 4F Shibuya Mark City West, 1-12-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-5459-4011
Website: http://www.fukunaga-tf.com/mikura/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 23:00 daily

Mominoki House

Mominoki House, Harajuku Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Harajuku's Mominoki House, which The New York Times called “in a category by itself”, goes back to the basics of the Japanese culinary tradition, creating with simple ingredients a cuisine that is timeless – not to mention supremely healthy and, more often than not, absolutely delicious. This little restaurant use organic foods and ingredients as well as electronically ionized water for all their selected dishes.

Address: 2-18-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Harajuku Station or Meiji-Jingumae Station
Telephone: +81 3-3405-9144
Website: http://www2.odn.ne.jp/mominoki_house/
Opening Hours: 12:00 to 22:30 daily

Nansho Mantouten

Nansho Mantouten, Roppongi Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

The first Japanese branch of Shanghai's famous Nanxiang dim sum restaurant. The menu at Nansho Mantouten in Roppongi is extensive and offers all the essentials of a good dim sum restaurant. The service by the competent Chinese staff is very friendly and fast. A word of warning: everything served is boiling hot!

Address: 1F Hill Side, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-5413-9581
Website: http://www.nansho-mantouten.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 23:30 daily

Oiwake

Oiwake is one of the best-known folk music bistros in Japan, offering a 40-minute shamisen and folksong live performance three times per day at 19:30, 21:00 and 22:30. Food here is tasty and very affordable.

Address: 3-28-11 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Iriya Station (Exit 2), Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-3844-6283
Website: http://www.oiwake.info (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 17:30 to 24:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: ¥ 2,000 "music charge"

Sakuratei

Sakuratei, Harajuku Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Sakuratei is an Okonomi-yaki and Monja-yaki restaurant located at the quiet back street of Harajuku. Okonomi-yaki is a Japanese pizza, or a pancake, made out of wheat flour and egg. Monja-yaki is similar to Okonomi-yaki, except the batter is more watery and does not use egg. Their extensive menu offers more than 100 unique and reasonably priced dishes, including their popular Sakura yaki and Sakura salad. The all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink courses are also very popular. Interesting works of art cover the walls of the first floor, and the atmosphere is very indie. The second floor is calmer in tone, and can be reserved for private parties.

Address: 3-20-1 Jingu-Mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Meiji-Jingumae Station (Exit 5) on Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Telephone: +81 3-3479-0039
Website: http://www.sakuratei.co.jp
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 23:00 daily

Sushi Zanmai

This Akihabara restaurant offers delicious sushi at reasonable prices. The first floor outlet is a traditional chef and counter operation, the eighth floor is a more foreigner-friendly "conveyor belt"-style. Most plates are in the ¥150-300 range.

Address: 1F/8F Yodobashi Akiba, 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Akihabara Station (Showa-dori Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5298-4798

Torafugu-tei

Torafugu-tei, Shinjuku Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

A seafood restaurant in Kabuki-cho specializing in the infamous fugu (blowfish). Set dinners at Torafugu-tei go for around ¥ 5,000, featuring fugu fresh from the tank prepared in five or six different ways.

Address: B1F Metro Building, 2-11-7 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station
Telephone: +81 3-3209-2919
Website: http://www.torafugu.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 17:00 to 04:00, Sun 16:00 to 23:00

Wasai Ginza 8-5

If you are looking for a luxurious health-conscious restaurant and have some money to spend, you have come to the right place. The homemade dishes at Wasai Ginza 8-5 include carefully selected ingredients, and the pleasant atmosphere will make you forget the hectic life outside.

Address: B1 Kawabata-Shinkan Building, 8-5-21 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station or Shinbashi Station
Telephone: +81 3-6253-8570
Website: http://www.vegedinning.com/shop/ginza.html (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00 to 04:00, Sat 17:00 to 23:30 (closed Sundays)

Yakitori Alley

Yakitori Alley, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

A cheap and cozy alternative to the traditionally established restaurants is to try the small street side restaurants in the lantern lit Yakitori Alley, located near Yurakucho Station. The restaurants in Yakitori Alley serve up this tasty Japanese street food with cold beer, sake or shochu and there isn't a better way to spend an evening with friends than perched upon on of those rickety stools!

Nearest Station: Yurakucho Station

Yasaiya Teppanyaki

Yasaiya Teppanyaki, Roppongi Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

The vegetables used at this Japanese restaurant are carefully selected and prepared so that their natural flavors are enhanced to the fullest. Seasonal specialties, raw or fried on a teppan hot plate, can be enjoyed along with a large selection of fine meat and fish dishes and many types of shochu. Book the chef's table for the full dining experience.

Yasaiya Teppanyaki, Shinjuku Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan
Yasaiya Teppanyaki - Roppongi
Address: Kishida Building, 7-18-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (Exit 2) on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-5775-5335
Website: http://www.vegedinning.com/shop/roppongi.html (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 18:00 to 04:00 (closed Sundays)

Yasaiya Teppanyaki - Kabukicho
Address: B1 Ken Shigeru Building, 1-15-13 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station (East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5292-1130
Website: http://www.vegedinning.com/shop/kabukicho.html
Opening Hours: 18:00 to 05:00 (closed Sundays)

Yayoiken

Yayoiken, Ueno Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Cheap and cheerful grills served on a hot teppan iron plate with all-you-can-eat rice. Colorful plastic models and a coupon machine with images make it easy to order when even if you don't speak Japanese. Morning sets from ¥ 350, full meals from ¥ 580.

Address: 3-37-9 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ueno Station
Telephone: +81 3-5846-6175
Website: http://www.yayoiken.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 07:00 to 23:00 daily