TOKYO DINING OUT

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Restaurants in Tokyo for Foodie Visitors

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La Piccola Tavola

A very well-known Napoli-style pizzeria, seemingly loved by many locals. Looking at the score in Tabelog, honestly I felt it's a bit overratet, but I guess the score shows how much the locals love this restaurant. Good service and atmosphe…

BISTRO MARX

Photos: Tabelog A two-star restaurant in Paris that came to Ginza, Tokyo in September 2016. Located by the Ginza central crossing, right outside the station. Great location, nice views out the windows, luxurious atmosphere. Feels a bit ove…

loger cafe

Source: moco_comomo, Tabelog Source: Tabelog Nice, cozy, hidden cafe located very close from the station. Open for lunch anf cafe, serves decent lunch dishes and very good coffee. Good place to use for a casual meeting, colleague lunch, wo…

Tanmen-ShakiShaki

"Tanmen" is a kind of Ramen that is usually salt-based Ramen with stir-fried vegetables on top of the noodles. Healthier than regular ramen and less calories. Girls tend to like Tanmen more than regular Ramen. This Tanmen restaurant serves…

Nikugatou

Source: facebook page A good Yakiniku option in this area. Well balanced, reasonably priced. Quality beef. The portion feels a bit small for me for the pricing and I'd appreciate more sauce on each dish (you'd need to ask for it). Pretty l…

Inaniwa-udon-to-meshi Kanekohannosuke

Nice combo dish with quality Tendon (Tempura on top of rice) and Udon. You get to choose from a few different combinations and what ever you choose, it's fairly affordable and filling. I'd say this restaurant can be very much liked and pop…

WE ARE THE FARM

Photos: Tabelog Lots and lots of vegetables, and....vegetables! Feels alreayd healty once you step in the place. During the lunch time you have all-you-can-eat (vegetables) option for some of the plate dishes. Affordable and filling. Most …

Yakisoba BAR Celona

It's interesting that they only serve Yakisoba during the lunch time, and it turns into a small bar in the evening. Went for lunch and it was good. I'd recommend you try Yakisoba for lunch first and if you like it, come back for the bar me…

Kannonzaka Toriko

Photos from Ikyu Pretty decent Yakitori restaurant. Can be used for any occasions as it has a fancy feel to it with some private rooms. A useful option to have in the Ebisu area. Chicken-stock soup dish is also their speciality as well as …

IVY PLACE

Photos from website A nice cafe located in the DAIKANYAMA T-SITE GARDEN. Great atmosphere, refreshing balcony seats. Open from early morning so a good place for breakfast too. It feels especially good in this cafe in early morning. Dinner …

WAKANUI GRILL DINING BAR TOKYO

Photos by sakura007 New Zealand's beef & lamb restaurant located right by Tokyo Tower. Nice tower view at night, even from the balcony seats. Awesome to be out there during the spring and summer. Casual lunch menu is available while dinner…

NEW YORK BAR

Photos above from website Nice hotel bar with an awesome night view, on the 52th floor of Shinjuku Park Tower (Park Hyatt Tokyo), connected to NEW YORK GRILL. This bar was used in the movie Lost in Translation. Jazz concert takes place eve…

T.Y.HARBOR

Photos above from website Nice restaurant/bar by the ocean. Good lunch/dinner location, neat balcony seats with ocean views. Romantic atmosphere in the evening, great for a date diner. The meal menu is pretty decent too. Access isn't too g…

Udon Yamacho

Photo: http://www.foodgate.net/shop_yamacho.html Nice Udon restaurant where you can also have a drink and stay long just like an Izakaya. Open pretty late, close to the station. A good option to have in the Ebisu area. Some of the Udon dis…

L'Effervescence

Photos from Tabelog One of the most highly rated French restaurants in Tokyo (as of December 2016) and it deos seeem pretty popular for those who pursue advanced, modern style French cuisine. Nice interior, appropriate for any important oc…

JAPANESE ICE OUCA

(Photos from the website below) Nice, neat ice cream place near Ebisu station. Always packed with girls and couples. Fun menu to choose ice creams from. Seasonal ones are pretty tempting too. Obviously a good place to take a girl to. My ra…

HOUSE

Photos from Ikyu "Hidden" French bistro located in NishiAzabu, a bit of a walk from Roppongi. Good place for a date dinner. The food is pretty good too, though the portion of each dish isn't big and you'd end up spending more than you thou…

Mi Choripan

Photos above from website This place is all about "Choripan", which is an Argentine-style sandwich with a spiced chorizo. Exotic and complex flavors. Pretty good taste-wise, and yet felt a bit pricy for its portion. Could be the only place…

CoSTUME NATIONAL WALL

Photo by ありゅグルメ Photo by B級大王 Photo by ありゅグルメ Hidden (literally), stylish cafe/bar that has the refreshing-green interior. Open for lunch/cafe as well. Nice place to drop by after dinner for a drink or two. Super hard to fin…

Miboujin Curry

Looks like an old-fashioned cafe, actually serving curry dishes all day long. Stir-fried vegetables topping makes their curry rather unique and it does add a nice texture and flavor to curry. Worth a try if you like curry. My rating: 4.0 M…

Shodai

The whipped-cream-looking curry-soup Udon here is well known. Give it a shot if interested. Pretty good. Soba is also not bad. Open till early morning. A convenient option to come after having a drink at some other places. My rating: 4.0 S…

Fumin

A mixture of Tiwanese and Japanese cuisine, leaning more toward Japanese in fact, so expect it. Pretty good Natto rice/fried rice many Japanese would be a big fan of, but non-Japanese folks who have never tried Natto before, DO NOT even gi…

TOKYO Kenkyo

A nice cafe, located in a quite area, far from noisy crowded Shibuya. A good place to read a book with a cup of coffer and some sandwiches. Closer to Daikanyama, proper area for a weekend stroll. Ther Tonkatsu sandwitch is pretty good. My …

Sarabeth's

Photos: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A130201/13189541/ Sarabeth's from NY came to Tokyo. A good place for a relaxing weekend brunch. A bit pricy overall but people who are a fan of this type of American style brunch dishes would be cont…

Daraku

Photo from Tabelog Good option for Yakitori in the Shibuya area. Sort of hidden, a bit hard to find it, coming from the main street. Very tiny restaurant, pretty tight between seats, so expect it. The course dish is good, though it might b…

Sekiya Spaghetti

Looks Italian, right? But it's actually customized-to-Japanese-people stir-fried noodles that definitely taste like Japanese food. Cheap and pretty good. A bit strong in flavors so most customers are men. You can go for the double size (60…

Zuicho

Popular Katsudon restaurant in the Shibuya area, and it's pretty much Katsudon only to eat. So, come for lunch if interested. A bit of a walk from Shibuya station so you'll nicely be hungy when you get there. More salty/sweeter than averag…

Ginza SatoYosuke

150+ years of history with this Udon restaurant. Good lunch option in the Ginza area especially when you are visiting as a group of 3 or more people. Nice space inside and it's crowded on weekends. I'd especially recommend it when you are …

Seirinkan

Quality pizzaria. Most customers only order pizzas as they are their speciality. There are side dishes and pastas, but I'd suggest you stick with pizzas here. You might feel that pizzas are slighly too salty and greasy but it depends on yo…

L'EMBELLIR

One of the well-known, highly-rated modern French restaurants in Tokyo. They do lunch too. Nice and quiet space. Could be too quiet to talk about private/confidential stuff as tables are relatively close to each other and they overhear it.…

Taniya

Quality Udon restaurant located in the east part of Tokyo. Good option for lunch/dinner when you are in the area. Recommend you have cold Udon for the first time (Not Udon in a hot soup). Always crowded but no reservation is needed. Rather…

Gyukatsu Motomura

Very popular "Gyukatsu" (beef cutlet) restaurant that now runs 6 branches in Tokyo (as of October 2016). Note that Shibuya branches are always very crowded and you should expect to wait for an hour or so, I'd suggest you get there 30-60 mi…

IkinariSteak

Used to be "Pepper Lunch" but the company replaced most of the PL branches with "IkinariSteak" in Japan, which is now much better quality at a higher pricing. Over 100 branches in Japan as of September 2016. You should be able to find one …

Le Bonze

Photo: Tabelog Classic French bistro. Small and hidden, close from both Ginza and HigashiGinza stations. Each dish takes relatively long to come as there's only one chef in the ketchen. Drink-slowly-eat-slowly type of birstro. Don't come w…

birdman

Reasonable pricing and yet good quality. A bit of a walk from the center of Roppongi and literally hidden without any sign outside (see the entrance photo below) so must be tough to find the place for the first time. Their grilled/deep-fri…

Udon Shin

Photos from website Probably, the best Udon place in the Shinjuku area where there aren't many Udon competitors. The only issue is that this place is tiny and gets crowded, so you may have to get in the line and wait for a while, 4 out of …

Sanuki Udon HANAMARU

Photo: https://www.hanamaruudon.com/ Set this as your benchmark for Udon if you haven't been exposed to real Japanese Udon before. Surprisingly cheap and yet good quality. Many different kinds of Udon dishes availabe. Tempura, too. So many…

Joël Robuchon

Photo: http://www.robuchon.jp/joelrobuchon Very well-known, established French grand maison "Joel Robuchon" located in the Yebisu Garden Place complex, looking like a palace from the Middle Ages. Its interior is gorgeous too. Serves qualit…

Ginza Kyubey

Photo: https://tokyo-calendar.jp/article/3126?ref=restaurant Photo: http://www.kyubey.jp/ Used to be fairly competitive in the Sushi domain in Ginza. It's above average in the area at the moment as so many good Sushi restaurants have emerg…

Red Rock

Photos by bottan Popular roasted beef bowl restaurant that has 2 branches in Tokyo: this one in Harajuku and the other in Takadanobaba. The Harajuku branch seems less crowded and you sometimes don't even need to wait in a line. Pretty good…

Torishiki

Photos above by クワトロ☆ One of the most famous Yakitori restaurants in Tokyo. Rated super high on Tabelog as well. The problem here is that you have to wait for a few months to get seated as there's always a long waiting list for reserva…

Jomon

Photo from website Reasonably priced and yet good quality. A variety of stick dishes using meats (beef, pork, chicken) and vegetables, cheese, etc. Japanese traditional feel to both its interior and exterior. All the dishes go well with be…

GINZA BAIRIN

Traditional style Tonkatsu restaurant in the center of Ginza. Easy access, safe option for lunch. A bit pricy but guess it comes from its long history. Katsudon may be a good choice for your first visit and it's as cheap as 1,000 JPY. Give…

MINATOYA

Very unique Soba. Always crowded and closed on weekends, so you have to go there on a weekday and should expect to wait in the line whenever you go. The soup for dipping the noodles has a strong, distinct flavor. Shockingly salty for the f…

al forno

Photo from HOT PEPPER Pretty good choice when having Italian style pizza, probably one of the best pizzarias in the Shibuya area. The side dishes aren't so good, which is the only reservation of mine for this place. Just keep ordering pizz…

Aburasoba Tokyo Aburagumi Souhonten

Photo: http://www.tokyo-aburasoba.com/ 'Aburasoba' is soup-less Ramen. The special sauce is buried on the bottom of the bowl and you stir it up with vinegar, chili oil, and toppings before eating. Many branches available in Tokyo. Open til…

Yasubee

Photo: http://www.yasubee.com/ A good place for you to experience Tsukemen-style Ramen for the first time. Sweet and sour Tsukemen soup goes well with the thick noodles. They serve regular Ramen too, although 9 out of 10 people order Tsuke…

Warayakiya

Photo: http://diamond-dining-shops.jp/warayakiya/roppongi/photos Photo from Tabelog Located in the center of Roppongi (and many other branches available in Tokyo) and open till early mornig, and has a traditional feel. Their speciality is …

MONNA LISA

Photos: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13004628/ Photo: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A130201/13000302/ Can expect well-balanced French course dishes at MONNA LISA. Two branches in Tokyo, Ebisu being warm and relaxed atmosphere,…

Marukameseimen

Photo: http://www.marugame-seimen.com/ Great place for you to experience real Japanese Udon for the first time. Cheap and good for its pricing. Many different kinds of Udon and Tempura availabe. Set this as your benchmark to evaluate Udon …