TOKYO DINING OUT

TokyoDiningOut

Restaurants in Tokyo for Foodie Visitors

Roppongi/Azabu/Hiroo

THE CITY BAKERY

Came from from NY, now running 4 branches in the Tokyo area. Personally like this bakery a lot, particularly their "French toast" (we call it that way in Japan though I'm pretty sure French people don't eat it or see it as "French", haha) …

Teppan Bambina

Photos from website A Ushigoro group restaurant in Teppanyaki style. Cheaper than Yakiniku style Ushigoro restaurants but still good. Strongly recommend Sukiyaki here. Good for a date dinner. My rating: 4.5 Teppan BambinaWebsite | Tabelog …

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…

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…

AS Classics Diner

Photo: http://www.roppongihills.com/shops_restaurants/restaurants/00108.html Photos: http://www.asclassics.com/ Serves meaty and yet well-balanced hamburgers. Great accessibility from Roppongi station or Roppongi Hills. A nice lunch option…

SAVOY

Quality Napoli-style pizza restaurant that has some other branches in/outside Tokyo. This branch may be most accessible especially for visitors as it's located in the Roppongi/Azabu-Juban area where you'd probably hang out once during your…

KNOCK CUCINA BUONA ITALIANA

Photo: http://mother-restaurants.com/ Pasta's very good here, 3 branches available in Tokyo now. Other dishes are also good but probably best to come for lunch. Reasonably priced, stylish interior, good serivice. LIke it a lot. My rating: …

Ichiran

Seemingly, Ichiran became more popular for non-Japanese customers in Japan in the past several years. In general, western people tend to like Tonkotsu ramen (a.k.a. Hakata ramen) more than the other major flavors (fish-stock soy-sauce, mis…

AMANOYA

Over 70 years in business, known for their Japanese traditional desserts. Recently got pretty popular for their egg sandwich and it's REALLY good. Worth a visit just for it. It gets crowded especially on weekends and there's often a waitin…

Sudachi

Sudachi is a sister restaurant of La BOMBANCE in NishiAzabu, serving pretty much the same course menu and it's yet not as crowded. And what's awesome about Sudachi is that they are open for lunch as well. So, try lunch first if you are not…

Ban-chou

Meticulously cooked Yakitori. Everything on menu is rather good. A bit pricy due to its location but should still make you feel pretty good overall. Nice counter seats. Far from any stations around here but it's worth a walk. My rating: 4.…

MEAT MAN

Recommended place in the Roppongi area to eat meats at a reasonable pricing. Fun place to be. Lots of tasty meat dishes. Feel pretty comfortable with the cost/quality balance, not many restaurants in Roppongi are as good within this price …

Nodaiwa

Opened over 200 years ago, traditional Unagi restaurant. Quality guaranteed. Impressive how carefuly their Unagi is cooked. Super tender and moist. Sause on Unagi is relatively subtle so you might want to add it later. Sophisticated taste …

Yakitori Shinka

Extraordinary Yakitori place. Sophisticated, and some of the dishes in the course are very creative in terms of the combinations of ingredients and sauce. Tiny place with counter seats only. Difficult to make a reservation now, might have …

K‐Julep

Photos from website My favorite bar in Roppongi, located just across the road of Tokyo Midtown. Super easy access. Small but cozy space. Serves extraordinary Tonkatsu sandwich (so-called "Katsu-sand") and I love it. Drinks are good too, bu…

Sushi Saito

Photo from ヒトサラ [Note] Personally, I've never been successful in making a reservation for this restaurant. It's become way too popular to do so as a first-timer customer. You must be very lucky for some reason or know someonw who could…

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…

Chugokuhanten

Sophisticated, fancy Chinese restaurant in Roppongi. Obviously, very good but can be pretty pricy particularly for dinner. You might want to give it a try for lunch first and see if you like the style. The portion of each dish isn't big. S…

Maduro

Photo: http://restaurants.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/maduro-bar/ A luxurious bar located in Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Easy access, non-Japanese customer friendly environment. A bit pricy. Not a private atmosphere but rather open and specious. There'…

Shiawasezanmai

A spin-off restaurant of highly-rated Sanpi-ryoron. Very similar dishes at an even cheaper pricing. Wonderful. Should be fairly likeable for non-Japanese travelers too. Small but comfortable place like eating at your friend's place. My rat…

La BOMBANCE

Stylish modern Japanese restaurant where you'd surely be impressed with thier sophisticated dishes. Course menu only. Reservation is absolutely a must. Appropriate for both a date and a business dinner. Casual clothing is allowed. Changes …

Shunjukusei

Photo from Tabelog Come here for aged beef and wine to go with. Impressive and yet reasonably priced. Nice atmosphere. Fairly casual but stylish enough for a date dinner too. Azabu Juban is the station closest to this restaurant but you ca…

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…

Sanpi-ryoron

They don't necessarily use expensive ingredients to keep its reasonable price range but all the course dishes are done carefully and taste great. Not like a fancy fine Japanese dining but rather a casual, feel-at-home style restaurant. Ple…

USHIGORO

Photo from Tabelog A typical quality beef place in the Roppongi area. Can be expensive but comes with the food and service appropriate for the price. Recommend it if you are fine spending 10,000 JPY (or more) for an experience, and in fact…

Pintokona

Photo from Tabelog Photo: http://www.kiwa-group.co.jp/restaurant/231/ Very affordable, easy access, comfortable to order as someone who doesn't say a thing in Japanese. As located in the middle of Roppongi, they are used to dealing with no…

Yakiniku Jumbo

A great option for eating Yakiniku in Tokyo. Pick any of the branches that is close to where you are. You won't regret. Not just Yakiniku but the side dishes are pretty good too. Not cheap and yet worth the cost. Try once and see how you l…

Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu

Photos above from Tabelog Gonpach seems very popular for visitors from overseas, especially this branch in Nishi-Azabu as it can accommodate a lot, and is well-known for being filmed for the movie "Kill Bill" back then. Typical traditional…

FREY's Famous Pizzeria

Servies well-balanced Italian-style pizzas at resonable prices. Coud be the best Italian pizza place in the Roppongi area, though the other dishes than pizza are quite ordinary. Come for pizzas. Period. My rating: 4.5 FREY's Famous Pizzeri…

Sushiten

Photo from Tabelog Exceptional 'cost and benefit' balance. Never had sushi as good at 10,000 JPY. Comfortable space to talk with people you take with, moderately casual, so you don't need to feel pressured not to talk. Great quality and se…

Tsurutontan

Photo: http://www.tsurutontan.co.jp/ Pretty popular place located in the middle of Roppongi, open almost 24/7. Nice place to have a relaxed meal at a low cost, even before/after clubbing in this area. Always crowded. If you don't know wher…

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 …

AW kitchen 10

Photo from Tabelog Pretty decent Italian place. Can be used for any situation, quality food and service and yet reasonable. Many branches available (10 in/near Tokyo). Check out more photos here. My rating: 4.0 AW kitchen 10Website | Tabel…

FRIJOLES BURRITOS & TACOS

Photo: http://www.frijoles.jp/index.html Pretty much like Chipotle, though not as good. 4 branches in Tokyo. Should be a good escape for non-Japanese residents when wanting to have something non-Japanese. You can choose what meats/vegetabl…

PIZZERIA BAGGIO

Photo from Tabelog Serves Italian-style pizzas that taste great. The best Italian pizza restaurant in the Roppongi area. Sort of hidden in the back street so you might find it hard to locate this restaurant for the first time. Worth a shot…

Gogyo

Very distinct Ramen -- thick, flavoraful, and fairly addictive. Though the location isn't very good (far from any stations), definitely a great place for both lunch and dinner. Personally, love their Kogashi Miso ramen and there's no other…

Onzoushi Matsurokuya

Photo from ヒトサラ Awesome beef-bowl lunch dish! You'd be impressed with the quality of their beef served at this pricing! I know it's a bit pricy for lunch but you should definitely give it a shot if you like beef. Just so good! I don't …

QUAND L'APPETIT VA TOUT VA!

Photo: http://quandlappetitvatoutva.com/ Great French bistro place. Very casul, no jacket needed. Quality food, good service, nice atmosphere. Best for a date dinner. Good access from the stations. Definitely recommed you give it a shot if…

Rigoletto

Photo: http://www.rigoletto.jp/roppongi/ Serves well-balanced hamburgers, basically authentic western-style but nicely tuned to Japanese people. Great for lunch. Dinner menu includes proper meals and a variety of side dishes that go well w…

Butabumi

Photo: http://www.butagumi.com/nishiazabu/ Makes you feel like you are ivited to a traditional Japanse household for a meal. Get a sense of what the traditinoal Japanese houses were like. Pretty cozy place though not spacious. Serves good …

Shonzui

Photos from TOKYO CALENDAR Place for great aged beef. Even the French fries that come with it are good. Small place but comfortable to come for a date or a good meal with friends/colleagues. Pricing is the only reservation. Wines here are …

Ippudo

Source: http://www.ippudo.com/ Pretty popular Tonkotsu-baesd (pork-based stock) ramen chain restaurant. Seemingly pretty famous in NY too. Tonkotsu-based Ramen is actully more accepted overseas than in Japan for its milky taste and many no…

Menya Musashi Kosho

"Musashi" is a well-branded for their Ramen places in Tokyo and they mostly serve soy-sauce-based soup, fish-stock type of Ramen. Very Japanese-like taste. One of the bests in the soy-sause Ramen category, I belive. You may not like it tha…