TOKYO DINING OUT

TokyoDiningOut

Restaurants in Tokyo for Foodie Visitors

Shibuya/Ebisu/Nakameguro/Daikanyama

Shiokan

Sophisticated salt-based-soup Ramen in Ebisu, a bit of a walk from the station but it's worth the walk. I personally like it here more than AFURI, which is highly rated by those who like salt-based-soup Ramen. Simple and straightforward, a…

Shokusai Kadota

Photo credit: Kaukau Hawaii (Tabelog) An awesome restaurant for grilled fish dishes. Lunch is very affordable and yet the quality is exceptionally good. Go there for lunch first and see if you get impressed. Make sure to get there 11:30, b…

Kirin

A solid, hidden Yakitori restaurant, close from Ebisu station. The quality of chicken is very good and every Yakitori dish is finely done and yet affordably priced. Well-balanced overall. Date-like atmosphere, particularly the counter seat…

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) …

BON GOUT HAMBURG

Photos: Tabelog It's a casual restaurant for quality pork hamburger (meat ball) and "bio wine" made from biodynamic agriculture. I'm not into wine so not sure how bio wine appeals to wine people, but their pork meat balls are very good. Th…

Au Coin du Feu

Photos above: website A casual French bistro, not yet well known, so very easy to make a reservation, besically anytime you want. But the food here is actually very solid, feeling like it's better than some of the very famous French restau…

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…

Echigoya Sandayu

Source: Tabelog (Lunch combo - Saba) An excellent place in Shibya to have grilled/Sashimi fish at the affordable pricing. Lunch is particularly recommended as you get to choose from a variety of fish list and it comes as a meal (with rice …

Burger Mania

Serves well balanced hamburgers and other dishes like steaks and pancakes, nice interior/atmosphere, open on weekends/until late. 3 branches in Tokyo as of March 2017, convenient locations, can be used for a date meal. A nice option to hav…

Yakiniku Horumon Dougen

Source: ほねつきかるべ (Tabelog) Located deep in the red-light district in Shibuya, it's a small, shabby Yakiniku restaurant that serves good quality beef at the affordable pricing. Not best for date dinner as you can see, but good for a g…

Shabushabu-kintan

Source: website A stylish Shabu-Shabu restaurant located in Ebisu. Open for lunch and it's affordable, so go for lunch for the first time to see if you like Shabu-Shabu here. For dinner there are a few course dishes (alacarte dishes availa…

GONTRAN CHERRIER

Photos: website Owned by a well-known French pastry chef, 4 branches in Tokyo as of February 2017. Each bread has a little twist to it. Unique combinations of ingredients and toppings. Though a bit more expensive than ordinary bakeries, th…

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 …

HUGO DESNOYER

Photos by こいのぼり in Tabelog Photo above by chi♪ in Tabelog Rated as "butcher to the best" by New York Times, came to Japan and opend up their first branch in Japan back in November 2015. Lunch menu is still affordable but dinner can ea…

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 …

Kurosaki

Photos above from ヒトサラ Hidden, sophisticated sushi restaurant, which is pretty rare to find in the area like Shibuya. Good for date, business, anniversary dinner. Beautiful interior, nice counter seats. Not as expensive as the top-notc…

Bistro CarneSio

Photos above from ヒトサラ One of the best options to eat beef in the Ebisu area. Became very popular, need to make a reservation at least 2-3 weeks prior (unless you go there 5pm or after 10:30pm). Quality beef, carefully grilled, reasona…

Endo-Risaburou

Stylish French bistro located deep in Shibuya, pretty quiet surrounding. A variety of wines are listed, reasonably priced. Good service, good food. Well balanced overall. Appropriate for a date (or busiess) dinner. Good option to have for …

KING GEORGE

Photo: http://crownedcat.com/ Nice little cafe in Daikanyama that got popular with their *thick* sandwiches. It's actually very thick if you hold it right in front of your mouth. I could barely take a bite.... Worth a visit if this is your…

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…

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…

L'antica Pizzeria da Michele

Photo: http://www.damichele.jp/tokyo/ Lively Italian restaurant located near Ebisu station. The size of their pizza (MARGHERITA and MARINARA) is huge, and it's definitely cheap, considering its quality. A good option for eating pizza in Eb…

Kuumba du Falafel

Photos from website Awesome Falafel, lots of fresh vegetables. Makes you feel healthy. The only downside is that it's far from Shibuya station. But that gets you to walk, making you even healthier as a result. A good option for a healthy l…

HAINAN JEEFAN SHOKUDO

Photo: http://www.route9g.com/ Well known Singaporean reastaurant in Tokyo, 2 branches available now. What's awesome here is Chicken Rice. It's just so good. I've been to Singapore twice and been to some restaurants known for chicken rice,…

Naminoue

Photos: http://rashiku.biz/naminoue/ Japanese cuisine restaurant, located in the quiet street. "Hidden" feel to it. Opened recently, so relatively easy to make a reservation for the time being. Can probably pop up without it if 10:00pm or …

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…

Anko

Japanese so-called "Izakaya", quality seafood and chicken dishes. Traditional Japanese-style interior, small but comfortable space. Located in the deep Shibuya, a bit far from the station. Various kinds of Japanese Shochu and Sake to go wi…

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 …

BUY ME STAND

Such an Interesting cafe, being so foreign in terms of the food, interior, boutieque space and non-Japanese customers. Worth a visit just for their hot sandwiches. Not cheap but filling enough for lunch. My rating: 4.5 BUY ME STANDWebsite …

Itasoba Kaoriya

My favorite Soba restaurant in the Ebisu area. Open till late. Good for a drink too. Pretty small inside so always crowded. May need to wait outside for a while if you go without a reservation. A perfect place to come for a closing soba fo…

Reg-On Diner

Photo above from Tabelog Quality American-style diner type of hamburger restaurant, located far from any station. But their hamburgers and deep fried chicken are really good. It's definitely worth the walk. A perferct lunch place for a sun…

CRAFTALE

Modern French restaurant by the Meguro river, which turns full of cherry blossoms in early April. Great location for enjoying them. The course dish only. Lunch is available on weekends. Advanced combinations of ingredients, beautifully pre…

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…

cuisine et vin aruru

I'd like to claim that this restaurant is THE BEST French bistro in the Shibuya area by far. Everything is so good and reasonably priced. My satisfaction level here is sky high. Their service is good too. Love it. My rating: 5.0+ (Awesome)…

Pancho

Japanese style stir-fried noodles. Massive quantity (300-600g) for the same price. You'll absolutely be full for the price. And the taste isn't bad. If you normally eat a lot, try 600g. Close from Shibuya station. Worht a try. My rating: 3…

Pizza Slice

Hands-down authentic American style pizza. I don't know where else I could have a slice of pizza that'd be as American throughout the country. Pretty cheap for its size. Two slices can easily fill up a Japanese-person's stmach. Far from an…

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…

Pakumori

I'd say this curry restaurant is top-notch in the Japanese-style curry domain, excluding Indian-style curry. Though not so famous, the complexity of their curry's favors is pretty impressive. A bit of a walk from Shibuya station but it's d…

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…

Curry House TIRI TIRI

Impressive half-Japanese-half-Indian curry. One of the best curry I've ever had in my life. Could actually eat it every single day without getting tired of it. Can order how spicy you want it to be. The only issue with this restaurant is t…

HATOS BAR

Love BBQ Ribs here. THE best ribs dish I've ever had in Japan in terms of being pretty close to authentic American-style smoky BBQ ribs. I'm not a fan of mac & cheese so make no comments about it, but their corn bread is great too. The rib…

MANOIR

Photos: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13133477/ Very competitive quality for the pricing. Even lunch is solid. The chef is a licensed hunter and he literally goes into the mountains and hunt wild animals to serve at this restaura…

PoturaPotura

Excellent place to have Japanese Sake and small dishes to go with it. Bar-like conter seats. Can definitely be used for a date dinner, a great second-place-of-the-day option. A bit far from Shibuya station but you can still walk here. Good…

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…

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…

Ebisu Yakiniku Kintan

Kintan group has several Yakiniku restaurants in it and they are all very good. I like this one in Ebisu best for its menu, service and interior. Lunch menu is pretty reasonably priced. Good for business meals, a date dinner, friends getti…

Iguchi

Stylish Yakitori restaurant, often used for romantic dinner. Almost like a bar. Course menu only, 20+ different Yakitori dishes come along. Pretty filling and yet reasonably priced. 5 other branches available in Tokyo. Should give one of t…

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…

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…