Top Restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants Tokyo – What’s a vacation without excellent food, delicious cocktails or fine wine in a good restaurant? Such evenings create memories. WorldTop7 offers a selection of the best restaurants in Tokyo. And because we know how different tastes are we cover all of the different restaurant styles!
Whether a sushi restaurant in Tokyo, an American steakhouse, an Italian restaurant, a Thai eatery or exotic Cajun cuisine – the lovers of culinary delights come fully at their expense and find lots of insider tips. Our restaurant tips in Tokyo are by locals (which should know where it tastes best!), celebrities, globetrotter and business people. And if you’ve eaten in one of these restaurants in Tokyo where cuisine, service and atmosphere was unbeatable and you want to tell everybody – that’s what WorldTop7 stands for! Restaurants in Tokyo with the x-factor!
The demands in terms of restaurant style are naturally very varied and WorldTop7 is happy to assist. Whether it is a small, cozy bistro in Tokyo with delicious and authentic food for surprisingly little money or a completely styled Michelin-star restaurant in Tokyo where movie stars and models have diner – here you find everything from inexpensive to expensive, from grunge to classy, from traditional to macro kitchen!
But not only for your vacation, also for your business lunch or business dinner in Tokyo you can find exactly the right place to eat. Thus, business become pleasure in no time!
Style: Bustling train station Izakaya
Shin Hinomoto, known as Andy’s Fish restaurant to foreigners, is a family owned traditional Izakaya that has been around for generations.
Englishman Andy married into the family and has been managing the restaurant since so the eatery became a bit of an expat hangout. The eatery serves the freshest seafood sourced from Tsukiji market each day. Locals and foreigners flock to this eatery because of their flavourful assortment of sashimi, juicy jumbo prawns, stuffed chicken wings, and special catch of the day served in generous portions.
Andy’s Fish gets really busy and a bit crowded especially on weekends so make sure to book ahead (accepts booking from 4pm onwards). They are open daily, except on Sundays, from 5pm until midnight.
Address: 2-4-4 Yurakucho, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3214 8021
Price: ¥1,500 –¥3,000 per person for 3-4 course meal
Style: Italian Restaurant in Tokyo
Authentic Italian eatery with party atmosphere; excellent meat and pasta.
Address: 3-15-13 Minami Aoyama, MinatoKu, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 5775 1012
Price: Mains ¥4’800 to ¥9,000
Style: Geisha Dinner
Hamadaya, the more than 100-year old three star Michelin restaurant is located in Nihonbashi Ningyo-Cho where guests can be entertained by Geishas during their dinner; the restaurant does not welcome foreigners – period – so you have to get the reservation through the concierge of the hotel (there is an other Hamadaya at Akasaka).
Hamadaya solely offers degustation menu known as”kaiseki”; “kaiseki” is a formal banquet cuisine served in Japanese -style such as tempura, teppanyaki or sushi in order to offer seasonal dishes, the menu varies with seasons and the availability of ingredients.
Address: Hihonbashi inn Ningyo-Cho, 3-13-5 Ninyo-Cho, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3661 5940
Style: Japanese House
Three floors Japanese style house right at the corner of Nishi Azuba crossing; great decor – think “Kill Bill”; this place is still rocking after all those years.. spicy chicken, Tempura avocado and cheese wings, bacon wrapped asparagus kushiyaki, prawn dumplings and succulent beef. And that is not to mention the drewl-worthy sesame and chocolate desert, and original Gonpachi cocktails.
Gonpachi has sister restaurants in various locations around Tokyo, including in Nishi Azabu. All of the restaurants have different sections which specialises in kushiyaki (grilled skewers), sushi and soba.
Address: Gonpachi , 1-13-11 Nishi Azabu , Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 5771 0170
Price: Mains ¥960 to ¥2,200
Style: Best Soba Indulgence in Tokyo
Honmura An in Roppongi, from the same owner Koichi Kobari of the successful Honmura-An New York, is a soba enthusiast’s haven and a must try when in Tokyo. The eatery is quite spacious and can seat 36 guests at a time. They also have a private tatami room that can accommodate up to 20 diners ideal for small gatherings. The menu offers various kinds of hot and cold noodles. Signature dishes include chicken meat balls, uni soba, Tenzaru soba, and cold soba served with sesame enriched dipping sauce. If you want the full experience then go for their tasting menu and sit back and enjoy the view of chefs working buckwheat dough with their sobabocho knives into fine strands of delicious noodles. They even have an impressive selection of Californian wines on the drinks list.
Honmura An is open from noon ‘til 2:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm – 10pm at night. They are closed on Mondays and on the 1st/3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Address: 7-14-18 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 5772 6657
Price: Y800 –Y2000 udon/soba dish; Y5000 tasting menu
Style: Funky Tex-Mex Hangout
If you have a hankering for Mexican food with a Texan flare while in Tokyo then look no further. Junkadelic near the Nakameguro train station in Tokyo is where you can find the best tacos, fajitas, salsas, and more. Feast on enchilada, guacamole, burrito, nachos, chimichanga, and quesadilla then wash it all down with a few margaritas. The food is not that spicy so you might want to order a side of jalapenos. They also have Mexican beers, 20 variants of tequila and 20 kinds of rum on offer.
The cool bohemian vibe with a DJ playing upbeat Latin beats in the background makes it a great spot to hang out with friends or colleagues until late.
Junkadelic is open from 6pm until 2am daily, except on Wednesdays.
Address: : 4-10-4 Kami Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo , Japan
Phone: +81 3 5725 5020
Price: Average Y2,500 – Y4000 for meal with drinks
Style: Sublime Sushi
Finest sushi in Japan; over 75-year-old-eatery and known as the inventor of “unkan-maki” (battleship wrap); wealthy local clientele; yes, this place is expensive!
Address: Kyubei, 8-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3238 0024
Price: Mains ¥900 to ¥3,000
Style: French with Bruno Menard
This three star Michelin restaurant in Ginza was listed in Japan’s “Hanako” magazine as one of the top dining spots which serves original French cuisine in Japan; with only 40 seats, the staff of around 40 people is able to coddle and pamper you with excellent service and outstanding food like imported “French seabass” or the French classic “Foie gras seabass or roast suckling lamb”, an ample wine selection and a large variety of cheeses as well as a divine dessert trolley; this place has a strict jacket and tie rule!
Open: Noon – 2:30pm and 5.30pm – 9:30pm; closed Sunday and public holiday.
Address: 7-5-5 Ginza, Cchuo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3571 6050
Style: Causal & Affordable Italian Restaurant
There are plenty of restaurant chains in Tokyo where they serve spaghetti or meatballs but “mucho delicioso” gusto authentic Italian fare is hard to come by. Life and Slow Food Restaurant near Yoyogi – Koen station on Tomigaya Street is a hidden gem. This is a place to savour good food so expect to wine and dine for a few hours.
The décor is simple and made to look like a receiving room of a shabby chic home with some potted plants and LIFE magazine plastered on the walls. Start with some prosciutto and salami, a salad with duck meat, or share a sausage pizza with a friend for your starters. Try the scampi risotto with cream of barley or their juicy grilled pork steak for main course.
Make sure to leaves some space for their chocolate pudding and enjoy it with a creamy cappuccino. They also serve beer, wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages.
Life and Slow Food Restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:45am until 2:30pm and for dinner from 6pm – 10pm.
Address: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tomigaya 1-9-19 1F, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3467 3479
Price: Y600 – Y1600 starters; Y1500 – Y2000 main course; Y2700 – Y3900 set menu
Nagatacho Kurosawa Restaurant
Style: A-list Celebrity Shabu-Shabu
Are you looking for Hollywood glamour combined with great food in Tokyo? The big studio- and tv-bosses are all bringing their oversee A-list celebrity guests to one of the Kurosawa restaurants; Kurosawa himself is a world-renowned cinema director; The group owns four restaurants in Tokyo, and each one differs in terms of its ornate style.
Nagatacho Kurosawa is specialist in “Shabu-Shabu”, the other three are: “Teppanyaki Kurosawa”, “Keyaki Kurosawa and “Udon Kurosawa”; if you don’t get a table try “Sekishin-Tei”: Great lunch place located in a 400-year-old garden in the “New Otani Hotel”; teppanyaki style cooking right in front of you
Address: 2-7-9 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku 100-0014, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3580 9638
Price: Mains ¥5,000 to ¥15,000
New York Grill
Style: Modern International Lost in Translation
Do you remember the film “Lost in translation” – this is it; amazing city views and original paintings in this iconic skyscraper restaurant; good brunch.
Address: 52/f Park Hyatt Hotel , 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 5323 3458
Price: Mains ¥4,800 to ¥9,000
Style: Kobe Beef Grill Institution in Tokyo
Seyrna Restaurant is a culinary institution in Tokyo serving the finest Kobe beef for over 50 years. The restaurant has multiple locations and the one in Roppongi is best for business lunches and special occasions.
The first level is a tepanyaki grill while the 2nd level is a shabu shabu restaurant. Dishes that diners must try include fried stuffed crab, the assortment of sashimi, crab shabu shabu, and their prime beef steak. Have an authentic Japanese table top grilling and their many house made special dipping sauces.
Seyrna Honten in Roppongi is open daily from noon until 11pm.
Address: 3-12-2, Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3402 1051
Price: ¥11, 000 -¥15,000 set meals; menu items ranging from ¥8,000 – ¥16,000
Style: 3-Michelin Star Sushi with Barack Obama
Sukiyabashi Jiro is a must visit sushi institution in Tokyo. It is quite challenging to get a booking so call at least 5 weeks in advance.
US President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other dignitaries dined at the Ginza branch of this simple yet fabulous 3 Star Michelin Rated sushi restaurant in early April 2014.
The Ginza branch can accommodate up to 35 people at a time but the Honten branch which is managed by the owner’s son can accommodate only up to 15 people.
The ambiance is quite somber and the décor is simple traditional Japanese but people come here mainly for the food and not for the ambiance, especially because the eatery was featured on a documentary. Most of the servers only speak the local language so best learn a few Japanese phrases before you go.
Diners will surely enjoy Chef Jiro Ono’s out of this world sushi creations since he has been a sushi master for most of his lifetime. Get ready to savour more than 20 sushi courses from their tasting menu with dishes like flounder, squid, abalone, mackerel, uni, and scallop sushi. Local beers and sake make up the drink list.
Sukiyabashi Jiro is open on weekdays for lunch from 11:30am until 2pm, and for dinner from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. They are closed on public holidays, Saturday evenings, Sundays, mid-August and on public holidays.
Address: Tsukamoto Sogyo Building, Basement 1st Floor, 2-15, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3535 3600
Price: Chefs recommended special course ¥30,000
Style: Sushi Heaven With Hachird Mizutani
Probably the best sushi restaurant in Tokyo and the world? Awarded with two Michelin stars is Hachiro Mizutani’s restaurant a must when you are in Tokyo and you love sushi; and…important to know: his cosy restaurant accommodate only ten seats and sushi can get pricey!
Open: 11:30am – 1:30pm and 5pm – 9:30pm; closed: Sunday
Address: Ginza Seiwa Silver building, B 1F , 8-2-10 Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +813 3573 5258
Style: Petite Eatery For Some Serious Sushi
If you’re hankering for some Sushi then come to Sushiya formerly known as Sushi Iwa, a Michelin Star clad sushi restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. The petite place only seats a maximum of 10 people so guests are guaranteed to have a great dining experience. Set meals, and a la carte options are available but the best choice would be to go for the omakase for the full palate treat. Servers dressed in kimono also add to the unique experience.
Sushi Iwa is open for lunch (noon ‘til 2pm) and dinner (6pm – 10pm) everyday, except on Mondays. Make sure to make a booking days in advance.
Address: 8-5-25 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3572 0955
Price: Lunch set Y4.725 – Y15.750, dinner set: Y18.900 – Y26.250
Style: Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake) in Tsukishima
Eating okonomiyaki (known to foreigners as Japanese pancake or Japanese pizza) at the Monja Street Tukushiya restaurant is a must try experience when in Tokyo. The bustling street with plenty of eateries is easily accessed via the Yurakucho and Oedo subway lines. Head to the end of the street and keep an eye out for the restaurant that has black and yellow curtains.
The name of the dish means “things I liked to be cooked” gives a vague idea of what ingredients it may have but it commonly has several ingredients like noodles, ham, cabbage, pork, kimchi, and tarako (caviar) mixed in with an egg based batter and cooked to a golden brown pancake consistency on top of a grill right in front of diners.
A mixture of Kyupie mayo and sweet sauce is slathered on top to enhance the flavours. There are several kinds of okonomiyakis at Tsukushiya; the special modern yaki that has soba noodles, fried egg, and bacon added to the batter is highly recommended.