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Restaurants in Tokyo

Tokyo is jam-packed with restaurants and snack bars. Quality shabu-shabu (hotpot) bubbles away at Zakuro in Akasaka. The sushi is fresh in Ginza and Uchisaiwaicho, and the beer frothy at the strip of cheap izakaya (snack bars) under Yurakucho's train tracks. Scour Nishi-Azabu and Ebisu's backstreets for traditional places full of character, such as Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu, the inspiration for the restaurant in Tarantino's film Kill Bill. Last orders are often 10.30pm, but many Roppongi restaurants serve food until 5am. Service is included and tipping is unnecessary.

Top-end

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  1. 1. Inakaya - Top-end: (More than ¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Inakaya, Tokyo. Photo by Fighter Chill (flickr), © All rights reserved

    Inakaya is a lively Roppongi robatayaki eatery, where customers choose their ingredients and watch them being cooked. Local diners pick from mountains of vegetables, beef and seafood, and the hard-working chefs yell when it's ready. Dishes are passed from grill to diner on giant wooden paddles. Sake, served in wooden boxes, makes a great accompaniment.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 5pm-11pm

    Address

    4-10-11, 1F Yamaki Bldg, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5775 1012

    Transport

    Roppongi metro

    Website

    Inakaya Website

  2. 2. Mon Cher Ton Ton - Top-end: (More than ¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Mon Cher Ton Ton dishes out teppanyaki (grills) in an ostentatious gold Roppongi setting. Business clientele watch from communal counters as the chefs cook seafood, meat and garlic chips on hot plates, while a stream trickles around the tables. The Kobe beef is a speciality and the wine is high-end. Regulars know to book ahead.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat, Sun & public hols 5pm-10.30pm

    Address

    3-12-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3402 1055

    Transport

    Roppongi metro

    Website

    Mon Cher Ton Ton Website

  3. 3. Zakuro - Top-end: (More than ¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Zakuro, Tokyo. Photo by Monika N

    Zakuro in Akasaka, part of a 50 year-old local chain, serves high quality shabu shabu (hotpot). On the walls are artworks by the likes of Japanese artists Shiko Munakata and Shoji Hamada. Polite, kimono-clad hostesses serve shabu-shabu, tempura, and teriyaki beef to Tokyo's well-heeled set.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm

    Address

    1/F Akasaka TBS Garden, 5-1-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3582 6841

    Transport

    Akasaka metro

  4. 4. Nakata - Top-end: (More than ¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    One of Tokyo's oldest sushi bars, Nakata serves the city's finest and freshest fish. On the menu are tuna, abalone, sea urchin and scallop on rice, but no California rolls. The decor of this Uchisaiwaicho restaurant is simple, with light wood panelling and sliding doors. Service is impeccable, whether to businessmen or lunching ladies.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-9.30pm

    Address

    Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Main Building, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8558

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3503 6026

    Transport

    Yurakucho JR or Hibiya metro

    Website

    Imperial Hotel Website

  5. 5. Sabatini di Firenze - Top-end: (More than ¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Tokyo's elegant Sabatini di Firenze is a sister restaurant of the well-known Florence eatery. Located on the 7th floor of the Sony Building, diners enjoy views over Ginza while feasting on delicious Tuscan cuisine. Try the handmade pasta, cooked to al dente perfection, washed down with a glass of Italian wine. Dinner reservations are recommended.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11:30am-3:30pm and 5:30-10:30pm

    Address

    5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3573 0013

    Transport

    Station: Ginza (B9 exit, 1 min.)

Mid-range

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  1. 6. Umaya - Mid-range: (¥3,500-¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Famous traditional Japanese theatre actor Ichikawa Ennosuke has opened several rustic Umaya restaurants in Tokyo, including this branch in Shinjuku-ku. The menu is known for its hearty recipes from Kyushu, such as one-pot nabe meals and skewers of grilled meats.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    15-1-2 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5771 6331

    Transport

    Tochomae or Shinjuku metro

    Website

    Umaya Website

  2. 7. Restaurant Kurosawa - Mid-range: (¥3,500-¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Restaurant Kurosawa, Tokyo. Photo by Pannus Veronicae (Flickr), © All rights reserved

    Fans of Seven Samurai film director Akira Kurosawa love this shrine to his memory. Restaurant Kurosawa serves dishes modelled on food Kurosawa ate in his own home, such as pork and beef from Kagoshima, and homemade soba noodles. The Nagatacho restaurant is also decorated to resemble a Kurosawa film set.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-11pm; Sat & public hols 12pm-10pm

    Address

    2-7-9 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3580 9638

    Transport

    Kokkai-gijidomae or Tameike-sanno metro

    Website

    Restaurant Kurosawa Website

  3. 8. Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu - Mid-range: (¥3,500-¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. Photo by Global-Dining Inc

    The inspiration for the restaurant scene in Quentin Tarantino's film Kill Bill, it is easy to imagine samurai sword-fighting at Gonpachi in Nishi-Azabu. Lanterns festoon the wood-panelled interior, where chefs prepare soba noodles and skewers of meat. Diners watch them cooking from the bar, balcony, or private rooms enticingly hidden behind sliding doors.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-5am

    Address

    1F/2F, 1-13-11, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5771 0170

    Transport

    Roppongi metro

    Website

    Gonpachi Website

  4. 9. TY Harbour Brewery - Mid-range: (¥3,500-¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    TY Harbour Brewery, Tokyo. Courtesy of TY Harbour Brewery

    Perched on Tokyo Bay, TY Harbour Brewery has views over a calm urban canal. This Higashi-Shinagawa restaurant serves a daily-changing menu of dishes like lime marinated prawns, and eringi, shimeji and maitake mushroom pizzas. The pared down dining-room, with its industrial fittings, attracts a fashionable crowd. Couples order sake nightcaps at Waterline, the floating bar.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-9pm

    Address

    2-1-3 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5479 4555

    Transport

    Tennozu Isle station

    Website

    TY Harbour Brewery Website

  5. 10. Ubcra - Mid-range: (¥3,500-¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Ubcra, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw

    Ubcra boasts a trendy Ebisu location, polished wood floors, brown leather booths and floor-to-ceiling glass. Its izakaya (snack bar) fare consists of grilled ginkgo nuts, tempura and grilled skewers (yakitori). The set menus are strictly for more the adventurous diners. Ubcra is also a shochu specialist, serving a wide selection of this Japanese spirit.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 4pm-5am

    Address

    1-3-11 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0021

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5428 5027

    Transport

    Ebisu JR and metro

    Website

    Ubcra Website

  6. 11. Miyashita - Mid-range: (¥3,500-¥7,000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Miyashita, Tokyo. Photo by Naoko Kawachi, Flickr - chibirashka

    The simple modern furnishings and muted colours allow the food to take centre stage at Miyashita, a fusion restaurant in chic shopping centre Omotesando Hills. The seasonally-changing menu features European classics with a unique Japanese twist; a cooking style known as yoshoku. Try the French-inspired ginger and onion soup or seafood and macaroni gratin.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-12am (last orders 10.30pm)

    Address

    Omotesando Hills, 3rd floor, Omotesando Dori, Tokyo 41210 Jingumae

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5785 0707

    Transport

    Meiji-Jingumae or Omotesando metro

    Website

    Miyashita Website

Budget

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  1. 12. Shin-hinomoto - Budget: (Less than ¥3,500 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Underneath the Yamanote railway tracks, Shin-hinomoto's British owner, Andy, serves sashimi, tempura, deep-fried chicken, and more. Andy buys the ingredients for his dishes fresh from Tsukiji Market each day. Visitors book an upstairs table, where the crowd is a mix of foreign diners and Japanese locals, and the trains rattle through above.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 5pm-12am

    Address

    2-4-4 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8405

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3214 8021

    Transport

    Yurakucho JR or Hibiya metro

    Website

    Shin Hinamoto Website

  2. 13. Harajuku Gyoza Lou - Budget: (Less than ¥3,500 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Harajuku Gyoza Lou, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw

    Harajuku Gyoza Lou in the heart of Harajuku is hip yet unpretentious. It draws a young crowd with its straightforward menu on the wall. Cooks serve four types of delicious pork dumplings (gyoza)- boiled or fried and with or without garlic - from the central, U-shaped counter. Wash them down with beer or sake.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-3am; Sun 10am-11pm

    Address

    6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3406 4743

    Transport

    Harajuku or Meiji-jingumae metro

  3. 14. Midori-zushi Ginza - Budget: (Less than ¥3,500 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Midori-zushi manages to pull off the rare combination of reasonable prices and uncompromising quality. Sushi is melt-in-the-mouth fresh and features fatty tuna, salmon and eel on rice, and huge rolls. This Ginza restaurant is highly popular, and echoes to the sound of chat. Diners arrive early to avoid the queues.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 4.30pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 11am-10pm

    Address

    1/F Ginza 7-108, Ginza Korida dori, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5568 1212

    Transport

    Ginza metro or Yurakucho JR

    Website

    Midori Sushi Website

  4. 15. Kakiden - Top-end

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    Kakiden has a relaxing teahouse atmosphere, with low chairs, shoji screens, bamboo trees, and soothing traditional Japanese music playing softly in the background. Sibling restaurant to one in Kyoto founded more than 260 years ago as a catering service for the elite, this kaiseki restaurant serves set meals that change with the seasons, according to what's fresh. The restuarant also offers traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. 

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    Cost

    Set dinners ¥5,250-¥21,000; set lunches ¥4,200-¥6,300

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-9pm (last order)

    Address

    3-37-11 Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

    Telephone

    03/3352-5121

    Website

    Kakiden Website

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