110 Best Restaurants in Tokyo, Japan

Fukagawa Kamasho

$ | Koto-ku

Kamasho serves the signature dish of the old Fukagawa area, Fukagawa-meshi: short-neck clams and green onion cooked in a miso broth and poured over a bowl of rice. You can order just a bowl of Fukagawa-meshi or opt for a set with a side serving of pickles and miso soup. If you are really hungry, the largest set also comes with some sushi. There’s beer and sake on the menu if you want something to wash it all down with.

2-1-13 Shirakawa, Tokyo, 135-0021, Japan
03-3643--4053
Known For
  • Fukagawa-meshi (clams on rice)
  • Lively atmosphere
  • Rustic interiors
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Fukumori

$ | Akihabara
Located in the historic former Manseibashi Train Station, Fukumori features light meals from Yamagata Prefecture in the north of Japan. The brick and wood interior, with large windows overlooking the Kanda River, offers a relaxing change from the bustle of Akihabara.

Ginza Tempura Tenichi Shibuya Tokyuten

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Located in Shibuya's Tokyu Department Store, Tenichi is an accessible and relaxed tempura restaurant. The best seats are at the counter, where you can see the chefs work and each piece of tempura will be served piping hot, directly from the oil. The restaurant's simple, brightly lit interior keeps the focus on the food itself. Choose from a selection of ten-don (tempura served with sauce over a bowl of rice) or tempura sets. The more expensive tempura meals are available at the counter only.

2--24--1 Dogenzaka, Tokyo, 150-0043, Japan
03-3477--3891
Known For
  • Tempura cooked right before your eyes
  • Friendly service
  • Long lines on weekends

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Harukiya Ogikubo

$ | Suginami-ku

Having started as a street stall in Ogikubo in the late 1940s, Harukiya is now a ramen restaurant that often has patrons lining up down the street. The noodles here come in a soy- and dried sardine-based stock and are served with a topping of chashu (roast pork) with the noodles being handmade every morning.

Heichinrou Hibiya

$$$$ | Chiyoda-ku

A short walk from the Imperial Hotel, the Hibiya branch of one of Yokohama's oldest and best Chinese restaurants commands a spectacular view of the Imperial Palace grounds from 28 floors up. Call ahead to reserve a table by the window. Much of the clientele comes from the law offices, securities firms, and foreign banks in the building.

2–2–2 Uchisaiwai-cho, Tokyo, 100-0011, Japan
03-3508–0555
Known For
  • Kaisen ryori, a banquet of steamed seafood
  • Lush, classic decor
  • A popular venue for power lunches
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Heiroku Sushi Shibuya Omotesando

$$ | Shibuya-ku

Often, a meal of sushi is a costly indulgence. The rock-bottom alternative is a kaiten-zushi, where it is literally served assembly line–style: chefs inside the circular counter place a constant supply of dishes on the revolving belt with plates color-coded for price; just choose whatever takes your fancy as the sushi parades by. A cheerful, bustling example of this genre is the Heiroku-zushi chain's branch opposite Omotesando Hills; it's all about the fresh fish here (and clearly not the design). When you're done, the server counts up your plates and calculates your bill. The cheapest prices are reserved for staples like tuna and squid, and you'll pay a bit more for delicacies like high-grade toro cuts of tuna and sea urchin.

5–8–5 Jingumae, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
03-3498–3968
Known For
  • Fresh, cheap sushi
  • Essential Japan experience
  • Wide selection of classic and original sushi

Hibiki

$$$$ | Shiba-Shiodome

Perched on the 46th floor of the Carretta Shiodome Building overlooking Tokyo Bay, this seafood-focused izakaya is a nice escape from the chaotic frenzy below. Specialties include grilled fish and house-made tofu. As the name suggests, Suntory's highly rated Hibiki whiskey is also on the menu, along with wines and sake that pair well with the food.

Hibiya Saroh

$ | Chiyoda-ku

After strolling through the flower gardens of Hibiya Park on a hot day, stop off for a cold pint of beer here; Hibiya Saroh is proud of the varieties on tap. There is no indoor seating, but with its view of Hibiya Park, you wouldn't want to be inside.

1–1 Hibiya Park, Tokyo, 100-0012, Japan
050-5304--4667
Known For
  • Auto rickshaw on the terrace
  • All-you-can-drink menu
  • Simple, well-priced food
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Homework's

$$ | Minato-ku

Every so often, even on foreign shores, you've got to have a burger. When the urge strikes, the Swiss-and-bacon special at Homework's is an incomparably better choice than anything you can get at one of the global chains. Hamburgers come in three sizes on white or wheat buns, with a variety of toppings. You also find hot teriyaki chicken sandwiches, pastrami sandwiches, and vegetarian options like a soybean veggie burger or a grilled eggplant sandwich. With its hardwood banquettes and French doors open to the street in good weather, Homework's is a pleasant place to linger over lunch. There is also a branch in Hiro.

Ichiran

$ | Ueno

At Ueno Station is a branch of an amusing ramen chain. Ichiran serves tonkotsu (pork broth) noodles. Rather than sitting at a table and ordering off the menu, you'll choose and pay for your meal and your seat at a machine. You then use the order sheet at your table (it has English on it) and choose how you'd like it served. You'll hand that and your order tickets through a window. Like magic—presto!—the curtain rises and made-to-order steaming bowls appear.

Ikkyu-An

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Soba noodles, which are made with buckwheat, are a signature of the restaurants near Jindai-ji. That's apparently because buckwheat was traditionally easier to grow here than rice. This place along the temple’s Monzen-machi approach serves handmade soba in a variety of ways, including in warm broths and cold with a dipping sauce.

5-11-2 Jindaiji-motomachi, Chofu, 182-0017, Japan
042-482--6773
Known For
  • Soba noodles
  • Rustic vibe
  • Close to the main sights
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner

Ippudo

$ | Minato-ku

Open from 11 am to 11 pm, this ever-busy ramen joint, now an international chain with almost 30 locations in Tokyo alone, is an ideal quick stop on or after a night out. The classic ramen is the Shiromaru, which features a creamy pork-based stock, thin yet slightly firm noodles, and a topping of chashu pork slices. Other options include the Akamaru, which has a little red miso mixed in the soup, and side dishes such as gyoza dumplings.

Kanda Matsuya

$ | Chiyoda-ku

Soba, thin buckwheat noodles often served chilled in summer and hot in winter, are available everywhere, even convenience stores. The family-run Matsuya serves authentic soba in a rustic atmosphere. A simple soba meal can be quite inexpensive, or, for a bit more, get noodles topped with tempura or other goodies.

1–13 Kanda Sudacho, Tokyo, 101-0041, Japan
03-3251–1556
Known For
  • Authentic hand-cut noodles
  • Tempura soba
  • Lunchtime crowds
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Kanda Yabu Soba

$ | Chiyoda-ku

The ever-popular Kanda Yabu Soba, located in a recently built but traditional building that replaced the original 130-year-old restaurant after a fire in 2013, is one of the oldest and best places to sit down and savor freshly made soba—be that on tatami or at one of the tables. Soba, thin noodles made from buckwheat flour and quickly dipped into a hot broth or cold dipping sauce, are the lighter cousin of udon.

2–10 Kanda Awajicho, Tokyo, 101-0041, Japan
03-3251–0287
Known For
  • Excellent rotating seasonal set
  • Soba sushi rolls
  • Historic atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed.

Kappo Ajioka

$$$$ | Chuo-ku

The appeal of Ajioka's seasonal specialties like fugu (puffer fish) and suppon (Japanese turtle) lies as much in the unique texture and experience as in the subtle, nondescript taste. Licensed chefs prepare these in every way imaginable—raw, fried, stewed—using the fresh catch flown in straight from Shimonoseki, a prime fugu-fishing region. Try the house specialty of suppon (Japanese turtle) and fugu nabe, fugu sashimi, or fugu no arayaki (grilled head and cheeks). Menus change by season and reservations must be made two days in advance to order fugu.

7–7–12 Ginza, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
03-3574–8844
Known For
  • Courses that give a small tast of unique Japanese foods
  • Excellent nabe (hot pots) courses
  • Intimate atmosphere and friendly staff (though little English is spoken)
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential

Kasuga

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Located in a 120-year-old former merchant house on Ichibangai shopping street, this eatery is good for a quick snack on the go or a sit down lunch. It's known for its skewers of soy-basted dango (rice dumplings) and decadent parfaits, but also serves bowls of more filling somen noodles and udon noodles.

Katakuchi

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Here’s proof that an intimate sushi experience doesn’t have to be overly formal. Nor does it have to be expensive. Grab a seat at the counter of this laidback joint in the lively Harmonica Yokocho and enjoy an affordable sushi set prepared in front of you. There are pictures on the menu to help with ordering, but the eight-piece omakase set and 12-piece set of the day are both good options. If you only wanted a super quick bite while bar hopping, there's a three-piece set too. You could pair it with sake or something from the small wine list.

1-1-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, 180-0004, Japan
0422-21--3066
Known For
  • Good-value sushi sets
  • Open daily for lunch and dinner
  • Laidback atmosphere

Kawara Cafe & Dining

$$ | Shinjuku-ku

For a quick lunch, you can grab reasonably priced set meals just a few minutes north of the station. Imagine a combination of Japanese and Western ingredients in a kind of modern home-cooking. The restaurant's location on the 8th floor makes it a bit hard to find but gives you an amazing view over a busy Shinjuku thoroughfare. There's a picture menu before the elevator, so you can decide before you even go in.

Kawatoyo

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The culinary specialty of the Narita area is freshwater eel (unagi), and there are plenty of places to try it along Naritasan Omotesando. Close to Naritasan, Kawatoyo has been in business for more than 100 years, serving a classic called unajo, chargrilled eel slathered in a savory soy-based sauce and served over rice. Tradition says the dish is good at fighting fatigue. Because nothing is wasted, you can also order eel liver soup and deep-fried eel bones.

Kayaba Coffee

$ | Taito-ku

Standing on the border of Ueno and Yanaka, just a short walk to the west from the National Museum, this historic café is a popular stop for lunch or a light snack. A century old, the café has been stylishly renovated and serves homemade sandwiches, curries, cakes, and kaki gori, a traditional treat of flavored shaved ice. The first floor has a bar and dark wood tables, while the second is an airy Japanese style tatami room with low tables. Although Kayaba is usually not too crowded in the morning, expect to line up if you arrive at lunchtime.

Kisoji

$$$$ | Minato-ku

The specialty here is shabu-shabu: thin slices of beef cooked in boiling water at your table and dipped in sauce. Kisoji, which has been serving the dish for more than 60 years, elevates the experience, with all the tasteful appointments of a traditional ryotei—private dining rooms with tatami seating (at a 10% surcharge), elegant little rock gardens, and alcoves with flower arrangements. The easiest way to order is to opt for a course, which range from ¥5,000 to ¥10,000. There are branches in Ginza, Shimbashi, Shinjuku, Ueno, and elsewhere as well.

3–10–4 Akasaka, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
050-3462–1931
Known For
  • Elegant atmosphere
  • Melt-in-your-mouth beef

Kyubey

$$$$ | Chuo-ku

In contrast to the borderline solemn atmosphere at many top sushi restaurants, this world-famous spot proves that a high-end sushi restaurant does not have to be cold and unfriendly to be refined. In addition to their skill with a knife, many of the sushi chefs know English and are happy to chat with customers about the food and restaurant, making Kyubey a great choice for one's first high-end sushi experience.

8–7–6 Ginza, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
03-3571–6523
Known For
  • Originator of the gunkan-maki style sushi rolls
  • A history of making excellent sushi dating back to 1935
  • Easier to book than other high-end sushi restaurants (make reservations a couple weeks in advance rather than months)
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Light Up Coffee

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Drop by this hipster hangout for hand-dripped coffee made with house-roasted beans, or lattes with artistic patterns in the foam. If you are really into your coffee, try the taster set to compare three different beans. And don't worry, Light Up doesn't mean this is a smoker's cafe. It's smoke free.

4-13-15 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, 180-0004, Japan
0422-27--2094
Known For
  • House-roasted beans
  • Coffee taster sets
  • Mellow ambience

Lohas Cafe Ariake

$ | Koto-ku

After strolling over the broad Yumeno Ohashi Bridge, it might be time for a break. Attached to Musashino University's Ariake Campus is a cheap, bright, and fun cafe with good weekly specials and a wide variety of dishes including pasta and rice bowls. You'll find students either working behind the counter or studying at the tables. 

3−3−3 Ariake, Tokyo, 135-0063, Japan
03-6457--1150
Known For
  • Open space and high ceilings
  • Cafe dishes at student prices
  • Veranda with tree views
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner

Maidreamin Akihabara Honten

$$ | Chiyoda-ku

Maid cafés won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you do want to try one out, this main branch of Japan’s biggest maid café chain is as reputable a place as any. All manner of people come to be served by young women in French maid outfits who affect extreme levels of kawaii (cute) and occasionally break into song and dance. As for the fare, the menu includes colorful parfaits, simple pastas, and omuraisu (rice omelet), plus the option of taking paid photos with the maids. The long drink menu features coffee, juices, and cocktails. Be aware that there’s an admission fee of ¥770.

3-16-17 Soto-Kanda, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
0120-229--348
Known For
  • The quintessential hyper-kawaii maid café experience
  • Colorful parfaits
  • Omuraisu (rice omlets)
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: ¥770 admission fee

Maisen Aoyama

$$$ | Shibuya-ku

Converted from a sento (public bathhouse), Maisen still has the old high ceiling (built for ventilation) and the original signs instructing bathers where to change, but now bouquets of seasonal flowers transform the large, airy space into a pleasant dining room. Maisen's specialty is the tonkatsu set: tender, juicy, deep-fried pork cutlets served with a tangy sauce, shredded cabbage, miso soup, and rice. There is usually a long line, but it moves quickly. Solo diners can jump the line to sit at the counter. Those who want to keep their taste buds sharp should try for the nonsmoking rooms upstairs. There are also branches in Hikarie building in Shibuya and the Daimaru department store by Tokyo Station.

4–8–5 Jingumae, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
050-3188-5802
Known For
  • Retro-chic decor
  • Hearty lunch sets
  • Succulent deep-fried pork

Maruzen Cafe

$$ | Chuo-ku

Known for its classic hayashi(hashed beef) rice, lemon herbal tea, and waffles with a side of fluffy ice cream, Maruzen Cafe is the perfect mid-afternoon stop. Its location on the third floor of Maruzen Bookstore and sleek, dark wooden furniture add to the homey atmosphere.

2–3–10 Nihonbashi, Tokyo, 103-0027, Japan
03-6202--0013
Known For
  • Hayashi rice
  • An expansive menu and well-priced dishes
  • Attentive, polite staff

Menya Musashi Kosho

$ | Minato-ku
Serving both ramen and tsukemen (noodles with the broth on the side for dipping), this sleek ramen shop is a great stop for a quick and hearty bowl of noodles. The shop's specialty is their fusion broths; a hearty chicken/pork or lighter seafood stock from dried bonito and sardines.
4-12-6 Roppongi, Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan
03-3497-0634
Known For
  • Quick and affordable meals
  • Ramen in a hip, modern interior
  • Rich, flavorful bowls of noodles

Mercer Brunch Roppongi

$$ | Minato-ku

The concept of brunch is fairly new in Tokyo but thankfully it's starting to take off. By day, this pleasant café offers outdoor seating and brioche French toast with great coffee just minutes from Tokyo Midtown and the art museums of the “Roppongi Art Triangle.” From 5 pm, the menu changes to more expensive grilled meats and pastas.

Mihashi Tokyo Station

$ | Chiyoda-ku

Mihashi offers traditional Japanese sweets in a comfortable environment. The staff is attentive and helpful, making it the perfect place to try desserts you may have never tried before. Located next to, but not inside, Yaesu North Gate in Tokyo Station.

1−9−1 Marunouchi, Tokyo, 100-0005, Japan
03-5220--0384
Known For
  • Meiji-era anmitsu dessert
  • Unlimited green tea refills
  • Generous helping of fruit