110 Best Restaurants in Tokyo, Japan

Mikazuki Curry Samurai

$$ | Setagaya-ku

On one of Shimokitazawa's main shopping streets you'll find one of the areas many curry shops with an open and airy front, and both table and counter seating (in case you want to watch them cook). Unlike many Japanese curries, these tend to be heavier on the vegetables.

Monsoon Cafe

$$ | Shibuya-ku

With a dozen locations (including Shinjuku and Omotesando), Monsoon Cafe meets the demand in Tokyo for spicy, primarily Southeast Asian food. Complementing the eclectic pan-Asian food are rattan furniture, brass tableware from Thailand, colorful papier-mâché parrots on gilded stands, Balinese carvings, and ceiling fans. Here, at the original Monsoon, the best seats in the house are on the balcony that runs around the four sides of the atrium-style central space. Try the butcher's plate (mixed grilled meats), steamed shrimp dumplings, or nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice).

Montoak

$$ | Shibuya-ku

For an afternoon of people-watching, head to this three-story café on Omotesando street in the heart of one of the most fashion-conscious areas of Tokyo. It's the perfect place to relax and indulge. Order one of the scrumptious homemade tarts or cakes, sip a coffee, and watch the trendiest Tokyoites stroll by the full-length windows.

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Monzen Toraya

$ | Katsushika-ku

In business for more than a century, Toraya is best known for its skewers of sweet kusa-dango rice dumplings, which come topped with red-bean paste and are a popular snack for visitors on route to Taishakuten Temple. If you want to stay for lunch, you'll also find a more substantial menu, with ramen, udon noodles, and tempura on rice.

Nakano Beer Kobo

$$ | Nakano-ku

For a post-shopping drink and light bite to eat, stop by this tiny brewpub in the side streets just east of Nakano Broadway. The rough decor looks a bit like a carpentry enthusiast has made a bar in their garage, but the eight beers on tap are far better crafted. They change often, though you will usually find a good IPA, stout, and white beer in the line-up, alongside simple dishes like sausages, buffalo wings, and fries on the menu.

5-53-4 Nakano, Tokyo, 164-0001, Japan
03-3385--3301
Known For
  • Range of craft beers
  • Light bites such as buffalo wings and garlic shrimp
  • Rough-and-ready interiors
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Norah's Coffee Table

$ | Setagaya-ku

If you're looking for a quick coffee near Shimokitazawa Station, Norah's can offer you a place for people-watching and some good snacks. While the drink selection is mostly coffee, they do have tea, make an Irish coffee, and serve wine and beer.

Kitazawa 2-26-25, Tokyo, Japan
03-3468-2014
Known For
  • Locally roasted coffee
  • Fluffy pancakes with dessert toppings
  • Cozy atmosphere

Okonomiyaki Kiji

$$ | Chiyoda-ku

Sit down for a genuine taste of western Japan. The Kiji chain serves savory okonomiyaki, as well as other noodle dishes unique to its stores. It is inexpensive for the area, so expect a bit of a wait.

2–7–3 Marunouchi, Tokyo, 100-0005, Japan
03-3216--3123
Known For
  • No reservations and a line
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Smoky, fun ambience
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No reservations

Onibus Coffee

$ | Meguro-ku

This specialty roaster now has several branches in Tokyo, including this small stand (with limited seating) near Naka-Meguro Station. The baristas here are extremely knowledgeable and brew up great espressos, hand-drip coffees, and lattes. As for the name, it's not a misspelling of omnibus, but a playfully unusual mix of oni (devil) and bus.

2-14-1 Kamimeguro, Tokyo, 153-0051, Japan
03-6412--8683
Known For
  • Knowledgeable baristas
  • Excellent hand-drip coffee and espresso
  • Limited seating

Pepa Cafe Forest

$$

A good option for lunch, dinner, or a quick bite in Inokashira Park, Pepa cooks up Thai staples such as green curry, pad Thai noodles, and tom yum kung soup, but also has Vietnamese spring rolls, Vietnamese coffee, and bottled beer from around South East Asia on the menu.

4-1-5 Inokashira, Mitaka, 181-0001, Japan
0422-42--7081
Known For
  • Airy Thai beach house vibe
  • Thai staples
  • Vietnamese coffee

Petit Delirium Tap Café Shinjuku

$$ | Shinjuku-ku

This unimposing building at the far end of Shinjuku Station's outdoor Southern Terrace serves a surprising variety of mostly Belgian and craft beers. While it is mostly a drinking establishment, their variety of meat plates, tapas, and appetizers, among other offerings, can easily turn into a meal.

2-2-1 Yoyogi, Tokyo, Japan
03-6300--0807
Known For
  • Wide variety of beers
  • Eclectic European-focused fare
  • Comfortable outdoor seating

Pizza Salvatore Cuomo

$$ | Chiyoda-ku

Swing open the door to Pizza Salvatore Cuomo and you'll catch a rich aroma wafting from the wood-burning oven—the centerpiece of this homey, spacious restaurant. As with Cuomo's other branches around town, the chefs here adhere to traditional Neapolitan methods, while updating recipes with dough infused with spinach, herbs, and even squid ink. Lunch courses are filling, affordable (around ¥1,000), and quick. Though seating space is ample, expect a full house on weekdays. For dinner classic antipasto dishes such as Caprese make for an authentic Italian meal. Branches are found throughout the city.

Ramen Kaijin

$ | Shinjuku-ku

Kaijin shows that ramen doesn't have to be rich and heavy to be satisfying. The shop specializes in a clear shio (salt) seafood-based broth that is both light and flavorful. Think of it as a more nuanced version of the soup in Hong Kong style wonton soups. Instead of the traditional slices of pork, Kaijin tops its ramen with freshly made seafood and chicken meatballs. The thin, chewy noodles, made from two kinds of flour, give the ramen just enough body without making it feel heavy. Expect to line up, but once you sit down service is quick and efficient.

3-35-7 Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0222, Japan
03-3356--5658
Known For
  • Excellent noodles
  • Unique toppings
  • Quick, efficient service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

Rangetsu

$$$$ | Chuo-ku

Japan enjoys a special reputation for its lovingly raised, tender, marbled domestic beef, and if your budget can bear the weight, Rangetsu serves excellent dishes with this beef as a star ingredient. Try the signature shabu-shabu or sukiyaki course for a primer. For a blowout celebration, call ahead to reserve a private alcove, where you can cook for yourself or have a kaiseki meal brought to your table by kimono-clad attendants. Although dinner can damage the wallet, there is also a good variety of lunch sets available for a quarter of the price.

3–5–8 Ginza, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
03-3567–1021
Known For
  • Succulent snow crab
  • Over 140 kinds of sake
  • Semiprivate dining rooms

Red Pepper

$$ | Shibuya-ku

A short walk down a narrow alley from Omotesando Crossing guests squeeze into tiny antique school chairs in this cozy bistro. The cuisine is constantly changing and most diners ignore the printed menu in favor of the daily recommendations chalked on blackboards (mainly in Japanese) propped up outside and on the walls. Specials lean toward French-accented comfort food often with a seasonal flare.

Rose Bakery Ginza

$$ | Ginza

Satisfying the need for light, healthy food that is neither raw nor fried, this airy but rather nondescript bakery and café, which also has branches in Paris and London, serves up a tasty selection of salads, quiches, vegetables, and other deli-style dishes. Although the interior's rows of tables and blank white walls can feel a bit too much like a hip reinterpretation of a school cafeteria, Rose Bakery is a good bet for a quick lunch or pastry while out wandering the Ginza area. It's also good for breakfast (from 9 am), especially if you crave a full English breakfast.

Ryoma no Sora Bettei

$$$ | Shinjuku-ku

Tokyoites love unique dining experiences and their own history—they can revel in both in this eatery, which is a tribute to Ryoma Sakamoto, a young hero who died while helping overthrow the feudal Tokugawa Shogunate in the 1860s. When you enter from the ultramodern streets of Shinjuku, slide off your shoes, stash them in a wooden locker, and walk by a statue of the sword-wielding Sakamoto as you step into the Japan of the past. You can sit in the main dining hall, which resembles a bustling historic inn, or you can phone ahead to reserve a private tatami-mat dining room. The cuisine also harkens back to the traditional rural cooking, popular before Japan opened up to the West. The house specialty is seiro-mushi, a bamboo box filled with carefully arranged seafood, poultry, or meat, steamed over a pot, served piping hot, and quickly shared with everyone at the table.

1–4–2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0023, Japan
03-3347–2207
Known For
  • Traditional cooking
  • Varied set menus
  • A flashier version of a traditional izakaya
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Sake no Ana

$$$ | Chuo-ku

With roughly 130 varieties of sake from all over Japan available by the carafe, Sake no Ana (literally, "the sake hole") has its own sake sommelier, Sakamoto-san, who can help diners make a selection. Though most sake-specialty restaurants are open only for dinner, Sake no Ana is also open for lunch. The food is classic izakaya fare, and at lunchtime there are hearty donburi dishes, large bowls of rice topped with seasonal sashimi or beef simmered in a sweet soy broth.

3–5–8 Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
03-3567–1133
Known For
  • In-house sake sommelier
  • Welcoming atmosphere, even for those new to sake
  • Simple, hearty food

Sakuratei

$$ | Shibuya-ku

At this do-it-yourself restaurant for okonomiyaki (a kind of savory pancake made with egg, meat, and vegetables), you choose ingredients and cook them on the teppan (grill). Okonomiyaki is generally easy to make, but flipping the pancake to cook the other side can be challenging—potentially messy but still fun. Fortunately you're not expected to wash the dishes. Okonomiyaki literally means "as you like it," and unlike most Okonomiyaki joints you can experiment with your own recipe here, if you opt for the all-you-can-eat deal. But if you're feeling uninspired, you can always default to the house special, sakurayaki (with pork, squid, and onions) or monjayaki (a watered-down Tokyo variation of okonomiyaki).

3–20–1 Jingumae, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
03-3479–0039
Known For
  • Cooking at your table
  • Artsy, DIY interior
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options

Sankoen

$$$$ | Minato-ku

In a neighborhood thick with Korean-barbecue joints, Sankoen stands out as the best of the lot. Korean barbecue is a smoky affair; you cook your own food, usually thin slices of beef and vegetables, on a gas grill at your table. The karubi (brisket), which is accompanied by a great salad, is the best choice on the menu. If you like kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage), Sankoen's is considered by some to be the best in town. Customers from all over agree, including those from the South Korean embassy a few blocks away. And they line up at all hours (from 11:30 am to midnight) to get in.

1–8–7 Azabu Juban, Tokyo, 106-0045, Japan
03-3585–6306
Known For
  • Excellent cuts of meat to grill at your table
  • Cozy, simple interior
  • Fills up quickly at dinnertime
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed., Reservations not accepted

Saza Coffee KITTE Marunouchi

$ | Chiyoda-ku

Serving aromatic coffee sourced from all over the world, this narrow, brick-lined café makes drinking an experience. The best seats are in front of the lab, where coffee bubbles in a siphon. They also serve creamy hot chocolate, coffee jelly, and milkshakes.

2–7–2 Marunouchi, Tokyo, 100-7003, Japan
03-6268--0720
Known For
  • Ethiopian coffee beans
  • Not many seats
  • Beautifully presented coffee

Sensing Touch of Earth

$ | Taito-ku

On Kappabashi-dori, just north of the Kama-Asa knife store, this café has a very hipster feel thanks to its stark concrete walls and occasional in-store art exhibitions. The menu includes specialty coffees as well as organic matcha and ginger lemonade.

3-1-12 Matsugaya, Tokyo, 111-0036, Japan
080-7808--5622
Known For
  • Short opening hours (11 to 6 daily)
  • Hipster vibe
  • Specialty coffee

Signature

$$$$ | Chuo-ku

This elegant French restaurant on the 37th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel has wonderful views of the Tokyo skyline as well an open kitchen, where diners can see the masterful chef Nicolas Boujéma and his staff at work. Boujéma has an impressive résumé, having worked in kitchens such as La Tour d'Argent, Le Balzac, and most recently with Pierre Gagnaire. And his cuisine does not disappoint. Inspired by Japanese kaiseki, the menu changes with the seasons. There is also a fine wine list here that includes biodynamic and organic selections.

Soup Curry Ponipirica

$$ | Setagaya-ku

What's a soup curry? You'll find out when you customize your order sheet by choosing your curry (bacon and cabbage, mushroom, or chicken); your soup base (tomato, shrimp, or "Japanese," the base to many soupy Japanese foods); your preferred spice level (from 0–7); optional toppings like avocados, an egg, or fried mushrooms; and finally the amount of rice you'd like with your soup. 

Spring Valley Brewery

$$$ | Shibuya-ku

This microbrewery produces a core lineup of six ales and lagers in Daikanyama, which explains the large brew tanks you can see as you eat and drink. But this is not just a place to drink; the menu also features a good range of burgers, pizzas, and grilled meats. Helpfully, the food menu comes with beer pairing suggestions. They also brew seasonal and limited releases, such as an 8% Belgian “gran cru” and a 6.5% hop-heavy IPA. 

Star Kebab Akiba Terrace

$ | Chiyoda-ku

If you need a break from shopping for electronics and games, a spicy kebab sandwich from Star Kebab should do the trick. This branch and other outlets in the area offer beef, lamb, or chicken strips, lettuce, and tomatoes in pita pockets.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Meguro-ku
Okay, so we don't usually recommend a Starbucks, but if must hit up a Starbucks when you travel, make it a fancy Starbucks like this Reserve Roastery in hip Nakameguro, especially in Sakura Season. They have saku-flavored drinks like cream soda sakura (only available this season) and the second-floor terrace is a wonderful spot to view the sakura.

Sushisho Masa

$$$$ | Minato-ku

Diners here need a dose of luck—there are only seven counter seats and reservations fill up fast (ask your hotel concierge to make a reservation for you). You also need a full wallet, as high-end sushi comes at a pretty price. But for the few that manage to cross those two hurdles, Sushiso Masa gives a sublime experience. The interior is unpretentious, putting the focus squarely on the gorgeous presentations for each course. But what really sets this apart from other upscale sushi spots is the extreme quality of the cuts of fish, and the garnishes that use incredibly rare ingredients, such as zha cai (pickled stem of the mustard plant).

4–1–15 Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo, 106-0031, Japan
03-3499–9178
Known For
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Extremely high-quality, fresh fish with rare garnishes
  • Focus on service as well as the food
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch, Reservations essential

T's Tantan Tokyo Station Keiyo Street

$$ | Chiyoda-ku

It can be hard to find a vegan restaurant in Tokyo, but T's thick and tasty, meat-free ramen satisfies that craving. Choose your soup base, from sesame to citrus flavors, and get a side of the vegetable dumplings—not to be missed. The restaurant is situated behind the barriers of Tokyo Station, so you'll need to be in transit to try. 

T.Y. Harbor Brewery

$$$ | Shinagawa-ku

A converted warehouse on the waterfront houses this restaurant, known for its grills, California-Asia fusions, and craft beers. Don't miss the wheat ale steamed clams, Thai-style gai yang chicken sate or the Indian spice marinated lamb chops. True to its name, T.Y. Harbor brews five of its own year-round beers (plus seasonal specials) in a tank that reaches all the way to the 46-foot-high ceiling. The best seats in the house are on the bay-side deck, open from May to October. Reservations are a good idea on weekends.

2–1–3 Higashi-Shinagawa, Tokyo, 140-0002, Japan
03-5479–4555
Known For
  • Outdoor seating overlooking Tokyo Bay
  • A selection of craft beers brewed on-site
  • Incorporating Asian elements into classic American fare

Tableaux

$$$$ | Shibuya-ku

This restaurant may lay on more glitz than necessary—the mural in the bar depicts the fall of Pompeii, the banquettes are upholstered in red leather, and the walls are papered in antique gold—but the service is cordial and professional and the food, which is centered on Italian cuisine and U.S. steaks, is superb. The wine list is one of the most varied in town, with more than 200 bottles covering everything from affordable house wines to rarities that will set you back upward of ¥200,000 a bottle.

11–6 Sarugakucho, Tokyo, 150-0033, Japan
050-544--5125
Known For
  • Decor that feels like stepping into a French picture book
  • Classic high-end European fare
  • Impressive wine list
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Jacket and tie required