110 Best Restaurants in Tokyo, Japan

Tachinomi Marugin

$$ | Chuo-ku

This yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant is an ideal place for a short stop inside Ginza. Skewered chicken breasts, small salads, and sausages are sure to put a smile on the face of even the weariest shopper. There's also beer, whiskey highballs, and sake on the menu.

7–2 Ginza, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
03-3571–8989
Known For
  • Char-grilled chicken skewers (yakitori)
  • Opens daily from 5 pm to 6 am
  • Cheap whiskey highballs
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Takeno Shokudo

$$ | Chuo-ku

Takeno Shokudo is a neighborhood restaurant that does nothing but the freshest and the best—big portions of it, at very reasonable prices. Sushi and sashimi are the staples, but there's also a wonderful tendon bowl with shrimp and eel tempura on rice. À la carte prices are not posted because they vary with the costs that morning in the Toyosu Market. Reservations can only be made for large parties, or if you plan to dine before 6:30 pm.

6–21–2 Tsukiji, Tokyo, 104-0045, Japan
03-3541–8698
Known For
  • Cheap, delicious seafood
  • Popular with locals
  • A menu based on what the cooks found in the market that morning
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Tamaya

$$$

Yakitori and other char-grilled skewers of meat and vegetables are the name of the game at this smart izakaya that gets consistently excellent reviews from locals. To wash that down are highballs, draft lager, and a good selection of local sakes. And if you want the easy ordering option, consider one of the courses, which include multiple skewers plus a few side dishes such as tofu.

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Tapas Molecular Bar

$$$$ | Chuo-ku

Occupying a mysterious place between traditional sushi counter, tapas bar, science lab, and magic show, this award-winning restaurant breaks new ground. In full view of diners, the team of chefs assemble a small parade of bite-size morsels in surprising texture and flavor combinations. There are only eight seats, and seatings are at 6 and 8:30 only (plus 1 pm on weekends), so reserve as early as possible.

Tatsumiya

$$ | Asakusa

Here's a restaurant that's run like a formal ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurant focused on luxury) but has the feel of a rough-cut izakaya (Japanese pub). Neither inaccessible nor outrageously expensive, Tatsumiya is pleasantly cluttered with antique chests, braziers, clocks, lanterns, bowls, utensils, and craftwork, some of it for sale. The evening meal is in the kaiseki style, meaning multiple courses are served; tradition demands that the meal include something raw, something boiled, something vinegary, and something grilled. The kaiseki dinner is served only until 8:30, and you must reserve ahead for it. Tatsumiya also serves a light lunch, plus a variety of nabe (one-pot seafood and vegetable stews, prepared at your table) until 10. The pork nabe is the house specialty.

1–33–5 Asakusa, Tokyo, 111-0032, Japan
03-3842–7373
Known For
  • Excellent one-pot dishes
  • Pork nabe
  • Traditional decor

Tempura Tensho

$$$$ | Minato-ku

The entrance here may make you feel as if you are stepping into a nondescript office, but once inside you will get a front-row seat for some professional and exceptional frying (and even some private tables if you want a truly luxe experience). The tempura here is excellent for dinner, but the lunch sets are reasonably priced (one-third to half the cost of dinner) yet can still give you a proper tempura experience. You can also order additional individual pieces à la carte or as recommended by the chef.

2-7-13 Kitaaoyama, Tokyo, Japan
03-6447-5045
Known For
  • Elaborate lunch and dinner sets
  • An airy atmosphere
  • Fresh, seasonal ingredients

The Palace Lounge

$$$ | Chiyoda-ku

In addition to its elegant decor, plush sofas, and outdoor patio, The Palace Lounge also offers one of Tokyo's best afternoon tea sets, which includes both Japanese and European sweets. The extensive tea menu also makes it a good place to try a variety of unique, high-end teas while taking a quiet break from the day's sightseeing.

1–1–1 Marunouchi, Tokyo, 100-0005, Japan
03-3211--5309
Known For
  • Afternoon tea in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Collection of teas
  • Elaborate parfaits

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee

$ | Shibuya-ku

Really taking pride in their coffee, the Roastery serves up some good single-origin coffee. Tucked away along a shopping street connecting Omotesando to Shibuya, the shop offers outdoor seating, giving you a place to watch the shoppers stream by.

Tim Ho Wan Shinjuku Southern Terrace

$$$ | Shibuya-ku

This branch of Hong Kong's famous restaurant serves up a variety of authentic and accessible dim sum dishes in a casual atmosphere. Some highlights include the steamed pork spareribs with black bean sauce, deep-fried eggplant with shrimp, and the steamed rice rolls filled with beef, pork, or shrimp. Be sure to try the daikon mochi (pan-fried daikon cake) which manages to be both crispy and creamy all in one bite. Lines can be very long on weekends and right around lunch or dinner, so it is best to arrive before the store opens or in the late afternoon. For a quick snack, the shop also has a dedicated take-out window just for its signature baked BBQ pork buns.

2--2--2 Yoyogi, Tokyo, 151-0053, Japan
03-6304--2861
Known For
  • A modern take on dim sum
  • Reasonably priced given the quality of food
  • Quick service once seated
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

Tonki

$$ | Meguro-ku

A family joint, Tonki is a success that never went conglomerate or added frills to what it does best: deep-fried pork cutlets, soup, raw-cabbage salad, rice, pickles, and tea. That's the standard course, and almost everybody orders it, with good reason—it's utterly delicious. Just listen to customers in line as they put in their usual orders while a server comes around to take it. Then go ahead and join in; the wait is only about 10 minutes, but the line continues every night until the place closes at 10:45.

1–1–2 Shimo-Meguro, Tokyo, 153-0064, Japan
03-3491–9928
Known For
  • Hearty, affordable meals
  • Juicy pork
  • A line out the door
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and 3rd Mon. of month. No lunch

Tony Roma's

$$$ | Minato-ku

This casual American chain is world-famous for its barbecued ribs. It also serves kid-size (and much larger) portions of burgers, chicken strips, and fried shrimp. The chain, which started in Miami in the 1970s, is dwindling in the U.S., but it's still going strong overseas. There's another branch in the Hanzomon area.

Towers

$$$$ | Minato-ku

When you're looking for a break from all the ramen, tempura, and yakitori, this restaurant on the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel serves a mix of international flavors that range from American to Southeast Asian to Mediterranean. The prix-fixe lunches include a three-course business lunch (¥6,500), and there are dinners with four and five courses, including one that focuses on produce from Hokkaido (¥13,000). A plush brunch (¥9,500) is also available weekends and holidays. Best of all, the dining room overlooks a panorama of the Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower, which is where the eatery gets its name.

Trattoria Creatta

$$$$ | Chiyoda-ku

Sit down and savor a glass of carefully selected wine from Trattoria Creatta’s impressive cellar. Sitting on the terrace beside Wadakura Moat on a warm summer's day, diners can choose from a modest, yet flavorful, selection of fresh pasta. When the lights go down, the atmosphere turns intimate with candle-lit dinners and attentive service. Reservations are recommended.

Turret Coffee

$ | Chuo-ku

Tucked away in a side street, this friendly café takes its name from the little "turret" trucks that used to cart produce around the old Tsukiji Market. The owner, Kawasaki-san, serves a powerful espresso in ceramic sake cups but also creates Instagramable latte art, all for similar prices to the far less enjoyable Starbucks on the corner.

2-12-6 Tsukiji, Tokyo, 104-0045, Japan
Known For
  • Excellent espresso served in ceramic sake cups
  • Latte art
  • Early opening by Tokyo standards (from 7 am Monday to Saturday, from 9 am Sunday)
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Some irregular closing days (listed on Instagram)

Udatsu Sushi

$$$$ | Meguro-ku

This intimate counter-only sushi restaurant in Naka-Meguro’s backstreets serves omakase courses based on what the owner-chef sources each day from Toyosu Market, so you never know exactly what you will be served; just that it will be incredible. While fish takes center-stage, herbs and vegetables are also incorporated into Udatsu’s often modern take on sushi. Taking that a step further, there’s also a vegetarian sushi course (that needs to be reserved at least two days in advance). Like many sushi restaurants, opting for lunch rather than dinner will make Udatsu a far more affordable experience; though if you are going to splurge at night, this is one place well worth it.

Unagi Komagata Maekawa

$$$$ | Taito-ku

When it comes to preparation, this long-running unagi (freshwater eel) restaurant sticks to tradition, claiming to follow a 200-year-old recipe. For its ingredients, however, Maekawa takes a modern turn towards sustainability. Instead of using (rapidly dwindling) wild caught unagi, the restaurant uses only the highest quality domestically farmed unagi for its dishes. Choose from the una-ju (eel over rice served in a lacquered box), kabayaki (sweet grilled eel set meal), or shirayaki (plain grilled eel without sweet glaze). Maekawa offers a few small side dishes such as sashimi and dashi-tamago (Japanese rolled omelet) but like most classic unagi restaurants,  Maekawa does exactly one thing and does it well.

2--1--29 Komagata, Tokyo, 111-0043, Japan
03-3841--6314
Known For
  • A classic, no-frills unagi restaurant experience
  • Sustainably sourced unagi
  • Window seats look out over the river

Uosan Sakaba

$$$ | Koto-ku

This classic izakaya epitomizes the casual yet lively nights out of a down-to-earth district like Fukagawa. Opened in the 1950s, the four floors here include counter-only seats on the first and second floors that are ideal for watching and chatting with the chefs, and then tables for larger groups on the third and fourth floors. Wherever you sit, the focus is mostly on seafood, with the fresh cuts of sashimi (of whatever fish is sourced that day), especially good when paired with one of the sakes on the menu. The only challenge is ordering if your Japanese isn’t up to scratch, as the menu is handwritten in Japanese on the walls. However, this being Fukagawa, the friendly staff will find a way to get you well fed, even if that means pointing at other diners' dishes. Or you could ask for what they recommend (osusume wa nan desu ka?) and go with the flow.

1-5-4 Tomioka, Tokyo, 135-0047, Japan
03-3641--8071
Known For
  • Seafood-focused menu
  • Excellent sashimi
  • Good sake
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch

Ushibenkei

$$$$ | Shiba-Shiodome

High-quality marbled beef is taken quite seriously in Japan—cuts are ranked based on the ratio, distribution, and sweetness of the fat in relation to the meat. At Ushibenkei, you can sample some pieces of the highest rank at reasonable prices in a charmingly rustic atmosphere. Although you could order á la carte, for the full (and easier) experience select a gyu-nabe ("beef pot") course, and your server will move a shichirin (a portable coal-burning stove) to your table and prepare a range of cow tongue, beef, tofu, and vegetables in front of your eyes. The meat is fresh enough to be safely eaten raw, so don't be surprised if you are given paper-thin cuts of beef that are only lightly seared.

3–18–7 Shimbashi, Tokyo, 105-0004, Japan
03-3459--9418
Known For
  • High-grade Japanese beef
  • Sukiyaki and other beef hotpots
  • Beef sushi
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays

Verve Coffee Roasters Roppongi

$ | Minato-ku

For a quick caffeine break, Verve serves up single-origin beans from around the world in fashionable, but laidback surrounds. They also have herb teas, sandwiches, and sweet treats like carrot cake and vegan cookies.

5-16-8 Roppongi, Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan
03-6427-5403
Known For
  • Carrot cake
  • Light bites like sandwiches
  • Single-origin coffee

Yumeya

$$ | Chuo-ku

Not far from Tsukiji, Tsukishima (Moon Island) is a large man-made island known as the birthplace of delicious monjayaki: a thin batter is mixed with shredded cabbage and other ingredients, fried on a griddle built into the table, and eaten directly from the grill with metal spatulas. The main street in Tsukishima is filled with dozens of monjayaki establishments, but Yumeya is one of the best, an obvious fact when you spot the line of waiting patrons. Tried-and-true monjayaki eaters make it themselves at the table, but it can be a tricky endeavor—you need to form a ring of dry ingredients on the grill and pour the batter into the middle. If you're not feeling confident, servers can also make it for you at your table.

3–18–4 Tsukishima, Tokyo, 104-0052, Japan
03-3536–7870
Known For
  • Monjayaki cooked at the table
  • Popular monjayaki restaurant
  • Lively local vibe
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and 3rd Tues. No lunch weekdays, No credit cards