Tokyo Restaurants

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the most exciting dining cities in the world. Seasonal ingredients reign supreme here, and there's an emphasis on freshness—not surprising given raw seafood is the cornerstone of sushi. And though Tokyoites still stubbornly resist foreign concepts in many fields, the locals have embraced outside culinary styles with gusto.

While newer restaurants targeting younger diners strive for authenticity in everything from New York–style bagels to Neapolitan pizza, it is still not uncommon to see menus serving East-meets-West concoctions such as spaghetti topped with cod roe and shredded seaweed. That said, the city’s best French and Italian establishments can hold their own on a global scale. Naturally, there's also excellent Japanese cuisine available throughout the city, ranging from the traditional to nouveau, which can be shockingly expensive.

That is not to imply that every meal in the city will drain your finances—the current rage is all about "B-kyu gurume" (B-class gourmet), restaurants that fill the gap between nationwide chains and fine cuisine, serving tasty Japanese and Asian food without the extra frills of tablecloths and lacquerware. All department stores and most skyscrapers have at least one floor of restaurants that are accessible, affordable, and reputable.

Asakusa is known for its tempura, and Tsukiji prides itself on its fresh sashimi, which is available in excellent quality throughout the city. Ramen is a passion for many locals, who travel across town or stand in line for an hour in order to sit at the counter of a shop rumored to have the perfect balance of noodles and broth. Even the neighborhood convenience stores will offer colorful salads, sandwiches, and a selection of beer and sake. There have been good and affordable Indian and Chinese restaurants in the city for decades. As a result of increased travel by the Japanese to more exotic locations, Thai, Vietnamese, and Turkish restaurants have popped up around the city. When in doubt, note that Tokyo's top-rated international hotels also have some of the city's best places to eat and drink.

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  • 1. Enju

    $$$$ | Minato-ku | Japanese

    The grand exterior and pristine banquet rooms are somewhat uninviting and overly formal at this upscale restaurant in the quiet surroundings...Read More

  • 2. New York Grill

    $$$$ | Shinjuku-ku | International

    The Park Hyatt's 52nd-floor bar and restaurant may have come to international fame thanks to Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, but expats...Read More

  • 3. Azure 45

    $$$$ | Minato-ku | French

    For his Michelin-starred contemporary French creations, chef de cuisine Shintaro Miyazaki sources the finest Japanese beef, poultry, seafood...Read More

  • 4. Heichinro

    $$$$ | Chiyoda-ku | Chinese

    A short walk from the Imperial Hotel, this branch of one of Yokohama's oldest and best Chinese restaurants commands a spectacular view of the...Read More

  • 5. Rangetsu

    $$$$ | Ginza | Japanese

    Japan enjoys a special reputation for its lovingly raised, tender, marbled domestic beef, and if your budget can bear the weight, Rangetsu serves...Read More

  • 6. Signature

    $$$$ | Nihombashi | French

    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...Read More

  • 7. Towers

    $$$$ | Minato-ku | American

    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...Read More

  • 8. Aquavit

    $$$$ | Minato-ku | European

    One of a handful of authentic Swedish restaurants in Tokyo, Aquavit serves a reasonably priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner. A great introduction...Read More

  • 9. Hortensia

    $$$$ | Minato-ku | French

    French restaurants in Tokyo tend to have little in terms of variety, but this restaurant in trendy Azabu Juban is the exception to the rule...Read More

  • 10. Roti

    $$ | Minato-ku | American

    Billing itself a "modern American brasserie," Roti takes pride in the creative use of simple, fresh ingredients fused with Eastern and Western...Read More

  • 11. Tsuruhan

    $$ | Marunouchi | Japanese

    This reasonably priced and delicious Kyoto-style vegetarian restaurant in the Tokyo International Forum serves set-price lunches and dinners...Read More

  • 12. Toh-Ka-Lin

    $$$$ | Minato-ku | Chinese

    Business travelers consider the Okura to be one of the best hotels in Asia. That judgment has to do with its polish, human scale, impeccable...Read More

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