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Owl Park - Bird cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
One of a growing number of owl cafes in the city of owls, Ikebukuro, Owl Park opened in September 2015 in the middle of a bustling nightlife district. A spacious room on the second floor of a busy...
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Rock'ando - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9pm daily.
The first thing you'll notice at Rock'anDo is the color scheme. Green is everywhere, from the signage to the little green army men on a shelf. This should clue you in - you'll be eating green...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Buffalo Tap - Bar: Ikebukuro
Open 6-11:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays.
Bottled craft beers and Swedish-style calzones are served at this small neighborhood bar; you'll also find wine, steak tacos and quesadillas. Note that on some nights they don't open until 7:30pm or...
Open 6-11:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays.
Aona - Gyukatsu: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
The beef cutlet here has a lovely, extra-crunchy coating, and it's accompanied by a well-constructed vegetable salad and a tasty, peppery soup. Condiments include artisanal rock salt and oil with...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
Flattoria - Italian: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Part of the Fealteria complex, this casual restaurant offers solid Italian fare, including pizzas, in an unpretentious, smoke-free dining room. Prix-fixe dinners are Y2100-5200. Weekday lunches run...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Yamaguchi - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (Sat, Sun 11:30-9). Closed Mondays.
Takadanobaba is considered a bit of a ramen battle zone. Through the years, many shops have opened and closed, and to have a successful shop in this part of Tokyo is considered a great feat. ...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (Sat, Sun 11:30-9). Closed Mondays.
Garni - Japanese: Wakamatsu-Kawada
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
Yakiton (charcoal-grilled pork on skewers) is the main dish here, but instead of a smoky izakaya the atmosphere is closer to a stylish wine bar, with a selection of wines by the glass (Y680-1000) to...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
La Boheme - Italian: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
This spacious multi-level branch of the budget Italian chain is open all afternoon, and convenient when you're visiting Shinjuku Gyoen.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Keawjai - Thai: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Top-quality "Imperial" Thai cuisine, from a newish branch of this long-established Tokyo Thai restaurant. Budget around Y2500 for food at dinnertime.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Meal Muji - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Stylishly modern and surprisingly spacious, Meal Muji makes a pleasant retreat from the crowds of Shinjuku's shopping district. The decor is bright and cheerful, with ubiquitous sleek blond wood...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo Bekkan - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
One of Tokyo's most reliable kushiage shops, Kushinobo offers creative skewers, a decent sake selection and good value for money. A ten-skewer set menu is Y3240 at dinnertime, while an eight-skewer...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kyochabana - Okonomiyaki: Shinjuku
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Original-recipe Kyoto-style okonomiyaki is the specialty of the house here, but we were even more impressed with the kitchen's creative vegetable dishes and unusual yakisoba variations. The basement...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nagi Golden Gai - Ramen: Shinjuku
Open 24 hours a day.
Dried baby sardines (niboshi) have been a common ingredient in ramen for many years. It wasn't until recently, though, that ramen chefs began using them in abundance. The tiny fish have a very...
Open 24 hours a day.
Din Tai Fung - Dim sum: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fantastic, authentic Taiwanese-style dumplings; including the hot-broth-filled shoronpo dumplings for which they're most famous.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Breizh Cafe Creperie - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Delicious Bretagne-style artisanal sweet crepes and savory buckwheat galettes are served along with hard cider and soft drinks imported from the region. When the weather permits, there's nice...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Besides the usual tonkatsu they offer variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes, and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork. The...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Marble Lounge - International: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 24 hours a day.
Open twenty-four hours a day, the Hilton's Marble Lounge offers various special buffets throughout the day, including a dessert buffet with fountains of chocolate every afternoon from 2:30-6pm...
Open 24 hours a day.
Sizzler - American: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
If you have a sudden craving for baby corn, sliced beets and Green Goddess dressing, Sizzler still runs one of Tokyo's best-stocked salad bars.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Michel Troisgros - French: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
The first restaurant in Japan from Michelin three-star chef Michel Troisgros. Prix-fixe lunches are Y7,900-10,500; dinners are Y14,700-18,900.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Park Hyatt Delicatessen - Sandwiches/ deli: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Perhaps the best deli counter in town, with a huge selection of cold cuts, pates and salads. Lunches are priced from around Y1000, and breakfast is served on weekdays from 8 to 10:30am. The outdoor...
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Fuunji - Ramen: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Tsukemen is everywhere in Tokyo. Expecially tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen. Pork and chicken bones are cooked on high heat for a long time to draw out as much creamy collagen as possible. Thickness is...
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Tavern on S - International: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 7am-3:15am (LO) daily.
Open 21 hours a day and conveniently located next to Shinjuku Station's south exit, this glitzy new bar-restaurant is a fun destination whatever you're looking for - a casual group dinner, a...
Open 7am-3:15am (LO) daily.
YYG Brewery - Brewpub: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun from noon) daily.
One of the main attractions at this new (March 2016) brewpub is its very comfortable outdoor wooden deck, which looks out over a quiet side street just a few minutes from Shinjuku Station. The beer...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun from noon) daily.
Tanta Bocca - Italian: Yoyogi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This is the kind of unpretentious neighborhood trattoria that we love, serving good grilled meats and nice pastas, with some very reasonably priced wines in the Y3000-5000 range. Budget around...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Bistrot d'Artemis - French: Yoyogi
Open noon-2, 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Tuesdays, 3rd Monday.
This bistrot branch of the highly regarded L'Artemis restaurant in Jingumae offers a more casual experience and convenient late-night hours. The extensive wine list starts at around Y3000; budget...
Open noon-2, 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Tuesdays, 3rd Monday.
Jangara Ramen - Ramen: Harajuku
Open 11am-2am (Fri., Sat. to 3:30am). Open every day.
Famous Kyushu ramen; kakuni (Chinese-style stewed pork) is one of their specialties, and helps explain the long lines at lunchtime.
Open 11am-2am (Fri., Sat. to 3:30am). Open every day.
Bills - Australian: Harajuku
Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Australian chef Bill Granger is famous for his gourmet breakfast menu; this is his fourth Tokyo-area venture. Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes...
Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hasegawa Saketen - Liquor shop: Harajuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
A very well-stocked sake shop, plus a small stand-up bar where you can try samples in small 50ml tasting sizes. Usually there are around ten sakes open for tasting, priced Y200-400. There's also a...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Castle of Owls - Bird cafe: Harajuku
Open 11am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) daily.
The star attraction at the new branch of Castle of Owls, which opened in Harajuku on September 2015, is a little owl called Bolt. After his lunch of raw quail meat, Bolt likes to take a little...
Open 11am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) daily.
Tokyo Snake Center - Animal cafe: Harajuku
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
You can get a milk snake to go with your iced coffee and cake at Tokyo Snake Center! As you enter, you'll find a dozen colorful snakes in clear Perspex cases at the door. These are the "attendant"...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Smokehouse - American: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
There's great American-style barbecue and a nice collection of a dozen craft beers to wash it down at this cozy bar-restaurant located halfway along Cat Street. Weekday lunches start at Y1000, and...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Good, inexpensive pastas and budget wines are the draws at this long-running Harajuku-area Italian spot.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
PDX Taproom - Beer bar: Harajuku
Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's...
Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
Benoit - Mediterranean: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
From French celeb chef Alain Ducasse, a Mediterranean restaurant covering the cuisines of Italy, Spain, North Africa and Greece. The dining room is comfortable and attractively laid out, with nice...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Meal Muji - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 9am-10pm (Sun 11am-9pm) daily.
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi.
Open 9am-10pm (Sun 11am-9pm) daily.
Coutume - Coffee shop: Omotesando
Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Coutume Cafe has been an important specialty coffee destination since they first opened in Paris in 2011, where they also train barista staff and roast beans for more than sixty other cafes and...
Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Crayon House - Japanese/health food: Omotesando
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
The basement of Crayon House has an organic vegetable shop and two separate natural-food restaurants: "Hiroba", serving Japanese food, and "Home", with French cuisine. "Hiroba" offers an interesting...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Omotesando
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.
A dozen beers from the popular Yo-Ho Brewing in Karuizawa are on tap here, including a very drinkable IPA and some seasonal specials. The food is well above average for a beer bar, with appealing...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.
Pommeke - Belgian rest/beer bar: Gaienmae
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Belgian frites (fried potatoes) - prepared by a former chef at the Belgian embassy - are the specialty at this casual standing bar. Frites are priced at Y550 for a medium-size portion (actually...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Azzurra - Italian: Gaienmae
Open 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Skillfully constructed fish dishes and pastas from an extensive menu that changes daily.
Open 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Az Finom - Hungarian: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Well-prepared Hungarian food and an excellent selection of around 40-50 Hungarian wines, mostly under Y10,000 and mostly served by the glass. The dining space has an old-fashioned European air about...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Zest - Tex-Mex: Shibuya
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
California-style Mexican food and drinks, served in one of Tokyo's noisiest restaurants.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Reliable pastas and other Italian dishes, with convenient late-night hours.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Shibuya
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
From the owners of the Zest Mexican chain, a lively, fun place serving Southeast Asian dishes. The food is tasty (although not extremely authentic), there's a big bar, and service is friendly and...
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
La Boheme Qualita - Italian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
This newest venture from the popular budget Italian chain promises to serve "an Italian mama's home-cooked meals."
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
BiOcafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Organic coffee and tea, breads made with 100% natural yeast, and a completely smoke-free environment - Bio Cafe provides body and mind a bit of respite in junk-food-glutted Shibuya. With its...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Mocha - Cat cafe: Shibuya
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Occupying the top two floors of a modern nine-story building in the middle of Shibuya, Mocha is quite attractively decorated and comfortably furnished, and offers nice panoramic views of the...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Aldgate - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 6pm-2am daily.
One of Shibuya's more serious craft beer bars, The Aldgate offers more than twenty craft beers on tap, mostly from Japan, Britain and the US. The food is English pub fare - Toad in the Hole, Cornish...
Open 6pm-2am daily.
Gompachi - Japanese: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Japanese cuisine and a late-night sushi bar.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Tharros - Italian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Very good Sardinian cuisine and wines; budget around Y7000-8000 for dinner.
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
JBS Shibuya - Bar: Shibuya
Open 2-11pm daily.
The initials stand for Jazz Blues Soul, but the huge, 11,000-disk vinyl collection here also includes an impressive selection of old-school hiphop from the seventies through the nineties. Customers...
Open 2-11pm daily.
Coucagno - French: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Fancy French food with a skyscraper view; prix-fixe dinners from Y8000, with lots of good wines in the Y10,000-15,000 range.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Nakamura - Izakaya: Shibuya
Open 6-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Occupying the second floor of a newish office building, Nakamura is a very tastefully appointed modern izakaya, with sophisticated lighting and sleek furnishings. A full crew of chefs work in the...
Open 6-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Melange - Cat cafe: Ebisu
Open noon-8pm (Fri, Sat -9pm) daily.
Whoever was responsible for the interior design for Melange has clearly discovered the secret to a successful cat cafe - providing lots and lots of different places to sit, perch, and nap. At first...
Open noon-8pm (Fri, Sat -9pm) daily.
Joel Robuchon - French: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Deluxe-level cooking and service in an elaborate castle-like setting. At dinnertime there's a rather extravagant 18-course tasting menu for Y35,000 per person (plus 12% service charge). The wine...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
La Table de Joel Robuchon - French: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Located on the first floor of the Robuchon castle in Ebisu, this is a much more casual version of the main dining room upstairs, with inventive modern cuisine and a very reasonable wine list;...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Yebisu (Westin Hotel) - Teppanyaki: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm daily.
One of the most highly rated teppanyaki restaurants in town, Yebisu also boasts a nice 22nd-floor view and convenient English menus. Full-course dinners with premium domestic beef, seasonal seafood...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Ebisu
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Bakushuan - Beer bar: Ebisu
Open 4-11:30pm daily.
If you like both craft beer and craft sake, and you find yourself in Ebisu, this branch of Otsuka's legendary Bakushuan beer bar is the place for you. Ten mainly Japanese craft beers are served on...
Open 4-11:30pm daily.
Sarutahiko Atre - Coffee shop: Ebisu
Open 8am-11pm daily.
The original branch of this very serious coffee shop, just on the other side of Ebisu station, is always quite full, and this newer and much larger shopping-mall branch seems to be following suit. ...
Open 8am-11pm daily.
Kimijimaya - Liquor shop: Ebisu
Open 10am-9:30pm daily.
This Yokohama-based liquor store not only stocks an excellent selection of sake, but they also run a small standing bar where you can sample the featured sake, wine and beer of the day. Over a dozen...
Open 10am-9:30pm daily.
LB8 - Grill: Daikanyama
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30am-1am) daily.
A reasonably priced, very casual wine bar and grill from the La Boheme casual-Italian chain. The eclectic wine list starts from Y2500/bottle, with eleven wines by the glass or decanter. The...
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30am-1am) daily.
Tableaux - International: Daikanyama
Open 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Under the same management as Zest and La Boheme, this is one of their two high-ticket California-style restaurants (along with Stellato). There's also a separate bar and cigar-smoking room (with a...
Open 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Ivy Place - International: Daikanyama
Open 7am-1am (LO) daily.
"Global comfort food" in a lovely, beach-resort-style setting from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor team (Cicada, Beacon).
Open 7am-1am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Daikanyama
Open 11:30-1am (LO) daily.
A branch of the Nishi-Azabu and Shibuya Monsoon Cafes, with eclectic Asian cuisine.
Open 11:30-1am (LO) daily.
Taku - Sushi: Nishi-Azabu
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
It's unusual to find high-quality sushi like this outside Ginza, but here it's presented in a modern dining room with late-night hours. They also serve French wines as an alternative to sake; wines...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Zest - Tex-Mex: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30-2:30am daily.
Well-prepared, casual California-Mexican dishes and a variety of ever-popular frozen margaritas.
Open 11:30-2:30am daily.
Gompachi - Japanese: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30am-2:45am daily.
Good sushi and other straight-ahead Japanese fare from the late-night Global Dining group (La Boheme, Zest, etc.). The massive, multi-story space is always buzzing with activity, and sometimes seems...
Open 11:30am-2:45am daily.
Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Hiroo
Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.
Terrific overstuffed sandwiches and great burgers in a pleasant cafe-style setting. They also provide thirty-minute delivery within the area.
Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.
Aladdin - French: Hiroo
Open noon-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
High-level French cooking in a pleasantly modern setting. Budget around Y15,000 at dinnertime, Y5000 for lunch.
Open noon-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
IR Second House - Bar: Shirokanedai
Open 11:30am-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
With gorgeous decor and comfortable terrace seating, I/R Second House is a stylish neighbhorhood spot for casual food and craft beers. Food ranges from pizzas and burgers to serious grilled beef,...
Open 11:30am-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
La Boheme - Italian: Shirokanedai
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
One of the few late-night spots in the neighborhood; pizzas and pastas in a multi-level, palatial setting.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Stellato - International: Shirokanedai
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Upscale California dining in a fun, thirties-movie-palace setting, from the owners of the Zest-La Boheme chain. The mainly New World wine list is well assembled, and dinner with wine generally runs...
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Taiyo Sakaba - Yakiton: Shinagawa-ku
Open 4-11pm (Sun 12-9). Closed Mondays.
This cozy neighborhood izakaya serves seven taps of Japanese craft beers plus a decent selection of sake to go with their grilled-pork delicacies. The manager is a veteran of Baird and Wiz...
Open 4-11pm (Sun 12-9). Closed Mondays.
Grand Central Oyster Bar - American: Shinagawa
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Although they're not our favorite oyster bar in Tokyo, Grand Central does offer an impressively big selection of oysters from all over. There's also a large, varied wine list (heavy on the whites,...
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Tsubame Kitchen - Yoshoku: Shinagawa
Open 11am-midnight daily.
"Since 1930 Ginza" claims the sign, and they still offer the same nostalgic faux-Western yoshoku specialties like hamburg steaks, cabbage rolls and hayashi rice, for an inexpensive trip down memory...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Shusaron - Bar: Shinagawa
Open 5-11:30pm (3-11:30pm Sat/Sun) daily.
This small but stylish bar specializes in koshu (vintage sake), and they offer several different tasting sets to guide your explorations. The Y1260 set features three different types of koshu, and...
Open 5-11:30pm (3-11:30pm Sat/Sun) daily.
Comme la Gueuze - Belgian rest/beer bar: Mita
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
If you're used to seeing the same handful of Belgian beers on draft wherever you go around town, the six rotating taps at Comme la Gueuze will be a welcome change. The twenty-seat bar has a...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
DevilCraft - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Open 5-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
One of Tokyo's best craft beer bars, DevilCraft Hamamatsucho serves thirsty visitors from a nicely chosen roster of over twenty brews on tap, from both Japanese and American breweries, and, since...
Open 5-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
Roti Roppongi - International: Roppongi
Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Superb, inventive American cuisine from noted Tokyo chef Ian Tozer, built around a deceptively casual menu. The dining room is pleasantly smoke-free, and there's outdoor patio seating when the...
Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ryugin - Kaiseki: Roppongi
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sunday.
Chef Seiji Yamamoto does a very impressive take on experimental cuisine from a Japanese perspective, with eye-openers like edamame foam with pulverized ice cream and foie gras with figs. ...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sunday.
Suzunami - Japanese: Roppongi
Open 11am-3, 4:30-8:30pm (LO) daily.
This small Nagoya-based shop served excellent broiled fish that has been marinated in sake lees. Set meals are priced around Y1000-2000.
Open 11am-3, 4:30-8:30pm (LO) daily.
LB6 - Grill: Roppongi
Open 5pm-3am daily.
A reasonably priced, very casual wine bar and grill. The eclectic wine list starts from Y2500/bottle, with 11 wines by the glass or decanter. There are also microbrew beers from Baird Brewery and...
Open 5pm-3am daily.
Fujizakura - Beer bar: Roppongi
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Run by a Yamanashi brewery known for their excellent German-style beers, this basement venue feels less like a beer bar and more like an old-school Roppongi dining bar, with plush furnishings, fancy...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - French: Roppongi Hills
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
"New-style French dining" in a very stylish dining room. The food is first-rate and the ambience is casual, with all counter seating. The focus of attention is the open kitchen space on the other...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Il Mulino - Italian: Roppongi Hills
Open 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular international chain restaurant serves New York-style Italian fare, with a focus on Roman cuisine. The menu features ten veal dishes (ranging Y5000-8000), scampi, and a good selection of...
Open 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Napoleon Fish - Chinese: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Spicy regional Chinese dishes from Guizhou and Yunnan provinces (just north of Laos and Vietnam). Budget around Y6-7000 at night, Y1000 at lunchtime.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.
Gourmet burger pioneers in Tokyo, they still grill up some of Tokyo's better burgers in town, and also assemble great sandwiches (including an inspirational shrimp and avocado combination) and...
Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.
Chef's Table - South American: Azabu-Juban
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Filling a gap in the Tokyo dining scene, The Chef's Table offers upscale Latin American cuisine paired with good, affordable wines. During a recent visit we enjoyed an impressive Argentine-style...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night hours.
Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.
Wakanui - Steak house: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Run by a New Zealand meat company, Wakanui was set up to introduce Tokyo gourmets to premium beef, lamb and wines from New Zealand, and they succeed quite admirably at that mission. The dining room...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Nirvanam - Indian: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The cooking here is a level above the usual Tokyo Indian restaurant - sophisticated dishes with distinctive flavors and top-quality ingredients. The emphasis is on southern Indian specialties (the...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Brasserie Paul Bocuse Musee - French: Nogizaka
Open 11am-9pm (LO; lunch -2pm). Closed Tuesdays.
This stunning venture from the Hiramatsu group and the famous French chef Paul Bocuse occupies one of the most spectacular public spaces in Tokyo, inside the new national art gallery. Three-course...
Open 11am-9pm (LO; lunch -2pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Twelve beers from the Yona Yona (Yo-Ho Brewery) lineup are on tap here, including hand-pumped Yona Yona Real Ale and the very nice Aooni IPA. Food menu highlights include good roast chicken, and...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Authentic - Burgers: Akasaka
Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
This cozy backstreet diner serves a menu of American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches, to stay or to go. The unusual broccoli cheeseburger (Y1270) is one of our favorites - the slightly crunchy...
Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Kikunoi - Kaiseki: Akasaka
Open noon-1, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Third-generation kaiseki chef (and sometime TV celeb) Yoshihiro Murata is known for his innovative approach to kaiseki cuisine, drawing on French cooking techniques and ingredients. He has two...
Open noon-1, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Spice Diner - Indian: Tameike
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Tandoori dishes and spicy curries are paired with Japanese craft beers at this unpretentious basement Indian restaurant. The generous tandoori platter was the star of the evening during a recent...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Tameike
Open 11am-8pm. Closed weekends.
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed weekends.
Fermintxo Boca - Spanish: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.
Alluring Basque-style bocadillo baguette sandwiches are served at lunchtime here, and the namesake Fermintxo Boca sandwich (grilled Iberico pork loin, mozzarella and pimento) is especially...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.
Anpuku - Udon: Toranomon
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Novel, fusion-style udon is the specialty here, but what first attracted our attention was the inviting little sake bar standing at the front of the shop. A couple dozen well-chosen craft sakes from...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Toranomon Koffee - Coffee shop: Toranomon
Open 7am-9pm daily.
Serious coffee fans in the Toranomon area were happy to hear about the opening of this office-building branch of the cult-favorite Omotesando Koffee in Aoyama. The polished-wood decor is quite...
Open 7am-9pm daily.
3rd Cafe - Cafe: Toranomon
Open 7am-11pm daily.
In addition to drip coffee and sandwiches, this tiny cafe also offers seven wines by the glass, priced at Y350-600. There's even a bit of terrace seating.
Open 7am-11pm daily.
Craft Beer Market Toranomon - Beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Craft Beer Market offers thirty different brews on draft, including a good number of seasonal specials. Prices are noticeably less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, with pints priced at...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Mu-hung - Singaporean: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Singapore-style chicken rice is the well-prepared specialty at this tiny eight-seat counter, with your choice of either steamed or deep-fried chicken. (We prefer the deep-fried.) Other dishes...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Artistree Cafe - Coffee shop: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 11-6) daily.
Coffee from Dutch artisanal roaster JH and San Francisco's Zaranda roasters is served in this pleasantly modern coffee bar located near Toranomon Hills.
Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 11-6) daily.
Ishii - Izakaya: Shimbashi
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed weekends.
If you're a sake afficianado you'll be delighted by the stellar selection at this unpretentious little izakaya. Chances are you'll make some interesting discoveries, and perhaps even meet a brewer...
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Kuri - Bar: Shimbashi
Open 4-11:30pm (drink LO). Closed Sundays.
Run by the Moto-Azabu liquor shop Kurihara, this is a larger branch of the original Kuri in Ginza, specializing in sake and shochu. For your tasting cnovenience, sake comes in small (60ml) glasses...
Open 4-11:30pm (drink LO). Closed Sundays.
Shinshu Osake Mura - Bar: Shimbashi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
People don't come to Shinshu Osake Mura for the atmosphere, or the music (there isn't any). There aren't even any chairs. The reason to visit this hole-in-the-wall, standing-only sake bar, located...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Dry Dock - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
Perhaps this isn't the narrowest bar in Tokyo, but it's certainly the narrowest bar offering such an impressive class of craft beers, both domestic and imported. Cleverly, the tiny space is...
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
Tateru Yoshino - French: Shiodome
Open 7-10:30am, 11:30-2pm, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Modern French cuisine from chef Tateru Yoshino, formerly of the Michelin-starred Stella Maris in Paris. The menu includes dishes like risotto of watercress with frogs legs; carpaccio of Canadian...
Open 7-10:30am, 11:30-2pm, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Les Saisons - French: Hibiya
Open 7-10am, 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
Lavish contemporary and traditional French fare in a luxurious setting here in the Imperial Hotel's flagship French restaurant. Chef Thierry Voisin, formerly of Michelin two-star Les Crayeres in...
Open 7-10am, 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
Peter - International: Hibiya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-midnight (LO 10pm) daily.
The flashy main dining room of the Peninsula Hotel offers gorgeous views and an entertaining menu of modern international cuisine. Have fun putting together your own meal of three, four, or five...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-midnight (LO 10pm) daily.
Club of Famous Curry Diners - Curry: Yurakucho
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Five famous Japanese curry shops have gotten together to create this tiny 15-seat counter. Try them all - for Y2500 you can get a set of curries from all five shops, or you can order individual...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kimijimaya - Liquor shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-9pm (Sat -8, Sun -7) daily.
A branch of the huge Kimijimaya liquor store in Yokohama, this Ginza outpost offers a good selection of sake and runs an informal standing bar corner as well. Fourteen types of sake range from...
Open 10:30am-9pm (Sat -8, Sun -7) daily.
Gompachi - Japanese: Ginza
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Simple, well-prepared Japanese standards, including grilled chicken, in a lively atmosphere.
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Zest - Tex-Mex: Ginza
Open 11:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
Reasonably priced fare from the Tex side of the Tex-Mex border, with colorful frozen and non-frozen margaritas.
Open 11:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
Sanshou - Okonomiyaki: Ginza
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Located inside the Hiroshima Prefecture antenna shop, Sanshou serves Hiroshima's most famous foods, okonomiyaki and oysters, and offers a nice selection of local premium sake and shochu to wash it...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Brasserie Paul Bocuse Ginza - French: Ginza
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
The third Tokyo restaurant from Lyon-based celeb-chef Paul Bocuse offers prix-fixe dinners from Y5500-9500. Wines are Y5000-250,000, with less scarily priced options by the glass or carafe. The...
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
Miravile Impakt - Cafe: Ginza
Open 11am-4, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
This outpost of the popular Miravile restaurant in Komaba specializes in desserts - with an Y1890 three-course menu (starter dessert with tea, main platter of two desserts with tea, final dessert...
Open 11am-4, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Vietnam Alice - Vietnamese: Ginza
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Refined Vietnamese classics from the chef behind the upscale Queen Alice restaurants. Try the desserts recommended by their "vegetable sommelier"! Budget around Y4000 for dinner.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bincho - Unagi: Ginza
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
This first Tokyo branch of a famous Nagoya shop prepares eel that's grilled over binchotan charcoal and served with their own special Nagoya-style tamari sauce. Lunch and dinner sets are Y2380-5900;...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Bulgari, Il Ristorante - Italian: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Top-notch, creative Italian fare, beautifullly presented, from the very talented chef Luca Fantin. The main dining room is modern and stylish; there's also a popular bar-lounge area one level up...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Dazzle - International: Ginza
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The immodestly named Dazzle is one of Tokyo's flashiest restaurants, with futuristic lighting and a theatrical entrance - the elevator deposits you in the middle of the kitchen, after which you take...
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Beige - French: Ginza
Open 11:30-2:30, 2:30-4 (tea), 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Master chef Alain Ducasse's joint venture with Chanel provides excellent modern French cuisine in a lovely setting. The food isn't quite as spectacular as the prices though - mains average...
Open 11:30-2:30, 2:30-4 (tea), 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Mariage Freres - Tea shop: Ginza
Open noon-8pm.
With 450 varieties of world teas from 32 countries, Mariage Freres in Ginza offers the tea aficionado a rare combination of elegance, atmosphere and quality. Only the "finest harvests" are offered to...
Open noon-8pm.
Hakarime - Izakaya: Ginza
Open noon-2:30, 5:30-11:30pm daily.
Anago eel and warm sake are the specialties at this popular spot. Budget around Y6000-8000 for food and drink. No lunch on Saturdays.
Open noon-2:30, 5:30-11:30pm daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2:45am (LO) daily.
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night service.
Open 11:30am-2:45am (LO) daily.
Kyubei - Sushi: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Yes you can pay a lot more for sushi at Michelin multi-starred counters if you want to, but Kyubei offers excellent quality fish at somewhat more affordable prices, especially at lunchtime, in a much...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Dharmasagara - Indian: Higashi-Ginza
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Popular with Indian customers, Dharmasagara serves great South Indian cuisine, with especially good dosa and other breads and plenty of interesting vegetable-centered options. Lunch from Y1200,...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Mother Leaf - Tea shop: Higashi-Ginza
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Mother Leaf brews aromatic teas from five varieties of Sri Lankan tea leaves in a peaceful, smoke-free atmosphere.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Il Ghiottone - Italian: Marunouchi
Open 11am-2, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
This first Tokyo branch of one of Kyoto's best Italian restaurants occupies a small, minimal but elegant dining room facing the street. Dinner is either Y7500 or Y10,000 - chef's omakase menu only -...
Open 11am-2, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Tokyo Karaage Bar - Chicken: Marunouchi
Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
Fried chicken reaches a whole new level of greatness at Tokyo Karaage Bar. First of all, you get to choose your favorite parts of the bird - wings, breast, thigh, fatty bonjiri (tail), liver,...
Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Marunouchi
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hawaiian-style burgers and sandwiches. The atrium deck is very airy and pleasant, but seating there is limited.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Au Gout du Jour Nouvelle Ere - French: Marunouchi
Open 11am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Michelin-starred traditional French dining overlooking Tokyo Station. Prix-fixe lunches are Y3,500-6,000, dinners Y7,000-12,000.
Open 11am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hasegawa Saketen (Palace Hotel) - Liquor shop: Marunouchi
Open 10am-9pm daily.
This relatively quiet branch of the popular Hasegawa sake retail specialist is furnished with a small counter area where you can try out a tasting set of three sake of the month, along with a tiny...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Dean & Deluca - American: Marunouchi
Open 7am-11pm daily.
Mostly an all-day cafe/restaurant, although they also have a small deli counter and grocery section with coffees and teas, spices, baked goods, cold cuts, four kinds of smoked salmon, and real dill...
Open 7am-11pm daily.
Lou - Dim sum: Yaesu
Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Chinese dumplings - to eat in or take out - are the specialty of this Kamakura-based shop inside the new Gran Roof complex next to Tokyo Station. The take-out menu includes three types of gyoza...
Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton - Tonkatsu: Yaesu
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most famous tonkatsu shops, Yabaton is known for their tasty miso-slathered cutlets and their cute pig-sumo wrestler mascot. The teppan tonkatsu (Y1365) is their best-selling dish - a...
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Towers - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
This tiny standup bar always has a number of good Japanese microbrews and international beers on tap. Food is limited to snacks.
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Otemachi
Open 11am-10pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays.
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...
Open 11am-10pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays.
Camp - Curry: Otemachi
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The healthy and quite tasty Japanese curries here are heavy on the vegetables - in fact the special of the house promises a full day's ration of vegetables. The shop itself is decorated in a...
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gent - Belgian rest/beer bar: Otemachi
Open 11am-11pm (LO; 9:30pm Sat, Sun) daily.
The seventh (and smallest) Tokyo venue from the Belgian Beer Cafe group, Gent (with a hard "g") is located in the basement of a new Otemachi office complex called Ootemori. They offer the the usual...
Open 11am-11pm (LO; 9:30pm Sat, Sun) daily.
Ventaglio - Italian: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
Lunch and dinner buffets of modern Italian cuisine in a beautiful open-atrium dining space. The weekday lunch buffet is Y2900; weekend lunch is Y4200, dinner is Y5000, and the weekend dessert buffet...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
K'Shiki - International: Mitsukoshimae
Open 6am-2:30, 5:30-11pm daily.
The Mandarin Oriental's casual-dining spot offers creative contemporary cuisine with an Asian twist, plus a great view of Ginza and Marunouchi. The Y5,000 tasting menu is a good deal if you like...
Open 6am-2:30, 5:30-11pm daily.
Sense - Chinese: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
The Mandarin Oriental's Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant offers an excellent weekend dim sum lunch from 11:30am-4pm. Choose from twenty varieties, all you can eat, for Y5000 (+10%). Weekday...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
Tapas Molecular Bar - Experimental: Mitsukoshimae
Open 6, 8:30pm daily.
Here inside the Mandarin Hotel's 38th-floor lounge, the eight-seat Tapas Molecular Bar serves cutting-edge modern cuisine. Twenty-one plates of highly inventive, deconstructivist, very tasty morsels...
Open 6, 8:30pm daily.
Zakuro - Japanese: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Shabu-shabu, sukiyaki and other Japanese beef dishes; they also offer pork shabu-shabu. Prix-fixe dinners are priced Y5,000-15,000; lunch from around Y2000.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae - Beer bar: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.
CBM offers thirty beers on tap - mostly Japanese craft beers - priced at a very budget-friendly Y480/glass or Y780/pint. The food menu is also fairly impressive, with dishes like roast duck a...
Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.
Dandan - Izakaya: Kayabacho
Open 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
This very old-fashioned izakaya has a genuine shitamachi feel to it - sumo paraphernalia on the walls, a TV set going in the corner, and three big communal tables for customers. The shop is known...
Open 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
Beer Wars - Beer bar: Kodenmacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (Sat 1-10:30). Closed Sundays.
A solid selection of US craft beers, good food, and a friendly atmosphere make this a popular destination for neighborhood beer lovers. Six taps are devoted to US breweries like Karl Strauss,...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (Sat 1-10:30). Closed Sundays.
Talkin' Loud - Izakaya: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
It's finally here, the world's first acid-jazz sake bar, playing an invigorating soundtrack of early-nineties acid jazz and triphop while pouring an impressive mix of rare-groove premium sake. The...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Ebiden - Tempura: Akebonobashi
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Good tempura at reasonable prices at this unpretentious neighborhood shop. The tempura teishoku is Y1890, full-course dinners are Y2940, and fancy kaiseki menus start at Y5250. Lunch starts at...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shoji - Tempura: Akebonobashi
Open 11:30am-1, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
One of the specialties of the house at this first-rate tempura counter is anago, served with a tasty golden-brown coating that's thicker than average and satisfyingly crunchy. Prix-fixe dinners are...
Open 11:30am-1, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gachi - Ramen: Akebonobashi
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
There's no better way to enjoy amazing, housemade ramen noodles than in a bowl of abura soba. Literally meaning oil-noodles, abura soba leaves the soup out, with only some tare seasoning, oils, and...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Okagesan - Izakaya: Yotsuya
Open 6-10:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
The sake selection at this Michelin-starred izakaya is pretty impressive, and the food is above average, but not quite good enough to justify the prices. Prix-fixe menus are the only option, and...
Open 6-10:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Healthy Kan - Japanese/health food: Ichigaya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
A tasty assortment of healthy Japanese dishes and excellent Belgian beer.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
No 4 - Bakery: Ichigaya
Open 8am-9pm daily.
A casual bakery and all-day cafe, No 4 (named after its Yonbancho location) offers local diners everything from fresh-baked sourdough bread, pastries and fantastic coffee (from the excellent Nozy...
Open 8am-9pm daily.
Chez Olivier - French: Ichigaya
Open 11:30am-2, 6:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Excellent-quality modern French cuisine at this elegant bistrot-restaurant. Chef Olivier was a veteran of La Tour d'Argent in Paris and the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Tokyo before opening his...
Open 11:30am-2, 6:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Yakuoji Cafe - Coffee shop: Ushigome-Yanigicho
Open 8:30am-8pm (Sun 11:30-7). Closed Saturdays.
An artsy little neighborhood cafe serving espresso beverages, drip coffee of the day, and matcha. Lunches run Y500-1000, and they also roast their own beans, on sale from Y450/100g.
Open 8:30am-8pm (Sun 11:30-7). Closed Saturdays.
Mojo Coffee - Cafe: Kagurazaka
Open 7am-8pm daily.
A New Zealand coffee specialist, Mojo roasts their beans onsite and serves espresso drinks in down-under variations like Flat White and Long Black. The small neighborhood shop has a minimalist...
Open 7am-8pm daily.
Paul - Bakery: Kagurazaka
Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Good pastries and sandwiches, to eat in or take out, at this French-based bakery-cafe.
Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Lina's Sandwiches - Sandwiches/ deli: Suidobashi
Open 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Tucked away in the rather institutional-looking basement of the Athenee Francaise, this branch of the French-based cafe serves a range of good, made-to-order French-style sandwiches.
Open 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Somewhat less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, US pints here are priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) You can choose from thirty different...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Market Terrace - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Located a few minutes from CBM's first Jimbocho outlet, this branch offers a spacious open-air seating area for when weather permits. Beers are the same budget-friendly prices as at other branches...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Yamituki Curry - Curry: Jimbocho
Open 11am-11pm daily.
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Gachimaya - Okinawan: Jimbocho
Open 11am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.
If you like Okinawan food and enjoy trying new craft beers, this casual basement izakaya is well worth a visit. Along with a selection of well-prepared Okinawan fare you can choose from nine...
Open 11am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.
Katchan - Gyukatsu: Jimbocho
Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The recommended dish here is the double-size portion of gyukatsu (beef cutlet) with menchi katsu (deep-fried minced-meat patty) on the side (Y1180). The beef is tender and served rare in the middle,...
Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
La-show-han - Ramen: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-3pm (Sat -2pm), 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Tantanmen is a direct descendant of Chinese dandanmein. This dish of Sichuan origin is spicy, and a traditional bowl will have plenty of chili oil, Sichuan peppercorn, and minced pork. You can find...
Open 11am-3pm (Sat -2pm), 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Wiz - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Machineko - Cat cafe: Iwamotocho
Open 2-8pm (Sat, Sun noon-8). Closed Tuesdays, Fridays.
The setup at this rescue-cat cafe is quite minimal - a few perches and climbing trees, some lockers and vending machines and a few seats for visitors, a handful of cat-themed magazines and just a few...
Open 2-8pm (Sat, Sun noon-8). Closed Tuesdays, Fridays.
Carp - Okonomiyaki: Kanda
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat -8pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Named after Hiroshima's baseball team, this casual, brightly lit all-day shop serves Hiroshima's most famous dish, okonomiyaki. You can choose from "soba" or udon noodles, with a few optional...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat -8pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
The second Tokyo outlet of Nagano Prefecture's Yo-Ho Brewing, this Kanda branch offers a more ambitious food menu as well as a dozen of the brewery's beers on draft, including a couple of hand-pumped...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
Kikanbou - Ramen: Kanda
Open 11am-4, 5:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
You'll find spicy ramen on many shop's menus. This usually means they take their normal bowl, throw in some chili peppers, and call it a day. Many of these bowls are just hot, with very little in...
Open 11am-4, 5:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Kura Kura Ji-beer House - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The off-the shelf snack-bar decor here is perked up by a cozy counter bar with five seats and twelve taps dispensing some of Japan's best microbrew beers. The small menu includes a few good chicken...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
DevilCraft - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Excellent Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is served here, and the fifteen taps in the cozy ground-floor bar area dispense a good selection of craft beers from Japan and the US, including some from...
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Tucano's - Brazilian: Akihabara
Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
This very informal counter bar is billed as a galetteria - a Brazilian-style charcoal-grilled chicken specialist - but the one-pound beef rump steak and the 600g "gigasteak" seem to be just as...
Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
Moff Rell - Rabbit cafe: Akihabara
Open noon-9pm. Closed some Mondays.
The rabbits seem friendlier and more outgoing than average at this small cafe. Perhaps it's a result of the cafe's policy of providing all visitors with a complimentary packet of rabbit snacks upon...
Open noon-9pm. Closed some Mondays.
Tokyo Curry-ya Meitenkai - Curry: Akihabara
Open 10am-9pm daily.
This tiny counter shop inside Akihabara Atre has assembled five famous Japanese curry shops from this curry-strong neighborhood - mini-branches of Kyoeido, Ethiopia, Delhi, Topca and Hongo Petit Feu....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Akiba Fukurou - Bird cafe: Akihabara
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
This owl cafe in the center of Akihabara has a unique atmosphere - more like a theme-park attraction than an animal cafe. From the outside it looks like a repurposed downtown office, but inside it's...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Neko Maru Cafe Ueno - Cat cafe: Ueno
Open 11am-10pm daily.
There are twenty-six feline residents - many of them rescue cats from a local shelter - at this conveniently located cafe just around the corner from Ueno station. The playroom is furnished with...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Yumeya - Curry: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
This rather unpretentious shop may not win any awards for their decor, but they serve up very good Indo-style Japanese curries and credible naans. A curry set with rice or naan (and Japanese...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Asakusa Gyukatsu - Gyukatsu: Asakusa
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -9:30, Sun -8:30) daily.
This tiny, nine-seat counter shop just may serve the best deep-fried beef cutlet in Tokyo. The meat is beautifully marbled, encased in a thin, softly crunchy coating and quite tasty with just a bit...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -9:30, Sun -8:30) daily.
Zanmai - Sushi: Asakusa
Open 24 hours a day.
Good value for money and a wide selection of fish at this convenient 24-hour branch of the famous Tsukiji-based sushi shop.
Open 24 hours a day.
Campion Ale - Brewpub: Asakusa
Open 5-11pm daily.
Five British-style ales on tap, all brewed on premises at this small brewpub. Prices are Y800 for pints and Y500 for half-pints. Food includes shepherd's pie, meat pies and beef stew. Open from noon...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Monta - Cat cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.
This cat cafe in the heart of tourist-filled Asakusa has a limited number of cats - eight at last count - but the staff seem to be good at keeping them engaged with various cat toys and other...
Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Tiger Gyoza Hall - Gyoza: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tiger's menu is devoted to gyoza dumplings, both fried and boiled. The signature dish is their extra-large Banana Gyoza, so named because of their elongated shape - these come with a voluminous pork...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nekoen - Cat cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
It's not the biggest or most populous cat cafe in town, but the vivacious, outgoing (and English-speaking) proprietor helps make this a comfortable spot to hang out for an hour. Asakusa Nekoen ("Cat...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Tokyo Curry-ya Meitenkai - Curry: Oshiage
Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Five of the most popular Japanese curry shops in Tokyo's Kanda area have gotten together to create this casual shop where you can try their curries individually or in various combinations. A set of...
Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Rokurinsha - Ramen: Oshiage
Open 10:30am-11pm daily.
This very popular shop is known for their tsukemen, served with a thick, richly flavored dipping sauce made with pork, seafood and vegetables. Prepare to wait on line during busy times.
Open 10:30am-11pm daily.
Brasserie Aux Amis - French: Oshiage
Open 11am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A tourist-friendly outlet of the popular upscale French wine-bar chain. Prix-fixe lunches are priced Y2,800-Y9,800, dinners Y6,500-Y11,000.
Open 11am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Bakushuan - Beer bar: Otsuka
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Although it looks like an old-fashioned izakaya inside, Bakushuan serves a modern selection of ten Japanese and US craft beers on tap in addition to its very respectable sake list. The food menu is...
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Shinasoba Tanaka - Ramen: Otsuka
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (Sat 11-3). Closed Sundays.
The master at Tanaka commutes in to this shop every day from the far side of Chiba, about two hours away. He is a surfer, and that part of Japan has some nice waves in the morning. That part of...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (Sat 11-3). Closed Sundays.
Donaiya - Takoyaki: Otsuka
Open 10am-9pm daily.
The takoyaki here embodies a dramatic contrast of textures - a firm and slightly chewy outer shell surrounding an interior that's squishy and gooey, ready to come gushing out when prodded with...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Souten (Minami-guchi) - Yakitori: Otsuka
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Tokyo has no shortage of good yakitori shops, but Souten really stands out from the the crowd thanks to the quality of both their chicken and their craft sake. The entrance sports an extra-large...
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Tsuta - Ramen: Sugamo
Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Tsuta, near Sugamo Station on the northern side of the Yamanote train line, can be a bit of a hassle to get to. They are only open for lunch, and often have a huge line. Expect a wait of twenty or...
Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Kabochan - Ramen: Komagome
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This tiny ramen shop down a small shopping street was a hand-me-down to the current owner. Kubokawa-san, whose nickname is Kabo-chan, was a well repected ramen hunter before he took over this ramen...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Sakazuki Brewing - Brewpub: Adachi-ku
Open 4-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 1pm-). Closed Mon, Tue.
Open since March 2016, this neighborhood brewpub offers six taps of their own beer, priced at Y540 for a 300ml pour. The interior is very brightly lit but the bar is welcoming and friendly, with...
Open 4-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 1pm-). Closed Mon, Tue.
Beer++ - Brewpub: Kita-ku
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat 3-9:30). Closed Sun, Mon.
This small local brewpub serves a few types of ale on tap and a guest cider, while the food menu features organic vegetables grown on the rooftop. There's a standing bar on the ground floor and...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat 3-9:30). Closed Sun, Mon.
Neko Maru Cafe East - Cat cafe: Kinshicho
Open noon-10pm daily.
The spacious playroom at Neko Maru East is pleasantly scruffy, filled with baskets and cardboard boxes, perches and multi-story miniature houses that are well-used by the resident 33 cats. Visitor...
Open noon-10pm daily.
Juhachiban - Takoyaki: Daiba
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Juhachiban set themselves apart from the other shops in Daiba's popular takoyaki theme park with their pleasantly crunchy shell, made by using harder-than-average tenkasu (bits of tempura-fried...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Kukuru - Takoyaki: Daiba
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Our favorite of the shops inside the Takoyaki Museum mini-theme park, Kukuru offers three takoyaki variations - regular, cheese, and akashiyaki. The regular version has nicely balanced flavors and...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Gompachi - Izakaya: Daiba
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Inside Glien Passage, the theme-park-extravaganza restaurant complex in Aquacity, Gompachi offers a straight-ahead robatayaki menu - yakitori, grilled fish, assorted side dishes and a handful of soba...
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Daiba
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Late-night pastas and Italian wines.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Daiba
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Assorted southeast Asian dishes and a large bar.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Zest - Tex-Mex: Daiba
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Dependable late-night Tex-Mex food and fun decor.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Sizzler - American: Daiba
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
The all-you-can-eat salad bar is surprisingly varied, and still one of the better ones in town.
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Aomi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes, and a big variety of skewered...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Torimikura - Yakitori: Aomi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Charcoal-grilled heirloom-breed chicken and game birds are the specialty here, along with oyako-donburi and chicken-based ramen. There's also a good selection of sake and shochu to wash it down. ...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Pizzeria Ciro - Italian: Higashi-Nakano
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The pizza makers here trained in Naples, and they use a wood-burning pizza oven. Some thirty varieties of fantastic thin-crusted pizzas are ready to eat in or take out.
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Pole Pole Za Space Cafe - Cafe: Higashi-Nakano
Open 11:30am-11pm (-6pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
The very artsy cafe includes a gallery space in back where you can catch the latest exhibit while enjoying coffee or cocktails; there's also window seating up front, a few outdoor tables, and a movie...
Open 11:30am-11pm (-6pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
Neko no Kanzume - Cat cafe: Nakano
Open noon-8pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8). Closed Wed, 1st and 3rd Thu.
A relatively small neighborhood establishment, "Can of Cats" is noteworthy for their very playful cats, and human staff who go out of their way to keep them entertained with a full complement of cat...
Open noon-8pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8). Closed Wed, 1st and 3rd Thu.
Saikoro - Ramen: Nakano
Open 11am-1:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily.
The north side of Nakano is famed for Nakano Broadway, a center of otaku culture and interesting traditional restaurants. But on the often ignored south side, there is a wonderful ramen shop worth a...
Open 11am-1:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily.
Craft Beer Market Koenji - Beer bar: Koenji
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Known for their good food, lively atmosphere and reasonably priced craft brews, the Craft Beer Market chain has been growing quickly, and this fifth branch is their first foray into a residential...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Honmura An - Soba: Ogikubo
Open 11am-8:30pm. Closed Tuesdays, 3rd Monday.
First-class soba -- they also had a very popular branch in New York City's Soho neighborhood.
Open 11am-8:30pm. Closed Tuesdays, 3rd Monday.
Mu-hung - Singaporean: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
A comfortable smoke-free cafe that serves good Singapore-style chicken rice, although unfortunately they only serve it with fragrant jasmine rice on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month; you get...
Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Papapapa Pine - Ramen: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 11am-11pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
At first, pineapple ramen sounds strange, maybe even downright awful. But imagine some other things that have been matched with pineapples. Pineapple and a sweet terriyaki sauce make a great burger...
Open 11am-11pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Rose Bakery - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Good breads, cakes and vegetable salads at this cute, plant-filled bakery-cafe inside the Atre shopping mall. Lunch options include a "plate of vegetables" and vegetable tarts with salad as well as...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This fourth branch of the popular Yona Yona beer bar, its first venue outside central Tokyo, offers the same lineup of a dozen or so beers from Nagano brewery Yo-Ho, including seasonal specials. The...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Craft and Romance - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 5pm-1am daily.
If you're looking for a craft-beer tasting flight after the other Kichijoji craft-beer bars have closed, this seventh-floor spot is worth knowing about. While we were disappointed by the food and...
Open 5pm-1am daily.
Muteppo - Ramen: Ekoda
Open 11am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Thick tonkotsu ramen is nothing new. You'll find many shops all over the country serving bowls of it. But if you want the thickest, most intense bowl there is, Muteppo is the place to go. The soup is...
Open 11am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Lodi - Bar: Nakano-Sakaue
Open 11:45am-2:30, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Located above Nakano-Sakaue subway station, Lodi serves both domestic microbrew beers (with a rotating selection of five on tap), and American wines (with six by the glass). At lunchtime (weekdays...
Open 11:45am-2:30, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Hangover - Beer bar: Nakano-Sakaue
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -12). Closed Mondays.
"Craft beer, craft food" is the raison d'etre of this ambitious beer bar, and they do an excellent job on both counts. There's a well-chosen selection of craft beers from the US and Japan on tap,...
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -12). Closed Mondays.
Minatoya - Takoyaki: Sasazuka
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This charming neighborhood shop serves takoyaki, akashiyaki, octopus okonomiyaki pancakes, and kakigori shaved-ice desserts. The takoyaki iss a fairly orthodox version, studded with big, tasty...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Hototogisu - Ramen: Hatagaya
Open 11:30am-3, 6:30-10pm. Closed Thu; Fri; Sun eve.
Hototogisu is a little hard to find. It's located in a suburb a few stations west of Shinjuku, down a local shopping street, and in a nondescript alleyway. They usually have a line, which is the...
Open 11:30am-3, 6:30-10pm. Closed Thu; Fri; Sun eve.
Camelback - Sandwiches/ deli: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Modern, Japanese-inspired sandwiches prepared by a former sushi chef are served at this tiny take-out counter. Sushi-style tamagoyaki omelettes, steamed monkfish liver and home-cured lamb bacon are...
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Hashiya - Yoshoku: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11:30am-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
This Japanese-spaghetti pioneer has been offering their unique take on pasta since the 1950s, with over sixty variations on the menu. One of the more popular options features sea urchin, squid and...
Open 11:30am-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Dog Heart - Animal cafe: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11am-7pm daily.
A pack of happy, tail-wagging pups greeted us in boisterous fashion upon our arrival at Dog Heart, letting us know that we'd be in for a lively afternoon at one of Tokyo's more gregarious animal...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Gatemo Tabum - Bhutanese: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
A tiny cafe with a limited menu of four Bhutanese stews with rice, including a fiery version of ema datshi, a cheese and chili stew that's Bhutan's national dish. The other stews (pork and daikon,...
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Enrique Maruesco - Middle Eastern: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Moroccan cuisine.
Open 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Senrigan - Ramen: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm daily.
There is a ramen shop in Japan called Jiro (not to be confused with the famous sushi shop of a similar name). Jiro features thick, wheaty noodles in a mega-porky soup. Add to that copious amounts...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Ikejiri-Ohashi
Open 11:30am-1:30am (LO) daily.
Inexpensive, competently prepared pastas and other dishes that are very popular with a young, local crowd.
Open 11:30am-1:30am (LO) daily.
Giang's - Vietnamese: Futago-tamagawa
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
A gem of a restaurant, with authentic food and good prices. There's also a good stock of Vietnamese beer and French wines. The shop is run by a Vietnamese family, and the chef used to teach...
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
N_1155 - Mediterranean: Naka-Meguro
Open noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Fresh organic produce is the pride of this casual, stylish dining bar. The simple menu complements the nice selection of organic and biodynamic wines. Bruschetta, baby shrimp and tomatoes sauteed in...
Open noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Nakameguro Taproom - Brewpub: Naka-Meguro
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
While its office-building setting and generic wood-paneled-den decor aren't especially inviting, this branch of the Taproom attracts an audience of foreign and Japanese beer lovers with its excellent...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Ra.a.g.f - Rabbit cafe: Jiyugaoka
Open noon-7:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8pm). Closed Thursdays.
The larger of the two branches of this popular rabbit cafe, Ra.a.g.f Jiyugaoka has around two dozen rabbits of various breeds for visitors to play with and feed. Seating is on cushions on the floor,...
Open noon-7:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8pm). Closed Thursdays.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Jiyugaoka
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
An interesting assortment of Asian dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and China are served all day and night (until 5am) at this branch of the casual "ethnic-style" izakaya chain.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
A Ta Gueule Orient Express - French: Kiba
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Located a bit off the beaten track, this intimate 28-seat restaurant is a serious gourmet destination, serving high-level cuisine at down-to-earth prices. Owner-chef George Sumura is a veteran of the...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Monsoon Cafe - Misc. Southeast Asian: Minami-Funabashi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-11pm (LO) daily.
This ethnic-style izakaya chain serves Asian-inspired dishes from Thailand, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Kawasaki
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Besides the usual tonkatsu, Katsukura offers variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes), and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork....
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Oyama - Ramen: Kawasaki
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
This well-regarded shop in the Ramen Symphony complex is known for their shrimp ramen.
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Il Pinolo Levita - Italian: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
The prix-fixe menus here (Y4000, Y5800) let you mix and match from a big list of pastas, starters and main dishes while you enjoy the impressive nighttime view. Set lunches are Y2500 to Y7000.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Dog Dept + Cafe - Cafe: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Yet another cafe where you can bring your pet; this one also carries a full line of canine fashion and grooming items. The dog menu includes items like pate, pork and beans, and bean risotto.
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Kissho - Shabu-shabu: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-10pm daily.
When you're in the mood to splurge on traditional Japanese fare, Kissho offers luxurious shabu-shabu and kaiseki menus, priced from Y8000 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Antenna America - Beer bar: Yokohama Kannai
Open 3-11pm daily.
An ever-changing selection of American craft beers - all from top-class breweries like Southern Tier, Coronado and Anderson Valley - is on tap at this tasting room run by beer importing company...
Open 3-11pm daily.
Full Monty - British pub: Yokohama Kannai
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Serving seventeen different ciders, this rather authentic British pub must have the best selection in town, if not in all of Japan. They also serve beer of course - on a recent visit the pub's eight...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Sparta - Greek: Yokohama Kannai
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
This Greek landmark has been serving hearty, home-style food since 1953 (although they moved to a new location in 2010). The bright, spacious dining area includes lots of counter seating as well as...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse - Animal cafe: Yokohama Kannai
Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Lizards, tortoises, snakes and other reptiles - plus the odd amphibian - are the main attraction at this charming animal cafe. There's no cover charge per se, but you're expected to order a beverage...
Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Bashamichi Taproom - American: Yokohama Bashamichi
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Authentic American-style barbecue is the ambitious specialty at Bashamichi Taproom, along with a great selection of craft beers. Taproom's BBQ menu features spareribs, "Fat-boy" ribs, chicken,...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Thrash Zone Meatballs - Beer bar: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Open 4-11:30pm (Sat, Sun noon-11:30) daily.
Thrash Zone is one of Japan's best craft-beer brewers, specializing in strong, hoppy IPAs and other "extreme beers." This second branch of the Thrash Zone bar (open since mid-April 2016) serves a...
Open 4-11:30pm (Sat, Sun noon-11:30) daily.
Lien Sandwiches - Sandwiches/ deli: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Open 10am-6:30pm (LO) daily.
Formerly known as Lina's, this pleasant cafe serves good French-inspired, made-to-order sandwiches, including vegetable options. Lunch specials are served until 2pm.
Open 10am-6:30pm (LO) daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Yokohama Yamashitacho
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night hours.
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Slow Cafe - Cafe: Yokohama Motomachi
Open 11am-9pm (LO; Mon noon-5pm) daily.
A pleasant place to grab a coffee or a late lunch or evening snack if you're exploring the Motomachi neighborhood - options include a deli platter and a nice bean-tomato curry with brown rice. ...
Open 11am-9pm (LO; Mon noon-5pm) daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Tama Plaza
Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
Eclectic Asian cuisine, a lively atmosphere and late-night hours, from the Global Dining Group (Zest, La Boheme).
Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
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Tokyo Beyond Sushi
Explore the hidden side of Tokyo dining
Charcoal-grilled pork on skewers, udon noodles in curry-flavored soup, octopus dumplings, deep-fried beef cutlet -- there's a whole world of exciting food in Tokyo that food-loving visitors often miss out on.

This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.
 
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Updated 2016-06-24