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This guide lists selected restaurants specializing in tonkatsu (pork cutlet), gyukatsu (beef cutlet), kushiage (deep-fried food on skewers) and karaage (fried chicken). Note that teppanyaki, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu are on a separate page.
This guide lists selected restaurants specializing in tonkatsu (pork cutlet), gyukatsu (beef cutlet), kushiage (deep-fried food on skewers) and karaage (fried chicken). Note that teppanyaki, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu are on a separate page.

Tonkatsu

Narikura - Tonkatsu: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Four or five different heirloom breeds of pork are generally on offer at this popular tonkatsu specialist, with dinnertime teishoku set meals starting at around Y1400-2000 depending on the type of...
Open 11am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
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.
Maisen - Tonkatsu: Omotesando
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tokyo's second-most-famous tonkatsu restaurant, located in an unusually decorated former bathhouse. In addition to pork cutlets there's also a full menu of set meals and seasonal a la carte items.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Butagumi - Tonkatsu: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Tonkatsu doesn't get much better than this. Butagumi showcases premium pork brands - Spanish Iberico, Berkshire, Tokyo X, Agoo from Okinawa and many others, with several choices on any given day. ...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Tonki (honten) - Tonkatsu: Meguro
Open 4-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, some Mon.
Japan's most famous tonkatsu restaurant has been called an institution, and indeed the atmosphere is institutional and utterly charmless, with a vast assembly-line kitchen surrounded by one...
Open 4-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, some Mon.
Hirata Bokujo - Tonkatsu: Roppongi
Open 11am-9pm daily.
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-7500. Lunch...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Butagumi Shokudo - Tonkatsu: Roppongi Hills
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tonkatsu at this branch of the legendary Nishi-Azabu Butagumi is made from premium grades of pork and heirloom breeds. The spacious counter surrounds an open kitchen area where you can watch your...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Katsuzen - Tonkatsu: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Gourmet tonkatsu-based cuisine is the unusual concept at "Tonkatsu Kappo Katsuzen." Lunch from Y2800, dinner from Y8500.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (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.
Hirata Bokujo - Tonkatsu: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-7500. Lunch...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Takeda - Tonkatsu: Yotsuya
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This lively neighborhood shop does a brisk business both day and night, so it might be a good idea to avoid peak lunch and dinner hours if you don't want to wait. In addition to doing excellent...
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Agezuki - Tonkatsu: Kagurazaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tues, 3rd Wed.
Located in an attractively furnished Kagurazaka basement, walls decorated with colorful sake and shochu bottles, Agezuki feels more like an upscale izakaya than a tonkatsu shop. And indeed they...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tues, 3rd Wed.
Bodaiju - Tonkatsu: Suidobashi
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
OK tonkatsu, fried shrimp, and "Western-style" beef dishes in an eccentric, oddly appealing junk-shop atmosphere.
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Manpei - Tonkatsu: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-7pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Highly rated by Tokyo's tonkatsu cognoscenti, this pork cutlet specialist serves a cutlet with a thin but pleasantly crunchy coating and juicy meat on the inside. The accompanying tofu soup is above...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-7pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Marugo - Tonkatsu: Akihabara
Open 11:30am-3, 5-8:25pm (LO). Closed Thurs., 3rd Wed.
Great tonkatsu served in a nice old traditional house smack in the middle of Akihabara's "Electric Town." (near the Livina lamp megastore.)
Open 11:30am-3, 5-8:25pm (LO). Closed Thurs., 3rd Wed.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Kichijoji
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
One of the best of the tonkatsu chains, Kyoto-based Katsukura offers nice side dishes like yuba (tofu-skin) croquettes and excellent Kyoto-style pickles. And they're open all afternoon if you need a...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hirata Bokujo - Tonkatsu: Futago-tamagawa
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-5500.
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Katsusen - Tonkatsu: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The tonkatsu here features the shop's own special brand of Touzan pork, a premium breed with a well-balanced flavor. Dinnertime teishoku meals start at around Y1300. Lunch is served until 5pm.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Gyukatsu (beef cutlet)

Iroha - Gyukatsu: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Iroha's gyukatsu is covered with a thin, crunchy coating that softens quickly when dipped in sauce. Each diner is supplied with a miniature brazier with which to heat up individual slices of beef...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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.
Motomura - Gyukatsu: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm daily.
There are lines to get into Motomura day and night, and it's easy to understand why once you've tasted their very popular gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet). Served rare in the middle with a thin,...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Motomura Miyamasuza-ten - Gyukatsu: Shibuya
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Excellent deep-fried beef cutlet is the draw at this popular beef specialist; prices start at Y1200 for a single portion of meat, or Y1900 for a double portion, with rice and side dishes.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Motomura - Gyukatsu: Yaesu
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9) daily.
Excellent deep-fried beef cutlet is the draw at this small (nine-seat) counter restaurant. Prices start at Y1200 for a single portion of meat, or Y1900 for a double portion, with rice and side...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9) daily.
Ippoippo - Izakaya: Yotsuya
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Deep-fried kushiage skewers and gyukatsu (beef cutlet) are matched with assertive sakes at this casual basement izakaya. Seasonal shellfish and vegetables make up most of the kushiage selection, and...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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.
Katsugyu - Gyukatsu: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
The gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet) at this Kyoto-based shop has a nice thick, crunchy coating, and the beef has a decent amount of fat attached to it, but somehow the flavor of the meat itself is...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Katsugyu - Gyukatsu: Akihabara
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Deep-fried beef cutlet is the specialty at this branch of the Kyoto-based restaurant. Set meals are priced Y1180-1580.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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.

Kushiage

Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10:30pm (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 tidbits. ...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tatsukichi - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 5-10pm (LO) daily.
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients...
Open 5-10pm (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.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Tanaka - Kushiage: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based izakaya is the complete opposite of your typical Tokyo gourmet kushiage shop - the atmosphere is lively and often raucous, with every inch of the tightly packed tables...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Straight from Osaka, this popular national chain offers all-you-can-eat kushi-age - deep-fried grilled fish, meat and vegetables on skewers. Every table is furnished with its own deep-fryer, so you...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Ebisu
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Deep-fried individual skewers of seafood and vegetables.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Roppongi Hills
Open 11am-4am (LO) daily.
Late-night kushi-katsu, with shochu, awamori and sake from around Japan.
Open 11am-4am (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Akasaka TokyuPlaza) - Kushiage: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Good deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers from this popular chain.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Rokuhara - Kushiage: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Top-quality seafood, meats and vegetables go into the kushiage here, and while the average dinnertime budget is around Y6000, lunch is a real bargain at just Y1000. The set lunch features eight...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kushinobo (honten) - Kushiage: Ginza
Open 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Assorted seafood and vegetable delicacies on skewers from this long-running shop. Budget around Y5500 for dinner and drinks.
Open 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton Kitte Granche - Kushiage: Marunouchi
Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Yabaton is Nagoya's most popular tonkatsu shop, and this small take-out stand offers not just tonkatsu but also a good selection of inexpensive kushiage and other deep-fried delights. Choose your...
Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Soba Kichi - Izakaya: Marunouchi
Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.
This popular after-work drinking spot offers very affordable prices - you can enjoy a couple of drinks and snacks here for under Y2000. Deep-fried kushiage skewers start at around Y140, and you can...
Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.
Teppen - Izakaya: Otemachi
Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
The down-home decor, warm service and extremely lively atmosphere give this shop the feel of a real old-school izakaya, although they've only been open since 2012. Charcoal-grilled seafood, meats...
Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Akihabara
Open 11am-9:30pm (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 tidbits. ...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tatsukichi - Kushiage: Akihabara
Open 4-11pm daily.
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients...
Open 4-11pm daily.
Hantei - Kushiage: Nezu
Open noon-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
A popular kushiage restaurant located in a charming old wooden country-style house. You'll be amazed at the variety of foods that can be served on sticks. New items arrive six sticks at a time, and...
Open noon-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kichijoji
Open 4-11pm daily.
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two...
Open 4-11pm daily.
Tanaka - Kushiage: Sasazuka
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
This budget-friendly izakaya chain specializes in Osaka-style kushiage. Individual deep-fried skewers are priced Y100-200 each, and there's a good assortment of small side dishes as well. Drinks...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Jiyugaoka
Open 5-9:30pm daily.
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
Open 5-9:30pm daily.
Tanaka - Kushiage: Kiba
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; weekends noon-) daily.
This budget-friendly izakaya chain specializes in Osaka-style kushiage. Individual deep-fried skewers are priced Y100-200 each, and there's a good assortment of small side dishes as well. Budget...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; weekends noon-) daily.
Kushi Hageten - Kushiage: Funabashi
Open 11am-10pm daily.
This tiny shop adjacent to the Hageten tempura restaurant serves decent kushiage at quite reasonable prices - ten deep-fried skewers of seasonal seafood and vegetables, along with rice, soup, salad...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kawasaki
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Karaage

Gaburi Chicken - Chicken: Akasaka
Open 5pm-5am daily.
With numerous branches all over Tokyo, this Nagoya-based fried-chicken chain must be doing something right. Their chicken tends to be on the oily end of the spectrum, juicy rather than crisp, fried...
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Karayama - Chicken: Shimbashi
Open 10:30am-10pm (LO). Closed 2nd Sunday.
While many serious karaage shops will custom-fry each order, Karayama seems to have a big enough turnover that they can often serve you an order of hot, freshly fried chicken as soon as you sit down....
Open 10:30am-10pm (LO). Closed 2nd Sunday.
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.
Yukari - Chicken: Asakusa
Open 10am-10pm daily.
This take-out-only shop serves fantastic deep-fried chicken kara-age, freshly prepared when you order. The extra-crispy momo (thigh meat) is indeed wonderfully crunchy; there's also an extra-juicy...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Torian - Chicken: Hatagaya
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-midnight. Closed 1st, 3rd Wed.
This popular local fried-chicken take-out shop also provides a few seats if you want to eat here. The chicken is on the juicy end of the scale and nicely seasoned; variations include nankotsu...
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-midnight. Closed 1st, 3rd Wed.
Moriyama - Chicken: Gakugeidaigaku-mae
Open 11am-7:45pm (LO) daily.
Special blended spices, ginger and home-cultivated garlic are some of the flavor secrets of the fried chicken at this small take-out shop. Unlike most karaage shops, you can choose which cuts of...
Open 11am-7:45pm (LO) daily.
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Updated 2016-09-24