Ebisu

Ebisu east side


North of Komazawa-dori

Zubar (Club). 5774-4708
This underground two-story DJ bar hosts several DJ events per week, mostly with no cover charge. Drinks start at Y500. [Show more]
latemapHigashi 2-24-1. Open 6pm-5am. Closed Sundays.
Liquidroom (Club). 5464-0800
Mostly a concert venue, Liquid Room also hosts some club events. [Show more]
SunmapHigashi 3-16-6.
Time Out Cafe (Cafe). 5774-0440
Salads, ethnic-style dishes and other light fare are served along with coffee and cocktails. Located in the Liquid Room concert space, the cafe also hosts small musical events of its own. Free wi-fi access.
SunmapHigashi 3-16-6, Liquid Room 2F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
I Sette Mari (Italian). 3499-0987
Simple, expertly prepared "seasonal dishes and Italian wines" in a casual setting. Lunch is Y700 and Y1450; full-course dinners from Y3800. Pizzas start at Y1400.
mapHigashi 3-17-14, 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Coci (Italian). 3442-5151
This stylish two-story cafe-bar looks like a ski chalet that's been sliced along the diagonal, with big windows looking out over the picturesque (at least at night) Shibuya River. Stop in for a late-night drink - there's plenty of reasonably priced wine by the glass or bottle - or a full meal. [Show more]
lateSunmapHigashi 3-16-10. Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-2am (4am Fri, 11pm Sun) daily.
Gotham Grill (Steak house). 5447-0536
Charcoal-grilled steaks from dry-aged beef range from Y3150 (7 oz. fillet) to Y12,600 (32 oz. porterhouse); they also offer a half-pound classic burger.
SunmapHigashi 3-16-10, J-Park Ebisu 3 Altima 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Yogi (Wine bar). 5422-6230
Call it a wine izakaya if you like - you can choose from more than a dozen wines by the glass from France, Italy and Japan, along with an eclectic mix of original small dishes from those same countries. Many of the ingredients are imported fresh from Tohoku-area farms - we recently enjoyed two different cuts of well-grilled guinea fowl and flavorful late-summer green and yellow zucchini served with a dollop of miso. Daily specials can include such diverse dishes as mussels with Brussels sprouts; bamboo shoots with pig's feet; and pate de campagne. [Show more]
lateSunmapHigashi 3-16-10, Miura Bldg 101. Open 3pm-4am (LO; -midnight Sundays) daily.

Hiroo 1-chome / Meiji-dori

!Afuri (Ramen). 5795-0750
This popular shop is known for their light, "cafe-style" shoyu ramen.
lateSunmapEbisu 1-1-7. Open 11am-4am daily.
!Libre (Tex-Mex). 6277-3122
The chef at Libre hails from San Francisco, and his mission is to bring good Cali-style burritos to Tokyo. Indeed the food here seems to pack more oomph than what's on offer at some of the other burrito joints around town - it's assertively spicy (although a milder version is an option), with a solid dose of onions and garlic and just enough avocado for balance. [Show more]
SunmapEbisu 1-5-8. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Voco (Wine bar). 3447-8929
Wood-fired thin-crust pizzas for Y500 and wines by the bottle from Y1900 at at this sister shop of Shibuya's Cona.
lateSunmapEbisu 1-6-1. Open 11:30am-2am (LO) daily.
Ouca (Cafe). 5449-0037
Exotic ice creams and ices with a focus on traditional Japanese flavors like matcha, satsumaimo, kinako and seasonal delights. Enjoy a nice warm cup of tea after your ice cream.
SunmapEbisu 1-6-6. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Sarutahiko (Coffee shop). 5422-6970
Well-made coffee in a cozy, but very popular cafe space - during especially busy times the crowd spills out onto the sidewalk. Cafe latte runs Y380, and there are several varieties of beans to take home. Open from 10am weekends.
SunmapEbisu 1-6-6, Saito Bldg 1F. Open 8am-12:30am daily.
Tsukumo (Ramen). 5466-9566
A creamy, richly flavored cheese-tonkotsu ramen is the specialty at this popular shop.
lateSunmapHiroo 1-1-36. Open 11am-5am daily.
Dexee Diner (Cafe). 5464-3721
A second branch of the popular cafe, with late-night hours, good food, and good prices. (Formerly called Lenox Saloon.)
latedecorSunmapHiroo 1-1-39, Ebisu Prime Square Tower. Open 11am-2am daily.
!Torimikura (Yakitori). 5791-5819
Excellent chicken and game bird dishes and seasonal grilled vegetables. Twenty kinds of sake and 100 varieties of shochu. Budget around Y5000-6000 per person.
mapHiroo 1-15-6, Hiroo Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm (LO; 3am Fri, Sat). Closed Sundays.
La Boheme (Italian). 5475-5800
Late-night pastas.
no smokinglateSunmapHiroo 1-3-1. (on the left side of Meiji-dori going towards Hiroo) Open 11:30am-1:30am (LO) daily.
Matsugen (Japanese). 3444-8666
Stylish Japanese food and sake. Dinner from Y6000 plus drinks. They are also known for their excellent handmade soba noodles.
SunmapHiroo 1-3-1, Hagiwara Bldg. 1F. (on the left side of Meiji-dori going towards Hiroo) Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
Ippudo (Ramen). 5420-2225
The first Tokyo branch of a renowned Hakata ramen shop (they also have a branch at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum), they serve thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic -- you'll find bowls of whole garlic cloves on the counter along with graters.
lateSunmapHiroo 1-3-13. (along Meiji-dori towards Hiroo, just past the post office) Open 11-4am daily.
!Ta-im (Israeli). 5424-2990
Great Middle-Eastern fare - falafel, hummus, Israeli-style salads - and various Israeli wines by the bottle, all at reasonable prices. The Y1300 Ta-im lunch plate offers a good sampling of the menu, with portions of Israeli salad, falafel, hummus, babaganoush and other vegetable spreads, along with lentils and rice, toasted pita bread, pumpkin soup, dessert and a drink. [Show more]
SunmapEbisu 1-29-16. Open 11am-3:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Caffe Il Solito (Coffee shop). 5422-8593
Run by an American-born, New York-trained barista, this tiny cafe and gallery space serves espresso made from Streamer Coffee Company beans; espressos are Y250 and lattes and cappuccinos are Y500. Open from noon on weekends.
SunmapEbisu 2-4-2. Open 8am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
!Manoir (French). 3446-8288
The decor here captures the feeling of the French countryside, with mirrors everywhere, wood panels, and ducks and a deer head mounted on the walls. The restaurant is connected with Hazel Grouse Manor in eastern Hokkaido, which supplies them with fresh vegetables, seafood and wild game. [Show more]
lateSunmapHiroo 1-10-6. Open 5pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
!Grape Choice (Wine bar). 5789-9597
The owner of Grape Choice has an encyclopedic knowledge of wine, and his list covers France, Italy, Australia, California, Washington and even Japan, starting around Y5000-6000 and climbing rapidly. Food includes grilled meats and fish, and unusual items like pig's-foot croquettes, squid fritters and cheese fondue with organic vegetables. Budget around Y7000 for dinner with a few glasses of wine. [Show more]
latemapHiroo 5-22-3, Hiroo Nishigawa Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-2am (LO). Closed Sundays.

Ebisu 1-chome / Zest street

!Tio Danjo (Spanish). 5420-0747
This tiny Ebisu standing bar looks as though it's been plucked from the backstreets of Barcelona. Choose from a variety of tapas like bacon-wrapped dates or jamon iberico to snack on as you sip on a glass of wine (Y500-) or fino sherry (Y600-).
mapEbisu 1-12-5. Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kappo R (Japanese). 5447-2588
Casual Kyoto-style cooking; full-course dinners from Y5200 plus drinks.
decormapEbisu 1-13-3. Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Il Boccalone (Italian). 3449-1430
The food is nicely prepared but a bit more expensive than expected. The large, comfortable dining room has been known to become rather raucous at times.
mapEbisu 1-15-9. Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Mai Thai (Thai). 3280-1155
Very authentic flavors and atmosphere - it's almost like being in Bangkok, and sometimes there's even a tuk-tuk parked outside.
SunmapEbisu 1-18-16. Open 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Aala Wi (Caribbean). 5793-5027
Jamaican-style jerk chicken and pork, in a no-frills dining room. It's not particularly spicy, but you can add your own condiments. Non-stop old-school reggae plays in the background.
SunmapEbisu 1-26-13. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Loco Blue (Hawaiian). 5449-3063
Tasty tropical drinks and Hawaiian and Okinawan snacks.
lateSunmapHigashi-Ebisu 1-26-13. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-3am daily.
Ninnikuya (Garlic). 3446-5887
Interesting, garlicky food from around the world. No reservations accepted, so you have to take your chances.
SunmapEbisu 1-26-12. Open 6-11pm (LO) daily.
Hops 125 (Beer bar). 3447-1496
New Zealand wine bar Aotea Rangi has changed their name and added a selection of sixteen craft beers on tap (half from Japan), although they still serve wines. Steamed green mussels from New Zealand are a highlight of the food menu, and they also offer a selection of Y500 small-plate dishes.
lateSunmapEbisu 1-21-18. Open 7pm-2am daily.
Hainan Jeefan Shokudo 2 (Singaporean). 3447-3615
Good Singaporean chicken rice and Malaysian-style curries. [Go to branch review]
SunmapEbisu 1-21-14, Costa de Verano 1F. (behind Zest) Open 11:30-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
Le Lion (Wine bar). 3445-8131
With its red leather upholstered seats and wood and brass fixtures, Le Lion offers a little slice of Lyon on the backstreets of Ebisu. Welcoming staff, covered terrace seating, and excellently prepared brasserie - or, rather, bouchon - fare make this cafe/wine bar a lovely place for a casual meal or late-afternoon tipple. [Show more]
SunmapEbisu 1-21-16. Open noon-11:15pm (LO; -5:15pm Sun ). Open every day.
Massa (Italian). 5793-3175
Former Iron Chef Masahiko Kobe's tiny restaurant has just 10 tables, so reservations are essential. Full-course dinners are Y6000 and Y8000; lunch is Y2000.
SunmapEbisu 1-23-22. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays, 1st Tue.
Wanoba (Japanese). 5424-0610
Disarmingly casual, comfortable yet stylish, Wanoba is the kind of place that will impress your friends with your knowledge of cool, hidden late-night hangouts. Food and drink are reasonably priced, and traditional and modern Japanese crafts are well represented in the beautiful tableware and the tasteful modern decor. [Show more]
SunmapEbisu 3-1-1. Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Partenope (Italian). 5791-5663
Lots of Naples-style pizzas and grilled dishes, and even a few vegetarian items are on the menu.
SunmapEbisu 1-22-20. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm daily.
Ippo (Izakaya). 3445-8418
If it weren't for the illuminated sign advertising "Fish and Sake" in English, you might have trouble finding this second-story hideaway in Ebisu. The interior is modestly appointed with a few small tables around a long wooden counter. This understated approach to decor reflects the bar's no-frills philosophy. They specialize in two things: fresh fish and sake. [Show more]
SunmapEbisu 1-22-10, Kamasuya 2F. Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily.
El Rincon de Sam (Mexican). 3442-1636
Live music (often from the talented owner, "Sam") and relatively inexpensive food.
mapEbisu 4-6-1, B1F. Open 6-10:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Choya (Chinese). 5422-9477
Xian-style Chinese; budget around Y4500 at dinnertime, Y800 for lunch.
SunmapEbisu 4-7-2. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Teras (Cafe). 5420-7204
This quiet spot, with its Spanish tile tables, wooden-framed glass doors, and cream-colored walls, resembles a Balinese resort. Sink into a wicker chair and sip on a cool glass of fresh fruit juice.
mapEbisu 4-8-10. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
La Tida Terrace (Okinawan). 3441-1961
Okinawan dishes and steaks. A 150g tenderloin steak is Y2310; budget around Y3500 for an average-sized dinner.
lateSunmapEbisu 4-9-13. Open noon-3, 6pm-2am daily.
Igarashi (Japanese). 3447-9893
Seasonal Japanese cuisine plus a special menu of limited-edition sake and wines. Full-course menus are Y6000-8000, or you can order a la carte.
mapEbisu 4-9-15. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm. Closed Sundays.
!Calm Terrace (International). 6771-7030
Chef Sakurazawa is a veteran of the popular fusion establishments Citabria and Tableaux, and he brings a solidly grounded, creative vision to the menu. Drinks include a good selection of reasonably priced California wines. The attractively decorated dining room features double-height ceilings and a no-smoking mezzanine level. Most of the staff speak English, and English menus are available.
SunmapEbisu 4-27-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Ebisu 3-chome

Delizioso Italia (Italian). 3440-5510
One of the better Italian joints in the neighborhood, although there's lots of competition.
SunmapEbisu 4-27-17. Open noon-1:30, 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Ricos Kitchen (International). 5791-4649
Solid, self-assured new American cuisine and an inspired selection of more than 120 California wines in a lively urban setting. The culinary influences are more European than Asian, and memorable past dishes have included rack of lamb with dried fig sauce, enticing okra-shrimp spring rolls, and huge, succulent scallop appetizers. Prix-fixe dinners start at Y5250, and there's also an a la carte menu, with all mains priced at Y1680, provided that you sit at the counter. [Show more]
decorSunmapEbisu 4-23-7, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
L'Espace (French). 5420-0719
Dainty, overpriced French food in a pleasantly post-modern setting; not worth a special trip, but nice enough if you're in the neighborhood. Lunch Y1,800, dinner from Y3,800.
mapEbisu 3-9-25, La Maison Franco-Japonaise. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Rue Favart (Cafe). 5421-0688
A very French-style multi-story cafe with a relaxed atmosphere; they serve light food items and desserts as well as coffee and drinks.
lateSunmapEbisu 3-28-12. Open 10am-2am daily.
Artichaut (French). 3446-9747
Sophisticated, modern French cuisine, including a good selection of game dishes, in a pleasant setting. The chef spent seven years working in France, including a stint at Pierre Gagnaire. Prix-fixe dinners are 5,650-9,240 (plus extras for certain dishes); lunches are Y2,300-5,000. The all-French wine list starts at around Y4500 per bottle.
SunmapEbisu 2-6-29. Open 11am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Oyster Bar (Seafood). 5447-1870
This airy, open-plan bar (formerly R Gath water bar) serves several wines by the glass, four beers on tap (including the excellent Edelpils), and a limited menu of raw oysters (Y1000 for 3), shrimp cocktails, sausages and ceviche.
SunmapEbisu 4-20-4, Yebisu Garden Place Glass Square B1F. Open 3-10:30pm (LO), from 11am Sat/Sun daily.
Jai Thai Palace (Thai). 5793-5100
Standard Thai fare in pleasant surroundings; there are a few California wines as well as the usual Thai beer. Desserts are above average.
SunmapEbisu 4-20-4, Yebisu Garden Place Glass Square B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Asahi Sushi (Sushi). 5423-0355
Reliable, affordable sushi with a skyscraper view. Set menus start at around Y2700, and a deluxe nigiri selection for two with side dishes and a glass of wine is Y9450.
SunmapEbisu 4-20-3, Yebisu Garden Place 38F. Open 11:30am-3, 4:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Chibo (Okonomiyaki). 5424-1011
Perhaps the only place in Tokyo offering inexpensive okonomiyaki and steaks with a skyscraper view; yakisoba starts at Y780; sirloin steaks are Y1300.
SunmapEbisu 4-20-3, Yebisu Garden Place 38F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm daily.
Hinone Mizunone (Izakaya). 5793-7600
A modern charcoal-grill specialty izakaya serving great free-range chicken plus homemade tofu and kamameshi rice dishes. And a great night-time view. Full-course dinners from Y2500-5000.
decorSunmapEbisu 4-20-3, Yebisu Garden Place 39F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm daily.
Wine Market Party (Liquor shop). 5424-2580
Mostly French wines, with some rare bottles you won't find elsewhere in town. Be prepared to pay, though. There are several different caves, with prices going up the farther in you go. In front they also sell cheeses, imported foods and party supplies and wine accessories.
SunmapEbisu 4-20-7, Yebisu Garden Place B1F. Open 11am-7pm. Closed some Mondays.
Joel Robuchon (French). 5424-1347
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 list covers some 1200 different varieties.
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-13-1, Yebisu Garden Place. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
La Table de Joel Robuchon (French). 5424-1338
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; prix-fixe lunch from Y2950 and dinner from Y7800. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-13-1, Yebisu Garden Place. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Terrace (Westin Hotel) (International). 5423-7778
The Westin's lobby restaurant is known for their lavish lunch and weekend brunch buffets, with frequent special events featuring food from various regions of the world. They also offer an appetizer and dessert buffet in the evenings, and a breakfast spread (Y3600) from 6:30-10:30am.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-4-1, Westin Hotel 1F. Open 6:30am-11:30pm daily.
Yebisu (Westin Hotel) (Teppanyaki). 5423-7790
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 and vegetables run Y15,000-25,000 and lunch is Y4,000-10,000. The menu often includes seafood-only dinners as well as beef-centered ones.
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-4-1, Westin Hotel 22F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm daily.

Station area

Dedesuke (Izakaya). 3444-5511
This sprawling, spacious izakaya focuses on meats - premium-quality charcoal-grilled beef, pork and chicken to be precise - although they also offer a nice selection of creative seasonal and vegetable-centered small dishes. There's a full selection of yakitori and other skewered items, meat-based nabe stews, and tempting beef offerings - teppanyaki steaks, A5-grade roast beef, and various cuts like kalbi grilled on a charcoal-burning hibachi. [Show more]
lateSunmapEbisu 1-8-14, Daikoku Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-4am (LO) daily.
Hakata Mangetsu (Yakitori). 6408-9460
A lively basement izakaya, Hakata Mangetsu has a charming style all its own: mismatched sofas and chairs that look like they've put in years of service; an infectiously bouncy eighties-pop soundtrack; and laid-back but friendly service. Plus prices that are hard to believe in such a prime location - yakitori from Y46 per skewer, Suntory Malt's beer at Y208 a glass, and two-hour open-bar plans for just Y780 between midnight and 5am. [Show more]
lateSunmapEbisu 1-8-14, Daikoku Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Whoopee (Bar). 3444-5351
An extremely down-to-earth, sometimes smoky standing bar, Whoopee is located just behind a fish monger's stall, a mere thirty seconds from Ebisu station. Wines are Y500 a glass and Y2000 a bottle, with cash on delivery. Bar snacks such as liver mousse and smoked oysters are priced at Y500. [Show more]
mapEbisu 1-8-14, inside Ebisu Store. Open 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Ebiton (Izakaya). 3280-0017
Also known as Tetsugen Tonki Ebiton, this shop serves outstanding pork dishes - charcoal-grilled pork on skewers, pork steaks, pork horumon-ni (stewed organ meats) and grilled pigs' trotters - along with a selection of well-prepared izakaya-style small dishes. Two-hour party plans are Y3500 for several food dishes and all you can drink, or you can order a la carte.
mapEbisu 4-1-18. Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Suragan (Korean). 5447-6588
The specialty of the house here is bulgogi, a traditional Korean marinated and grilled meat dish, but the stylish decor and all-black color scheme might make you think you'd wandered into a trendy California-style restaurant by mistake. Drinks include California and French wines and ten kinds of Korean fruit shochu. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapEbisu 4-3-1, Quiz Ebisu Bldg B1-A. Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Kamachi (Soba/Udon). 5795-2738
Gourmet noodles and izakaya fare, with shochu and wine to drink.
mapEbisu 4-4-14, Ina Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Monsoon Cafe (World cuisine). 5789-3811
no smokinglateSunmapEbisu 4-4-6. Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Kushiage). 5475-8415
Deep-fried individual skewers of seafood and vegetables.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 6F. (above Ebisu station) Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Lobros (Cafe). 5449-1311
A pleasant shopping-mall cafe serving simple fare like pastas, pizzas and sandwiches. Lunch is served until 2pm, but you can order from a limited food menu all afternoon.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Mango Tree Cafe (Thai). 5475-8349
Accessible Thai cuisine at reasonable prices from the Bangkok-based Coca chain. The shop is open all afternoon, so you can drop by for a Thai snack even during teatime (between lunch and dinner).
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Seijo Ishii (Retail). 3448-1070
Imported foods from around the world, including cheeses, spices, and canned and packaged goods. There's also a big stock of mostly European wines. Prices vary from great bargains to inexplicably expensive, so shop carefully.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 3F. (next to the upstairs exit from Ebisu station) Open 8am-11pm daily.

Ebisu west side


North of Komazawa-dori

!Blacows (Burgers). 3477-2914
Excellent gourmet burgers made with black Angus wagyu beef, from Y1300. Side dishes include grilled meats and voluminous Cobb salads.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-11-9. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Bonsai-ya (Bar). 3464-7377
Enjoy the mini-forest of bonsai trees while you relax with a cocktail or a New Zealand wine in this tiny, charmingly quirky early-evening bar.
mapEbisu-Nishi 2-8-9, Daikanyama Takara Bldg III, 4F. Open 8pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Enjoy! House (Bar). 5489-1591
The atmosphere at this legendary hipster hangout is funky to the extreme, with raggedy old sofas barely visible in the dim light through a haze of incense. The music is great though - experimental jazz, contemporary electronic and everything in between, depending on the DJ and the night. No cover or table charge.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-9-9, 2F. Open 1pm-2am (-4am Fri/Sat). Closed Mondays.
Bar Guapos (Wine bar). 5728-4741
It's easy to appreciate the beauty of Bar Guapos, where Y1500 is enough for a glass of tinto or blanco and one or two tasty tapas. There are about fifteen Spanish wines on the drink list, plus a number of Sherries. [Show more]
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-3-8. Open 5pm-3:30am (LO; 5-11:30pm Sun, Mon). Open every day.
What the Dickens (British pub). 3780-2099
A bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu - live bands, English beers (mostly bottled), and inexpensive, filling pub dishes like shepherd's pie.
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-13-3. Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
!Bakuro (Kyushu). 5459-8348
If you're not well acquainted with the subtleties of horsemeat cuisine, Bakuro can be a revelation. The food here is fantastic, showcasing a surprisingly wide range of flavors and styles. The atmosphere is lively and fun, the drinks list is well put together, and prices are very reasonable for this level of quality. [Show more]
mapEbisu-Nishi 1-7-12. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Toriyoshi (Yakitori). 6415-0785
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-7-3, Zain Ebisu 5F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Pile Cafe (Cafe). 3770-2615
A mere two minutes from Ebisu station, this comfy hide-away will make you feel right at home. Retro velour-covered sofas and a row of giant airplane windows overlooking the street below add a splash of nostalgia. Open til 4am on weekends.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-8-2-207. Open 11:30am-midnight (4am Fri, Sat) daily.
Teranga (African). 3461-7475
This African bar-restaurant serves Senegalese dishes like mufe peanut stew and thiebou yapp (marinated beef with onions, olives and garlic), plus original fare like egg pizza and bar snacks.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-8-10, Takahashi Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Tuesdays.
Tandoor (Indian). 3461-6181
This big, popular restaurant serves good curries and tandoori items at reasonable prices, and shows Bollywood movies on multiple screens. They're open for lunch till 5pm (4pm weekends), starting at Y980.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-9-3. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Sakaeya (Izakaya). 5728-3322
Excellent charcoal-grilled meats and creative seasonal dishes are the specialties at Sakeya; budget around Y4000 at dinnertime for food and drink. [Go to branch review]
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-9-12. Open 5pm-1:30am (LO: Sun - 10:30pm) daily.
!!Cardenas Charcoal Grill (Grill). 5428-0779
Smart, cutting-edge California-influenced cuisine, with an emphasis on grilled items and sashimi. The mostly California wine list is well assembled and comfortably priced. Tables are adequately separated, and the large two-story space, which is reached by crossing the entrance moat, is unusually luxurious for Tokyo. Dinner with drinks will probably start at around Y6000 per person. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingdecorSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-12-14. Open 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Buri (Bar). 3496-7744
This stand-up bar specializes in one-cup sake from around the country; the selection perhaps isn't as exciting as a regular sake bar, but the atmosphere is convivial and the shop makes a good first stop on an Ebisu tour.
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-14-1. Open 5pm-3am daily.
!Kamachiya (Izakaya). 5457-7887
The WID restaurant group (Aburi Fudo, Torimikura) does an excellent job creating small-scale, comfortable izakaya with great food, nice sake lists, and simple but stylish decor. We're glad to say that Kamachiya is no exception. Menus vary from shop to shop, and here the food specialties are charcoal-grilled kushiyaki-style fish and meats, deep-fried and skewered kushiage, and a credible seafood-broth ramen. [Show more]
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-14-9. Open 11:30am-4, 6pm-2am daily.
!!Le Parc (Dim sum). 3780-5050
With its Francophile name and decor, this Ebisu hideaway has all the trappings of a French bistro, but it's one of the best places for dim sum in the city. Incongruous though this must seem, once you step through the heavy wooden door, there will be no mistaking the delicious aroma of authentic Hong-Kong style Chinese cuisine. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-19-6. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:20-10pm (LO) daily.

South of Komazawa-dori

Amapola (Mediterranean). 3793-7721
A pleasant "Mediterranean Rim" restaurant with a very casual cafe area up front (including outdoor seating) and a more formal dining room in back. The food is serviceable but not spectacular, and includes Spanish, French and Italian main dishes and starters, pizzas, paellas and pastas. There's also an extensive (and not very expensive) wine selection.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 3-1-24, City Square Ebisu 1F. (on Komazawa-dori) Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Ebisu Kaigan (Izakaya). 3710-0778
If you're in the mood for fantastic fresh fish and seafood, Ebisu Kaigan is the next best thing to an early-morning trip to Tsukiji Fish Market. Occupying a renovated old Japanese house, this cozy little restaurant (whose name means "Ebisu Beach") exudes a relaxed and homespun atmosphere. You can take your dinner at the counter downstairs while you chat with the chefs, but the second-floor tatami-mat area is even more fun - it almost feels like you're visiting friends or relatives at their beach house as you enjoy the best of the day's catch. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapEbisu-Minami 3-4-1. Open 5pm-1am (LO; -11pm weekends). Open every day.
Matsuei (Sushi). 3711-4364
Refined sushi in a comfortable, relaxed setting. At lunchtime, nigiri-zushi set menus start at Y2650. The chirashi-don, generously laden with a variety of fish - baby octopus, shad, fatty tuna, turgid pearls of salmon roe - is a terrific value at just under Y1500. Prices shoot up at dinnertime, so expect to pay around Y15,000 per person in the evening. No lunch on Sundays.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-2-4. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm daily.
!Tetsugen (Izakaya). 5768-5537
The wide menu here covers a lot of ground, but particularly notable are the top-quality meat dishes featuring Hokkaido lamb, game birds and gourmet pork. The cozy dining room has mostly counter seating, with two small hori-kotatsu tables. Budget around Y4000.
lateSunmapEbisu-Minami 1-2-8. Open 6pm-3am (LO; 10pm Sun) daily.
Bakushuan (Beer bar). 3719-3949
If you like both craft beer and craft sake, this new (February 2014) branch of Otsuka's legendary Bakushuan beer bar is the place for you. Ten mainly Japanese craft beers are served on tap, and there's a fairly impressive sake list and better-than-average izakaya fare to accompany it.
no smokingSunmapEbisu-Minami 2-1-5, ES215 Bldg 7F. Open 4-11:30pm daily.
!Toki no Ma (Izakaya). 5722-8600
The impressive sake list includes a number of small-kura limited-edition seasonal sakes; there's also plenty of shochu. The food is also top-notch, with unusual specalties like satsuma-age (Kyushu-style fish cakes, here available in eight different variations). [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapEbisu-Minami 2-3-14, Conze Ebisu 2F. Open 4:30pm-5am (to 10:30pm Sundays). Open every day.
!Shunju Yurari (Japanese). 5725-7970
Excellent contemporary Japanese cuisine in a splashy designer space. Budget around Y9000 at dinnertime.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-7-8, Ebisu South One Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Khumbila (Nepalese). 3719-6115
Nepalese and Tibetan curries, noodles and Tandoori-style dishes. The restaurant is tucked into a back alley a few blocks from Ebisu station, and is divided into several small, cozy rooms spread out over several levels. At lunchtime on weekdays there's an all-you-can eat buffet for Y1,000.
decorSunmapEbisu-Minami 1-9-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nha Viet Nam (Vietnamese). 3716-8088
A cafe and noodle shop on the first floor, and a full-fledged restaurant upstairs (dinner only). They also sell Vietnamese coffee and tea.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-9-3. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Chinese Cafe Eight (Chinese). 3713-2858
Good Peking Duck and side dishes at unbelievable prices. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapEbisu-Minami 1-16-12, ABC Mamies Bldg 3F. Open 24 hours a day.
Aila (French). 5721-6063
Intriguing "French colonial" cuisine, with prix-fixe lunches from Y1050, dinners from Y3990. The long, narrow dining room is pleasantly decorated and very casual.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-16-3. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Hiromichi (French). 5768-0722
Chef Hiromichi Kodama, formerly of Michelin-starred restaurant Chemins, prepares elegant modern classics - tender beef cheeks in red wine and perfectly cooked slices of foie gras drizzled with a port wine reduction, served with bite-sized morsels of braised pear. Weighty confit of beef heart is brightened by sweet tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and a flurry of shaved Parmesean cheese. [Show more]
SunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-12-24, MT3 Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kiraz (Spanish). 3712-7277
It's an inspired idea - matching the distinctive flavors of Spanish tapas with bold, assertive styles of craft sake. The tapas dishes here are perhaps a bit more refined than average, ranging from hams and other charcuterie to Galician-style octopus and nicely pickled herring. The sake tends toward the fresh, lively flavors of unpasteurized and unfiltered brews, many of them from lesser-known small breweries. Budget around Y7000 for food and drink; prix-fixe menus are priced Y3500-8000.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 2-9-5. Open 6:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Asante Sana (Cafe). 3791-2147
Whether you're an abstemious vegetarian or a shameless hedonist, a meal at Asante Sana will leave you feeling positively virtuous. Attached to a store selling Asian imports, all-natural soaps, and organic food items, this tiny cafe off the beaten track near Yebisu Garden Place takes a holistic approach to natural living. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapMeguro-ku, Mita 2-7-10-102. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
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