Ginza 1-4 chome (north of Harumi-dori)
Simple, well-prepared Japanese standards, including grilled chicken, in a lively atmosphere.
Good solid food from the Tex side of the Tex-Mex border, with colorful frozen and non-frozen margaritas.
Food products from Kochi Prefecture are sold in the first-floor "Tosa Market" retail shop, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unusual items include rice ice cream and yokan candies in flavors like eggplant, garlic and potato. Down in the basement you'll find a huge selection of sake plus a good number of fruit liqueurs. The small tasting counter offers single tastings for Y150 or three-part tastings with a miniscule otsumami snack for Y500, and there are usually 8-10 bottles open to pick from. Food products from Kochi Prefecture are sold in the first-floor "Tosa Market" retail shop, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unusual items include rice ice cream and yokan candies in flavors like eggplant, garlic and potato. Down in the basement you'll find a huge selection of sake plus a good number of fruit liqueurs. The small tasting counter offers single tastings for Y150 or three-part tastings with a miniscule otsumami snack for Y500, and there are usually 8-10 bottles open to choose from.
Up on the second floor is "Tosa Dining" (03-3538-4351), a restaurant serving regional seafood cuisine from Kochi for lunch and dinner. [Show more] [Show less]
Ginza 1-3-13. Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Highlights at this prefecutural antenna shop are craft sake from small breweries in Fukui (including lots of one-cup-size containers) and fresh sea urchin (priced Y3150-5250). Also on sale are sesame tofu, shallots and other pickles, craft beers, various vinegars and ponzu dressings, seaweed products and frozen fish.
Ginza 1-3-3, Ginza-Nishi Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-8pm (Sun -7) daily.
Tropical fruits and vegetables and other Okinawan foodstuffs can be found in this sprawling two-story market. Highlights include a formidable selection of Spam and other canned meats.
Ginza 1-3-9. Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Food specialties of Yamagata Prefecture are sold here, including giant bags of rice, some odd-looking eggplants, and crunchy rusk in flavors like blueberry, chocolate and garlic. There's a fair amount of sake, but less than we expected; they also offer a good selection of wines. Up on the second floor is a restaurant serving regional cuisine (03-5250-1755).
Ginza 1-5-10, Ginza First Five Bldg 1/2F. Open 10am-8pm daily.
One of the larger of the prefectural antenna shops in Tokyo, this four-story shop sells a big selection of food and drink as well as other local Hiroshima products. There's a regional-cuisine restaurant in the basement, an Italian restaurant (showcasing Hiroshima ingredients) on the third floor, an okonomiyaki counter on the second floor and a cafe space on the first floor. One of the larger of the prefectural antenna shops in Tokyo, this four-story shop sells a big selection of food and drink as well as other local Hiroshima products. There's a regional-cuisine restaurant in the basement, an Italian restaurant (showcasing Hiroshima ingredients) on the third floor, an okonomiyaki counter on the second floor and a cafe space on the first floor.
The first floor is devoted to food, with highlights including frozen okonomiyaki and enticing dried prawns. Upstairs on the second floor is a large liquor shop selling a wide range of Hiroshima sake, wines and local beers. Several types of sake are available to try at the tasting counter for Y300 a serving (50ml); there's also a wine of the day (Y500).
On the same floor you'll also find handmade brushes and other crafts as well as Hiroshima Carp goods and Hiroshima-made sneakers. [Show more] [Show less]
Ginza 1-6-10. Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
This "Indian village restaurant" is a branch of the excellent Southern-Indian specialist Dhaba India in Kyobashi, and serves a good variety of Indian regional dishes. Set menus from Y2800. Cash only. [Go to branch review]
Ginza 1-6-13, Ginza 106 Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Pizza from custom-made wood-burning ovens, from this upscale chain of Italian eateries.
Ginza 1-13-8. (Ginza 1-chome station exit 10) Open 11:30am-3, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
This sister shop of the excellent Dhaba restaurant bill themselves as a tandoori specialist, and indeed the dishes from the tandoori oven here are far better than what you'll find at typical Indian restaurants. The prawns and shish kebab are outstanding, with interesting, complex spices. They also serve some unusual curries like a richly flavored mutton with black pepper, and mutton with salty mango pickles. There's a small wine list and a very refreshing fresh-lime soda and other soft drinks. Budget around Y5000 for ample food with a few drinks; lunch is Y1300-2600.
Ginza 1-14-6. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily.
The popular Shanghai via New York dumpling specialist in Ikebukuro now has a Ginza branch, with less emphasis on the dumplings and a wider menu. Lunch from Y1200, prix-fixe dinners from Y5250.
Ginza 1-9-13, Ginza Yanagi-dori Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (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 impressively large dining room has a curved wall of windows overlooking Ginza to the south.
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 plus tea or coffee) and a Y2980 version that includes drinks. The decor is elegant and casual - boldly colored graphics on the walls, burnt-orange stools at a wide counter plus a few small tables along the wall.
Accessible Korean cuisine from the Chanto restaurant group, with spicy grilled specialties like dakkalbi (spicy chicken; Y1800), bulgogi (spicy beef; Y2000/Y3500), and a 10-item set menu for Y3500. Lunch is served until 4pm.
Ginza 2-2-14, Marronnier Gate 11F. Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (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.
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; there are also other eel and side dish options and a better-than-average sake selection.
Simple, country-style food from Kyushu - dishes like lotus root stuffed with mustard, fish balls, oden and raw horsemeat. Lunch from Y800.
Ginza 2-2-18. Open 11:30am-1:30pm, 5-10pm. Closed Sun., 1st & 3rd Sat.
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 noon-midnight), and a rooftop lounge with a great Tokyo view. Prix-fixed lunches are priced Y5,000-10,000; dinners are Y13,000-22,000. On Sundays they're open only for lunch.
Ginza 2-7-12, Ginza Tower 8F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
One of the fancier branches of this reliable tofu and yuba restaurant, convenient for Ginza shoppers.
Ginza 2-3-6, 5F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (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 a second ride to the glitzy dining room. The food is entertainingly fusionesque, and is accompanied by wines from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, America and Japan, starting in the Y5000 range. Budget around Y6,000-9,000 per person before drinks.
This picturesque little Italian-style cafe-bar is worth noting for their late-night hours (till midnight most evenings); stop by for coffee, a glass of wine or a light Italian snack.
Ginza 2-4-6, Ginza Velvia-kan 1F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
A branch of the famous "French teppanyaki" restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, specializing in domestic-beef steaks and other grilled meats along with an original curry-rice after your main course. Prix-fixe menus start at Y2000 for lunch and Y6000 at dinnertime.
Ginza 2-4-6, Ginza Velvia-kan 8F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Style-conscious "modern European" Ginza dining from Terrence Conran's second Tokyo restaurant; prix-fixe lunch from Y2500, dinner from Y8400. There's also a separate bar area up front.
The small, bistro-style ground-floor dining room serves a Y4,800 prix fixe dinner until 10pm (last order). There's also a second-floor wine bar with an a la carte snack menu available till 2am. Saturday lunch starts at Y1800.
Ginza 2-5-6. Open 5:30pm-2am (noon-midnight Sat.). Closed Sundays.
High-end Italian cuisine from Chef Shinji Harada, with mega-course, multi-hour prix-fixe menus for the adventurous gourmet. Budget Y15,000-25,000 for dinner.
Ginza 2-6-5, Ginza Trecious Bldg 12F. Open 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sun, Mon.
A more casual sister restaurant of the very upscale Aroma Fresca, with late-night hours and lunch service. Budget around Y6,000 for lunch and Y12,000 at dinnertime for food.
Ginza 2-6-5, Ginza Trecious Bldg 12F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30pm-1am (LO). Closed Sun.
Traditional Japanese dining from the Osaka-based Zetton group. The basement Shiokara bar is open till 5am, and serves a startlingly large variety of its namesake food, shiokara. [Go to branch review]
Ginza 2-7-7. (next to the back door of Itoh-ya.) Open 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
(Belgian rest/beer bar). 6226-6117
The 100-odd different beers in their serve-yourself refrigerator include several previously hard-to-find varieties. Mussels and other Belgian treats are on the food menu, and they're even open on Sundays.
Ginza 2-10-5. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
This popular shop is famous for their classic shoyu-style ramen.
Ginza 2-13-13. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fantastic madeleines, magnificent financier pastries and laudable macarons from this Hyogo-based patisserie. There are also boutiques in Takashimaya, Matsuya, Isetan, Tobu, Seibu Ikebukuro, and Kichijoji Atre.
Ginza 2-8-20. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Although it looks like an ordinary after-work salaryman hangout, Bulldog offers a nice selection of ten beers on tap, including three "guest taps" for local microbrews. US microbrews are also available (by the bottle). There's a wide assortment of bar snacks to go with your beer.
Ginza 3-1, Ginza INZ #1, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm daily.
(Belgian rest/beer bar). 3564-1671
The multi-level complex comprises a Belgian restaurant on the top floor, a shot bar in the basement, and a Belgian beer specialist on the ground floor. They stock more than 300 beers by the bottle, plus five taps devoted to a rotating selection of guest beers.
The showpiece at this dim sum specialist is a colorful platter of eight different xiao long bao (shoronpo), representing exotic flavors like foie gras, truffles, cheese and Szechuan pepper. You can also choose from a menu of typical Chinese delicacies, or a simple bowl of noodles if that's all you want. Don't be put off by the rather plain noodle-shop decor on the ground floor - the basement dining area is quite a bit fancier.
Ginza 3-2-15, Ginza Glasse 1F/B1F. Open 11am-3, 3-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Upscale Italian cooking from the Hiramatsu group at this Michelin two-star restaurant, with prix-fixe lunches Y5250 and dinners Y10,500-15,750. The cellar has 400 bottles of Italian and French wines, mostly ranging Y6,000-20,000.
Ginza 3-3-1, Zoe Ginza 8F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
This charming little cafe is located in an old office building that's now filled with art galleries. Relax on comfortable sofas and listen to mellow lounge music on the stereo while you admire the cat-themed artwork on the walls. Browse through their collection of magazines and cat picture books while you sip on a cappucino (Y750) or cocktail. This charming little cafe is located in an old office building that's now filled with art galleries. Relax on comfortable sofas and listen to mellow lounge music on the stereo while you admire the cat-themed artwork on the walls. Browse through their collection of magazines and cat picture books while you sip on a cappucino (Y750) or cocktail.
If you're hungry there's a simple food menu - Caesar salads (Y1000), mixed sausages (Y800). The unpretentious decor is all cinderblocks and exposed pipes, with a silver and white color theme set off by lots of green plants. [Show more] [Show less]
Ginza 3-3-12, Ginza Bldg 4F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Good Okinawan standards and a lively atmosphere are the draws at this Ginza basement izakaya. The extensive menu includes Okinawan tempura (pork, goya, pickled konbu seaweed), hirayachi (Okinawan okonomiyaki), and stir-fried pig's ears. At lunchtime you can order teishoku sets featuring Okinawan soba and champuru stir-fries (Y800). Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime. Unlike many izakaya of its type, Champuruya provides a non-smoking section.
Ginza 3-4-16, Ginza Sunny Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
The sushi selection here covers both traditional nigiri and more experimental forms, including seasonal vegetable sushi chosen by the shop's vegetable sommelier. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime, Y1000 for lunch.
Ginza 3-4-7, Ginza Sunny Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
It's a trip back through time - this Ginza fixture (it opened in 1895) invented the strange Westernized dishes hayashi rice and omu-rice (rice omelette), and they still serve them the same way. Budget Y1500 for lunch or dinner. Guinness Stout is served, and it's a good match for the food.
Ginza 3-5-16. Open 11:15am-2:15, 4:40-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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 Y8000-9000, with prix-fixe dinner menus from Y17,000. Lunches start at Y6000 (for a three-course vegetarian menu), and there are a few wines under Y10,000. There's also a popular afternoon tea set (Y2600) served from 2:30-4pm.
This upscale chain izakaya is known for their excellent grilled meats and vegetables and their well-chosen sake and shochu lists. The decor is sleek Japanese modern. Budget around Y6000-7000 per person with drinks.
Ginza 3-5-4, Jujiya Bldg 3F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
The excellent sake list (some 130 labels are generally in stock) is supported by a reliable menu of standard izakaya fare - charcoal-grilled meats and fish, yakitori, and sake-friendly nibbles like satsuma-age. A sake sommelier is ready to offer advice, and will often suggest bottles not on the menu. Budget around Y4500 for dinner and drinks. Lunch starts at Y1100, and is served until 4pm.
Ginza 3-5-8. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO; Sun -9:30) daily.
Competent, confident Italian cooking without too many surprises; prix-fixe dinner menus start at around Y5000.
Ginza 4-1-2, Nishi Ginza Dept. 2F. Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring 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.
Even before their move from the wilds of Asagaya, many yakitori connoisseurs considered Birdland to be THE standard for grilled chicken in Tokyo. The Y6000 prix-fixe menu includes multiple skewers followed by oyakodon (chicken and egg over rice). There's also a surprisingly good wine list, selected to go with the yakitori. Reservations required.
Ginza 4-2-15, Tsukamoto Sozan Building B1F. Open 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
A more conveniently located branch of the famous century-old unagi specialist in Higashi-Azabu. Full-course menus are Y4,500-10,500; unagi with rice from Y2100
Ginza 4-2-15, B1F. Open 11am-2, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays.
22 (pronounced 'two two') draws a laid-back gourmet crowd with its inviting, bar-like atmosphere, friendly service, and affordable modern bistro fare. Dishes are priced from Y600-1,000 and served tapas-style, on small plates for sharing. 22 (pronounced 'two two') draws a laid-back gourmet crowd with its inviting, bar-like atmosphere, friendly service, and affordable modern bistro fare.
Dishes are priced from Y600-1,000 and served tapas-style, on small plates for sharing. The house specialty, foie gras marinated in tamari soy sauce (Y1,000), is worth a try. The lightly fried eel (Y1,000), served with a thick Balsamic vinegar reduction, pairs nicely with a mineral-laced Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet.
Wines by the glass start at Y600. There's no list: all the bottles (Y2,500-) are displayed on a shelf behind the bar. Budget Y4,000-5,000 for food and drink. [Show more] [Show less]
Ginza 4-3-12, Ginza Ito Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
"French barbecue" is the specialty here - basically kushiyaki with French names. Charcoal-grilled pork and chicken parts on skewers are served alongside excellent pate, foie gras, and pot-au-feu (amusingly described as French oden). The respectable in-house French wine list is supplemented by the book-size menu from sister restaurant Aux Amis des Vins just around the corner. Wine prices range from budget-friendly to stratospheric, and the multi-course set dinners (Y2800/Y4000) are a good deal. Seating is at the counter, with one small table in the back.
Ginza 4-3-4. Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Rich, chicken-based tori-paitan ramen is a specialty of the house at this popular back-alley shop; they also do a nice tsukemen.
Ginza 4-4-1. Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Lavish, spectacular French cooking since 1974. Dinner menus from Y15,000, lunch from Y5,400.
Ginza 4-5-5. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shabu-shabu and traditional Japanese meals; a good introduction to Japanese food for visitors from abroad. Dinner starts at around Y5,000 before drinks.
Ginza 4-6-1. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Gorgeous modern French cuisine (with subtle Japanese influences) from master chef Yoshino. This upscale Ginza location is his third and most deluxe branch in Tokyo. Prix-fixe lunch from Y4800, dinner from Y14,000. [Go to branch review]
Ginza 4-8-10, Pias Ginza 12F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Vegetable kaiseki is the unusual specialty at Nagamine, a relatively new restaurant in Ginza that's run by a long-established vegetable wholesaler based in nearby Tsukiji. With no meat or seafood to distract one's attention, the vegetables really stand on their own merits, and Nagamine showcases the most beautiful and most flavorful produce of the season. At Y5250, the vegetable menu offers a chance to experience a different take on kaiseki at a very reasonable price. [See FULL REVIEW
Ginza 4-9-5, Ginsho Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Food and drink from Aomori are sold at this prefectural antenna shop.
Shintomi 1-3-9. Open 10am-6:30pm (Sat -3:30). Closed Sundays.
Very much a neighborhood joint, Bardigo offers decent food, reasonably priced wines, and a nostalgic soundtrack of seventies rock - non-stop Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and Pink Floyd. The food ranges from fairly ordinary quick-serve bar snacks to excellent mains like grilled free-range chicken and grilled Berkshire pork, both priced at well under Y1000.
Shintomi 1-4-3. Open 6pm-1:30am (LO; Sat -10:30). Closed Sundays.
This tiny local bar is worth knowing about for its budget-friendly happy hour (6-8pm) and its good pizzas and other bar snacks. Most of the action is up front at the stand-up bar, but there are a couple of miniature seating areas in back for parties of 2-4 people.
Shintomi 2-1-3. Open 6pm-4am. Closed weekends.
Popular with Indian customers, Dharmasagara serves great South Indian cuisine, with especially good dosa and other breads and plenty of interesting vegetarian options. Lunch from Y1200, prix-fixe dinner from Y3150 or a la carte.
From the former management of the legendary sake bar Kohju, this tiny shop offers a good selection of sake and a food menu tailored to go with it. Budget around Y4000 for dinner and drinks. (No lunch on Sundays.)
Irifune 3-1-5, SKM Ginza East Bldg. Open 11:30am-1, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Saturdays.
This long-established unagi specialist (since 1894) serves excellent eel in a thick, somewhat spicy sauce. Prices are very reasonable: unaju (eel over rice) from Y2100, full-course menus Y4200-9450. Be prepared to wait awhile, as eels are prepared from scratch. They also have a branch in Matsuya Department Store in Ginza (03-3567-1378).
Tsukiji 1-4-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily.
A huge, well-established sushi emporium offering good value for money.
Tsukiji 4-5-1. Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Almost literally a hole in the wall, this tiny shop in Tsukiji Outer Market is located behind an old store selling dried fish. People come here for the various donburi/chirashi dishes (from Y2500), featuring first-rate uni, ikura, and assorted fish of the day over rice.
Tsukiji 4-10-14. Open 9am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The second, larger conveyor-belt branch of the reliable Zanmai chain has very reasonable prices and easy ordering.
Tsukiji 4-10-15. Open 7am-9pm daily.
Good value and convenient hours at this outer-market Tsukiji sushi shop. It's fairly spacious so there aren't long waiting lines, and there's an English menu if you need one. Nigiri set menus start at Y3000, or you can order by the piece.
Fresh fish, cheap prices, convenient hours at this well-known tuna specialist.
The small, main branch of a famous sushi-shop chain, actually located inside the market (in the outer section) and boasting the freshest fish selection. The very nice standard sushi assortment is around Y3500.
Tsukiji 4-13-9. Open 8am-1pm, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays, holidays.
One of the most popular shops in the Tsukiji inner market area, Daiwa specializes in toro, particularly tuna from the Aomori region. Set menus start at around Y3000. Cash only.
Tsukiji-Shijo 5-2-1 #6. Open 5am-1pm. Closed Sun, some Wed.
This popular inner-market Tsukiji shop has great fish but long lines, as there are only thirteen seats. Budget around Y4500 for breakfast.
Tsukiji-Shijo 5-2-1 #6. Open 5am-2pm. Closed Sun, some Wed.
Late-night drinks and pan-Asian fun food from the Nagoya-based Zetton group.
Mother Leaf brews aromatic teas from five varieties of Sri Lankan tea leaves in a peaceful, smoke-free atmosphere.
This rather expansive prefectural specialty shop sells everything from crabmeat, uni and ikura bento boxes at the front entrance to mochi rice cakes, Iwate beef and dairy products. There's a respectable sake selection as well as craft beers from three different local breweries (Zumona, Baeren, and Iwate Kura). The shop closes at 5pm on the last day of the month.
Ginza 5-15-1. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Top-class grilled beef and seafood at this Michelin-starred teppanyaki restaurant. The dining room is furnished with Art Deco lamps, Baccarat glassware and European antiques. Specialties include abalone and lobster, and premium beef from their own ranch. Prix-fixe lunches start at Y6830, dinners from Y16,800, wines from Y7000.
Ginza 5-15-8. Open noon-2, 2-9pm (LO) daily.
Ginza 5-8 chome (south of Harumi-dori)
Thai ramen and Isan-style barbecue dishes.
Ginza 5-1, Ginza 5, B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Located high up in the Sony Building, this old-school spaghetti joint offers a nice view of Ginza's main drag to go with your noodles. Choose from some three dozen types of spaghetti, including Japanese-style variations like mentaiko and tuna-sansai; prices start at under Y1000. Cash only.
Ginza 5-3-1, Sony Bldg. 6F. Open 11am-8pm (LO) daily.
Not as trendy as some of its newer competitors, this old Ginza standby still delivers consistently good food and service. Lunch Y3,800-7,500, dinner Y12,000-15,000.
Ginza 5-3-1, Sony Bldg. 7F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Local food and drink from Kumamoto Prefecture are sold here, and highlights include frozen horsemeat sashimi (Y580 for 70g); fresh ginger, yams and kabosu; and a good assortment of shochu, including small-size bottles. Upstairs is the Asobi Bar, a pleasant bar area where you can sample various types of shochu along with regional snacks. (Bar open 5-8pm; last order 7:30pm; closed most Sundays and Mondays.) Local food and drink from Kumamoto Prefecture are sold here, and highlights include frozen horsemeat sashimi (Y580 for 70g); fresh ginger, yams and kabosu; and a good assortment of shochu, including small-size bottles. Upstairs is the Asobi Bar, a pleasant bar area where you can sample various types of shochu along with regional snacks. (Bar open 5-8pm; last order 7:30pm; closed most Sundays and Mondays.)
We enjoyed a hefty plate of peppery charcoal-grilled horsemeat (very tender and flavorful) and yamauni-dofu, tofu that's been marinated in miso, resulting in a rich, sweet concentrated flavor that goes well with sake or shochu. Beside the restaurant is a small shop selling various non-food products, including character goods in the image of Kumamoto's famous mascot bear, Kumamon. [Show more] [Show less]
Ginza 5-3-16. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mondays.
Assorted seafood and vegetable delicacies on skewers.
Ginza 5-5-8, Tokai Bldg. 3F. Open 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A late-night hideaway bar in Ginza, with just twenty seats and a selection of around 25 Belgian beers. There's also a small snack menu. (They close at midnight on Saturdays.)
Ginza 5-6-14, Ginza Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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 complement an excellent selection of light meals and sinful desserts. Non-smoking.
Ginza 5-6-6. Open noon-8pm.
You can sample a wide selection of authentic Malaysian, Chinese-Malay and Singaporean dishes, including Chinese steamboat (a Hainanese version of shabu-shabu with lots of different seafood and meats). Seating is at small noodle-shop tables, but the decor is pleasant and modern. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
Ginza 5-8-13, Ginza Five Star Bldg 8F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
(Japanese regional). 3574-8080
Nicely prepared kaga-ryori -- the seafood-based cuisine of Kanazawa, on the Sea of Japan coast. Lunch from Y1,800, dinner from Y2,800, and special Kaga kaiseki from Y6,500.
Ginza 5-8-20, Ginza Core Bldg. 9F. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
In a neighborhood filled with expensive restaurants and bars, it's nice to find a budget spot that serves more than just noodles. Here at this branch of a very popular Tokyo-area chain you can put together a well-balanced teishoku meal, with vegetables even, for around Y1000.
Ginza 5-9-1, Ginza Koty Bldg B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) 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.
(Steak house). 3542-0226
Kobe beef is the specialty at this casual Japanese-style steakhouse. Prix-fixe dinners start at Y4200; the Y9765 menu is built around a 150g Kobe beer tenderloin steak along with beef sashimi and tataki. Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki are also on offer, starting at Y5250 (for Tajima beef), and wines are priced Y3000-5000 per bottle.
Ginza 6-13-6. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The Sherry Club in Ginza has an ochre coziness that envelops you the minute you sit down. It is quite possibly the best place in Tokyo to familiarize yourself with the many styles and flavors of this somewhat archaic tipple which originated centuries ago, crafted to ship well and store even better. The Sherry Club in Ginza has an ochre coziness that envelops you the minute you sit down. It is quite possibly the best place in Tokyo to familiarize yourself with the many styles and flavors of this somewhat archaic tipple which originated centuries ago, crafted to ship well and store even better.
A sharpened pencil and a list of sherries graces every place setting. Since this may be overwhelming for those not familiar with sherry, they have kindly provided several Y2300 tasting sets, which include three small glasses of sherry ranging from dry to sweet or pale to dark, along with a small platter of serrano ham, manchego cheese, pickles and olives and a caperberry.
Equally striking is the extensive variety of Spanish food, highlighted by several types of jamon (traditionally cured ham, similar to prosciutto). The well-aged chorizo is a spiced hard sausage with an exquisitely nutty and smoky flavor, with the chili gently kicking in as you chew it. The salchicha is a pungent salami, with a dry texture and rich, fermented flavor. My favorite was the lomo - a heavenly, cured pork loin with a touch of white mold on the outer surface that gives it a hint of blue cheese character.
Apart from these, there is a full menu of warm tapas. Recommended are the chorizo and garbanzo beans in tomato sauce (Y700), and the gazpacho (Y500). Also available are salads, pizza, and an array of rice dishes including a rich and very satisfying Valencia-style seafood paella (Y1800) that's enough for two.
One surprise was the selection of five brands of Spanish beer, all Y800. The astonishing variety of food and drink at Sherry Club makes it difficult to get an overview in one or two visits. But since Sherry Club has been open since 1986, there's every reason to believe it will be around for years to come. [Show more] [Show less]
Ginza 6-3-17, Yugen Bldg. 2/3F. Open 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This popular Tokyo French cafe-bakery serves light snacks all day (quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise), plus more substantial prix-fixe lunches until 3pm (Y1260).
Ginza 6-3-2, Gallery Center Bldg 1F. Open 9am-11pm daily.
Deluxe sushi for an appreciative international audience at this century-old shop. Budget around Y12,000 at lunch, Y15,000-20,000 at dinnertime.
Ginza 6-3-8. Open 11:30am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night service.
Sliding open the door of Kuri feels like unearthing a secret treasure. Hidden on the second floor of a drab building in Ginza, this cozy bar seats a scant twelve, yet boasts a menu featuring over 100 varieties of sake. The modern Japanese decor deftly employs noren curtains, dark wood, and soft lights to create an intimate and inviting space. Sake bottles are attractively displayed behind the bar on a tall shelf set into the wall. There's room for six at the bar, with a handful of small tables on the other side of a slatted-wood partition. [See FULL REVIEW
Ginza 6-4-15, Tony Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-2:30am (LO; 3am Fri, midnight Sat). Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
A long-running, well-regarded tempura shops; lunch from Y7000, dinner from Y10,000.
Ginza 6-6-5. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Among the ranks of craft-sake specialty pubs in Tokyo, Musshu (the name means "sake dream") stands out for its balance of cozy atmosphere, good food, and decent prices. The eclectic food menu is creative and very seasonal, featuring premium meats like jidori (heirloom-breed chicken) and Iberico pork and lots of small-farm vegetables. Among the ranks of craft-sake specialty pubs in Tokyo, Musshu (the name means "sake dream") stands out for its balance of cozy atmosphere, good food, and decent prices. The eclectic food menu is creative and very seasonal, featuring premium meats like jidori (heirloom-breed chicken) and Iberico pork and lots of small-farm vegetables.
The attractive basement space includes a cozy counter area with tables off to one side, plus a number of private dining rooms. The sake list offers some forty varieties from small kura around the country, plus an assortment of plum, peach and yuzu liqueurs. Budget around Y5000-6000 for dinner and drinks. [Show more] [Show less]
Ginza 6-7-6, La Paix Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm (Fri -2am) daily.
Gourmet tonkatsu-based cuisine is the unusual concept at "Tonkatsu Kappo Katsuzen." Lunch from Y2800, dinner from Y8500.
Ginza 6-8-7, Kojun Bldg 4F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Located on the top floor of Comme des Garcons' Dover Street Market complex, this very stylish British bakery-cafe serves up good cakes, tarts, and vegetable-centered dishes. If you want to splash out, the Y2800 "high tea" includes a sandwich, quiche, scone, fruit salad, pastries and a drink. Open from 9am on weekends.
Ginza 6-9-5, Ginza Komatsu West Wing 7F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
After branching out into charcoal-grilled meats, Chinese fusion and seafood, Cardenas has gone back to their California-inspired roots with this high-rise branch, a welcome addition to the Ginza dining scene.
High-quality sushi at remarkably reasonable prices, especially for this neighborhood. There's often a bit of a wait to be seated, though.
Ginza 7-108, Ginza Korida-dori 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Swan Lake is one of Japan's best microbreweries, and their Tokyo outpost serves most of their beers (varying with the season) along with excellent high-end regional cuisine and sakes from Niigata. Prix-fixe menus are Y6,000-12,000, plus a big a la carte menu.
Ginza 7-16-21, Kumo Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Artisanal cocktails made from fresh seasonal fruits are a specialty at this ambitious bar, and their pina coladas and Singapore slings are quite impressive, although perhaps a bit pricier than average. Owner-bartender Hidetsugu Ueno will also improvise cocktails based on your mood and choice of spirits.
Ginza 7-2-14, 26 Polestar Bldg 4F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Japanese cuisine in a pleasantly decorated modern setting, from an upscale soba shop.
Ginza 7-8-7, Ginza Green, 4F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Very competent Italian cooking, good wines, and personable service in this branch of the upscale Il Pinolo chain. Budget around Y10,000 for food and drink at dinnertime.
Ginza 7-8-7, Ginza Green, 9F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Good Turkish cooking from this Tokyo Turkish pioneer. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. Lunch is served on weekends.
Ginza 7-2-saki, Ginza Corridor 1F. Open 5-11pm daily.
This well-regarded soba shop serves noodles made from 100% buckwheat, along with seasonal tempura dishes and regional sake.
Ginza 8-18-6. Open 11:30am-3, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
You'll find good Belgian food (including mussels and great frites), a nice selection of beers, and convenient late-night hours from this branch of the Belgian Beer Cafe chain (they also run Antwerp Central in Marunouchi). [Go to branch review]
Serving top-quality seasonal Japanese cuisine in a standing-only venue is the unusual concept behind Chef Hiroshi Shimada's eponymous restaurant. For an average budget of Y5000 per person for food and drink, Shimada strives to create a meal that would cost three times as much at a more traditional sit-down restaurant (such as the Michelin-starred restaurant where he used to work), while maintaining enough turnover to still make a profit. So far it seems to be working; he's been getting rave reviews since the restaurant opened in January 2012.
Ginza 8-2-8, Takasaka Bldg 1F. Open 5-11pm (LO). 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 more relaxed setting. (Some of the chefs even speak a bit of English.) Kyubei were the inventors of gunkan-maki (the wrap-around technique for fish roe and similar sushi). Lunches start at Y4000 for a nigiri set menu, or Y8000 for omakase. Dinners from Y10,000, with a Y30,000 kaiseki sushi course that's quite a spectacle.
Ginza 8-7-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
This legendary sushi counter has just ten seats, so be sure to book your place well in advance (in Japanese, please). Lunchtime can be easier to book than dinnertime. Set menus start at Y16,000; cash only.
Ginza 8-7-7, Juno Bldg 9F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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Regional fare from Yamagata Prefecture in this tiny hole-in-the-wall drinking spot. A full meal averages around Y4,000, not including drinks.
Ginza 8-7-9. Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks. [Go to branch review]
Ginza 8-8-5, Taiyo Bldg 7F. Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Reliable budget Indian fare from one of Tokyo's most popular and longest-running chains.
Ginza 8-8-5, Taiyo Bldg. 4F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Hearth-grilled seafood fresh from northern Honshu is the specialty at this attractive "slow-food" izakaya. Prix-fixe menus feature several types of grilled fish, sashimi and locally grown chicken and vegetables, and range from Y5500-12,000. The impressive sake cellar stocks some 500 varieties from 180 breweries in Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui. Seating is all in private rooms. Dinner averages around Y8000 for ample food and drink.
Ginza 8-8-8, Ginza 888 Bldg 7F. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Kakuni stewed pork, champon fried noodles, and other Chinese-influenced Nagasaki specialties make up the menu at this friendly and popular regional izakaya.
Ginza 8-9-16, Nagasaki Center Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm daily.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Ginza 8-10, Ginza Nine Bldg #3. Open 24 hours a day.