A veteran of a three-starred Michelin restaurant in France, Chef Habuchi has here opened a more casual spot serving neo-bistro fare, with an emphasis on aged meats, game meats in season and market-fresh vegetables. At dinnertime mains start at Y1200 and feature items like bouillabaisse of the day, home-made andouillette sausages, and aged cuts of pork and beef grilled on the wood-burning hearth. A veteran of a three-starred Michelin restaurant in France, Chef Habuchi has here opened a more casual spot serving neo-bistro fare, with an emphasis on aged meats, game meats in season and market-fresh vegetables. At dinnertime mains start at Y1200 and feature items like bouillabaisse of the day, home-made andouillette sausages, and aged cuts of pork and beef grilled on the wood-burning hearth.
Wines are imported directly from producers, and start at just Y440 per glass (Y300 during happy hour), or you can order from the wine-shop sommelier at retail prices plus Y2000 corkage per bottle. Lunch runs Y1000-1500; budget Y4000-5000 for dinner with drinks. [Show more] [Show less]
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-1-12, 21 Roppongi Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tasty and filling Swedish food, with great homemade breads.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-2-7, Daikan Bldg 2F. Open noon-3, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Sustainable cuisine is the core philosophy and mission statement of this farm-focused restaurant in the heart of Roppongi. The menu offers a good selection of organic sake and wine, and dishes are made with organic ingredients, some of them grown in the restaurant's own backyard garden. The food is generally very good - original, creative, and quite appetizing - and while the overall dining experience can be uneven, the quality of the food is worth returning for. [See FULL REVIEW
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-6-15. Open noon-3, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
(Roppongi - Tex-Mex). 6447-1433
Gourmet burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from Y800-1100. Everything is available for take-out, and you can fax your order in advance. There are a few outdoor courtyard tables for when the weather permits.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-6-9, Piramide Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-10pm. Closed 2nd Sunday.
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 weather permits. Superb, inventive American cuisine from noted Tokyo chef Ian Tozer, built around a deceptively casual menu - rotisserie chicken, grilled meats and fish, substantial salads, and a few regional specialties. All this plus a great boutique wine list, popular all-day brunch on weekends, a smoke-free dining room, and patio seating during the warmer months, in this "modern American brasserie". [Show more] [Show less]
(Roppongi - Indian). 3479-1939
A Roppongi tradition, still packing in the customers.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-2-35. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Roppongi - Shabu-shabu). 3403-8333
All-you-can-eat shabu shabu from Y5300. Lunch ranges from Y1050-4900.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-1-20, B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi (towards Nogizaka)
(Roppongi - Wine bar). 3405-7478
The selection at this tiny wine bar is mainly French, with an emphasis on organic varieties and good value for money. There are usually around a dozen wines by the glass (starting at Y900) and many more by the bottle. The food menu is simple bistrot-style fare - pates and rillettes, charcuterie and cheeses. Budget around Y3000 for food.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-10-2. Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
(Roppongi - South American). 6447-1963
Successor to the long-running dance bar Salsa Sudada, which was a gathering place for Tokyo's Latin community for over twenty years, Paraiso is styled more as a bar-restaurant providing a "Latin dining experience." There's still lots of great Latin music though, including live performances on Sundays.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-10-3, Kobayashi Bldg B1F. Open 6pm- daily.
(Roppongi - French). 6434-5770
Good traditional French cuisine in a cozy setting on a Roppongi back street. Full-course dinners start at Y3800, and lunch (Y1000-2000) is an especially good deal.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-12-20. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm. Closed Mon, 1st Tue.
A small Roppongi izakaya with Okinawan-style food and frequent live musical performances. There's a nominal music charge (Y1,000 or so) when there's a show.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-14-10, 4F. (near Roppongi crossing on Gaien-Higashi-dori) Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
No ordinary soba shop, this is the Tokyo venture of restaurateur Koichi Kobari, who ran the highly acclaimed, celebrity-patronized Honmura-An restaurant in New York's SoHo district before returning to Japan. We're pleased to see that Kobari hasn't lost his magic touch. Of course the shops noodles and tempura items are first-rate, but you'll also find original, creative side dishes and starters along with a decent selection of craft sake and shochu. No ordinary soba shop, this is the Tokyo venture of restaurateur Koichi Kobari, who ran the highly acclaimed, celebrity-patronized Honmura-An restaurant in New York's SoHo district before returning to Japan. We're pleased to see that Kobari hasn't lost his magic touch. Of course the shops noodles and tempura items are first-rate, but you'll also find original, creative side dishes and starters along with a decent selection of craft sake and shochu.
It's fun to come with a group and order an array of small dishes, izakaya-style - the seasonal menu ranges from traditional fare like yuba (tofu skin) with sea urchin and grilled fu (wheat gluten) to avocado salad. If you're feeling extravagant you can call in advance to order a special tasting menu (from Y5000 per person), or you can just stick with a plate of soba or udon noodles (Y800-2000); the sesame dipping sauce is especially recommended. The decor is modern and very tasteful; the attitude is friendly and unpretentious. English menus are available. [Show more] [Show less]
(Roppongi - Bar). 3497-0229
Hundreds of tequilas, including tasting flights, served in a cave-like basement. Although it turns into a Roppongi-style pickup bar after 8 or 9pm, it's a bit more relaxed earlier in the evening.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-15-10, Clover Bldg. B1F. Open 6:30pm-2am (4am Fri, Sat). Closed Sundays.
(Roppongi - Kaiseki). 3423-8006
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. Eleven-course prix-fixe menus run Y15,750, Y21,000 and Y26,250, and there's a seven-sake selection paired with the food for an extra Y5000.
(Roppongi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3403-1161
French-Belgian cuisine and a good selection of Belgian beers; three-course prix-fixe dinners are Y2800.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-9-2. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. Closed Sundays.
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 prix-fixe lunch is Y1800; in the evening a la carte mains average around Y2700.
Despite its prime location one minute from Tokyo Midtown, this stylish, relaxed basement izakaya feels far removed from the hubbub of Roppongi nightlife. Kyushu-style yakitori is the centerpiece of the menu, but there's much more - beautiful charcoal-grilled seasonal vegetables, exotic regional dishes like horse sashimi, and a surprisingly big wine list. Despite its prime location one minute from Tokyo Midtown, this stylish, relaxed basement izakaya feels far removed from the hubbub of Roppongi nightlife. Kyushu-style yakitori is the centerpiece of the menu, but there's much more - beautiful charcoal-grilled seasonal vegetables, exotic regional dishes like horse sashimi, and a surprisingly big wine list.
The first thing you notice about yakitori from Hakata (the old name for Fukuoka, the Kyushu capital) is that it's served over a bed of vinegared cabbage, which also serves as a refreshing, high-fiber palate cleanser between skewers. The chicken is artfully grilled over the finest binchotan charcoal, and the results are tender, moist and very flavorful. The sasami umeshiso (chicken breast fillets with plum and shiso) was particularly good, and our chicken wings had pleasingly crunchy skin without being dry.
The rather fatty grilled pork belly is another standout, and vegetable highlights included bamboo shoots (livened up by a spicy miso paste) and crisp gingko nuts. The horse sashimi came in two different cuts, one quite tender and the other a bit more chewy. Another notable side dish is the endomame kushiage - deep-fried green-pea fritters on skewers. The Caesar salad, topped with very nice home-cured bacon, is also worth a try.
The drinks menu features more than two dozen wines, priced from Y3400-12,800 per bottle. There are also six kinds of shochu, two umeshu, and four well-chosen sakes, two from Fukuoka and two from next-door neighbor Saga Prefecture. Budget around Y4000 for food and drink - a very reasonable price for this quality level in Roppongi. [Show more] [Show less]
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-4-5, B1F. Open 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Flammkuchen - Alsace's answer to pizza - is served here in versions both savory (black forest ham, avocado-salmon) and sweet (apple-cinnamon, salty banana), along with wine by the glass or bottle. The Y1000 lunchtime set of classic and salad flammkuchen is a nicely balanced meal, served with coffee or tea. (No dinner on Mondays - lunch only.)
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-3-17. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Organic burgers and sandwiches; delivery available through much of Tokyo. Delivery 11am-8:30pm weekdays, 11am-6:30pm weekends.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-5-11. Open 11am-10pm (Sat, Sun 7:30pm) daily.
Tokyo Midtown area
Nestled in overstuffed chairs with pillows covered in candy-colored pastel silk, visitors can enjoy spectacular views while listening to live Bossa Nova from 2:30-midnight. Arrive on the early side if you want a window seat - they are usually taken by 6pm. An entertainment charge of Y2500 applies after 8pm. Perched high above the city on the 45th floor of Tokyo Midtown's Ritz Carlton Hotel, the Lobby Bar overlooks Tokyo Tower and the surrounding area. Nestled in overstuffed chairs with pillows covered in candy-colored pastel silk, visitors can enjoy spectacular views while listening to live Bossa Nova from 2:30-midnight. The interior, designed by Frank Nicholson, is modern but traditional, with impressively high ceilings and amber wood walls illuminated by giant inverted-gumdrop lamps.
The decor may be understated, but the menu brims with over-the-top luxury. Although nothing says indulgence quite like the Diamond Is Forever Martini, a Belvedere vodka martini poured over a one carat diamond for Y1,800,000; the Lobster Martini topped with caviar and creme fraiche (Y7800) and WOW Burger made with 100% black Kobe beef (Y13,450) appear to speak a similarly decadent language.
More practically minded patrons can choose from beer at Y1200, wines by the glass starting at Y1800, cocktails from Y2000, and light bites like mixed pork and chicken skewers.
Arrive on the early side if you want a window seat - they are usually taken by 6pm. An entertainment charge of Y2500 applies after 8pm. [Show more] [Show less]
Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-1, Ritz-Carlton 45F. Open 2:30pm-midnight 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 starts at Y1000.
Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-3, Tokyo Midtown Midtown West EB108. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Casual food and drink in a pleasant interior-shop setting overlooking Tokyo Midtown's front garden.
Hidden away in the back of this well-appointed shop is a six-seat bar area where you can drop in for a quick glass of sake. The shop is run by the Fukumitsuya Brewery in Kanagawa, and besides selling the brewery's full range of sake they also offer beautifully crafted sake cups and flasks and assorted tableware.
Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
(Roppongi - Japanese). 5413-0335
This small Nagoya-based shop served excellent broiled fish that has been marinated in sake lees. Set meals are priced around Y1000-2000.
This rustic, stucco-walled restaurant features skewered pork delicacies and other regional specialties from the south of Spain along with custom-imported Spanish wines. Under the same management as the ever-reliable Miyakawa wine-bar/restaurant in Azabu-Juban. Budget Y6000-7000 for dinner.
Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
A well-appointed Tokyo branch of the upscale New York Indian restaurant. At lunchtime you can enjoy a Y2000 buffet which includes three curries of the day, vegetable fritters, sauteed vegetables, omelettes and a salad bar. Prix-fixe dinners are Y6500-8000.
Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
This informal wine bar offers a wine-friendly menu of seafood, steaks and chops, including fresh lobster, Washington oysters, BBQ baby-back ribs and catfish burgers. The wine list covers more than 100 wines by the bottle (including some rare finds) and twenty by the glass, with three different carafe sizes so you can organize your own custom tasting. Budget around Y8000-9000 for dinner with drinks.
Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 4F.
(Roppongi - International). 5413-3282
The dining spaces in this heavily design-focused restaurant are tastefully arranged, more European than Japanese in style, as one might expect from Terence Conran's first Tokyo venture. The menu is international in scope, and roast beef is a specialty of the house, with wagon service at dinnertime. Prix-fixe lunches are Y3800-5000 while dinners are Y8400-12,600; there are also plenty of a la carte choices. Most wines are targeted towards big spenders, but there are a handful of decent bottles under Y10,000, such as Penfold's Bin 407 Cabernet for Y7500.
New York's Union Square Cafe has been a popular gourmet hot spot since the mid-1980s, and the Tokyo sister shop captures much of the energy and excitement of the original. The food is typical international cuisine with an emphasis on simplicity and good-quality seasonal ingredients. The dining room is beautiful and well laid out, with excellent lighting and a very comfortable feel. New York's Union Square Cafe has been a popular gourmet hot spot since the mid-1980s, and the Tokyo sister shop captures much of the energy and excitement of the original. The food is typical international cuisine with an emphasis on simplicity and good-quality seasonal ingredients. The dining room is beautiful and well laid out, with excellent lighting and a very comfortable feel.
The menu changes often, but highlights have included the foie gras appetizer - a hefty portion of pan-seared foie gras with orange slices and bamboo shoots; the always-reliable Iberico pork; and tuna filet mignon - big tuna chunks marinated in soy and mirin for a few hours before grilling, served with tasty wasabi mashed potatoes.
The wine list doesn't have all that much under Y8000, but there are a few (like a Penfolds Australian shiraz for Y4800); by contrast they have a lot of impressively expensive bottles for the big spenders in the house. Almost all wines are from Italy, France or California. The bar up front serves a full assortment of cocktails, including an excellent martini.
Lunches are priced from Y3000, dinners from around Y12,000. Although you can find equally good food in Tokyo for about half the price, Union Square is still a good choice for a business dinner or a special lunch. [Show more] [Show less]
Nestled in a corner of the Tadao Ando-designed musuem building, this Tokyo branch of an excellent Italian restaurant in Kyoto has one of the more impressive architectural settings in Tokyo Midtown. The food is first-rate modern Italian; budget around Y5000 for lunch and Y10,000 at dinnertime. Open from 8am weekends.
(Roppongi - Izakaya). 5410-0778
Fresh seafood and seasonal heirloom vegetables are the specialties at this Kyushu-style izakaya. The sake list covers around 15-20 breweries, and there's also a wide selection of shochu. Budget around Y5000 at dinnertime.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 4-10-2, Arakawa Building 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-3am (Sat - 11:30pm). Closed Sundays.
(Roppongi - Wine bar). 5775-0010
Like a good man, a predator-free champagne bar in Roppongi is hard to find. Fortunately, there's Zero Bar. Conveniently located near Tokyo Midtown, this place is just the ticket for a glass of bubbly before the last train at night, or before the first train in the morning (the bar stays open until 5am Tuesday - Saturday). Like a good man, a predator-free champagne bar in Roppongi is hard to find. Fortunately, there's Zero Bar. Conveniently located near Tokyo Midtown, this place is just the ticket for a glass of bubbly before the last train at night, or before the first train in the morning (the bar stays open until 5am Tuesday - Saturday).
The interior, with its crimson stools and red-lit shelves, carries a whiff of Los Angeles in the 90s, lying somewhere between a martini bar and a bordello. At the front, a cluster of orange teardrop lights dangle from the ceiling like a lava lamp in arrested motion; at the back, a small area with table seating is partially concealed behind a black fringe curtain.
Although champagne is the main attraction here, they also serve wines by the glass (three reds, one white) and by the bottle (around 100 kinds). Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label is their house champagne (Y1500 per glass), and there are three other varieties to choose from on their monthly-changing list. Light snacks like cheese, cured meats, and dried fruits are also available. [Show more] [Show less]
(Roppongi - Grill). 3478-0222
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 artisanal cocktails. The food menu features dishes like grilled loin of pork and lamb chops, assorted hams, and shellfish steamed in wine.
A casual but hip cafe serving fajitas, burritos, BBQ, burgers, etc. prepared Japanese-style.
(Roppongi - World cuisine). 3405-9891
A self-consciously bohemian bar/restaurant/hangout with an interesting menu.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 4-4-5. Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Open every day.
Run by a Yamanashi brewery known for their excellent German-style beers, this basement bar offers both Fujizakura beers and guest Japanese craft beers from their twelve taps. Large-size glasses (400-500ml) of Fujizakura are priced at Y1000.
(Roppongi - Ramen). 5775-7561
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.
Italian-inspired late-night vegetable dining, with produce from organic farms around Japan. Prix-fixe menus are Y3000-4000, and include cheese fondue or bagna cauda as a main course. There are more than fifty wines, starting at Y3000/bottle.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 3-9-3, Dai-2 Roppongi Village Bldg 1F. Open 7pm-7am. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Located in the seething epicenter of Roppongi nightlife (for better or worse), Two Dogs serves pizzas and twenty craft beers on draft (mostly their own). It is one of several craft-beer bars in the neighborhood.
Roppongi 5-chome, Imo-arai-zaka
The first Japan branch of Wolfgang Zweiner's famous New York steakhouse features porterhouse and other steaks made with dry-aged USDA Prime beef. The lunchtime menu includes burgers made with USDA Prime beef (Y2600) and steak sandwiches using dry-aged beef (Y2800). In the evenings a prime filet mignon is Y7500, and a side of spinach runs Y1400.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-16-50. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Accessible California cuisine - gourmet pizzas and interesting takes on American standards like meatloaf and Cajun chicken.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-5-1, Roi Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-11pm (weekends to 5am) daily.
(Roppongi - Beer bar). 6447-4160
Scotland's popular craft-beer brewery has opened their first Japanese bar in the middle of Roppongi. The rather spacious establishment serves twenty brews on tap, including BrewDog's flagship Punk IPA as well as their very impressive Jackhammer IPA, Hardcore IPA, and Dead Pony Club pale ale. Scotland's popular craft-beer brewery has opened their first Japanese bar in the middle of Roppongi. The rather spacious establishment serves twenty brews on tap, including BrewDog's flagship Punk IPA as well as their very impressive Jackhammer IPA, Hardcore IPA, and Dead Pony Club pale ale. Prices are a bit above average, but so is the selection.
There's also a roster of guest beers representing notable finds from around the US and UK, Scandinavia and Japan. Recent options included beers from Nogne, Mikkler, Heretic, Lagnitas, Thornbridge, Hitachino Nest and Shiga Kogen.
Open from 11am Friday-Sunday. [Show more] [Show less]
Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-3-2. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Tasty burgers, loud music, big crowds. Open 11:30am-2am (M-Th), to 4am (Fri., Sat.), to 11:30pm (Sun.)
American barbecued spareribs, cubic onion-ring sculptures, fried cheese and other dangerous substances that we all crave from time to time.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-4-20. Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Fri, Sat. 12:30am). Open every day.
More than twenty Japanese microbrew beers are served on tap at this late-night beer specialist. The food menu is limited to fish and chips and similar bar fare.
(Roppongi - Yakitori). 3405-2585
Hataka (Kyushu) style kushiyaki is the specialty here, with excellent (though rather salty) grilled skewers of chicken and pork parts and vegetables. Seating can be a bit cramped and smoky but the food is fantastic. A sister shop to Teyandei in Nishi-Azabu.
You'll find entertaining dining and festive decor at this fourth Tokyo branch of the popular American chain of Australian-themed steak houses; budget around Y4000 at dinnertime.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-1-3, Roc Mon 2F. Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-midnight (4am Fri/Sat) daily.
(Roppongi - Chinese). 3470-2218
Top-notch Chinese cuisine prepared with medicinal herbs, for whatever ails you. Prix-fixe menus range from Y4200-15,750, plus a big a la carte menu. Lunch starts at Y900 and includes numerous noodle and rice variations.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-8-15. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This extremely casual venue is furnished with patched-up and mismatched sofas, herds of stuffed animals, and an actual VW bus with a table and chairs inside. There's a rotating art exhibition on the walls, and some outdoor tables up front. The small menu includes dishes like gorgonzola bacon tortilla wraps and an assorted "deli" platter, plus chai and cocktails.
Iikura Katamachi area
Tasty, modern teppanyaki-style grilled food, supplemented by fresh salads.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 3-16-14, KY Bldg. B1F. Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
The biggest pub in Tokyo, Hobgoblin offers a large selection of draught beers including several British ales, and attracts a lively expat crowd. There's pub-style food (with a late-night menu Friday and Saturday) and big-screen TVs showing sporting events.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 3-16-33, Aoba Roppongi Bldg. 1F. Open 4pm-late (from noon weekends) daily.
(Roppongi - French). 3568-2080
A friendly cafe-brasserie with authentic French atmosphere and good, reasonably priced food. The daily Y1000 lunch is an especially good deal, and is served until 5pm. Evening specialties include north-African dishes like lamb and rabbit couscous and Moroccan tajine. Call ahead to arrange a non-smoking table.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-17-1, AXIS Bldg 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food and a friendly atmosphere. They feature several different German beers on tap.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-18-1, 2F. Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
An expensive (and very good) Italian restaurant downstairs, and a cafe upstairs serving drinks, coffee and desserts.
Excellent French cooking in a pleasant traditional setting (there are just 17 seats, including 5 at the counter). The cheese selection is especially good, as the owner-chef is also a cheese monger. There's a big wine list focusing mostly on Bordeaux and Burgundies, with a median price of around Y8000, plus a good assortment available by the glass. Prix-fixe lunches from Y2940 (Saturdays only), dinner from Y5775.
Minato-ku, Azabudai 3-4-14. Open 6-11:30pm (LO; 9:30 Saturdays). Closed Sundays.