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Best Restaurants in Tokyo

Tokyo has a tradition of small restaurants, where the focus is on quality food and quality hospitality. And there are a tonne of small restaurants in Tokyo. There are over 4,000 ramen shops and the city has more Michelin stars than Paris. Our Tokyo Restaurant Guide features the a slice of everything on offer from high end kaiseki meals, to a simple bowl of hand cut noodles, 24 hours sushi, endless bowls of ramen and a couple of modern places bucking tradition.

Best Restaurants in Harajuku

Harajuku Gyoza

Dumplings

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Harajuku Gyoza (原宿餃子樓). Forget everything else on the menu and order either steamed or fried gyoza (Japanese potstickers). Harajuku Gyoza is super popular, especially in the weekends, so pop in for a small bite between meals whilst shopping in Harajuku. Read more

Kanetanaka

€ €DesignJapanese

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Kanetanaka (茶洒 金田中) is a peaceful oasis just steps from the hustle of Harajuku. Customers are seated along two long wooden beaches and face the zen like garden whilst eating beautifully prepared food. The menu ... Read more

Sakuratei

FunOkonomiyaki

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Sakuratei (さくら亭) serve okonomiyaki, which is a type of savoury pancake made with shredded cabbage. We say 'serve', but really you serve yourself. They give you a table with a giant hot plate and then ... Read more

Tamawarai

€ €FormalSoba

Reviewed by: EataCity - Miss Never Full -

Tamawarai (玉笑) takes soba seriously. They get buckwheat from a select number of farms and only make about 5kg per day. Hand kneaded, rolled and cut. At ¥700 a plate it has to be the ... Read more

Afuri Harajuku

Ramen

Reviewed by: Daniel Food Diary - EataCity - Food File - Food Sake Tokyo -

Afuri Harajuku (原宿). Outside of Japan, ramen is typically known for its pork-based milky broth, but in fact there are countless types of ramen with independent outlets creating their own styles or variations of styles. ... Read more

Maru

€ € € €IzakayaSeafood

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Maru (楽食酒 圓) is a super popular seafood based izakaya. We did't get a chance to eat at Maru when in town as they were closed for New Year holidays. But check out Tablog ... Read more

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Best Restaurants in Shibuya

Hayashi

€ €FavouriteRamen

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Hayashi (はやし). The best food places in Tokyo do one thing and one thing well. Hayashi epitomizes this philosophy with only one type of ramen and three options; their standard bowl, with a marinated egg, ... Read more

Kihuu

€ € € €JapaneseKaisekiModern

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Kihuu (紀風). When you're in Japan you have to try (if your budget allows it) kaiseki cuisine. This is a traditional Japanese meal that consists of 14 courses served in a precise order. The Michelin ... Read more

Poturapotura

€ € €IzakayaModern

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Poturapotura (ぽつらぽつら) is a modern Japanese izakaya. It's a little more refined, a little more polished than most other izakaya. In-the-know diners line the small bar and watch the young staff serve up everything from ... Read more

Hinaikomachi

€ € €FavouriteYakitori

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Hinaikomachi (ひない小町 渋谷店). Most yakitori restaurants in Tokyo are casual places where customers consume large quantities of grilled skewers between gulps of beer, shōchū and sake. Hinaikomachi is one of the places that take yakitori ... Read more

Standing Sushi Bar

CasualSushi

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This has to be the best and most convenient sushi in Tokyo. You're not expected to stick around long, but stand at the bar, order a drink, and point to what you want. It's crazy ... Read more

35 Steps Bistro

€ €Izakaya

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35 Steps Bistro (BISTRO三十五段屋) is a good example of a typical Tokyo izakaya. It doesn't have the intimacy of some independently owned places - this is more of a casual place to come with friends ... Read more

418 Kamiyama

€ € €Burgers

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At first glance, the Brooklyn Lager sign and burger menu might make you think 418 Kamiyama (神山) is a recent hipster joint, but Kamiyama is the real deal. Its owner previously lived in Brooklyn and ... Read more

Han No Daidokoro

€ €Lively

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Han No Daidokoro (焼肉居酒家 韓の台所 道玄坂店). Yakiniku is a type of Japanese BBQ where customers get their own little table top grill and cook their own meat. If you know anything about beef in Japan ... Read more

Hide Chan Ramen

Ramen

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Hide Chan Ramen (らあめん渋英) is another ramen shop that has broken out of Japan and stretched its wings into New York City. In NYC you need to queue to get in, here you can pretty ... Read more

Ichiran Shibuya

FunRamen

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Ichiran (一蘭 渋谷店) is actually a pretty big ramen chain now, with outlets in and outside of Japan. But its popularity is well earned. The focus is on the delicious milky pork-based broth. Ordering is ... Read more

Kaikaya

€ €SeafoodTouristy

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Kaikaya (開花屋) is quite a large restaurant separated into smoking and non-smoking sections and the customer base is a little more foreign than Japanese. Focus is on fresh seafood cooked over a grill. It's not ... Read more

Nakamenoteppen

€ €IzakayaLively

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Nakamenoteppen (なかめのてっぺん 渋谷店) is a casual izakaya, a place for locals to come after work, get a drink and slowly order plates of food between drinks. The focus here is on the grill, in particular ... Read more

Path

€ € €Modern

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It's quite hard to pigeon hole Path. They open for breakfast and dinner, are they a cafe or a restaurant? They serve oysters topped with raw horse meat, daikon with octopus, ham with cumin. Is ... Read more

Shinshuuya

BreakfastSoba

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Some soba restaurants painstakingly knead, roll and precision cut their noodles. Shinshuuya (信州屋 渋谷店) doesn't, and doesn't try to hide the fact either. Noodles ooze from a giant machine that offers over a boiling pot, ... Read more

Toritake

CasualYakitori

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Toritake (鳥竹). Almost everywhere in the world, people gather around BBQs to eat grilled meat. It goes back to the cave man days of cooking on fire. Japan's version of the BBQ has to be ... Read more

Uoshin

€ €CasualIzakayaSeafood

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Uoshin (魚真 渋谷店) is slightly different to most izakaya in Tokyo in that it's mostly a non-smoking restaurant and the focus is on seafood both cooked and fresh. Uoshin is actually a small chain of ... Read more

Afuri Ebisu

Ramen

Reviewed by: Daniel Food Diary - EataCity - Food File - Food Sake Tokyo -

Afuri Ebisu (恵比寿). Outside of Japan, ramen is typically known for its pork-based milky broth, but in fact there are countless types of ramen with independent outlets creating their own styles or variations of styles. ... Read more

Midori Shibuya

€ € €SushiTouristy

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Midori (梅丘寿司の美登利総本店 渋谷店) features in all the guide books for sushi in Tokyo. It is really good, but... massively popular. We suggest you avoid the queue of people waiting for a seat, and instead get ... Read more

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Best Restaurants in Shinjuku

Fu-unji

Ramen

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Fu-unji (風雲児). In a city of over 4,000 ramen shops it can be hard to be unique and stand out from the crowd. But Fu-unji has done it and has been doing it for a ... Read more

Katsukura

€ €Tonkatsu

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Originally from Kyoto, Katsukura ( 新宿高島屋店) is known as one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Japan. The branch in Shinjuku is located inside Takashimiya, a large department store, making it a convenient stop before ... Read more

Nagi Ramen

24 HrsRamen

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Watch your head as you walk in to Nagi Ramen (すごい煮干ラーメン凪 新宿ゴールデン街店本館) and climb the narrow stairs. Nagi serve ramen with a broth made from dried sardines. The powerful, fishy broth is a lot different ... Read more

Nakajima

€ € € €Kaiseki

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Nakajima (新宿割烹 中嶋) serves kaiseki, a traditional Japanese meal that consists of 14 courses served in a precise order. A kaiseki menu is very seasonal and follows a strict format of appetisers, sashimi, steamed, soup, ... Read more

Nihon Saisei Sakaba

CasualYakitori

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Nihon Saisei Sakaba (新宿三丁目 日本再生酒場) is a yakitori specialising in the lesser known cuts aka the fifth quarter aka nose-to-tail eating. A casual place to relax, have a few drinks, and sample... brains and rectum. ... Read more

Numazukou Shinjuku

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Numazukou Shinjuku (沼津港 新宿本店). There are quite a few sushi train store around Tokyo, this is one of the better ones, personally we prefer Standing Sushi Bar, but if you want the full Japanese ... Read more

Shin

CasualUdon

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Shin (慎) is all about udon. As far as Japanese noodles goes, udon is the often forgotten one; it's not as elegant and refined as soba, yet not as hip and trendy as ramen. But ... Read more

Sushiiwase

€ € € €Sushi

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By night Sushiiwase (すし岩瀬) is a ¥15,000 a meal sushi restaurant, but the secret here is the lunch menu. In Japan, the best sushi is not necessarily made with the freshest seafood. High end sushi ... Read more

Sushi Zanmai

Good ValueSushi

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Sushi Zanmai (すしざんまい 東新宿店) is a chain of sushi restaurants made famous by its jolly owner who insists on buying every record-sized tuna caught in Japan. Despite being a chain, it still keeps quite a ... Read more

Tsunahachi

€ €Tempura

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Tsunahachi (天ぷら新宿つな八 総本店) is a tempura restaurant that has been making tempura for almost 100 years. It's a bit of a Tokyo institution and both Japanese and local tourists come to try the authentic tempura. ... Read more

Yakitori Alley

€ €CasualYakitori

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Yakitori alley is a narrow lane lined with small yakitori restaurants. It used to be very local, but is becoming increasingly touristy. By all means have a look through, and if you see something you ... Read more

Zekkouchouteppen

Izakaya

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Zekkouchouteppen (絶好調てっぺん 新宿) is a robatayaki restaurant, basically a Japanese BBQ restaurant. Unlike a yakitori which specialises in chicken, almost anything can be grilled in a robatayaki. Zekkouchouteppen is a place to come after work ... Read more

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