Welcome to bento.com and the Tokyo Food Page and Kansai Food Page, covering Japanese cuisine and the dining scene in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.
The award-winning Bento.com restaurant guide is the only bilingual source for unbiased, expert advice on where to eat and drink in Tokyo and throughout Japan. Reviews and listings are compiled by an experienced team of food critics who review restaurants anonymously and impartially, seeking out each city's best dining experiences. There is never a charge to restaurants for listings, reviews, or news items, and we don't accept advertising from restaurants.
The Bento.com website has been published from Tokyo since 1994, and it currently logs around 1,200,000 page views per month (as of November 2010).
The "Eating and Drinking in Tokyo" listings include over 2000 carefully selected restaurants, izakaya and bars in Tokyo and Yokohama, and the Kansai section includes around 500 restaurants in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara. Other sections of the site include extensive recipes, articles on Japanese cuisine, and travel-related features.
Bento.com is available in Japan and elsewhere on mobile platforms, including Android and iPhone smartphones, and feature phones from DoCoMo, au and Softbank. An RSS feed is available, and RSS autodiscovery is supported.
The website has been featured in
The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, Time magazine, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Berlingske (Denmark), The Daily Yomiuri, the Japan Times, and Tokyo Journal.
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Tokyo reviews and listings:
Melinda Joe, Bryan Harrell, Hikaru Okabe, Karyn Woo, Pam Castle, Bjorn Katz, "Camel" Scott Cooper, Robb Satterwhite
Bar editor: Melinda Joe
Beer Editor: Bryan Harrell
Kanazawa Editor: Rachel Belle Krampfner
Ramen Editor: Brian Macduckston
Justin Ellis, Tim Eustace, Robb Satterwhite.
Thanks to Melissa Rinne, Mr. and Mrs. Ryoichi Kasae.
Editor: Robb Satterwhite
Copyright and trademark notices
The contents of Bento.com and the Tokyo Food Page are protected by international copyright law, and may not be reproduced in any medium without the permission of the copyright holders (see below).
Cap'n Crunch is a trademark of The Quaker Oats Company.
Pocari Sweat is a tasty soft drink, and is a trademark of Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.
Worcestershire sauce is a trademark of Lea and Perrins, Ltd.
Edge is a registered trademark of S.C. Johnson & Co.
Campbell's is a registered trademark of Campbell Soup Co.
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IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines.
"Tokyo Food Page", "bento.com", and "shinkansen.com"
are service marks of Lobster Enterprises.
Brews News is copyright (c) 1997-2012, Bryan Harrell and contributors.
"Looking for the perfect crunch - Japanese sembei crackers" is copyright (c) 2004 Yukari Pratt.
The following recipes are copyright (c) 1995 Hiroyuki and Noriko Sato: "Miso soup", "Marinated chicken wings",
"Oyako-donburi", "Tonkatsu", Tempura", "Niku-jaga",
"Hiyashi chuka", "Curry rice", "Potato salad", "Potato croquettes", and "Peanut cookies".
The following recipes are copyright (c) Ken Iisaka: "Shabu-shabu", "Oshinko", "Tori no mizutaki",
and "Japanese-style salad dressing".
The following recipes are copyright (c) Ryusuke
Obinata: "Santa Cruz Natto" and "Chawan-mushi".
The following recipe is copyright (c) Robb
The following recipes are copyright (c) 1996, Susan Fuller Slack: "Grilled miso chicken",
"Okinawan sweet fritters", and "Autumn chestnut rice".
"Okonomiyaki", "Tempura", "Unagi", "Yakitori",
"Sushi Multimedia Page", "Oden",
"Convenience Store Oden Menus", "Nabemono", "Takoyaki",
"Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum", "Wine-tasting in Katsunuma", "Japanese Microbrewery Beers",
"Ohmicho Market, Kanazawa", "Dept. Store Specialty Vendors",
"Dept. Store Fresh Food Vendors", "Entertaining Restaurant Signs", and
"Okinawan Regional Cuisine" are copyright (c) Robb Satterwhite.
"Aquabar" is copyright (c) 1995, Giles Richter.
The Redwood City Seed Company Hotness Scale is copyright (c) 1996 by Craig Dremann, Redwood City
Seed Company, California, USA. All Rights Reserved.
"Mama's Miso Soup", "The Pickle Pot", "What's in a Name", "An Pan",
"A Taste of Culture" event schedule and all other "A Taste of Culture"
materials are copyright (c) Elizabeth Andoh.
"Sake Newsletter" and "Guide to Tokyo Sake Retailers" are copyright (c) John Gauntner.
"Delicious Soybean-based Yuba" is copyright (c) Niall O'Keeffe.
Text and photos from Tokyo architecture columns are copyright (c) 1997-1998 Max Bolstadt.
"Tokyo Record Stores" is copyright (c) Robb
"Sushi Vocabulary" is copyright (c) Lobster Enterprises.
"Restaurant Telephone Directory" is copyright (c) 1997-2012, Lobster Enterprises.
All Bento.com restaurant listings are copyright (c) Lobster Enterprises.
Photos are copyright (c) 1995-2012 Robb Satterwhite and contributors. Line drawings copyright (c) 2001-2004 Eri Nakada.
Thanks for technical support and open-source software from Ralf Junker (UTF8 conversion) and Mike Williams (EInserts and other Google map code).