Nihon-ryori, izakaya and dining bars
Filter by time/day more

Nihon-ryori

Miyuki - Japanese: Edogawabashi
The Four Seasons' Japanese restaurant serves a varied menu, including kaiseki service, sushi, shabu-shabu and teppanyaki. Seasonal kaiseki from Y6000 at lunch, 12,000 at dinnertime. Japanese...
Kakiden - Kaiseki: Shinjuku
Kaiseki service at accessible prices, although the nightly koto performances are a bit cliched. An 18-course mini-kaiseki menu is Y8000.
Agaru Sagaru Nishi-Iru Higashi-Iru - Japanese: Harajuku
We're not sure whether to call it casual modern kaiseki or creative Kyoto cuisine, but the food at Agaru Sagaru is exquisite in both flavor and presentation. The nine-course menu follows a...
Yamashiroya - Japanese: Shibuya
Modern Kyoto-style cuisine in a very tasteful dining space. The rather elaborate nine-course dinner menu is Y3990, and it changes every month; lunch starts at Y1890. Drinks include Italian wines...
La Bombance - Japanese: Nishi-Azabu
Top-notch creative seasonal Japanese cuisine from innovative young chef Naohiro Watanabe. The attitude towards the food and atmosphere is fun and relaxed rather than stiff and formal. While the...
Daigo - Shojin-ryori: Onarimon
Top-class temple vegetarian cuisine. Lunch 10-12,000 yen, dinner 14-18,000 yen. (Strict vegetarians should note that the kitchen uses a bit of katsuo-bushi - dried bonito flakes - when preparing...
Ryugin - Kaiseki: Roppongi
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. ...
Tofuya Ukai - Tofu: Akabanebashi
First-class traditional Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on tofu, in a beautiful setting next to Tokyo Tower. Private dining rooms look out over lovely gardens and 100-year-old trees, although the...
Nobu - Japanese: Kamiyacho
The second incarnation of Nobu Tokyo is under different management, and is closer in style to the branches in New York and London. Prix-fixe omakase menus are priced Y12,000-25,000, along with an...
Saryo - Kaiseki: Akasaka
The excellent Y2000 bento lunch served in an elegant private room at Saryo feels like one of Tokyo's very affordable luxuries. Yes, it's all individual rooms for parties of 2-70, furnished with...
Kikunoi - Kaiseki: Akasaka
Third-generation kaiseki chef (and sometime TV celeb) Yoshihiro Murata is known for his innovative approach to kaiseki cuisine, drawing on French cooking techniques and ingredients. He has two...
Nagamine - Japanese: Ginza
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...
Yukari - Japanese: Nihonbashi
Nihonbashi Yukari serves magnificent seasonal Japanese cuisine in a casual, relaxed settting. And while dinner might set you back Y10-20,000 with drinks, lunch is an amazing bargain. Regular...
Suzunari - Kaiseki: Yotsuya 3-chome
This tiny, Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant offers good value for money, with prix-fixe menus starting around Y5000. Counter seats are the best; other areas can get smoky.
Sasa no Yuki - Tofu: Uguisudani
This venerable old tofu specialist (dating back to 1691) stands in a rather nondescript neighborhood about a 15-minute walk from the north end of Ueno Park. Multi-course meals feature tofu in all...
Bon - Shojin-ryori: Iriya
Beautifully prepared temple cuisine. Lunch/dinner ranges from 7,000 - 10,000 yen.
Goenmon - Tofu: Hakusan
Excellent tofu cuisine in a beautiful garden setting. They have a private teahouse which can be reserved if you call far enough in advance. Reservations absolutely necessary. Full-course lunch...
Izuchiku - Shojin-ryori: Yoga
The Tokyo branch of a famous temple restaurant in Kyoto, they specialize in teppatsu-ryori, a type of shojin-ryori (vegetarian temple cuisine). The tatami rooms look out onto a beautiful Japanese...

Izakaya and dining bars

Sakaeya - Izakaya: Takadanobaba
Located in the middle of Takadanobaba's bustling "izakaya alley," Sakaeya is by far the fanciest drinking spot in this budget-conscious, student-filled neighborhood. It delivers excellent value for...
Hibiki (Nomura Bldg) - Izakaya: Nishi-Shinjuku
Good grilled chicken, nice fresh fish and a good sake and shochu list. The interior is very pleasant (blond wood furnishings, an open kitchen and a big open bar area), with a nice view looking west.
Tsukinokura - Japanese: Nishi-Shinjuku
Artfully arranged izakaya fare paired with a small but well-chosen selection of wine and sake. The decor is stunning, the view is spectacular, and the food is original and well-prepared. Budget...
Yuian - Izakaya: Nishi-Shinjuku
Gorgeous modern stone/wood/tatami/glass dining rooms (designed by Yanagiya Manabu), floor-to-ceiling windows, and a world-class view. The original Japanese menu is complemented by the very good sake...
Hibiki (Southern Tower) - Izakaya: Nishi-Shinjuku
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...
Yasaiya Mei - Japanese: Harajuku
Healthy vegetable-oriented cuisine is the concept at this attractively appointed dining bar - everything from bagna cauda and vegetable terrines to robatayaki-style skewered morsels. Drinks include...
Galali - Izakaya: Omotesando
This stylish little izakaya offers excellent food, a good sake selection, and an entire menu page devoted to different varieties of salt - 12 of them in all. Charcoal-grilled seafood and vegetables...
Galali - Izakaya: Sendagaya
This branch of Galali offers a big selection of shochu, mostly the kokuto (sugarcane) variety, and excellent food to go with it. The rustic interior is intimate and comfortable, although the...
Shunju - Japanese: Shibuya
Top-class seasonal Japanese cooking from this well-regarded Tokyo-based chain. Prix-fixe dinners from Y4200 or a la carte.
Dedesuke - Izakaya: Ebisu
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...
Kamachiya - Izakaya: Ebisu
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...
Toki no Ma - Izakaya: Ebisu
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...
Shunju Yurari - Japanese: Ebisu
Excellent contemporary Japanese cuisine in a splashy designer space. Budget around Y9000 at dinnertime.
Teyandei - Izakaya: Nishi-Azabu
Excellent grilled fish and meats and friendly service in this lovely converted two-story house. Full-course dinnertime menus from Y2500. There are semi-private rooms on the ground floor and an open...
Shunju - Japanese: Tameike
Charcoal-grilled meats and fish, nabe stews and rice dishes, with sake, shochu, and Italian and French wines to drink. The decor is simple - plain blond-wood chairs and tables - with few...
Dedesuke - Izakaya: Shimbashi
Most Shimbashi drinking spots close before midnight, but if you've somehow managed to miss the last train, Dedesuke is certainly worth knowing about. Open until 4am, this casual izakaya serves...
Washoku En - Japanese: Shiodome
Excellent Japanese dishes, creatively prepared and served. There's also a fantastic view of Ginza.
Hibiki - Izakaya: Shiodome
Good-quality grilled fish and chicken, home-made tofu and seasonal specialties at this upscale izakaya. Weekday lunches start at Y1200, and the deluxe Y2800 lunch includes tofu, sashimi and Yamagata...
Shunju Tsugihagi - Japanese: Hibiya
Top-class seasonal Japanese cooking from this well-regarded Tokyo-based chain. Prix-fixe dinners from Y6800 or a la carte.
Hakobune (Ginza Chuo-dori) - Japanese regional: Ginza
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...
Daigomi - Robatayaki: Marunouchi
Top-grade robatayaki in festive surroundings, for that expense-account splurge.
Washoku En - Japanese: Marunouchi
The tasteful Kyoto-modern decor here is definitely the most impressive in the entire Marunouchi Oazo complex. Good-quality Japanese fare, including a good assortment of regional dishes, with a nice...
Nenohi - Japanese: Marunouchi
Premium regional sake (from the Morita brewery south of Nagoya) is the main draw here, along with a food menu featuring grilled chicken, fresh seafood and similar fare. Lunch averages around Y2000,...
Yuzen - Izakaya: Akebonobashi
This friendly neighborhood drinking spot serves up creative izakaya fare prepared from fresh, very seasonal ingredients. In fact the staff will often bring out a platter showing off produce from the...
Seigetsu - Izakaya: Kagurazaka
Unlike many sake-connoisseur pubs, the food here stands on its own, and would make Seigetsu worth a visit even if they only served tea. The charcoal-grilled chicken is especially outstanding, and...
Washoku En - Japanese: Suidobashi
Calling En an izakaya doesn't quite do them justice - the food and drink are both top-notch, the decor elegant and modern. Most of the dining spaces take full advantage of the wrap-around glass...
Hibiki - Japanese: Daiba
Excellent seafood, chicken, tofu, and charcoal-grilled items in this lovely modern Japanese pub-style restaurant. There's a nice panoramic view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge, and sleek...
Sasaratei - Izakaya: Nishi-Ogikubo
This lively neighborhood drinking spot is a branch of the long-established Fujintei izakaya a few blocks away, and the spacious, comfortable second floor is the place to be. The menu is disarmingly...
Kinsai - Izakaya: Naka-Meguro
A casual bar-restaurant from the folks who brought us the original gourmet stand-bar, Buchi, and its French cousin, Bongout Noh. Drinks include wine by the glass and plenty of premium sake brands,...
Aburiya Fudo - Izakaya: Naka-Meguro
Excellent charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables are served here with Korean-style sauces and side dishes. The quality of the meats is first-rate, and there are lots of grilled and stewed organ...

Nabemono and chanko-nabe

Botan - Nabemono: Awajicho
One of Tokyo's culinary landmarks, they've been serving the same excellent chicken nabe for nearly 120 years. The chicken is slow-cooked over an old-fashioned charcoal burner in front of you...
Momonja - Nabemono: Ryogoku
They've been serving wild boar for 280 years now, and their signature boar stew is Y4000 a pot. Other dishes include venison stew and venison sashimi.

Oden

Sangendou - Izakaya: Nishi-Shinjuku
Unlike some skyscraper restaurants, this place has the energy and atmosphere of a down-to-earth izakaya. The food menu is impressively diverse, including soba noodles, kushiyaki (both yakitori and...
Konbuya - Oden: Nishi-Azabu
Although it's best known in its convenience-store and yatai manifestations, oden can be a cuisine of great subtlety and refinement, and Konbuya in Nishi-Azabu is an excellent place to investigate the...
Sangendou Akasaka #2 - Izakaya: Akasaka
This very reasonably priced izakaya chain offers good food and good value. The impressively diverse menu features soba noodles, kushiyaki (both yakitori and other meats on skewers), homemade tofu,...
Rakan - Oden: Yaesu
They simmer two different styles of gourmet oden here - in miso broth and in dashi broth. Assorted platters of either type are Y1500, and full-course dinners featuring sashimi, tofu, broiled fish,...
Otako Honten - Oden: Nihonbashi
Gourmet oden is the specialty here, but they also serve up yakitori, kushiage and sashimi, with full-course dinners from Y2800. Drinks include a decent assortment of sake, shochu and plum wines.
Odako - Oden: Ueno
Top-quality Kansai-style oden - not only does Ohdako have some of the most delicious oden in Tokyo, they have the good sense to serve with it some of the finest sakes available.
Toneri - Izakaya: Kichijoji
Seasonal izakaya fare and gourmet oden, plus very impressive lists of shochu and sake.
Excello - Oden: Shimo-Kitazawa
This unusual merger of an oden shop and a soul music bar lets you listen to classic seventies soul in the background as you enjoy Shizuoka-style oden (it comes in a darker, beefier broth than the...
Kamachido - Izakaya: Naka-Meguro
This stylish little izakaya offers a very diverse izakaya menu - grilled meats, gyoza dumplings, oden, and popular gourmet ramen, plus a small but nice sake list. (A sister shop of Aburiya Fudo and...
Sangendou - Izakaya: Yokohama Sta.
This Yokohama branch of one of our favorite izakaya offers good soba, tofu and grilled chicken along with some nice regional sake choices. Counter and table seating is relatively spacious.

Kushiage

Tatsukichi - Kushiage: Shinjuku
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients...
Kushinobo Bekkan - Kushiage: Shinjuku
This branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains has held up its quality level remarkably through the years, with good food, decent-quality sake and reasonable prices. Note that this is the...
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Shinjuku
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Nishi-Shinjuku
Straight from Osaka, this popular national chain offers all-you-can-eat kushi-age - deep-fried grilled fish, meat and vegetables on skewers. Every table is furnished with its own deep-fryer, so you...
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Ebisu
Deep-fried individual skewers of seafood and vegetables.
Unzen - Kushiage: Hamamatsucho
This attractively appointed izakaya is a branch of a popular Osaka shop specializing in grilled and fried morsels of meat and vegetables on skewers. But not just any morsels on skewers - the 40-odd...
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Roppongi Hills
Late-night kushi-katsu, with shochu, awamori and sake from around Japan.
Kushinobo (Akasaka TokyuPlaza) - Kushiage: Akasaka
Good deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers from this popular chain.
Kushinobo (honten) - Kushiage: Ginza
Assorted seafood and vegetable delicacies on skewers from this long-running shop. Budget around Y5500 for dinner and drinks.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Ginza
Good deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers from this popular chain.
Soba Kichi - Izakaya: Marunouchi
You might not expect to find a bustling late-night drinking scene on the seventh floor of an office building, but Soba Kichi is just one small part of the very lively "Home" restaurant complex in the...
Teppen - Izakaya: Otemachi
The down-home decor, warm service and extremely lively atmosphere give this shop the feel of a real old-school izakaya, although they've only been open since 2012. Charcoal-grilled seafood, meats...
Tatsukichi - Kushiage: Akihabara
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients...
Hantei - Kushiage: Nezu
A popular kushiage restaurant located in a charming old wooden country-style house. You'll be amazed at the variety of foods that can be served on sticks. New items arrive six sticks at a time, and...
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kichijoji
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two...
Tenmamichi - Kushiage: Shimo-Kitazawa
In addition to the typical selection of sashimi, grilled fish and other izakaya fare, Tenmamichi also offers a nice variety of kushiage (deep-fried skewers of seafood, vegetables and meats) and oden...
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Jiyugaoka
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
Kushi Hageten - Kushiage: Funabashi
This tiny shop adjacent to the Hageten tempura restaurant serves decent kushiage at quite reasonable prices - ten deep-fried skewers of seasonal seafood and vegetables, along with rice, soup, salad...
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kawasaki
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two...