Contemporary International, American cuisines

Contemporary International

81 (Ikebukuro - International). 6909-4850
"Borderless cuisine" is the ambitious specialty at this tiny (8-seat) eatery run by three veterans of El Bulli in Spain. The Y12,000 (+10%), eight-course tasting menu draws on local, seasonal ingredients, and includes drinks (one beer and four wines). [Show more]
mapNishi-Ikebukuro 5-25-2, B1F. Open 6:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
New York Grill (Nishi-Shinjuku - International). 5323-3458
There's a popular Sunday brunch for Y6,600, but you can get the same lunch on weekdays for Y4,200 (minus the flute of champagne). Full-course dinners are Y11,000-21,000, but people come here just as much to see and be seen, and to enjoy the impressive view. The adjacent New York Bar has drinks and live music.
decorSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Tokyo 52F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Restaurant I (Harajuku - International). 5772-2091
While Chef Keisuke Matsushima is best known for the regional southern-French cuisine at his Michelin-starred restaurant in Nice, his newer venture in Harajuku adopts a more eclectic approach. The kitchen draws on French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese techniques, all filtered through a distinctive Tokyo sensibility. And it's a point of pride that nearly all the ingredients used here are sourced from Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto region. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapJingumae 1-4-20, Park Court Jingumae 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed various days.
!Benoit (Omotesando - Mediterranean). 5468-0881
From French celeb chef Alain Ducasse, a Mediterranean restaurant covering the cuisines of Italy, Spain, North Africa and Greece. The dining room is comfortable and attractively laid out, with nice views of Aoyama-dori, Shibuya and Shinjuku. Service is professional without being stiff. The wine list has some nice choices for under Y9000, and wine by the glass is fairly reasonable. Prix-fixe dinners from Y8,000, lunches from Y4500.
no smokingSunmapJingumae 5-51-8, La Porte Aoyama 10F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Relleno Sugawara (Omotesando - International). 3409-6828
Chef Kenji Sugawara was one of Japan's pioneers in the art of California cuisine, and his "Tokyo international" style is unique and exciting. Menu descriptions include plenty of exotic Asian ingredients and spices, but they're handled delicately, adding subtle flavors that are skillfully balanced. The glassed-in open kitchen adds some energy and liveliness to the cozy dining room, which seats just 14. The wine list is small but diverse and reasonably priced; lunch is priced from Y1200, and the prix-fixe dinner menu is Y5800.
mapMinami-Aoyama 5-12-6, Dai-ni Wada Bldg B1F. Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Kurkku Kitchen (Jingumae 2-chome - International). 5414-0944
Kurkku's attractive and spacious dining room is tucked into the back of a trendy-looking design shop, and the main focus is on the wood-burning grill at the heart of the open kitchen. The menu is built around premium grilled meats but also includes hefty portions of vegetables and greens. Prix-fixe dinners of ample size start at Y5500, and they include a vegetable-centered chef's menu. A few decent wines can be found for under Y6000, but it's easy to spend more if you want to splurge. The Y2800 three-course lunch is an especially good deal.
no smokingdecorSunmapJingumae 2-18-21, Koti Bldg 1F. Open 11:30-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Legato (Shibuya - International). 5784-2121
Tokyo fusion cuisine and an excellent view of Shibuya, managed by Global Dining (Stellato, Tableaux). The sommelier has put together a widely varied list of good wines that are all priced at Y4500 per bottle. (No lunch on weekends.)
SunmapMaruyamacho 3-6, E Space Tower 15F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Calm Terrace (Ebisu - International). 6771-7030
Chef Sakurazawa is a veteran of the popular fusion establishments Citabria and Tableaux, and he brings a solidly grounded, creative vision to the menu. Drinks include a good selection of reasonably priced California wines. The attractively decorated dining room features double-height ceilings and a no-smoking mezzanine level. Most of the staff speak English, and English menus are available.
SunmapEbisu 4-27-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ricos Kitchen (Ebisu - International). 5791-4649
Solid, self-assured new American cuisine and an inspired selection of more than 120 California wines in a lively urban setting. The culinary influences are more European than Asian, and memorable past dishes have included rack of lamb with dried fig sauce, enticing okra-shrimp spring rolls, and huge, succulent scallop appetizers. Prix-fixe dinners start at Y5250, and there's also an a la carte menu, with all mains priced at Y1680, provided that you sit at the counter. [Show more]
decorSunmapEbisu 4-23-7, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Cardenas Charcoal Grill (Ebisu - Grill). 5428-0779
Smart, cutting-edge California-influenced cuisine, with an emphasis on grilled items and sashimi. The mostly California wine list is well assembled and comfortably priced. Tables are adequately separated, and the large two-story space, which is reached by crossing the entrance moat, is unusually luxurious for Tokyo. Dinner with drinks will probably start at around Y6000 per person. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingdecorSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-12-14. Open 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tableaux (Daikanyama - International). 5489-2201
Under the same management as Zest and La Boheme, this is one of their two high-ticket California-style restaurants (along with Stellato). There's also a separate bar and cigar-smoking room (with a very effective ventilation system, fortunately).
no smokingSunmapSarugakucho 11-6, Sunroser Daikanyama Bldg, B1F. Open 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
!Ivy Place (Daikanyama - International). 6415-3232
"Global comfort food" in a lovely, beach-resort-style setting from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor team (Cicada, Beacon). [Show more]
no smokingSunmapSarugakucho 16-15. Open 7am-1am (LO) daily.
Stellato (Shirokanedai - International). 3442-5588
Upscale California dining in a fun, thirties-movie-palace setting, from the owners of the Zest-La Boheme chain. The mainly New World wine list is well assembled, and dinner with wine generally runs in the Y7,000-Y10,000 range.
no smokingdecorSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-17. Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Roti Roppongi (Roppongi - International). 5785-3671
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. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapRoppongi 6-6-9, Piramide Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Roti (Tokyo Midtown) (Roppongi - American). 5413-3655
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.
SunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Botanica (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.
decorSunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 4F. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Union Square Tokyo (Roppongi - International). 5413-7780
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. [Show more]
decorSunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Yamada Chikara (Azabu-Juban - Experimental). 5942-5817
Chef Yamada learned the techniques of Molecular Gastronomy during his stint at El Bulli in Spain, and here he applies those techniques to kaiseki cuisine. All seating is at the counter, and the prix-fixe menu is Y16,000. The wine list includes Spanish selections as well as the usual French. (From May-September they also do Sunday breakfast service.)
SunmapMinami-Azabu 1-15-2. Open 6pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Flatiron (Akabanebashi - Experimental). 4588-0675
Flatiron occupies the former teppanyaki counter at modern steakhouse Decanter, and it's there that adventurous diners can enjoy an entertaining two-hour, eleven-course-plus tasting menu that's more experimental than what one would find in the main dining room. Flatiron's chef plays with different cooking methods and presentation styles, using contrasting textures and temperatures and ingredients, and adding elements like smoke and ice for a bit of drama on the serving plate. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapAzabudai 2-1-2. Open seatings at 6, 7, 8:30pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
!Django (Akasaka - International). 5573-2664
This small neighborhood spot serves good, original California-style cuisine and reasonably priced New World wines, and is popular with the international community. The fusiony menu is full of complicated but well-executed dishes like "maguro tuna steak flavored with tri-color peppers in brandy and port wine sauce served with wild rice." Portion sizes are surprisingly big - the bagna cauda includes nearly a dozen boiled vegetables, and the excellent grilled pork main dish is almost too big for one person. Budget around Y5-7000 at dinnertime; Y850-1000 for lunch.
mapAkasaka 6-17-7. Open 11am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Peter (Hibiya - International). 6270-2763
The flashy main dining room of the Peninsula Hotel offers gorgeous views and an entertaining menu of modern international cuisine. Have fun putting together your own meal of three, four, or five courses (from Y8500, or Y4800 at lunchtime), with down-to-earth dishes like their "Roasted Duck Foie Gras, Ginger Bread-Citrus Marmalade Mille Feuille, Foie Gras Ice Cream, Balsamic Yogurt". The wine cellar is made up mostly of half-bottles, starting at around Y3700; wine by the glass from Y1600.
no smokingdecorSunmapYurakucho 1-8-1, The Peninsula Tokyo 24F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-midnight (LO 10pm) daily.
Dazzle (Ginza - International). 5159-0991
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.
no smokingdecorSunmapGinza 2-4-12, Mikimoto Ginza 2, 8/9F. Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Iconic (Ginza - International). 3562-7500
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.
decorSunmapGinza 2-4-6, Ginza Velvia-kan 9F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO; 9pm Sundays). Open every day.
Cardenas (Ginza - International). 5537-5011
One of Tokyo's pioneers of fusion cuisine, Cardenas offers a budget-friendly Y4500 prix-fixe menu which includes four courses and two drinks. They also offer open-bar party plans.
decorSunmapGinza 6-9-9, 7F. (across from Matsuzakaya) Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Salt (Marunouchi - Australian). 5288-7828
This very attractive restaurant from Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan is on the expensive side - some might even call it overpriced - but they do have an excellent wine list with approximately 1000 choices, all from Australia. Prix-fixe menus are Y8,000-16,000, or Y13,000-22,000 paired with the sommelier's wine selection. Lunch is Y3,500-8,000.
decorSunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 6F. Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
!Ekki Bar and Grill (Yaesu - International). 5222-7222
Located in the Four Seasons Marunouchi Hotel, Ekki Bar and Grill serves contemporary international cuisine and a nice selection of New World wines in a sophisticated setting. Weekend brunch menus from 11:30am-2pm start at Y3900. Live music Wednesday to Saturday from 9-11pm.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-11-1, Pacific Century Place. Open 6:30-10:30am, 11:30-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
Grahm's Cafe (Kyobashi - International). 5542-1730
Named after young Los Angeles-based chocolatier Jonathan Grahm, this casual brasserie-style restaurant serves American and International cuisine. Prix-fixe dinner menus start at Y4000 (there's also a la carte), and lunches start at Y1000.
mapKyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
K'Shiki (Mitsukoshimae - International). 3270-8188
The Mandarin Oriental's casual-dining spot offers creative contemporary cuisine with an Asian twist, plus a great view of Ginza and Marunouchi. The Y5,000 tasting menu is a good deal if you like variety - you can pick seven different appetizers for the table to share, plus soup and your choice of a main dish. Apps range from crab cakes with mango marmalade to scallops in a truffle dome, followed by substantial mains like miso-marinated loin of lamb, and Australian beef sirloin with yuzu pepper sauce. [Show more]
no smokingdecorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 38F. Open 6am-2:30, 5:30-11pm daily.
!!Tapas Molecular Bar (Mitsukoshimae - Experimental). 3270-8188, 0120-806-823
Here inside the Mandarin Hotel's 38th-floor lounge, the eight-seat Tapas Molecular Bar serves cutting-edge modern cuisine. Twenty-one plates of highly inventive, deconstructivist, very tasty morsels are presented over the course of two hours (Y14,000+13%sc). [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 38F. Open 6, 8:30pm daily.
Fairfax Grill (Yotsuya 3-chome - International). 3353-6540
Innovative cuisine, friendly service, and the feel of a comfortable neighborhood bistro. The food menu promises adventure, with tastes ranging from sea urchin and ikura with green tea noodles to Louisiana shrimp. [Show more]
lateSunmapFunamachi 8. Open 11am-2am daily.
Trader Vic's (Kioicho - Bar). 3265-4707
Probably best known in Tokyo for their popular Y6,600 "Champagne Brunch" on Sundays, featuring all the sparkling wine you can drink. (The bar/restaurant area is open later than the main dining room; last order is at 12:30am.)
SunmapKioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 4F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
White Fox, The (Oji - International). 6903-6696
Chef Trevor Blyth, a veteran of several top-tier restaurants in France and the UK, has opened an unusual restaurant in Oji (6 stops north of Iidabashi on the Namboku line). Aiming to provide high-end cuisine without the high prices, he's devised a modern tapas-style menu combining Mediterranean and Japanese ingredients and techniques, plus a selection of sake, wine and Champagne.
mapKishimachi 1-1-11, Kouei Ekimae Bldg 2F. (at entrance to Otonashi-gawa park, 30 sec. from Oji Sta.) Open 11:30am-11:30pm (from 2:30 Sat). Closed Sunday.
!T.Y. Harbor Brewery (Tennozu Isle - Brewpub). 5479-4555
Exciting, well-centered modern American cuisine - drawing on European and middle Eastern and Asian influences - from this bayside brewpub. The wine list is fantastic, with good values at every price level. [Show more]
decorSunmapHigashi-Shinagawa 2-1-3, Bond Street. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Addis (Toritsudaigaku - American). 6421-4302
Tilksew Seife, the former chef at the American Embassy in Tokyo, offers an eclectic menu of Middle Eastern dishes, pastas, modern pizzas and grilled meats and seafood. Weekend brunch (served 10am-4pm) offers omelets, pancakes, German sausages, barbecued spare ribs and interesting sandwiches.
SunmapNakane 2-3-15. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Kinkawooka (Yokohama Sta. - Grill). 045-450-7366
In addition to oysters the kitchen here serves grilled salmon, shrimp, chicken and pork dishes, with oyster-based appetizers and reasonably priced wines. The interior isn't very exciting, but there's a lot of outdoor seating on the terrace. Budget around Y5000 for dinner with a few drinks.
SunmapKinkocho 1-10, Yokohama Bay Quarter 5F. Open 11am-11pm daily.

Steak houses

!!Beacon (Omotesando - Steak house). 6418-0077
This swank dining spot from chef David Chiddo (Cicada, TY Harbor) bills itself as an "urban chop house" - basically a steak house, but with more seafood choices. The kitchen uses only top-class ingredients - long-grain-fed Angus beef, wild Aussie jumbo prawns, organic Scottish salmon - and the menu offers good value for money (budget around Y8500 for dinner and drinks). The wine list focuses on smaller New World vineyards, with some twenty choices by the glass.
SunmapShibuya 1-2-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Chaco (Sendagaya - Steak house). 3402-6066
A friendly Japanese-style steakhouse. The decor and menu are pretty old-school (they've been here since 1979), but the steaks are good, and fairly reasonable in price.
SunmapSendagaya 1-7-12. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Outback Steakhouse (Shibuya - Steak house). 5459-7751
An American steak house with an Australian theme and a lively atmosphere. Budget around Y2500-3000 at dinnertime; party plans are a bit more. Lunch is served on weekends only.
SunmapUdagawacho 34-1. (near Tokyu Honten, next to Wendy's) Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Outback Steakhouse (Shinagawa - Steak house). 5798-3501
An Australian-themed steak restaurant from the US, with a festive decor and lively atmosphere.
SunmapTakanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Hotel B1F. Open 5-11pm daily.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse (Roppongi - Steak house). 5572-6341
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.
SunmapRoppongi 5-16-50. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Outback Steakhouse (Roppongi - Steak house). 5413-4870
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.
SunmapRoppongi 6-1-3, Roc Mon 2F. Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-midnight (4am Fri/Sat) daily.
!Oak Door (Roppongi Hills - Steak house). 4333-8784
Excellent grilled meats and flamboyantly expensive New World wines in the Grand Hyatt's flagship restaurant. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapRoppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 6F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm daily.
Wakanui (Azabu-Juban - Steak house). 3568-3466
Run by a New Zealand meat company, Wakanui was set up to introduce Tokyo gourmets to premium beef, lamb and wines from New Zealand, and they succeed quite admirably at that mission. The dining room is attractive but not overly fussy, with an open kitchen and a glass-enclosed aging room at one end to literally showcase the beef. The off-the-beaten-track location was chosen for its proximity to Nissin, an international market where patrons can pick up the same meats and wines that are served here and bring them home. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapHigashi-Azabu 2-23-14, Towa Igrek B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!!Decanter (Akabanebashi - Steak house). 4588-0675
Decanter is an international steakhouse with a distinctively modern sensibility. Chef David Ueno's menu is smart and engaging, with entertaining appetizers and first-rate steaks and chops. The gorgeous setting feels more like a stylish lounge or club than a tradtional stuffy dining room - there's sophisticated lighting, cool music on a professional sound system, and a very impressive city view. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingmapAzabudai 2-1-2. Open 6-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Lawry's The Prime Rib (Tameike - Steak house). 5114-8080
Suppose you've already decided to eat prime rib at Lawry's, and are committed to at least the 300gm Lawry's cut for Y3500. For an extra commitment of a mere Y2000, you can either add a lobster tail, or upgrade to the belt-bursting 600gm "Diamond Jim Brady" cut. Which should you choose? [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapAkasaka 2-17-22, Akasaka Twin Tower East B/1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Ruth's Chris Steak House (Toranomon - Steak house). 3501-0822
Tasty steaks, including USDA prime beef, from this American steakhouse chain. The decor is on the conservative side (lots of brown and beige), and the music can be repetitive (we were treated to a short tape loop of Dixieland jazz). Wines are priced Y5,000-100,000 - mostly from California, but with some pricier French selections for the big spenders in the house. Steaks range from a 230g petite filet (Y5,500) to the 370g Wagyu NY Strip steak (Y19,000); side dishes are extra.
mapKasumigaseki 3-2-6, Tokyo Club Bldg, Kasumi Dining 1F. Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Oregon Bar & Grill (Shiodome - Steak house). 6215-8585
Grilled seafood and steaks from Oregon. Charcoal-grilled dry-aged steaks start at Y3800; there's also a nice selection of Oregon wines. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapHigashi-Shimbashi 1-5-2, Shiodome City Center 42F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Outback Steakhouse (Kaihin Makuhari - Steak house). 043-213-3256
An Austalian-themed American steakhouse. Budget around Y2500-3000 at dinnertime. Lunch is served on weekends only.
SunmapHibino 1-8, Messe Amuse Mall 1F. Open 5-11pm daily.

Pacific Rim, Asian Fusion, American Regional

Daidaiya (Ikebukuro - Asian fusion). 5957-7057
Daidaiya serves up innovative fusion cuisine drawing on Korean, other Asian and Italian influences - their "modern" sushi variations are especially interesting. Smaller than most, the Ikebukuro branch is snazzily decorated and it offers views of Western Ikebukuro. Lunch is served till 4pm.
decorSunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-1-25, Tobu Spice 13F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Daidaiya (Shinjuku - Asian fusion). 5362-7173
Spectacular "nouvelle Japonaise" cuisine in a stunning modern setting. Standout items on the menu include cold stuffed cabbage kimchee with cashew nuts, minced tuna and Korean bean paste (Y780), sauteed foie gras served on lotus-root cakes (Y1600), and homemade Satsuma pork sausages with a fresh wasabi-mayonnaise sauce. [Show more]
decorSunmapShinjuku 3-37-12, Shinjuku Nowa Bldg. 3F. Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
LoyKratong Resort (Harajuku - International). 5772-6800
This flashy tropical-themed restaurant serves Thai-inspired European fusion cuisine - something that wouldn't be out of place at an adventurous Mediterranean restaurant inside an upscale Phuket resort hotel. Dishes like shrimp lemongrass carbonara and tom yang kung-style bouillabaisse share the bill with more European-sounding fare like grilled Norway salmon in red wine sauce and beef poele in blue-cheese sauce. [Show more]
decorSunmapJingumae 1-8-10. Open 11am-3, 6-10:45pm (LO) daily.
!Bourbon Street (Roppongi - Cajun). 5786-2887
You'll find spectacular blackened swordfish, eye-opening jambalaya, enticing shrimp dishes and plenty more - it's high-level Cajun cuisine that stays true to its bayou roots. The intimate dining room (with just five tables) features great New Orleans-style blues in the background to set the mood. Entrees average Y3000, and wines are reasonably priced.
mapRoppongi 7-8-16. Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Roy's Tokyo Bar & Grill (Roppongi Hills - International). 5474-8181
Excellent Hawaiian seafood with intriguing Asian influences - there's plenty of Pacific Rim cuisine in Tokyo, but somehow Roy's manages to stay unique. There's also a decent selection of New World wines to go with the food, and a popular weekend brunch (Y3500, or Y7000 with champagne and wine open bar).
decorSunmapRoppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 511c. Open 11am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zipangu (Akasaka - International). 3580-3661
Japanese fusion, sushi, sake and drinks in a very spectacular, fun setting. Budget around Y10,000 for dinner and drinks.
latedecorSunmapNagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu 14F. Open 5pm-2:30am (LO) daily.
Fish Bank (Shiodome - French). 3569-7171
This modern French-Japanese seafood-centered restaurant features a splashy entrance hall (literally - it comes complete with waterfall) and a gorgeous two-story main dining room with views of the Rainbow Bridge. Prix-fixe menus from Y6800, with an optional 4-glass "wine bank" for Y3950.
decorSunmapHigashi-Shimbashi 1-5-2, Shiodome City Center 41F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Mardi Gras (Jiyugaoka - Cajun). 3722-6892
This basement bar and live-music spot offers a menu of Cajun-style dishes, including gumbos and jambalaya.
lateSunmapOkusawa 5-29-10, Jiyugaoka Libre B1F. Open 7pm-1am (LO). Closed Mondays.
Aloha Table (Yokohama Sta. - Hawaiian). 045-450-7356
Experience Hawaiian specialties like locomoco, Kahlua pig, lomi lomi and Spam chow mein either out on the torch-lit terrace or inside the dimly lit dining room, where you'll have a nice view of the lights of Minato-Mirai off in the distance. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
SunmapKinkocho 1-10, Yokohama Bay Quarter 4F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Daidaiya (Yokohama Minato-mirai - Asian fusion). 045-228-5035
This is a spacious two-story branch of this pioneering "nouvelle japonaise" restaurant, with excellent fusion-oriented cooking and a panoramic view of the harbor lights.
SunmapMinato-mirai 2-3, Queen's Square "At 2nd", 4/5F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

American BBQ

!Smokehouse (Harajuku - American). 6450-5855
There's great American-style barbecue and a nice collection of a dozen craft beers to wash it down at this cozy bar-restaurant located halfway along Cat Street. Weekday lunches start at Y1000, and during the evening you can snack on sandwiches (from Y1200) or indulge in mains like their voluminous four-meat platter with two side dishes (Y3800 for two people). In addition to beer, the bar carries well-chosen craft bourbons and other artisanal liquors. The soundtrack leans heavily towards the blues. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapJingumae 5-17-13. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
B & Loin (Shibuya - American). 3461-1475
Slow-smoked American-style barbecue is the specialty here, to stay or to go. Pork belly and back ribs are prepared with a spicy rub, while the richly flavored beef brisket is livened up by an espresso rub. Side dishes include a spicy and meat-filled chili-bean soup, nice tangy cole slaw, and smoked sausages. [Show more]
SunmapDogenzaka 1-22-7, Dogenzaka Pia 1F. Open 11:30am-1am (Sun 5-11pm) daily.
!Hangover (Nakano-Sakaue - Beer bar). 090-3721-6982
"Craft beer, craft food" is the raison d'etre of this ambitious beer bar, and they do an excellent job on both counts. There's a well-chosen selection of craft beers from the US and Japan on tap, and they also stock a good number of bottles from breweries like Lagunitas, Coronado and Southern Tier. [Show more]
no smokinglateSunmapNakano-ku, Chuo 1-51-4. Open 5pm-5am (Sun -12). Closed Mondays.
!Hatos Bar (Naka-Meguro - Beer bar). 6452-4505
Excellent American-style barbecue and nice microbrew beers to go with them are the surprising finds at this charming neighborhood bar. Richly marbled pork belly was our favorite, but we also greatly enjoyed Hatos's baby-back ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and very flavorful barbecued chicken. An array of various hot sauces is available if you want to liven things up further. [Show more]
mapNaka-Meguro 1-3-5. Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
!Bashamichi Taproom (Yokohama Sakuragicho - American). 045-264-4961
Authentic American-style barbecue is the ambitious specialty at Bashamichi Taproom, along with a great selection of craft beers. The manager and pitmaster here has decades of experience cooking in the most barbecue-conscious areas of the American South, and his recipes capture the best of Texas, Carolina and Kansas City traditions. He slow-cooks his meats over a low-temperature cherrywood fire for several hours, to produce tender and very flavorful results. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapSumiyoshicho 5-63-1. Open 5pm-midnight daily.

other American

Wolfgang Puck (Ikebukuro - International). 5957-2833
Accessible California cuisine - gourmet pizzas and interesting takes on American standards like meatloaf and Cajun chicken.
SunmapHigashi-Ikebukuro 1-21-13, Ore Ikebukuro 12F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gumbo and Oyster Bar (Shinjuku - Seafood). 5369-5017
Oysters, fresh seafood cocktails, and a few Cajun specialties like gumbo at a stylish counter bar. The seafood "pan roasts" are nicely done, and the oysters are always top quality. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapShinjuku 3-38-1, Lumine EST Shinjuku 8F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Wolfgang Puck Express (Harajuku - International). 5786-4690
Good burgers and other simple California fare at this most "express" level of the Puck family of restaurants.
SunmapJingumae 1-17-1. (at the entrance to Takeshita-dori, across from the trains station) Open 11am-11pm daily.
Tony Roma's (Gaienmae - American). 3479-5214
American-style ribs, casual atmosphere.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 3-1-30, Sumitomo Seimei Bldg., B1F. Open noon to 10:30pm (LO) daily.
Moja in the House (Shibuya - American). 6418-8144
Moja's version of chicken and waffles is the main draw here - they pair very crispy fried chicken with tasty, somewhat crunchy waffles, plus unusual side dishes of red coleslaw and kale salad. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya 1-11-1, 2F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Yebisu Oyster Bar (Ebisu - Seafood). 5447-1870
This airy, open-plan bar (formerly R Gath water bar) serves several wines by the glass, four beers on tap (including the excellent Edelpils), and a limited menu of raw oysters (Y1000 for 3), shrimp cocktails, sausages and ceviche.
SunmapEbisu 4-20-4, Yebisu Garden Place Glass Square B1F. Open 3-10:30pm (LO), from 11am Sat/Sun daily.
Grand Central Oyster Bar (Shinagawa - American). 6717-0932
Although they're not our favorite oyster bar in Tokyo, Grand Central does offer an impressively big selection of oysters from all over. There's also a large, varied wine list (heavy on the whites, naturally), with lots of choices by the glass, in case you feel like just dropping in for a drink at the bar.
no smokingSunmapKonan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 4F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Wolfgang Puck Cafe (Roppongi - International). 5775-5401
Accessible California cuisine - gourmet pizzas and interesting takes on American standards like meatloaf and Cajun chicken.
SunmapRoppongi 5-5-1, Roi Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-11pm (weekends to 5am) daily.
Tony Roma's (Roppongi - American). 3408-2748
American barbecued spareribs, cubic onion-ring sculptures, fried cheese and other dangerous substances that we all crave from time to time.
SunmapRoppongi 5-4-20. Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Fri, Sat. 12:30am). Open every day.
Suji's (Roppongi - American). 3505-4490
You'll find American-style burgers, meatloaf, chili and regional Cajun and Tex-Mex specialties here at this Tokyo branch of a Seoul-based restaurant. Their weekend brunch starts extra-early at 9am. Happy hour is 5-7pm weekdays. [Show more]
SunmapAzabudai 3-1-5. Open 11am-4, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar (Roppongi 1-chome - International). 5575-2100
Gourmet pizzas with exotic toppings make up the core of the menu here, with choices like lamb sausage and goat cheese, roast peppers and eggplant, or chicken meatballs with mushrooms, red onions and ricotta. Pizza crusts are pleasantly crunchy, and the size is just about right for one person, although big enough to share if you're having other dishes. [Show more]
SunmapAkasaka 1-12-32, Ark Mori Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bubby's (Roppongi 1-chome - American). 6441-0733
Gourmet burgers, home-made pies and brunch items from the famous Tribeca, New York, diner. Breakfast is served from 8am on weekdays, with dishes like banana-walnut pancakes, granola with fresh fruit, and eggs and bacon or sausage. Open 10am-9pm on weekends.
SunmapAkasaka 1-12-32, Ark Mori Bldg. 2F. Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Dean & Deluca (Marunouchi - American). 3284-7071
Mostly an all-day cafe/restaurant, although they also have a small deli counter and grocery section with coffees and teas, spices, baked goods, cold cuts, four kinds of smoked salmon, and real dill pickles. Groceries cover the luxury end of the spectrum, with Y1800 jars of pasta sauce and exotic pates.
no smokingSunmapMarunouchi 1-4-5, Mitsubishi Trust Building 1F. Open 7am-11pm daily.
Gumbo and Oyster Bar (Yaesu - Seafood). 5201-7888
An informal oyster bar serving raw and cooked oysters from Japan, New Zealand and the US, along with Cajun-style gumbo and seafood "pan roasts." Located in the underground shopping complex just E of Tokyo station.
SunmapYaesu 2-1, Yaesu Chikamichi Minami #1. Open 11am-11pm (10pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.
Wolfgang Puck Express (Otemachi - International). 5220-3112
Good burgers, sandwiches and simple California fare.
mapOtemachi 1-6-1, Otemachi Bldg B2F. Open 11am-10:30pm. Closed weekends.
Tony Roma's (Hanzomon - American). 3222-3440
An American chain specializing in ribs.
SunmapSanbancho 1. Open 11:45am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Chili Parlor 9 (Kudanshita - American). 3234-2309
Tokyo's only chili specialty restaurant, Chili Parlor 9 serves both meat and vegetarian variations (Y850-1050) as well as other bean-centered dishes and home-made sausages. The decor is rustic chic (weathered wood, burlap), the soundtrack is R&B, and there's both table seating and a pleasant front-window counter offering a view of Yasukuni Shrine. [Show more]
mapKudan-Minami 3-7-12. Open 8am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Bubba Gump Shrimp (Korakuen - Seafood). 3868-7041
Yes, this is a theme restaurant based on a Tom Hanks movie, but the food's kind of interesting, and there's grilled fish and baby-back ribs in case you're not in the mood for shrimp. There's also an unusual cocktail list.
SunmapKasuga 1-1-1, Tokyo Dome LaQua 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Rocco's (Oji - American). 3906-9710
Great New York-style pizza, by the slice or by the pie, to stay or to go. Slices are substantial in size - two slices with a side salad will make a decent meal - and large pies are a full 18 inches in diameter. They come with an extensive selection of toppings, which you can customize to your heart's content (we highly recommend the Italian sausage). [Show more]
SunmapOji-Honcho 1-1-24. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
Bubba Gump Shrimp (Toyosu - Seafood). 6910-1442
A lively theme restaurant serving many entertaining shrimp dishes, baby-back ribs and brightly colored cocktails.
SunmapToyosu 2-4-9, LaLaport Toyosu 3F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Red Lobster (Daiba - Seafood). 3599-5521
A bayside branch of the popular American seafood chain, with nice views over the Rainbow Bridge.
SunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Aqua City 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
West Park Cafe (Yoyogi-Uehara - International). 5478-6065
The menu includes California-style sandwiches, salads, rotisserie chicken and some 50 New World wines, including 20 wines by the glass. There's an excellent weekend brunch (served till 5pm Saturday and Sunday) featuring delicious homemade breads and cakes as well as H&H bagels imported from New York. (Weekday lunch is also served till 5pm.) The open-air seating is very pleasant during the warmer months.
SunmapMoto-yoyogi 23-11. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Robson Fries (Shimo-Kitazawa - Canadian). 6407-1485
Poutine - that peculiar Canadian version on french fries served with gravy and cheese - is the exotic specialty at this small take-out shop. They're served with toppings ranging from fried onions and garlic to meatballs and roast beef, and you can also opt for variations featuring chili and butter-chicken curry instead of just gravy. Chicken wings are available as a side dish - Buffalo, Cajun or BBQ style. [Show more]
SunmapKitazawa 2-31-5. Open noon-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Shu (Naka-Meguro - American). 3712-6661
While gumbo, jazz, and soul music make likely partners in certain parts of the world - namely, New Orleans - the combination seems somewhat bizarre in Tokyo. Oddly enough, the bar's okra-thickened signature dish is not far off the mark.
SunmapKami-Meguro 4-9-2. Open 7pm-1am. Closed Tuesdays.
Tony Roma's (Kaihin Makuhari - American). 043-299-3781
An American chain specializing in ribs.
SunmapNakase 2-6, WBG Malibu Dining 3F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm daily.
Gumbo and Oyster Bar (Yokohama Sta. - Seafood). 045-465-2634
This popular chain specializes in oysters (both raw and cooked), Cajun-style gumbo and various seafood dishes.
SunmapTakashima 2-18-1, Yokohama Sogo 10F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Bubby's (Yokohama Minato-mirai - American). 045-681-0306
Burgers, home-made pies and brunch items from the famous Tribeca, New York, diner.
SunmapMinato-mirai 2-2-1, Landmark Plaza 1F. Open 9am-9pm (LO) daily.
Red Lobster (Kugenuma/Katase Kaigan - Seafood). 0466-27-6800
Reasonable prices and lots of all-you-can-eat specials at this popular American chain restaurant.
SunmapKatase Kaigan 3-22-19. Open 11am-11pm daily.