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When you're in the mood to throw dietary caution to the winds, Tokyo has plenty of choices. Here's a sampling of some of the better buffet and "Viking" restaurants. (Note that some of these all-you-can-eat restaurants don't have an actual buffet, they simply bring unlimited quantities of food to your table.)

Weekend buffet brunches are listed separately in the Tokyo Food Page Brunch guide.
When you're in the mood to throw dietary caution to the winds, Tokyo has plenty of choices. Here's a sampling of some of the better buffet and "Viking" restaurants. (Note that some of these all-you-can-eat restaurants don't have an actual buffet, they simply bring unlimited quantities of food to your table.)

Weekend buffet brunches are listed separately in the Tokyo Food Page Brunch guide.
Harvest - Japanese: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Harvest provides a natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different mostly Japanese-style dishes, including lots of vegetables. The price is Y1888 at dinnertime and Y1573 at lunchtime.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Mango Tree Cafe - Thai: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Accessible Thai cuisine buffet service from the Bangkok-based Coca chain. The lunch buffet is Y1600 and is served from 11am-3pm (last order at 2pm; 90-minute limit). At dinnertime the price is...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. ...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Mo Mo Paradise - Shabu-shabu: Takadanobaba
Open 5-10:30pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
That's "mo mo" as in the sound a cow makes. The all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu and sukiyaki specials for Y1890 (90-minute limit) make this one of the best beef deals in town. There's also an...
Open 5-10:30pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
Ruby - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Ruby is a friendly place that attracts a lively crowd of drinkers and eaters. They have a complete Japanese-language menu, listing some Malaysian-style dishes like satay in addition to a full range...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Papera - Indian: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
The lunchtime buffet offers four curries and a few side dishes, but the lunch sets might be a better deal if you know what you want. Lunch sets include one or two curries, salad, drinks and nan or...
Open 11am-4:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Hina - Sushi: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The Hina chain is known for their good-quality, all-you-can-eat sushi meals, starting at around Y4200 per person.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hina - Sushi: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
The reliable Hina chain has claimed for themselves the niche of decent-quality all-you-can-eat sushi. Priced from Y3980 at dinnertime.
Open 11am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Sizzler - American: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
If you have a sudden craving for baby corn, sliced beets and Green Goddess dressing, Sizzler still runs one of Tokyo's best-stocked salad bars.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
New York Grill - International: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
There's a popular Sunday brunch for Y6,900, but you can get the same lunch on weekdays for Y5,000 (minus the flute of champagne). Full-course dinners are Y11,000-21,000, but people come here just as...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Spice Heaven - Indian: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The Y1000 lunch buffet has only four curries, but they're above average in quality. Mondays are all vegetable curries at this branch of the Maharaja chain.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Mango Tree Cafe - Thai: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
The dining room is pleasantly decorated and the food here is very well prepared - including some excellent grilled chicken - but the dinner menu is too small and limited to get excited about. Lunch...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Celeb de Tomato Omotesando - Italian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-5, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This tomato-centric Italian restaurant/cafe offers full-course dinners from Y4000-7000. The buffet lunch (Y2500; Y3000 on weekends) includes a three-juice tasting flight, a choice of pasta, dessert,...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-5, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Crayon House - Japanese/health food: Omotesando
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
The basement of Crayon House has an organic vegetable shop and two separate natural-food restaurants: "Hiroba", serving Japanese food, and "Home", with French cuisine. "Hiroba" offers an interesting...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Barbacoa Grill - Brazilian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Brazilian-style all-you-can-eat churrasco grilled beef and other meats, along with one of Tokyo's best salad bars. Dinner is Y4500, weekday lunch Y3000.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Kinka Hanten - Dim sum: Gaienmae
Open 11am-10pm daily.
A wide selection of freshly made dim sum is available all day long; there's also a big a la carte menu plus assorted dinners and all-you-can-eat specials. The room won't win any interior...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Tajimaya - Shabu-shabu: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Inexpensive all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu starts at Y1980 per person.
Open 11:30am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tucano's - Brazilian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
A huge, festive dining room serving all-you-can-eat grilled churrasco beef, pork and chicken, plus a salad buffet, for Y4000 (Y2900 at lunchtime).
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Terrace (Westin Hotel) - International: Ebisu
Open 6:30am-11:30pm daily.
The Westin's lobby restaurant is known for their lavish lunch and weekend brunch buffets, with frequent special events featuring food from various regions of the world. They also offer an appetizer...
Open 6:30am-11:30pm daily.
Khumbila - Nepalese: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nepalese and Tibetan curries, noodles and Tandoori-style dishes. The restaurant is tucked into a back alley a few blocks from Ebisu station, and is divided into several small, cozy rooms spread out...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Aladdin - Middle Eastern: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10:30pm daily.
Nicely done kebabs and other authentic Persian dishes, from the management of the former Ali Baba. They offer a Y1200 buffet at lunchtime, every day but Sunday.
Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10:30pm daily.
French Kitchen - French: Roppongi Hills
Open 6:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
This flagship restaurant of the Grand Hyatt bills itself as a French brasserie, with a very spacious setting and a dramatic open kitchen. Their all-day service includes breakfast and a popular...
Open 6:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Chinaroom - Chinese: Roppongi Hills
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm daily.
The Grand Hyatt's Chinese restaurant offers a dim sum buffet at lunchtime every day for Y4200. Budget around Y10,000 per person in the evening for food and drink.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm daily.
Stockholm - Swedish: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO 9:30-10). Closed Sundays.
Pickled herring and much more - their awe-inspiring smorgasbord is a real adventure in dining, so come with a hearty appetite. They also have an impressive selection of eight distinctive aquavits. ...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO 9:30-10). Closed Sundays.
No no Budo - Japanese: Marunouchi
Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This cafeteria-style "natural foods buffet" is a real bargain at Y2400 per person, which includes organic fruit juices and fresh-brewed espresso as well as a big selection of Japanese home-style...
Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Mango Tree - Thai: Marunouchi
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
This flagship of a Bangkok-based chain is one of the more upscale Thai restaurants in town, with a large lunchtime buffet (Y2800) and a prix-fixe evening menu (budget around Y8000). The buffet...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ventaglio - Italian: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
Lunch and dinner buffets of modern Italian cuisine in a beautiful open-atrium dining space. The weekday lunch buffet is Y2900; weekend lunch is Y4200, dinner is Y5000, and the weekend dessert buffet...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
La Boqueria - Spanish: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
The main draw at La Boqueria is the "wine buffet," an open bar with over a dozen different wines, not top-end but still very drinkable, priced at Y1980 for two hours. The dining room is attractively...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sizzler - American: Suidobashi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The well-stocked salad bar is the main draw here, including all the beets and baby corn you could possibly want.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Akihabara
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. ...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Daichi no Okurimono - Japanese: Ueno
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
There's something self-indulgent and luxurious about an all-you-can-eat buffet, but a natural-foods buffet on the other hand seems positively virtuous - "Eat what you want - it's all good for you." ...
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Que Bom - Brazilian: Asakusa
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
The Y3000 churrasco buffet at this lively music bar features fifteen different Brazilian delicacies - grilled beef, pork and chicken, linguica sausage, and feijoada black-bean stew among them. Wash...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
Khazana - Indian: Daiba
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Reliable Indian fare and terrace seating overlooking the Rainbow Bridge from the popular Maharaja chain. A buffet lunch (Y980) is served until 3pm (LO).
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sizzler - American: Daiba
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
The all-you-can-eat salad bar is surprisingly varied, and still one of the better ones in town.
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Aomi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes, and a big variety of skewered...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kichijoji
Open 4-11pm daily.
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...
Open 4-11pm daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Tachikawa
Open 4-10pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. ...
Open 4-10pm (LO) daily.
Shamaim - Israeli: Ekoda
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
An Israeli restaurant and pub, one minute from Ekoda south exit. They serve falafel, humus, salads, stuffed pastries and soups, plus shish kebab and one or two other meat dishes. 50 seats;...
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kawasaki
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Fukueimon - Dim sum: Kawasaki
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Some thirty varieties of Hong Kong-style dim sum are served here, and there's an all-you-can-eat deal for Y2580 (two-hour limit, not available weekday lunchtime). There are several other set meals...
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Harvest - Japanese/health food: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Harvest serves up a very appealing natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different dishes (mostly Japanese-style), including lots of vegetables. Lunch (until 5pm) and dinner prices are Y1399 and...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. ...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Rio Grande Grill - Brazilian: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Brazilian churrasco grilled beef, other meats, seafood, and salad-bar selections will set you back Y4500 for all you can eat, while open-bar plans start at Y2000. There's plenty of outdoor seating...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Keke - Japanese/health food: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
A natural-foods buffet with plenty of organic vegetable dishes. Weekend lunch is Y1900, dinner Y2400. Weekdays it's Y1700 and Y2200.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Sizzler - American: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sizzler offers a decent salad bar to go with your grilled meat or seafood main, although they're in competition with several buffet restaurants in the area.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Harvest (World Porters) - Japanese/health food: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-9pm (last entry) daily.
Harvest serves up a very appealing natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different dishes (mostly Japanese-style), including lots of vegetables. Lunch and dinner prices are Y1299 and Y1899...
Open 11am-9pm (last entry) daily.
Harvest (Cubic Plaza) - Japanese/health food: Shin-Yokohama
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Harvest serves up a very appealing natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different dishes (mostly Japanese-style), including lots of vegetables. Lunch and dinner prices are Y1299 and Y1799...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
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