French restaurants

Shinjuku and north

Takadanobaba -- L'Amitie. 5272-5010
Perfect for a dignified yet unpretentious lunch or dinner date, this tiny dining room serves the best traditional French cuisine in the neighborhood, a bit of Paris's Latin Quarter in Takadanobaba. Service is prompt and cheerful, and there is an affordable prix fixe lunch (Y1200) and dinner (Y2000) with over a dozen appetizers and main courses to choose from. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 2-9-12. Open noon-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays, some Tues.
Shinjuku Gyoen-mae -- Le Bistrot da Cote. 3359-3066
Rich, hearty traditional French cuisine in a crowded bistro-style restaurant near Shinjuku Gyoen.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-6-11. Open noon-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Shinjuku -- Chaya Macrobiotic Rest.. 3357-0014
Health-oriented but not really vegetarian fare (there are lots of fish dishes) in a casual French style.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-14-1, Isetan 7F. Open 11am-10pm (LO 9). Closed Wednesdays.
Shinjuku -- La Table d'Hediard. 3356-9585
Good French cooking and reasonably priced wines at this casual department-store restaurant; the menu features dishes like duck confit and mushroom salad and excellent grilled lamb chops. Prix-fixe dinner menus are Y3900 and wines start in the Y3000 range; lunchtime sets are priced from Y1800.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-14-1, Isetan 7F. Open 11am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
!!Nishi-Shinjuku -- Michel Troisgros. 3348-1234
The first restaurant in Japan from Michelin three-star chef Michel Troisgros. Prix-fixe lunches are Y7,900-10,500; dinners are Y14,700-18,900.
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 2-7-2, Hyatt Regency Tokyo 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
!Nishi-Shinjuku -- Girandole. 5323-3459
Excellent French regional cooking in the Park Hyatt's "all-day" brasserie.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Tokyo 41F. Open 7am-11pm daily.
!!Nishi-Shinjuku -- Cafe Troisgros. 5325-2493
Cafe Troisgros, a casual dining spot from Michelin-starred chef Michel Troisgros, turns out speedy, well-prepared lunches that offer good value for money (from Y1500). During off-peak hours (10-11am, 2-6pm), Cafe Troisgros's teatime menu offers the same frothy coffee drinks and sweet treats you might expect at places like Afternoon Tea, but with an upscale, gourmet twist. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-1-3, Odakyu Dept. Store 8F. Open 11am-2, 6-8pm (LO) daily.
!Yoyogi -- Bistrot d'Artemis. 5770-7155
This bistrot branch of the highly regarded L'Artemis restaurant in Jingumae offers a more casual experience and convenient late-night hours. The extensive wine list starts at around Y3000; budget Y4500-7500 for dinner. [Show more]
no smokinglateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-5-11, Victoria Plaza 1F. Open noon-2, 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Tuesdays, 3rd Monday.

Harajuku, Aoyama, Sendagaya

Harajuku -- Kiki. 3797-9282
The concept at this casual bistro is "French tapas," although most dishes here are larger than typical tapas-bar fare. The chef spent ten years working in France and three years as sous chef at Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais in Kagurazaka before opening Kiki. The venue itself is quite intimate, with just two tables and five counter seats. Budget around Y5500 at dinnertime for food and drink.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-9-9, Avenir Omotesando 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Harajuku -- Le Pre Verre. 3486-1603
The first Japanese branch of Marc and Philippe Delacourcelle's popular Parisian wine bistro, Le Pre Verre offers French organic wines and modern, casual French food (the same menu as in Paris). Mix-and-match three-course dinners are Y4500, and in the daytime you can stop by the bar for cheese, charcuterie and wines by the glass.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre 4F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Omotesando -- UN Cafe. 5469-0275
A casual cafe where you can drop in anytime for a drink, a sandwich, or a full-course meal. The menu is California-style French, with both European and Asian touches. There's also a well-thought-out selection of wines at good prices.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-53-67. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
!Omotesando -- Les Cristallines. 5467-3322
Good, modern French cuisine and excellent service. Prix-fixe lunches from Y1750, dinners from Y3800, and wines (mostly French) from Y2800 per bottle.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-4-30, Casa Serena 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!!Omotesando -- Lauburu. 3498-1314
Lauburu is dedicated to the art of serious eating - specifically, the serious consumption of pork. Billed as a French/Basque country-style bistro, the food here is prepared simply - no rich, complicated sauces or sculptural statements on the plate, just good honest country cooking. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 6-8-18. Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Omotesando -- Breizh Cafe. 3478-7855
Sweet and savory Breton-style crepes, with hard cider to wash them down, in a pleasantly decorated open-air cafe.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-5-4. Open 11:30am-11pm (LO, 10pm Sun) daily.
!Gaienmae -- L'As. 3406-0880
Modern French cuisine from Chef Daisuke Kaneko, a veteran of Alain Senderens in Paris and La Becasse in Osaka. The seven-course prix-fixe dinner or weekend lunch, the only menu choice, is just Y5250. Weekend lunch is served noon-1pm (last order).
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 4-16-3, Minami-Aoyama Kotori Bldg 1F. Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tues, some Wed.
!Gaienmae -- Florilege. 6440-0878
Luxurious modern French cooking and warm service; the chef here was the former sous chef at the Michelin three-star restaurant Quintessence. Prix-fixe lunches are Y4,200, dinners are Y10,500 (+10% sc). Tables are in great demand, so you might need to book a month or two in advance.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 4-9-9, Aoyama TMI 1F. Open noon-1:30, 6:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
!Gaienmae -- Le Gaulois. 3404-0820
Le Gaulois turns out impressively accomplished French cuisine, but despite the serious kitchen it maintains the warm, down-to-earth feel of a neighborhood restaurant. The food is creative but unpretentious, relying on impeccable ingredients and painstaking attention to detail. The four-course, Y6800 prix-fixe menu represents good value for money, and the wine list is well put together and reasonably priced. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-3-18. Open noon-2:30, 6-9pm. Closed Mondays.

Shibuya, Hiroo, Roppongi

Shibuya -- Deco. 6416-1151
Game dishes - wild boar, venison, and Hokkaido bear - are a specialty at this impressive little French spot. Prix-fixe menus are priced Y4,200-Y14,000, with wines starting at Y4000 but climbing quickly. The Y2000 prix-fixe lunch might be a good introduction.
mapShibuya-ku, Jinnan 1-17-2, Dix Jinnan Bldg B1F-2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Shibuya -- Pignon. 3468-2331
Good casual French cooking, with dishes like home-made merguez sausages, excellent quiches, chicken confit and lamb stew with cous cous. Budget around Y6000 at dinnertime.
mapShibuya-ku, Kamiyamacho 16-3. Open 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shibuya -- Coucagno. 3476-3000
Fancy French food with a skyscraper view; prix-fixe dinners from Y8000, with lots of good wines in the Y10,000-15,000 range. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Sakuragaokacho 26-1, Cerulean Tower Hotel 40F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
!Shibuya -- Bongout Noh. 5464-0858
The Buri group run a couple of popular standup sake bars (Buchi in Shibuya, Buri in Ebisu), and now they've opened a standup French bistrot, with similarly inexpensive food and 100 different wines. If you get tired of standing there's also a sit-down restaurant in back; snacks up front average around Y700, with main courses in the restaurant averaging Y1500. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 1-10-12, Miyagi Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Shibuya -- Concombre. 5467-3320
Old-school traditional budget French cuisine in a tightly packed, sometimes smoky dining room.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 1-12-24, 707 Shibuya Bldg 1F. (walking up the hill toward the post office, turn left at the first corner) Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Ebisu -- Manoir. 3446-8288
The decor here captures the feeling of the French countryside, with mirrors everywhere, wood panels, and ducks and a deer head mounted on the walls. The restaurant is connected with Hazel Grouse Manor in eastern Hokkaido, which supplies them with fresh vegetables, seafood and wild game. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Hiroo 1-10-6. Open 5pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Ebisu -- L'Espace. 5420-0719
Dainty, overpriced French food in a pleasantly post-modern setting; not worth a special trip, but nice enough if you're in the neighborhood. Lunch Y1,800, dinner from Y3,800.
mapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 3-9-25, La Maison Franco-Japonaise. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Ebisu -- Artichaut. 3446-9747
Sophisticated, modern French cuisine, including a good selection of game dishes, in a pleasant setting. The chef spent seven years working in France, including a stint at Pierre Gagnaire. Prix-fixe dinners are 5,650-9,240 (plus extras for certain dishes); lunches are Y2,300-5,000. The all-French wine list starts at around Y4500 per bottle.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 2-6-29. Open 11am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ebisu -- Joel Robuchon. 5424-1347
Deluxe-level cooking and service in an elaborate castle-like setting. At dinnertime there's a rather extravagant 18-course tasting menu for Y35,000 per person (plus 12% service charge). The wine list covers some 1200 different varieties.
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-13-1, Yebisu Garden Place. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Ebisu -- La Table de Joel Robuchon. 5424-1338
Located on the first floor of the Robuchon castle in Ebisu, this is a much more casual version of the main dining room upstairs, with inventive modern cuisine and a very reasonable wine list; prix-fixe lunch from Y2950 and dinner from Y7800. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-13-1, Yebisu Garden Place. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
!Ebisu -- Hiromichi. 5768-0722
Chef Hiromichi Kodama, formerly of Michelin-starred restaurant Chemins, prepares elegant modern classics - tender beef cheeks in red wine and perfectly cooked slices of foie gras drizzled with a port wine reduction, served with bite-sized morsels of braised pear. Weighty confit of beef heart is brightened by sweet tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and a flurry of shaved Parmesean cheese. [Show more]
SunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 1-12-24, MT3 Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Daikanyama -- Pachon. 3476-5025
Normandy-based regional cooking from chef Bernard Anquetil (formerly of the popular Brasserie Bernard in Roppongi). Full-course dinners Y6,000 - Y12,000, not including drinks.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sarugakucho 29-18, Hillside Terrace B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Daikanyama -- Le Petit Bedon. 5457-0086
The elegant traditional cuisine and punctilious service in Japanese and French make this charming restaurant popular with the French community. You can enjoy a long, leisurely lunch in the sunny area under the skylight. At lunchtime, the Y4600 Menu Gourmande, with choice of hot and cold appetizers, meat or fish dish, three desserts, and coffee or tea is an excellent value. Dinner from Y8000.
mapShibuya-ku, Hachiyamacho 13-13. Open 6-10pm (LO).
Nishi-Azabu -- Le Souffle. 5474-0909
Yes, this cafe would be worth knowing about for their dessert souffles alone. But they also offer a full menu of remarkably high-quality French cooking, from straightforward starters like scallop salad and foie gras to substantial meat and fish dishes. Plus, some dozen savory souffles. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 3-13-10. Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Nishi-Azabu -- Bistro de la Cite. 3406-5475
A casual, medium-priced bistro on Nishi-Azabu's "bistro-dori"; the food is excellent.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-2-10. Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Nishi-Azabu -- L'Auberge de L'ill. 5785-8880
This is the Tokyo outpost of the famous restaurant in Alsace, which has been awarded three Michelin stars for forty years in a row. The rather grand building was once home to the Georgian Club restaurant. Managed by the Hiramatsu group. Weekday lunches from Y4200, and prix-fixe dinners from Y10,500.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 1-6-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Hiroo -- Aladdin. 5420-0038
High-level French cooking in a pleasantly modern setting. Budget around Y15,000 at dinnertime, Y5000 for lunch.
no smokingmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 2-22-10. Open noon-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hiroo -- La Pitchouli de Loulou. 3440-5858
This cozy bistrot serves hearty French country cuisine - cassoulets, blood sausages - and many reasonly priced wines by the glass or bottle. The late-night hours are convenient, and perhaps the best time to visit; the counter can get a bit cramped and smoky earlier in the evening.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 2-23-3. Open 7pm-3am. Closed Mondays.
Roppongi -- Le Petit Marche. 3401-2929
A veteran of a three-starred Michelin restaurant in France, Chef Habuchi has here opened a more casual spot serving neo-bistro fare, with an emphasis on aged meats, game meats in season and market-fresh vegetables. At dinnertime mains start at Y1200 and feature items like bouillabaisse of the day, home-made andouillette sausages, and aged cuts of pork and beef grilled on the wood-burning hearth. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-1-12, 21 Roppongi Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi -- Cuivre. 6434-5770
Good traditional French cuisine in a cozy setting on a Roppongi back street. Full-course dinners start at Y3800, and lunch (Y1000-2000) is an especially good deal.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 7-12-20. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm. Closed Mon, 1st Tue.
Roppongi -- Va-tout. 3568-2080
A friendly cafe-brasserie with authentic French atmosphere and good, reasonably priced food. The daily Y1000 lunch is an especially good deal, and is served until 5pm. Evening specialties include north-African dishes like lamb and rabbit couscous and Moroccan tajine. Call ahead to arrange a non-smoking table.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 5-17-1, AXIS Bldg 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Roppongi -- Aux Gourmands. 5114-0195
Excellent French cooking in a pleasant traditional setting (there are just 17 seats, including 5 at the counter). The cheese selection is especially good, as the owner-chef is also a cheese monger. There's a big wine list focusing mostly on Bordeaux and Burgundies, with a median price of around Y8000, plus a good assortment available by the glass. Prix-fixe lunches from Y2940 (Saturdays only), dinner from Y5775.
mapMinato-ku, Azabudai 3-4-14. Open 6-11:30pm (LO; 9:30 Saturdays). Closed Sundays.
!Roppongi Hills -- L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. 5772-7500
"New-style French dining" in a very stylish dining room. The food is first-rate and the ambience is casual, with all counter seating. The focus of attention is the open kitchen space on the other side of the counter - a performance space really - where the chefs go about their work. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingdecorSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside 220. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi Hills -- French Kitchen. 4333-8781
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 brunch on weekends. The Y2200 weekday lunch buffet is also worth checking out. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 2F. Open 6:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Azabu-Juban -- Bistrot Quotidien. 6435-3241
This charming neighborhood spot serves creative, upscale bistro fare in a pleasant setting and at reasonable prices. Some of our favorite dishes have included a very meaty plate of pork rillettes and liver mousse, a lively bonito carpaccio on a bed of couscous, and excellent homemade boudin blanc sausages. The excellent rum caramel creme is also worth a try. Prix-fixe menus start at Y3500 for dinner, Y1800 at lunchtime.
SunmapMinato-ku, Azabu-Juban 3-9-2, Tamon Azabu 2F. Open noon-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Azabu-Juban -- Milieu. 3568-7850
Good French cooking at budget prices - dinner is just Y2100, and usually includes a choice of one of three starters and mains. The Y1200 lunch includes a pasta or sandwich and a small soup, salad, dessert and drink. The interior is no-frills, but there's a nice outdoor terrace.
SunmapMinato-ku, Higashi-Azabu 2-23-12. Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Nogizaka -- Brasserie Paul Bocuse Musee. 5770-8161
This stunning venture from the Hiramatsu group and the famous French chef Paul Bocuse occupies one of the most spectacular public spaces in Tokyo, inside the new national art gallery. Three-course prix-fixe lunch is Y1800; in the evening a la carte mains average around Y2700.
no smokingdecorSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 7-22-2, Kokuritsu Shin-Bijutsukan 3F. Open 11am-9pm (LO; lunch -2pm). Closed Tuesdays.
!Nogizaka -- Leckermaul. 6447-1333
Flammkuchen - Alsace's answer to pizza - is served here in versions both savory (black forest ham, avocado-salmon) and sweet (apple-cinnamon, salty banana), along with wine by the glass or bottle. The Y1000 lunchtime set of classic and salad flammkuchen is a nicely balanced meal, served with coffee or tea. (No dinner on Mondays - lunch only.)
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 7-3-17. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Akasaka, Ginza

Akasaka -- Comme a la Maison. 3505-3345
If you don't mind spending around Y10,000/person for bistrot-style seating and a fairly limited menu, the food here is pretty good - authentic regional dishes from the southwest of France.
latemapMinato-ku, Akasaka 6-4-15. Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Tameike -- Pierre Gagnaire. 3505-1111
Modern, very creative French cuisine from one of France's top chefs. Prix-fixe lunches are Y6,000-10,000; dinners 18,000 to 23,000. There's also a Y3800 "express lunch" on weekdays. Jackets are recommended. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 1-13-33, ANA Intercontinental Hotel 36F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!!Roppongi 1-chome -- Edition Koji Shimomura. 5549-4562
Sophisticated, modern and creative cuisine from Chef Shimomura, a veteran of several distinguished restaurants in the French provinces. Prix-fixe lunches from Y4200, dinners from Y9450.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 3-1-1, T-Cube 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Roppongi 1-chome -- La Chasse. 3505-6144
The two tiny dining rooms are rustic and cave-like, the stucco walls decorated with animal pelts and a boar's head. The name means "the hunt", and the specialty is seasonal game (pheasant, boar, deer), much of it bagged by the chef himself. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Roppongi 3-5-7. Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Toranomon -- Bonne Femme. 3582-0200
Reliable, classic French cooking in a bistrot-style setting. Lunch ranges from Y1300 (just a main dish and coffee) to Y5000; dinner is Y5000-Y9000, or a la carte. Entrees include roast lamb (Y3200) and steak tartare with fried potatoes (Y3000); starters also average around Y3000.
mapMinato-ku, Akasaka 1-3-13, Tameike Suzuki Bldg. 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Toranomon -- Le Petit Tonneau. 5545-4640
Very casual bistro-style fare and a good variety of wines from southern France - they import their own wines and many are available by the glass. The chef is Philippe Batton, formerly of Le Petit Bedon in Daikanyama, and the atmosphere is authentically French. [Go to branch review]
mapMinato-ku, Toranomon 2-1-1. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Toranomon -- Pirouette. 6206-6927
Pirouette's chef Naoya Kobayashi grew up on a farm in Nagano, and he has a keen appreciation for what top-quality farm-fresh ingredients - particularly vegetables - should taste like. After training at a couple of highly regarded restaurants in France, he brought his talents to this beautifully appointed Toranomon dining room, where he offers a creative, modern take on French cuisine. [Show more]
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Toranomon 1-23-3, Toranomon Hills Garden House 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9:30pm daily.
Uchisaiwaicho -- Nambutei. 3591-1023
Well-prepared, traditional French cuisine in a very pleasant setting - an old-style Japanese house located inside Hibiya Park. The small, intimate dining room looks out onto the park. Lunch from Y3,000, dinner from Y7,000.
decormapChiyoda-ku, Hibiya-Koen 1-2. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shiodome -- Fish Bank. 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.
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Higashi-Shimbashi 1-5-2, Shiodome City Center 41F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Shiodome -- Tateru Yoshino. 6252-1155
Modern French cuisine from chef Tateru Yoshino, formerly of the Michelin-starred Stella Maris in Paris. The menu includes dishes like risotto of watercress with frogs legs; carpaccio of Canadian shrimp with corn ice cream; duck foie gras with crystalized eggplant in cacao sauce; and roast lamb with pumpkin puree. The attached wine bar offers cheaper a la carte options and very late hours for this office neighborhood. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Higashi-Shimbashi 1-7-1, Park Hotel Tokyo 25F. Open 7-10:30am, 11:30-2pm, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Hibiya -- La Brasserie. 3539-8073
Traditional cuisine from the Imperial's second, more casual French restaurant. Lunch from Y3150, dinner from Y8,400.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Uchisaiwaicho 1-1-1, Imperial Hotel B1F. Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
Hibiya -- Les Saisons. 3539-8087
Lavish contemporary and traditional French fare in a luxurious setting here in the Imperial Hotel's flagship French restaurant. Chef Thierry Voisin, formerly of Michelin two-star Les Crayeres in Rheims, mans the kitchen. Breakfast starts at Y3780, lunch at Y6825, and dinner at Y16,800.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Uchisaiwaicho 1-1-1, Imperial Hotel Mezzanine. Open 7-10am, 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
Ginza -- Brasserie Paul Bocuse Ginza. 5159-0321
The third Tokyo restaurant from Lyon-based celeb-chef Paul Bocuse offers prix-fixe dinners from Y5500-9500. Wines are Y5000-250,000, with less scarily priced options by the glass or carafe. The impressively large dining room has a curved wall of windows overlooking Ginza to the south.
no smokingSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 2-2-14, Marronnier Gate 10F. Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- Beige. 5159-5500
Master chef Alain Ducasse's joint venture with Chanel provides excellent modern French cuisine in a lovely setting. The food isn't quite as spectacular as the prices though - mains average Y8000-9000, with prix-fixe dinner menus from Y17,000. Lunches start at Y6000 (for a three-course vegetarian menu), and there are a few wines under Y10,000. There's also a popular afternoon tea set (Y2600) served from 2:30-4pm.
no smokingdecorSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 3-5-3, Chanel Building 10F. Open 11:30-2:30, 2:30-4 (tea), 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- L'Ecrin. 3561-9706
Lavish, spectacular French cooking since 1974. Dinner menus from Y15,000, lunch from Y5,400.
mapChuo-ku, Ginza 4-5-5. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Ginza -- Tateru Yoshino. 3563-1511
Gorgeous modern French cuisine (with subtle Japanese influences) from master chef Yoshino. This upscale Ginza location is his third and most deluxe branch in Tokyo. Prix-fixe lunch from Y4800, dinner from Y14,000. [Go to branch review]
decormapChuo-ku, Ginza 4-8-10, Pias Ginza 12F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Marunouchi -- Brasserie Aux Amis. 6212-1566
Upmarket French wines and excellent country-style French cooking; chef Masashi Hadachi (formerly of Aux Bacchannales in Harajuku) is in charge of the kitchen. The bistrot-style setting is casual, occasionally cramped. Y4500 prix-fixe for three courses in the evening. Their afternoon cafe menu (2-6pm), featuring sandwiches, steak frites and other light fare, is worth knowing about if you're in need of a late lunch in this neighborhood.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 3-3-1, Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Open every day.
Marunouchi -- La Mere Poulard. 5252-7171
Traditional French omelettes are the specialty at this Paris-based cafe and attached bistro-restaurant, although full-course dinners are also served. Wines start at Y2625 per bottle, and cider is Y630 per glass. Budget around Y2500-4000 at dinnertime.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 3-5-1, Tokyo Kokusai Forum 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Marunouchi -- Resonance. 3215-7707
Fancy modern French cuisine, with dishes like oyster and fennel soup, foie gras flan, hot organic vegetable salad - plus roast meats like veal, venison, lamb and duck. Main courses average around Y4000; prix-fixe dinners from Y5500; lunch from Y1200.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia 2F. Open 11am-2, 5:30-11:30pm daily.
Marunouchi -- Au Gout du Jour Nouvelle Ere. 5224-8070
Michelin-starred traditional French dining overlooking Tokyo Station. Prix-fixe lunches are Y3,500-6,000, dinners Y7,000-12,000.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 5F. Open 11am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Marunouchi -- Igrek. 3211-1909
This Kobe-based restaurant serves modern, creative French cuisine. Lunch menus are Y2,100-7,875, and dinnertime degustation menus are Y7,875-12,600.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 5F. Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
!Nihonbashi -- Merveille. 6202-1991
A branch of the popular Au Gout du Jour restaurant in Kojimachi, "au gout du jour" could be their tagline as well, as they pride themselves on their beautiful fresh vegetables and other seasonal ingredients. The smallish dining space (24 seats) is simple but elegant, and service is attentive. Lunches from Y3400; prix-fixe dinners from Y6500; there's also an a la carte menu at night with half and full-size portions. Note that they're among the few serious restaurants in this neighborhood that are open on Sundays.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-8-13. (on the side street one block south of Takashimaya) Open 11am-1:30, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Mitsukoshimae -- D Brasserie and Sweetroom. 3243-0115
Contemporary French cuisine in a tastefully flashy setting. The three-course dinner menu is Y3900, and all wines are priced at Y3900 per bottle.
decorSunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-4-3, Yuito 3F. Open 11am-1am daily.
Mitsukoshimae -- Cafe Aimee Vibert. 6225-2552
This cafe venture from the Michelin-starred Aimee Vibert in Nibancho offers above-average bistro fare in a casual setting. The decor is classic French cafe style - tile floors, dark wood and mirrors, a zinc bar and lots of tiny tables and chairs facing the sidewalk. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1, Coredo Muromachi 1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.

Central Tokyo

!Yotsuya 3-chome -- Bistro Cinq. 3350-4050
First-rate French cuisine and very reasonably priced wines. The setting is rather minimal - old-fashioned coffee-shop decor in a well-used basement space, with just a counter and a few tables. Budget around Y6000-8000 for food and drinks.
mapShinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 3-1, Suga Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Akebonobashi -- Chez Le Mak. 5315-4450
Modern, upscale bistro fare served in a casual setting is the draw at this neighborhood French spot. The owner-chef trained at La Regalade, the original Paris "neo-bistro," and Parisian bistronomic appreciation of top-quality, high-end ingredients is certainly reflected here. For example, our dinner menu offered Iberico as well as domestic roast pork, along with four different dishes featuring foie gras. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Arakicho 15, Sun Chateau 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Akebonobashi -- A Demain. 3353-6708
A very casual neighborhood French spot, with good vegetable dishes and some game birds in season. Budget around Y3000-5000 for dinner with drinks. No lunch on Thursdays
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya-Daimachi 4-1. Open noon-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Yotsuya -- Hotel de Mikuni. 3351-3810
A legendary old-school Tokyo French restaurant that's been here forever. Lunch from Y6,000, dinner from Y14,000.
mapShinjuku-ku, Wakaba 1-18. Open noon-1:30, 6-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Kioicho -- Aux Bacchanales. 5276-3422
A bright and airy branch of this French-cafe landmark, located directly in front of the New Otani Hotel. There's a take-out bakery at the entrance, a big cafe area, a smaller dining room for proper French meals, and plenty of outdoor seating, heated in winter. Lunches in the dining room start at Y850; full-course dinners from Y3800. The cafe serves light snacks like quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise and steak frites.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kioicho 4-1, Shin-Kioicho Bldg. 1F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
Ichigaya -- Au Gout du Jour. 5213-3005
First-class modern French cuisine in a sleek setting. Prices are very reasonable for this level of quality - prix-fixe dinners from Y4,200-Y12,600; lunches Y2,730-10,500.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Yonbancho 4-8, Nomura Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ichigaya -- Chez Olivier. 6268-9933
Excellent-quality modern French cuisine at this elegant bistrot-restaurant. Chef Olivier was a veteran of La Tour d'Argent in Paris and the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Tokyo before opening his namesake restaurant. Prix-fixe dinners are Y5800 and Y8000 (or order a la carte), and the wine list offers some reasonably priced options under Y6000. Budget around Y10,000-12,000 with drinks. Lunches start at Y1575; no lunch on Saturday.
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 4-1-10. Open 11:30am-2, 6:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Ichigaya -- Cassine. 3268-3708
The food is rather mainstream French Japanese, but the friendly service sets them apart. Prix-fixe dinner menus are Y3500 and Y5000.
mapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Sanaicho 21, Ichigaya Sanaizaka Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Ushigome-Kagurazaka -- Bave. 3269-2231
Good French cooking in a cozy neighborhood bistrot. Budget around Y6000-8000 at dinnertime.
mapShinjuku-ku, Nandomachi 15-9. (around the corner from Carmine, just off Chuo-dori) Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Ushigome-Kagurazaka -- Gus. 3268-7157
Satisfying home-style French cooking at terrific prices. The menu sticks to hearty classics such as buttery pork rillets with corchicons pickles, escargots sizzling in garlic butter and roast lamb in red wine sauce. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Yaraicho 82. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ushigome-Yanigicho -- L'Habitude. 3260-8784
A classic French neighborhood restaurant, with good, meaty fare and casual bistro-style seating at small tables. Three-course prix-fixe menus are Y2940, or Y1050 at lunchtime for two courses. Wines, mainly from Burgundy, Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon, are quite reasonable, with a good number of bottles in the Y3000-5000 range and 500ml decanters available for many of them.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Minami-Yamabushi-cho 3-5. (on Okubo-dori) Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Kagurazaka -- Le Bretagne. 3235-3001
Delicious Breton-style crepes, both sweet and savory, along with hard cider make this a welcome addition to Tokyo's culinary landscape.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 4-2. Open 11:30am-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Iidabashi -- Grain. 5275-9494
The young owner/chef here has created an original menu that includes such variations on old standards as a chicken-wing-and-escargot coq au vin and an excellent Calvados-flavored creme brulee. The results are consistently impressive. Dinners are Y2500 and Y4000, or you can have three appetizers plus dessert for Y1500.
mapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-6-9, Yuzankaku Bldg. 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
!Kudanshita -- Le Petit Tonneau. 3239-6440
Bistro-style food from Petit Bedon chef Philippe Batton (including perfect duck confit and world-class roast potatoes), plus an eye-opening selection of wines from southern France, with many choices available by the glass. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Kita 1-10-2. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Other areas

Meguro -- Casse-Croute. 5487-3608
Simple, budget French fare and an inexpensive French wine list. Especially good at lunchtime.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Shimo-Meguro 1-3-4. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Shinagawa -- Aux Bacchanales. 5798-7070
This small chain of French brasserie-cafes is popular for their authentic food and atmosphere. The cafe serves simple dishes like omelettes and salads all day long, while the brasserie has more substantial fare, with lunch an especially good value. Quiches and pastries are ready to take home from the bakery section.
SunmapMinato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Bldg #7. Open 9am-11pm daily.
!Shirokane-Takanawa -- Labyrinthe. 5420-3584
Spectacular traditional French cooking, rich sauces, with nothing light or nouveau about it. Prepare for a serious meal.
SunmapMinato-ku, Shirokane 3-2-7. Open noon-midnight daily.
!Shiba-koen -- Tateru Yoshino. 5405-7800
Gorgeous modern French cuisine (with subtle Japanese influences) from master chef Yoshino. Prix-fixe lunch from Y3675, dinner from Y6825. [Go to branch review]
mapMinato-ku, Shiba-Koen 1-5-10, Shiba Park Hotel Annex 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm. Closed Sunday nights.
Oshiage -- Brasserie Aux Amis. 5809-7477
A tourist-friendly outlet of the popular upscale French wine-bar chain. Prix-fixe lunches are priced Y2,800-Y9,800, dinners Y6,500-Y11,000.
no smokingSunmapSumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 30F East Yard 2. Open 11am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Otsuka -- Bistro Juillet. 3949-7721
Lunch Y1,500-5,000. Dinner Y3,500-Y8,000. "Pub time" starts at 9pm, with a limited a la carte food menu.
SunmapToshima-ku, Kita-Otsuka 2-3-12. (north exit and turn left -- it's along the tracks) Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Asagaya -- La Sucree. 3330-5667
A small, budget French restaurant for the neighborhood; lunch is Y1500.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Asagaya-Kita 4-6-29. Open 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Ogikubo -- Brin de Muguet. 3220-5448
Traditional French cuisine at friendly prices, although they have some upmarket wines if you're in the mood to splurge.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Ogikubo 5-14-4. (down near the end of the Suzuran-dori shopping street) Open 11:30am-2 (LO), 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Kichijoji -- Parisienne. 0422-21-7133
Lunch Y1,800-6,000, dinner Y3,000-15,000.
SunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Honcho 2-13-7, Grandale Bldg 4F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
Sangubashi -- Violette. 5738-3295
A convenient place to eat before or after an afternoon in Yoyogi Park, this casual neighborhood brasserie offers outdoor seating and allows dogs. The Y1200 lunchtime deli platter is a good deal - it includes soup, salad, quiche, terrines and several other items along with coffee, espresso or tea. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 5-63-10. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tue, 1st + 3rd Wed.
Sangenjaya -- Trois. 3419-0330
Trois offers a good selection of reasonably priced wines from around the world, including many organic and biodynamic varieties. The food menu offers country-style French dishes like lamb chops and pork spareribs served cassoulet-style, and a very meaty Venison Parmentier stewed in red-wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes. [Show more]
mapSetagaya-ku, Sangenjaya 2-15-14, ABC Bldg 110. Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
!Kiba -- A Ta Gueule Orient Express. 5809-9799
Located a bit off the beaten track, this intimate 28-seat restaurant is a serious gourmet destination, serving high-level cuisine at down-to-earth prices. Owner-chef George Sumura is a veteran of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and a two-star restaurant in Brussels, and his menu is especially strong in game dishes. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapKoto-ku, Kiba 3-19-8. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.


Nishi-Shinjuku -- Glass Dance. 3348-5920
It's yet another Belgian beer specialty bar in Nishi-Shinjuku, this one with plenty of space (90 seats) and Maredsous and De Koninck beers on tap. There are inexpensive (from Y300), somewhat hit-or-miss Spanish tapas to nibble with your beer, along with tasty Belgian-style mussels steamed in either beer or white wine. (Formerly called Beer Signal.)
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-26-2, Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 2-10pm (LO) daily.
Nishi-Shinjuku -- Little Delirium. 6300-0807
This mini-branch of one of our favorite Belgian beer bars sits at the Yoyogi end of Southern Terrace; convenient to Shinjuku station but sufficiently removed from the bustling crowds. Despite the small size they boast an excellent beer list, with a rotating selection of ten on tap, plus a respectable food menu featuring roast Iberico pork, grilled horsemeat and of course mussels and frites. There's some outdoor seating.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-2-1, Shinjuku Southern Terrace. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Nishi-Shinjuku -- Frigo. 5371-0666
Frigo offers more than a hundred beers by the bottle, mostly Belgian but with a strong German section as well. The food menu is limited, but includes mussels prepared in several different ways.
mapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-11-20, B1F. Open 5:30pm-2am (Sundays 3-11pm). Closed 2nd Sunday.
!Nishi-Shinjuku -- Cafe Hoegaarden. 5388-5523
This spacious, two-story bar from the Brussels chain serves very good Belgian food along with a wide assortment of beers.
latemapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-20-16. Open 5:30pm-2am (Sat. to 11pm). Closed Sundays.
Gaienmae -- Pommeke. 6804-5884
Belgian frites (fried potatoes) - prepared by a former chef at the Belgian embassy - are the specialty at this casual standing bar. Frites are priced at Y550 for a medium-size portion (actually fairly hefty) and Y650 for an even larger ration. They come with a choice of plain mayonnaise or several other dips (although some of the extra-special dips run an extra Y50). If you're very hungry you can add on small side dishes like meatballs in tomato sauce or Flemish carbonade, a delicious beef and onion stew made with brown beer. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-12-27. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Shibuya -- Hemel. 5918-6939
"Hemel Belgian Beer and Food" lives up to their name - this comfortable wood-paneled bar offers an appealing menu of Belgian and European food to go with their extensive list of over 100 beers.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 2-16-8, Sakamoto Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Shibuya -- Belgo. 3409-4442
A comfortably cozy little hideaway bar with multi-level seating nooks. Pick your own bottle from the big selection of Belgian and German brews in the refrigerator case. The food menu is limited to light snacks.
latemapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 3-18-7, Shibuya Ichigokan Bldg. B1F. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed some Sundays.
Shinagawa -- Glass Dance. 3471-6972
A popular chain of Belgian beer bars, Glass Dance offers De Koninck, Leffe Blond and a few other interesting beers on tap, and lots more by the bottle. There's a full Belgian-inspired food menu and convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3200 for dinner, including the Y500 cover charge.
lateSunmapShinagawa-ku, Konan 2-3-26, Montaine Shinagawa Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
Mita -- Comme la Gueuze. 6435-2463
If you're used to seeing the same handful of Belgian beers on draft wherever you go around town, the six rotating taps at Comme la Gueuze will be a welcome change. The twenty-seat bar has a friendly, neighborhood feel, with a diverse crowd, helfpul staff and proper glassware. There's food too - frites and mussels and sausages - although it's more limited in scope than what you'll find at the larger Belgian establishments. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Shiba 5-24-16, Omamori Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
!Hamamatsucho -- Agoo. 3432-1535
The vibe at this small neighborhood bar is friendly and laid back - comfortable enough to stop in for a drink by yourself or for a quiet conversation with friends. There's a decent selection of Belgians at average-for-Tokyo prices, plus a small snack menu.
mapMinato-ku, Shiba-Daimon 2-4-5. Open 5pm-1am (2am Fri/Sat). Closed Sundays.
Hamamatsucho -- Glass Dance. 3436-4901
Several Belgian beers are sold by the bottle here, along with Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout and Paulaner Hefeweiss on tap. The kitchen serves jerk chicken, fish and chips, and sausages. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime, including Y380 table charge. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Hamamatsucho 2-5-1. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi -- Belg Aube. 3403-1161
French-Belgian cuisine and a good selection of Belgian beers; three-course prix-fixe dinners are Y2800.
latemapMinato-ku, Roppongi 7-9-2. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. Closed Sundays.
Akasaka -- Delirium Cafe Reserve. 5545-7730
Ten Belgian beers are served on draft here, with 100 more by the bottle. The simple menu includes pastas, Flemish-style beef stew, and of course mussels. The big, shiny semi-circular bar is the focus of attention here, but there's also a cozy table section off to the side.
SunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower 1F. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Akasaka -- Bois Cereste. 3588-6292
A quiet Japanese bar serving an incredible selection of Belgian beers for serious beer connoisseurs, including many brands you won't find elsewhere in Japan. Prices average around Y1,200 a bottle. There's also a restaurant area serving Belgian food. Bar area open to midnight. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapMinato-ku, Akasaka 2-13-21. Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Toranomon -- Delirium Cafe Tokyo. 3501-3181
This specialty bar imports beers directly from Belgium, and serves an impressive selection of ten different varieties on draft, including varieties we haven't seen elsewhere around town. Open to 1:30am Wed, Thu, Fri nights.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kasumigaseki 3-2-6, Tokyo Club Bldg, Kasumi Dining 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Uchisaiwaicho -- Au Fil des Jours. 6268-8939
Belgian beers from the popular Brussels chain of specialty bars.
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-Shimbashi 1-5-8. Open 11am-11pm. Closed weekends.
Ginza -- Favori. 6226-6117
The 100-odd different beers in their serve-yourself refrigerator include several previously hard-to-find varieties. Mussels and other Belgian treats are on the food menu, and they're even open on Sundays.
mapChuo-ku, Ginza 2-10-5. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Ginza -- Houblon. 3564-1671
Houblon's late-night, ground-floor Belgian beer bar is always lively, and their hefty bound menus list more than 300 beers by the bottle. There are also five taps devoted to a rotating selection of guest beers. Food is also very good, and there's a full-fledged restaurant upstairs if you want a full meal.
lateSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 3-2-11. Open noon-2am (Fri, Sat -3am; Sun, Mon -11pm). Open every day.
Ginza -- Roy G. Biv. 3569-2380
A late-night hideaway bar in Ginza, with just twenty seats and a selection of around 25 Belgian beers. There's also a small snack menu. (They close at midnight on Saturdays.)
latemapChuo-ku, Ginza 5-6-14, Ginza Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Ginza -- Antwerp Six. 5568-0091
You'll find good Belgian food (including mussels and great frites), a nice selection of beers, and convenient late-night hours from this branch of the Belgian Beer Cafe chain (they also run Antwerp Central in Marunouchi). [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 8-2-1. Open 11:30am-4am daily.
!Marunouchi -- Antwerp Central. 5288-7370
AC's atmosphere and decor are very European in feel, and the large food menu includes surprisingly authentic Belgian specialties like "stoemp" - a hearty platter of mashed potatoes and root vegetables. The bar serves more than 30 Belgian beers, including Leffe Blond and three others on tap. Ample terrace seating is available. Bar open until 4am weeknights, midnight weekends. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia B1F. Open 5pm-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.
Yaesu -- Frigo Repos. 5220-2272
An intimate Belgian beer bar from the Eurobeer chain (Frigo, Belgo), Repos serves over 100 Belgian beers in bottles, and four on draft. Lunch is served until 2pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends. In the evenings the food menu features main dishes like Alsatian-style duck confit and grilled rabbit with three-berry sauce. Last order for food in the evening is 10pm.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-11-1, PCP Marunouchi B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yaesu -- Liege-Guillemins. 3281-2300
An outlet of a popular chain of European-style cafe-bars specializing in Belgian beers, Liege serves four beers on draft and several dozen more by the bottle. In addition to the usual mussels and frites, the menu offers grilled meats and a few game dishes. The bar is open until 3am Friday and Saturday nights.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-4-16, Yaechika Dining B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Otemachi -- Gent. 6273-4662
The seventh (and smallest) Tokyo venue from the Belgian Beer Cafe group, Gent (with a hard "g") is located in the basement of a new Otemachi office complex called Ootemori. They offer the the usual selection of several dozen Belgian beers, with four or five on tap, and unusually for this neighborhood, they are open on Sundays (at least for now). Note that there is a Y500 table charge.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Otemachi 1-5-5, Otemachi Tower Ootemori B2F. Open 11am-11pm (LO; 9:30pm Sat, Sun) daily.
Otemachi -- Brussels. 6225-2696
A good selection of beers in a pleasant, intimate setting, from the popular chain of Belgian beer bars.
mapChiyoda-ku, Otemachi 1-9-7, Otemachi Financial City South Tower 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Nihonbashi -- Antwerpen. 3271-9598
A tiny, charming Belgian beer bar with a small selection of brews, including the city of Antwerp's own De Koninck on tap. There's not really a food menu, but you can order pizza (from Pizza LA) or Chinese food (from a shop downstairs) to be delivered to your table.
mapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-7-7, 5F. (on the side street one block south of Takashimaya) Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
Mitsukoshimae -- Brugse Zot. 5204-1988
This rather large, 110-seat Art Nouveau-style restaurant specializes in beers from De Halve Maan, a 450-year-old brewery in the Belgian city of Bruges. They serve lots of other Belgian beers as well - more than 100 varieties in all. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-3-1, Coredo Muromachi 2, 2F. Open 11am-1:30, 2-11pm (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
Yotsuya -- Yotsuya Brewery. 3353-1009
No, despite the name this isn't a brewpub, simply a small neighborhood bar with a decent selection of Belgian beers on tap and by the bottle. Prices are around average, and opening hours are very late.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 1-8, Nakagawa Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri -4am; Sat, Sun -11) daily.
Kagurazaka -- Brussels. 3235-1890
A relaxed after-work place serving lots of Belgian beers and good light food, including tasty pita sandwiches.
mapShinjuku-ku, Yaraicho 75. Open 5:30-2am, Sat. 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
!Kagurazaka -- Bitter. 5261-3087
Often hidden backstreet bars like this - quiet, sophisticated, with tasteful but understated decor - specialize in expensive Scotch whisky or cocktails, so it's nice to find a place like this with a serious Belgian beer menu. Food includes freshly shaved Parmesan, pork rillettes and shepherd's pie, and prices are a bit higher than average (around Y1200-1500 for a typical bottle of Belgian). Located upstairs in a residential-looking building, the bar can be very hard to find, but that's part of its charm.
latemapShinjuku-ku, Tsukudocho 1-14, Sun Heights Sakatabashi 203. (walk up Kagurazaka-dori and turn right at Gojuban Chinese steamed bun shop, it's on the right side after about 4 min.) Open 5pm-2am. Closed weekends.
Jimbocho -- Brussels. 3233-4247
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.
latemapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Ogawamachi 3-16-1. Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays.
Kanda -- Champ de Soleil. 5281-0333
French/Belgian bistro fare, with mussels and other seafood as well as frites. Ten Belgian beers averaging Y900-1,000.
mapChiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 1-10-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kanda -- Bernardus. 6206-8269
One of Tokyo's better Belgian bars, with twenty beers on tap (including everything from the St. Bernardus brewery) and a lot of unusual brews by the bottle. No lunch on Mondays or weekends; open to 1:30am (LO) on Fridays.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 3-6-2. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Asakusa -- Harmonic. 5608-3833
This Asahi Beer-run restaurant features several Asahi-imported Belgian beers (Hoegaarden, Leffe, Stella Artois) plus a few microbrews from the on-premises Sumidagawa Brewery. Food includes various sausages and pates, mussels, frites, and other typical Belgian bar fare. Budget around Y3000 for food and a few drinks.
SunmapSumida-ku, Azumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 4-10:30pm daily.
Adachi-ku -- DAD. 3870-8664
This cheerfully decorated, lively bar serves a few dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, plus a few on tap, although when we visited several of our choices were out of stock. It's worth knowing about if it's past closing time at Sakazuki Brewing (or they're on holiday) and you want a nightcap.
mapAdachi-ku, Senju 1-39-10. Open 7-11:30pm (LO; Sat 6pm-). Closed Sundays.
Toyosu -- Belg Aube. 6910-1275
An indoor/outdoor cafe with a nice choice of Belgian beers and enticing food like Iberico ham, duck confit, and of course mussels. In the afternoons they serve chocolate fondue and waffles.
SunmapKoto-ku, Toyosu 2-4-9, LaLaport Toyosu 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Nakano -- Zinc. 5343-2164
Formerly a Belgian beer specialty bar, Zinc (pronounced "zanc") now offers US and Japanese craft beers as well, although prices for draft beer tend to be higher than average. They also serve simple Japanese and Korean snacks, and are open relatively late.
lateSunmapNakano-ku, Arai 2-30-11. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Omiya -- Barbee's. 048-642-3090
A cozy Belgian beer bar-restaurant, Barbee's eight taps include a few unexpected choices like Mikkel's Dream (from Danish brewery Mikkeller) and De Ranke XX Bitter. There's a reasonably large bottled selection, and prices are typical of Belgian bars in Japan; budget around Y4500 for dinner with a few beers.
SunmapOmiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Daimoncho 2-25-2, Nohara Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Kawasaki -- Glass Dance. 044-874-8430
A Belgian brasserie serving a good assortment of Belgian beers and food. Dinner averages around Y3000; a five-course "beer hall" dinner with all you can drink is Y5500.
SunmapSaiwai-ku, Yokohama, Horikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yokohama Sta. -- Cheers. 045-311-7804
A quiet, out-of-the-way little bar with a good selection of Belgian and other beers. Draft beers include Baird (an excellent Japanese microbrew), Edelpils and Pedigree; there are also 30 beers by the bottle, mostly Belgian. Food is a mix of Belgian and British: mussels, frites, fish and chips, shepherd's pie. The basement space is pleasantly decorated, with several nooks and crannies at different levels.
mapKanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Tsuruyacho 3-32-14, Shinko Bldg B1F. (from the underground Diamond mall, take exit 12 south, cross under the highway overpass, turn left at Jonathan's; it's on the right after 1/2 block) Open 4pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Yokohama Sta. -- Glass Dance. 045-311-0278
The ubiquitous Belgian beer chain offers Antwerp's De Koninck and a few other Belgians on draught, and over seventy beers by the bottle, served with proper glassware. The food menu features beer-marinated roast chicken among other beer-friendly snacks. Prices are around average for Belgian beer bars in Japan.
SunmapNishi-ku, Yokohama, Minami-Saiwai 1-3-1, More's 9F. Open 11am-2:30, 3-11pm (LO) daily.