Top-class teppanyaki in a glitzy 1920s-style setting. Specialties include abalone and lobster, and premium beef from their own ranch in Hyogo-ken. Prix-fixe lunches start at Y6830, dinners from Y16,800.
Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre 5F. Open noon-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
One of the most highly rated teppanyaki restaurants in town, Yebisu also boasts a nice 22nd-floor view and convenient English menus. Full-course dinners with premium domestic beef, seasonal seafood and vegetables run Y15,000-25,000 and lunch is Y4,000-10,000. The menu often includes seafood-only dinners as well as beef-centered ones.
Meguro-ku, Mita 1-4-1, Westin Hotel 22F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm daily.
A snazzy little grill-counter setup specializing in Japanese beef steaks and other grilled meats (lamb, Iberico pork), French teppanyaki style. The prix-fixe menus also include the shop's original curry-rice after the main course. The all-French wine list ranges from Y3000 - Y177,000 per bottle; dinners from Y4095.
Minato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-22-10, Prestage Nishi-Azabu 1F. Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily.
Karashi is a comfortable neighborhood spot that specializes in both teppanyaki and okonomiyaki. It's an odd combination - even though both styles of cooking use the same type of grill, Japanese teppanyaki steaks are usually served in upscale settings like fancy hotel restaurants, while okonomiyaki dishes (those savory pancakes that are so popular in Kansai) are found in far more humble surroundings. The restaurant Karashi falls between these two extremes - it's comfortably appointed and the food is good, but you don't have to worry about the exorbitant expense of a typical Japanese steak house. [See FULL REVIEW.]
Minato-ku, Shirokanedai 3-19-5. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
This reasonably priced teppanyaki restaurant grills up steaks, seafood and seasonal vegetables (including shiitake mushrooms and garlic) as well as a few basic okonomiyaki variations. Budget around Y7000.
A branch of the famous "French teppanyaki" restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, specializing in domestic-beef steaks and other grilled meats along with an original curry-rice after your main course. Prix-fixe menus start at Y2000 for lunch and Y6000 at dinnertime.
Kobe beef is the specialty at this casual Japanese-style steakhouse. Prix-fixe dinners start at Y4200; the Y9765 menu is built around a 150g Kobe beer tenderloin steak along with beef sashimi and tataki. Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki are also on offer, starting at Y5250 (for Tajima beef), and wines are priced Y3000-5000 per bottle.
Chuo-ku, Ginza 6-13-6. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Top-class grilled beef and seafood at this Michelin-starred teppanyaki restaurant. The dining room is furnished with Art Deco lamps, Baccarat glassware and European antiques. Specialties include abalone and lobster, and premium beef from their own ranch. Prix-fixe lunches start at Y6830, dinners from Y16,800, wines from Y7000.
Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-15-8. Open noon-2, 2-9pm (LO) daily.
The first-rate teppanyaki menu here features the finest Japanese domestic beef and seasonal seafood appetizers, complemented by a stunning 30th-floor view overlooking the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Bay. Dinner is priced at Y13,680-23,100, but lunch is a relative bargain starting at around Y4000. There are a couple of lovely private rooms available for a small extra charge.
Minato-ku, Daiba 2-6-1, Hotel Grand Pacific 30F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm daily.
Perched on the tweny-eighth floor atop the Seafort Square complex, Tennoz offers a lovely bayside view along with top-quality steaks. A steak lunch is Y2800, and dinners, which range from Y9,000 to Y28,000, include some seafood options in addition to Kobe and other top-quality domestic beef.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-3-15, Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort 28F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) 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 all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal for around Y3500.
Shinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 1-33-13, Sennen Bldg B1F. Open 5-10:30pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
Excellent shabu-shabu made from Ohmi beef. The setting is gorgeous, a converted private residence built in the 1960s that's a modernist architectural gem. Full-course menus from Y6,090, by reservation only.
Shinagawa-ku, Kami-Osaki 1-12-7. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
This "Japanese folkcraft restaurant" specializes in expensive domestic beef dishes served in old-fashioned private dining rooms. Shabu-shabu dinners are priced Y9,300-15,500 and sukiyaki is Y16,500. The sukiyaki lunch is Y2200.
Minato-ku, Akasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This is the spacious main branch of Tokyo's best-known sukiyaki and shabu-shabu restaurant, founded in 1895. They also have a teppanyaki counter; budget around Y10,000 for dinner with drinks, or Y5000 at lunchtime. The popular retail shop across the street sells tonkatsu, croquettes and other deep-fried delicacies to go.
Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-9-12. Open 11am-11pm daily.
The first-rate sukiyaki and shabu-shabu at Echikatsu are made with Matsuzaka beef and served in a beautiful setting with traditional architecture elements amid lovely Japanese gardens. There are private tatami rooms range for anywhere from two to eighty people, and English-language menus are provided. Sukiyaki from Y7000 and shabu-shabu from Y9000.
Bunkyo-ku, Yushima 2-31-23. Open 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.