(Harajuku - Teppanyaki). 5467-5252
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.
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.
(Nishi-Azabu - Teppanyaki). 5766-2020
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.
(Shirokanedai - Teppanyaki). 5423-5424
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
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.
Roppongi 4-4-2, Hillside Palace Roppongi 1F. Open 6-11:30pm (LO; 10pm Sat). Closed Sundays.
Tasty, modern teppanyaki-style grilled food, supplemented by fresh salads.
Roppongi 3-16-14, KY Bldg. B1F. Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
(Ginza - Teppanyaki). 3562-8080
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.
Ginza 2-4-6, Ginza Velvia-kan 8F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
(Ginza - Steak house). 3542-0226
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.
Ginza 6-13-6. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
(Higashi-Ginza - Teppanyaki). 3544-5252
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.
Ginza 5-15-8. Open noon-2, 2-9pm (LO) daily.
(Suitengumae - Teppanyaki). 3667-1111
Premium Kobe and Matsuzaka beef from pampered cattle is prepared at this deluxe steakhouse. Lunch from Y2625, dinner from Y12,600 yen. Private rooms are available.
Nihonbashi Kakigaracho 2-1-1, Royal Park Hotel 20F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
(Daiba - Teppanyaki). 5500-6606
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.
Daiba 2-6-1, Hotel Grand Pacific 30F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm daily.
(Tennozu Isle - Teppanyaki). 5460-4430
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.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-3-15, Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort 28F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki
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.
Takadanobaba 1-33-13, Sennen Bldg B1F. Open 5-10:30pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
(Shinjuku - Shabu-shabu). 5361-1871
Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki made with Ohmi beef, from Y3800 at dinner. Lunch is Y2300-2500.
Sendagaya 5-24-2, Times Square 14F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Friendly service and high-quality shabu-shabu available until the wee hours of the morning.
(Nishi-Shinjuku - Shabu-shabu). 3375-1919
Japanese steaks, shabu shabu, sukiyaki, teppanyaki - basically everything with beef is on the menu. Shabu-shabu from Y3800; beef-centered kaiseki Y8000.
Yoyogi 2-2-1, Odakyu Southern Tower 4F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
(Yoyogi - Shabu-shabu). 3370-8565
Kyushu pork shabu-shabu from Y3500; Hokkaido lamb from Y4000; Wagyu beef from Y5000.
Yoyogi 1-45-4, B1F. Open 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Shibuya - Shabu-shabu). 3770-5629
Inexpensive all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu starts at Y1980 per person.
Udagawacho 12-9, Jewel Shibuya 6F. Open 11:30am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
(Roppongi - Shabu-shabu). 3403-8333
All-you-can-eat shabu shabu from Y5300. Lunch ranges from Y1050-4900.
Roppongi 6-1-20, B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
(Akasaka - Japanese). 3582-6841
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.
Akasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Ginza - Japanese). 3535-4421
Shabu-shabu and traditional Japanese meals; a good introduction to Japanese food for visitors from abroad. Dinner starts at around Y5,000 before drinks.
Ginza 4-6-1. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Ningyocho - Nabemono). 3666-7006
Sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and teppanyaki.
Ningyocho 2-9-12. Open 11am-11pm daily.
(Ueno - Nabemono). 5688-0754
Sukiyaki and shabu-shabu made from Ohmi beef. Shabu-shabu from Y5500, kaiseki from Y12,000.
Ueno 1-20-11, Suzunoya Bldg 6F. Open 11am-10pm 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.
Yushima 2-31-23. Open 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
(Yokohama Minato-mirai - Shabu-shabu). 045-222-5522
Shabu-shabu and kaiseki (from Y8000 at dinnertime).