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This guide covers restaurants serving yakiton (grilled pork on skewers), beef tongue, and meat specialty dishes. See also our separate listings for teppanyaki-grilled steaks, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu.

About Yakiton

yakiton
Please see our cuisine and menu-reading guide to yakiton to learn more about grilled pork.
This guide covers restaurants serving yakiton (grilled pork on skewers), beef tongue, and meat specialty dishes. See also our separate listings for teppanyaki-grilled steaks, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu.

About Yakiton

yakiton
Please see our cuisine and menu-reading guide to yakiton to learn more about grilled pork.

Yakiton and pork specialties

Riki - Yakiton: Ikebukuro
Open 3-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Located just a minute or two from Ikebukuro station, this bustling izakaya is an easy stop for a quick bite and a drink on the way home, and the crowded ground-floor counter is full of solo diners as...
Open 3-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Teruteru - Yakiton: Takadanobaba
Open 5pm-midnight (Sun -11pm) daily.
The first-rate grilled pork at Teruteru is matched by a serious selection of craft sake, including many seasonal choices. Pork skewers start at just Y100, with more than a dozen different organ...
Open 5pm-midnight (Sun -11pm) daily.
Garni - Yakiton: Wakamatsu-Kawada
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
Yakiton (charcoal-grilled pork on skewers) is the main dish here, but instead of a smoky izakaya the atmosphere is closer to a stylish wine bar, with a selection of wines by the glass (Y680-1000) to...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
Tejimaul - Korean: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Excellent heirloom-breed pork dishes served with an impressive selection of premium craft sake - that's the simple but appealing formula at this unpretentious drinking spot. There are around thirty...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Ebiton - Yakiton: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Also known as Tetsugen Tonki Ebiton, this shop serves outstanding pork dishes - charcoal-grilled pork on skewers, pork steaks, pork horumon-ni (stewed organ meats) and grilled pigs' trotters - along...
Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Shimbashi Yakiton - Yakiton: Shimbashi
Open 4-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This after-work standing bar serves up excellent charcoal-grilled skewers of pork and chicken plus cheap drinks in an extremely casual setting. The ceiling is festooned with paper lanterns...
Open 4-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Vin Picoeur - Japanese: Ginza
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
"French barbecue" is the specialty here - basically kushiyaki with French names. Charcoal-grilled pork and chicken parts on skewers are served alongside excellent pate, foie gras, and pot-au-feu...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Sasamoto - Yakiton: Ginza
Open 4:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
The specialties of the house at Sasamoto are grilled skewers of pork and beef, with an emphasis on organ meats. They're also known for their kushi-nikomi - pork giblets on skewers in a rich...
Open 4:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Vin Picoeur Marunouchi - Japanese: Marunouchi
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
French-style Japanese kushiyaki (or is it the other way around?) - charcoal-grilled pork and other meats, with some French dishes like pot-au-feu. The French wine list is very large.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Makotoya - Yakiton: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Charcoal-grilled pork on skewers is the big draw here, and they serve a good variety of organ meats as well as the usual cuts like pork belly. They prepare some very nice yakitori, and they offer...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Tokyo Porks - Grill: Ichigaya
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
A brightly lit, spacious basement, Tokyo Porks attracts a lively after-work crowd with its cheap drinks (beers are Y289) and simple but competently prepared izakaya-style grilled pork dishes. ...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Buta Ichiro - Yakiton: Asakusabashi
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Charcoal-grilled skewers of pork and chicken are the main draw at this very informal after-work drinking spot, along with some decent sake and quite a bit of shochu. While there's some tatami...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Yamariki - Yakiton: Morishita
Open 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
This grilled-pork specialist is best known for their gyumotsu nikomi (beef tripe stew), considered by afficianados to be one of the top three of its kind in Tokyo. Fashioned as a "Western-style"...
Open 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Le Porc de Versailles - Izakaya: Kinshicho
Open 5-11:30pm (to 4:30am Fri/Sat) daily.
An amusingly themed "Royal Pork" restaurant serving pork dishes from around the world: charcoal-grilled skewers, shabu-shabu, dim sum, pot au feu, etc. There's also a "celebrity pork" section of...
Open 5-11:30pm (to 4:30am Fri/Sat) daily.
Kurobutaya - Izakaya: Tachikawa
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kurobutaya - Izakaya: Kyodo
Open 5:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu...
Open 5:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Aen - Japanese: Jiyugaoka
Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Good, healthy cooking based on organic vegetables and high-quality seasonal ingredients. The menu ranges from vegetable sushi on brown rice to parma ham and rucola pizzas; they also serve a number...
Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Kurobutaya - Izakaya: Machida
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kurobutaya - Izakaya: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Gourmet Berkshire pork is the specialty here, made into everything from Kyushu-style kakuni stews to homemade sausages to Chinese dumplings. Drinks include shochu, assorted plum wines and one or two...
Open 11am-11pm daily.

Beef tongue

Rikyu - Yoshoku: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
One of several Tokyo outlets of this popular Sendai-based beef-tongue specialist, this branch offers an especially wide menu. The more than a dozen dishes range from tongue sausages, meatballs, and...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Vector Beer - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
It may look like just another Tokyo craft-beer bar, but Vector serves up an appealing menu of beef-tongue dishes and other solid izakaya fare, making it a popular dining destination as well as a bar....
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Shinjuku
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Shibuya
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sen Rikyu - Yoshoku: Ginza
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This upscale branch of Rikyu, the popular Sendai beef-tongue specialist, offers nice full-course lunches with options like beef-tongue sukiyaki and tomato-tongue stews. Lunches are served until 5pm,...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Date no Gyutan - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 10am-9pm (LO; Sun -8pm) daily.
Charcoal-grilled beef tongue is the specialty at this branch of a Sendai-based chain. You can choose from miso or salt-grilled, or you can get a combination of the two - we recommend the salt as it...
Open 10am-9pm (LO; Sun -8pm) daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Yaesu
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture....
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kisuke - Japanese: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Beef tongue cuisine is a specialty of Sendai, and this is the first Tokyo branch of a famous Sendai shop. The grilled tongue teishoku is a good place to start (Y1300); it comes with a hefty portion...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Shinobu - Japanese: Yotsuya
Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
We've tried our share of beef tongue - a culinary specialty of the Sendai area - and this unprentious Yotsuya izakaya serves some of the best that we've ever had. It's not exactly a secret though -...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Oshiage
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Kichijoji
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture....
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Other meat specialties

Numata - Izakaya: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Fans of gyumotsu nikomi can choose three different varieties of stew at this popular specialty izakaya. The soy sauce-based version probably best shows off the individual flavors of the various...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Niku Ten no Kuni - Izakaya: Shibuya
Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Fri, Sat -4:30am) daily.
Shibuya's Niku Yokocho (Meat Alley) is a collection of more than twenty tiny drinking spots, all of them featuring meat-centered cuisine, cheap alcohol, minimal decor and a very casual atmosphere. ...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Fri, Sat -4:30am) daily.
Bakuro - Kyushu: Ebisu
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
If you're not well acquainted with the subtleties of horsemeat cuisine, Bakuro can be a revelation. The food here is fantastic, showcasing a surprisingly wide range of flavors and styles. The...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Tetsugen - Izakaya: Ebisu
Open 6pm-3am (LO; 10pm Sun) daily.
The wide menu here covers a lot of ground, but particularly notable are the top-quality meat dishes featuring Hokkaido lamb, game birds and gourmet pork. The cozy dining room has mostly counter...
Open 6pm-3am (LO; 10pm Sun) daily.
Dandan - Izakaya: Kayabacho
Open 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
This very old-fashioned izakaya has a genuine shitamachi feel to it - sumo paraphernalia on the walls, a TV set going in the corner, and three big communal tables for customers. The shop is known...
Open 5-10pm. Closed weekends.
Abuzo - Izakaya: Akebonobashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A cozy neighborhood izakaya, Abuzo specializes in charcoal-grilled beef, pork, chicken and ocean trout, with a decent sake list alongside. The white chicken livers, fresh every day, are a...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nikuzushi - Japanese: Iidabashi
Open 5pm-5am (Sun 4-12) daily.
If you don't mind the informal setting, this unpretentious back-alley izakaya is a great place to explore the mysterious delights of horsemeat sushi and other raw-meat delicacies. The ten-piece...
Open 5pm-5am (Sun 4-12) daily.
Bakuro Kanda South - Japanese regional: Kanda
Open 5-11:29pm (Sat 4-10). Closed Sundays.
Some of the best horse sashimi and grilled horse in town are served at this lively after-work spot, all at very reasonable prices. The assorted sashimi platter featuring five different cuts of meat...
Open 5-11:29pm (Sat 4-10). Closed Sundays.
Bakuro - Kyushu: Kanda
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
The food menu at this casual izakaya is built around horsemeat - you can enjoy it raw, grilled yakiniku-style, stewed, smoked or served as sausages. There's also standard Kyushu-style izakaya fare -...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Momonja - Nabemono: Ryogoku
Open 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
They've been serving wild boar for 280 years now, and their signature boar stew is Y4000 a pot. Other dishes include venison stew and venison sashimi.
Open 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Hikaru - Izakaya: Nakano
Open 5pm-1am daily.
A very informal drinking spot, Hikaru serves cheap beers and cocktails along with a small but focused selection of snacks to go with your booze - grilled fish, grilled vegetables, deep-fried...
Open 5pm-1am daily.
Gyuhachi - Izakaya: Koenji
Open 4pm-midnight daily.
Located under the JR railroad tracks, this very casual drinking spot serves great charcoal-grilled beef on skewers, including a variety of organ meats. Surrounded by similarly inexpensive and...
Open 4pm-midnight daily.
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Updated 2017-05-15