South American, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Caribbean restaurants

Brazilian

Praca Onze (Omotesando - Brazilian). 3405-8015
Live music, dancing, and a good deal of drinking. Open Mon-Tue 6:30-midnight (no music); Wed-Thu 6:30-1am; Fri-Sat 6:30-2am.
mapKita-Aoyama 3-5-2. Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Barbacoa Grill (Omotesando - Brazilian). 3796-0571
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.
SunmapJingumae 4-3-2, Tokyu Reit Omotesando Square B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Tucano's (Shibuya - Brazilian). 5784-2661
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).
SunmapDogenzaka 2-23-12, Shibuya Fhontis Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Blen Blen Blen (Shibuya - Brazilian). 3461-6533
If you're thirsty for a cachaca cocktail in the wee hours of the night, follow the circle-stamped road past Mark City to Blen Blen Blen. This bone fide Brazilian bar, tucked into a faded white seventies-style building in Dogenzaka 1-chome, seats a maximum of thirty and stays open til 4am. [Show more]
lateSunmapDogenzaka 1-17-12, Nono Bldg 2F. Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
!Tucano's (Akihabara - Brazilian). 5295-2611
This very informal counter bar is billed as a galetteria - a Brazilian-style charcoal-grilled chicken specialist - but the one-pound beef rump steak and the 600g "gigasteak" seem to be just as popular with the seriously carnivorous customer base here. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapKanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 1F. Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
Que Bom (Asakusa - Brazilian). 5826-1538
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 it all down with caipirinha and other Brazilian cocktails and wines. Check the calendar of live music and art exhibitions on their website (que-bom.com).
SunmapNishi-Asakusa 2-15-13 B1F. Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
Copo do Dio (Nishi-Ogikubo - Brazilian). 3399-6821
Hidden among the quiet streets north of Nishi Ogikubo station lies Copo do Dia, a tiny cafe that also functions as an informal Brazilian cultural center. The space, with its heavy wooden tables and simple white walls, is largely unadorned, the vibe calm and friendly. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapNishi-Ogi-Kita 4-26-10-103. Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wed, 1st+3rd Tue.
Rio Grande Grill (Yokohama Sta. - Brazilian). 045-440-0070
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 overlooking Yokohama Bay.
SunmapKinkocho 1-10, Yokohama Bay Quarter 3F. Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Other South American

Paraiso (Roppongi - South American). 6447-1963
Successor to the long-running dance bar Salsa Sudada, which was a gathering place for Tokyo's Latin community for over twenty years, Paraiso is styled more as a bar-restaurant providing a "Latin dining experience." There's still lots of great Latin music though, including live performances on Sundays.
SunmapRoppongi 7-10-3, Kobayashi Bldg B1F. Open 6pm- daily.
!Chef's Table (Azabu-Juban - South American). 6277-7326
Filling a gap in the Tokyo dining scene, The Chef's Table offers upscale Latin American cuisine paired with good, affordable wines. Owner Sohan Ahluwalia brings the same imagination and flair to the cuisines of South America as he did to Cajun cooking at the popular Bourbon Street in Nogizaka. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapAzabu-Juban 1-11-10, Juban Annex Bldg 5F. Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Bepocah (Jingumae 2-chome - Peruvian). 6804-1377
Bepocah serves upscale Peruvian fare, with an impressive selection of cebiches, tiraditos and other marinated fresh-seafood dishes. Prix-fixe menus are Y4500 and Y5000, or you can order a la carte. The convenient late-night hours - open until 5am on weekend nights - are an added bonus.
latemapJingumae 2-17-6. Open 5pm-2am (Fr, Sa -5am). Closed Sundays.
Miraflores (Shibuya - Peruvian). 3462-6588
This small but festive shop offers a good range of authentic Peruvian specialties, including Andes potato soup, seafood stews and a "Plato Campesino" Andes picnic platter. There's usually bouncy Latin music playing in the background. Lunch from Y1000; full-course dinner Y3000-Y5000, plus a la carte.
mapSakuragaokacho 28-3. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Arco Iris (Gotanda - Peruvian). 3449-6629
Very authentic South American cooking - the spicy, garlicky shrimp soup (with rice and green peas) was amazing, and the Aji de Gallina (stewed chicken) is definitely worth a try. Spanish-language ability helps - they don't speak much English or Japanese. Inexpensive.
SunmapHigashi-Gotanda 1-15-5, Miyamoto Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tia Susana (Shinanomachi - Peruvian). 3226-8511
This long-running sports cafe serves a range of Peruvian cuisine. The walls are adorned with soccer memorabilia, and matches past and present are shown on a couple of TV sets.
SunmapShinanomachi 8-11, Sakata Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Romina (Yotsuya - Peruvian). 3226-6608
Brilliant Peruvian food and drinks at relatively inexpensive prices. Try their vanilla flan for dessert, if you still have room. There's also a big lunch menu. (Avoid Sunday nights if you don't like big crowds.)
SunmapYotsuya 1-7-27, Central Yotsuya Bldg. 2F. Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Mi Choripan (Yoyogi-Uehara - Argentine). 5790-9300
Mi Choripan proudly serves up "Argentinian Soul Food" - aka overstuffed chorizo-sausage sandwiches seasoned with chimichurri sauce, which are sold from street stalls in Argentina and other parts of Latin America, and now in Tokyo. Sausages are grilled to order while you wait, and while they're quite good on their own, we'd recommend springing for an extra Y300 to liven up your sandwich with the shop's selection of optional toppings.
SunmapUehara 2-4-8. Open 11am-6pm. Closed Saturdays.

Mexican

El Rincon de Sam (Ebisu - Mexican). 3442-1636
Live music (often from the talented owner, "Sam") and relatively inexpensive food.
mapEbisu 4-6-1, B1F. Open 6-10:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
La Casita (Daikanyama - Mexican). 3496-1850
This Tokyo Mexican-food landmark has been here since 1976, serving better-than-average Mex and Tex-Mex standards at reasonable prices. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
SunmapDaikanyamacho 13-4. Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Hacienda del Cielo (Daikanyama - Mexican). 5457-1521
The tempting menu on the Hacienda features down-home Mexican dishes like shrimp and tuna ceviche, menudo (stewed beef stomach), and queso fundido (cheese fondue), plus Tex-Mex standards like enchilada and fajitas. There's a big selection of cocktails, and most wines are Y2500/bottle. The big (30-seat) rooftop terrace area offers pleasant open-air seating with a view.
lateSunmapSarugakucho 10-1, Mansard Daikanyama Bldg 9/10F. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
!Salsita (Hiroo - Mexican). 3280-1145
This simple, cheerfully decorated spot serves authentic and tasty Mexican food at friendly prices. Formerly located alongside the tracks in Ebisu, they now occupy slightly larger quarters near Hiroo station.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 4-5-65, B1F. Open 11:45am-1:45, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Mucho Modern Mexicano (Marunouchi - Mexican). 5218-2791
This lavishly decorated late-night restaurant offers a variety of small-plate Mexican dishes for Y300 and Y500, with items like pork ajillo, shrimp and avocado ceviche, and softshell crab fritters. They also serve Tex-Mex standards like enchiladas, burritos and fajitas. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
latedecorSunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia 2F. Open 11am-3:15am (LO; Sun -10:15pm) daily.
!El Quixico (Nishi-Ogikubo - Mexican). 3332-7590
Splendid food, with generous portions. The decor is on the casual side, featuring exotic musical instruments and burlap bags, and tables are spaced widely enough to provide a little privacy. There's a good selection of salsa on the stereo, a large drinks menu, and they're open late.
lateSunmapNishi-Ogi-Minami 3-15-14, 2F. (on the south side, alongside the JR tracks in the direction of Ogikubo station) Open 6pm-2am (LO). Closed Mondays, third Tues.
!Tepito (Shimo-Kitazawa - Mexican). 3460-1077
Without a doubt one of Tokyo's best Mexican restaurants, the festively decorated Tepito offers a wide menu of regional dishes and Mexican standards prepared south-of-the-border style. Mexican wines start at Y1800 per carafe, or you can choose from over one hundred kinds of tequila, many of them available in tasting flights. [Show more]
SunmapKitazawa 2-34-8, KM Bldg 3F. Open 6-10:30pm (LO; Sun -9:30). Closed Mondays.
!Junkadelic (Naka-Meguro - Mexican). 5725-5020
A friendly, casual little spot with some of the better Mexican fare available in town. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 4-10-4. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.

Tex-Mex

Chiles Mexican Grill (Harajuku - Tex-Mex). 6434-9693
The menu here covers the usual bases for fast-food Tex-Mex - tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, and burrito bowls - with beef, chicken and pork fillings and customizable toppings. Margaritas and other tequila and rum cocktails are available. (Open until 10pm Saturdays, 8pm Sundays, 4pm Mondays, 9pm other days.)
SunmapJingumae 1-8-24. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Zest (Shibuya - Tex-Mex). 5489-3332
California-style Mexican food and drinks, served in one of Tokyo's noisiest restaurants.
no smokinglateSunmapJinnan 1-6-8, Campari Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Zest (Nishi-Azabu - Tex-Mex). 3400-2235
Well-prepared, casual California-Mexican dishes and a variety of ever-popular frozen margaritas.
no smokinglateSunmapNishi-Azabu 2-13-15. Open 11:30-2:30am daily.
Frijoles (Roppongi - Tex-Mex). 6447-1433
Gourmet burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from Y800-1100. Everything is available for take-out, and you can fax your order in advance. There are a few outdoor courtyard tables for when the weather permits.
mapRoppongi 6-6-9, Piramide Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-10pm. Closed 2nd Sunday.
Havana Cafe (Roppongi - Tex-Mex). 3423-3500
A casual but hip cafe serving fajitas, burritos, BBQ, burgers, etc. prepared Japanese-style.
lateSunmapRoppongi 4-12-2. Open 11:30-5am daily.
Frijoles (Azabu-Juban - Tex-Mex). 6459-4095
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from Y800-1100. There's a small but tastefully appointed dining area, or you can take out.
no smokingSunmapAzabu-Juban 2-3-5. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Salsa Cabana Centro (Shimbashi - Tex-Mex). 3437-7757
Solid Tex-Mex food and friendly service.
mapShimbashi 4-15-4. Open 4-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Zest (Ginza - Tex-Mex). 5524-3621
Reasonably priced fare from the Tex side of the Tex-Mex border, with colorful frozen and non-frozen margaritas.
no smokinglateSunmapGinza 1-2-3. (under the highway, across from Seiyo Hotel) Open 11:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
Umum Good Burritos (Marunouchi - Tex-Mex). 3284-3301
If you were a creative chef who had read about burritos and seen pictures, but had no idea how to make them, this is what you might come up with. Tandoori lamb, sloppy joe filling, brown rice, curry-flavored sauce - these are just some of the surprises in store, along with dessert burritos and soy-milk smoothies. All in all a novel experience for Y750, although we would have preferred a much bigger portion of meat filling.
SunmapMarunouchi 2-4-1, Marunouchi Bldg. B1F. Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
!Salsa Cabana Bar (Yotsuya - Tex-Mex). 3225-1774
Solid Tex-Mex food and friendly service.
lateSunmapYotsuya 1-20-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Zest (Daiba - Tex-Mex). 3599-4803
Dependable late-night Tex-Mex food and fun decor.
no smokinglatedecorSunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Mediage 4F (Aquacity Odaiba). Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Wahoo's Tacos (Aomi - Tex-Mex). 6457-1868
This LA-based Cali-Mex eatery specializes in fish tacos, but also serves a range of burritos, salads and bowls. The "wet burrito" (Y890-1050) is a pleasingly hefty regular burrito, which here comes with a very simple filling of mostly meat and shredded lettuce, topped with melted cheese and spicy red and green sauces. [Show more]
SunmapAomi 1-1-10, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 7F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Baja (Naka-Meguro - Tex-Mex). 3715-2929
The plump, meaty pork and guacamole burritos serves here are a stand-out, while the chicken burritos and various tacos are also quite popular. The narrow, 8-seat shop attracts a local late-night crowd and can get a bit smoky at times; the entire menu is also available for take-out.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-16-12. Open 5pm-5am (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
El Torito (Nishi-Kasai - Tex-Mex). 5696-7488
Poor food and service.
SunmapNishi-Kasai 6-10-15. Open 11am-midnight (LO) daily.

Jamaican

JamRock (Harajuku - Caribbean). 3478-2364
This lively cafe serves authentic Jamaican dishes like stamp and go (fish fritters), pepperpot soup and jerk beefsteak. Lunches are served weekends only, with specials starting at around Y900. In the evenings there's a full menu along with Appleton Rum cocktails, plus plenty of good music on the stereo at all hours.
SunmapJingumae 1-21-15, ATM Bldg 4F. Open 5-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Aala Wi (Ebisu - Caribbean). 5793-5027
Jamaican-style jerk chicken and pork, in a no-frills dining room. It's not particularly spicy, but you can add your own condiments. Non-stop old-school reggae plays in the background.
SunmapEbisu 1-26-13. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.