Spanish and Portuguese restaurants

Spanish

Amapola (Ikebukuro - Spanish). 5951-6531
Many varieties of paella (from Y3200 for a two-person portion), Spanish standards, and Spanish wines from Y1900 per bottle.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-11-1, Lumine Ikebukuro 8F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Casa Bella (Okubo - Spanish). 3209-6984
Seafood-heavy paellas, Spanish omelettes and other typical Spanish fare in extremely unpretentious surroundings; full-course dinners from around Y4000.
SunmapKabukicho 2-42-11, Casa Shinjuku Bldg. Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ogasawaratei (Wakamatsu-Kawada - Spanish). 3359-5830
Elegant, high-end Spanish food in rather grand surroundings - the former residence of Count Ogasawara. Lunch from Y7000, full-course dinners from Y9000, not including wine.
SunmapKawadacho 10-10. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Pelota (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Spanish). 5925-8605
This handy Spanish wine bar offers ten wines by the glass, priced at around Y600-900, plus good tapas dishes to go with them. Budget around Y3000 in the evening for food and drink.
SunmapShinjuku 2-5-15, Dai-ichi Sanko Bldg 1F. Open noon-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
El Flamenco (Shinjuku - Spanish). 3356-3816
Live flamenco dancing is the main draw at this long-running Shinjuku institution. The music charge is Y3675, but Y4500 will get you a mixed tapas platter and a drink in addition to the show. Other prix-fixe menus that include the show are priced Y6,500-10,000.
SunmapShinjuku 3-15-17, Isetan Kaikan 6F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
El Vuelo (Omotesando - Spanish). 6427-7197
Spanish tapas and wines in a cozy setting. Budget around Y4000 in the evenings, Y900 for lunch.
SunmapJingumae 5-50-6, Success Aoyama 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Madrid (Shibuya - Spanish). 5459-5507
A two-story late-night Spanish bar and restaurant, with your choice of bar snacks and wines or a complete Spanish meal. The upstairs restaurant has a nice selection of charcoal-grilled meats.
lateSunmapDogenzaka 1-11-3. (behind Tokyu Plaza) Open 11:30am-4am daily.
Bikini Tapa (Shibuya - Spanish). 5784-5500
A bit more ambitious than your typical tapas joint, Bikini offers "modern Catalan cuisine," including an extensive selection of pinchos and other small dishes. The Y1800 special lunch includes a platter of five pinchos followed by an excellent seafood-heavy fideua - just like paella, but made with short pasta noodles instead of rice. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
SunmapDogenzaka 1-12-5, Mark City East 4F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tio Tio (Shibuya - Spanish). 5458-4188
This cute and casual tapas bar is popular with the after-work crowd in Shibuya. Start with a glass of fino sherry or a copa de cava for Y500 and ask the staff to shave a few slices off the joint of Jamon Serrano proudly displayed on the counter. Wines by the glass change daily. A few seats are available around the bar, but the front is standing room only.
latemapSakuragaokacho 16-7, Suzuki Bldg 1F. Open 5:30pm-2:30am. Closed Sundays.
!Tio Danjo (Ebisu - Spanish). 5420-0747
This tiny Ebisu standing bar looks as though it's been plucked from the backstreets of Barcelona. Choose from a variety of tapas like bacon-wrapped dates or jamon iberico to snack on as you sip on a glass of wine (Y500-) or fino sherry (Y600-).
mapEbisu 1-12-5. Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kiraz (Ebisu - Spanish). 3712-7277
It's an inspired idea - matching the distinctive flavors of Spanish tapas with bold, assertive styles of craft sake. The tapas dishes here are perhaps a bit more refined than average, ranging from hams and other charcuterie to Galician-style octopus and nicely pickled herring. The sake tends toward the fresh, lively flavors of unpasteurized and unfiltered brews, many of them from lesser-known small breweries. Budget around Y7000 for food and drink; prix-fixe menus are priced Y3500-8000.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Mita 2-9-5. Open 6:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Meson el Vasco (Hamamatsucho - Spanish). 3436-5720
Good Spanish fare, including a variety of paellas, from this long-established shop. Budget around Y6000 at dinnertime.
mapHamamatsucho 1-25-6. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Bodega Santa Rita (Roppongi - Spanish). 5413-3101
This rustic, stucco-walled restaurant features skewered pork delicacies and other regional specialties from the south of Spain along with custom-imported Spanish wines. Under the same management as the ever-reliable Miyakawa wine-bar/restaurant in Azabu-Juban. Budget Y6000-7000 for dinner.
SunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Miyakawa (Azabu-Juban - Spanish). 3403-2626
A tiny counter bar (plus a few tables) with friendly service and good food. The tapas-style menu includes various Spanish hams, an excellent paella, and a very rich and luscious oxtail stew. You'll also find some pleasantly affordable Spanish wines to go with the food.
mapAzabu-Juban 1-5-4. Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
!Zurriola (Azabu-Juban - Spanish). 5730-0240
This pristine restaurant in Azabu-Juban specializes in contemporary Spanish cuisine with a respectful nod to modern French gastronomy. Chef Seichi Honda spent nine years in France and Spain before returning to Japan to work at Ryugin and Sant Pau. [Show more]
SunmapAzabu-Juban 3-2-7, Resort Azabu-Juban 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Spain Club Ala (Akasaka - Spanish). 3586-6011
Tasty tapas and main dishes and reasonable Spanish wines from the popular Spanish chain.
latemapAkasaka 3-7-17. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bikini (Akasaka - Spanish). 5114-8500
Despite the casual setting - diner-style tables, a big counter and an open kitchen behind it - the menu offers a serious exploration of modern Catalan Spanish cuisine, with dishes like codfish fritters, Iberico pork terrine with figs, stewed oxtail (Y2200), and several traditional rice dishes. Wines are fairly reasonable; budget around Y7000 for food and drink at dinnertime.
SunmapAkasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Fermintxo Boca (Roppongi 1-chome - Spanish). 6426-5760
Alluring Basque-style bocadillo baguette sandwiches are served all afternoon here, and the namesake Fermintxo Boca sandwich (grilled Iberico pork loin, mozzarella and pimento) is especially recommended, as is the Iberico-pork sausage variety. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapRoppongi 1-4-5, Ark Hills South Tower 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Muy (Marunouchi - Spanish). 5224-6161
Muy's huge, dramatically lit bar is very impressive, stretching half a city block along the front of the Tokyo Building. The menu includes a big selection of tapas (with numerous Spanish hams), grilled meats and fish, lots of rice dishes, and fideua - Catalan paella made with pasta instead of rice. Budget around Y4-5000 for food at dinnertime. Prix-fixe lunches from Y1400 (Y2500 weekends); wines from Y3700. (Thu/Fri nights to 2:30am)
decorSunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia 2F. Open 11am-2, 5:30-11pm daily.
Bikini Picar (Nihonbashi - Spanish). 6202-3600
Modern Catalan cuisine - artfully arranged pinchos and tapas and creative main dishes - are on offer at this casual after-work drinking spot. Some twenty types of Spanish wine, including sherries and cava, are available by the glass. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1, Coredo Muromachi 2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!!Sant Pau (Nihonbashi - Spanish). 3517-5700
Serious Catalan cuisine in this fancy Tokyo branch of Chef Carme Ruscalleda's famous Barcelona restaurant. The tasting menu is Y21,000, and main dishes run around Y7000 each. (The lunchtime "quick menu" is Y8000.) There's a more informal wine bar downstairs, with some 350 varieties of mostly Spanish wines and a light tapas menu. (Wine bar open to 1am; on Sundays only the wine bar is open.)
decorSunmapNihonbashi 1-6-1, Coredo Nihonbashi Annex 1/2F. Open noon-1:30, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
La Taperia (Yotsuya 3-chome - Spanish). 3353-8003
Excellent Spanish cooking, including a good variety of tapas dishes; the spicy lamb kebabs are especially recommended. Service is friendly, and the decor is casual and cheerful, with bright yellow tablecloths, bullfighting posters and Spanish music adding to the atmosphere.
mapYotsuya 3-3, Stream Yotsuya B1F. (from Yotsuya 3-chome walk towards Yotsuya sta, take the second left; the shop is on the right a few doors in) Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Carino (Yotsuya 3-chome - Spanish). 3225-6226
"Jamon y vino" is the simple yet enticing concept at this small tapas bar, with Spanish wines starting at around Y3800 per bottle. Typical dishes include Iberico chorizo sausages, Catalan-style pizzas, and grilled meats and seafood on skewers. The food is great, but the pace of delivery can be somewhat leisurely. Budget around Y4000 for food and drink.
latemapArakicho 1, Nakabayashi Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
La Boqueria (Yotsuya 3-chome - Spanish). 5366-0505
The main draw at La Boqueria is the "wine buffet," an open bar with over a dozen different wines, not top-end but still very drinkable, priced at Y1980 for two hours. The dining room is attractively furnished with unexpectedly large tables and comfortable seating, apparently left over from the upscale Italian restaurant that used to occupy this space. The food is rather hit-or-miss - it's best to stick to very simple dishes like the assorted meat and cheese plates and the quesadillas.
SunmapYotsuya 2-11, Assist Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
!La Cuchara (Kagurazaka - Spanish). 5228-5058
Convivial bonhomie beams from the second-story window of this lively tapas bar in Kagurazaka. Inside, ceramic plates painted in sunny Andalucian colors hang above the brick-lined counter. Bottles of wine, conveniently marked with prices and descriptions, line the tall wooden shelves at the far end of the room. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the space seem bigger than it is - the bar seats a scant twenty-four - and create an atmosphere that feels both intimate and open. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapKagurazaka 4-3, Omiya Bldg 2F. Open 5:30pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.
!El Pulpo (Kagurazaka - Spanish). 3269-6088
Tapas bars and restaurants are over Tokyo, but El Pulpo may be the only place that bills itself as a "marisqueria" - a Spanish restaurant specializing in seafood. The food here is fantastic, using fresh seafood that's delivered directly from Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture. [See FULL REVIEW.]
latemapKagurazaka 4-3, Miyazaki Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
El Camino (Iidabashi - Spanish). 3266-0088
A tapas bar with Spanish wines.
latemapKagurazaka 3-1. Open 5:30pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Vinuls (Ueno - Spanish). 5826-5753
Spanish food and reasonably priced French and Spanish wines, with convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3000 for food and drink at dinnertime. (From the same management as the Aux Amis des Vins chain of French wine bars.)
lateSunmapUeno 7-1-1, Atre 1F. Open 11am-4:30am daily.
Spain Club (Tsukishima - Spanish). 3533-5381
Good tapas and Spanish wines; budget around Y5000 for food and drink at dinnertime.
SunmapTsukishima 1-14-7. Open noon-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
El Chateo (Sangenjaya - Spanish). 5430-0211
Spanish wines, tapas, large paellas and nicely prepared main dishes.
SunmapSangenjaya 2-11-26. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Maika (Jiyugaoka - Spanish). 3722-2073
Spanish cooking from a long-running kitchen. Budget around Y8000 for dinner with drinks.
SunmapOkusawa 5-28-15. Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.

Portuguese

!Manuel Churrascaria (Takanawadai - Portuguese). 3443-5002
Manuel Churrascaria serves northern Portugal-style charcoal-grilled dishes - pork, chicken and seafood - along with other traditional Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant itself is very cozy, seating around 20 persons, and it really creates the feeling of dining somewhere in the back streets of a Portuguese town. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapTakanawa 2-3-22-101. Open noon-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Manuel Casa de Fado (Yotsuya - Portuguese). 5276-2432
This second branch of Tokyo's Portuguese pioneer restaurant is far more upscale than the Shibuya original, with spacious, comfortable dining rooms (smoking and non) a bigger, more serious menu, and a sommelier. Recommendations include the rabbit stewed in red wine and the potato and dried cod croquettes. The wine list includes both "traditional" and "international" Portuguese wines, depending on your tastes (we prefer the latter). Budget Y5,000-8,000 for dinner, depending on your choice of drinks. There's live folk music some nights - call to check. [Go to branch review]
SunmapRokubancho 11-7, B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Cristiano's (Yoyogi-Koen - Portuguese). 5790-0909
One of Tokyo better Portuguese restaurants, with nice grilled dishes. Budget around Y4500 at dinnertime.
SunmapTomigaya 1-51-10. Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.