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Tsunahachi Tsunohazuan - Tempura: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
The deluxe edition of one of Tokyo's most famous tempura shops, with prices starting at Y4000 for lunch and Y12,000 for tempura dinner.
Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tsunahachi - Tempura: Shinjuku
Open 11:15am-10pm (LO) daily.
The main branch of one of Japan's most successful tempura restaurants. They've maintained their high standards while managing to keep prices very reasonable. Call ahead of time to avoid waiting on...
Open 11:15am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tenkuni - Tempura: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Deluxe, full-course tempura dinners - nine or ten pieces plus side orders - are priced Y4,000-10,000 at this convenient branch of an old tempura shop with a 120-year history.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Motoyoshi - Tempura: Gaienmae
Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Finding this place amid the tangle of bars and restaurants along the backstreets of Aoyama can be a challenge, but the deep-fried shrimp heads alone make it worth the effort. The young chef at this...
Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Ten-ichi - Tempura: Shibuya
Open 11am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Top-grade tempura from a famous Ginza-based shop. Full-course dinnertime menus from Y3500; lunch from Y1800.
Open 11am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Hatanaka - Tempura: Azabu-Juban
Open 5:30-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
The excellent tempura here uses the freshest seafood and some unusual vegetable choices like lily buds and peanuts. Full-course dinner from Y5000; a la carte is also available.
Open 5:30-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Tsunahachi Sui - Tempura: Shiodome
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sui is one of the premium branches of the popular Tsunahachi chain, offering deluxe tempura meals from Y6300 at dinnertime. Lunch starts at Y945.
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ten-ichi - Tempura: Ginza
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A long-running, well-regarded tempura shops; lunch from Y7000, dinner from Y10,000.
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Itoi - Tempura: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
We first noticed this charming hole-in-the-wall drinking spot thanks to the prominent display of their daily sake menu on their front wall. Although they're not a sake specialist, their selection of...
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shoji - Tempura: Akebonobashi
Open 11:30am-1, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
One of the specialties of the house at this first-rate tempura counter is anago, served with a tasty golden-brown coating that's thicker than average and satisfyingly crunchy. Prix-fixe dinners are...
Open 11:30am-1, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tenko - Tempura: Iidabashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Occupying a former geisha house in a Kagurazaka back street, Tenko has a beautiful traditional setting and a serene atmosphere. The tempura is exquisite - succulent morsels of seasonal seafood and...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Momose - Tempura: Kudanshita
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-8:30pm. Closed weekends.
Anago is the specialty at this first-rate tempura shop, and the combination of quality and price attracts good-sized crowds at lunchtime. Budget around Y6000 at dinnertime, Y1200 for lunch.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-8:30pm. Closed weekends.
Hisago - Tempura: Akihabara
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hisago delivers well-crafted tempura at budget-friendly prices. Voluminous donburi options - assortments of pre-seasoned seafood over rice - are real dinnertime bargains at around Y1600, while...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tsunahachi - Tempura: Ogikubo
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Fresh, not-too-expensive tempura in a pleasant department-store setting from this Shinjuku-based chain.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Hageten - Tempura: Kawasaki
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Budget-priced tempura in the underground arcade in front of Kawasaki station.
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
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Updated 2016-09-30