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This guide lists selected izakaya that specialize in yakitori. See also the izakaya section for more izakaya listings.
This guide lists selected izakaya that specialize in yakitori. See also the izakaya section for more izakaya listings.
Keishoan - Yakitori: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nagoya cochin, an heirloom breed of chicken prized for its flavor, is the main bird here, in the form of yakitori, fried chicken wings, nabe-style stews, and a fantastic version of oyakodon (chicken...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi (Ikebukuro #1) - Yakitori: Ikebukuro
Open 4pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Scrumptious fried chicken wings, yakitori, chicken sashimi and much more.
Open 4pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Sono - Yakitori: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm daily.
Excellent grilled chicken, sushi and much more in this glitzy, high-rise branch of the popular Shinjuku yakitori restaurant. There's a good selection of premium sake to go with your food; dinner...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Shousuke - Yakitori: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Shousuke is a spacious, two-story affair - downstairs there's a big sushi counter, and upstairs are several semi-private booths for two, four or more, separated by bamboo blinds for privacy. The...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Kokekokko - Yakitori: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Shamo is a breed of game bird known for its tasty, slightly chewy meat, and it's the bird of choice on the busy grills at Kokekokko. This modest-looking yakitoriya serves the usual selection of...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Keishoan - Yakitori: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
Fantastic charcoal-grilled, free-range chicken and choice sake in a comfortable setting. In addition to a la carte, they offer unusual kaiseki-style menus for Y4000-5000 (reserve in advance).
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Spicy grilled chicken wings with pepper, all kinds of yakitori, chicken stews, and chicken sashimi are just a few of the superb dishes from the extensive chicken-oriented menu. Try the tori...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-4:30am daily.
Spectacular chicken wings and other chicken specialties, and a tasteful, traditional Japanese interior.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-4:30am daily.
Touan - Yakitori: Gaienmae
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
First-rate grilled chicken and great home-made tofu. They have a small sake list, but their monthly sake picks are usually worth checking out, as are the daily specials on the food menu. Seating is...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi (Dogenzaka #1) - Yakitori: Shibuya
Open 4pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
Spicy chicken wings and interesting Nagoya-style stews in a casual late-night izakaya.
Open 4pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
Hinone Mizunone - Izakaya: Ebisu
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm daily.
A modern charcoal-grill specialty izakaya serving great free-range chicken plus homemade tofu and kamameshi rice dishes. And a great night-time view. Full-course dinners from Y2500-5000.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm daily.
Hakata Mangetsu - Yakitori: Ebisu
Open 5pm-5am daily.
A lively basement izakaya, Hakata Mangetsu has a charming style all its own: mismatched sofas and chairs that look like they've put in years of service; an infectiously bouncy eighties-pop...
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Toriteru - Yakitori: Shinagawa
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
The excellent chicken meat used here is a special type from Nara Prefecture - a bird bred from shamo game hen and two other types of chicken. And although you may be concerned that there are no...
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Kuruma - Yakitori: Hamamatsucho
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11:15pm (LO) daily.
An upscale yakitori chain featuring delectable free-range birds from Miyazaki Prefecture - charcoal-grilled, fried, stewed, and even raw. The interior is simple and pleasantly decorated, with a...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Torimatsu - Yakitori: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
The prices are cheap and the yakitori is above average (as is the sake list), but note that the pre-selected assortment is fairly hardcore - skin, cartilege and organ meats - so some people might...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
Jomon - Yakitori: Roppongi
Open 6pm-5am daily.
Hataka (Kyushu) style kushiyaki is the specialty here, with excellent (though rather salty) grilled skewers of chicken and pork parts and vegetables. Seating can be a bit cramped and smoky but the...
Open 6pm-5am daily.
Hachibei (Roppongi Hills) - Yakitori: Roppongi Hills
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Great Hakata-style yakitori in stylish surroundings; the main branch is a popular Fukuoka destination. Budget around Y4500 for food and drinks at dinnertime.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hachibei (Roppongi) - Yakitori: Nogizaka
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Despite its prime location one minute from Tokyo Midtown, this stylish, relaxed basement izakaya feels far removed from the hubbub of Roppongi nightlife. Kyushu-style yakitori is the centerpiece of...
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Zanmai - Yakitori: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Very good yakitori and game-bird cuisine along with a respectable sake list. Budget around Y7000 for dinner, Y1000 for lunch.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Torikai - Yakitori: Toranomon
Open 11am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The specialty of the house if yakitori-style skewers and wings of Nagoya cochin game birds.
Open 11am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Birdland - Yakitori: Ginza
Open 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Even before their move from the wilds of Asagaya, many yakitori connoisseurs considered Birdland to be THE standard for grilled chicken in Tokyo. The Y6000 prix-fixe menu includes multiple skewers...
Open 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Abeya - Yakitori: Marunouchi
Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
The famous Akita-based yakitoriya serves fantastic grilled chicken - an heirloom cross-breed called hinai-jidori - along with local Akita sake. Budget around Y3000 for food and drink at dinnertime,...
Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
Shigenoi - Yakitori: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A sign at the door proudly announces the pedigree of their free-range chicken (Iwate), their charcoal (Wakayama), and even the salt they use (Yamaguchi)! Lunch donburi sets start at Y980, with a...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Akita Pure Rice Sake Bar - Yakitori: Yaesu
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Craft sake from Akita Prefecture is the specialty at this comfortable counter bar, which stands at the front of a chicken specialty restaurant called Honke Abeya. You can just drop by for a quick...
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Isehiro - Yakitori: Kyobashi
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
The seating arrangements here may be a bit tight, and the prices higher than average, but the grilled chicken here is outstanding. And unlike most yakitoriya in town, Isehiro serves full sets of...
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Birdland - Yakitori: Otemachi
Open 11am-1:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed weekends.
While dinner at Birdland's Michelin-starred main branch in Ginza can be a bit daunting, this Marunouchi outpost is much more accessible, while still offering exceptionally high-quality ingredients...
Open 11am-1:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed weekends.
ZenyaRen - Yakitori: Otemachi
Open 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun from 11am) daily.
It's Japan's first yakitori theme park! Seven famous yakitoriya from around the country have assembled in one spot, allowing Tokyo diners to compare their skewers side by side. The styles and...
Open 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun from 11am) daily.
Imaiya - Yakitori: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Fri, Sat -1am) daily.
Hinai-dori - heirloom-breed chicken from Akita Prefecture - is the specialty at this upscale yakitori shop, and the white liver and tebasaki (wings) are especially recommended. They also serve...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Fri, Sat -1am) daily.
Doromamire - Yakitori: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6pm-1am (LO; Sat -10pm). Closed Sundays.
There's a lot of good yakitori to be found in the izakaya-lined alleyways of Arakicho, but Doromamire grills up some of the best. The chicken here is good enough to eat raw, and indeed the shop's...
Open 6pm-1am (LO; Sat -10pm). Closed Sundays.
Kurachan - Izakaya: Akebonobashi
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sundays.
A quiet, extremely unpretentious neighborhood drinking spot, Kurachan sports a classic old-school izakaya decor and serves an interesting selection of craft sake along with excellent grilled chicken....
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Jusanya - Yakitori: Ogawamachi
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30 to closing. Closed Sundays.
Jusanya is a small neighborhood yakitoriya with above-average chicken and an unusual sake selection. The sake list isn't huge, but it's deeper than usual, with two or three varieties of some small...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30 to closing. Closed Sundays.
Souten (Minami-guchi) - Yakitori: Otsuka
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Tokyo has no shortage of good yakitori shops, but Souten really stands out from the the crowd thanks to the quality of both their chicken and their craft sake. The entrance sports an extra-large...
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Dojo - Yakitori: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Great yakitori, a few well-selected sakes, and reasonable prices at this neighborhood yakitoriya. No English menu.
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Funachu - Yakitori: Ariake
Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
With a history going back nearly seventy years, Funachu are masters of the art of charcoal-grilling chicken and eel. In addition to hefty skewers of poultry, the menu offers some original dishes...
Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Kodawariyama - Yakitori: Tennozu Isle
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm.
Inexpensive yakitori and microbrew beers from Gotemba Kogen.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm.
Akiyoshi - Yakitori: Nakano
Open 5-11pm daily.
It's not fancy, but with its reliable food and very reasonable prices, this small yakitori chain offers good value for money.
Open 5-11pm daily.
Kushibeh - Yakitori: Koenji
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The entryway is plastered with sake labels (usually a good sign), and the sake selection is from all over Japan, with well-chosen seasonal brews that change every month. The yakitori is outstanding,...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Akiyoshi - Yakitori: Ogikubo
Open 5-11:30pm (Sundays 10). Closed Mondays.
It's not fancy, but with its reliable food and very reasonable prices, this small yakitori chain offers good value for money.
Open 5-11:30pm (Sundays 10). Closed Mondays.
Yebisu (Nishi-Ogi north) - Yakitori: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 4pm-midnight daily.
Good, reliable yakitori and Yebisu beer. If they're full, check their branch(es) on the south side of the station.
Open 4pm-midnight daily.
Masa - Yakitori: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 5:30pm-midnight. Closed some Mondays.
While you can find interesting and unusual sake choices at this old-school yakitori shop, the operation feels a bit disorganized - several of our choices were out of stock or almost finished, and it...
Open 5:30pm-midnight. Closed some Mondays.
Toriyoshi (Kichijoji #4) - Yakitori: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-4, 4-11:30pm daily.
The newest and fanciest Kichijoji branch of this excellent yakitoriya, at the entrance to Inokashira Park.
Open 11:30am-4, 4-11:30pm daily.
Fuku - Yakitori: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
The grilled chicken here is just about perfect - the wings and the "kashiwa" (chunks of chicken thigh) are especially recommended, and most of the side dishes and non-chicken grilled items are...
Open 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Genpachi - Yakitori: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Good grilled chicken and a decent sake list to go with it have made this casual yakitoriya a neighborhood favorite. The wings are nicely charred and crisp, while skewers of lamb are full-flavored...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Kushiwakamaru - Yakitori: Naka-Meguro
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
People start lining up early for the excellent yakitori at this legendary neighborhood joint, so we recommend that you get there very early. Same-day reservations can be made from 1-5pm (but make...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Shamoroku - Yakitori: Koshigaya Laketown
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Shamo, a type of chicken that was originally bred in Thailand for cockfighting, is prepared here using the traditional "warayaki" cooking method, where meat and fish are quickly seared over burning...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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