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This guide covers the area including Aoyama 1-chome, Akasaka-Mitsuke, Akasaka station, Tameike-Sanno, and Roppongi 1-chome. Listings near the Hotel New Otani can be found in the Kioicho section of the Iidabashi page.
This guide covers the area including Aoyama 1-chome, Akasaka-Mitsuke, Akasaka station, Tameike-Sanno, and Roppongi 1-chome. Listings near the Hotel New Otani can be found in the Kioicho section of the Iidabashi page.
Bordering neighborhoods:

Aoyama 1-chome

Pondichery - Indian: Aoyama 1-chome
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Good South Indian cuisine from the management of the Mumbai restaurant chain. Lunches are priced from Y850, dinners from Y1500. Lunch is served until 5pm, and on weekends and holidays there's an...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kuro Mugi - Soba: Aoyama 1-chome
Open 11:30am-4, 5-8:30pm (LO; Sat -7pm). Closed Sundays.
Good handmade soba noodles. One of the most popular dishes is sanshoku (three-color) soba, made up of green tea, poppy seed and regular seiro noodles. Other specialties include sarashina and...
Open 11:30am-4, 5-8:30pm (LO; Sat -7pm). Closed Sundays.

Akasaka-Mitsuke

Note: Restaurants in or near the Hotel New Otani can be found in the Kioicho section of the Kagurazaka/Iidabashi page.

East of Sotobori-dori

Zipangu - International: Akasaka
Open 5pm-2:30am (LO) daily.
Japanese fusion, sushi, sake and drinks in a very spectacular, fun setting. Budget around Y10,000 for dinner and drinks.
Open 5pm-2:30am (LO) daily.
Ninja Akasaka - International: Akasaka
Open 5pm-2am daily.
You might go only once for the novelty factor, but this entertaining ninja-themed restaurant has better food than one might expect. Multi-course tasting menus are Y5,555-15,000 and feature dishes...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Stockholm - Swedish: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO 9:30-10). Closed Sundays.
Pickled herring and much more - their awe-inspiring smorgasbord is a real adventure in dining, so come with a hearty appetite. They also have an impressive selection of eight distinctive aquavits. ...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO 9:30-10). Closed Sundays.
Istanbul - Turkish: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Good Turkish cooking from this Tokyo Turkish pioneer (the original Shinjuku restaurant has been in business since 1988). Belly dancing Wednesday through Saturday nights. Budget around Y4000 at...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Twelve beers from the Yona Yona (Yo-Ho Brewery) lineup are on tap here, including hand-pumped Yona Yona Real Ale and the very nice Aooni IPA. Food menu highlights include good roast chicken, and...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Akasaka TokyuPlaza) - Kushiage: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Good deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers from this popular chain.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Kita Oji - Kaiseki: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The excellent Y2000 bento lunch served in an elegant private room at Kita Oji feels like one of Tokyo's very affordable luxuries. Yes, it's all individual rooms for parties of 2-70, furnished with...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

West of Sotobori-dori

Lizzeran - Spanish: Akasaka
Open 8am-2pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Budget pinchos snacks, starting at Y220 (Y200 at lunchtime) are the draw at this lively Spanish cafe-bar, along with reasonably priced drinks. And they're open from 8am if you're in the mood for a...
Open 8am-2pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Spain Club Ala - Spanish: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tasty tapas and main dishes and reasonable Spanish wines from the popular Spanish chain.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Chinese Cafe Eight - Chinese: Akasaka
Open 24 hours a day.
You'll find great Peking Duck here - just Y3680 for a portion big enough for three or four people - plus a big menu of surprisingly inexpensive dumplings and small-plate dishes.
Open 24 hours a day.
Ajirutei - Wine bar: Akasaka
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Somewhere between bistro and beer hall lies the ambiguous territory of the wine izakaya. Ajirutei occupies a space that looks as though it was once a sports bar. Despite the cheerful red walls and...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Schmatz - German: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This casual German beer bar started life as a food truck at the Aoyama Farmers Market, and the kitchen offers a small but well-executed menu of schnitzel, sausages and other meaty German fare to go...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sangendou - Izakaya: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-3am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
This very reasonably priced izakaya chain offers good food and good value, as well as convenient late-night hours at this branch. The impressively diverse menu features soba noodles, kushiyaki (both...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-3am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
Rokuhara - Kushiage: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Top-quality seafood, meats and vegetables go into the kushiage here, and while the average dinnertime budget is around Y6000, lunch is a real bargain at just Y1000. The set lunch features eight...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Umaya - Japanese: Akasaka
Open 11am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
A beautiful rustic-style restaurant opened by famed kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke. Lunches start from Y1000, dinners from Y3000. Food includes homemade tofu, and the drinks menu features Kyushu...
Open 11am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Spajiro - Yoshoku: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
One of the draws of this retro-style Japanese spaghetti chain is the ability to customize your bowl almost endlessly. Spaghetti comes in tomato-based, cream-based and Japanese-style (soy...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Gaburi Chicken - Chicken: Akasaka
Open 5pm-5am daily.
With numerous branches all over Tokyo, this Nagoya-based fried-chicken chain must be doing something right. Their chicken tends to be on the oily end of the spectrum, juicy rather than crisp, fried...
Open 5pm-5am daily.
511 - Steak house: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The concept at this steak specialist is kaiseki-style cuisine showcasing the highest grades of Kobe beef, grilled to perfection in the kitchen's specially made brick ovens. Prix-fixe dinners run...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fujitohachi - Japanese regional: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
This comfortably casual izakaya showcases the food of both Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, with some nicely prepared local dishes that are usually hard to find in Tokyo. At the top of our list...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.

Akasaka station

135 Tavern - Izakaya: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Charcoal-grilled, kushiyaki-style brochettes and steaks are the main specialties here, with some very good Japanese craft beers to wash them down. The attractively furnished dining room is...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Tinun Taikoku Ramen - Thai: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Inexpensive Thai noodles.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm. 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.
Yomo - Liquor shop: Akasaka
Open 10am-1am (Sat 10-9, Sun 12-8) daily.
Going strong since 1624, Yomo offers a very nice selection of sake and shochu on the first floor and an impressive collection of mainly French wines down in the basement.
Open 10am-1am (Sat 10-9, Sun 12-8) daily.
Safari - African: Akasaka
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Home-style African dishes from across the continent and a great soundtrack of African music are the draws at this festive little bar-restaurant. The menu covers the range from simple kebabs, pilafs...
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Mixology - Bar: Akasaka
Open 6pm-3am (Sat -2am). Closed Sundays.
This seems to a more tourist-friendly branch of Yaesu's legendary Codename Mixology bar, known for their amazingly inventive cocktail creations. It might be hard to imagine a blue-cheese martini or...
Open 6pm-3am (Sat -2am). Closed Sundays.
Den Den Den - Kyushu: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Free-range chicken dishes and other specialties from Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Kyushu, plus shochu and microbrew beers from down there. The atmosphere is funky-casual izakaya-style.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Bikini - Spanish: Akasaka
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Delirium Cafe Reserve - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akasaka
Open 11am-midnight (Sun-Tue -11pm) daily.
Ten Belgian beers are served on draft here, with 100 more by the bottle. The simple menu includes pastas, Flemish-style beef stew, and of course mussels. The big, shiny semi-circular bar is the...
Open 11am-midnight (Sun-Tue -11pm) daily.
Zakuro - Japanese: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This "Japanese folkcraft restaurant" specializes in expensive domestic beef dishes served in old-fashioned private dining rooms. Shabu-shabu dinners are priced Y9,300-15,500 and sukiyaki is Y16,500....
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Do-zo - Izakaya: Akasaka
Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
This self-consciously casual drinking spot offers a wide food menu - everything from Okinawan pork stews and stir-fries to udon noodles carbonara and brown-sugar creme brulee.
Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
Hainan Chi-fan - Singaporean: Akasaka
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A cozy little shop specializing in the famous Singaporean chicken-rice dish and a surprisingly big menu of other street-stall dishes; some take-out is available.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Zum Eichen Platz - German: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Unir - Coffee shop: Akasaka
Open 24 hours a day.
A branch of the Kyoto-based gourmet coffee chain, Unir is attached to the hotel that never sleeps, Hotel M Innsomnia, and is of course open 24 hours a day. The food menu includes croissants,...
Open 24 hours a day.
Yamaya - Liquor shop: Akasaka
Open 10am-10pm daily.
A discount wine retailer with a good selection.
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Uotami - Izakaya: Akasaka
Open 5pm-5am daily.
An inexpensive and lively chain of izakayas with very convenient hours and all private dining rooms.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Weberhaus - Austrian: Akasaka
Open 5:30-10:30pm. Closed weekends.
This rather informal restaurant prepares Austrian food - particularly the cuisine of the South Styria region - including crepe-like palatschinken pancakes and wiener schnitzel. There are a few...
Open 5:30-10:30pm. Closed weekends.
Hobgoblin Pub - British pub: Akasaka
Open 11am-3, 5pm-late (no lunch Sat). Closed Sundays.
Draught British beers and food, plus sports shown on big-screen TVs and a lively expat crowd. Weekday lunch is Y999; no lunch on weekends.
Open 11am-3, 5pm-late (no lunch Sat). Closed Sundays.
Bois Cereste - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akasaka
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
A quiet Japanese bar serving an incredible selection of Belgian beers for serious beer connoisseurs, including many brands you won't find elsewhere in Japan. Prices average around Y1,200 a bottle. ...
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Moti (TBS) - Indian: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Another local branch of this popular Indian chain, with a good selection of vegetable-based choices.
Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Jubako - Unagi: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This top-class traditional ryotei occupies a beautiful stand-alone house in the middle of Akasaka, and has been serving fine unagi-centered meals for 200 years. Prix-fixe lunches from Y13,000,...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kagura - Japanese regional: Akasaka
Open 4-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Kagura is run by the Fukumitsuya sake brewery in Kanazawa, and it showcases their line-up of premium sakes. The food menu focuses on Kaga-ryori - the regional cuisine of Kanazawa. Prix-fixe menus...
Open 4-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Aozai - Vietnamese: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 4-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Respectable mid-level Vietnamese dining from an old neighborhood standby.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 4-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Authentic - Burgers: Akasaka
Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
This cozy backstreet diner serves a menu of American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches, to stay or to go. The unusual broccoli cheeseburger (Y1270) is one of our favorites - the slightly crunchy...
Open 11am-2, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Kikunoi - Kaiseki: Akasaka
Open noon-1, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Third-generation kaiseki chef (and sometime TV celeb) Yoshihiro Murata is known for his innovative approach to kaiseki cuisine, drawing on French cooking techniques and ingredients. He has two...
Open noon-1, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Comme a la Maison - French: Akasaka
Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
If you don't mind spending around Y10,000/person for bistrot-style seating and a fairly limited menu, the food here is pretty good - authentic regional dishes from the southwest of France.
Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Django - International: Akasaka
Open 11am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This small neighborhood spot serves good, original California-style cuisine and reasonably priced New World wines, and is popular with the international community. The fusiony menu is full of...
Open 11am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hot Pepper - Thai: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
A small, friendly shop with good inexpensive Thai food.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.

Tameike-Sanno

Shunju - Japanese: Tameike
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Charcoal-grilled meats and fish, nabe stews and rice dishes, with sake, shochu, and Italian and French wines to drink. The decor is simple - plain blond-wood chairs and tables - with few...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Spice Diner - Indian: Tameike
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Tandoori dishes and spicy curries are paired with Japanese craft beers at this unpretentious basement Indian restaurant. The generous tandoori platter was the star of the evening during a recent...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Tameike
Open 11am-8pm. Closed weekends.
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...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed weekends.
Mixx Bar - Bar: Tameike
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Mixx is among the first bars in Tokyo to wholeheartedly embrace the trend of molecular mixology. Signature cocktails include the Caprese, spiced tomato juice and vodka topped with mozzarella foam and...
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Pierre Gagnaire - French: Tameike
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Modern, very creative French cuisine from one of France's top chefs. Prix-fixe lunches are Y6,000-10,000; dinners 18,000 to 23,000. There's also a Y3800 "express lunch" on weekdays. Jackets are...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Champagne Bar - Bar: Tameike
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This refurbished bar, hovering over the main lobby of the ANA Hotel, serves several different champagnes by the glass or the bottle, ranging from Y1300 to Y3000 per glass. There's also a limited...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.

Roppongi 1-chome

Minsk - Belarusian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Excellent home-style "Belarus home cooking" by native chefs. The decor is minimal (elaborately stacked vodka bottles, a vodka-themed calendar on the wall), but the food is uniformly good - from the...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Edition Koji Shimomura - French: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sophisticated, modern and creative cuisine from Chef Shimomura, a veteran of several distinguished restaurants in the French provinces. Prix-fixe lunches from Y4200, dinners from Y9450.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Wayang Bali - Indonesian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Very good Indonesian fare at this "small-plate izakaya," including a range of sate skewers, stews, salads and vegetable dishes. The dining area is more festive than you might expect from its...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fermintxo Boca - Spanish: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.
Alluring Basque-style bocadillo baguette sandwiches are served at lunchtime here, and the namesake Fermintxo Boca sandwich (grilled Iberico pork loin, mozzarella and pimento) is especially...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.
3rd Burger - Burgers: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Budget almost-gourmet burgers in a fast-food setting, along with fruit and vegetable smoothies. Pungent marinated Japanese mustard greens and wasabi-tartar sauce add some sparkle to the namesake 3rd...
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk - Coffee shop: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 8am-10pm daily.
A pleasantly appointed branch of the gourmet espresso-bar chain; they also serve alcoholic beverages for a few hours in the evening. The espresso here is unusually thick and sludge-like, and quite...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar - International: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gourmet pizzas with exotic toppings make up the core of the menu here, with choices like lamb sausage and goat cheese, roast peppers and eggplant, or chicken meatballs with mushrooms, red onions and...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Aux Bacchanales - Cafe: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
A cheerful cafe with a nice lunch menu (under Y1,000) and a take-away bakery department.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bubby's - American: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gourmet burgers, home-made pies and brunch items from the famous Tribeca, New York, diner. Breakfast is served from 8am on weekdays, with dishes like banana-walnut pancakes, granola with fresh...
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Taco Rico - Tex-Mex: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
The tacos, burritos and burrito bowls here come with fillings of pork, grilled chicken, or avocado-shrimp. Tacos come in two-piece or three-piece platters, with an optional additional topping of...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Honoji - Izakaya: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Reasonable izakaya fare and a good selection of sake at this down-to-earth drinking spot; budget around Y3500 for food and drink in the evening.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
La Chasse - French: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The two tiny dining rooms are rustic and cave-like, the stucco walls decorated with animal pelts and a boar's head. The name means "the hunt", and the specialty is seasonal game (pheasant, boar,...
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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Updated 2016-11-28