Daikanyama, Naka-Meguro

Daikanyama

Holy (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5456-3363
This spacious cafe offers an eclectic menu of drinks, food and music. It's a comfortable place to hang out, and dogs are allowed.
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-19-8. Open 11am-2am daily.
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.
Three Dog Bakery (Daikanyama - Bakery). 5458-0085
Gourmet dog biscuits, including six varieties of "bagel bones" and plenty more for your pooch.
SunmapSarugakucho 2-7-101. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Weekend Garage Tokyo (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5428-5751
Roughly equidistant from Ebisu, Shibuya and Daikanyama, Weekend Garage is a stylishly hip and surprisingly spacious cafe and hangout spot, with lots of greenery and outdoor seating. The food menu includes a hot sandwich of the day and a grilled platter, with prices around Y900-1200 including a drink.
SunmapDaikanyamacho 1-1, Grava Daikanyama B1F. Open 11am-midnight daily.
!Frames (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5784-3384
A very spacious, relaxing place to while away some time. Wine and other drinks are relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of light dishes to nibble on. Pets are allowed, and dog biscuits and water bowls are available. [Show more]
latedecorSunmapSarugakucho 2-11. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
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.
Tableaux (Daikanyama - International). 5489-2201
Under the same management as Zest and La Boheme, this is one of their two high-ticket California-style restaurants (along with Stellato). There's also a separate bar and cigar-smoking room (with a very effective ventilation system, fortunately).
no smokingSunmapSarugakucho 11-6, Sunroser Daikanyama Bldg, B1F. Open 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Linamha (Daikanyama - Korean). 5458-6300
The first Korean restaurant from the Ken's Chanto/Daidaiya chain, with interesting, not-too-spicy Korean delicacies amid Daikanyama-stylish surroundings.
decorSunmapDaikanyamacho 20-20. Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
!Kaien (Daikanyama - Chinese). 3780-0781
A beautifully decorated classic Chinese restaurant serving updated traditional Cantonese dishes like mango sweet and sour pork (with nice lean pork chunks balanced by the sweet mango) and excellent chili shrimp. Y1680 at lunchtime gets you two half-size portions from eight choices along with rice and dessert, or there are several noodle options at a similar price.
decorSunmapDaikanyamacho 20-20, B2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Sign (Daikanyama - Cafe). 3780-9570
This relaxed cafe-bar is a perfect meeting spot, right in front of Daikanyama station.
SunmapDaikanyamacho 19-14. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Ivy Place (Daikanyama - International). 6415-3232
"Global comfort food" in a lovely, beach-resort-style setting from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor team (Cicada, Beacon). [Show more]
no smokingdecorSunmapSarugakucho 16-15. Open 7am-1am (LO) daily.
!Pachon (Daikanyama - French). 3476-5025
Normandy-based regional cooking from chef Bernard Anquetil (formerly of the popular Brasserie Bernard in Roppongi). Full-course dinners Y6,000 - Y12,000, not including drinks.
SunmapSarugakucho 29-18, Hillside Terrace B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Michelangelo (Daikanyama - Cafe). 3770-9517
This big, European-style cafe opens onto the street for enhanced people-watching, with lots of outdoor seating when the weather permits. The casual food menu includes pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Drinks include Italian wines, grappa and liqueurs. Set lunch from Y1600.
SunmapSarugakucho 29-3. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Le Petit Bedon (Daikanyama - French). 5457-0086
The elegant traditional cuisine and punctilious service in Japanese and French make this charming restaurant popular with the French community. You can enjoy a long, leisurely lunch in the sunny area under the skylight. At lunchtime, the Y4600 Menu Gourmande, with choice of hot and cold appetizers, meat or fish dish, three desserts, and coffee or tea is an excellent value. Dinner from Y8000.
mapHachiyamacho 13-13. Open 6-10pm (LO).
Monsoon Cafe (Daikanyama - World cuisine). 5489-3789
A branch of the Nishi-Azabu and Shibuya Monsoon Cafes, with eclectic Asian cuisine.
no smokinglateSunmapHachiyamacho 15-4. Open 11:30-1am (LO) daily.

Naka-Meguro

Buzenbo (Naka-Meguro - Japanese). 3710-5425
At first glance this elegant space looks like a typical cafe - artful ikebana arrangements on the eight small white tables, a small counter, and Bossa Nova music playing softly in the background. So it may come as a surprise to learn that they offer more than just good espresso - they also have excellent Kyushu-style udon noodles. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapHigashiyama 1-11-15. Open 11:45am-2:30, 7pm-2am daily.
Da Isa (Naka-Meguro - Italian). 5768-3739
Excellent Naples-style pizza from award-winning pizza chef Hisanori Yamamoto at this neighborhood landmark. Weekday lunches are Y1000.
SunmapAobadai 1-28-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Queen Sheba (Naka-Meguro - Ethiopian). 3794-1801
It's hard to describe Ethiopian food as bland, but many of the dishes here taste very similar, and aren't as exciting as they ought to be. They also have live entertainment, including magic shows.
SunmapHigashiyama 1-3-1. Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kinsai (Naka-Meguro - Izakaya). 5725-9025
A casual bar-restaurant from the folks who brought us the original gourmet stand-bar, Buchi, and its French cousin, Bongout Noh. Drinks include wine by the glass and plenty of premium sake brands, and the food menu covers seafood, charcoal-grilled meats, tofu and vegetables, with dishes like foie gras and daikon miso dengaku (Y1400).
lateSunmapAobadai 1-27-12. Open 5pm-1am 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.
!Aburiya Fudo (Naka-Meguro - Izakaya). 3792-4555
Excellent charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables are served here with Korean-style sauces and side dishes. The quality of the meats is first-rate, and there are lots of grilled and stewed organ meats. Drinks include flavored Korean makkoli (sweet, cloudy sake) plus sake and shochu. The spacious counter is warm and comfortable.
lateSunmapHigashiyama 1-6-16. Open 6pm-2am (LO; Sundays 10pm) daily.
Five Star Cafe (Naka-Meguro - Singaporean). 3760-7028
This laid-back restaurant, located in what feels like a cinderblock bunker, serves up tasty, reasonable Singaporean and Malaysian fare. Lunch (11:30-3) is a steal, with classics such as Hainan chicken rice and Malaysian black curry, flavored with shrimp paste and coconut milk, available for Y880. More unusual items, like paper-wrapped chicken appetizers, soft-shell crab in chili sauce, and claypot-steamed rice with chicken and Chinese sausages, can be found on the dinner menu. After 1pm dogs are also welcome.
mapKami-Meguro 3-12-4. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kamachido (Naka-Meguro - Izakaya). 5773-5567
This stylish little izakaya offers a very diverse izakaya menu - grilled meats, gyoza dumplings, oden, and popular gourmet ramen, plus a small but nice sake list. (A sister shop of Aburiya Fudo and Tetsugen.)
SunmapKami-Meguro 3-1-8, Bourree 1F. Open 11:30am-4, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Snobbish Babies (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 3461-7601
Take your doggy for a leisurely meal at Snobbish Babies, a high-end canine clothing store and cafe along the Meguro River. Choose crepes, beef stew, or the daily lunch plate for yourself, and pick something off the Dog Menu for your four-legged friend. Lunch until 5pm.
SunmapAobadai 2-16-8. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Aoya (Naka-Meguro - Japanese regional). 3464-1615
Located in a Showa-era house, this charming lunch spot along the backstreets of trendy Aobadai serves up healthy Japanese home cooking and specialty teas. The Obanzai set for Y1200 changes daily and comes with three side dishes, miso soup, and your choice of gokoku-mai (a blend of white rice plus five grains) or brown rice from Kyoto. Lunch is until 3pm, and drinks and desserts like matcha cake are available until six. After that, the cafe is open to members only.
SunmapAobadai 1-15-10. Open 11:30am-6pm. Closed first, third Mondays.
!Torimikura (Naka-Meguro - Yakitori). 5725-3130
Excellent chicken and game bird dishes and seasonal grilled vegetables. Twenty kinds of sake and 100 varieties of shochu. Budget around Y5000-6000 per person.
mapAobadai 1-22-4, Ma Mall B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm (LO; 3am Fri, Sat). Closed Sundays.
!Kushiwakamaru (Naka-Meguro - Yakitori). 3715-9292
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 sure that you show up on time!). Budget around Y3000 for a filling meal with drinks.
SunmapKami-Meguro 1-19-2. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Koop Cafe (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 5725-6055
This late-night riverfront cafe offers a casual Italian-Mediterranean menu and open-air seating up front.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-5-10, Meguro Mansion 106. Open 11:30am-2:30am (LO) daily.
Aguri Good Moon (Naka-Meguro - Izakaya). 3760-0708
This riverfront "designer izakaya" serves both Japanese and European dishes and drinks, including sake and shochu. Dinner is around Y5000 at dinnertime with drinks.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-5-10. Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily.
Kochi (Naka-Meguro - Kyushu). 5722-2778
This busy shochu specialist, with room for only 25 (including the outdoor seating that spills out onto the sidewalk), features over 100 varieties, along with Kagoshima style cooking. Nibble on izakaya standards like grilled chicken and buta no kakuni, or more unusual items like chicken sashimi. Budget around Y4000.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-4-3, Excel Naka-Meguro 103. Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily.
Kitchen Troquet (Naka-Meguro - Ramen). 5722-8939
Kitchen Troquet is a small, ten-seat restaurant from the folks who brought us Buono Buono, a lunchtime-only Italian-fusion ramen shop which was located just around the corner. Here they've expanded their horizons to include pork cutlets, omelettes, ebi-fry and tomato curry - "food that both children and adults can enjoy" as they helpfully explain. The main draw though once again is their very unusual take on ramen, served in a hearty, tomato-based broth. [Show more]
SunmapKami-Meguro 1-4-3, Excel Naka-Meguro 104. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Red Book (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 3710-3438
This tiny cafe serves tasty curries and dirt-cheap beer all day long. Choose from chicken, keema, or one of their daily specials (from Y650). The sea green walls scream Bangkok, while the single chandelier and squat velour bar seats seem lifted from New Orleans' French Quarter. Together with the tattooed, fedora-wearing clientele, the atmosphere is pure Tokyo.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-3-2. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
N_1155 (Naka-Meguro - Mediterranean). 3760-1001
Fresh organic produce is the pride of this casual, stylish dining bar. The simple menu complements the nice selection of organic and biodynamic wines. Bruschetta, baby shrimp and tomatoes sauteed in garlic oil, and other tapas-style dishes are available on the first floor, while more substantial fare such as Australian lamb and veal can be ordered upstairs, with full-course dinners from Y2800. The smoke-free environment is a plus.
no smokingSunmapKami-Meguro 1-1-55. Open noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
!Hatos Bar (Naka-Meguro - Beer bar). 6452-4505
Excellent American-style barbecue and nice microbrew beers to go with them are the surprising finds at this charming neighborhood bar. Richly marbled pork belly was our favorite, but we also greatly enjoyed Hatos's baby-back ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and very flavorful barbecued chicken. An array of various hot sauces is available if you want to liven things up further. [Show more]
mapNaka-Meguro 1-3-5. Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Vinos Yamazaki (Naka-Meguro - Liquor shop). 5794-8058
This well-stocked wine shop also sells assorted cheeses.
SunmapNaka-Meguro 1-10-21, BALS Store 1F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
!Mitsuyado (Naka-Meguro - Ramen). 3715-0079
Mitsuyado's double-cheese ramen is the perfect late-night bowl of ramen after a few drinks. Unusual for a ramen shop, there's some open-air terrace seating.
SunmapKami-Meguro 3-3-9. Open 11:30am-12:30am daily.
Cecil B (Naka-Meguro - Bar). 3713-6613
It's an early-sixties swinging bachelor pad, with charmingly kitsch decor and a nice collection of vinyl R and B spun on their old-fashioned record player. Drinks are reasonable, and there's a small food menu if you're in the mood for some grub, daddy-o.
latemapKami-Meguro 3-7-5-102. Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sun, 1st and 3rd Mon.
!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.
Shu (Naka-Meguro - American). 3712-6661
While gumbo, jazz, and soul music make likely partners in certain parts of the world - namely, New Orleans - the combination seems somewhat bizarre in Tokyo. Oddly enough, the bar's okra-thickened signature dish is not far off the mark.
SunmapKami-Meguro 4-9-2. Open 7pm-1am. Closed Tuesdays.
Nakameguro Taproom (Naka-Meguro - Brewpub). 5768-3025
While its office-building setting and generic wood-paneled-den decor aren't especially inviting, this branch of the Taproom attracts an audience of foreign and Japanese beer lovers with its excellent microbrews. There are usually around twenty varieties on tap from parent company's Baird Brewery in Shizuoka, along with two or three guest beers from US breweries. The food menu features "New Haven-style pizzas" and salads. Open from noon on weekends.
no smokingSunmapKami-Meguro 2-1-3, Naka-Meguro GT Plaza C-Tower 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Ceylon Inn (Naka-Meguro - Sri Lankan). 3716-0440
Excellent, authentic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by native chefs at this friendly little neighborhood spot. The chef's special menu includes chicken live stew, fish curry and masala chicken. Budget around Y2500 for dinner, Y1000 for lunch.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-7-8. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Seirinkan (Naka-Meguro - Italian). 3714-5160
The camouflage net-covered, cast-iron exterior of Seirinkan (formerly acclaimed pizzeria Savoy) strikes an imposing figure, but inside atmosphere is lively and fun. Although they serve only two kinds of pizza here - marinara and margherita - taciturn owner Susumu Kakinuma bakes both to perfection in the wood-fired oven downstairs. [Show more]
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-6-4. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Bar Agrado (Naka-Meguro - Mediterranean). 6659-7223
Tapas and grilled items, a good selection of sherry, plus around 5 wines by the glass are available at this pleasant bar, located on a small side street behind the Nakameguro GT building. The first floor, with its counter seating (and standing room at the front), has a cozy, chilled out feel. Table seating can be found on the second floor. (Open 4-11:30pm Sundays and holidays.)
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 2-7-10. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO) daily.
Potager Marche (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 6303-1105
Gorgeous vegetable bentos, deli-style dishes, soups, vegetable pastries and juices are all ready to take away at this deli-style branch of the nearby Patisserie Potager; there's also a small in-store cafe area if you want to eat here. The ten-piece vegetable nigiri sushi (Y1260) is a standout.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-18-13. Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Patisserie Potager (Naka-Meguro - Bakery). 6279-7753
If you love dessert but also love vegetables, this unique pastry shop is the place for you. Sample tempting creations like avocado cheesecake, buckwheat chai mousse, arugula jelly with black-sesame and soy-milk mousse, and daikon and yuzu mousse wrapped in chocolate. There's a twenty-seat open-air terrace cafe in front of the shop where you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee along with your vegetable-based sweets.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-44-9. Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.
!Ka-Ku-Ra (Naka-Meguro - Curry). 3710-0299
Medicinal-herb curries are the specialty here; prices range from Y1000-1900. They often run out, so call ahead or have a backup plan.
SunmapKami-Meguro 2-42-13. Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Sri Balaji (Naka-Meguro - Indian). 5724-8995
Sri Balaji promises authentic South Indian cuisine, and they deliver on the promise quite capably. The large menu includes a good selection of dosas, soups and tandoori dishes as well as various curries.
SunmapNaka-Meguro 2-7-14. Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
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