Gaienmae, Sendagaya

Aoyama-dori (west to east), Gaienmae station

(Aoyama-dori listings are continued in the Aoyama 1-chome/Akasaka guide.)
Uotami (Izakaya). 3408-4288
A very inexpensive izakaya-style menu, with the emphasis on fresh seafood. Good food for the price, and mostly private rooms.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-8-40, 2F. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Kinka Hanten (Dim sum). 3479-4967
A wide selection of freshly made dim sum is available all day long; there's also a big a la carte menu plus assorted dinners and all-you-can-eat specials. The room won't win any interior decorating awards, but the cooking is solid, the service pleasant and professional.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-1-30, Sumitomo Seimei Bldg., B1F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Tony Roma's (American). 3479-5214
American-style ribs, casual atmosphere.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-1-30, Sumitomo Seimei Bldg., B1F. Open noon to 10:30pm (LO) daily.
!L'As (French). 3406-0880
Modern French cuisine from Chef Daisuke Kaneko, a veteran of Alain Senderens in Paris and La Becasse in Osaka. The seven-course prix-fixe dinner or weekend lunch, the only menu choice, is just Y5250. Weekend lunch is served noon-1pm (last order).
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 4-16-3, Minami-Aoyama Kotori Bldg 1F. Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tues, some Wed.
!Eat (Burgers). 6459-2432
This ambitious American-style diner serves one of the few lamb burgers in town, and they do a terrific job. With minimal dressing on the burger, it's all about the very flavorful meat, beautifully grilled and lightly seasoned. If you prefer something beefier, the shop's flagship Kobe beef burger is also very impressive, as are the regular wagyu burger and the Balentien burger, which turns out to be a spicy Cajun chicken patty. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 2-27-18. Open 11:30am-5:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Architect Cafe (Cafe). 5771-2570
This stylish design-centered cafe offers architecture magazines to browse through while you sip your coffee. They serve a small breakfast buffet (Y1200) from 7-10am.
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 2-27-18, Aoyama M's Tower 2F. Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Ume no Hana (Tofu). 5412-0855
A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 2-27-18, Aoyama M's Tower Passage 2F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Raika Seirankyo (Chinese). 5786-9399
Good modern Chinese cooking - their clay-pot tofu, cashew chicken and fried pork belly are especially recommended. If you're in a celebratory mood, the menu offers some luxurious special dishes like Peking Duck and Abalone Steak in Oyster Sauce. Prix-fixe menus are priced from Y3675 at lunchtime, Y6300 at dinner, but you can also order a la carte (budget around Y5,000-10,000 for dinner and drinks; Y2000 at lunch).
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 2-27-18, Passage Aoyama 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sign (Cafe). 5474-5040
A convenient Gaienmae meeting spot, with music listening booths as well as a coffee and food menu.
SunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Office (Bar). 5786-1052
For those who hate leaving work, this popular DJ bar is decorated like an office, with file cabinets, bookshelves, and copier machine. Different DJs nightly, a young crowd, a full food menu, and a good nighttime view down Aoyama-dori.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm to 3am daily.
!Touan (Yakitori). 5770-5767
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 at a comfortable counter or in semi-private nooks.
SunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-7-25. Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
!!Aquavit (Swedish). 5413-3300
Modern Scandinavian cuisine and spiffy Swedish design from internationally renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, known for his highly acclaimed Aquavit and Riingo restaurants in New York City. Lunches from Y1500 and dinners from Y6800; there's also a lounge area serving drinks and lighter food. Jackets are recommended for men in the dining room. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-5-8, Aoyama OM Square 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
!Aquavit Bar (Bar). 5413-3300
This very stylish Scandinavian-design lounge features immense Austin Powers-style chairs in which you can plot world domination while you sip on unusual aquavit-based cocktails. They also serve home-made aquavit (Scandinavian schnapps) in eye-opening flavors like coconut-espresso and mango-lime-chili. The small food menu includes Swedish nibbles like roast beets with goat cheese (Y1750); and duck confit with lamb ragout (Y2400).
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-5-8, Aoyama OM Square 1F. Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Long Fu (Chinese). 5474-7888
Reasonably priced Chinese fare; dinner plans with open bar start at Y3500.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 2-12-16, Ishizuka Shoji Building B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11:30pm daily.
Tomitoku (Chinese). 3497-3111
Well-prepared Cantonese standards are served here in a very ordinary-looking Chinese-restaurant dining room. The Y2100 weekend lunch features good-sized portions of shrimp in chili sauce, sweet and sour pork, stir-fried vegetables, smoked-meat starters, egg-drop soup, and almond jelly for dessert - no real surprises, but everything is nicely put together. Weekday lunches start at Y1050, with full-course dinners from Y4200.
SunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-3-1, C.I. Plaza. Open 11am-10pm (LO 9:30) daily.
Tama (Izakaya). 5772-3933
The decor is minimalist industrial (all burnished steel counters and crisp metal blinds), the attitude is sophisticated without being snobbish, and the food is custom-designed izakaya fare based on the classics. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decormapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-3-1, C.I. Plaza 2F. Open 11am-2, 5:30pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama (Cafe). 5414-6170
This spacious cafe offers typical cafe fare (pastas, sandwiches) during the day, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries from their in-store bakery. In the evening the menu widens to include grilled meats and fish and other Mediterranean-inspired fare. There's some outdoor terrace seating overlooking the Jingu Gaien promenade.
SunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-1-19. Open 11am-11pm daily.

Gaien-Nishi-dori (south to north)

!Florilege (French). 6440-0878
Luxurious modern French cooking and warm service; the chef here was the former sous chef at the Michelin three-star restaurant Quintessence. Prix-fixe lunches are Y4,200, dinners are Y10,500 (+10% sc). Tables are in great demand, so you might need to book a month or two in advance.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 4-9-9, Aoyama TMI 1F. Open noon-1:30, 6:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
!Motoyoshi (Tempura). 3401-0722
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 stylish tempura specialist pays particular attention to the quality of his seasonal ingredients. Seafood and vegetables are dipped briefly in batter - just enough to protect their modesty - and fried to perfection. Perfection, however, does not come cheap. Budget Y10,000 for dinner and drinks.
mapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-2-4, Central Aoyama No. 6-BA. Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Pommeke (Belgian rest/beer bar). 6804-5884
Belgian frites (fried potatoes) - prepared by a former chef at the Belgian embassy - are the specialty at this casual standing bar. Frites are priced at Y550 for a medium-size portion (actually fairly hefty) and Y650 for an even larger ration. They come with a choice of plain mayonnaise or several other dips (although some of the extra-special dips run an extra Y50). If you're very hungry you can add on small side dishes like meatballs in tomato sauce or Flemish carbonade, a delicious beef and onion stew made with brown beer. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-12-27. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Dai-ichi Jingu (Yakiniku). 3401-9146
Korean barbecue prepared over charcoal braziers. Dinner with drinks averages around Y8000.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-41-8. (on Gaien-Nishi-dori) Open 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Azzurra (Italian). 3497-1586
Skillfully constructed fish dishes and pastas from an extensive menu that changes daily.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-38-12, Puzzle Aoyama Bldg. B1F. Open 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Shinkawaya (Liquor shop). 3401-4462
A small but well-chosen selection of sake and shochu, with lots of shochu available for tasting.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-4-1. Open 9am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
!Le Gaulois (French). 3404-0820
Le Gaulois turns out impressively accomplished French cuisine, but despite the serious kitchen it maintains the warm, down-to-earth feel of a neighborhood restaurant. The food is creative but unpretentious, relying on impeccable ingredients and painstaking attention to detail. The four-course, Y6800 prix-fixe menu represents good value for money, and the wine list is well put together and reasonably priced. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-3-18. Open noon-2:30, 6-9pm. Closed Mondays.
To The Herbs (Italian). 3404-6699
The pastas and pizzas are well-constructed and reasonably priced, although sometimes they use unusual ingredients (such as in their dessert pizzas). The dining room is spacious and attractive, and the hours convenient - open for both late-afternoon lunch and evening drinks.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-6-1. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!!Galali (Izakaya). 3408-2818
This stylish little izakaya offers excellent food, a good sake selection, and an entire menu page devoted to different varieties of salt - 12 of them in all. Charcoal-grilled seafood and vegetables are among the food highlights. Budget around Y2500 without drinks. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-6-5. Open 6pm-3am daily.
Gar Eden (Italian). 6721-1444
An Italian restaurant with a good craft-beer selection is a nice find, but if you're not hungry you can come just for the beer. The ten taps dispense an assortment of Japanese, US and European craft beers, with some unusual finds (a Swiss sour ale!) that we haven't seen elsewhere. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-6-6. Open 6-11:30pm daily.

Jingumae 2-chome

Yao (Cafe). 3475-0860
The menu here is French-influenced casual cafe fare - liver mousse, ratatouille, mussels and clams steamed in white wine, roast beets with Roquefort cheese. French wines start at around Y3000. Budget around Y2500 for food at dinnertime.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-33-12, Villa Bianca 1F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Curry Up (Curry). 5775-5446
Having conquered the worlds of music and fashion, "A Bathing Ape" founder Nigo has turned his attention to curry rice. The small Curry Up shop on the northern edge of Harajuku was designed by Wonderwall and reportedly named by hiphop producer Pharrell Williams. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-35-9-105. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Kazusaya Shinkichi (Izakaya). 3401-3917
Inexpensive sashimi and other fish dishes, offering good quality for the price. There's an assortment of premium sake brands as well as shochu to drink. (Formerly called Higashi-no-17.) Cash only.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-19-16. Open 4-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
After Sayak (Bar). 090-6002-1628
This tiny, funky ten-seat bar run by Guam native Jamie Skye attracts a mostly local crowd, both Japanese and foreign. Music ranges from String Cheese Incident to Style Council to Scandinavian jazz.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-20-12. Open 8pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Bonobo (Bar). unlisted
This comfortable sofa-furnished lounge attracts a Japanese hipster crowd and features jazzy DJs and occasional live performances; there's also a tiny art gallery and chill space upstairs. The hidden entrance is at the back of another bar.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-23-4. Open 8pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
!!Emilia (Italian). 3402-5517
Skillful Italian cooking in a casual but comfortable trattoria setting. Main courses include game in season, and the finest small-farm-raised meats and regional seafood year-round. There's a good selection of wines under Y7000, with at least a half dozen by the glass. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-25-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Bessho (Liquor shop). 3401-1991
This small neighborhood shop stocks a good selection of wines from around the world, sold at very reasonable prices.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-25-5. Open 3-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Le Sang des Poetes (Bar). 5771-5598
More suited to chilling out than carousing, this quiet neighborhood bar plays prog-rock and is furnished with bookcases overflowing with poetry books, with an emphasis on the Beat era. Decorated in a vivid red-and-black color scheme, it's perched in a tiny fourth-floor garret that's reachable only via a narrow outdoor spiral staircase.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-3-26, La Boite Noir 4F. Open 6pm-1am (Sun 3-10pm). Closed Mondays.
!Cocongo (Cafe). 3475-8980
The decor of this cute little cafe is a mix of early-sixties batchelor-pad modern with African and Asian knick-knacks, while the soundtrack covers the range of Afro-pop and world music. There are plenty of cozy seating areas, including a couple of chairs perched in the tiny back garden. The menu features flavored teas, original cocktails, Singaporean chicken rice and Thai curries.
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-31-9. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Az Finom (Hungarian). 5913-8073
Well-prepared Hungarian food and an excellent selection of around 40-50 Hungarian wines, mostly under Y10,000 and mostly served by the glass. The dining space has an old-fashioned European air about it, with a big wide counter area, three tables and a tiny private room off to one side. [Show more]
no smokingmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-19-5, Azuma Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bepocah (Peruvian). 6804-1377
Bepocah serves upscale Peruvian fare, with an impressive selection of cebiches, tiraditos and other marinated fresh-seafood dishes. Prix-fixe menus are Y4500 and Y5000, or you can order a la carte. The convenient late-night hours - open until 5am on weekend nights - are an added bonus.
latemapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-17-6. Open 5pm-2am (Fr, Sa -5am). Closed Sundays.


RH Cafe (Cafe). 3470-6839
Espresso beverages, teas, salads and other light cafe fare. Prices are a bit higher than average, but the dining area is stylish and spacious. Located inside the Ron Herman store.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-11-1. Open 9am-9pm daily.
!Galali (Izakaya). 5786-1820
This branch of Galali offers a big selection of shochu, mostly the kokuto (sugarcane) variety, and excellent food to go with it. The rustic interior is intimate and comfortable, although the building can be a bit shaky when large trucks rumble past. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-6-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Hendrix (Curry). 3479-3857
This curry specialist has a relaxed, cafe-style atmosphere and is popular with local residents.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-13-2. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Curie (Curry). 3475-9777
Convenient to nearby baseball, soccer and rugby stadia, this unpretentious neighborhood counter-shop serves good, old-fashioned European-style Japanese curries in meat and seafood variations. Options include various cheese toppings.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-33-1. Open 11:30am-7pm (Sat, Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
Chohakkai (Dim sum). 3401-3775
Shanghai-style dim sum and other dishes.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 1-7-11. (past Sendagaya pool and Mos Burger) Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Chaco (Steak house). 3402-6066
A friendly Japanese-style steakhouse. The decor and menu are pretty old-school (they've been here since 1979), but the steaks are good, and fairly reasonable in price.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 1-7-12. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Mondays.
!Isaribi (Izakaya). 5474-3380
Fresh seafood from Hakodate (Hokkaido) and a nice sake selection in this large, modern izakaya.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 1-30-8, B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Ausu (Italian). 3497-1140
Good-quality neighborhood Italian.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-20-2. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO; 9 on Sundays). Open every day.


Good Life Lounge (Bar). 5474-7789
This casually hip bar and sometime music performance space is often open many hours later than the official midnight closing time. No cover charge.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-1-8. Open 7pm-midnight daily.
!Kowloon (Chinese). 3402-3202
The specialty of the house is dragon ramen, made with large chunks of kakuni (stewed pork), tomatoes and octopus. They also offer garlicky gyoza and simple stir-fry dishes, all of very high quality.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-1-8. (Meiji-dori, just north of Sendagaya Shogakko) Open 11:30-2am (to 10:30pm Sun.). Open every day.
Terra Australis (Australian). 6455-4827
Run by an Australian wine importer, this stylish upscale dining spot focuses on modern Australian cuisine, with prix-fixe dinners starting at Y5800. The third-floor bar is open until 11pm (last order) and offers a more casual food menu.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-29-2. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Tas Yard (Cafe). 3470-3940
A very pleasant garden-style cafe with decent food and drink.
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-3-14. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Himalaya Curry (Nepalese). 3423-8455
Lots of good curries, great momo dumplings and "special nan" - potato, keema, coconut, etc. - at very affordable prices. The tiny basement dining space is enlivened by Nepalese music videos. Open all day long, with lunch served to 4pm.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-3-3, Executive Harajuku B1F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Mangia Pesce (Italian). 3403-7735
A luxury-level Italian trattoria, with lunch from Y1500, dinner from Y6500.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-50-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Be A Good Neighbor (Coffee shop). 5770-3195
Serious espresso is served at this tiny neighborhood kiosk, and the friendly staff are happy to talk coffee all day long. A single espresso is Y150 while a large cafe latte is Y420; they also do drip coffee and sell beans (Y1050 for 150g). Open 11:30am-5pm weekends.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-51-6. Open 8:30am-6pm daily.
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