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This guide covers the area between Gaienmae and Sendagaya stations, including the stretch of Aoyama-dori about halfway to Omotesando crossing.
This guide covers the area between Gaienmae and Sendagaya stations, including the stretch of Aoyama-dori about halfway to Omotesando crossing.
Bordering neighborhoods:

Aoyama-dori (west to east), Gaienmae station

(Aoyama-dori listings are continued in the Aoyama 1-chome/Akasaka guide.)
Uotami - Izakaya: Gaienmae
Open 5pm-5am daily.
A very inexpensive izakaya-style menu, with the emphasis on fresh seafood. Good food for the price, and mostly private rooms.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Kinka Hanten - Dim sum: Gaienmae
Open 11am-10pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Tony Roma's - American: Gaienmae
Open noon to 10:30pm (LO) daily.
American-style ribs, casual atmosphere.
Open noon to 10:30pm (LO) daily.
L'As - French: Gaienmae
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tues, some Wed.
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...
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tues, some Wed.
Eat - Burgers: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-5:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-5:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Architect Cafe - Cafe: Gaienmae
Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
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.
Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Gaienmae
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Raika Seirankyo - Chinese: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sign - Cafe: Gaienmae
Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
A convenient Gaienmae meeting spot, with music listening booths as well as a coffee and food menu.
Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Office - Bar: Gaienmae
Open 5pm to 3am daily.
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...
Open 5pm to 3am 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.
Aquavit - Swedish: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Aquavit Bar - Bar: Gaienmae
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Long Fu - Chinese: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11:30pm daily.
Reasonably priced Chinese fare; dinner plans with open bar start at Y3500.
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11:30pm daily.
Tomitoku - Chinese: Gaienmae
Open 11am-10pm (LO 9:30) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm (LO 9:30) daily.
Tama - Izakaya: Gaienmae
Open 11am-2, 5:30pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11am-2, 5:30pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama - Cafe: Gaienmae
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.

Gaien-Nishi-dori (south to north)

Florilege - French: Gaienmae
Open noon-1:30, 6:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
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%...
Open noon-1:30, 6:30-9pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
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.
Pommeke - Belgian rest/beer bar: Gaienmae
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Dai-ichi Jingu - Yakiniku: Gaienmae
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Korean barbecue prepared over charcoal braziers. Dinner with drinks averages around Y8000.
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Azzurra - Italian: Gaienmae
Open 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Skillfully constructed fish dishes and pastas from an extensive menu that changes daily.
Open 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Shinkawaya - Liquor shop: Gaienmae
Open 9am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
A small but well-chosen selection of sake and shochu, with lots of shochu available for tasting.
Open 9am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Le Gaulois - French: Gaienmae
Open noon-2:30, 6-9pm. Closed Mondays.
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...
Open noon-2:30, 6-9pm. Closed Mondays.
To The Herbs - Italian: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Galali - Izakaya: Omotesando
Open 6pm-3am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-3am daily.
Gar Eden - Italian: Omotesando
Open 6-11:30pm daily.
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...
Open 6-11:30pm daily.

Jingumae 2-chome

Yao - Cafe: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
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. ...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Curry Up - Curry: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Kazusaya Shinkichi - Izakaya: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 4-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 4-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
After Sayak - Bar: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 8pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 8pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Bonobo - Bar: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 8pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 8pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Emilia - Italian: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Bessho - Liquor shop: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 3-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
This small neighborhood shop stocks a good selection of wines from around the world, sold at very reasonable prices.
Open 3-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Le Sang des Poetes - Bar: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 6pm-1am (Sun 3-10pm). Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 6pm-1am (Sun 3-10pm). Closed Mondays.
Cocongo - Cafe: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 11am-8pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Az Finom - Hungarian: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bepocah - Peruvian: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 5pm-2am (Fr, Sa -5am). Closed Sundays.
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. ...
Open 5pm-2am (Fr, Sa -5am). Closed Sundays.

Sendagaya

RH Cafe - Cafe: Sendagaya
Open 9am-9pm daily.
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.
Open 9am-9pm daily.
Galali - Izakaya: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Hendrix - Curry: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
This curry specialist has a relaxed, cafe-style atmosphere and is popular with local residents.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Curie - Curry: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-7pm (Sat, Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
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. ...
Open 11:30am-7pm (Sat, Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
Chohakkai - Dim sum: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Shanghai-style dim sum and other dishes.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Chaco - Steak house: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Mondays.
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.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Isaribi - Izakaya: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Fresh seafood from Hakodate (Hokkaido) and a nice sake selection in this large, modern izakaya.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Ausu - Italian: Sendagaya
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO; 9 on Sundays). Open every day.
Good-quality neighborhood Italian.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO; 9 on Sundays). Open every day.

Kita-Sando

Good Life Lounge - Bar: Kita-Sando
Open 7pm-midnight daily.
This casually hip bar and sometime music performance space is often open many hours later than the official midnight closing time. No cover charge.
Open 7pm-midnight daily.
Kowloon - Chinese: Kita-Sando
Open 11:30-2am (to 10:30pm Sun.). Open every day.
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...
Open 11:30-2am (to 10:30pm Sun.). Open every day.
Terra Australis - Australian: Kita-Sando
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Tas Yard - Cafe: Kita-Sando
Open 11am-8pm daily.
A very pleasant garden-style cafe with decent food and drink.
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Himalaya Curry - Nepalese: Kita-Sando
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Mangia Pesce - Italian: Kita-Sando
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A luxury-level Italian trattoria, with lunch from Y1500, dinner from Y6500.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Be A Good Neighbor - Coffee shop: Kita-Sando
Open 8:30am-6pm daily.
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...
Open 8:30am-6pm daily.
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Updated 2016-06-24