A small, casual Italian wine bar that serves around twenty wines by the glass, in all price ranges, along with light snacks. From a quiet location on the edge of Higashi 6-chome, Enoteca Implicito beckons lovers of Italian wine towards its soft amber lights. The daily wine list features eight reds, four whites, and about as many sparklers (Y750-1800 by the glass). Specials are showcased monthly, and winery representatives occasionally stop by to give talks. The staff frequently opens difficult to find bottles to offer rare, albeit expensive, samples (on a recent visit, a Gravner '00 Berg was Y3000 per 100ml taste).
Settle in among the well-heeled crowd and soak up some European ambience as you sip on your Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Food is limited to snacks of salami, cheese, and hors d'ouerves like marinated seafood - just enough to whet your appetite. If you're in the mood for dinner proper, walk down the spiral staircase to their sister restaurant Osteria Splendido for some thoughtfully prepared Italian fare to go with your vino. Menu in Italian and Japanese. [Show more] [Show less]
Good food served in a 1930s Shanghai junkshop interior.
Minami-Aoyama 7-8-1. (on Roppongi-dori, next to Ari's Lamplight) Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
300 single-malt whiskies, a couple of interesting Scottish ales (Dark Island and Black Cuillin, from Orkney and Skye respectively), and an interesting food menu, including haggis, Welsh rarebit and kipper herring. Open shockingly late.
A snazzy little grill-counter setup specializing in Japanese beef steaks and other grilled meats (lamb, Iberico pork), French teppanyaki style. The prix-fixe menus also include the shop's original curry-rice after the main course. The all-French wine list ranges from Y3000 - Y177,000 per bottle; dinners from Y4095.
Officially known as "Rhum et cafe Tafia," this bar's emphasis is more on the rum end of the spectrum, with a breathtaking variety (some 300 bottles) that includes limited-edition labels that you won't find in shops.
Nishi-Azabu 2-15-14, West Point Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
Excellent grilled fish and meats and friendly service in this lovely converted two-story house. Full-course dinnertime menus from Y2500. There are semi-private rooms on the ground floor and an open party space upstairs, but the counter seating offers the best view of the chefs at work on the grill. [See FULL REVIEW
Tonkatsu doesn't get much better than this. Butagumi showcases premium pork brands - Spanish Iberico, Berkshire, Tokyo X, Agoo from Okinawa and many others, with several choices on any given day. If you have trouble deciding, they offer specials with five small pieces of different pork varieties that you can compare (Y2800 and/or Y3800, depending on the day). Tonkatsu doesn't get much better than this. Butagumi showcases premium pork brands - Spanish Iberico, Berkshire, Tokyo X, Agoo from Okinawa and many others, with several choices on any given day. If you have trouble deciding, they offer specials with five small pieces of different pork varieties that you can compare (Y2800 and/or Y3800, depending on the day).
The frying technique produces a light, crunchy coating, and they recommend trying the tonkatsu with just a pinch of salt rather than sauce. The pickles and soup are first-rate, and the excellent dressing for the cabbage had us asking for refills. The setting is a charming old converted house on a Nishi-Azabu back street. Drinks include Hakkaisan sake, a couple of shochus, Premium Malts beer and several wines. [Show more] [Show less]
Nishi-Azabu 2-24-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
A convenient late-night Italian standby.
Top-notch creative seasonal Japanese cuisine from innovative young chef Naohiro Watanabe. The attitude towards the food and atmosphere is fun and relaxed rather than stiff and formal. While the ingredients are top-grade, there are welcome playful touches in both the cooking and decor. Top-notch creative seasonal Japanese cuisine from innovative young chef Naohiro Watanabe. The attitude towards the food and atmosphere is fun and relaxed rather than stiff and formal. While the ingredients are top-grade, there are welcome playful touches in both the cooking and decor.
The single prix-fixe menu is Y10,000; drink options include both French wines and Japanese sake. [Show more] [Show less]
Nishi-Azabu 2-26-21 B1F. Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
It's unusual to find high-quality sushi like this outside Ginza, but here it's presented in a modern dining room with late-night hours. They also serve French wines as an alternative to sake; wines from Y1000/ glass or Y10,000-Y150,000/ bottle. Budget around Y18,000 for dinner.
Good Peking-style food in a well-established neighborhood restaurant. Dinner averages around Y7,000.
Nishi-Azabu 2-12-1. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Well-prepared, casual California-Mexican dishes and a variety of ever-popular frozen margaritas.
A stylishly decorated restaurant in a converted two-story house. The food is spicy and authentic, with plenty of original dishes to show off the chef's talents. There's a nice selection of Australian/California wines to go with the food. Reservations recommended. No smoking 6-9pm.
Nishi-Azabu 2-7-9. Open noon-2pm, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
A very-late-night bar with a local crowd and a simple but fairly good food menu. Cover charge.
Nishi-Azabu 2-5-6. (on Gaien-Nishi-dori, near the overpass next to the cemetery) Open 8pm-8am daily.
Good sushi and other straight-ahead Japanese fare from the late-night Global Dining group (La Boheme, Zest, etc.). The massive, multi-story space is always buzzing with activity, and sometimes seems to be the center of an international social scene in Tokyo.
Yes, this cafe would be worth knowing about for their dessert souffles alone. But they also offer a full menu of remarkably high-quality French cooking, from straightforward starters like scallop salad and foie gras to substantial meat and fish dishes. Plus, some dozen savory souffles. [See FULL REVIEW
Nishi-Azabu 3-13-10. Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
The tandoori items here are excellent - succulent, beautifully spiced chicken tikka, enticing kebabs and prawns; even the nan is a flavorful surprise. Dinner around Y3,000 - 4,000 per person.
Nishi-Azabu 4-11-28. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Serious Italian cooking from Tuscan native and sometime TV chef Mario Frittoli (formerly of Luxor and Il Pinolo). Signature dishes include pistachio gnocchi with scampi and asparagus, and pappardelle with wild-boar ragu. Full-course dinners Y7,500 - 10,000 or a la carte; lunches (weekdays only) Y1,000 - 5,000.
Nishi-Azabu 4-1-10. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Although it's best known in its convenience-store and yatai manifestations, oden can be a cuisine of great subtlety and refinement, and Konbuya in Nishi-Azabu is an excellent place to investigate the mysteries of gourmet oden preparation. There's also a very nice selection of sake and shochu to go with it. [See FULL REVIEW
A casual, medium-priced bistro on Nishi-Azabu's "bistro-dori"; the food is excellent.
Nishi-Azabu 4-2-10. Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
The sign outside of Elevage reads simply, "Rare wine and spirits," but one look inside and wine lovers will swoon, whiskey connoisseurs will drool. Prices aren't cheap, but Elevage is one of the few bars in Tokyo where you can order wines like Clos des Lambraye Grand Cru and Chateau d'Yquem by the glass. The sign outside of Elevage reads simply, "Rare wine and spirits," but one look inside and wine lovers will swoon, whiskey connoisseurs will drool. Racks stocked with hundreds of bottles of whiskey, brandy, and Calvados flank the entrance, while an army of wine bottles stands proudly behind the glass wall to the right. Hidden away in Nishi-Azabu, this quiet little bar is a great place for aficionados and novices alike to broaden their drinking horizons.
The Wagner-loving Yoshida-san will be more than happy to guide you through the daily-changing list of wines by the glass. It typically features around fifteen wines - reds, whites, sparklers, and dessert wines, as well as a couple of sake selections, ranging in price from Y600 - Y4000.
Park yourself at the bar to learn the proper way to open a wine bottle from Yoshida-san, or relax with your drink at the table by the window. Snack on assorted charcuterie (Y2000) while you thumb through the extensive menu and contemplate your next selection. Prices aren't cheap, but Elevage is one of the few bars in Tokyo where you can order wines like Clos des Lambraye Grand Cru and Chateau d'Yquem by the glass. [Show more] [Show less]
Nishi-Azabu 4-2-13, Hachiman Bldg 2F. Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
This long-running Nishi-Azabu standby is one of the pioneers in tapas-style "mukokuseki" (no-nationality) dining. The service can be moody at times, but the food is usually quite interesting.
Nishi-Azabu 4-2-15. Open 6-9:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Billed as "a unique wine meets art rooftop hideaway," Parabola has set itself the goal of making wine more accessible by introducing a wide range of interesting wines and pairing them with small-plate dishes - Basque rabbit stew, spicy Egyptian dukkah salads, charcuterie and cheeses. There's live jazz from time to time and frequent art exhibits. Most wines are in the Y4000-15,000 range, with an emphasis on good value. Budget around Y2000-3000 for food.
Nishi-Azabu 4-2-5, Art Silo Bldg 7F. Open 6pm-midnight (or later Thu-Sat) daily.
Fondue-centered full-course dinners from 5000 yen.
Nishi-Azabu 4-4-5, APA Hotel 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm daily.
The ground-floor bakery includes a cafe area where you can enjoy fresh-baked bread and pastries with your morning coffee from 7am.
Minami-Azabu 5-1-6, La Saccaia Minami-Azabu 1/2 F. Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Excellent miso-style ramen. Gogyo blackens their miso in a kitchen-side fire show while preparing the soup.
This is the Tokyo outpost of the famous restaurant in Alsace, which has been awarded three Michelin stars for forty years in a row. The rather grand building was once home to the Georgian Club restaurant. Managed by the Hiramatsu group. Weekday lunches from Y4200, and prix-fixe dinners from Y10,500.
Nishi-Azabu 1-6-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
The Taiwanese-style vegetarian cuisine here is a mock-meat cuisine based on soy protein, gluten, dried bean curd and vegetables, without onions or garlic, served with organic brown rice. The original branch is in Tachikawa, in western Tokyo.
Nishi-Azabu 3-1-22, Sai Bldg 4F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
SuperDeluxe have established themselves as a center for experimental music, performance and art, with interesting events scheduled for nearly every night of the week. The bar serves a couple of very good microbrew beers including the locally made Tokyo Ale. SuperDeluxe have established themselves as a center for experimental music, performance and art, with interesting events scheduled for nearly every night of the week. The bar serves a couple of very good microbrew beers including the locally made Tokyo Ale. http://www.super-deluxe.com/ [Show more] [Show less]
Nishi-Azabu 3-1-25, Kanaya Hotel Mansion B1F. Open 8pm-2am daily.
Very good Peking duck and other Chinese fare at amazingly low prices. [See FULL REVIEW
(Middle Eastern). 3401-8851
Nicely done kebabs and other authentic Persian dishes, from the management of the former Ali Baba. They offer a Y1200 buffet at lunchtime, every day but Sunday.
Nishi-Azabu 3-2-6. Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10:30pm daily.
The thick udon noodles here are served in a rich, very tasty curry-flavored broth, and served with shrimp tempura, bananas or mochi (rice cakes).
Roppongi 6-2-31, Roppongi Hills North Tower B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A convenient and popular Roppongi Hills branch of one of Tokyo's best shops for tsukemen-style ramen noodles.
Roppongi 6-2-31, Roppongi Hills North Tower B1F. Open 11am-10:45pm (LO) daily.
Situated on Roppongi-dori right in front of Roppongi Hills, this branch of the popular chain offers good German beers, sausages and other snacks, and (relatively) late-night hours.
Roppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat/Hollywood Plaza 101. Open 11am-1am (LO) daily.
Appetizing sandwiches and burgers, deli items and interesting drinks like raspberry soy milk, from the Homeworks burger shop. Take-out and local delivery available.
Roppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat B1F. Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
A modern conveyor-belt sushi shop with a high-tech element - an electronic chip in each plate keeps track of freshness, and fish is taken out of rotation after thirty minutes.
Roppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat B2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
"New-style French dining" in a very stylish dining room. The food is first-rate and the ambience is casual, with all counter seating. The focus of attention is the open kitchen space on the other side of the counter - a performance space really - where the chefs go about their work. [See FULL REVIEW
The dim sum here is fairly average, but there's a lot of it! Some 51 varieties, including 14 desserts, and all you can eat at lunchtime and all day weekends. The decor is modern and attractive, and non-smoking seats are provided. Y3200 at lunchtime, but tea is extra (from Y800); Y3800 for weekend dinners. There's also a regular menu, and late-night hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Roppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside 2F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; -3am Thu-Sat) daily.
Upscale Italian cooking from the popular Salvatore Cuomo chain.
Late-night kushi-katsu, with shochu, awamori and sake from around Japan.
Excellent Hawaiian seafood with intriguing Asian influences - there's plenty of Pacific Rim cuisine in Tokyo, but somehow Roy's manages to stay unique. There's also a decent selection of New World wines to go with the food, and a popular weekend brunch (Y3500, or Y7000 with champagne and wine open bar).
Great Hakata-style yakitori in stylish surroundings; the main branch is a popular Fukuoka destination. Budget around Y4500 for food and drinks at dinnertime.
Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 5F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Now here's something you don't expect to find in the middle of Roppongi Hills - an old-fashioned down-to-earth izakaya. The specialty at Sakanaya Rokuzo is fish and seafood from around Japan, served raw, basket-steamed or charcoal-grilled. The grill menu also offers a good selection of tempting, meatier items like miso-marinated pork belly, tsukune with yuzu-kosho oroshi, and heirloom Iwate chicken. Now here's something you don't expect to find in the middle of Roppongi Hills - an old-fashioned down-to-earth izakaya. The specialty at Sakanaya Rokuzo is fish and seafood from around Japan, served raw, basket-steamed or charcoal-grilled. The grill menu also offers a good selection of tempting, meatier items like miso-marinated pork belly, tsukune with yuzu-kosho oroshi, and heirloom Iwate chicken.
There's a choice of a dozen good standard craft sake and five varieties of kokuto-joshu (brown-sugar shochu) to drink. Lunch is served until 3pm weekdays, 4pm weekends. Budget around Y3000-4000 at dinnertime. [Show more] [Show less]
Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
Healthy seasonal vegetable-centered cuisine is the concept at this cheerful counter shop, with attractively presented dishes like bagna cauda, vegetable shabu-shabu, grilled shiitake with duck, and grilled acorns. Vegetarian options are available, and take-out bentos are sold from 11am-4pm. Budget around Y5000 for dinner; lunches from Y1300. Open to 1am Fridays and Saturdays.
Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This flagship restaurant of the Grand Hyatt bills itself as a French brasserie, with a very spacious setting and a dramatic open kitchen. Their all-day service includes breakfast and a popular brunch on weekends. The Y2200 weekday lunch buffet is also worth checking out. The Grand Hyatt's spacious brasserie restaurant has a dramatic open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating. The popular weekend brunch (Y6300+10%) is served from 11:30am-3pm, and comes with a glass of champagne, a choice of main course and a big buffet with eggs cooked to order, French toast, smoked salmon, Parma ham and numerous salads and desserts. The main course options include substantial fare like Australian beef fillet; roast duck breast with duck confit; roast guineau fowl and sauteed scallops.
If you're an early riser and in the mood for something more breakfasty, lavish Western- and Japanese-style breakfasts are served 7-10:30am for Y3700. [Show more] [Show less]
Roppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 2F. Open 6:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
The Grand Hyatt's Chinese restaurant offers a dim sum buffet at lunchtime every day for Y4200. Budget around Y10,000 per person in the evening for food and drink. [See FULL REVIEW
Excellent grilled meats and flamboyantly expensive New World wines in the Grand Hyatt's flagship restaurant. [See FULL REVIEW
Roppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 6F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm daily.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Hillside B2F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Curries and other Balinese standards in a pleasant setting, with a good deal of outdoor seating. It's also a nice place to stop for an out-of-the-ordinary dessert and coffee.
Four types of mozzarella cheese imported from Italy every day make up the centerpiece of the menu here. You can enjoy them with various salamis and dried hams, salads and pasta dishes, and Italian wines. Budget around Y5000 at dinnertime, Y1500 for lunch.
Roppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This is the English-friendly branch of the legendary Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza, run by the original owner's son, where you can enjoy absolutely top-grade sushi and actually talk to the chef, which is at least half the fun. Lunch menus from around Y17,000, dinner from Y24,000 (plus drinks).
Roppongi 6-12-2, Keyakizaka-dori 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This popular international chain restaurant serves New York-style Italian fare, with a focus on Roman cuisine. The menu features ten veal dishes (ranging Y5000-8000), scampi, and a good selection of daily specials. This popular international chain restaurant serves New York-style Italian fare, with a focus on Roman cuisine. The menu features ten veal dishes (ranging Y5000-8000), scampi, and a good selection of daily specials.
The spacious dining room is romantically lit (you'll need a flashlight to read the menu) and bustling with energy. The wine list is extensive, covering the New World as well as Italy, but there are few bottles under Y10,000; wines by the glass (and other drinks) are more reasonable. Budget around Y10,000 per person before drinks. There's also a separate lounge area up front that's open very late. [Show more] [Show less]
It's hard finding a good breakfast in Tokyo outside of the international hotels, but this Roppongi Hills cafe delivers the goods. The breakfast/brunch menu is a mix of European and international influences - freshly made souffles, French-style omelettes, croissants, custom-made salads and buttermilk pancakes. The afternoon/evening menus are a mix of French bistro and international fare - pork rillettes, duck confit, beef-cheek pot-au-feu, falafel croquettes, roast beetroot with goat cheese. Beverages include fancy cocktails, fruit smoothies, and moderately priced wines. [See FULL REVIEW
Roppongi 6-15-1, Keyakizaka-dori 1F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fine Italian dining in a casual atmosphere, from the Michelin-starred Sadler restaurant in Milan. Full-course dinners are Y8500, while pizzas and pastas are in the Y2200-2800 range. There's also a very impressive wine cellar. Terrace seating is available in the warmer months of the year.
Roppongi Hills, Keyakizaka-dori, Gate Tower 3F. Open 11am-1am daily.