The atmosphere is relaxed and the music is downbeat at this very casual late-night cafe-bar. The drinks menu offers a decent selection of cocktails.
Ebisu 2-39-4. Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Lohotoi serves up an excellent menu of high-quality, freshly made Hong Kong-style dim sum on weekends, something that has made them popular with Chinese customers from the neighborhood. You'll find a full menu of mid-priced Cantonese fare in the evenings, and typical budget lunches on weekdays. [See FULL REVIEW
Ebisu 3-48-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Hand-made sausages and fried hinadori chicken are the specialties here, with organic wines by the glass or bottle. Sausage variations include Spanish chorizo, Chinese chozume, Korean sunde, boudin noir (French-style blood sausage), andouillette (tripe sausage) and several others. Most seating is at the big central counter, plus a few tables in the front window looking out over the street. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. No lunch on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays.
Ebisu 3-48-5, Grande Ebisu 2F. (above Sunkus) Open 11:30am-1:30, 6pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Another candidate for best pizza in Tokyo, prepared in a ceramic oven, although some may balk at the prices - pizzas range up to around Y3000.
Shirokane 6-17-2. Open 6:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
American-style gourmet burgers (from Y950) and sandwiches. Delivery within the neighborhood.
Shirokane 6-5-7. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Excellent shabu-shabu made from Ohmi beef. The setting is gorgeous, a converted private residence built in the 1960s that's a modernist architectural gem. Full-course menus from Y6,090, by reservation only.
Kami-Osaki 1-12-7. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Karashi is a comfortable neighborhood spot that specializes in both teppanyaki and okonomiyaki. It's an odd combination - even though both styles of cooking use the same type of grill, Japanese teppanyaki steaks are usually served in upscale settings like fancy hotel restaurants, while okonomiyaki dishes (those savory pancakes that are so popular in Kansai) are found in far more humble surroundings. The restaurant Karashi falls between these two extremes - it's comfortably appointed and the food is good, but you don't have to worry about the exorbitant expense of a typical Japanese steak house. [See FULL REVIEW
Shirokanedai 3-19-5. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
One of the few late-night spots in the neighborhood; pizzas and pastas in a multi-level, palatial setting.
Upscale California dining in a fun, thirties-movie-palace setting, from the owners of the Zest-La Boheme chain. The mainly New World wine list is well assembled, and dinner with wine generally runs in the Y7,000-Y10,000 range.
The restaurant in back is pretentious and overpriced, but the outdoor cafe is a pleasant place to sit during warm weather.
A relaxed late-night izakaya with good food and drink. One of the specialties is himono, various types of dried fish that are served grilled. Budget around Y2000-3000 for food and drink.
An izakaya specializing in charcoal-grilled chicken, nabe-style stews and other regional dishes from Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Kyushu. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
Kami-Osaki 2-15-14, Takaki Bldg. 2F. Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
The Tokyo branch of a Kyoto restaurant serving Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian food. In spite of their location in a run-down office building, the dining room is cheerfully exotic, with decorative carpets, wall murals and seating cushions adding to the atmosphere. The food is a slightly fancier version of home cooking. Lunch from Y800. They also have a bar area, open to 11pm. No lunch on weekends.
Kami-Osaki 2-15-2, Meguro Business Mansion 5F. Open 11am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Located very near Meguro Station, this world-beer bar is most notable for its late-night hours (until 7am every day). The 100-odd beers on offer seem almost randomly chosen, but there are a few very nice Belgians, microbrews and British ales among them, along with bar snacks like fish and chips. The basement dining area is reasonably large, with a big-screen TV showing an odd mix of sporting events (football, billiards).
A casual restaurant with lots of deli-style dishes as well as more substantial fare. Budget around Y2000 for food at dinnertime; Y1000 at lunch.
Kami-Osaki 3-1-1, Atre 2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This discount liquor shop also sells a fair assortment of imported foods to go with your booze.
Kami-Osaki 2-21-13. Open 11am-10pm (11-9 Sundays). Open every day.
A supper club with live blues and jazz (mostly from local groups) and French and Italian food. At dinnertime main courses start at around Y2,000, but lunchtime is more competitive, with a Y1,200 Ladies' Lunch. Reserved for parties on weekends.
Meguro 1-3-14, Meguro Station Hotel B1F. Open 11:30am-11pm Tuesday-Friday. Closed Mondays.
This long-established izakaya mini-chain serves excellent Kyushu cuisine and a good assortment of sake and shochu from the southern island. Budget around Y4000-5000 for dinner with drinks. Earlier hours on weekends. [Go to branch review]
Japan's most famous tonkatsu restaurant has been called an institution, and indeed the atmosphere is institutional and utterly charmless, with a vast assembly-line kitchen surrounded by one large counter. The food is plain and simple -- plump, lean pork cutlets without an excess of flavor, served with a bland tonjiru (pork soup), rice and pickles for Y1,650. They must be doing something right, though, because there are usually lines waiting to get in.
Shimo-Meguro 1-1-2. Open 4-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, some Mon.
A "nouvelle Nepali" kitchen, they also serve a very economical Y1000 curry dinner.
Shimo-Meguro 1-2-22, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm.
The heady aromas of exotic herbs and spices wafting out of the kitchen summon up images of far-off lands, and the atmospheric Tibetan music on the stereo completes the picture. The menu here includes Nepalese and Tibetan sections, with set dinners ranging from Y1100-3000 and lunches starting at Y700. The food is nicely spiced, rich and garlicky, and fiery hot, and the portions are quite filling. [See FULL REVIEW
Shimo-Meguro 1-2-22, B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Simple, budget French fare and an inexpensive French wine list. Especially good at lunchtime.
Shimo-Meguro 1-3-4. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Excellent Indian cuisine. A la carte menu from Y1,110, lunch from Y780. They also deliver within the area.
Shimo-Meguro 1-3-28, Sunwood Meguro 2F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Assorted British beers and food, including Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie.
Shimo-Meguro 1-3-28, Sunwood Meguro 2F. Open noon-1am daily.
(Formerly "Little Euro") A London-style pub that attracts an eclectic cross-section of the expat community. Assorted British beers and pub-style food.
Meguro 1-5-16. (take the west exit and follow Meguro-dori to where it forks, and turn right. The bar is a few steps down the hill, on the left) Open 5pm-midnight daily.
The half-dozen varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans sold here start at around Y1890 per 250-gram bag. They also serve espresso to go, and provide a tiny bench outside.
Meguro 1-17-23. Open 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays.