A friendly neighborhood hang-out with a selection of sake and a few Japanese microbrew beers, along with appetizing izakaya-style dishes.
An astonishing selection of sake, with a full menu page of new, limited-edition arrivals every week. The food tends towards simple, country-style fare, and the atmosphere is very down-home - it's a mother-and-son operation, with mom in the kitchen and her son (the "ko" in Tsukushi-no-ko) out on the floor pouring sake and making recommendations.
Higashiyama 3-1-11. Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Behold the ume El Dorado, where up to 250 kinds of umeshu await you: Bar Kutoma. A tiny realm with room for about twenty, benevolently ruled by a soccer-loving umeshu expert, this late-night Ohashi spot offers tasting flights (umeshu kikisake set) for Y1000. Choose on your own or ask the owner to tailor a set to suit your tastes. Behold the ume El Dorado, where up to 250 kinds of umeshu await you: Bar Kutoma. A tiny realm with room for about twenty, benevolently ruled by a soccer-loving umeshu expert, this late-night Ohashi spot offers tasting flights (umeshu kikisake set) for Y1000. Choose on your own or ask the owner to tailor a set to suit your tastes.
There's not much in the way of food, but it's got to be the only place in town where a serious umeshu afficionado can get in touch with his masculine side by cheering for Arsenal. After the soccer games, DJs keep the vibe going, and frequent live events keep it real. Between Y2000-3000 should get you a few drinks plus otsumami like olives or pickles. A little English spoken. [Show more] [Show less]
Ohashi 2-16-24. Open 8pm-3am (or later). Closed Sundays.
Mishuku to Shimo-uma (north to south)
California-style Mexican in a fun setting.
A big, sprawling antique shop with a charming little cafe and dessert corner; the best seats seem to be out front, looking out onto the street.
The espresso here is from your choice of single-origin beans, and fresh-roasted beans are also for sale (there's even a discount on your espresso if you buy beans with it).
Shimo-Uma 2-29-7. Open 11am-7pm daily.
A hole-in-the-wall French place on a tiny side street off Tamagawa-dori (turn left at the Sunkus store). The cramped coffeeshop tables and cable-radio French music could get annoying over the course of an evening's meal, but their Y1,000 two-course lunch offers a nice change of pace from the nearby pasta joints and family restaurants. Full-course dinners from Y3,000, wines from Y2,500.
Ikejiri 1-8-8. Open 11:40am-1:40, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Inexpensive, competently prepared pastas and other dishes that are very popular with a young, local crowd.
Not-quite Western-style sandwiches, soups, drinks. They deliver within the area (to 10pm).
Shimo-Uma 1-40-10. Open 11am-midnight daily.
High-quality coffee beans are roasted here, and there's also an espresso stand area; espressos are Y250, lattes are Y350-400.
Taishido 4-28-9. Open 9am-8pm. Closed third Wednesday.
Hearth-grilled skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables are the draw at this stylish izakaya, including several types of name-brand pork. They also serve up creative tapas-style starters like their terrine made with ten different organic vegetables, and their three-part smoked platter of the day. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
(Middle Eastern). 3418-8603
With just twelve seats Dar Roiseau may be the smallest Moroccan restaurant in town, but the kitchen manages to turn out an impressive variety of Middle Eastern dishes. There's also a nice selection of French and Moroccan wines by the glass or bottle. With just twelve seats Dar Roiseau may be the smallest Moroccan restaurant in town, but the kitchen manages to turn out an impressive variety of Middle Eastern dishes. There's also a nice selection of French and Moroccan wines by the glass or bottle.
Among the six different couscous dishes on the menu, the Couscous Royale is a tour de force: the fluffy pasta grains are accompanied by meatballs, Merguez sausage, chicken kebab, lamb chop and an herb-infused broth with plenty of vegetables. If you just want to nibble on something with your drinks there are plenty of small starters (shrimp fritters, chicken liver pate), kebabs and salads - the cold lentil salad is especially recommended. [Show more] [Show less]
Sangenjaya 2-13-17. Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Sangenjaya 2-14-6. Open 24 hours a day.
This friendly wine bar has a lively atmosphere and a neighborhood feel. Although interior is fairly large (and certainly bigger than it appears from the entrance), the counter setup with its display of tapas-style daily specials gives it a cozy feeling. This friendly wine bar has a lively atmosphere and a neighborhood feel. Although interior is fairly large (and certainly bigger than it appears from the entrance), the counter setup with its display of tapas-style daily specials gives it a cozy feeling.
The daily menu features well-prepared Italian-Mediterranean trattoria fare like home-made ratatouille, escabeche of sardines, steamed mussels, and an acqua pazza of the day. There's a selection of organic wines from Italy, France and Japan, with around ten by the glass.
The dining room is non-smoking until around 12:30am; after that it's "bar time" with a more limited food menu until 4am. [Show more] [Show less]
Sangenjaya 2-14-19. Open 6pm-4am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Trois offers a good selection of reasonably priced wines from around the world, including many organic and biodynamic varieties. The food menu offers country-style French dishes like lamb chops and pork spareribs served cassoulet-style, and a very meaty Venison Parmentier stewed in red-wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes. Trois offers a good selection of reasonably priced wines from around the world, including many organic and biodynamic varieties.
The food menu offers country-style French dishes like lamb chops and pork spareribs served cassoulet-style, and a very meaty Venison Parmentier stewed in red-wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes. The interior is chic in a minimalist way, with big windows providing a good view of the comings and goings in Sangenjaya's nighttime drinking zone. [Show more] [Show less]
Sangenjaya 2-15-14, ABC Bldg 110. Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
One of Tokyo's premier sake pubs, with around 100 varieties at any given time. You can order a sashimi platter ahead of time, when you make your reservation, to get a better selection of fish. No smoking at the counter.
Sangenjaya 2-15-3. Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Spanish wines, tapas, large paellas and nicely prepared main dishes.
Sangenjaya 2-11-26. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Belgian rest/beer bar). 5486-1777
A charming, cozy (ten-seat) bar serving some twenty Belgian beers by the bottle plus Hoegaarden on tap, along with a limited food menu.
Sangenjaya 2-46-1, Daiya Heights Sangenjaya 1F. Open 2pm-midnight. Closed Mondays, 3rd Sunday.
A nice, cozy neighborhood spot with solid, occasionally creative cooking.
Sangenjaya 1-6-13. (5 minutes south of the station) Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
The Tokyo branch of a famous temple restaurant in Kyoto, they specialize in teppatsu-ryori, a type of shojin-ryori (vegetarian temple cuisine). The tatami rooms look out onto a beautiful Japanese garden. Prix-fixe menus are Y5,000-15,000.
Setagaya-ku, Seta 3-6-8. (at the intersection of Route 246 and Kampachi-dori) Open 11am-7:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Spicy chicken wings, Nagoya-style miso nikomi and plenty more, all at low prices.
Tamagawa 2-24-7, Hagiwara Dai-ni Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi.
Tamagawa 2-27-5, 3F. Open 10am-8pm (LO) daily.
As the name implies, Ayu Ramen specializes in noodles with grilled ayu (sweetfish), served in a lightly flavored soup so as not to overpower the delicate ayu taste. You can order a yaki-onigiri rice ball to soak up the flavors of any remaining soup. In the summertime they're also open for lunch from 11:45am-3pm, or until their soup runs out.
A casual bar/ cafe/ restaurant with a very varied but always appealing izakaya-style menu, with dishes like beef cheeks stewed in beer, Vietnamese spring rolls, and a lavishly constructed Salad Nicoise. The drinks list is similarly eclectic, with very reasonably priced wines.
A casual cafe serving real Moroccan cuisine - lamb and dried fruit tajine, grilled snapper flavored with garlic, and spicy meat kebabs. Prix-fixe dinner is Y3900. Open till 2am Fri/Sat; lunch served on weekends.
Tamagawa 3-10-11. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.
A gem of a restaurant, with authentic food and good prices. There's also a good stock of Vietnamese beer and French wines. The shop is run by a Vietnamese family, and the chef used to teach Vietnamese cooking in Tokyo.
Fairly decent Italian fare (pastas, grilled fish, antipasti) served in small portions. Drinks are on the expensive side.
Spanish wines and sangria, paella and other Spanish and international fare at this festive izakaya-style pub. Budget around Y3000 for food and drink.
Tamagawa 3-4-2. Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Fantastic, authentic Taiwanese-style dumplings; including the hot-broth-filled shoronpo dumplings for which they're most famous. [Go to branch review]
Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Minami-kan 9F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) 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).
Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Minami-kan 9F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-5500.
Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Honkan 6F. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
High-quality sushi at very fair prices.
Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Honkan 6F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Honkan 6F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Gourmet Hawaiian-style burgers and mahi-mahi sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers.
Tamagawa 2-23-1, Dogwood Plaza 7F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Reliable food, reasonably priced wines, late-night hours and glitzy decor are the draws at this suburban venture from the Rigoletto group. The food menu features pastas, pizzas, and small tapas dishes priced at Y300 and Y500.
Located inside the Tokyu Foodshow food hall, this specialty liquor shop offers an excellent selection of craft sake as well as beautifully designed servingware. Individual small glasses and three-part tasting sets are offered at the sit-down counter.
Tamagawa 2-21-1, Futago-Tamagawa Rise Shopping Center B1F. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Situated in a woodsy setting near the Tama River, the cafe makes an idyllic spot for a glass of wine or a simple pasta, pizza or risotto. About a seven-minute walk from Futago-Tamagawa station.
Tamagawa 1-1-4. Open 11:45am-11pm daily.