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This guide covers restaurants serving various northern and central European cuisines. French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese restaurants have their own sections.
This guide covers restaurants serving various northern and central European cuisines. French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese restaurants have their own sections.

Scandinavian

Haburashi Beer and Potato - Scandinavian: Shibuya
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Scandinavian-themed craft-beer bars seem to be popping up all over Shibuya, but unlike the other bars, the cozy Haburashi (Toothbrush) also provides a menu of Nordic-inspired dishes like grilled...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe - Danish: Omotesando
Open 10am-8pm daily.
A lot of upscale Aoyama shops seem to have an obligatory cafe area tucked into a corner somewhere, but the combination works especially well at this Copenhagen-based designer flower shop. While the...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Scandia Garden - Danish: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
With a history dating back to the 1960s, Scandia Garden is a casual Danish cafe occupying an ancient-looking ground-floor dining room in front of Osanbashi Pier, with a more formal and much more...
Open 11am-11pm (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.
Lilla Dalarna - Swedish: Roppongi
Open noon-3, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Tasty and filling Swedish food, with great homemade breads.
Open noon-3, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Stockholm - Swedish: Akasaka
Open 5-11pm (LO 10pm; Sun -9pm). Closed Tuesdays.
If you've never experienced the pleasures of a real Swedish smorgasbord, this is the place to indulge your curiosity. Stockholm has been going strong since 1971, spending the first 30 years or so in...
Open 5-11pm (LO 10pm; Sun -9pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Allt Gott - Swedish: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Excellent Scandinavian cooking from the former chef of Gamlastan in Kichijoji. Lunch starts at Y1500; dinner averages around Y4000 with drinks.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ikea - Swedish: Tachikawa
Open 9:30am-9pm (Sat, Sun 8:30am-) daily.
Swedish meatballs, sweet pastries and seasonal special dishes are served in Ikea's cafeteria-style restaurant, all at very reasonable prices. The restaurant also features a wide-screen...
Open 9:30am-9pm (Sat, Sun 8:30am-) daily.
Ikea - Swedish: Minami-Funabashi
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Swedish megastore Ikea has arrived in Chiba Prefecture, and their in-store restaurant is a great place for an inexpensive Swedish meal. It's not Swedish haute cuisine (the closest to that might be...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Ikea - Swedish: Yokohama
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Tasty meatballs, almond cakes and other Swedish delights are served in the restaurant, all at quite reasonable prices. The food department also sells an interesting selection of imported Swedish...
Open 10am-9pm daily.

Russian

Sungari - Russian: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am - 2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sungari is a long-running Russian landmark, and the main branch across the street from Seibu Shinjuku Station has been serving up caviar, Russian delicacies and vodka for several decades now. This...
Open 11:30am - 2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sungari - Russian: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Well-prepared Russian standards like Chicken Kiev, and lots of vodka.
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Cafe Russia - Russian: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Great Georgian and Russian food is prepared by native chefs in this unpretentious basement cafe. Georgian- and Russian-themed set menus (Y3000-3200 for lunch or dinner) are a good introduction to...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

Eastern European cuisines

Minsk - Belarusian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Excellent home-style "Belarus home cooking" by native chefs. The decor is minimal (elaborately stacked vodka bottles, a vodka-themed calendar on the wall), but the food is uniformly good - from the...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Tameals - Eastern European: Otemachi
Open 7am-11pm (LO; Sat 11-11, Sun 11-9) daily.
This comfortable office-district dining spot serves an eclectic menu of tasty dishes from Austria, Hungary, Germany and Holland along with European beers and budget wines. Although it faces a busy...
Open 7am-11pm (LO; Sat 11-11, Sun 11-9) daily.
Alohiddin - Eastern European: Hatchobori
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shashlik and lamb dishes are a specialty of the house at this family-run Uzbek restaurant, and they do a nice mezze-style spread as a starter. The menu also includes Russian and Turkish dishes, and...
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Paczki - Eastern European: Chofu
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wed, Thu.
Maybe it's the lace doilies and bud vases on the tables, or the antique cabinets and crammed bookshelves, but this tiny Polish bakery-cafe has a certain Old World charm. You can pick up a bag of...
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wed, Thu.
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.
Paprika.hu - Hungarian: Shirokane-Takanawa
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Traditional Hungarian cooking and a good selection of Hungarian wines. Main dishes range from Y1200-1600.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Country - Hungarian: Jiyugaoka
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Hearty home-style Hungarian fare is served here in a rather old-fashioned, Showa-era dining room. They prepare a credible cold-cherry soup and meaty stew dishes. Full-course prix-fixe dinners are...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Troyan - Bulgarian: Ginza
Open 7-9:30, 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Central Tokyo's only Bulgarian restaurant, Troyan offers an exotic menu of eastern Mediterranean dishes like moussaka, kofta meatballs, and cheese-filled filo pastries along with Bulgarian wines. ...
Open 7-9:30, 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Dobro - Croatian: Kyobashi
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Like Italy, its much larger neighbor across the Adriatic, Croatia has a long coastline and a seafood-heavy Mediterranean cuisine built around grilled fish, scampi, mussels and calamari as well as...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Cesky - Czech: Azabu-Juban
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Freshly baked trdelnik - flaky cylindrical pastries popular in the Czech Republic - are served here in sweet and savory variations, accompanied by Czech herbal teas, coffee and Czech beer. Savory...
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Dasenka - Czech: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 5-11pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Dasenka is a cozy, charmingly quirky basement restaurant that serves excellent Czech and Eastern European fare. You can feast on stick-to-your-ribs dishes like Moravsky Brabec (slightly fatty...
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 5-11pm). Closed Tuesdays.

Greek

Milieu - Greek: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:15am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
One of Tokyo's very few Greek restaurants, Milieu was started by a former chef at the Japanese embassy in Greece. The menu covers Greek standards like moussaka, spanakopita, dolmades and...
Open 11:15am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sparta - Greek: Yokohama Kannai
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
This Greek landmark has been serving hearty, home-style food since 1953 (although they moved to a new location in 2010). The bright, spacious dining area includes lots of counter seating as well as...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

British

Highbury - British: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 3-11pm (Sun 1-9) daily.
The eleven taps here dispense English beers from the highly regarded Thornbridge brewery, along with a few offerings from local brewers Ushitora and Hitachino Nest. Beers come in three sizes and are...
Open 3-11pm (Sun 1-9) daily.
What the Dickens - British: Ebisu
Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
This live-music spot and pub offers a bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu, for better or for worse. They serve English beers (mostly bottled) and inexpensive, filling pub dishes, and are...
Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
Captain Cook - British: Nishi-Azabu
Open 8:30am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
If you're looking for a new brunch venue, a weekday breakfast provider or just a place that serves modern international cuisine all afternoon, Captain Cook is worth checking out. The...
Open 8:30am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Malin's - British: Roppongi
Open noon-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Gourmet fish and chips are the specialty here, and the chips are especially well prepared. Boxed sets of cod, chips and mushy peas (or other side sauce) are priced Y1300-1500, and everything can be...
Open noon-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Full Monty - British: Yokohama Kannai
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Serving seventeen different ciders, this rather British-style British pub must have the best selection in town, if not in all of Japan. They also serve beer of course - on a recent visit the pub's...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.

Swiss and Austrian

Ramukana - Swiss: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Beautiful heirloom vegetables, sourced from small farms all over Japan, are the pride of the kitchen at Ramukana. The menu's centerpiece is a hearty cheese fondue, served with raw vegetables, bread,...
Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

German

Leckermaul - German: Edogawabashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Flammkuchen - the Alsatian and southern German answer to pizza - is served here in versions both savory (black forest ham, zucchini-anchovy) and sweet (apple-cinnamon, banana-rum), along with wine...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zum Bierhof Neu - German: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Run by German beer importer Zato Trading, this spacious beer hall offers traditional German fare and five draft beers from Hofbrau Munchen brewery in Munich. The two dining areas seem to be...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz - German: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
This rapidly expanding German beer-bar chain offers a nice roster of eight German and German-style beers on draft, all priced at Y650. The food is meaty German fare like charcuterie platters,...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
Keitel - German: Shinjuku
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Typical German dishes and selected German wines and beers from this long-running establishment, now in a new location. Budget around Y5000 for dinner.
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Stein Haus - German: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5:30pm-3am daily.
Serving relatively expensive German beers and decent pub grub in a cavelike basement, this branch of the Franziskaner group is worth knowing about mostly for their late-night hours.
Open 5:30pm-3am daily.
Spatzle - German: Harajuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (Sun -9:30) daily.
Spatzle serves modern German cuisine along with German wines and beers in a casual, stylish dining room. Their namesake spatzle egg noodles come in tempting variations like uni-cream sauce and...
Open 11am-10:30pm (Sun -9:30) daily.
Schmatz - German: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This casual German beer bar offers eight German and German-style beers on tap, including five of Schmatz's original brews, and you can order a tasting flights of any three beers you like. There's an...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Schmatz - German: Gotanda
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz Gotanda is the twelfth Tokyo-area branch of this popular German restaurant and beer bar, and like its sister shops it offers a list of original German-style craft beers, a few guest beers...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz - German: Shibaura
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
The popular chain of German restaurants serves up a menu of meaty, but not overly heavy, casual German cuisine. Eight draft beers include six original German-style craft beers (brewed by Brimmer...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Franz Club - German: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 4-10:30pm (LO). Open every day.
A spacious bar serving meaty German fare and great beer. Four German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner are on draft (starting at Y600/glass) with several more by the bottle. The Y3500 prix-fixe...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 4-10:30pm (LO). Open every day.
Bernd's Bar - German: Roppongi
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food and a friendly atmosphere. They feature several different German beers on tap.
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Die Wurst - German: Kamiyacho
Open 5pm-3am (LO). Closed weekends.
It looks just like an ordinary coffee shop, but they serve German sausages, excellent bread and rolls, and many excellent German beers. (AKA "Franziskaner")
Open 5pm-3am (LO). Closed weekends.
Zum Einhorn - German: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Although the dining room is notably lacking in atmosphere and music, the kitchen prepares outstanding German cuisine, including some fantastic game dishes in the autumn months. Prices may seem high...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Schmatz - German: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This casual German beer bar started life as a food truck at the Aoyama Farmers Market, and the kitchen offers a well-executed menu of schnitzel, sausages and other meaty German fare to go with your...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zum Eichen Platz - German: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Wurst Haus - German: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 3-11:30pm (Sat 1-9:30). Closed Sundays.
The food menu here includes more than a dozen types of sausage, along with ham and cheese platters, grilled meats and salads. Seven taps dispense Japanese and German beers from breweries like Far...
Open 3-11:30pm (Sat 1-9:30). Closed Sundays.
Zugspitze - German: Ginza
Open 5:30-10:15pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Billing themselves as a "Continental Restaurant-Pub," Zugspitze serves several German and Austrian beers on tap, along with bottled beers and German and Austrian wines. The food menu features...
Open 5:30-10:15pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Franz Club - German: Marunouchi
Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
Part of the popular Franziskaner chain, Franz club offers a decent selection of German beers and nice roast meats, sausages, ham and similar fare, served well into the wee hours of the morning. ...
Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
Franziskaner - German: Nihonbashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Hard-to-find German beers, German wines, and assorted snacks are on offer at this branch of the small Franziskaner chain. The meat-heavy food menu is more interesting and diverse than might be...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Schmatz - German: Suidobashi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Hot dogs at the ballpark are always a winning combination, so this Tokyo Dome mini-branch of the popular German bar-restaurant serves up German hot dogs in novel variations like Pizza Genovese and...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Schmatz - German: Kanda
Open 5-11pm daily.
Hearty German food and a roster of reasonably priced German-style draft beers are the draw at this popular German chain restaurant. The eight beers on tap are priced at Y650 and Y950 for small and...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Schmatz - German: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This German bar-restaurant chain offers a variety of German and German-style beers at very reasonable prices, especially compared to other German restaurants in town. The eight beers on draft are...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz - German: Kawasaki
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular German beer-bar chain offers eight German-style beers on tap (including five of Schmatz's original brews), all priced at Y650 per glass. The extensive food menu offers pizzas, pastas...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Great German Cook (GGC) - German: Kawasaki
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -midnight) daily.
With its old-fashioned wood-themed decor and its traditional German food menu, this long-running beer hall feels like a relic of past times. The extensive beer list is quite up to date though - in...
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -midnight) daily.
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