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Note: This guide covers South and Central American, Mexican and Tex-Mex, and Caribbean cuisines.
Note: This guide covers South and Central American, Mexican and Tex-Mex, and Caribbean cuisines.

Brazilian

Praca Onze - Brazilian: Omotesando
Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Live music, dancing, and a good deal of drinking. Open Mon-Tue 6:30-midnight (no music); Wed-Thu 6:30-1am; Fri-Sat 6:30-2am.
Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Barbacoa Grill - Brazilian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Brazilian-style all-you-can-eat churrasco grilled beef and other meats, along with one of Tokyo's best salad bars. Dinner is Y4500, weekday lunch Y3000.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Tucano's - Brazilian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
A huge, festive dining room serving all-you-can-eat grilled churrasco beef, pork and chicken, plus a salad buffet, for Y4000 (Y2900 at lunchtime).
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Blen Blen Blen - Brazilian: Shibuya
Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
If you're thirsty for a cachaca cocktail in the wee hours of the night, follow the circle-stamped road past Mark City to Blen Blen Blen. This bone fide Brazilian bar, tucked into a faded white...
Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
Que Bom - Brazilian: Shimbashi
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Among Brazilian churrasco restaurants in Tokyo, Que Bom's lunchtime Brazilian buffet is an especially good deal. A churrasco plate with three kinds of meat plus the buffet is just Y1280, and you can...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Tucano's - Brazilian: Akihabara
Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
This very informal counter bar is billed as a galetteria - a Brazilian-style charcoal-grilled chicken specialist - but the one-pound beef rump steak and the 600g "gigasteak" seem to be just as...
Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
Que Bom - Brazilian: Asakusa
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
The Y3000 churrasco buffet at this lively music bar features fifteen different Brazilian delicacies - grilled beef, pork and chicken, linguica sausage, and feijoada black-bean stew among them. Wash...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
Copo do Dio - Brazilian: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wed, 1st+3rd Tue.
Hidden among the quiet streets north of Nishi Ogikubo station lies Copo do Dia, a tiny cafe that also functions as an informal Brazilian cultural center. The space, with its heavy wooden tables and...
Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wed, 1st+3rd Tue.
Rio Grande Grill - Brazilian: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Brazilian churrasco grilled beef, other meats, seafood, and salad-bar selections will set you back Y4500 for all you can eat, while open-bar plans start at Y2000. There's plenty of outdoor seating...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Other South American

Miraflores - Peruvian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
This small but festive shop offers a good range of Peruvian specialties, including Andes potato soup, seafood stews and a "Plato Campesino" Andes picnic platter. There's usually bouncy Latin music...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Cafe Habana - Cuban: Daikanyama
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tasty Cuban-style sandwiches - stuffed with shredded roast pork, ham and cheese - are a big draw at this Cuban-themed bar-restaurant, along with Mexican-style grilled corn on the cob topped with...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Arco Iris - Peruvian: Gotanda
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Great South American cooking - the spicy, garlicky shrimp soup (with rice and green peas) is amazing, and the Aji de Gallina (stewed chicken) is definitely worth a try. Spanish-language ability...
Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Romina - Peruvian: Yotsuya
Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Brilliant Peruvian food and drinks at relatively inexpensive prices. For variety, they also serve a smattering of dishes from all across Latin America. Try their vanilla flan for dessert, if you...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Don Gaucho - Argentine: Kudanshita
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Argentine-style barbecued meats are the specialty here, served with reasonably priced wines in a friendly, casual setting. The three dinnertime set menus - each featuring a delectable assortment of...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Mi Choripan - Argentine: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 11am-10pm (Mon 11-8). Closed Tue, 2nd, 4th Mon.
Mi Choripan proudly serves up "Argentinian Soul Food" - aka overstuffed chorizo-sausage sandwiches seasoned with chimichurri sauce, which are sold from street stalls in Argentina and other parts of...
Open 11am-10pm (Mon 11-8). Closed Tue, 2nd, 4th Mon.

Mexican

Casa de Sarasa - Mexican: Shibuya
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO; Fri, Sat -2:30am) daily.
DJ Sarasa discovered the joy of tacos while traveling south of the US border, but couldn't find the real Mexican-style article after she returned to Tokyo, and so Casa de Sarasa was born. The...
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO; Fri, Sat -2:30am) daily.
Mayaluz - Mexican: Shibuya
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
"Modern Mexican cuisine" is the promise at MAYAluz, where you'll find a wide range of both Tex-Mex and south-of-the-border dishes along with tequila cocktails. Specialties include fritters made with...
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
La Casita - Mexican: Daikanyama
Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
This Tokyo Mexican-food landmark has been here since 1976, serving better-than-average Mex and Tex-Mex standards at reasonable prices. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Hacienda del Cielo - Mexican: Daikanyama
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
The tempting menu on the Hacienda features down-home Mexican dishes like shrimp and tuna ceviche, menudo (stewed beef stomach), and queso fundido (cheese fondue), plus Tex-Mex standards like...
Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Salsita - Mexican: Hiroo
Open 11:45am-1:45, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This simple, cheerfully decorated spot serves tasty, traditional-style Mexican food at friendly prices.
Open 11:45am-1:45, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Cabos - Mexican: Mita
Open 11:30am-1am (LO; -10pm weekends) daily.
Modern Mexican Cabos serves modern Mexican fare, including grilled meats and fish, creative tacos, and hot and cold tapas-style small dishes. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime, or Y1100 at lunch,...
Open 11:30am-1am (LO; -10pm weekends) daily.
Mi Familia - Mexican: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Mi Familia serves crowd-pleasing Mexican cuisine, with dishes like Puebla-style Chicken Mole, hefty home-made grilled chorizo, tequila-sauteed shrimp, and a ceviche of the day. Budget around...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
El Borracho - Mexican: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-1:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Enchiladas, marinated pork tacos, Mexican-style paella, octopus-tomato stew and chorizo-style sausages are among the specialties of the house at this Kyushu-based Mexican chain. Popular lunchtime...
Open 11am-1:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Rojo - Mexican: Koenji
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Rojo Amigo Kitchen turns out very credible Mexican and Tex-Mex fare, ranging from more than a dozen burrito variations to less-often-found regional dishes like Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan-style...
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Tepito - Mexican: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu.
Without a doubt one of Tokyo's best Mexican restaurants, the festively decorated Tepito offers a wide menu of regional dishes and Mexican standards prepared south-of-the-border style. Mexican wines...
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu.
Junkadelic - Mexican: Naka-Meguro
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.
One of Tokyo's early Tex-Mex pioneers, Junkadelic turns out credible versions of the Tex-Mex standards found in southern California, where the owner used to live. The menu starts off with familiar...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.

Tex-Mex

Chronic Tacos - Tex-Mex: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The second Tokyo branch of the Newport Beach-based taqueria is located in a food-court complex, so you can mix and match your burritos with pizza and ribs from the other food stands here. Drink...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Chiles Mexican Grill - Tex-Mex: Harajuku
Open 11am-9pm daily.
The menu here covers the usual bases for fast-food Tex-Mex - tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, and burrito bowls - with beef, chicken and pork fillings and customizable toppings. ...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Las Dos Caras - Tex-Mex: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
This glitzy two-story bar-restaurant is worth knowing about for their selection of three craft beers on tap, from US breweries like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Ballast Point. In addition to beer,...
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Guzman y Gomez - Tex-Mex: Harajuku
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Meaty, well-prepared tacos and burritos are served at this Tokyo outlet of an Australia-based Tex-Mex chain. For added structural integrity, the tacos are double wrapped in nice corn tortillas, and...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Guzman y Gomez - Tex-Mex: Shibuya
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This Australia-based chain serves meaty, well-prepared tacos, burritos, burrito bowls and other casual Tex-Mex fare. Tacos are double wrapped in nice corn tortillas, and you can choose from a...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
440 Broadway Taco Shop - Tex-Mex: Ebisu
Open 11am-9pm daily.
If you're familiar with the 440 Broadway Tex-Mex food truck usually parked outside National Azabu supermarket in Hiroo, this is the first non-vehicular venue run by the same management. They're open...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Daikanyama
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
The tasty burritos, tacos, and fajitas here are all made from premium organic ingredients. You can choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; with prices...
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Guzman y Gomez - Tex-Mex: Shinagawa
Open 8am-10pm (Sat, Sun 10am-10pm) daily.
This Australia-based Tex-Mex chain serves up tasty tacos, burritos and burrito bowls. The shop is located inside the same food court as Antenna America bar, so you can order a nice American craft...
Open 8am-10pm (Sat, Sun 10am-10pm) daily.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Roppongi
Open 11am-10pm. Closed 2nd Sunday.
Gourmet burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from Y800-1100. ...
Open 11am-10pm. Closed 2nd Sunday.
Havana Cafe - Tex-Mex: Roppongi
Open 11:30-5am (Fri, Sat -7am) daily.
A casual but hip cafe serving fajitas, burritos, BBQ, burgers, etc. prepared Japanese-style.
Open 11:30-5am (Fri, Sat -7am) daily.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Taco Rico - Tex-Mex: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
The tacos, burritos and burrito bowls here come with fillings of pork, grilled chicken, or avocado-shrimp. Tacos come in two-piece or three-piece platters, with an optional additional topping of...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Salsa Cabana Centro - Tex-Mex: Shimbashi
Open 4-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Solid Tex-Mex food and friendly service at this business-district branch of the popular Yotsuya restaurant.
Open 4-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Shiodome
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO; Sat -8:45, Sun -7:45) daily.
The tasty burritos, tacos, and fajitas here are all made from premium organic ingredients. You can choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; with prices...
Open 11am-9:45pm (LO; Sat -8:45, Sun -7:45) daily.
Zest - Tex-Mex: Ginza
Open 11:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
One of the most popular components of the sprawling D-Zone restaurant complex, Zest serves reasonably priced fare from the Tex side of the Tex-Mex border, with colorful frozen and non-frozen...
Open 11:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
Chronic Tacos - Tex-Mex: Ginza
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yet another taqueria hits Tokyo, this one hailing from Newport Beach, California. In addition to tacos they serve burritos, burrito bowls, spicy pork fajitas, quesadillas, meaty salads and Chronic...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Umum Good Burritos - Tex-Mex: Marunouchi
Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
If you were a creative chef who had read about burritos and seen pictures, but had no idea how to make them, this is what you might come up with. Tandoori lamb, sloppy joe filling, brown rice,...
Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Otemachi
Open 11am-10pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays.
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...
Open 11am-10pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays.
Salsa Cabana Bar - Tex-Mex: Yotsuya
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
The food here is very nicely prepared, and in spite of the simplicity of items like tacos and enchiladas, somehow tastes more Mexican regional than Tex-Mex. Our swordfish tacos had a lot of big...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Zest - Tex-Mex: Daiba
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Dependable late-night Tex-Mex food and fun decor.
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Wahoo's Tacos - Tex-Mex: Aomi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This Orange County-based Cali-Mex eatery specializes in fish tacos, but they also serve a range of burritos, salads and bowls. The "wet burrito" (Y890-1050) is a pleasingly hefty regular burrito,...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Baja - Tex-Mex: Naka-Meguro
Open 5pm-5am (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
The plump, meaty pork and guacamole burritos serves here are a stand-out, while the chicken burritos and various tacos are also quite popular. The narrow, 8-seat shop attracts a local late-night...
Open 5pm-5am (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
El Torito - Tex-Mex: Nishi-Kasai
Open 11am-midnight (LO) daily.
Poor food and service.
Open 11am-midnight (LO) daily.
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