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Asakusa is dotted with eateries of all sorts. It is an area where you can have anything from premium unagi (eel) to the not-so-easy-to-find yukhoe (Korean raw beef dish). There are even places where you can dine to stunning views or aboard a traditional boat! The fantastic dishes of the restaurants in this article, which were all made with care to the ingredients and cooking methods, will have you coming back time and time again. Check them out!
1. Kappo Tonbo
Despite having been established over 80 years ago, Kappo Tonbo is still loved by many people today. You can dine in on their diverse menu in their modern Japanese interior. Among the many options like seasonal sashimi and fluffy anago (eel) tempura, a dish you have to try is the [Maple Saikyo-yaki]. It consists of grilled seasonal fish - like sablefish, halibut, or golden eye snapper - that's been seasoned with maple syrup and sweet white miso typical of Kyoto. The fatty fish combined with the sweetness of maple syrup tastes amazing with both rice and alcohol. Their Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) steak and shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) are equally delicious!
Open: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit A4 of Honjo-azumabashi Station
8-minute walk from Exit 4 of Asakusa Station
Address: 3-7-17, Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo (Map)
2. Unagi Komagata Maekawa Main Branch
Enjoy fluffy and tender unagi while admiring the Tokyo Skytree and Sumida River from this restaurant! This long-established restaurant uses domestic, farmed unagi in its numerous unagi dishes, but you'll hardly notice any difference in both flavor and aroma from wild-caught unagi. Their signature dish is [Unaju] (rice topped with grilled eel), made with an incredible sauce that they've been adding to for around 200 years. You'll love the feeling of its sweet fat slowly melting in your mouth! Also, don't miss the [Umaki], a rolled omelet filled with unagi and served with a luxurious sauce, or the [Unagi Shirayaki] that's served with a simple wasabi and soy sauce mixture.
Unagi Komagata Maekawa Main Branch
Open: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit A2 of Asakusa Station on Toei Asakusa Line, or 3 minutes walk from Exit 4 of Asakusa Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
Address: 2-1-29, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
3. Yakiniku Satsuki Asakusa Branch
Today, there are very few chances to taste yukhoe, but Yakiniku Satsuki Asakusa Branch never stopped serving it. It's a yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant that specializes in premium Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) and offers delicacies like [Kuroge Wagyu Yukhoe], wherein beef is coated in quail egg and a ginger-flavored sauce. Other super popular dishes are the incredibly juicy [Thickly Cut Lean Meat] and the [Satsuki Meat Assortment], which is a collection of several different cuts of meat. There's also a wide array of course meals, such as the [Manzoku Yakiniku Course] that includes meat and innards seasoned with salt or sauce, as well as an all-you-can-drink plan.
Yakiniku Satsuki Asakusa Branch
Open: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station. Take Kokusai Street after exiting from Exit A1 and you should see it on the side with a karaoke facility.
Address: 1F, No. 2 Hirokazu Bldg., 2-11-5, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
4. Yakatabune Amiko
Hop on board Yakatabune Amiko, and you'll get to stuff your cheeks with plenty of seafood dishes while gazing at the splendid panoramic view of Tokyo from a traditional boat. The menu features a variety of course meals that offer dishes like piping-hot, crispy tempura, as well as deliciously sweet crab. Made with beautifully arranged, super-fresh fish, one absolute must-try is the [Sashimi Assortment Boat]. It will allow you to enjoy the sweetness and umami of fish thoroughly. It's also a gorgeous dish that's pleasing to both the eye and palate. For lunch, you'll find extravagant course meals with spiny lobster, abalone, or other premium products as the main dish.
Open: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
*Closed during the beginning and end of the year.
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 12,000 JPY
Access: Free shuttle bus available for groups of 25 people or more at any train station.
Address: 1-1, Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
5. Asakusa Sushi Ken
This restaurant will welcome you either at their counter seats, from which you can see the chef make your sushi right before your eyes or in one of their tatami-floored rooms. You can order sushi a la carte, choosing from a variety of fish stocked from all parts of the country, such as the Hokkaido, Hokuriku, and Boshu regions. Starts from 100 JPY per piece, the prices are pretty reasonable, yet you'll be surprised at how skillfully the chef prepares your sushi. Among the many options on the menu - such as [Kohada], which is gizzard shad fermented for a day, or the [Seasonal Squid with Yuzu and Salt] that uses the best squid available on the day - the most recommended item is the [Nigiri Deluxe] (hand-formed sushi). For 3,800 JPY, you'll get to savor high-quality ingredients like ikura (salmon roe) and sweet otoro (extra fatty tuna).
Asakusa Sushi Ken
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (L.O. 4:00 pm), Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 3:00 pm - 10:00 (L.O. 9:30 pm)
*Opening hours may change during the beginning and end of the year, Golden Week, and Obon.
*Closed on December 31.
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY *The menu is priced starting from 780 JPY.
Access: 5-minute walk from Tawaramachi Station. It is right in front of Exit 1 of Asakusa Station, right along Kokusai Street.
Address: 1F, Matsu Royal Bldg., 2-11-4, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
6. Que bom!
Fancy some Brazilian cuisine? Come to this restaurant to enjoy a buffet of churrasco, made with the restaurant's original seasoning. You'll find plenty of choices, including beef ribs, beef fillet, pork belly, chicken, and many more. The aroma of the meat and its juicy umami are truly addictive! There's also an extensive salad bar, which is ideal for anyone who wants to maintain a well-balanced diet. For lunch, you pay for your favorite dishes by weight, just like you would do in Brazil. There are also characteristic bento (meal boxes) stuffed with freshly made churrasco that are available for take-out.
Open: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Weekends] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) *Lunch buffet is pay-by-weight. Enjoy authentic Brazilian dishes starting from 200 JPY per 100g!
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: Nearby ROX, the department store on Kokusai Street.
Address: B1F, Nikko-sha Bldg., 2-15-13, Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
7. Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai
At Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai, you can have top-quality unagi in a laid-back atmosphere. You'll find dishes like the [Deluxe Unaju], made with unagi stocked from various parts of Japan, and the [Unagi Kimoyaki] that will allow you to savor the flavor of unagi liver. Their grilled unagi, cooked in 5 different ways to create 5 different flavors, is super tender. Coated in their special sauce, the taste of the unagi and the incredibly deep flavor of the sauce will spread through your mouth as soon as you take the first bite. While you're at it, admire the chef's knife mastery with the [Thinly Sliced Aomori Olive Flounder], or opt for an all-time classic favorite like the [Agedashi Dofu] (fried tofu served in the broth). Pair either of these dishes with sake (Japanese alcohol) like Tengusa or Muichibutsu, which were carefully selected by the owner.
Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY *Party courses start from 4,800 JPY / [Lunch] 950 JPY *Starts from 750 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk (233m) from Kuramae Station
Address: 4-23-1, Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
8. Et Vous? Life Food Restaurant
After polishing his skills in Kamakura and Yokohama, the chef of this restaurant now serves creative French cuisine! His dishes follow the concept of "eating to stay healthy". Served as an appetizer, the [Marinated Smoked Salmon] consists of salmon marinated in citrus fruit and herbs, and is served with a dressing made from oranges, vegetables, and other ingredients. It's highly recommended if you want to enjoy the true flavor of each ingredient. The slow-cooked [Wagyu Cheek Meat Stewed in Red Wine] is another great dish that combines tender cheek meat with a mellow sauce. You'll find a wide selection of dishes in their lunch menu!
Et Vous? Life Food Restaurant
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
*Closed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
*If Monday falls on a national holiday, it will close on the following Tuesday instead.
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 7 or A1 of Asakusa Station
Address: 2-9-11, Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
9. Kaiseki Hisagoan
Having dedicated his whole life to Japanese cuisine, the chef of Kaiseki Hisagoan will be more than glad to make you feel welcome with his authentic kaiseki (traditional Japanese course cuisine with tea). The interior of this long-established restaurant, built in the style of a traditional teahouse, is divided into private rooms, each with a small Japanese garden. The menu comprises of seasonal ingredients stocked from Tsukiji Market, prepared and arranged to suit all kinds of situations, from Buddhist services to engagement ceremonies. Available for groups of 10 or more customers, the [Hisagoan Kaiseki 8,000 JPY Course] consists of several dishes that illustrate the skills of the talented chef. If you're in the mood for hot pot stew, aside from the [Hisagoan Shabu Course] and the [Hisagoan Sukiyaki Course], you could order the [Hisagoan Fugu Course] that features tiger pufferfish caught in Shimonoseki.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 10,000 JPY
Access: 13-minute walk from Exit 6 of Asakusa Station. Go west of Asakusa Kannon-do Ura on Kototoi Street and turn right at the following traffic light.
Address: 3-34-11, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
Head to Okinawaken if you're craving for some Okinawan food. Starting with the [Rafute], which consists of pork that's been slowly cooked for 4 hours until tender, you'll get to taste lots of authentic Okinawan dishes, including [Jimami Dofu] (peanut tofu) and [Sea Grapes Salad]. Their signature dish, the [Goya Champuru] (bitter melon stir-fry), is made exclusively from ingredients produced in Okinawa. Before being flavored with an original seasoning that makes it a perfect accompaniment to alcohol and rice, the bitter melon is thinly cut to reduce the bitterness. Alternatively, you can try their [Soki Soba] that comes with thin noodles in a light soup. It is topped with melty and juicy pork that's been cooked for around 9 hours. No one can resist it!
Open: [Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:00 am)
[Sunday] 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
*May change occasionally
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit A1 of Asakusa Station
6-minute walk from Exit 3 of Tawaramachi Station
Address: 2F, Rex Asakusa, 1-43-9, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
11. Banchina Asakusa
Having studied cooking techniques in France, the owner of Banchina Asakusa makes delicious, authentic French cuisine. For both lunch and dinner, you can have a set meal with your choice of appetizer, main dish, and dessert. If you go for dinner, don't miss [Today's Gibier], a fantastic dish made with wild game hunted by the owner himself. There's also a rich collection of wines from countries like Georgia, Italy, and Turkey that go amazingly well with the food. From the restaurant's windows, there is a stunning view of Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree. On top of that, from time to time, there are events with live jazz music as well!
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
*Private parties available upon prior reservation for groups of 10 or more customers.
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY *Menu is priced from 4,800 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Access: 30-second walk from Exit 5 of Asakusa Station. It's the 4th building north of the train station.
Address: 9F, Chuden Bldg., 1-2-6, Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)