Omotesando and Harajuku have many trendy restaurants. They are also gourmet battlegrounds, with many restaurants run by chefs who trained overseas. During the holiday season, Omotesando Hills lights up with Christmas lights, as do the Japanese zelkova trees on the streets, making these areas some of the top romantic destinations in Tokyo. Here are some restaurant recommendations in these areas for the Christmas holiday season!
1. I・K・U Aoyama (Rooftop: Snow Peak Glamping)
I・K・U Aoyama has two venues: I・K・U Aoyama - a chic restaurant with a private room on the 3rd floor, and Snow Peak Glamping, which is on the rooftop so that you can be one with nature. Both restaurants serve natural French cuisine, using meats like domestic [Premium Omigyu] beef. Their entrees and sides, like their [Cold Press Juice], overflow with seasonal, organic vegetables. Both the quiet and elegant restaurant and the open-air rooftop glamping restaurant are fantastic locations for a special night out.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)
[Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
*Closed on the first and third Monday of the month
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY *Varies by course / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY *Varies by course
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit A5 of Omotesando Station. Close to Kotto Street and east of Minotti.
Address: 3F, Minami-Aoyama 6124 Bldg., 6-1-24, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2. KEISUKE MATSUSHIMA
KEISUKE MATSUSHIMA has its main branch in Nice, France, and is the only French restaurant in Japan that operates with the concept of "no time difference from Nice". Here, you can enjoy dishes made by combining rich ingredients, such as herbs and spices characteristic of southern France, with carefully selected domestic ingredients. This includes the [Special Wasabi-flavored Joshu-gyu Beef Mille-feuille], which was created by the owner, who has owned 1 star as a chef for 10 consecutive years. They can also prepare artistic cakes made by the chef to celebrate a special occasion at your request. Enjoy a precious moment away from the bustle of Harajuku here.
Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm) *Sunday dinner is from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm).Closed:
Except the beginning and end of the year. The restaurant may be booked for private parties, so please call to inquire.Average price:
[Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPYAccess:
10-minute walk from Exit 5 of Meiji-jingumae Harajuku Station, 10-minute walk from Takeshita Exit of Harajuku StationAddress:
1F, Park Court Jingumae, 1-4-20, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
This restaurant in Minami Aoyama feels just like a hideaway. The interior is decorated in black tones, with a contemporary and chic atmosphere that is stylish yet warm. The restaurant's contemporary and sophisticated French cuisine is created using the chef's unique style, which maximizes all the ingredients' characteristics while still sticking to tradition. In particular, the specialty [Crispy Foie Gras Sandwich] is a dish that is full of flavor and surprises. The wine set is good value for those who enjoy wine. The restaurant is an exciting space where you can watch the chef’s lively performance in the kitchen.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
About 6 times a month, mostly on TuesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPYAccess
: 5-minute walk from Omote-sando Station, 8-minute walk from Gaiemmae StationAddress
: 1F, Minami-Aoyama Kotori Bldg., 4-16-3, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
4. bis tris
This restaurant has an exterior that looks like an old teatro (theater). The atmosphere inside is calm. It is a relatively small space, but has a variety of different seats, including comfortable sofas that are perfect for dates. Each of the courses, starting with the [Sorpresa], is like a colorful painting on a canvas of plates that gives expression to the chef's playfulness. One is sure to have a special experience at this restaurant, where everything from the cutlery and wine to the service is in perfect harmony.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (L.O.), Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O.)Closed
Additional irregular daysAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,800 JPYAccess
: 10-minute walk from Exit B3 of Omote-sando StationAddress
: 1F, Shinsei Bldg., 2-3-7, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, TokyoSource
: hitosara (Japanese)
5. Chez Matsuo Aoyama Salon
The entrance in the basement, flanked by 2 statues of black panthers, is the gateway to a restaurant with glittering chandeliers and antique furnishings. The interior is a luxurious space that brings to mind a place for social gatherings. The restaurant serves a variety of colorful French dishes that evoke the Japanese seasons, such as the [Low-Temperature White Fish Roast with Uni Sauce and Karasumi], as well as a wide selection of wines. The restaurant is a great stage for surprises and even offers a proposal plan that lets you make use of a private room. Time spent in this elegant restaurant will most certainly become special, lasting memories.
Chez Matsuo Aoyama Salon
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Omote-sando Station. Turn at the Aoyama Kennel's corner of Aoyama Street. The restaurant is in the basement of the building to the left after passing the first alley.
Address: B1F, Alive Mitake Bldg., 1-2-5, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
BENOIT adopts its name and essence from an established restaurant in Paris that has been operating for 100 years. When guests enter the restaurant and go up the spiral staircase, they are welcomed by its symbol in the form of the Eiffel Tower. The menu consists of bistro-style dishes that are made with Japanese and French ingredients, with an emphasis on seasonal vegetables. The [Pâté en Croute] of 4 recommended meats wrapped in a homemade pastry brings out the natural flavors of the meats and pairs fabulously with wine. Diners can enjoy natural light through the restaurant's large windows during the day, and a view of the city lights in the evening.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 4:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPYAccess
: 5-minute walk from Exit B2 of Omote-sando Station. 383m from Omote-sando Station.Address
: 10F, La Porte Aoyama, 5-51-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
7. Restaurant REIMS YANAGIDATE
Restaurant REIMS YANAGIDATE is located in a quiet neighborhood, just a minute's walk from Omote-sando Station. All the tableware and cutlery are handmade to express the French culture of celebrating individuality. Enjoying the French cuisine with the restaurant's atmosphere is an outstanding experience. In addition, there are always over 80 types of champagne to choose from. The chef trained in the province of Champagne! The champagne is meant to be enjoyed with the meal, adding a sense of luxury. Special champagne that matches the day's ingredients can be selected. This restaurant is perfect for those who want to have a quiet, relaxing Christmas.
Restaurant REIMS YANAGIDATE
: [Tuesday - Sunday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmClosed
: MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY *Dinner course priced from 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,700 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from Exit B2 of Omote-sando StationAddress
: 3-10-13, Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
8. DEUX ART
DEUX ART is by reservation only, and accepts just 4 groups of guests each for lunch and dinner. The restaurant's concept is "offering true quality that does not change with time for those who are already intimately familiar with it". The numerous high-quality and unique dishes that the chef creates are presented as if they are telling a story. Alcohol is limited to wines, of which there are always over 200 carefully selected brands to choose from. The wines are served at just the right age, which is determined by the sommelier. Have an experience of a lifetime with fine wine and food in a calm and quiet environment.
: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPYAccess
: 3-minute walk from Exit B of Omote-sando Station. Head between Kinokuniya and Pronto. Turn right at the second corner and you'll find the restaurant to the left.Address
: B1F, Izumi Bldg., 3-14-4, Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
9. ＆ éclé
"World-class food at bistro prices." This is the motto of ＆ éclé’s head chef, a former starred chef. Customers are bewitched by the novel and healthy dishes served at ＆ éclé, such as their specialty dish, [Coulicious]. [Coulicious] is a combination of rice and French sauces, served with natural wines collected from around the world. The restaurant has a luxurious private room, as well as a main dining room that is decorated in a casual yet exotic style. It comes highly recommended to those who wish to enjoy French food without any fuss.
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O.)
[Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O.)
[Sunday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O.) *Sunday or last day of any consecutive national holidaysClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPYAccess
: 3-minute walk from Omote-sando StationAddress
: 2F, Luce Minamiaoyama, 5-5-4, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
10. LoyKratong Resort
LoyKratong Resort is an Asian resort-style restaurant that's located on the top floor of H&M Harajuku Building. At LoyKratong Resort, you will feel transported out of the everyday, despite being in Harajuku. Enjoy a variety of dishes like the [Tom Yum Goong - Spicy Thai Shrimp and Foie Gras] and [Snow Crab and Green Curry Risotto], which not only combine the appeal of Asian and French cuisines, but are also full of novel and delicate flavors. You can have a sweeping view of Harajuku from the windows, so try to get window seats, especially if you are there for dinner. This restaurant is a great place to enjoy Christmas with that special someone.
Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Lunch ends at 2:30 pm on Tuesday (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Hours may change on weekends and national holidays, depending on reservations for parties. Please call to confirm.
[Monday - Thursday, Sunday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) (Drinks L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) (Drinks L.O. 11:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Harajuku station, 8-minute walk from Omote-sando Station. Located on the top floor of H&M Harajuku Bldg.
Address: 9F, The Ice Cubes, 1-8-10, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
11. Restaurant Manoir d'Inno
This restaurant is owned by Noboru Inoue, a chef known as an authority on French cuisine, and is located in a quiet residential neighborhood of Aoyama. There is a fantastic garden on its vast grounds, with 100-year-old trees, weeping cherry trees, plum trees, and azalea that express the changing seasons. At this restaurant, fabulous classic French cuisine is served on beautiful white plates in a refined environment with soothing music. The flavors are further enhanced by the mature wines that are served with the food. This restaurant is perfect for those who want to have a relaxing and luxurious dinner.
Restaurant Manoir d'Inno
: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 pm - 2:00 pm (L.O.), Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O.)Closed
(open when Monday is a national holiday and closed the next day)"Average price
: [Dinner] 16,000 JPY / [Lunch] 7,000 JPYAccess
: 7-minute walk from Exits B1 and B3 of Omote-sando Station, 2-minute walk from Aoyamagakuin-Chutobu bus stop on the Toei Bus from JR Shibuya StationAddress
: 4-1-13, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
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