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Here are 14 restaurants in and around Tokyo's highly popular tourist spot, Asakusa, that are great options for lunch. These renowned locations offer a wide variety of choices, ranging from casual Japanese fare to high-end French cuisine.
1. Asakusa Sushi Ken (Sushi)
Diners can experience Tokyo's lively downtown area at this sushi restaurant, located along Asakusa's Kokusai Street (Kokusai-dori). The high-quality, wild fish here is freshly caught in the morning and brought in that same day. The chef's skill is apparent in the variety of cooking techniques used here, which change depending on the ingredients, and it also shows in the deft preparation of the live seafood for sushi or sashimi. The rice is made with a small amount of red vinegar, which makes the flavor both milder and fuller - an experience that can only be enjoyed with Edomae sushi. A recommended option here is the [Limited Local Fish Lunch Nigiri]. This hearty set is a great deal that can't be missed, offering 9 pieces of sushi made with that day's seasonal fish, tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), chawanmushi (savory egg custard), and soup.
Asakusa Sushi Ken
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm ) Dinner: 5:00 pm - 1:00 aa (L.O. 00:00 am)
[Sundays, National Holidays] Lunch: 11:30 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm ) Dinner: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from Tawaramachi Station on the Tokyo Metro subay
Address: Pine Royal Building 1F, Asakusa 2-11-4, Taito, Tokyo (Map)
2. Kappo Tonbo (Kaiseki)
This well-established restaurant has been serving diners authentic Japanese cuisine for 85 years. The time you spend here will certainly feel very special, as Kappo Tonbo consists exclusively of private rooms, and guests receive the kind of top-notch service one might expect at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). Of course, the food is also excellent, featuring carefully-selected meat and seafood, as well as a variety of seasonal flavors, all deliciously prepared by the skilled chef. It is recommended that diners try the sumptous [Hitodori Kaiseki], which offers all the classic options for kaiseki cuisine (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol). Expect to find the following in this set meal: the specialty [Maple Saikyo-yaki] - a fish that is steeped in maple syrup and miso and then grilled, lending a sweet flavor to the dish, beef suki-ni (hot pot stew), sashimi, tempura, various sides, rice, soup, konomono (Japanese pickles), and a jelly dessert.
Open: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Honjo-azumabashi Station Exit A4 on Toei Asakusa Line. 8 minuutes walk from Asakusa Station Exit 4 on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
Address: 3-7-17, Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo (Map)
3. Okonomiyaki Monjayaki Asakusa Tsurujiro (Okonomiyaki, Monjayaki)
Enjoy okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) and monjayaki (gooey savory pancake) made with discerningly-chosen ingredients at this refined, high-end restaurant. Diners in the mood for okonomiyaki should try the [Asakusa Yaki]. This dish is notable for its simple flavor and carefully selected-ingredients, including Sakura shrimp, shredded squid, beni shoga (red pickled ginger), onions, and perilla leaves. The ingredients' aromas and the sauce drizzled on top are an oustanding combination. Those interested in monjayaki should try the [Special Monja], mixed with a dashi (broth) made from a large number of ingredients. The batter for this monjayaki is full of tasty items, such as pork belly, squid, octopus, large scallops, shrimp, corn, beni shoga, eggs, and wheat gluten, all of which are cooked slowly, resulting in a heavenly dish that you'll certainly want to try!
Okonomiyaki Monjayaki Asakusa Tsurujiro
Open: [Weekdays, Saturdays, Days before holidays] Lunch 11:30 am -3:00 pm (last order 2:30 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (last order 9:00 pm)
[Sundays, Holidays] Hours 11:30 pm -9:00 pm (last order 8:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPY
Access: A three minute walk from the number 1 exit of Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station. Head straight toward Asakusa Public Hall, on the right.
Address: 1-20-8 Asakusa , Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
4. Asakusa Shokutsugai no Himonoya (Japanese Cuisine)
This restaurant has a strong Japanese aesthetic, the perfect setting for experiencing the flavors of Japanese home cooking through set meals. "Himono" refers to fish whose umami (Japanese savory taste) has been enhanced through sun drying, and the ones here have a nice shape, good amount of fat, pleasant color, and superb freshness. This restaurant takes these quality products and grill them over charcoal until deliciously fluffy. The [Gozen] is a set meal that features himono as its centerpiece, along with a wide variety of other Japanese delicacies, including potato salad, tofu, dashimaki tamago (rolled egg omelet seasoned with broth), 3 kinds of sashimi, rice, rich pork broth, natto (fermented soybeans), pickles, and dessert! You will certainly feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing this rich yet healthy Japanese meal.
Asakusa Shokutsugai no Himonoya
Open: Normal hours: 11:30 pm - 5:00 am (last order 4:00 am) We are open straight through from lunch until early morning, so no need to worry about missing the last train home!
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: Leave Asakusa Station through Exit A3 and walk straight ahead on Kaminarimon-dori Street towards Ueno. Turn right on Sushiya-dori Street, and then to the first street on the left. 2 min. from the Tsukuba Express Station.
Address: Gosho No.2 Bldg. 1F - 2F , 1-11-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
5. Unagi Komagata Maekawa Main Branch (Japanese Cuisine)
Diners can enjoy the Japanese dish of unagi (eel) at this restaurant while enjoying views of the Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree. The domestic, high-quality, farm-raised unagi used here is said to be almost indistinguishable from the wild-caught variety. Their signature [Unaju] (eel on rice in a lacquer box) features fluffy grilled eel topped with a secret tare (sauce) that's been continually added to for around 200 years - a treat for your tastebuds! Another recommended choice is the [Unagi Shirayaki] (lightly broiled without any seasoning), a good way to experience the flavor of the unagi itself. To taste heaven, just add wasabi-flavored soy sauce to further bring out the mild sweetness of the eel.
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)
6. Sugita (Japanese Cuisine)
Sugita is famous for its tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), one of the most popular items in Japanese cuisine. Fresh, domestic pork coated in a thin layer of breading is deep-fried in lard from Holland using copper pots, which are exceptionally good conductors of heat. The meat is first quickly cooked at a high temperature, after which the heat is lowered and it is cooked more thoroughly. Finally, the heat is raised again to finish the tonkatsu, removing excess oil and adding a nice color. Try the [Tonkatsu Loin], a recommended choice where the crisply fried batter, a scent of the lard, and deliciously-flavored pork combine into a mouthwatering dish. The flavor will continue to unfold as you eat, and once you add the house blend sauce to this dish, you are sure to keep shoveling rice into your mouth as well! Oily dishes can be tiring, but this one is so delicious that you will just want to keep eating and eating!
Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:45 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm (L.O. 8:15 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from Exit A5 of Kuramae Station on Toei Subway Oedo Line / Asakusa Line
Address: 3-8-3, Kotobuki, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
7. Dojo Iidaya (Japanese Cuisine)
This restaurant offers diners a chance to experience [Dojo Nabe], a popular dish amongst commoners in the past that increasingly fewer places offer today. It features freshwater loaches stewed with the salty-sweet stock used in sukiyaki (hot pot stew), burdock, and Welsh onions. The pot is then placed directly on the table with a burner so that diners can control the heat themselves. These loaches are mild, yet have a hint of bitterness to their flavor that drinkers simply won't be able to resist! Shichimi (a Japanese mixture of 7 spices) and sansho (strong Japanese pepper) are must-have spices in Japan, and a dash of these seasonings adds a spiciness to the dish that will bring out the ingredients' umami even further. Dojo nabe is especially recommended for diners who want to enjoy an afternoon drink!
Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:30 am - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm )
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station A2 Exit / Ginza Line Tabaracho Station 3rd Exit. From Kokusai Street, go into Kappabashi Street and you'll see it.
Address: 3-3-2, Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
8. Yakiniku Satsuki Asakusa Branch (Yakiniku)
Enjoy high-quality meat for a reasonable price at this yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant! The smokeless grills at this popular spot help eliminate unpleasant odors so that you can give your full attention to enjoying the yakiniku! The Yuri beef used here is raised in Akita Prefecture's bountiful Yuri area and is fed a mixture of rice, rice straw, and grass. You will certainly enjoy this Kuroge Wagyu beef brand's signature umami. The lunch menu offers set meals that come with rice and soup, and half-size portions of regular orders are also available for diners interested in trying a variety of cuts. However you cut it, you are guaranteed to eat your fill here!
Yakiniku Satsuki Asakusa Branch
Open: [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line. From Exit A1, walk along Kokusai Street for 1 minute. You'll find it on the side with the karaoke facility.
Address: 1F, Dai-Ni Hirokazu Bldg., 2-11-5, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
9. Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho (Izakaya)
This lounge is located inside a city hotel with a metropolitan design. The highly photogenic interior is one draw here, as are the power outlets located throughout the space, making this a good spot for single diners looking to settle in for a longer period of time. For lunch, the recommended option here is the [Noodle Buffet]. Diners have a wide variety of noodle options to choose from, such as ramen and pho, and can add their favorite seasonings and toppings as well. What's more, it's all-you-can-eat! There is also one drink included, another plus.
Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho
Open: 12:00 am - 12:00 am / open 24 hours (breakfast 6:30 am - 10:30 am / lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from the south exit of JR Kinshicho Station
Address: 3-4-2, Koto-bashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo (Map)
10. Bona Festa (Western Cuisine)
This Russian restaurant has a well-established presence and manages to remain a highly popular choice even in restaurant-packed Asakusa. In the signature [Russian-Style Cabbage Roll Stew], the sweetness of the cabbage combines with the savoriness of the meat to create a delicately flavored dish. Before being stewed in tomato sauce, this dish is first stewed for around 4 to 5 hours with bouillon, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth texture. This restaurant has a chic yet cozy interior and is recommended for anyone looking to enjoying an elegant lunch.
Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm / Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (From 5:00 pm on Sunday)
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from Asakusa Station on Toei Asakusa Line / Go south from Asakusa Station. Turn right at Asakusa Street, then it's on your right
Address: 1F, Garden Bldg., 2-6-9, Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
11. Bistro Verite (French Cuisine)
This bistro provides casual French cuisine, taking great care to make things by hand. The sauces for their sautes and other dishes are notable for being created from actual fish bones, adding to the authenticity of the flavors. One particularly popular choice is the seafood menu, which allows diners to sample the best fish of the day. There are 3 lunch options available here: the [A Lunch], featuring a set meal with pasta or salad; the [B Lunch], where diners can specify either fish or meat; and the [Beef Tendon Hayashi Rice], limited to just 10 orders and only offered at lunchtime. These subtle flavors, painstakingly crafted from fresh ingredients, are incredibly comforting.
Open: [Tuesday-Sunday/Holiday/Day before holiday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (last order 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: A one minute walk from exit A1 west (left) at Oshima Station's Toei Shinjuku Line. Along Shin-Ohashi Street.
Address: 5-8-8 Oshima , Koto-ku, Tokyo (Map)
12. HOMMAGE (French Cuisine)
This famous, star-winning restaurant incorporates ideas from various countries, which, when combined with the chef's own preferences, results in French creations that can't be had elsewhere. The atmosphere here is calm, as you might expect from a restaurant with a star, yet diners can relax and enjoy the French cuisine on offer as the chef's wife, dressed in a kimono, waits upon guests. The menu consists only of course meals filled with the chef's recommendations — the number of items in these courses changes depending on the price. You can easily see the chef's skills in the restaurant's "Asakusa French cuisine," which not only tastes delicious but looks appealing as well! This place is indeed worth giving a try.
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm) / Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPY
Access: Turn right at the Exit 1 of Asakusa Station, then go straight on Kannon Street. Across the traffic light, then turn left at Kototoi Street. Turn right at the first traffic light, then on your right
Address: 4-10-5, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
13. Que bom! (International Cuisine)
[Que bom!] offers Brazilian churrasco made from juicy, freshly-cooked meats such as beef round and skirt, as well as chicken. There is also a salad bar overflowing with vegetables, and many local Brazilian dishes on offer as well. On Saturday at lunchtime only, all of these options can be enjoyed in the unique form of a pay-by-weight buffet. Lunch boxes are also available, providing diners with the option of enjoying an original churrasco lunch box as takeout.
Open: Dinner: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:00 pm) Last order for churrasco is 10:00 pm, [Saturday, Sunday] Lunch: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) Lunchtime is serving as selling by weight buffet style. Enjoy the real Brazilian cuisine for 200JPY per 100g.
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: Very close toe ROX department store on Kokusai-dori
Address: Nikko-sha Bldg. B1F, 2-15-13 Nishi Asakusa , Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
14. Ryuen (Chinese Cuisine)
Ryuen offers distinctive Chinese cuisine based on the belief that "ingredients should take center stage." Their menu features a variety of Chinese dishes whose ingredients change with the seasons. The chef honed his skill in Shanghai cuisine, and his marvelous ability to breathe life into the ingredients is a testament to his skill. This distinct ability shines through in the arrangement of the food as well, such as the classic dish [Pidan Tofu], which is boldly reimagined in a cocktail glass here. Only course options are offered here, and they include a satisfying array of dishes, including pidan tofu, appetizers, spring rolls, stir-fry, and fried rice.
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
[Tuesday - Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: Next to the fifth building from Exit A5 of "Asakusa Station" (Tsukuba Express line)/5-minute walk from "Tawaramachi Station" (Tokyo Metro Ginza line)
Address: 3-1-9, Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Asakusa has every lunch option imaginable - just pick whatever you are in the mood for. Explore the area and find a favorite spot!