Known as a popular tourist spot in Tokyo, Asakusa is famous for its numerous well-established Japanese restaurants that serve delicious soba (buckwheat noodles) and tempura. However, it is also home to a number of well-known French and Italian restaurants. If you’re in the mood for some European cuisine while in Asakusa, this article featuring 15 recommended French and Italian restaurants in this lively area of Tokyo is just what you’re looking for.
HOMMAGE gained 2 stars from a world-renowned gourmet guide, earning its position as a leading French restaurant in Asakusa. The restaurant's extravagant and creative food arrangements come highly recommended by gourmets. For dinner, they only serve their [Omakase no Course] (10,000 JPY plus tax). The course consists of creative dishes like [Wagyu Beef Sirloin from Tochigi with Egg Yolks Marinated in Lukewarm Shiokoji, Chanterelle, and Mimolette], which is a dish inspired by sukiyaki (hot pot stew). The marinated egg yolk represents a beaten egg, while the herbs represent bright green shungiku (edible chrysanthemum).
: [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)Closed
: Monday *Closed the following day if a national holiday falls on a MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPYAccess
: 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 MapMore Details Reservation
Nabeno-Ism, a French restaurant strategically located in Asakusa, provides a breathtaking view of the Sumida River (Sumida-gawa) and Tokyo Skytree. Aside from its amazing river view, the restaurant is also loved for its spacious, open-air terrace seating. Adding flair to the restaurant's dining tables is the authentic French cuisine created by a chef that trained their skills for over 20 years at Robuchon Group, a well-known French restaurant. They offer lunch (10,000 JPY) and dinner (20,000 JPY) courses where diners can enjoy authentic French cuisine to their heart's content. Be sure to give them a try!
: [Tuesday - Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Sunday] 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)Closed
: Monday, 4th Tuesday of the monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 30,000 JPY / [Lunch] 15,000 JPYAddress
: 2-1-17, Komagata, Taito-ku, TokyoMore Details
MONTEBIANCO is home to delicious and authentic Italian pizza and pasta brought to you by chefs trained in a 3-star Italian restaurant. They have an open terrace and open kitchen, allowing diners to enjoy a casual meal with friends or that special someone in a casual and lively atmosphere. Enjoy a wide variety of affordable set meals during lunch. One of these is the [Lunch for the Day (1,080 JPY)], which is composed of a pasta dish for a main and other side dishes, like homemade bread and soup. They also have [Plate of the Day (1,500 JPY)], which is a plate with a main, pasta, and salad. Enjoy!
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 3,001 JPY - 3,500 JPYAddress
: 1F, Human Haimu Kaminarimon, 1-1-1, Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, TokyoSource
: hitosara (Japanese)
4. Trattoria Kururi
The restaurant's name is derived from a place with the same name in Boso Peninsula (Boso Hanto), Chiba Prefecture. At this restaurant, diners can enjoy Italian cuisine made with fresh seasonal vegetables harvested from farms in Kururi. If you want to sample Kururi's seasonal vegetables, try their [12 Kinds of Fresh Vegetables Salad (850 JPY)]. As for a main dish, the best-seller is the [Umami-rich Premium Kato Pork Shoulder Loin Herb Grill (1,700 JPY)]. Take a bite and experience an explosion of the meat's umami (Japanese savory taste) in your mouth.
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Address: 1F, PF Asakusa Bldg., 1-19-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
5. et vous? life food restaurant
"Eat to become healthy and beautiful" is the concept of this restaurant. They offer well-balanced French cuisine made of 60% vegetables and 40% seafood and meat. Their deliciously healthy dishes, along with their retro interior, attracts many health-conscious diners. One highly recommended dish is the [Wagyu Cheek Meat Simmered in Red Wine (3,500 JPY)], which is a delicious dish made of Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) cheek meat simmered in red wine and fond de veau (brown stock). If you are into seafood, do not miss their [Marinated Smoked Salmon (1,200 JPY)]. It comes with fresh vegetables in a honey and orange dressing.
et vous? life food restaurant
Open: 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: Monday, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month *Closed the following day if a national holiday falls on Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Address: 2-9-11, Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
6. ONE@Tokyo Lobbycafe
ONE@Tokyo Lobbycafe is known for their craft beer and wines, as well as their elegant and creative French dishes. The restaurant makes French dishes with a twist, using rare and unusual ingredients like Tokyo beef, Edo-yasai (traditional vegetables from Edo), and Houoh-ran (brand of eggs from Kanagawa Prefecture). One of these dishes is the [Tokyo Beef Sirloin Steak with Edo-yasai], which lets you taste the pure deliciousness of beef. It is a one-of-a-kind dish made with Tokyo beef (limited to 60 cattle a year all over Japan), which is a type of Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef), and Edo-yasai, which has a long history dating back to the Edo period (1603 - 1687).
: Breakfast 7:00 am - 10:30 am, Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
*Cafe is from 11:00 am - 9:00 pmClosed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 1-19-3, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, TokyoMore Details
7. Bistro Verite
Want to enjoy French cuisine in a casual dining environment? Visit Bistro Verite! Located near Tsukiji, Japan's largest fish market, it is known for serving dishes made with fresh seasonal seafood. If you are ordering à la carte, try their [Seafood Cuisine of the Day (1,480 JPY)]. It is an exquisite dish made from ingredients that change daily, depending on the seafood brought in that morning by the chef from Tsukiji. If you prefer meat dishes, try their [Stewed Beef Cheek (1,480 JPY)]. It is made of beef cheek meat and vegetables simmered in stock and red wine, and it's recommended to pair it with red wine!
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPYAccess
: 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 MapMore Details Reservation
8. Western Restaurant Bistro Yu
Bistro Yu offers healthy and delicious Western cuisine. They serve mainly French and Italian dishes, using plenty of organic, seasonal vegetables. Aside from their counter and table seats, they also have terrace seating, which is great on lovely, warm days. They offer classic dishes like [Southern French Style Salmon Meuniere], [Country Style Terrine] - a light and refreshing dish that goes great with wine, and slow-cooked [Beef Stew]. Their à la carte dishes cost an affordable 1,000 JPY - 2,000 JPY. They also offer their [Chef Omakase Course] for 4,800 JPY. Please note that the restaurant's course meals need to be reserved in advance.
Western Restaurant Bistro Yu
: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: Monday, third Sunday of the month Average price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPYAccess
: Turn left out of JR Kameido Station's North Exit. Head towards Shin-Kiba on Meiji-dori for 300m and turn right at the Go-No-Hashi intersection. Finally, head straight for about 100m.Address
: Fujioka Bldg. 1F, 1-18-14 Kameido , Koto-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details Reservation
9. Banchina Asakusa
Banchina is a French restaurant that's conveniently located in an area where one can gaze upon one of Tokyo's popular tourist spots, Tokyo Skytree, and the gently flowing Sumida River (Sumida-gawa). Their signature dish is the [Wild Game of the Day], which consists of meat caught in the wild by the owner himself, like Ezo-jika (Ezo deer) and wild boar from Hokkaido. For stewed dishes, they use a red wine-based sauce that adds an amazing flavor to the rustic taste of meat. Dinner courses start from 6,000 JPY. Reservations are required.
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Address: 9F, Chuden Bldg., 1-2-6, Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
10. French Dining Coffret
Coffret is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that offers a relaxing atmosphere for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They offer fancy French cuisine in a calm and carefree atmosphere, allowing diners to feel like they're just visiting a friend for a good meal. Dishes are brought to you by their skilled chef, who boasts of extensive experience in French cuisine. The affordability of their dishes is the secret behind their success. One of their best dishes is the [Coffret's Special Homemade Stewed Hamburg (1,600 JPY)], which exquisitely combines the juicy meat's umami and tasty sauce. Add 500 JPY if you want sauteed foie gras or 200 JPY for a sunny-side up egg on top!
French Dining Coffret
Open: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:00 am)
Average price: 3,500 JPY
Address: Capital Plaza 104, 3-9-10, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
11. Endo Risaburo Shoten
Endo Risaburo Shoten is an authentic downtown wine bar that takes pride in their extensive wine selection. They have over 1,000 wine labels in stock to provide diners with a variety of options that meet any budget. Prices start from 2,000 JPY per bottle, so diners have no excuse not to enjoy wine. They offer a wide variety of dishes that go perfectly with red wine, such as raw ham, liver mousse, and rillettes. These dishes, along with the tasty [Meat Pâté from Tanaka Meatshop], are piled onto a plate in the [Risaburo Special! Assorted Meat Appetizers (1,860 JPY)]. The [Flanders-style White Asparagus (1,900 JPY)] is also highly recommended.
Endo Risaburo Shoten
: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 6,000 JPYAddress
: 1-33-3, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, TokyoMore Details
12. Brasserie Aux Amis Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Branch
The restaurant is located on the 30th floor of Tokyo Skytree, which is a spectacular sightseeing spot in Tokyo. Aside from the nice city view, they also offer delicious yet affordable French cuisine. They only offer course meals for lunch and dinner, like the [Monday Lunch (2,000 JPY)]. As the name suggests, it is a lunch course meal that's available only on Monday. Enjoy a very affordable yet filling treat, as it comes with an appetizer, main, drinks, and dessert. During cafe hours, diners can enjoy drinks, as well as light à la carte dishes like omelettes and sandwiches.
Brasserie Aux Amis Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Branch
: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O.), Cafe 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (L.O.), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O.), Bar 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O.)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 8,001 JPY - 9,000 JPYAddress
: 30F, Tokyo Skytree Sola Machi, 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, TokyoSource
: hitosara (Japanese)
13. Vegi & Grill
This place mainly offers charcoal-grilled meats and organic vegetables. It has a casual atmosphere, so anyone can come in. It functions both as a restaurant and bar, which is common in countries like Spain. One of their highly recommended dishes is the [Iberico Pork Loin Roast with Heaping Green Onions and Lemon (800 JPY)]. It is made of charcoal-grilled Iberico pork loin topped with lots of green onion and lemon to enhance the rich taste. If you are looking for a dish that goes perfectly with alcohol, they also have [Charcoal-grilled Fresh Ji-dori (from 200 JPY)] (charcoal-grilled local chicken). It tastes so good that before you know it, you’ll have had several refills of alcohol!
Vegi & Grill
Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Address: 1F, 5-31-5, Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
This 2-star Italian restaurant serves up authentic Italian dishes made by an experienced chef. To provide the most authentic taste possible, they attempt to use Italian ingredients whenever possible for their dishes. If you want to enjoy delicious and authentic cuisine, try their [Mixed Grill of the Day]. This dish is a combination of assorted meats like chicken and steak cuts in one plate, and it is best enjoyed with a group of people.
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:45 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,800 JPY
Address: 3-27-9, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
15. Asakusa Cafe La Grande Calice
Around a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station, Asakusa Cafe La Grande Calice resembles a small, chic bistro and cafe in Paris. They are known for their wide variety of snacks and meat dishes. Those who want a full meal can try the [Beef Cheek Meat Stew in Red Wine (1,300 JPY)]. It is an exquisite dish made of domestic beef cheek meat, raisins, and burdock root that's been slow-cooked for 6 hours in stock mixed with port wine. Enjoy the beef's melt-in-your-mouth texture, as well as the deep flavor of red wine, in one carefully prepared, delicious dish.
Asakusa Cafe La Grande Calice
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
[Monday] Morning 7:00 am - 11:30 am (following day if Monday falls on a national holiday)
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Address: 1F, B CONTE Asakusa, 2-4-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo ()
Over the years, Asakusa has developed into a bustling commercial area of Tokyo. It is one of the places in Japan where restaurants serving Western food first opened. Experience Asakusa's food culture by enjoying exquisite, contemporary French and Italian cuisine!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.