Japan's foremost shopping district - Ginza, Tokyo - is lined with world-famous brand name shops and high-class Japanese department stores. Not to mention the myriad of delicious restaurants! Here is a list of 15 recommendations from Japanese master chefs that are sure to give you a sophisticated dining experience.
1. Tateru Yoshino
Tateru Yoshino is a Japanese chef who was conferred the title of "Order of Agricultural Merit - Chevalier" by the French government. This is one of the French restaurants in which he works as a partner chef. The concept of this restaurant is "terre (land) cuisine": the bounties of the earth are beautifully arranged in dishes prepared so as to enhance their unique properties. Sample the rustic beauty and rich flavor of their dishes which have enchanted gourmands from all over the world, such as their [Japanese Hare Royale] or the [Calf Head Stew].
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: None *Closed at the beginning of the yearAverage price
: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 7,500 JPYAddress
: 12F, Pias Ginza, 4-8-10, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
Established in 1973, this restaurant’s interior was designed by the world-renowned architect, Pierre-Yves Rochon. At L’OSIER, you can enjoy delicious cuisine and excellent service in elegant surroundings. Their dishes are made with local products sourced from all over Japan, such as the seafood that the head chef personally selects straight from the best production areas. As they have a formidable collection of wines, it is recommended to ask the sommelier for their suggestions on what would best match your selections.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmClosed
: 7-5-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
3. Ginza Koju
This Japanese restaurant has recently received an excellent review from an edition of a world-renowned gourmet guide that focuses on Tokyo, Yokohama, and Shonan. The restaurant’s name, "Koju", is actually the creation of a potter whose work the owner (Toru Okada) very much appreciates. Chef Okada has also opened other branch restaurants called "Okuda" in both Ginza and Paris, France. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, you'll only find one thing on the menu - the [Omakase Course] (Chef's Recommended Course). Taste the true essence of Japanese cuisine with their seasonal [Owan] (bowl dish), fresh [Otsukuri] (sashimi), flavorful [Awabi Karaage] (deep-fried abalone), and other amazing dishes.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National Holidays, Beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: [Dinner] 25,000 JPY / [Lunch] 21,600 JPYAddress
: 4F, Carioca Bldg., 5-4-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
4. Tempura Kondo
Specializing in tempura, this restaurant is a beloved favorite among celebrities. The secret to its popularity lies in the chef's adventurous spirit with tempura. His unconventional recipes - originally focused on seafood - now make vegetables the star. The head chef loves to constantly challenge himself by travelling to various areas in search of new ingredients. You can admire the chef's skills by ordering the three-dimensional [Ninjin] - impossibly thinly sliced carrots that are piled high and fried to perfection. Another classic item is the [Satsuma Imo], a sweet potato that takes 30 minutes to prepare, which ensures that the natural sweetness and flavor stay locked inside.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (divided into 2 shifts: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Dinner from 5:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm) *Dinner is limited to 2-hour blocks, starting from 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pmClosed
: Sunday (open if Monday is a national holiday)Average price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPYAddress
: 9F, Sakaguchi Bldg., 5-5-13, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
5. Ginza Sushi Aoki
If you want traditional Edo-style sushi, look no further. Let the chef choose which sushi to make with the [Omakase Course (from 20,000 JPY)], which also happens to be the only item on the menu. You’re guaranteed to be served the most suitable sushi and snacks according to your preferences, budget, and hunger level. It's not just about traditional flavors, though, as more innovative sushi types, such as [Kawari Zushi], are quickly becoming classics of this restaurant as well. Above all, the [Maguro Nigiri no Nori Komi] - a nori-wrapped maguro (tuna) nigiri zushi - is so popular that it can be ordered outside of the [Omakase Course].
Ginza Sushi Aoki
: Lunch from 12:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner from 5:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: None *Closed at the beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: [Dinner] 20,000 JPYAddress
: 2F, Ginza Takahashi Bldg., 6-7-4, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
6. BEIGE ALAIN DUCASSE TOKYO
A joint collaboration between master chef Alain Ducasse and the high fashion brand, Chanel, gave birth to this French restaurant in 2004. Located on the 10th floor of the Chanel building in Ginza, the countless bonsai and Japanese artworks that line the interior create an elegant Japanese atmosphere. If you want to try French dishes made with local ingredients, produced by a Japanese chef, this restaurant is a must-visit!
BEIGE ALAIN DUCASSE TOKYO
: Lunch 11:30 am - 4:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: Monday, Tuesday, Summer season, Beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,500 JPYAddress
: 10F, Chanel Ginza Bldg., 3-5-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
A French restaurant whose name means "sketch", they only offer creative course meals made by their French chef for both lunch and dinner. The price varies according to the number of dishes included in the course. There is no menu on any of the tables; instead, you'll find a sketch drawn by the chef illustrating the restaurant's menu selections. Enjoy their picture-perfect dishes, from appetizers to main dishes, and of course, desserts.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch from 12:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm), Dinner from 6:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
[Sunday] Lunch from 12:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm)Closed
: None *However, please call ahead regarding opening hours during summer months, as well as the beginning and end of the year.Average price
: [Dinner] 30,000 JPY / [Lunch] 15,000 JPYAddress
: 9F, Royal Crystal Ginza, 5-4-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
8. Madame Shrimp
Shrimp lovers flock here for their delicious dishes made with crustaceans from across the globe. Lobsters, spiny lobsters, tiger prawns, glass shrimp, and even the "illusionary" higoromo shrimp, are just a sample of over 15 varieties that you can find here. The most popular item on the menu is the [Shrimp Fry Sandwich (3 cuts for 680 JPY, 6 cuts for 1,280 JPY)], which is a sandwich made with a shrimp cutlet. Of course, they offer seafood appetizers, pasta, and some meat dishes. If you’re in a hurry, you can also get meals to go!
: [Weekdays] 6:00 pm - 3:30 am (L.O. 2:30 am)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: Irregular *Beginning and end of the year not includedAverage price
: 6,000 JPYAddress
: B2F, Plaza Ginza Bldg., 8-4-27, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
9. Aroma Fresca
The name of this Italian restaurant means "fresh aroma". Their dishes are made so that when they arrive at your table, you are immediately enveloped in their sublime perfume. For example, one of their standard appetizers that people look forward to consists of unagi (eel) which has been steamed, and then smoked over cherry tree woodchips. The menu only offers course meals, but these include plenty of fragrant delicacies that will make you truly savor the taste of each ingredient, such as the [Anago no Koso Mushi Fresh Tomato no Kaori] (steamed eel and herb with a tomato scent) and the [Yaki Taraba-gani no Salad Aroma Fresca Style] (grilled red king crab salad done in an Aroma Fresca style).
: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, 1st Monday of the month (open on national holidays)Average price
: 20,000 JPYAddress
: 12F, Ginza Trecious, 2-6-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
10. Ginza Wakuta
The dishes served in this Japanese restaurant embrace the gifts of the four seasons in ways that are characteristic of Japan. Inside, there are semi-private and private rooms which seat 2 - 6 people, as well as counter seats where you can admire the skill of the chef preparing your dishes. Here, you can savor Kyoto-style Kaiseki cuisine (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol), where extreme care is dedicated to enhancing the authentic umami (Japanese savory taste) of the seasonal ingredients. Their specialty is the [Donabe Gohan] - a hot pot of rice and ingredients like wholesome in-season vegetables and seafood that are all simmered together. Indulge in luxurious flavors that can only be found in Japanese cuisine!
: [Monday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
[Tuesday - Saturday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 13,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,980 JPYAddress
: 5F, Ginza Tokiden Bldg., 8-3-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
11. Ginza Kamiya
This is a Japanese restaurant that offers what is known as [Kuzushi Kaiseki] - a meal which combines Kaiseki cuisine (traditional Japanese course cuisine with tea) with soba, sushi, and other delicacies. While it respects the Japanese tradition that it was born from, [Kuzushi Kaiseki] is an unconventional and non-stereotypical feast. The restaurant serves innovative arrays that include dishes from Western or Chinese cuisines, which are almost never used in a traditional Kaiseki course, such as the popular [Aburi Zushi], in which the combination of fresh ingredients and the scorching technique draw out the umami of the meat.
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: December 26 - January 1, January 6 - 9Average price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPYAddress
: 4F, Kojun Bldg., 6-8-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
12. Organic Osteria Ginsai Plus
In Ginza, there is an Italian restaurant whose core concept is “savoring vegetables”. Careful attention is paid to the selection of every ingredient, from the organic vegetables stocked from the restaurant's own farm (or from specially contracted farmers), all the way down to the flour shipped directly from Hokkaido that's used in their homemade pasta and pizza dishes. Their most requested dish is the [Parmigiano Reggiano no Ue de Shi-ageru Risotto (2,480 JPY)], which is risotto cooked right on top of a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, the king of Italian cheese. This luxurious dish is prepared right in front of you, so it feels somewhat extravagant.
Organic Osteria Ginsai Plus
: [Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Tea Time 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: B1, Ginza UK Bldg., 6-9-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
13. NEO-SNAPPER CARNAVAL
Here, you can enjoy Spanish, Italian, and many more types of cuisine! Perfect for parties, you can relax in one of their private rooms, which are separated by curtains and equipped with TVs and DVD players. Their specialty is the [Seafood Paella] - an umami overload of seafood! Their all-you-can-drink courses (4,000 JPY plus tax or 5,000 JPY plus tax) come highly recommended, as they include paella made with different ingredients. Another must-try is their [Domestic Fresh Vegetable Bagna Cauda (1,300 JPY plus tax)], served with a deliciously rich anchovy and garlic-flavored sauce.
: [Monday - Thursday] 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
[Friday, Saturday, Days before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 5:00 amClosed
: Sunday, National Holidays, Beginning and end of the year (December 31 - January 3)Average price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 2F, Pacific Ginza Bldg., 7-2-20, Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
14. Ginza Chez Tomo
The owner of this French restaurant aims to offer cuisine of the highest quality, in the greatest environment possible, all for an affordable price. He also wants you to relax and enjoy yourself, which is why he only uses organic and chemical-free produce. The specialty is the [Yamanashi Organic Vegetable 28 to 30-Kind Assortment]. It consists of 28 - 30 types of bite-sized vegetables, each prepared in the method best-suited to bring out their umami. It's an amazing array that allows you to truly experience the rich flavors and strong aromas of that season’s products.
Ginza Chez Tomo
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Monday *If a national holiday falls on a Monday, the restaurant will be closed on Tuesday instead.
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Address: 11F, Pola Ginza Bldg., 1-7-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
15. Restaurant Luke with Sky Lounge
High on the 47th floor of St Luke's Garden (Seiroka Garden), you can find this restaurant, around 221m up from the ground. From this glass-sided skyscraper that towers over Ginza, you can enjoy a breathtaking view with your meal. Specializing in [Modern International Cuisine], which uses only the best cooking techniques and ingredients from around the world, they have several courses and plans to choose from. Naturally, it is highly recommended to reserve a private room, where you can enjoy the night cityscape in style.
Restaurant Luke with Sky Lounge
: 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
: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays *Closed from December 30 - January 3 (may also close for private parties)Average price
: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 47F, Seiroka Garden, 8-1, Akashicho, Chuo-ku, TokyoMore Details
Did any of these restaurants strike your fancy? Ginza is full of famous restaurants, but with this guide at your side, it's certain that you'll find the best place for you!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.