An izakaya is a Japanese-style pub that serves a huge variety of dishes, so if you can't read the menu, how are you supposed to be able to order your food? If it were at least in English, that would be way easier. Here is a list of 15 izakaya in Tokyo where the menu has been translated into foreign languages, mainly English and Chinese (traditional).
1. Oedo-Ayatori (Shinjuku)
This is an izakaya that serves creative Japanese cuisine. Its friendly staff love chatting with customers to make sure they get to experience "Japanese hospitality and good food". One of the most important aspects of their hospitality is to show the customers how their food is prepared. Nothing whets your appetite more than watching the chef prepare your dish behind the counter. Of course, the food has to be delicious for the customer to truly feel welcome! A dish you definitely must try is [Otsukuri Hassun (1,580 JPY)], which is a sashimi assortment of 8 types of seasonal seafood. Another remarkable option is [Yakitori Skewers (from 200 JPY per skewer)], where the umami (Japanese savory taste) of chicken is enhanced to the fullest.
Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Address: 6F, Wa Mall Kabuki-cho, 1-18-9, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
2. Torien Irori (Tokyo)
Here, you'll find only private rooms that will allow you to relax without paying attention to your surroundings. Their dishes are creative, yet based on Kyoto's traditional cuisine. Don't miss their [Asa Jime Honjitsu no Sashimi Assortment (from 1,289 JPY)], comprising of super-fresh seafood directly delivered from the fishing port. Their charcoal-grilled [Yakitori (190 JPY each)] (chicken skewers) are remarkably good as well, although the most popular item on their menu is [Kokusan-gyu Suji to Ginjo Dofu no Nikomi (790 JPY)], which is tender sinewy beef that's been stewed for 8 hours so it literally melts in your mouth. If you're particularly hungry, you can order one of their many course meals that include an all-you-can-drink option.
Torien Irori (Tokyo)
Open: [Lunch] 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
[Dinner] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Address: 7F, 1-7-10, Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
3. Pollo Ginza Corridor Branch (Ginza)
This is a Western-style izakaya where you can enjoy chicken dishes and wine. Their concept is to offer healthy "branded chicken" raised on various farms in Japan, as well as "natural wine" imported from all over the world that are made from organic and chemical-free grapes. Their flagship dish is [Roast Chicken (1,900 JPY)], made with incredibly tasty Seiryu Waka-dori, which refers to a brand of chicken from Iwate that is fed with clear, mineral-rich stream water. The price for natural wine starts from 700 JPY per glass or from 3,200 per bottle. Tell the staff about your preferences, and they'll recommend the perfect wine for you.
Pollo Ginza Corridor Branch (Ginza)
Open: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY
Address: 1F, Ryuo Bldg., 8-2-14, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
4. Organic Italian Bar Hona Ginza Branch (Ginza)
This Western-style izakaya serves natural wine and dishes made with chemical-free, organic vegetables. All the ingredients used here are healthy, going by the pub's motto: "The safer, the tastier". A dish you should definitely try is [Botchan Kabocha no Creme Brulee, with Homemade Milk Gelato (780 JPY)], which is made with a whole little squash. The sweetness of the vegetables in this must-eat dish is a pure delight. They also have lots of alcoholic drinks. The 2-hour all-you-can-drink course includes sparkling wine and homemade sangria. Other than being multilingual, their menu also includes vegan and vegetarian options.
Organic Italian Bar Hona Ginza Branch (Ginza)
Open: [Saturday/Sunday/Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm) [Weekdays/Saturday/Day Before Holiday] Dinner 5:00 pm -11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) [Sunday/Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm -11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: A two minute walk from exit C8 for Ginza Station's Hibiya Line, Ginza Line, and Marunouchi Line. A five minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station.
Address: Matsuoka Bldg. B1F , 3-3-9 Ginza , Chuo-ku, Tokyo
5. Kururi Shinjuku Branch (Shinjuku)
This is another good izakaya for tasting creative Japanese dishes. The restaurant is made up of private rooms that are separated by walls and doors. Each one has a horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu table) that allows you to stretch your legs freely, and they can accommodate from a few to a lot of customers. Their most recommended dishes would be [Honjitsu no Tairyo Assortment (2,480 JPY)], which is a platter of the day's catch, and [Wagyu Motsu Nabe (1,380 JPY)] - an offal hot pot with plenty of umami (Japanese savory taste). If you're here for a more complete experience, try either the 2-hour or 3-hour versions of their all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink courses. They only have English menus available.
Kururi Shinjuku Branch (Shinjuku)
Open: [Lunch] 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
[Dinner] 4:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
Average price: [Dinner] 2,480 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: B2F, Seibu Shinjuku Eki-mae Bldg., 1-25-3, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
6. Tamazusa (Yushima)
This unique izakaya enables its customers to enjoy the representative dishes of all 47 prefectures of Japan. It doesn't just offer traditional local food; they also serve so-called "B-rank delicacies" that are delicious yet affordable by anyone. Their flagship dish is [Tetsu Nabe Gyoza (380 JPY)], which is Tochigi's specialty. The chewy texture of the dumpling wrappers coupled with their soft fillings make eating them amazing. Another great menu item is [Gyu-tan (980 JPY)] (beef tongue), which is a delicacy from Miyagi that will release its incredibly tasty juices into your mouth at the very first bite. Drinks are stocked from various areas as well. This restaurant may seriously come in handy when you have to decide your next destination: just pick the one with your favorite local food! The menu is available in English, but the staff can speak Chinese, too.
: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 5:00 am (Food L.O. 4:00 am, Drinks L.O. 4:30 am)
[Saturday] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: 3,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Kumoda Bldg., 3-36-3, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, TokyoMore Details
7. Niku Bar Uo Bar (Minami Ikebukuro)
If you can't decide between meat and fish, this izakaya provides both. Their cuisine can't be defined as just Japanese or Western. For example, they serve fish both as [Sashimi] and [Carpaccio], while meat can be ordered [Grilled] or as a [Sushi] ingredient. You'll be offered dishes made with ingredients that are restocked daily, cooked in the best way to boost their flavor, so their [Honjitsu no Menu] is definitely worth checking out. Also, don't miss their [Roast Beef (820 JPY)], grilled every day at 5:00 pm. If you don't hurry, it will get sold out! They have an English menu, but the staff can speak Chinese, too.
Niku Bar Uo Bar (Minami Ikebukuro)
: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 3,000 JPYAddress
: 5F, Ikebukuro No. 5 Bldg., 1-20-11, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, TokyoMore Details
8. Gam Ya (Shinjuku)
Meat lovers will enjoy the many options that this izakaya has to offer. It only has private rooms. Give priority to their [Ba Sashi (860 JPY)], which is horse sashimi directly delivered from Kumamoto. They also have noteworthy dishes made with chicken and pork from Kagoshima. A popular item among ladies is their [Cheese Fondue Girl's Party (2,980 JPY)]. If you order their voluminous [Cheese Dak-galbi Course (3,480 JPY)] - a Korean specialty made with spicy chicken covered in melty cheese, you'll get to taste 10 of the restaurant's best dishes, including [Waka-dori no Terrine] and [Sengyo no Carpaccio]. They only have English menus, but the staff can speak Chinese. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
Gam Ya (Shinjuku)
Open: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Address: 5F, No. 10 NK, 1-23-12, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. Shunka Shinjuku East Gate (Shinjuku)
Another place that's rich in meat options is this Western-style izakaya. Its specialty is [Homemade Roast Beef (1,080 JPY)], cooked in a kiln and carefully sliced. The [Fresh Cheese Fondue (600 JPY)], wherein an original cheese sauce is poured on other ingredients, is also popular. If you're looking for a venue for your party, their [Roast Beef All-You-Can-Eat Course (2,980 JPY)] or [Cheese Fondue All-You-Can-Eat Course (2,950 and 3,980 JPY)] are both great choices. You can have these for lunch as well. They only have English menus available.
Shunka Shinjuku East Gate (Shinjuku)
: [Lunch] 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (L.O. 4:00 pm) [Dinner] 4:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am) *For lunch, [reservations are required / banquet courses]. *Reservations are required in advance for lunch banquet courses.Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPYAccess
: A 1-minute walk from the East Exit of JR [Shinjuku Station] / Approximately 50 meters from the entrance of Kabukicho IchibangaiAddress
: 4F, Chatelet Bldg., 1-23-10 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details Reservation
10. Uoari Ikebukuro Branch (Ikebukuro)
This izakaya serves creative Japanese dishes. Their [Satsuma Age (580 JPY)] is superlative. It consists of [Uogashi Age] (fried ball of white flesh fish surimi and tofu) that's broiled with a spicy-sweet sauce, giving it a unique deep flavor. Alternatively, the [Kurobuta no Shabu-Shabu] comes highly recommended. Domestic black pork is thickly sliced and parboiled to remove the excess fat while the umami is condensed inside. The private rooms feel like a hideaway where to relax with your best friends and enjoy a good meal at the same time. Other than Japanese, the menu is available in English and Chinese.
Uoari Ikebukuro Branch (Ikebukuro)
Open: 5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Dinner 5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY
Address: 3F, Ikebukuro Daigo Bldg., 1-20-11, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
11. EnNoUtage (Shinjuku)
You'll find this izakaya on the 8th floor of a building. This means the window seats offer you a full view of Shinjuku's cityscape to enjoy together with your food and drinks. A recommended dish is the [Gyu Sirloin Steak (1,680 JPY)]. The meat is grilled at a very low temperature, and its resulting flavor has both an umami and sweet flavor. You should also try [Niku Zushi (500 JPY)], where a thick slice of roast beef becomes a topping for nigiri zushi. They also have a large variety of dishes that go well with alcohol, like [Kushi-yaki] (skewers) of chicken, pork and vegetables, and [Sashimi] of both seafood and horse meat. Again, the menu is available only in English as foreign language, but there is English, Chinese and Korean speaking staff.
: 3:00 pm - 0:00 am *Reservations are available for non business hours. Please inquire by phone.Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station. Next to the discount shop [Don Quijote]. On the 8th floor of the building with the restaurant [Gyudon Matsuya] on the 1st floorAddress
: 8F, Ishizuka Bldg., 1-6-3, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details Reservation
12. Banya Akasaka Branch (Akasaka)
Head here if you're looking for cozy and relaxing private rooms. Every room oozes a Japanese vibe, creating just the right atmosphere to enjoy a Japanese meal with a Japanese drink in tranquillity. Their flagship dish is [Banya no Sengyo 10-kind Massive Assortment (1,980 JPY)] that allows you to taste several seasonal fish delicacies all at once. The number of daily servings is limited; better order this in advance. To finish off your enjoyable banquet, have their specialty-[Maboroshi no Curry Udon (780 JPY)]. The harmonious combination of some spices and Japanese-style dashi (broth) into a soup flush with homemade noodles will make you want more and more. As for the foreign languages, their menu is available in English.
Banya Akasaka Branch (Akasaka)
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays, Beginning and end of the year (December 31 - January 3)
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY
Address: 1F, Paros Bldg., 2-14-34, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
13. Oto Oto Toranomon Hills Branch (Toranomon)
An izakaya that serves creative Japanese food, located at the 3rd floor of the ""Toranomon Hills"" skyscraper. There are glass-sided private rooms of all sizes, but the most popular seats are the ones facing the ""Tokyo Tower,"" the symbol of the city. They stock carefully selected ingredients all year round, making sure they are directly delivered from the various production areas of Japan. Their [Sashimi 6-kind Assortment (1,290 JPY)] deserves to be ordered at least once. You can pair it with healthy [Kisetsu no Omakase Obanzai 3-kind Assortment (990 JPY)], a side dish comprising mostly seasonal vegetables. Their menu has been translated into English only.
Oto Oto Toranomon Hills Branch (Toranomon)
Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed: None *Beginning and end of the year, Toranomon Hills closing days
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 3F, Toranomon Hillds Mori Tower, 1-23-3, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
14. Chiriri Roppongi Branch (Roppongi)
14. Chiriri Roppongi Branch (Roppongi)
This restaurant serves [Tsuyu-Shabu], a new dish recently born in Kyoto. Tsuyu-shabu consists of thin slices of pork prepared by quickly passing them through hot water; they are then eaten by dipping the slices in a special tsuyu (sauce) made with dashi, an ingredient unique to Japanese cuisine. This is what makes it different from the classic [Shabu-Shabu], where meat is seasoned with ponzu (citrus-seasoned soy sauce) or sesame sauce instead. The resulting flavor is simple yet delicious, making it hard for you to stop eating! Fun fact: the name of the restaurant, ""Chiriri,"" is a mimetic word in Japanese that describes the state of these thin meat slices shrinking as they are soaked in hot water. Try the various types of [Tsuyu-Shabu Course (5,500 JPY - 15,000 JPY)]. The only foreign language available for their menu is English.
Chiriri Roppongi Branch (Roppongi)
Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,200 JPY
Address: 2F, Roppongi Grand Plaza, 3-1-25, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
15. Bistro-Ya Ginza Yurakucho Branch (Ginza)
This is a Western-style izakaya focusing on Italian and French cuisine. They have a collection of wines from all over the world, and the menu is rich in wine cocktails. Something you definitely can't miss is their [Yukimuro Jukusei Buta no Roast (1,050 JPY - 1,890 JPY)], made with pork meat from Niigata, the snow country, that is aged in a "yukimuro," which is a natural fridge made of snow. Be sure to enjoy the deep umami condensed in this amazing meat. Another charm of this izakaya is that you can choose between large private rooms with large windows that let you have a full view of Ginza and more intimate rooms for couples to relax. As for the foreign languages, the menu is available in English only.
Bistro-Ya Ginza Yurakucho Branch (Ginza)
Open: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY *Party Courses from 2,700 JPY
Address: 5F, Ginza Four Star Bldg., 4-4-2, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
If you end up in an izakaya that only has a Japanese-language menu, start by ordering some [Edamame]. It's a very popular snack among foreigners. But remember to eat only the beans inside. The pod is not edible, so please be careful!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.