Gaiemmae is just a train stop away from Omotesando via the Ginza line. While it’s an elegant area, there are offices of large corporations in the vicinity and large sports facilities like Meiji Jingu Stadium and Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium. Check out these restaurants that are frequented by people when they are in the area for shopping, dates, work or exercise. From restaurants that are very competitively priced, to those aiming to stand out with stellar views, there’s sure to be something that suits you in this list.
1. La Coccola
Head up the narrow stairs to the 2nd floor of the building along Gaien Nishi Street (Gaien Nishi Dori) to get to this creative Italian restaurant. You’ll feel the calm atmosphere the moment you step inside with natural daylight streaming in during the day. The restaurant focuses on the quality of the ingredients they use, gathering them fresh from many different sources. The chef uses his background in Italian and Japanese cooking to transform and elevate the ingredients. The dishes change according to the chef’s inspiration so you’ll be able to taste something new each time. Try one of the authentic Italian set lunches, all fixed at a very reasonable 1,000 JPY.
: [Weekday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm onwards (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 6:00 pm onwards (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAccess
: Around a 5-minute walk from Gaiemmae StationAddress
: 2F, Hayashi Bldg., Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
2. Minamiaoyama Essence
Located in an alley along Aoyama Street (Aoyama-dori), Minami Aoyama Essence uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create Chinese food that “heals both body and soul”. They use ingredients produced in Japan, carefully sourced and selected from across the country. The head chef was once awarded the “Cooking Masters” by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. They use no flavor enhancers and they even use an electromagnetic water activator for the cooking water! Come here to enjoy the food that strikes the right balance between health benefits and taste.
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
[Weekends, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 4:00 pmClosed
: 5-minute walk from Exit 1A of Gaiemmae StationAddress
: 1F, Sunbridge Aoyama, 3-8-2, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoSource
: hitosora (Japanese)
3. Minami Aoyama Itoya
With the abundant unfinished wood furnishing, the restaurant overflows with a Japanese atmosphere. You can enjoy unagi (eel), chestnuts, as well as matsutake (mushroom) and other seasonal ingredients in [Donabe Gohan]. There’s also the [Yasai no Taki Awase] with the umami (Japanese savory taste) of the carefully prepared dashi (broth) base that will stay in your memory. The menu changes based on the day and the available ingredients so you can visit repeatedly and be surprised by something new each time. Course meals are available at lunch for 3,500 JPY. Be sure to drop by and try the cuisine made with seasonal ingredients. The chef’s really proud of it!
Minami Aoyama Itoya
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm)
Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: Cross the pedestrian overpass from Exit 4b of Gaiemmae Station and turn right on the main road. Go straight ahead and the restaurant is on the right-hand side.Address
: 1F, City Yamazaki, 2-19-1, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
4. Hotel Allamanda Aoyama Portofino
A minute away from Gaiemmae Station and very near to Meijijingu Gaien Rubber-ball Baseball Ground and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium is where you’ll find Hotel Allamanda Aoyama. Head up to level 8 and you’ll get to Portofino, a restaurant that pays close attention to their ingredients. The ingredients are delivered straight from the source and are organic and pesticide-free. With this philosophy, they strive to provide various dishes that you can eat in a relaxed environment. You can look forward to sampling [Global Comfort Food] and healthy courses with a big dose of superfoods. Eat your way to a beautiful and healthy body in this restaurant located in the heart of the city!
Hotel Allamanda Aoyama Portofino
Open: Breakfast 6:30 am - 10:00 am (L.O. 9:30 am)
Cafe & Dining 11:30 am - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Bar 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Access: Around a 1-minute walk from Exit 3 of Gaiemmae Station
Address: 8F, Placeo Aoyama Bldg., 2-7-13, Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Source: h (Japanese)
Obanzai-Hachiya is located a 5-minute walk from Gaiemmae Station. Here, you will be able to taste delicious homemade food that’s prepared with carefully selected fresh ingredients. The restaurant closes when the food is sold out. The menu changes according to the ingredients available each day, so there are customers who come to taste the seasonal dishes and sample the recommendation of the day. The menu features over 10 items that are changed daily, making it a hit with diners. The black-themed interiors are stylish, with table seats, horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu table), semi-private rooms and counter seats to choose from.
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National Holidays
*Will open if there are reservations for more than 10 peopleAccess
: Around a 5-minute walk from Exit 1A of Gaiemmae StationAddress
: 1F, Kousai Bldg., 3-2-18, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
6. Raika Seirankyo
Raika Seirankyo is a Shanghainese restaurant just 2 minutes away by foot from Gaiemmae Station. Using fresh seasonal ingredients, they serve up traditional Shanghainese food as well as new and innovative Chinese dishes, known as nouvelle chinois, from other regions. The Japanese head chef uses fresh seafood caught in Japanese waters, safe and delicious Japan-grown vegetables, Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality cattle) and other Japanese ingredients to create healthy and intricate Chinese dishes. They have private rooms for groups of various sizes, making it a good location for gatherings with family, friends or business associates. They’ll give you free sparkling wine for birthdays and anniversaries so do come here - especially on special occasions!
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
*Beginning and end of yearAccess
: 2-minute walk from Exit 1A of Gaiemmae Station
8-minute walk from Exit a4 of Omote-sando StationAddress
: 1F, Passage Aoyama, 2-27-18, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
7. Tofu Sozai Dining Ao
If you’re looking for healthy food, then Tofu Sozai Dining Ao, located on the basement floor of a building along Gaien Nishi Street, is the place to go. They use homemade tofu in their healthy and creative dishes. They only use their own homemade tofu in the restaurant, which is made using ingredients procured from a soy milk specialty place. The dishes include healthy items to fried and grilled items that are quite a hit. There are even creative items like pasta. For people with a sweet tooth, there are interesting desserts made from tofu and soy milk. Get a dose of healthy dishes and desserts that are great for beautiful skin when you visit Tofu Sozai Dining Ao!
Tofu Sozai Dining Ao
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:25 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Open for banquet course reservations for 5 persons and above only. Banquet reservations outside of normal operating hours accepted.Closed
: Sunday, National Holidays, IrregularAccess
: Head to the Aoyama 3-chome intersection from Gaiemmae Station. Go towards The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art. The restaurant is located on B1 of Hayashi Building at the Harajuku Danchi Kita intersection.Address
: B1, Hayashi Bldg., 3-42-3, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
8. EL CANTINA aoyama bar
EL CANTINA aoyama bar is a meat restaurant that focuses on Japan-produced meats and organic wines. The restaurant is located underground, so it almost feels like a secret hideaway. In this atmosphere, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of Spanish and Italian cuisine along with great wines and other alcohol. An especially popular item you've got to try is their A5 rank Japanese black beef loin steak. At 2,480 JPY for 200g, it’s a steal for meat of such high quality. At lunch, they serve the [Otoko-don] (grilled chicken rice bowl) for 650 JPY, [Gyu-rosu-don] (beef loin rice bowl) for 1,000 JPY, [Gyu-harami-don] (beef outside skirt rice bowl) and more. Each main comes with 3 side dishes, rice and miso soup so even the biggest eaters are able to eat their fill.
EL CANTINA aoyama bar
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National Holidays
*Private bookings accepted on SundaysAccess
: 1 minute walk from the Gaiemmae Bell Commons intersection.Address
: B1F, Bell Town Aoyama, 3-1-28, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
9. Sento Bene
Sento Bene is a Italian homestyle restaurant located on the 2nd floor of a building near Gaiemmae. They source their vegetables from organic farms that they’ve partnered with. The chef started his cooking life with [Lasagna] and the version served here is made with carefully selected seasonal ingredients that change monthly. It is limited to 15 portions a day and there are fans who come here to sample the dish every month. The lunch menu is also made with seasonal ingredients. You’ll have 5 different pastas to choose from, soup and coffee for a handy 1,000 JPY. It’s a great place for a nice and relaxing lunch!
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: Around a 3-minute walk from Gaiemmae StationAddress
: 2F, Bell Town Aoyama, 3-1-28, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
10. Style Minamiaoyama
Style Minamiaoyama is conveniently located 3 minutes by foot from Gaiemmae Station, near the intersection at Aoyama 3-chome. The restaurant is great for its authentic Italian food, and their stylish private rooms are often used in dramas and music video shoots. The atmosphere is very much like a secret hideaway and they’re able to accept bookings for large events like parties and weddings on a separate floor. The authentic Italian food here is made by a young chef who used to work for a chef whose skills were acknowledged by a world-renowned gourmet guide. However, they serve [Honjitsu no Pasta Ryori] (today's pasta) for a reasonable 500 JPY at lunch. Stop by to enjoy good Italian food at great prices.
: Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm)
Dinner 5:00 pm - 4:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am, Drink L.O. 10:30 pm)
Phone Reservations: 11:00 am - 10:00 pmClosed
: Around a 2-minute walk from Exit 1A of Gaiemmae StationAddress
: Ragurasu Bldg., 3-1-5, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoSource
: hitosara (Japanese)
11. GALALI Aoyama Branch
GALALI Aoyama Branch is located in a quiet residential area just a short walk from Omotesando and Gaiemmae. They’re known for dishes made with salt as the main seasoning, which go well with sake (Japanese alcohol). Open since 2003, the restaurant uses 12 different types of salts from all over Japan. Some are wet, some have a sweet flavor while others are made blended with other ingredients. They serve 3 types of [Homemade Salt Blend] along with the appetizers and you can also request the salt(s) of your choice. The menu includes many dishes that are made with the carefully selected salt - these are great companions to alcohol. The atmosphere in this restaurant, housed in a converted traditional residence, is perfect for whiling away time as you chat and enjoy good food and drink.
GALALI Aoyama Branch
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:45 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
*Dinner a la carte menu is available during lunch on SaturdaysClosed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAccess
: Around a 6-minute walk from Exit 3 of Gaiemmae StationAddress
: 3-6-5, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoMore Details
12. Minami Aoyama Hifumi
Minami Aoyama Hifumi is a place where you can relax and enjoy good food and alcohol in a comfortable environment. You can taste fresh fish at very reasonable prices. The fish is sourced from contracted ports before they even go to market. Sevenband grouper, longtooth grouper, righteye flounder and many other rare fish are served here. The [Fish of the Day] is a whole fish that’s been procured on the same day. You can choose the cooking method, like grilling or stewed. For lunch, take your pick of 2 dishes that come with a side dish, miso soup and rice for 1,000 JPY. You can have a free flow of rice and miso soup so you won’t leave hungry. Besides fish, they also serve meat dishes so you can pick and mix according to your fancy. Come and enjoy some good food in this restaurant with a nice modern Japanese atmosphere.
Minami Aoyama Hifumi
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm)
Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
*Open from 5:00 pm for dinner from January 2018Closed
: 3-minute walk from Exit 1A of Gaiemmae StationAddress
: B1F, Katorea Bldg., 3-2-3, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TokyoMore Details
13. Royal Garden Cafe
Royal Garden Cafe is located near the entrance to the street lined with ginkgo trees, a short walk from Gaiemmae Station. Often used in dramas and photo shoots, the cafe offers a lunch menu that changes weekly. Pick from rice bowls, sandwiches, pastas and assorted plates. The spacious cafe includes a bakery and they also offer free Wi-Fi, making it a great place to take a break. The 1st floor features tables made from recovered wood and has a warm atmosphere while the 2nd floor has decor that reminds one of the mid-century modern. Look down at the ginkgo trees from the terrace seats and watch the people as they pass by!
Royal Garden Cafe
Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Lunch L.O. 3:00 pm, Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drink L.O. 10:30 pm)
*Lunch is only on weekdays
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 4 of Gaiemmae Station
Address: 2-1-19, Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
14. Dragon Sundubu Aoyama Branch
Just 3 minutes away from Gaiemmae Station, there’s a restaurant where there’s a calm and warm atmosphere created with wooden furnishing inside. Dragon Sundubu Aoyama Branch is a [Sundubu] (korean tofu stew) specialist restaurant that transforms into a Korean style izakaya (Japanese pub) in the evening. The [Sundubu] that they serve at lunch is a famous item that’s even been featured on TV. Pick from over 10 different types of [Sundubu] for lunch. It comes with side dishes, salad, drink and a free flow of rice. Pay extra and you can create your own [Sundubu] by customizing the ingredients!
Dragon Sundubu Aoyama Branch
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
Access: Around a 1-minute walk from Exit 3 of Gaiemmae Station, towards Jingu Stadium
Address: 2-7-29, Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
15. Aoyama Shanway
Aoyama Shanway is a popular Chinese hot plate restaurant located near Gaiemmae Station. The recommended item is the [Mao Zedong Spare Ribs] that was featured in a famous food manga (comic). The ribs are marinated then fried. Large amounts of garlic, shrimp and cumin are added to create a taste that you’ll fall in love with. The lunch menu changes daily and includes a free flow of rice, soup and trips to the salad bar. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch that’s made with the freshest ingredients!
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pmClosed
: From Exit 3 of Gaiemmae Station head towards Omotesando along Aoyama Street. Turn right at the Minami Aoyama 3-chome intersection (where Bell Commons is on your right) and across the zebra crossing. The restaurant is located on level 2 of the building 3 blocks from the crossing.Address
: 2F, Daitetsu Bldg., 3-7-5, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoSource
: hitosara (Japanese)
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.