15 Unique and Wonderful Restaurants in Shinjuku

Publish-date: Apr 26 2019 Update-date: Aug 29 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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15 Unique and Wonderful Restaurants in Shinjuku

Shinjuku, the place where culture and what's trending in Japan come together. This district is a popular spot for going on dates since it is where many fashion stores choose to open shop. This also means that there are so many places to eat and drink; some might find it a daunting task to figure out where to go for lunch or dinner. That's where this list of 15 unique places to eat comes in! With plenty to choose from - such as meat, fish, or even Brazilian cuisine - you are sure to find a place that's perfect for your date.

1. Shinjuku Farm Table Shinjuku East Exit Branch

1. Shinjuku Farm Table Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Chicago pizza and cheese dak-galbi are hot topics in Japan right now, and you can try both and more at Shinjuku Farm Table. Relax and enjoy your meal in the gentle glow of the orange lights inside the store. They recommend the [Chicago Pizza Course] where the gooey cheese of the Chicago pizza takes center stage, supported by 6 other dishes such as [Creamy Potato Salad],  [Herb Fried Chicken], and [Bacon, Cabbage, Anchovy, Garlic]. It's a lavish course meal that you can enjoy for a reasonable price.

Shinjuku Farm Table Shinjuku East Exit Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 1:00 am *On December 31 and January 2, it becomes 4:00 pm - 12:00 am.
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 4:30 am
Closed: January 1
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station
162m from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station
Address: 9F-B, Shinjuku Sun Bldg., 3-23-2, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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2. YORIDORI

2. YORIDORI
If it's meat you're hungering for, look no further than YORIDORI! This place uses high-quality ingredients in its meat cuisine. You want to try the [Wagyu Roast Beef] which generously uses wagyu beef that is baked in an oven after being flavored with some salt and pepper. This dish is filled with meaty umami goodness and has become a favorite among customers. Another way to truly taste wagyu beef is through their [Wagyu Kalbi Teppanyaki] where the beef is grilled to crisp perfection. That moment when you slice the beef open with your knife and the juices start pouring out will put a smile on your face.

YORIDORI

Open: 5:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am) *Can vary depending on the current store situation
Closed: None
Average price: 3,700 JPY
Access: From the East Exit of Shinjuku Station, move past the roundabout and it is just slightly further past Studio Alta.
Address: 5F, Shinjuku Moa Bldg., 3-25-9, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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3. Shinjuku Terrace Shinjuku East Exit Branch

3. Shinjuku Terrace Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Shinjuku Terrace Shinjuku East Branch is a place where couples can enjoy raclette cheese together in a modern and trendy space. They even shave the melted cheese right in front of your eyes! Try the [Nikulette] while you are here. It's an exquisite dish of fermentation-aged meat made into a hamburger patty and covered with plenty of raclette cheese. Their menu is filled with many delights, such as the highly recommended [Raw Milk Mozzarella Cheese Platter], which is normally hard to find in Japan.

Shinjuku Terrace Shinjuku East Exit Branch

Open: 10:00 am - 12:00 am *The staff will take bookings and questions
Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) * Lunch service is only available for large group bookings for course meals, Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station
Address: 5F, Pandora Bldg., 3-23-12, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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OpenDinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) 
Lunch** 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) **Lunch service is only available for large group bookings for course meals, 
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the east exit of [Shinjuku Station] on each line
Address: 5F, Pandora Bldg., 3-23-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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4. Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku Main Branch

4. Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku Main Branch
Relax and dine inside the retro yet modern interiors of Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku Main Branch, a restaurant whose design evokes the Kyoto streets of the past. The [Sirloin Beef Cutlet] here is worth savoring, as even the breadcrumbs used are carefully selected to match the beef. The local beef sirloin is served with a heated metal block for you to grill with, so you can have it however you like. The [Steamed Bimei Pork and Kyoto Mizuna] is another popular dish for those who want to try savoring the slightly sweet, flavorful pork that's been cooked in a bamboo steamer.

Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku Main Branch

Open: [Monday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Tuesday - Thursday] 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 4:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
Closed: January 1
*Please check with the restaurant for the business hours during the beginning and end of the year.
Average price: 3,700 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 6F, Musashino Kaikan, 3-27-10, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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5. Kakoitei Shinjuku West Exit Branch

5. Kakoitei Shinjuku West Exit Branch
Kakoitei Shinjuku West Exit Branch is a restaurant where couples can indulge in meat cuisine within private Japanese-style rooms with a sophisticated and luxurious ambiance. The [Stir-fried Gizzard with Butter and Soy Sauce] is the highlight here. The gizzard, which has a unique chewy mouthfeel, is paired with soy sauce and butter to make an addictively delicious dish. There's also the [Wagyu and Sangen Pork Hot Pot] which uses Sangen pork and the recommended wagyu of the day, as well as plentiful amounts of cabbage and sliced leek, to create a healthy yet incredibly flavorsome dish that attracts many health-conscious diners. You can taste the umami (Japanese savory taste) of vegetables and meat through this dish!

Kakoitei Shinjuku West Exit Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 4:30 am
Closed: January 1 - 3
*Will be open on December 31 from 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average price: 2,980 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 4F, Ohmi Bldg., 1-18-13, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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6. Salsa Latino Shinjuku Branch

6. Salsa Latino Shinjuku Branch
Only a 6-minute walk away from Shinjuku Station, this is a great place to try authentic Brazilian cuisine. The interior design is themed around the color "passionate red", providing the restaurant with a swanky vibe perfect for a date with a slight twist. By skewering the quality cuts of meat and skilfully grilling the resulting churrasco, a churrasqueiro (churrasco professional) can bring out the true flavors and juiciness of the meat. Eat all the churrasco you want with the [All-You-Can-Eat Authentic Churrasco] - it even comes with a salad bar that includes desserts and fruit!

Salsa Latino Shinjuku Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 4:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 6-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 1-17-2, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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7. Olive Shinjuku East Exit Branch

7. Olive Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Olive Shinjuku East Exit Branch is a restaurant with lunch, cafe, and dinner offerings. With gentle lighting and a stylish retro-modern design, it is a great spot for a date. They serve a wide variety of dishes, such as meat dishes like [Sirloin Steak] and [Pork Cutlet with Tomato Sauce], seafood items like [Morrocan Couscous with Shrimp, Mussels, and Veggies] and [Mussels Steamed with White Wine and Fresh Cream], and even pasta dishes like [Rich Bacon Carbonara].

Olive Shinjuku East Exit Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 4:00 am *Customers seeking to enter between 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm should call in advance. A 2-hour time limit may be applied during busy hours.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from B13 of the East Exit of Shinjuku Station. On the right after you enter Kabuki-cho Ichibangai.
Address: 1F, Rikamu 3 Bldg., 1-17-7, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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8. Grenier Kitchen Shinjuku East Exit Branch

8. Grenier Kitchen Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Grenier Kitchen is a gastropub where people come to enjoy meat and wine. What makes them special are their wide-ranging a la carte and course menus. The ambiance is also quite elegant and suitable for a sophisticated date. They recommend the [Lean Beef Churrasco], as the churrasco is grilled so perfectly that the tender meat and the accompanying juices, sealed in through the grilling process, are to die for! Not to mention that it goes great with red wine, too. They also proudly recommend the [Rosemary Roast Chicken and Potatoes].

Grenier Kitchen Shinjuku East Exit Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from B13 of the East Exit of Shinjuku Station. On the right after you enter Kabuki-cho Ichibangai.
Address: 6F, Rikamu 3 Bldg., 1-17-7, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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9. Garden Shinjuku Branch

9. Garden Shinjuku Branch
Another great place that is close to the train station is Garden Shinjuku Branch, where couples can delight in the original Italian dishes served within its calming brown interiors with a modern design. Their [Meat Volcano] comes highly recommended. In this dish, thinly-sliced beef cuts are stacked round together to form a volcano, with hot, melted cheese serving as the lava. On a slightly different note, if you book one of their course meals on a birthday, they will give you a flower pot with your name and message for free. Visit this place on your partner's birthday for a real treat!

Garden Shinjuku Branch

Open: Lunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 7F, K3 Bldg., 3-27-5, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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10. Walton's Shinjuku East Exit Branch

10. Walton's Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Enjoy cheese dak-galbi and cheese fondue to your heart's content at Walton's Shinjuku East Exit Branch. The interior design is retro-modern and makes use of calming colors, which is a perfect fit for a casual date. Try the [Vegetable Cheese Fondue] in which the cheese for dipping is made from an original blend of multiple types of cheese. The [Cheese Dak-Galbi] is made by a chef specializing in Korean cuisine and features 2 types of cheese blended beautifully with a sweet and spicy sauce. If you want authentic, then this is the place to go.

Walton's Shinjuku East Exit Branch

Open: Lunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 5:00 am (Food L.O. 4:00 am, Drinks L.O. 4:30 am) *Must call if you are planning on arriving after 12:00 am
Closed: None
Access: 3-minute walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station
Address: 2F, Atsumi Bldg., 1-17-6, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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11. Yokaromon Shinjuku West Exit Branch

11. Yokaromon Shinjuku West Exit Branch
Yokaromon is a sophisticated Japanese restaurant that uses ingredients from Kyushu and has a modern interior design that is reminiscent of traditional Japanese houses. Their [Rafute] is so soft that it melts in your mouth! It uses thick-cut Berkshire pork that is packed with umami and carefully broiled together with brown sugar. There's also the [Kyushu-style Chicken Steak Cooked with Sweet Soy Sauce], another healthy dish which emits a heavenly aroma that gets your appetite going and uses tender grilled chicken thigh produced in Japan.

Yokaromon Shinjuku West Exit Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (Drinks L.O. 12:30 am)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 4:30 am (Drinks L.O. 4:00 am)
[Sunday] 4:00 pm - 1:00 am (Drinks L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,480 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 5F, Ohmi Bldg., 1-18-13, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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12. Gensai Main Branch

12. Gensai Main Branch
At Gensai Main Branch, couples can enjoy Japanese cuisine prepared right in front of them with specially selected ingredients. The wooden made interiors give the place a refined tone, and you'll find both table seating and semi-private rooms. The dish to look out for here is the [Eel], wherein a whole live conger eel is prepared the way the diner likes as soon as it is ordered. You can have it prepared as sashimi, grilled to pair with sake, or even battered and fried into crispy, plump tempura. They also offer sake that matches with every season, another huge plus.

Gensai Main Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:20 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station
Address: 1F, 7-10-11, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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13. Garden Farm Shinjuku East Exit Branch

13. Garden Farm Shinjuku East Exit Branch
This place is only a 1-minute walk away from Shinjuku Station and features cheese fondue and vegetables from Kamakura. It has a stylish design and soothing ambiance and generally makes for an exciting date spot. Don't miss out on their popular [Heavenly Farmers' Vegetable Fondue] which offers a new mouthfeel yet unseen in fondue: fluffy. This is achieved by turning the cheese fondue into espuma (foam). The photogenic [Melty Cheese Fondue with Vegetable Parfait] is also extremely popular.

Garden Farm Shinjuku East Exit Branch

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm),  Lunch** 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) **Lunch service is only available for large group bookings for course meals.   Business Hour 10:00 am - 12:00 am *The staff will take bookings and questions
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station
Address: 5F, Shinjuku Ishiki Bldg., 3-18-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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14. Bistro Bambina Shinjuku Branch

14. Bistro Bambina Shinjuku Branch
If you want to really enjoy meat on your date, then go no further than Bistro Bambina Shinjuku Branch. In its chic, retro atmosphere you can try dishes like their in-house roast beef. Ordering the unbelievably satisfying [Triple Meat All-You-Can-Eat] will let you eat all the teppanyaki (grilled on an iron griddle) steak, in-house roast beef, and fresh ham that you want. The impressive [Meat Tower Cake] comes highly recommended for anniversaries or birthdays. Not only will its appearance make for a dazzling photograph, but it comes with a message and fireworks poppers as well! Even better, the first 3 groups are free, so book early!

Bistro Bambina Shinjuku Branch

Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) 
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from [Shinjuku Station]
Address: 6F, Pandora, 3-23-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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15. Umaimon Shinjuku West Exit Branch

15. Umaimon Shinjuku West Exit Branch
Umaimon Shinjuku West Exit Branch provides separate private rooms for all guests while offering gourmet dishes and sake from Kyushu. There's a chochin (Japanese lantern) hanging at the entrance, reminiscent of old-fashion Japanese houses. While relaxing there, why not try the tender Miyazaki specialty [Chicken Nanban with Tartar Sauce]? This popular and delightful dish wraps one whole slice of chicken breast in a crispy batter and pairs it with sweet vinegar and a sweet and sour tartar sauce. Their [Mentaiko Dashimaki] is also very popular due to the harmony between the characteristic sharp taste of the mentaiko (fish roe) and the deep flavor of the dashi (broth) that goes into the dish.

Umaimon Shinjuku West Exit Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday] Dinner 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 4:30 pm - 4:30 am
[Saturday] Dinner 4:00 pm - 4:30 am
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Seibu-Shinjuku Station
Address: 8F-A, Shinagawa Station Bldg. Shinjuku, 1-3-3, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Apr 03 2019 Update-date: Aug 29 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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