9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

Publish-date: Jan 22 2018 Update-date: Nov 19 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

Akihabara is possibly the most famous “electric town” in the world, and it's particularly famous for its otaku culture. Along with its gadget and otaku fame, it also offers numerous cheap and tasty dining options. Here are 9 restaurants that come highly recommended by Akihabara locals.

1. Bistro Santé!

1. Bistro Santé!9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

The first restaurant to make our list is "Bistro Santé!", conveniently located a 5-minute walk from Akihabara Station. The grapes hanging from the ceiling along with the wooden interior and dim lighting give this eatery the elegant atmosphere of a wine bar. They offer many dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Bistro Santé!'s [Homemade Sausages] and [Homemade Ham] are highly recommended. One of the great things about this place is that their wines are extremely affordable with prices starting from 350 JPY a glass and 1,900 JPY for a bottle.

Bistro Santé!

Open: [Monday - Friday] 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) 
[Saturday] 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: 3,501 JPY - 4,000 JPY
Address: 1F, Hotel Friend, 3-37, Kanda Sakuma-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Akatsuka

2. Akatsuka9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

"Akatsuka" was founded in 1954 and is recommended for those who want to experience the Japanese traditional izakaya (Japanese pub) vibe. This old-style restaurant has a U-shaped counter that's always crowded with regulars. They serve handmade Japanese dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients stocked from Tsukiji Market by the owner himself. This allows them to offer around 10 dishes of the day every day. The absolute best is the [Tori Motsu Nikomi (820 JPY)] (chicken offal stew). This has been their hit dish for over 30 years.

Akatsuka

Open: [Monday - Friday] Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm 
[Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays, 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Average price: 3,001 JPY - 3,500 JPY
Address: 1-10-2, Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Namaiki

3. Namaiki9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

Japan's most popular yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant "Yoroniku" from Aoyama opened a branch, "Namaiki", in Akihabara. While "Namaiki" is a branch of "Yorokiku", their concept is different, notably featuring “raw meat”. In fact, they are authorized to serve raw yukhoe - a Korean raw meat dish that is extremely hard to find in restaurants nowadays - in complete safety, maintaining the strict standards of the Ministry of Health. Along with their exquisite raw meat dishes, they offer courses with delicious appetizer, main dish and dessert.

3. Namaiki

Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Monday
Average price: 9,001 JPY - 10,000 JPY
Address: 2F, Akihabara Tosei Bldg., 6-14-7, Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Aoshima Shokudo Akihabara Branch

4. Aoshima Shokudo Akihabara Branch

Located in a quiet residential area, a short walk from central Akihabara, "Aoshima Shokudo Akihabara Branch" is a branch of a restaurant established in Nagaoka, Niigata. It's so popular, there is always a line outside. Here you can enjoy soup with shoyu (soy sauce) and strong ginger flavor and rough noodles with thick texture typical of Niigata dishes. Top this dish with plenty of fine roasted pork slices, thin bamboo shoots, and spinach to have a rich and filling meal. There are only counter seats, so if you come here in a group, you may have to sit separately.

Aoshima Shokudo Akihabara Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 3-20-1, Kanda Sakuma-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Tonkatsu Marugo

5. Tonkatsu Marugo9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

"Tonkatsu Marugo", founded in 1975, is renowned for appearing in a world-renowned gourmet guide. As a result, the restaurant is packed out day and night. Their carefully selected pork is cooked slowly over low heat resulting in melt-in-your-mouth pork. The rich and juicy [Special Sirloin Cutlet] is 2,100 JPY, and the crispy and well-drained [Special Loin Cutlet] is 1,850 JPY.

Tonkatsu Marugo

Open: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) 
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Monday, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Average price: 2,001 JPY - 2,500 JPY
Address: 1-8-14, Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Brownie

6. Brownie

Akihabara is also known as a curry mecca. "Brownie", in Suehiro-cho, is definitely one of the most loved restaurants of this kind. There are barely 8 seats inside giving it a cozy atmosphere that solo diners will certainly appreciate. You can have classics like curry and hayashi rice (beef stew served on rice) in several versions, but their specialty is the [Gyu-suji Curry Gohan]. Here the umami (Japanese savory taste) of thinly sliced sinewy beef is combined with the richness of the melted vegetables resulting in a mild spiciness that goes divinely with white rice.

Brownie

Open: [Monday - Friday] 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
[Saturday] 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
[National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
*Closes according to ingredient availability
Closed: Sunday
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 3-7-9, Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Toritsune Shizendo

7. Toritsune Shizendo9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

"Toritsune Shizendo" was given permission to be established independently of "Toritsune", a famous restaurant with a history of over 100 years. It specializes in chicken dishes. Here you can stuff your cheeks with oyako-don (rice bowl dish with chicken and eggs) for lunch and course meal with a whole chicken for dinner. These dishes are made with the 3 major Japanese chicken types: Akita Hinai jidori (local chicken), Nagoya Cochin, and entire Okukuji Shamo that still retain the internal organs. Be sure to try the [Special Oyako-don (1,600 JPY)], a fantastic dish made with Hinai jidori and Nagoya Cochin topped with 3 premium eggs from Hyogo that are known for being the most notable eggs in Japan. Only 20 servings are available per day at lunchtime.

Toritsune Shizendo

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) 
Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY (8,000 JPY - 9,999 JPY) / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY (1,000 JPY - 1,600 JPY)
Address: 5-5-2, Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. Fukumori MAAch Ecute Kanda Manseibashi Branch

8. Fukumori MAAch Ecute Kanda Manseibashi Branch9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

"Fukumori" is a cafe restaurant located inside of "mAAch Ecute", the remains of Mansei Bridge (Mansei-bashi) by the Kanda river (Kanda-gawa). "Fukumori" represents Yamagata Prefecture culture through food. They serve cafe-style set meals prepared with the techniques of 3 ryokan (traditional inn) in Yamagata: [Kameya] by Yunohama, [Takinoyu] by the Tendo onsen (hot springs), and [Hayamakan] by the Kaminoyama onsen. For lunch, they have daily special set meals. For tea time you can enjoy delicious coffee and sweets, and at night they serve delicacies and ji-zake (Japanese local alcohol) from Yamagata.

Fukumori MAAch Ecute Kanda Manseibashi Branch

Open: [Monday - Saturday] 11:00 am - 11:00 pm 
[Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Address: 1F, mAAch Ecute Kanda Mansei-bashi, 1-25-4, Kanda Suda-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. Mansei Main Branch

9. Mansei Main Branch9 Truly Delicious Restaurants in Akihabara Recommended by Locals

When in Akihabara, choose "Mansei Main Branch", one of Akihabara's most iconic restaurants. In the quiet ambiance of the restaurant, they offer hamburger, steak, sukiyaki (hot pot stew), shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables), and many more meat dishes. The hamburger, drowning in their special demi-glace sauce, wins hearts of diners of all ages. If you can't make up your mind between hamburger and steak, have both with [Cut Shimo-furi Steak 70g and Hamburger (180g 4,288 JPY)].

Mansei Main Branch

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) *4th floor closes at 10:00 pm 
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 10:30 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm), 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm) *3rd floor close at lunchtime *4th floor close at 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 2-21, Kanda Suda-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

After a day of shopping in Akihabara, you will certainly want to enjoy some delicious food. Besides the restaurants introduced in this list, there are more and more new restaurants popping up around Akihabara station. Try them out and find a restaurant that best appeals to you.

Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.

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Publish-date: Jan 22 2018 Update-date: Nov 19 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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