Everything From Classy to Filling Lunches! 17 Restaurants in Shimokitazawa

Publish-date: Jun 11 2018 Update-date: Nov 18 2018
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Everything From Classy to Filling Lunches! 17 Restaurants in Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa is mostly known for its many second-hand clothing stores. The area also offers a huge variety of restaurants that serve delicious lunches. There's a wide variety of food available, from reasonably-priced Japanese dishes to gourmet French dishes and ramen (noodles). There are also many options that go well with alcohol, as well as photogenic dishes that you'll want a picture of. This article is a collection of unique restaurants in Shimokitazawa that offer great lunches. Choose your favorite place for occasions like a date or lunch with family or friends!

1. ape cucina naturale

1. ape cucina naturale

If you're looking for healthy cuisine, then this restaurant may be the place for you. This restaurant uses only organic, chemical-free vegetables grown in various areas of Japan. For lunch, you can find a rich variety of dishes, from rice-based ones to noodles. Choose between stir-fried spicy tofu and pork or stir-fried thinly-cut pork and green peppers for your 1,300 JPY [Lunch Set], or check out what they're serving in their 1,100 JPY [Daily Kake-gohan Set] (rice with various toppings), which is made with something different every day. They also have 2 types of [Low-sugar Soba]: soy noodles with vegetable soup or tantan soy noodles, both of which are great for those on a diet or for people with diabetes! If you're still hungry, try one of their 10 dumplings, such as gyoza and shumai.

ape cucina naturale

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: 8-minute walk from Higashi-Kitazawa Station
Address: 1F, An Block, Komaba Research Campus, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Handsome

2. Handsome

This restaurant serves juicy and tender yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) of Kosyu Kiwami chicken, as well as hand-pulled soba (buckwheat noodles) made with domestic buckwheat flour. You can order either the [Koyo] - a set of soba with shrimps, eggplant, shishito peppers, and pumpkin tempura, plus a small bowl - or the [Handsome], which comprises of duck breast and 2 other appetizers, as well as tempura, soba, and something sweet. Alternatively, there's also the delicious [Oyako-don and Soba], which is a set that comes with a rice bowl topped with creamy half-cooked eggs combined with large pieces of super tender chicken thigh meat. The soba is super smooth and tastes amazing with their spicy tsuyu (soup). There are many more options for lunch like their [Ten-don and Soba] and [Maitake Tempura with Grated Sudachi Bukkake Soba]. If you want to try the [Seafood Tsuke-don and Soba], of which only 10 servings are available daily, it would be best to come early!

Handsome

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 4:30 pm (L.O. 4:00 pm) *On weekdays, they don't serve charcoal-grilled dishes, Dinner 5:30 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
Closed: Irregular
*Closed every 4th Monday of the month
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from the North Exit of Shimo-Kitazawa Station. Head east on the road in front of Peacock Store. The restaurant is along the way on the north side.
Address: 1F, MT Bldg., 3-25-1, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Blikje Button Cafe & Dining Shimokitazawa Branch

3. Blikje Button Cafe & Dining Shimokitazawa Branch

Housed in a Western-style building, this stylish French restaurant is designed like a studio, with antiques scattered all over the place giving it a nostalgic feel. There are private rooms that are ideal for a night out with friends, as well as two-seater booths for a romantic date, so it's particularly recommended for friends and couples. An extremely popular lunch item is the [Bacon and Brown Onion Homemade Quiche Plate], which is quite filling and served piping hot. If you order [Today's Lunch] instead, you'll get something different every day, like the [Creamy Doria with Plenty of Vegetables] that's made with several types of veggies or [Today's Thai Red Curry], which is a curry that is packed full with plenty of ingredients.

Blikje Button Cafe & Dining Shimokitazawa Branch

Open: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) (Food L.O. 10:00 pm) *Lunch is from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
[Sunday] 11:30 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) (Food L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: None
*Closed at the beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from the South Exit of Shimo-Kitazawa Station. Go down the South Entrance Shopping District. It's the building that's diagonally opposite of Mister Donut.
Address: 2F, Shimokitazawa Central Bldg., 2-14-7, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Yuzuka

4. Yuzuka

This Japanese restaurant has a fresh design and comes with both counter and table seating. Its cozy atmosphere will make you want to spend more time there. For lunch, you can order several types of udon (thick noodles) as the main dish, like the cold [Zaru] and [Ten-zaru] (cold udon with tempura), or warm ones like [Chicken Nanban] (fried chicken), [Nishin] (with sweet, stewed herring), and [Hanayuba] (with tofu skin). If you want a more fulfilling meal, try one of their set meals. For example, the [Yuzu Kago], which is Yuzuka’s signature dish, consists of dishes like udon, tempura, sashimi, rice, and a small bowl for just 1,800 JPY. You can also order more than 10 small dishes like [Seared Duck], whose tasty charred surface will whet your appetite, or the [Dashimaki Tamago] - an omelette cooked with plenty of dashi (broth). To finish off, you can have a small serving of udon as well!

Yuzuka

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY *Anywhere from 1,500 JPY - 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY *Anywhere from 700 JPY - 3,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the South Exit of Umegaoka Station
Address: B1F, Sunrise Koike, 1-24-13, Umegaoka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Tonkatsu Muneta

5. Tonkatsu Muneta

If you're in the mood for crispy tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) for lunch, this restaurant is highly recommended. It serves tonkatsu set meals made with juicy pork that has a sweetness and umami (Japanese savory taste) that spreads in your mouth. Other than the thick [Loin Katsu Set] and the tender [Fillet Katsu Set], you'll also find a set including deep-fried shrimp, a one-bite fillet cutlet, and a crab cream croquette called [Mix Fry Set]. All their sets also come with free refills of rice and cabbage, which makes for a filling meal! In addition, there are 4 types of bento (lunch box) available only during lunch, like the [Loin Katsu Bento] and the [Fillet Katsu Bento]. You can also add 90 JPY to get a bowl of miso soup. Painted completely in orange, the interior is bright and offers a casual atmosphere. It's a good option for anyone and everyone!

Tonkatsu Muneta

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,350 JPY *Medium Draft Beer costs 390 JPY, Kaku-Highball costs 290 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY *Roast Katsu, Menchi Katsu, and Weekly Special cost 890 JPY, Fillet Katsu costs 950 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from the post office side exit of Ikenoue Station. On the 1st floor of Saneki Bldg.
Address: 105, 1F, Saneki Bldg., 2-37-15, Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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6. Shoune

6. Shoune

Here, you can savor freshly-pulled soba in a simple space with blues music playing in the background. Its modern atmosphere is perfect for dates, but it's also suitable for families, friends, and even solo diners, who can have a seat at the counter. Their special soba are made with buckwheat flour milled by the chefs. You can taste them in around 20 dishes, cold or warm, like the [Kujo Scallion Oroshi Soba (Spicy Daikon)], in which mellow-tasting soba is combined with spicy radish, the [Duck Seiro] (soba served on a bamboo mat), or the [Nishin Soba]. Their 1,800 JPY [Kuruma Shrimp Ten-mori] is a luxurious and popular set that consists of 2 large shrimp tempura paired with soba. The shrimps are stocked from a seller who specializes in shrimps.

Shoune

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed
: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from the North Exit of Shimo-Kitazawa Station
Address: 1F, Keisui Bldg., 2-28-1, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Village Vanguard Diner Shimokitazawa Branch

7. Village Vanguard Diner Shimokitazawa Branch

A juicy and thick meat patty covered in melty cheese peeps out from between two fluffy buns... This is the hamburger you can order at this restaurant, which was established by a popular store called "VILLAGE VANGUARD". Starting from the popular [Avocado Cheeseburger], where avocado slices, cheese, patty, and other ingredients are sandwiched in-between two buns, they offer a wide variety of filling burgers. All their burgers are prepared right after your order, so you'll always get to taste freshly-made hamburgers. [Ontama Taco Rice] (taco rice with soft-boiled egg), [Bacon Egg Loco Moco], and other set meals also allow you to change your rice serving to large for free. Its counter seats and table seating make it suitable for both solo customers and groups.

Village Vanguard Diner Shimokitazawa Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: 1,800 JPY *Hamburger costs 730 JPY, Lowenbrau Draft costs 530 JPY
Access: West Exit of Inokashira Line
Address: B1F, Livable Shimokitazawa, 6-3-1, Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. Il Consolare

8. Il Consolare

You'll notice this restaurant immediately thanks to the Italian flag fluttering outside its front door. Other than tables and benches, this Italian restaurant also offers counter seats, so it can suit all kinds of situations: family lunches, dates, and solo diners. They use seafood that the chef personally procured from markets and the vegetables are stocked from trusted farmers, so everything is excellent and safe to eat. In the [Weekday Pasta Lunch], you can choose from 8 different types of pasta. There's also the [Pranzo C], which is a set meal comprising of a main dish of fish or meat, an appetizer, and a dessert. You'll also appreciate the stylish way the dishes are arranged on the plates.

Il Consolare

Open: Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Weekends L.O. 11:30 am), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O.)
Closed: Monday, Every 3rd Tuesday of the month *If it falls on a national holiday, it will be closed the next day instead
Average price: 4,001 JPY - 4,500 JPY
Address: 2-18-5, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. Asuka Shimokitazawa Branch

If you want to have a quiet meal away from the city's hustle and bustle, this restaurant’s Japanese cuisine comes recommended. Sit in one of the tatami rooms or by the counter while chatting with the owner and enjoy their dishes of super fresh fish and seasonal vegetables. Their lunch menu comprises of both courses and a-la-carte dishes. If you opt for their [Hana] course, you'll be served a series of authentic Japanese dishes, starting from an appetizer and continuing with items like soup, sashimi, and fried delicacies, all of which are delicious and beautifully arranged. The content changes by the season, so you'll find different dishes at any time of the year. They are also recommended for anniversaries and parties. Just let the staff know beforehand and they'll not only celebrate with you, but also prepare a special menu if requested.

Asuka Shimokitazawa Branch

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Monday
*If it's a national holiday, it will be closed on Tuesday instead
Average price: 10,001 JPY - 15,000 JPY
Address: 2-20-2, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. Gensoba Roan

10. Gensoba Roan

Don't miss this restaurant’s domestic whole grain soba and delicious tsuyu. The restaurant’s interior is characterized by warm colors and a modern design. It is a large restaurant, so there's enough space for strollers as well. For lunch, other than [Seiro], [Sasami Goma-dare] (chicken breast with sesame sauce), and [Tempura Soba], you will also find udon dishes like [Kizami Kitsune] (sliced deep-fried tofu) and [Tori Nanba] (chicken and spring onions). The [Rice Dish of Your Choice Set], available only for lunch, allows you to choose your favorite rice dish and comes at a bargain price. Pick one out of their 6 options, such as [Tororo Gohan] (rice with grated yam) or [Roast Duck Gohan], and you can also have a seiro or kakesoba (soba in broth) for a total of 950 JPY. Alternatively, try the 1,150 JPY [Roan Lunch Set], where instead of a regular rice dish, you can have rice topped with a kakiage (fritter) of shellfish, shrimps, and vegetables.

Gensoba Roan

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O.), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O.)
Closed: Tuesday
*If it falls on a national holiday, it will be closed on Wednesday instead
Average price: 1,001 JPY - 1,500 JPY
Address: 2-28-9, Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

11. Wine Cafe Tambourin

11. Wine Cafe Tambourin

Wine fans should definitely try this place. They specialize in domestic wines, with a selection of 10 wines that you can order by the glass and almost 100 bottles to choose from! You can also taste delicious food at very good prices, like appetizers that are priced from 300 JPY and pizzas that start from 800 JPY. Their [Okinawa Pork Horseradish Grill] is available for only 1,000 JPY. Aside from the classics, they also offer seasonal must-try dishes, so every time you come here, you can have a different experience. The main floor, decorated with all kinds of wine bottles, is both stylish and cozy. There are 2 seating options - counter or table - so it's a great place for a date, a drink with friends, a full meal, and more!

Wine Cafe Tambourin

Open: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O.)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O.)
Closed: Tuesday *Open if falls on a national holiday
Average price: 4,001 JPY - 4,500 JPY
Address: 4-41-7, Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

12. Ginza Ishii

12. Ginza Ishii

Ginza Ishii is a restaurant that offers ramen consisting of smooth, medium-thick noodles and around 20 ingredients for its delicious broth, starting with Hinai chicken. Their signature dish is the [Chuka Seiro]. It's a dish where you dip delicious and smooth noodles into a rich yet mellow-tasting soup. The soup is served with marinated boiled eggs, fermented bamboo shoots, and char siu (roast pork), while the noodles are topped with nori (seaweed) and sudachi (a type of citrus fruit). It is suggested to eat it in 3 steps: try around a third of it as it is, then sprinkle the noodles with sudachi and try it that way. Lastly, add black shichimi (7 spices) and try it again! Their broth matches divinely with sudachi, and if you eat it like this, you’ll never get tired of the taste. They also have [Nanban Seiro], which comes with an addictive, hot, and spicy curry.

Ginza Ishii

Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
[Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 1F, Kita Bldg., 2-14-3, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

13. Magic Spice Shimokitazawa Branch

13. Magic Spice Shimokitazawa Branch

Nicknamed "Magispa", this restaurant is also known as "the inventor of soup curry". It's a soup curry restaurant that's so popular that you'll often find a queue outside. Magispa's concept is that by maintaining a delicious and balanced diet, you can prevent illness and cure ailments, so it offers a large variety of healthy curry dishes that will instantly make you feel better, like the [Beef] that's been simmered for a long period of time and their juicy [Chicken]. Their smooth soup is quite spicy, but you can have yours adjusted to your taste, so you might enjoy this place even if you're not a fan of spicy food. Another reason why this place is great is that for lunch, large portions of rice, as well as rice refills, are free! It's recommended for anyone that wants to enjoy soup curry to their heart's content. Painted in red both inside and outside, this colorful restaurant is suitable for both dates and family meals, and especially for curry lovers!

Magic Spice Shimokitazawa Branch

Open: [Monday - Friday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday
Average price: 1,501 JPY - 2,000 JPY
Address: 1F, Kitazawa Golf Mansion, 1-40-15, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

14. gastropub GOZO

Head to gastropub GOZO to enjoy a wide choice of craft beers and tasty meat dishes. With its counter, table, and couple seating, this place feels like a hideout where diners can have a relaxing time. The [Hamburger] served for lunch is the chef's specialty, and it's prepared with extreme care to every detail. The thick homemade patty is seasoned simply to bring out all the umami (Japanese savory taste) of the meat, which complements the fresh vegetables and buns. It's already delicious as it is, but it is strongly recommended to add some melty cheddar cheese or tasty avocado as extra toppings. You can have it in a set with a salad and fries, which will enhance the flavor of each ingredient, for as little as 1,000 JPY. The quality to price ratio is extremely worthwhile!

gastropub GOZO

Address: 2F, Sawa Bldg., 5-35-8, Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

15. Seven Colors

15. Seven Colors

Seven Colors is an Italian cafe that has often been featured on TV shows and magazines. On both weekdays and weekends, you can have their 980 JPY [Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad] and bread set or the 1,080 JPY [Bistro Curry ~Roasted seasonal vegetables~] for lunch. All their lunch meals include coffee or tea, and on weekends and holidays, you'll also get access to their bread buffet and drinks bar for just an additional 500 JPY. You'll find mojito, gin and tonic, beer, and many other drinks on their menu. For dessert, you can complete your meal with the bittersweet [Original Apple Pie], which is a truly addicting pastry. You can choose from plenty of toppings like roasted banana and whipped cream, so feel free to get creative!

Seven Colors

Open: [Weekdays] 3:00 pm - 3:00 am
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
*Contact them to discuss reserving the restaurant outside of operating times
Closed: None
Average price: 2,501 JPY - 3,000 JPY
Address: 3F, Jow3 Bldg., 2-14-2, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

16. Il Tramezzino

In this quiet restaurant with a casual setting, you can enjoy a large variety of sandwiches made with different types of breads, such as white bread, loaf bread, and rye bread, together with carefully-selected wine. The most recommended lunch option is the [Il Tra's Lunch Set!]. It's a cheap set meal that offers 1 sandwich, a mini salad, and a drink for just 1,050 JPY. Other remarkable options are the [Smoked Kocha Duck with Balsamic Sauce], where smoked duck is placed in a baguette, and the [Seasonal Tuna Sandwich], in which the ingredients used changes according to the season. In addition, the [Croque-Monsieur], where ham is topped with 3 different types of cheese, will whet your appetite with its cheesy aroma and toasty color.

Il Tramezzino

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm) (Drinks L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Lunch] 1,050 JPY (for the Lunch Set)
Access: Turn left from the North Exit of Higashi-Kitazawa
Address: 1F, Ujikawa Bldg., 3-7-1, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

17. Lever son Verre Komaba

17. Lever son Verre Komaba

Located on the premises of the University of Tokyo, this place has an atmosphere that resembles the south of France. It was established in a renovated alumni association hall in 2005 and has been serving French cuisine ever since. It's furnished with 72 table seats, and when it's sunny, they also serve lunch in the terrace. For lunch, you can order either the [Lunch with Salad Buffet] that will allow you to serve yourself with as much of the appetizers and salads as you prefer, or the [New Lunch Course], which is a set meal comprising of an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. If you go for the buffet, you'll get to add a daily special meat or seafood main dish for just 1,000 JPY. Delicious desserts like the [Apple Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream] are a great way to finish off your meal as well!

Lever son Verre Komaba

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (L.O.), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O.)
Closed: None
Address: 1F, Komaba Faculty House, The University of Tokyo, 3-8-1, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jun 11 2018 Update-date: Nov 18 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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