Shinjuku, the town that never sleeps. Thousands of restaurants stand side by side here, but this article will focus on the best meat restaurants in the area. These are a must for anyone in search of a nice place to enjoy good meat and sake (Japanese alcohol)!
1. Bistro HaLVeLBar
Bistro HaLVeLBar is a casual restaurant with genuine bistro cuisine. The best choice you can make is their [Hokkaido-san Jukusei Niku Rump 1 Pound], which is a must-eat that you have to try at least once. The beef rump from Hokkaido - aged for 30 - 40 days - is so tender that it'll melt in your mouth, thanks to being grilled whole on moderate heat. They also have 50 types of wine to go along with your dish. You can choose from table seats, counter seats, and private rooms for 6 - 12 people. It's a lovely restaurant that can suit any occasion.
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPYAccess
: 6-minute walk from West Gate of JR Shinjuku StationAddress
: B1F, Nishi Shinjuku Bldg., 7-7-29, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map)More Details
2. Gyu no Tatsujin Private West Shinjuku Branch
At Gyu no Tatsujin Private West Shinjuku Branch, you will only find luxurious private rooms. Come here to taste fresh and delicious premium wagyu (Japanese beef) procured via their own unique supply route. The authentic taste of meat is guaranteed by their concept of “cooking unbelievably fresh beef by using only rock salt and no sauce”. This restaurant will make you feel at home while offering you a taste far different from the ordinary.
Gyu no Tatsujin Private West Shinjuku Branch
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 7,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from West Gate of JR Shinjuku Station
Address: 2F, YS Bldg., 7-16-12, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3. Niku Bar GABURI - Bettei - Shinjuku East Exit Ekimae Branch
Try all the delicious meat dishes that Gaburi - Bettei - has to offer, made with the chef's special juicy meat that has plenty of umami (Japanese savory taste). The relaxed atmosphere that the private rooms offer feels similar to a secret hideaway. It is particularly recommended for when you want to enjoy plenty of meat in a stylish place. Their signature dish, available in limited quantities, is their unbelievable [Gyu Sirloin 1 Pound Steak]. It's colossal and sublime! Another popular one is the [Harami de Junk Steak - Garlic Rice -]. It's a must-eat consisting of garlic rice topped with juicy beef skirt steak that will whet your appetite with its amazing garlic and butter smell.
Niku Bar GABURI - Bettei - Shinjuku East Exit Ekimae Branch
Open: [Lunch] 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) *Lunchtime is restricted to party courses upon prior reservation.
[Dinner] 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
*Their administrator is available at 10:00 am - 00:00 am to help you with requests, estimates, and scheduling.
[Beginning and end of the year] Closed on December 31 and January 1.
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
4. Ro to Matagi Shinjuku Branch
If you feel like having some gibier (hunted game), try this! Gibier meat includes meat like deer, duck, and boar. These meats are grilled very carefully over charcoal by either robata-yaki (fireside grilling) or genshi-yaki (traditional grilling) methods to produce perfect, smooth, and delicious meat with no bad smell or lumps. Their private rooms can seat from 2 - 16 customers. Their goal is to offer a delicious meal, drinks, and atmosphere. Don't miss their 3-kind tasting platter of game, which includes boar, deer, and duck!
Ro to Matagi Shinjuku Branch
Open: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *Lunch parties for 8 or more people are available upon prior reservation.
[Monday - Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm / Drinks L.O. 10:20 pm)
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (Food L.O. 00:00 am / Drinks L.O. 00:20 am)
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
An additional fee of 350 JPY (plus tax) is required for the a la carte menu
Access: 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 6F, Ishizuka Bldg., 1-6-3, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
5. Niku Bistro Akari
Niku Bistro Akari carefully selects various meats from both inside and outside of the country, based on the season and quality, rather than the brand. They have 7 - 10 types of seared meat every day, like the charcoal-seared lean meat and fantastic bone-in meat. They are also attentive to other ingredients, like the salt and wine. You will find over 200 types of wine here! Their most recommended dish is the ultra-tasty [Gyu Suji no Yaki Risotto or Fettuccine]. The generous amount of [Gyu Suji] (sinewy meat) makes this dish fulfilling. You may share this with your tablemates to finish off your meal. With the sounds of grilling in the background and the amazing smell coming from the open kitchen, the atmosphere inside is cozy yet classy.
Niku Bistro Akari
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm / Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm) *Opens at 4:00 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and National Holidays!Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY Access
: 7-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station or Nishi-shinjuku StationAddress
: 2F, Fuji Bldg. No. 18, 7-16-13, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
6. Akane Shinjuku West Gate Ekimae Branch
This restaurant is only 1 minute from West Exit of Shinjuku Station by foot! They make lots of different dishes using the freshest products - from seasonal vegetables to premium meats. In its private rooms, the restaurant can accommodate from 2 customers to private parties of up to 180 people! Their [Hitokuchi Size no Saikoro Steak] is strongly recommended, especially for ladies. Made with domestic meat cuts, it's so delicious and juicy! Another popular dish is the [Cheese Fondue Yasai], which is ideal for refreshing your mouth between consuming meat dishes.
Akane Shinjuku West Gate Ekimae Branch
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm *Lunch parties available upon reservation, Dinner 5:00 pm - 00:00 am *Open every day! They offer lots of deals like early booking coupons and weekday limited discounts!Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY *Try their deal course with a 3-hour all-you-can-drink that starts from 3,000 JPY! An all-you-can-eat course is available too! / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY *Group lunches and lunch parties available upon reservation.Access
: From the West Gate of JR Shinjuku Station, go up to the surface and turn right. At the crossing in front of Uniqlo, cross to the side where Sun Drug is, and you will find the restaurant on B2F of the building with Big Echo on the 1st floor.Address
: B2F, Prince Bldg., 1-4-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
7. Grenier Kitchen
At Grenier Kitchen, you will find a rich a la carte menu and a large offering of course meals. Use all of your 5 senses to enjoy their abundant dishes, which are made with seasonal products that were skillfully combined by the chef. The wine is selected by a sommelier to match your dishes, from a list of more than 30 bottles from all over the world. The restaurant provides a large monitor to entertain you with sport matches or, in case of a private party, even original videos! This dining bar is suitable for parties, anniversaries, girls' parties, and so on. Their most famous dish is the [Gyu Akami no Churrasco]. The umami is kept strong by grilling the outside well and leaving the inside incredibly tender! It goes perfectly with red wine.
: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 4:00 amClosed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from East Gate B13 of JR Shinjuku Station. Enter Kabuki-cho's Ichibangai and it's on the right.Address
: 6F, Rikamu 3 Bldg., 1-17-7, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
8. GESYOKU Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Just 3 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station, this is a restaurant with only private rooms that will relax you with the warmth of its wooden interior. An absolute must-try is their [Reisei Kocha-gamo Pommery]. Prepared with kocha-gamo (duck fed with special feed to meet the Japanese taste) and fresh pasta, this is loaded with collagen. It has all the nutrients to guarantee beautiful skin and prevent high blood pressure. It matches divinely with their original special sauce and, of course, with sake. They also have interesting meat bar course options for year-end parties, girl's parties, singles' parties, and anniversaries.
GESYOKU Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 5:00 pm *Please inquire, Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 00:30 am)
Average price: [Dinner] 2,680 JPY / [Lunch] 2,680 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from East Gate of JR Shinjuku Station
Address: 4F, Seibu Bldg., 1-24-2, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. Tokyo Niku Bar Green Shinjuku Branch
Privacy is a priority at Tokyo Niku Bar Green. They have plenty of private rooms: from aquarium rooms decorated by colorful fish to VIP rooms furnished with sofas. They can seat from 6 - 12 people. There are many course options for banquets and parties. Their meat dishes are popular for being complemented with different seasonings to match individual flavors, and they're all delicious. With its large variety of meals, ranging from the meat course to the all-you-can-eat cheese fondue, this restaurant makes everyone happy, regardless of gender.
Tokyo Niku Bar Green Shinjuku Branch
: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 4:30 pm - 00:30 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[National Holidays] 3:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday] 3:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
Closed on January 1Average price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY (10% service charge, 500 JPY (plus tax) cover charge)Access
: 1 minute walk from East Gate of JR Shinjuku StationAddress
: 4F, Tokyo No. 20 Bldg., 1-16-1, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map
10. Tokori Shinjuku NOWA Building Branch
Tokori Shinjuku NOWA is a yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant that serves various cuts of Yamagata beef. Their quintessential dish is the [Yukhoe], which is something you can't easily eat in other restaurants, as it requires an authorization from the Health Ministry. Top quality (A4 or A5 ranked) meat tastes amazing with a nice, round egg yolk. With its indirect lighting, the brown-themed design is simple and modern. Plus, you can enjoy your yakiniku without being bothered by the food smell, since they use a smokeless grill. Other popular delicacies are the [Rib Maki, Rib Shin, Geta], whose moderately marbled meat has an amazing flavor and texture, and is the best you can get from rib parts. Also, with the [Gyu Moriawase], you get to enjoy several leftover parts, like a tender lean meat rump and a moderately marbled chuck eye roll.
Tokori Shinjuku NOWA Building Branch
Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Saturday 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from South East Gate of JR Shinjuku Station. Turn left at GAP and the restaurant is on the 5th floor of Shinjuku NOWA building, adjacent to Pachinko Maruhan.
Address: 3-37-12, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
11. Yakiniku Blackhole Central Road Branch
At a 3-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, there is this quiet and sophisticated restaurant with subdued lighting. They are meticulous about tare (sauce) and spices, and allow you to pick from 8 types of [Wakiyaku Negi] (lesser-known onions) and 2 types of tare. A highly recommended dish is their [Zabuton Tokujo Rosu]. The tender marbling and the good fat particles spreading all over the meat make it melt in your mouth as soon as you take a few bites. Another popular option is the [Nakaochi Kalbi no Wasabi Mamire], where the fresh-smelling wasabi and meat enhance each other's flavors, offering you a completely new taste. It is recommended to grill it as is and then drizzle it with lemon-based tare.
Yakiniku Blackhole Central Road Branch
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
*Except for the beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAccess
: 3-minute walk from East Gate of JR Shinjuku StationAddress
: 1F, Big Lemon Bldg., 1-15-5, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
12. Yakiniku & Seafood Kaen Shinjuku East Exit Branch
Enjoy top quality wagyu and seafood dishes with a spicy touch at Kaen. The traditional Japanese atmosphere inside is quiet and cozy. Once you try their A5-rank Kuroge wagyu, its irresistibly delicious juice will fill your mouth, instantly making you addicted to it! Above all, you must try the course menu. Both your stomach and heart will definitely be pleased with the incredible amount of special wagyu and fresh seafood contained in this course. The umami of their fine and rich meat is impressive, as well as its amazing marbling. How about treating yourself with the umami of meat and the moderate sweetness of its fat?
Yakiniku & Seafood Kaen Shinjuku East Exit Branch
: [Weekdays] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: None *December 31Average price
: [Dinner] 3,800 JPYAccess
: A short way from the back alley of Bicqlo.Address
: Keystone Bldg. 4F, 3-28-7 Shinjuku , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.