The 10 unmissable restaurants in Tokyo, November 2018

Publish-date: Nov 12 2018 Update-date: Jun 15 2020
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Tokyo, November 2018

Planning a trip to Tokyo and looking for something specific to eat? There are plenty of restaurants to suit every tastes. Discover the best places to eat here, from traditional meal and quintessentially comfort food to western-style dishes and varied ethnic cuisine.

1. Ginza Nakamata

Ginza Nakamata cuisine
Ginza Nakamata floor
At Ginza Nakamata, you can fully savor superb nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch) - known for being high quality - served in a variety of cooking styles, including grilled, sashimi, nitsuke (simmered), and shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables). The nodoguro they use are caught mainly in the sea of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture. They are large in size and weigh 500 - 800 grams each. Diners will experience the refined, fatty but clean taste of this fish that is full of umami (Japanese savory taste). The restaurant has an impressive menu, which includes [Nodoguro Shioyaki], in which nodoguro is grilled thoroughly to deepen the flavor before being seasoned with salt, and [Nodoguro Shabu-Shabu], through which guests can enjoy its changing flavors depending on the ingredients and how long they were cooked in the broth. It also serves as a nice spot to try a selection of rare shochu (type of Japanese alcohol) that are otherwise hard to find in Tokyo. The place looks like an old residence and creates an inviting feel with its wooden interior. It is perfect for huge gatherings and parties.

Ginza Nakamata

Open: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Access: Just outside the A2 Exit of [Higashi-ginza Station] on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Address: B1F, Samaria Bldg., 4-10-12, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

2. Wadokoro Ibuka

Wadokoro Ibuka cuisine
Wadokoro Ibuka floor
Taste dishes featuring seasonal ingredients collected from across Japan at Ibuka! This tucked-away restaurant is located a convenient 5-minute walk from Azabu-juban Station on the 7th floor of the new landmark, Azabu Toriizaka First. At Ibuka Bekkan, located below on the 6th floor, diners can enjoy shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) and sukiyaki (hot pot stew) featuring grand-prize-winning Kobe beef and specially-selected Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef). While they share a name, the restaurants' concepts differ, resulting in locations that cater to different events. Ibuka exclusively has counter seating around a central hearth, where guests can use all five senses to experience their food being prepared right in front of them. Ibuka Bekkan, however, features private rooms and promises to become a star attraction amongst the discerning diners drawn to Azabu-juban.

Wadokoro Ibuka

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from [Azabu-Juban Station] on the Toei Oedo Line. Ibuka on 7F / Ibuka Bekkan on 6F.
Address: 6 - 7F, Azabu Toriizaka First, 1-5-6, Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo

3. Satsuki

Satsuki cuisine
Satsuki floor
Tokyo Otsuka Norengai, located a minute's walk away from Otsuka Station, consists of about 10 shops in renovated old houses. One of them is this yakiniku restaurant, Satsuki. The recommended dish is the [Cheese Galmaegisal], which consists of skirt steak flavored with kimchi and garlic that is enjoyed with melted cheese. The rich and creamy flavor goes well with beer, highballs, and cocktails. They specialize in Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef), allowing them to offer extremely fresh liver and offals. They are appropriate for all occasions, be it dinner on your own, dates, nights out with friends, or parties. The entire restaurant can be rented out for large parties! The first floor has counter and table seating, while the second floor has Japanese-style seats and table seats. You can enjoy eating and drinking at this izakaya (Japanese pub) until 3:00 am!


Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY
Access: Walk 1 minute from the North Exit of JR [Otsuka Station]. Located in the middle of Tokyo Otsuka Norengai.
Address: 2-28-4, Kita Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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4. Yoshi Sushi Ueno branch

Yoshi Sushi Ueno branch cuisine
Yoshi Sushi Ueno branch floor
[Yoshi Sushi Ueno branch] offers dishes using seasonal seafood carefully-selected at the fish market by the master chef. Fully enjoy delicious seafood with our [Assorted Sashimi] with large, thickly-cut slices, and [Highest-Grade Sushi] gorgeously using high-quality toppings. We also use high-quality sushi rice, adjusting the amount of vinegar according to the season. Our relaxing Japanese-style restaurant has the counter made from a single piece wood and private rooms so that you can select your favorite style to relax and enjoy the moment. Various sizes of private rooms for 3-50 people are available. We flexibly meet your needs from small gatherings such as entertaining your clients or a date, to big gatherings such as a class reunion. 

Yoshi Sushi Ueno branch

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) [Saturday] 11:30 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) [Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from the central ticket gate of [Ueno Station]. After exiting from the Hirokoji exit, cross the crosswalk, turn right, and go straight along the road on the left side of [Marui]
Address: 6-7-8 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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5. Gensai Ichijo

Gensai Ichijo cuisine
Gensai Ichijo floor
[Gensai Ichijo] offers a relaxing moment in the middle of the big city, serving banquet courses such as [Shunsai Kaiseki] and [Hot Pot Course with Wild Longtooth Grouper], made with an abundance of carefully-selected high-quality seasonal ingredients. They will taste even better with sake and shochu (Japanese alcohols) sent directly from the breweries. Inside the restaurant has a sophisticated and luxurious Japanese space, ideal for business meals. We have 5 private rooms with table seats, suited for special occasions such as for entertaining your clients, business meals, anniversaries, and family gatherings. Enjoy talking with them to deepen relationship without worrying about other guests. We also have counter seats, where you can enjoy watching the professional techniques of the chef from a close distance, and casual table seats suited for dates and company banquets. Please visit us to enjoy various occasions, forgetting the hustles and bustles of your everyday life.

Gensai Ichijo

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,800 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from JR [Shinjuku Station]. After passing [Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station], keep going north. On the second floor of the building near to Kashiwagi Park
Address: 2F, 1st Ito Bldg., 7-9-17 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

6. YUKYU-NO-KURA   Koji & Shabu-Shabu Cuisine Ginza Rokuchome Namiki-dori Main branch

YUKYU-NO-KURA   Koji & Shabu-Shabu Cuisine Ginza Rokuchome Namiki-dori Main branch cuisine
YUKYU-NO-KURA   Koji & Shabu-Shabu Cuisine Ginza Rokuchome Namiki-dori Main branch floor
[YUKYU-NO-KURA  Koji & Shabu-Shabu Cuisine Ginza Rokuchome Namiki-dori Main branch] is directly operated by nine sake (Japanese alcohol) breweries with more than 300 years of history. We open as a special shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) restaurant at night, and as [Koji Cafe directly run by breweries] in the daytime, to spread the charms of [koji (malted rice)], sake, and amazake (fermented rice drink) to Japan and the world. For shabu-shabu, we use [Ginza Kuramoto Kurokoji Pork (Kurokoji Pork)] with an exquisite savory taste and tender texture which will stimulate your appetite. Soup for shabu-shabu can be selected among 4 flavors, including [sake] which is boiled to remove alcohol, and [koji amazake (fermented rice drink made from malted rice)]. We are loved by a wide range of people, from females with a high interest in beauty to seniors concerned with their health. Relax and enjoy a sophisticated moment in our chic space.

YUKYU-NO-KURA   Koji & Shabu-Shabu Cuisine Ginza Rokuchome Namiki-dori Main branch

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] Tea Time: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm (L.O. 4:30 pm / Lunch L.O. 3:00 pm) [Tuesday - Friday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (food L.O. 10:00 pm / drink L.O. 10:30 pm) [Saturday, Sunday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Food L.O. 9:00 pm / Drink L.O. 9:30 pm) 
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from exits B5/B6 of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Address: 2F, DAME GINZA, 6-7-18 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

7. SHINZEN - Edomae Soba & Yogan-Yaki Jidori  

SHINZEN - Edomae Soba & Yogan-Yaki Jidori   cuisine
SHINZEN - Edomae Soba & Yogan-Yaki Jidori   floor
Our restaurant is based on soba (buckwheat noodles) from Hokkaido. It is cooked in our original method following the recipe of the noodle manufacturer. We offer different flavors and tastes for each of the seasons by combining different soba noodles from different production areas. The interior decor of the restaurant sticks to Japanese. It is a nice space where you can feel calm. We offer a wide variety in our menu for children, for those who are with small children, and 3 different types of seating with the counter, tables, and tatami rooms for various occasions available. We also flexibly meet your needs, such as adjusting ingredients for allergies, etc.

SHINZEN - Edomae Soba & Yogan-Yaki Jidori  

Open: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) 
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 7 minutes walk from the east exit of JR Ebisu Station
Address: B1F, Ebisu Garden Place Glass Square, 4-20-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 

8. Farmer's Restaurant - Wagyu Kinka

Farmer's Restaurant - Wagyu Kinka cuisine
Farmer's Restaurant - Wagyu Kinka floor
[Japanese Beef Kinka] serves exquisite Japanese beef in a sophisticated, clean space.  Fully enjoy high-quality Japanese beef raised with a particular fattening method, with our dishes, such as luxurious and rare [Extremely Thick Skirt Steaks], and [One Pound Steaks] from three different cuts. Not only these dishes, but other various dishes are also delicious. Since multiple types of seating such as open tables and private rooms are available, it suits for various occasions. Fully enjoy high-quality meat dishes which can be offered only at specialty restaurants like ours. 

Farmer's Restaurant - Wagyu Kinka

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) / Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: 4 minutes walk from [Hamamatsucho Station]
Address: 2F, Shiodome Bldg., 1-2-20 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo

9. Nori

Nori cuisine
Nori floor
Our creative Japanese cuisine restaurant [Nori], 3 minutes walk from Roppongi Station, serves only [Course of Chef's Recommendation]. Enjoy the ultimate dishes that can be enjoyed only with us and only on that day. We create dishes according to your budget, the number of dishes you want, and ingredients to your preference. Our space with the warmth of wood has 25 seats at the counter and tables. Relax and enjoy meals in a stylish atmosphere. This restaurant is ideal for special occasions such as dates, entertaining your clients, banquets, and anniversaries. Please visit us to enjoy gorgeous dishes created with skillful techniques of the chef. 


Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from the exit No.7 of [Roppongi Station] on Toei Subway Oedo Line. Along the street on the south side of Atlas Tower Roppongi
Address: 1F, 7-10-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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10. Syunsaigyo Ai

Syunsaigyo Ai cuisine
Syunsaigyo Ai floor
Syunsaigyo Ai was first located in Roppongi in 1996, before the likes of Midtown and Roppongi Hills even existed. The owner and sommelier, Koguchi, opened the restaurant with the aim of creating "a place where people can achieve happiness through food." He carefully stocks top-quality ingredients from across the country and creates his delicious dishes with the master chef via trial and error. Their impressive dishes are highly popular, including the steak made from a 500g abalone, as well as the eggplant overflowing with raw sea urchin. Koguchi takes care to ensure that all the dishes go amazingly well with both wine and sake (a type of Japanese alcohol). Many customers have visited this restaurant since it opened 20 years ago, with an increasing number of lone females choosing to dine here in recent years. Koguchi stated, "Like the staff - all hungry gourmet are highly welcomed! Reserve a day in advance to enjoy the hospitality and value for money of Syunsaigyo Ai!"

Syunsaigyo Ai

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)[Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,100 JPY
Access: 1-minute walk from Exit 7 of the Oedo Subway line, in front of Midtown.
Address: 1F, Roppongi Kyowa Bldg. West, 4-4-3, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.


Publish-date: Nov 05 2018 Update-date: Jun 15 2020

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