Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals

Publish-date: Aug 27 2020 Update-date: Aug 28 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals

Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s biggest business areas. Home to the famous Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and many commercial facilities, it is one of Tokyo’s must-see sightseeing areas. This article will introduce 10 izakaya that are great to visit after a day’s sightseeing. 

1. Genshiyaki Hibachi -Grilled Fish

1. [Grilled Fish Cuisine] Genshiyaki Hibachi
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Check out the fresh grilled fish at Genshiyaki Hibachi! You must try their exquisite Genshiyaki—seasonal fish carefully selected by skilled chefs that's been thoroughly grilled over a charcoal fire. The fish skin is nice and crispy while the meat is soft and flaky, and you can easily taste the delicious true flavor of the fish. This is offered as the main course of the restaurant’s course menu (from 4,800 JPY (plus tax)). In addition to the Genshiyaki, the course menu comes with dishes like sashimi and other side items made using seasonal ingredients. Don't forget to tack on the Pairing Course; for an extra 2,600 JPY (plus tax), the staff will choose 5 varieties of sake or a mixture of 5 types of sake and wine to complement your meal!

Genshiyaki Hibachi

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Please casually contact us for booking non-business hours, the whole restaurant, or others.
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 3F, Kabukicho Shotengai Sinkokumiai Bldg., 1-19-3 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map
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2. Izakaya TORIKYO -Kushiyaki

2. [Kushiyaki] Brand Yakitori and Motsu Nabe Izakaya TORIKYO Shinjuku Main Branch
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Kushiyaki is made by cutting up ingredients such as meat and vegetables into bite-sized pieces, threading them onto skewers, and grilling them over an open flame. At TORIKYO Shinjuku, you can enjoy kushiyaki made with domestically-sourced chicken. Try the Miodori Chicken Kushiyaki 5-Skewer Mixed Platter (980 JPY), made with Miodori—a famous brand of chicken produced in Yamanashi Prefecture. The meat is thickly cut and has a great bite, with delicious juices that flow out as soon as it's bit into. They also offer a wide range of alcohol, but we recommend the Hoppy (450 JPY). A standard of the Japanese izakaya, "hoppy" is a beer-like fizzy drink mixed with shochu. An original Japanese drink with a unique taste, it is definitely worth a try.

Brand Yakitori and Motsu Nabe Izakaya TORIKYO Shinjuku Main branch

Open: [Everyday] 5:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 4 minutes walk from the east exit of [Shinjuku Station] on JR Line.
Address: 1-5F, TORIKYO Bldg., 1-22-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map

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3. Robatayaki Zekkocho Teppen Shinjuku

3. [Robatayaki] Robatayaki Zekkocho Teppen Shinjuku
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Robatayaki is a style of cooking wherein ingredients such as seafood and vegetables are grilled over a fire in an irori (indoor sunken hearth). At Robatayaki Zekkocho Teppen Shinjuku, you can enjoy a range of seasonal ingredients, including meat and vegetables, cooked over a charcoal fire robatayaki-style in a warm and cozy atmosphere. You’ll be amazed at the stunning-looking dishes, especially the Famous Donko Shiitake Sourced From Tsukino, Gunma (280 JPY), the Whole Grilled Onion (580 JPY), and the Shio-Musubi Rice Balls with Lots of Salmon Roe (580 JPY). Don't know what to order from the varied menu? Go for the restaurant's recommended Zekkocho Teppen's Robatayaki Course with All-You-Can-Drink (5,000 JPY). As it comes with an all-you-can-drink option, you can enjoy as much Japanese alcohol as you like, including sake, shochu, and umeshu!

Robatayaki Zekkocho Teppen Shinjuku

Open: 3:00 pm - 0:00 am
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: A five minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station's Central East Exit, the building before you come to Golden Gai on Kuyakusho Street
Address: 9F Sankei 55 Bldg., 1-2-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map

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4. Yakitori Shin

4. [Yakitori] Yakitori Shin
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Yakitori Shin offers yakitori with carefully chosen cuts of the day grilled to perfection over charcoal. In the evening, the main option is the Chef's 5-Skewer Course with Salad and Chicken Soup (from 1,980 JPY). Enjoy their renowned yakitori with sides such as salad and rice. There is also a great range of sake that matches perfectly with the yakitori!

Yakitori Shin

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) *Weekdays only (Not on Saturday, Sunday, and National Holidays)
[Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from [Shinjuku-gyoenmae station] of Marunouchi Line
Address: 1F, Kotobuki Gyoenmae Bldg., 1-16-9, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map
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5. AJIDORI -Hot pot

5. [Hot Pot] Smoked Cuisine & Wine - AJIDORI - Shinjuku Main Branch
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
At AJIDORI Shinjuku Main Branch, you can choose from a range of hot pot dishes, from local delicacies to seafood varieties. However, the one to try is the Motsu-Nabe with Hakata Mentaiko (1,500 JPY for 1 person (plus tax)), a specialty from Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture. This fabulous dish has a thick, flavorsome, and aromatic dashi (broth) at its base that is made from a mixture of ingredients, such as motsu (offal) and mentaiko, that have been allowed to stew for 10 hours. There is also a rich variety of alcohol available, including sake, shochu, sours, highballs, and cocktails.

Smoked Cuisine & Wine - AJIDORI- Shinjuku Main branch

Open: 5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from the east exit of [Shinjuku Station] / On the 9th floor of the building along Yasukuni-dori Street
Address: 9F, Tokaien Bldg., 1-6-3 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map

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6. BISTRO BAMBINA -All-You-Can-Eat Home-Made Roast Beef 

6. [Meat Cuisine] All-You-Can-Eat Home-Made Roast Beef  -BISTRO BAMBINA- Shinjuku Branch
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
BISTRO BAMBINA offers top-notch roast beef that looks as impressive as it tastes. The popular Roast Beef Volcano (1,999 JPY (plus tax)) is an astonishing dish that comes with a mountain of roast beef generously topped with cheese! If you love meat and cheese, this dish will be irresistible, but if you want to make it taste even better, pair it with one of the restaurant’s seasonal craft beers!

All-You-Can-Eat Home-Made Roast Beef  -BISTRO BAMBINA- Shinjuku branch

Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from [Shinjuku Station]
Address: 5F, Pandora, 3-23-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map

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7. Niku Bar Amore Shinjuku -Wagyu beef

7. [Wagyu Beef] Niku Bar Amore Shinjuku
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Niku Bar Amore Shinjuku is a restaurant where you can try reasonably-priced Wagyu beef. The dish to try is the Sushi Topped with Lightly-Broiled A4 Rank Japanese Beef (4 Pieces) (880 JPY). Many people hear sushi and imagine seafood, but in Japan, people also enjoy "meat sushi," where sliced raw or broiled beef is put on top of small blocks of shaped sushi rice. The beef has that luxurious taste you can only find in Wagyu beef, and the irresistible top-quality fat melts in your mouth the moment you pop it in. The restaurant also sources craft beer from all over Japan, so enjoy your beef with a good beer!

Niku Bar Amore Shinjuku

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from the east exit of JR Shinjuku Station
Address: B2F, 31st Tokyo Bldg., 3-34-3, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map

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8. Meat x Cheese Bar Shunka -Cheese cuisine

8. [Cheese Cuisine] Designer's Private Room - Meat x Cheese Bar Shunka Shinjuku East Exit
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Meat x Cheese Bar Shunka is the izakaya for cheese lovers! Their well-loved Fresh Cheese Fondue (600 JPY) is an extravagant dish that allows you to eat seasonal vegetables and leavened bread covered with their original cheese sauce. And of course, if you are going to have cheese, you need wine to go with it! As this izakaya stocks dozens of good wines, you can choose your favorite to match your cheese dish!

Designer's Private Room - Meat x Cheese Bar Shunka Shinjuku East Exit 

Open: [Lunch] 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm)
[Dinner] 4:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
*For lunch, [reservations are required / banquet courses].
*Reservations are required in advance for lunch banquet courses.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: A 1-minute walk from the East Exit of JR [Shinjuku Station] / Approximately 50 meters from the entrance of Kabukicho Ichibangai
Address: 4F, Chatelet Bldg., 1-23-10 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map
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9. Robata and Oden Kyosuke -Creative Cuisine

9. [Creative Cuisine] Robata and Oden Kyosuke
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Robata and Oden Kyosuke offers a range of creative dishes overflowing with originality. The izakaya’s owner recommends the oden or hot pot stew. The dashi used in oden is usually made from bonito flakes or kombu kelp, but Robata and Oden Kyosuke offers a choice between a chicken-based dashi and a salt-based dashi. The ingredients in their oden perfectly absorb the exquisite dashi, created through trial and error, and it is so fabulous that you can taste it in your soul! The alcohol selection here is also unique, with a range of original sours and cocktails on offer.

Robata and Oden Kyosuke

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: 6-minute walk from [Shinjuku station], 1-minute walk from [Shinjuku-sanchome station]
Address: B1F, Yamaguchi Bldg., 3-6-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map

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10. Izakaya Umaimon-Seafood

10. [Seafood Cuisine] Izakaya Umaimon Shinjuku Kabuki-cho
Top 10 Izakaya in Shinjuku Recommended by Locals
Izakaya Umaimon in Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, offers seasonal seafood fresh from the market. Get various seafood dishes good enough to be served in a high-class restaurant at izakaya prices such as the Sashimi Mixed Platter (700 JPY for 1 serving), which comes with 3 types of seafood arranged into a 6-slice platter, or the Premium Japanese Pufferfish Sashimi (1,480 JPY). A well-known secret of the izakaya is the many different types of sake on offer! It is the perfect place for sake lovers, with offers including an all-you-can-drink option and a sake tasting set.

Izakaya Umaimon Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 6:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:00 am)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: A 5-minute walk from the east exit of the JR Shinjuku station. A 6-minute walk from Shinjuku-sanchome station on the Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines.
Address: Kabukicho Bldg. 1F, 1-12-6 Kabukicho , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Map

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Is there an izakaya in the list that piqued your interest? Why not end a day's sightseeing in Shinjuku with good food and drinks?
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Aug 21 2020 Update-date: Aug 28 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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