Top 10 Recommended Spots for Lunch Around Shinjuku Station's West Exit

Publish-date: Sep 15 2018 Update-date: Nov 19 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Top 10 Recommended Spots for Lunch Around Shinjuku Station's West Exit

There are many recommended restaurants for lunchtime in the vicinity of Shinjuku Station's West Exit, which is a busy area surrounded by skyscrapers, large departments stores, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. When lunchtime rolls around, it can be difficult to find a restaurant into which you can enter right away. As for types of cuisine available, you can find anything from Japanese and Western food to yakiniku (Japanese BBQ), Southeast Asian cuisine, and more. This article will introduce 10 recommended lunch spots around the area.

1. Rokkasen

1. Rokkasen

Rokkasen is a luxury yakiniku restaurant located 2 minutes on foot from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. During lunch, they offer a wide variety of options, including set meals, kaiseki (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol), rice dishes such as bibimbap (Korean mixed rice dish), and an all-you-can-eat menu. The Recommendation is the [Yuki] course, which lets you choose from all of the items on the all-you-can-eat menu. You'll be able to eat unlimited amounts of not just meat, but crab, fugu (pufferfish), rice dishes, soup, and more. For an additional cost, you can add unlimited soft drinks and alcohol to the course. There's also an option to pay a higher price to get even higher quality meat. This is the place to go if you want to enjoy luxurious yakiniku for lunch.

Rokkasen

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:00 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 6 - 7F, Sunflower Bldg., 1-3-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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2. Kinkawooka Odakyu Shinjuku Branch

2. Kinkawooka Odakyu Shinjuku Branch

Kinkawooka Odakyu Shinjuku Branch is an oyster bar where one can enjoy casual food centered on oysters. Located on the 12th floor of the Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Branch, it is directly connected to Shinjuku Station, making it great for stopping by in the middle of shopping. They offer a menu of set meals during lunchtime. In particular, there is the [Oyster Tasting Set], which consists of oyster-based dishes from the appetizer to main course - raw oyster, grilled oyster, oyster soup, and fried oyster will all come with this set. With many other set menus and a la carte items to choose from, this is an absolute must-visit restaurant for oyster lovers.

Kinkawooka Odakyu Shinjuku Branch

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:15 pm)
Closed: Irregular, depending on the schedule of the facility
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. Inside the Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku.
Address: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku, 1-1-3, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Caffé

3. Caffé

Located by the lobby of Hyatt Regency Tokyo, Caffé has an open, luxurious atmosphere where diners can view the Shinjuku Central Park from the large windows. For lunch on weekdays, appetizers are served buffet-style, while main courses can be ordered from a menu. During the weekend, all the dishes are served buffet-style. The star of the weekend buffet is the [Roast Beef], which is a high-quality item that you can have cut to your desired thickness. While you can enjoy it with a sauce if you desire, its flavors are the most pronounced when enjoyed simply with just salt and pepper. 

Caffé

Open: 6:00 am - 12:00 am (Breakfast 6:00 am - 10:30 am, Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,500 JPY
Access: Around a 9-minute walk from the West Gate of Shinjuku Station
Around a 4-minute walk from Nishi-shinjuku Station 
1 minute walk from Exit A7 of Tochomae Station
Address: Lobby Floor 2F, Hyatt Regency Tokyo, 2-7-2, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Ninja Shinjuku

4. Ninja Shinjuku

Ninja Yashiki is a ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurant) modeled after a ninja residence from the Edo era (1603 - 1868). The entire building is comprised of Japanese-style private rooms with tatami (straw mat) flooring, where diners can enjoy meals in a relaxed atmosphere. For lunch, they offer Japanese cuisine-centered course meals, where diners can choose from 4 to 8 items. No matter what you choose, you will be able to enjoy seasonal, authentic cuisine. They even have a vegetarian 6-item course! For dinner, indulge in an a la carte menu. In particular, there is the [Dessert of Bonsai as Ninja's Heirloom], which is a bonsai tree-shaped dessert that is truly a work of art. Everything is edible except for the plate!

Ninja Shinjuku

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 8:45 pm)
Closed: January 1st - January 3rd
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from the West Gate of Shinjuku Station
Address: 1F, Kono Bldg., 1-11-11, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Bistro COLORIS

Bistro COLORIS is an authentic French restaurant with a hideaway feeling. It's a bit of a walk at 7 minutes from Shinjuku Station, but it enjoys a pleasant atmosphere removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city. They serve course menus for both lunch and dinner, with their lunch courses being particularly affordable compared to other restaurants. Recommended is the [C Lunch], which consists of both meat and fish. They make a point of their flexible, personalized service, so this is a recommended spot for important days, such as birthdays and marriage proposals. 

Bistro COLORIS

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
[Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
*Excluding private parties
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: From the Shinjuku O-guard West intersection, go down Otakibashi Street and take a left at Tully's Coffee. Immediately take a right and you will find it directly ahead on the right-hand side of the road.
Address: 1F, No. 3 Shida Bldg., 7-16-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Plik Chee Fah

6. Plik Chee Fah

Plik Chee Fah serves Thai and Vietnamese food in a location just a 2-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. Their chef has a background in Thai imperial cuisine. During lunch, they serve a menu of set meals. There is also a standard menu that is available at all times, as well as a daily menu. Recommended is the [Tom Yum Ramen Set]. Their Tom Yum Ramen has a high-quality soup that doesn't use any ready-made paste. During dinner, they offer a larger selection of items compared to lunch, consisting of both Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

Plik Chee Fah

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from the West Gate of Shinjuku Station
Address: B1, Nishi Shinjuku Oak Bldg., 1-4-5, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Inataya Shinjuku Branch

7. Inataya Shinjuku Branch

Inataya is an izakaya (Japanese pub) where you can enjoy high-quality alcohol and seasonal cuisine. It is always full of customers during lunch and dinner due to its great location, as it is directly connected to Shinjuku Station. For their dishes, they mainly use seafood from the Sea of Japan and vegetables from the San'in region of Japan. Paired with the food is very high-quality sake (Japanese alcohol) from the sake brewery, Inata Honten, which started in Tottori Prefecture in 1673. The recommendation for lunch is the [Hanakago Gozen], which consists of items made with each day's recommended ingredients, chosen by the head chef and arranged beautifully in a hanakago (flower basket). They also have a menu featuring lighter fare, such as soba (buckwheat noodles).

Inataya Shinjuku Branch

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
*Excluding days in which the facility is closed
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPY
Access: Right outside the West Gate of Shinjuku Station
Address: 6F, Shinjuku Palette, 1-1-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. Mikore Shokudo

8. Mikore Shokudo

Mikore Shokudo is owned by a company that runs several restaurants, including ones that serve charcoal-grilled cuisine, as well as a sushi restaurant. It is in a prime location at just a 4-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. For lunch, they offer meal sets that feature fried dishes. The [Daily Set A] and [Daily Set B], which are both set meals whose contents change each day, are reasonably priced and highly regarded. Pictured is an example of one of the meal sets. As you may see, there is lot of food, so it is recommended especially for those with big appetites. At night, in addition to fried foods, they also offer otsumami (snacks to be enjoyed with alcohol) like sashimi and other options for those who want to enjoy Japanese food casually. They have a large variety of shochu (another type of Japanese alcohol) and sake that are recommended to be enjoyed along with the food.

Mikore Shokudo

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
[Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[Saturday, National Holidays] 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 4-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. Close to the Camera no Kitamura Shinjuku West Gate Branch.
Address: 2F, Seiei Bldg., 1-16-9, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. La Bettola Per Tutti Shinjuku Main Branch

La Bettola Per Tutti Shinjuku Main Branch is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the Shinjuku Fukutoshin area. They have private rooms and terrace seating, and also offer the whole restaurant to be rented out, so they are quite a versatile space. They offer course meals for lunch, with the [Weekday-Only Anniversary Lunch] coming especially recommended. The luxurious contents of the course include a drink for making a toast, making for a refined lunchtime experience. The courses offered during dinner time are even more luxurious. For example, there is the [La Bettola Prix Fixe Dinner Course], which is a popular selection that lets you choose items from various menus.

La Bettola Per Tutti Shinjuku Main Branch

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. Leave from the West Gate. The restaurant is close to Exit 2 of Nishi-shinjuku Station.
Address: B1F, Shijuku Nomura Bldg., 1-26-2, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. Tanto Domani

10. Tanto Domani

Located in the Fukutoshin area, Tanto Domani serves up Italian cuisine prepared with seasonal Japanese ingredients. From Pacific oysters procured from around Japan to Tankaku beef from Cape Erimo and Miyazaki beef from Miyazaki Prefecture, you will be able to enjoy seasonal ingredients that have been specifically chosen for the day. The lunch menu is centered around courses and set meals, and you can choose your main dish from a large selection of pastas. The [Business Lunch], available on weekdays, can be ordered as take-out, so it is recommended for those who don't have much time on their hands. For dinner, they have a la carte and individual pasta dishes, as well as a banquet course. Whether you stop by for lunch or dinner, you will be able to have authentic Italian cuisine at Tanto Domani.

Tanto Domani

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Saturday] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) *You can make reservations for the [Pranzo Lunch].
[Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30) *You can also order a la carte or course meals here.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY *3-hour party from 4,600 JPY, Prix fixe course from 2,950 JPY / [Lunch] 950 JPY *There is a special lunch menu on weekends
Access: 1 minute walk from Nishi-shinjuku Station
7-minute walk from the West Gate of Shinjuku Station
Address: B1F, I-Land Shinjuku Tower, 6-5-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Sep 15 2018 Update-date: Nov 19 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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