Japanese, Western, Chinese, BBQ, nabe (hot pot), Asian, bars - Shinjuku is said to have more than 6,000 restaurants. Here is the ultimate collection with 15 of the best of them! Have a look at the variety of food you can choose from while you're in the area!
1. KOYOI Sumibi-yaki to Shunsai
If you walk for just 6 minutes from the West Gate of JR Shinjuku Station, you will eventually stumble upon KOYOI's lanterns. Its Japanese design and relaxed atmosphere make this restaurant feel like a perfect hideaway from everyday obligations. Here, along with chef's recommended wines, you can enjoy charcoal-grilled delicacies like the [Kokusan Gyuniku Akami] or the [Yakitori Moriawase], made with incredibly fresh ingredients selected by the owner themselves. Their decisions are based on their long-standing experience. Another interesting recommendation is a new type of yakitori (chicken skewers), [French Yakitori Sanshu], which is French-style as the name suggests. It tastes really different from the classic yakitori and matches perfectly with wine. Since it has private rooms as well, this restaurant is perfect for a business dinner or a relaxed date.
KOYOI Sumibi-yaki to Shunsai
: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:00 am)
Closed on Sunday (if Monday is a national holiday, it will open on the previous Sunday and close on Monday instead)Closed:
Sunday If Monday is a national holiday, it will open on the previous Sunday and close on Monday instead.Average price:
Dinner: 4,000 JPYAccess:
6-minute walk from Shinjuku StationAddress:
2F, Daikan Plaza 756, 7-5-6, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
2. Gyu no Tatsujin Main Branch
Gyu no Tatsujin equals "delicious and cheap". Come here to taste premium wagyu (Japanese beef) that's guaranteed to be fresh, delicious, and quality, as it has its own unique supply route and has the backing of the whole industry. Their [Goku Kalbi (Wagyu Misuji)] consists of 2kg (as much as you can get from one cow) of the rare part called "misuji" (shoulder top blade) from top quality, A5 rank wagyu in Kagoshima. It literally melts in your mouth! In addition, they use organic Kyo-Yasai vegetables from their own farm in Kyoto, which will make you realize how much better premium products taste. There are private rooms for you to enjoy this delicious meat on your own without being bothered by other customers or different aromas.
Gyu no Tatsujin Main Branch
[Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed:
Dinner: 5,000 JPYAccess:
1 minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station. On the east side of Lawson.Address:
1F, Chiyoda Bldg., 2-45-6, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map
3. Niku Bar Birdman Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch
Only 30 seconds away from Shinjuku Station, thanks to its Japanese modern space made only of private rooms, this restaurant offers you a unique experience far different from this area's typically chaotic izakaya (Japanese pub). The restaurant has several areas for all kinds of customers - from the 270-seat rentable hall to lovely private rooms from which to admire Shinjuku at night. Considering its proximity to the station, it is the perfect option for events like birthday parties and girls' nights.
Niku Bar Birdman Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch
Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 12:30 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Average price: Dinner: 3,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 5F-A, Prince Bldg., 1-4-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4. Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza
Kakekomi Gyoza is in the middle of Kabuki-cho. The wooden interior and ceiling combined with the old firemen paper lanterns around you will make you feel like you're back in the Edo period (1603 - 1868). The staff cheerfully serve you wearing Edo firemen costumes, making the atmosphere nice and pleasant. Gyoza (dumplings) are available in 2 versions - grilled and boiled - and they are made with an ancient technique of preparing xiaolongbao that has never been disclosed to anyone. They also offer a rich variety of horse sashimi straight from Kumamoto, as well as horse tendon oden stewed in dashi (broth) to enjoy with delicious sake (Japanese alcohol).
Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza
Open: From 12:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am) Open 24 hours
Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from East Gate of Shinjuku Station
Address: 1F-2F, Dai 58 Tokyo Bldg., 1-12-2, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
5. Hormone-yaki Hormone-nabe Morioka Goro
After just a short walk from Tokyo Metro Shinjuku-sanchome Station, you'll arrive at a quiet, mysterious building with no signs in sight. If you go to the 2nd floor, you will find a refrigerator door, which hides the entrance to Morioka Goro. Decorated with signs and posters from the 30s (the Showa era (1955 - 1964)), its retro design has been defined as "entertaining and funny". The hormone-nabe (offal hot pot) options are countless: salt, miso, tomato, curry, and so on. However, it is recommended to try their [Hormone-nabe Shio-nabe] - a simple dish made with offals, cabbage, and tofu that allows you to taste the original flavor of offals - or the [Tomato-nabe], which is popular in the summer since it goes great with cold beer. Don't miss this chance to surprise your friends for their birthday or anniversary by making them open the fridge to this amazing discovery!
Hormone-yaki Hormone-nabe Morioka Goro
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Monday, Wednesday - Saturday] Dinner: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed:
Dinner: 4,500 JPY Courses start from 2,500 JPY per personAccess:
1 minute walk from Exit B2 of Shinjuku-sanchome Station. 20m away from Suehirotei, on the 2nd floor of Jujiya Bldg. Open the fridge door to enter.Address:
2F, Jujiya Bldg., 3-7-7, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details Reservation
6. Pub Karaoke Studio Himawari
Gibson Les Paul, Explorer, acoustic... 8 guitars lined up and Marshall amps piled up to the ceiling. If you see all this, you might think that you ended up at a musical instrument store or recording studio. However, this place is actually a restaurant and karaoke pub! The music is performed live by the owner on his explosive guitar and his wife on the sax, and you get to sing along with them! The overwhelming music is so addictive that it is no wonder that they have a large number of aficionados. In contrast with this rock atmosphere, the restaurant offers simple meals, such as [Saba-yaki Teishoku] (grilled mackerel set), to enjoy along with the music.
Pub Karaoke Studio Himawari
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 7:30 pm - 7:00 am Please contact them for other opening times."Closed:
All-you-can-drink course is 4,000 JPY for 3 hours. May vary according to the number of customers and the time.Access:
At the 5th floor of Miyata Bldg., Shinjuku City OfficeAddress:
5F-B, Miyata Bldg., 1-4-12, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details Reservation
7. Bistro HaLVeLBar
At Bistro HaLVeLBar, you can try out typical bistro cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Their signature dish is [Hokkaido-san Jukusei Niku Rump 1 Pound], which consists of extra tender beef pieces that have been aged for 30 - 40 days, and then grilled on moderate heat. It's so soft and voluminous. You definitely have to try it! Not only do they offer Italian wine, but they also have around 50 types of assorted wines from all over the world. When in doubt, make sure to ask the staff for advice. In addition, the restaurant only has private rooms (some of which can seat 6 - 12 people), making it a great meeting spot for girls' nights, singles parties, and so on.
Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed:
Dinner: 5,000 JPYAccess:
6-minute walk from West Gate of Shinjuku StationAddress:
B1F, Nishi Shinjuku Bldg., 7-7-29, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
8. Bar Italiano SUMIYA
"A restaurant here?!" is what you will think when you see this little Italian place at the back of Alta. In contrast with the usual noise around Alta, this wooden restaurant is nice and calm. Their two most recommended dishes - the [Gyu Hoho Niku no Tomato Nikomi] and [Gyutan no Akamiso Demi-glace Sauce] - are made with slowly boiled meat that turns out to be extremely tender, to the extent that you'll wonder how it doesn't break apart. They have semi-private rooms with L-shaped sofas that are perfect as a cozy hideaway for you and your date.
Bar Italiano SUMIYA
Open: [Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Monday, Sunday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Average price: 4,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Shinjuku Station. At the back of Alta.
Address: B1, R.S Bldg., 3-22-11, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. Niku Bar Ro to Matagi Shinjuku Branch
A great place to enjoy robatayaki (sunken hearth grilled) lean meat and gibier. "Gibier" is French for "game" or “prey” - so animals that you would typically hunt, like deer and boars. This kind of meat is low in fat, but highly nutritious, so it is recommended for ladies. Not only is it a type of meat that you don't get to eat every day, but it's even more delicious and unique when charcoal-grilled the robatayaki way! The interior of the restaurant was designed to look like a matagi's (mountain hunter) small hut, so the atmosphere is unique but somehow relaxing.
Niku Bar 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 (L.O. 10:00 pm) Drinks L.O. 10:20 pm
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am) Drinks L.O. 12:20 am
Average price: Dinner: 4,000 JPY
An additional fee of 350 JPY (plus tax) is required for the à-la-carte menu.
Access: 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 6F, Ishizuka Bldg., 1-6-3, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10. Mamafufu LUMINE EST Shinjuku Branch
This is a Chinese restaurant with a stylish, futuristic touch, that is located on the 7th floor of Lumine. Grilled, boiled, fried, steamed, soup - you'll find 100 different types of gyoza on their menu, making this place a true gyoza mecca! Their dumplings have no garlic and are both healthy and juicy, which explains why 70% of their customers are female. They also have other delicious and unique dishes, such as the [Kakugiri Sirloin no Shoyu Kuro Chahan] or the [Amazu no Yasashii Tenshinhan], which is so crispy, tender, and juicy that it will give you a sublime experience involving all of your 5 senses!
Mamafufu LUMINE EST Shinjuku Branch
11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
On Saturday, Sunday, and National Holidays, it closes at 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed:
Dinner: 1,500 JPY
Lunch: 1,100 JPYAccess:
1 minute walk from Shinjuku StationAddress:
7F, Lumine Est Shinjuku, 3-38-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details Reservation
11. Niku Bar NICK HOUSE Shinjuku Higashiguchi Branch
In a convenient location, just a 1-minute walk away from Shinjuku Station, there is a restaurant with 32 private rooms called [Niku Bar NICK HOUSE]. It is recommended for those looking for a romantic date in a private room with a night view, or for any other unforgettable purpose, like a surprise birthday or anniversary parties.
Niku Bar NICK HOUSE Shinjuku Higashiguchi Branch
Open: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average price: Dinner: 3,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 3F, Shinjuku Lemina Bldg., 3-17-4, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
12. Cheese to Wagyu Kikori no Ouchi
This restaurant's flagship delicacies are the renowned Japanese wagyu and rare cheeses imported from all over the world. As soon as you step inside, its mountain hut-style interior will make you feel as if you ended up at a shelter in the woods. As the name "Kikori no Ouchi" suggests, it truly is like a nice and cozy woodcutter's house. [Aka-gyu no Roast Beef], their grilled rare wagyu, and their super cheesy [Wagyu Fondue Set] are made with different local products that complement their cheeses, offering you a combination of top quality meat and thick, melty cheese. This combination enhances the flavor to the extent of doubling or even tripling it! In addition, they also have an assortment of 50 wines for you to choose from. They can arrange for private rooms if you request it, so it is also suitable for dates, business dinners, girls' nights, and so on.
Cheese to Wagyu Kikori no Ouchi
5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) Drinks L.O. 11:30 pmClosed:
Dinner: 6,000 JPYAccess:
8-minute walk from West Gate of Shinjuku Station. Head north and go to the 2nd floor of Plaza Nishi Shinjuku.Address:
205, Plaza Nishi Shinjuku, 7-5-5, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
13. Sushi Konya
After walking for just 8 minutes from West Gate of Shinjuku Station, you will find Sushi Konya standing quietly in a street surrounded by skyscrapers. The best dish on their menu is the [Ni Anago]. Many restaurants serve pre-cooked conger eel, but here, you can have a super fresh product that's still alive when bought. It is prepared entirely on-site. Thanks to this, it’s a lightly sweet and tender delicacy that you simply can't miss. You can either admire the chef's mastery from counter seats, or enjoy a luxurious meal or drink by yourself or with a business partner in one of their private rooms.
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm Lunch is available again! Kaisen-donburi (rice bowl with seafood) as a main dish costs 750 JPY - 1,250 JPY
[Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed:
Sunday, National Holidays
To book Sunday or one of the National Holidays, you need to have at least 5 people and you can only order courses. You must book at least 3 days in advance.Average price:
Dinner: 5,000 JPY / Lunch: 1,000 JPYAccess:
8-minute walk from West Gate of Shinjuku Station. Proceed towards Shin-Okubo and turn left at 7-11.Address:
3F, 7-19-9, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
14. Tenshinhan Ten Main Branch
An old Chinese restaurant that was established in 1954. The high ceiling and bright space hint at their attention to comfort and hygiene. Apart from their classic Ten Shin chicken, fried whole in karaage-style (deep-fried chicken), you can taste other genuine Chinese delicacies that the restaurant's customers have been enjoying for over 50 years. These include dishes like Peking duck, shark fin, and abalone, all of which are prepared by the chef with amazing care. If you're in the mood for Chinese and you're in Shinjuku, give it a chance.
Tenshinhan Ten Main Branch
Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed:
Dinner: 3,500 JPY / Lunch: 1,000 JPYAccess:
10-minute walk from West Gate of Shinjuku StationAddress:
B1, Washington Hotel, 3-2-11, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
15. Teppanyaki Yasai Vegitake
This is a hideaway-style Italian bar, which is pretty rare in the Kabuki-cho area. The black design is a mix of cute and cool, and it's furnished with sofa seats to make you feel at home. You can find semi-private rooms, which are recommended for couples, or even counter seats facing the open kitchen, so it is perfect for all-night-long girls' or singles parties too! The smell of rosemary and other herbs in their [Firenze-fu Gyu Steak] will whet your appetite, and the juicy and flavorful homemade sauce of their [Irodori Yasai no Bagna Cauda] will give you an opportunity to taste healthy Italian cuisine that your body will be grateful for.
Teppanyaki Yasai Vegitake
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 7:00 pm - 5:00 am
Average price: Dinner: 4,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from East Gate of Shinjuku Station. The building at the back of the karaoke facility near Shinjuku TOHO. The 1st floor is a ramen shop, and this restaurant is on the 2nd floor.
Address: 2F, Sazarashi Shin Kabuki-cho Bldg., 1-11-3, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.