Restaurants & Cafés

The best restaurants and cafés in Tokyo, including restaurant reviews and new openings

Best restaurants in Tokyo for date night – updated
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Best restaurants in Tokyo for date night – updated

Table for two? We've got you covered with these romantic restaurants that are perfect for Valentine's or your next date night

Best restaurants at Toyosu Market
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Best restaurants at Toyosu Market

Just like its predecessor in Tsukiji, Toyosu Market is home to some of the top sushi restaurants in Tokyo

The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try
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The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try

Feast your eyes on the best restaurants in Tokyo: from hearty cheap eats to modern Japanese cuisine and Michelin-starred stalwarts

Tokyo has a new Michelin-starred ramen restaurant
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Tokyo has a new Michelin-starred ramen restaurant

Sobahouse Konjiki Hototogisu is the only third ramen restaurant in the world to get a star

12 things you need to know about eating out in Tokyo
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12 things you need to know about eating out in Tokyo

Follow these unique Tokyo restaurant rules and etiquette and you'll have one of the best meals of your life

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Deli Fu Cious
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Deli Fu Cious

If you've always thought the world needs better fish burgers, then this new Nakameguro joint might be of interest. Run by chef Shinya Kudo, who previously worked at Ginza sushi temple Harutaka – owners of two Michelin stars – Deli Fu Cious is found an eight-minute walk from the station in the direction of Ikejiri-Ohashi. Opened in late December 2016, it boasts a dazzling menu dreamed up by the former sushi artisan: check out the Konbuzime Fish Burger, the Saikyo Grilled Fish Burger or the inventive Boiled Conger Tempura Dog. Using only sushi-quality ingredients, Kudo cooks everything to order, so there's no need to worry about soggy or stale burgers. The interior is akin to that of an old-school sento, while the name – well, just ask them how they came up with it when you visit.

Samon
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Samon

Popular in its native Nagoya, this oden specialist laid its first roots in the Kanto area by opening under the railway tracks in Nakameguro this November. They've placed a rather eye-catching (and oversized) oden pot outside – a stunt that surely lures in quite a few customers. Standing out with the way they cook their oden, Samon offer a mixture simmered in a chicken and vegetable stock noted for its full-bodied and rich taste. We'd definitely recommend having the daikon, which soaks up the stock beautifully, and the succulent chicken skewers – you'll thank us later. The Nagoya Cochin soft-boiled eggs are also rather impressive and well worth driving your chopsticks into. 

Savoy Azabu-Juban
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Savoy Azabu-Juban

Run by the affable Kaneko-san, Savoy is a local pizza institution that arguably rivals many a pizza place in Italy. Part of a small chain that was originally started by Seirinkan's owner, Savoy’s pizzas (margherita and marinara) have less cornicione, while the marinara is notable for its use of garlic: thinly sliced and distributed just right. Go for the lunch set, where you get a pizza, a salad and a drink for only ¥1,000.

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Nezu Kamachiku
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Nezu Kamachiku

Kamachiku is quite possibly the most beautiful udon restaurant in Tokyo. It’s a special place, set in a lovingly restored century-old redbrick storehouse, complete with a modern glass-box extension which opens out to a verdant Japanese garden. The menu is just as impressive. The chunky, chewy udon – you can also opt for a thinner version – are of artisanal quality. Made fresh everyday and cut by hand, they are best eaten simple and unadulterated in one of two ways: cold noodles with cold dipping broth, or hot, where the noodles sit in a bowl of hot water and served with a hot dipping broth. You’ll also get a tray of condiments to pack more flavour and texture into the classic soy and dashi dipping broth: chopped negi (Welsh onion), grated ginger, tempura batter croutons and shichimi-togarashi (seven spice). The limited udon choices are more than compensated for with a substantial selection of quality sake and side dishes. Classic udon accompaniments are featured, such as onsen egg, tempura and pickled cucumber, but the restaurant takes it a step further by offering pub grub-style dishes that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern izakaya. Think grilled fish, shrimp with miso, beef sukiyaki, braised pork belly, smoke-cured horse meat and more. You’ll be glad to know that the udon portions are more than generous. So it’s best that you stick to the regular size and instead, order a selection of side dishes to make it a full and satisfying meal.

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Best design cafés in Tokyo
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Best design cafés in Tokyo

These coffee shops and tea houses serve up some of Tokyo's coolest interior designs

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo
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Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo

Michelin-starred restaurants aren’t all expensive. Here’s where and how you can enjoy a top-rated meal for about ¥1,000 – or less

Best udon in Tokyo
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Best udon in Tokyo

Slurp noodles on the cheap at these top Kagawa-style sanuki udon restaurants

Best coffee in Tokyo
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Best coffee in Tokyo

The capital is now one of the world’s great coffee cities, with more specialist shops than most people can hope to visit in a lifetime

Modern Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
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Modern Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Japanese food with a twist: these innovative restaurants are paving the way for a modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine

Ultimate guide to soba
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Ultimate guide to soba

Soba noodles are very versatile; they can be served hot or cold, and in a myriad of ways. Clueless on how to order? Here's your photo menu

Food events

Miyabi Afternoon Tea
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Miyabi Afternoon Tea

Dig into sweets like matcha cake, yuzu mousse that's shaped like the citrus fruit, classic Japanese anmitsu jelly and more...

Time Out Tokyo x Wagyumafia
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Time Out Tokyo x Wagyumafia

This special yakiniku night on March 12 is your chance to experience WM by Wagyumafia, the exclusive, standing yakiniku joint that is open to members only...

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Egg & Spuma x Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Café
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Egg & Spuma x Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Café

Omelette specialist Egg & Spuma teams up with Japan’s most famous girl-cat Hello Kitty to celebrate the character's 45th birthday...

Boneless Café
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Boneless Café

After a successful March 2018 showing, the Boneless Café is returning for a limited time

Hot new openings

Taiyaki Anzu
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Taiyaki Anzu

If you’re craving a traditional Japanese sweet treat, then drop by at this small taiyaki shop in Negishi...

Yakitori Shinchan
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Yakitori Shinchan

You can order yakitori sticks starting from just ¥180 for mainstays like chicken with scallion, breast meat and tsukune meatballs...

Negombo 33 Koenji
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Negombo 33 Koenji

Think Indian curry dishes with a unique Japanese twist, all made from fresh produce...

Gyoza Hohei
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Gyoza Hohei

Sister shop to the ever-popular Kyoto-based restaurant, this is the perfect spot to get your late-night gyoza fix ain Ginza

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The best places for green tea in Tokyo
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The best places for green tea in Tokyo

Here are the capital's top ten cafés and tea houses for enjoying authentic Japanese ryokucha (green tea) and matcha

Best spicy ramen in Tokyo
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Best spicy ramen in Tokyo

Tokyo has more noodle joints than you can shake a stick at, especially when it comes to ramen. The ubiquitous noodle dish is complex in its own right, with its wide variety of toppings and soups that take years to perfect. Aside from the classic tonkatsu (pork), there are also chicken and fish broths, and various combinations of the three. In recent years, you’ll also find restaurants peddling vegan ramen. While Japanese flavours don't usually lean towards the spicy side of things, you can still find chili- and pepper-infused dishes in Tokyo, like these game-changing bowls of spicy ramen. Eager to sample a hot bowl? Be warned: these ramen really do pack a punch, and you'll love it.

Ultimate guide to wagashi
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Ultimate guide to wagashi

Wagashi are the dainty Japanese sweets made for teatime. But can you tell your daifuku from your monaka and dorayaki?

Best 24-hour restaurants in Tokyo
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Best 24-hour restaurants in Tokyo

Where to find food whatever the hour in Shinjuku, Akasaka, Shibuya and Roppongi

Ultimate guide to yakitori
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Ultimate guide to yakitori

Here's a photo menu to help you identify and order the different chicken parts in a classic yakitori meal