Restaurants & Cafés

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

Best outdoor restaurants, cafés and bars in Tokyo
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Best outdoor restaurants, cafés and bars in Tokyo

Lush gardens, riverside terraces and sidewalk patios are some of Tokyo's best places to eat and drink al fresco

Best restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo
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Best restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo

Forget eggs and toast – start your morning right with a traditional Japanese breakfast instead

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

The konbini connoisseur’s guide to sandwiches
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The konbini connoisseur’s guide to sandwiches

Need a quick bite to eat? Pick up one of these tasty konbini sandwiches to keep your stomach satisfied

Best street food and snacks in Harajuku
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Best street food and snacks in Harajuku

Eat your way through Tokyo's kawaii capital: rainbow cotton candy, animal ice cream cones, dessert crêpes and more

Restaurants of the week

Ao
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Ao

There’s a lot to love about Ao. For starters, it manages to combine the casual vibe of an izakaya with the thoughtfulness of kaiseki cuisine. Don’t get us wrong – it’s never rowdy. Instead, it’s an unassuming little neighbourhood restaurant whose cosy, homely atmosphere belies its modern yet relaxed approach to Japanese food. It’s hard to pinpoint an overarching concept guiding the food, except that it’s based on fresh, seasonal Japanese ingredients, interpreted through techniques from other cuisines. On one of our visits: a gazpacho that celebrated the local tomato season was paired with smoky grilled aubergine and scallop – it was tart and cold and it opened up our appetite for more. The deep-fried ‘maki’ was also an inspired creation, in which the rice was replaced by the delicate white flesh of pike conger and rolled with ume (plum) and Chinese yam. We also loved the grilled bamboo shoot wrapped in roast pork, as well as the homemade miso cream cheese. Ao’s menu is extensive, but the most popular dishes can be enjoyed on a six-course kaiseki- like menu (sashimi included), which gets refreshed monthly. What’s really surprising is that the menu is priced at only ¥3,400, which makes the restaurant even more endearing. For honest good food that's unpretentious and thoroughly enjoyable, this is quite possibly one of the best deals in town. The best part is, Ao closes only at 2am, meaning you can eat well when most restaurants have shuttered for the night.

Konjiki Hototogisu
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Konjiki Hototogisu

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

Fukuan
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Fukuan

This tempura specialist, which opened in 2017, is run by Akihiko Nakajima, who is a former apprentice of Tetsuya Saotome (owner of Mikawa Zezankyo, who is often dubbed as the master of tempura). The restaurant was originally a popular lunchtime spot as it offered a rice bowl heaped with ten pieces of shrimp tempura for just ¥650.  As of summer 2018, Fukuan only serves a ¥3,500 dinner course for those eager to try a variety of seasonal tempura. The 12-item meal starts with Fukuan’s signature deep-fried breaded shrimp and concludes with a warm bowl of ochazuke. You may be surprised at how light the meal is from start to finish and it’s not the least bit greasy – all thanks to chef Nakajima’s skillful frying technique that adds a crispy layer to the ingredients without losing their natural texture and flavour.

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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Tsukiji after dark: best late-night restaurants and bars
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Tsukiji after dark: best late-night restaurants and bars

Tsukiji may be a morning market, but it now has seafood restaurants, ramen shops, izakaya and bars that open late into the night

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 kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo
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Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo

The traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner is considered the epitome of Japanese cuisine, and these dedicated restaurants are the best in Tokyo

Best izakaya in Tokyo
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Best izakaya in Tokyo

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite English-friendly izakaya: the same rowdy fun, but without the language barriers

Best bakeries in Tokyo
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Best bakeries in Tokyo

The city’s upper crust: these excellent bread shops and patisseries are definitely worth your dough

Best cafés in Tokyo
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Best cafés in Tokyo

Looking for a relaxing Tokyo café, the perfect cup of coffee or a superb sweet treat? Look no further – check out our complete Tokyo café guide

Food and drink events

Summer Station
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Summer Station

The annual Kakigori Collection shaved ice stands are back with a number of vendors from around Tokyo serving up their top ice creations...

Transit Wine Festival
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Transit Wine Festival

Expect a wide selection of vino from the finest to the rarest of the world's premier wine regions, including France, Italy, Greece and Georgia...

Farmer's Market @ UNU Night Markets
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Farmer's Market @ UNU Night Markets

With the night market revolving around the theme ‘Appetite’, you can expect tastings of craft gin, sake, wine, beer, juice, tea and coffee...

All you can drink sake for ¥500
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All you can drink sake for ¥500

With a mere ¥500 you can enjoy unlimited sake for an entire hour. You have a selection of 70 bottles to choose from, and can drink it on the rocks or with fruit liquor. Even though you're also required to purchase two side dishes on top of paying ¥300 for the cover charge that includes the special uni and cod roe egg pudding, you don’t want to pass out on this opportunity to discover new kinds of sake.

Hot new openings

Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando
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Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando

Located on the first floor of Omotesando Hills, this new shop and adjoining café space offers a variety of sweets...

Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi
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Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi

Lanterne delivers on the convivial izakaya atmosphere and reasonable pricing, but does it in a hip, modern way

Sushi M
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Sushi M

This Aoyama restaurant is a partnership between veteran sushi chef Michimasa Nakamura and sommelier Yoshinobu Kimura, who brings with him a decade’s experience as the head sommelier at two-Michelin-starred Narisawa in Tokyo...

Uoharu Nakameguro
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Uoharu Nakameguro

This seafood izakaya aims to be sustainable by reducing food waste...

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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

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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 restaurants at Toyosu Market
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Best restaurants at Toyosu Market

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Best character cafés and restaurants in Tokyo
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Best character cafés and restaurants in Tokyo

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The best coffee in Tokyo

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