Restaurants & Cafés

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

Best anago restaurants in Tokyo
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Best anago restaurants in Tokyo

Saltwater conger eel, or anago, is a Tokyo speciality, and these top restaurants serve it in many styles: grilled, sashimi, deep-fried etc

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

Best restaurants and bars with fireplaces in Tokyo
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Best restaurants and bars with fireplaces in Tokyo

There’s nothing like an open fire on a cold night, and these restaurants and bars feature fireplaces for you to cosy up by with a good meal

Best family-friendly restaurants to dine out with kids in Tokyo
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Best family-friendly restaurants to dine out with kids in Tokyo

Eating out with the kids is a piece of cake at these child-friendly restaurants around the city

Ultimate guide to sushi
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Ultimate guide to sushi

Know the different types of sushi so that you can order like a local

Restaurants of the week

Kabi
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Kabi

At this modern Japanese restaurant, local ingredients are front and centre, but interpreted through the new Nordic approach to food

Kudan Otsuka
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Kudan Otsuka

Run by a charming husband-and-wife duo for the past eight years, Kudan Otsuka is classic kaiseki at its best

Tamakairiki Ginza
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Tamakairiki Ginza

Get the shio chanko (salt-based soup): the generous sprinkling of sesame seeds on top adds a beautiful aroma to the soup, the chicken and pork meatballs are delicious, and you can even choose to add noodles or rice

Ponchi-ken
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Ponchi-ken

The humble cutlet has undergone plenty of evolution since those days, culminating in the 2015 awarding of the first Michelin mark to a tonkatsu-only restaurant

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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

Best tsukemen in Tokyo
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Best tsukemen in Tokyo

Not all ramen are served in soup. Tsukemen, or dipping noodles, are equally popular and these restaurants serve the best in town

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 heritage restaurants in Tokyo
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Best heritage restaurants in Tokyo

After spending decades perfecting their signature dishes, these long-established restaurants have become iconic Tokyo institutions

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 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 events

Chocolate Afternoon Tea at The French Kitchen
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Chocolate Afternoon Tea at The French Kitchen

Satisfy your sweet tooth at The French Kitchen's chocolate-themed afternoon tea this festive season. You'll want to make a beeline for the chocolate buffet where you can sample everything from cakes and desserts to savoury items using cacao. There's even a flowing chocolate fountain. To cut through all that richness, pair your chocolate indulgence with a range of teas from Los Angeles-based Art of Tea, and you're all set for winter. 

Ruby Chocolate Afternoon Tea
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Ruby Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Japan’s very first afternoon tea based entirely on the smoky-rose coloured ruby chocolate can be had at ANA InterContinental Tokyo’s Atrium Lounge. The all-natural ruby chocolate, with its fresh, fruity yet slightly tart flavour, was introduced in 2017; it's the fourth type of chocolate, besides dark, milk and white chocolate. This Ruby Chocolate Afternoon Tea set will feature 11 different sweets made with ruby chocolate – marshmallow, bonbon, lamington, macaron etc – alongside a selection of five savoury treats and a range of beverages. The hotel's patissiers use about 4,500kg of ruby chocolate daily to create items that will be served at the in-house restaurants and bars for the duration of this promotion period. If you can't get enough of these pinkish chocolatey goodies, head up to The Champagne Bar on the third floor where you can indulge in a chocolate dessert buffet (¥5,600; Sat, Sun & hols ¥6,200).

Wizarding World Cafe
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Wizarding World Cafe

Test out your wizarding skills at this limited-time Wizarding World Café, coming to both Tokyo and Fukuoka this month. There aren't many details available on the magical café just yet, but expect the decor and food menu to be inspired by the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter franchise, plus a showing of unreleased movie clips and photos. Word has it that there will be three distinct themed areas and the café will look like a set in Paris as the French city is a key location in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film. Don't worry if you're not a wizard; we are sure muggles are welcome here. This is the world's first official Harry Potter café and it's opening just in time for the release of the latest flick, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'. To get in, visit the café when it first opens from 10.30am where you'll receive a ticket with your designated time slot. You can also make reservations ahead of time to dine in the special movie area. For reservations for the special movie room, visi here. 

Kirby Café
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Kirby Café

After a two-year hiatus, the popular Kirby Café is coming back to Tokyo with their new spot located on the fourth floor of Skytree’s Solamachi shopping mall. Everybody’s favourite cute, pink, ever-expanding ball of joy first appeared in a Nintendo video game in the early 90s. Now, get ready to follow him on a culinary journey to Dream Land. The menu has something for everyone with their adorably designed dishes that are nearly too cute to eat. Sample the Whispy Woods plate (¥2,580) and the Kirby Soft-Strawberry Mousse (¥1,480) to bring back nostalgic vibes from the past. Most of the dishes and drinks come with a gift, which explains the higher price tag – think plates, figurines, coasters, and mugs. If your decision falls on a menu item that doesn’t come along with a souvenir, you can shop exclusive merchandise at the onsite shop. The café will be around until February 17, so if you want to make a reservation, visit here.

Hot new openings

Kogentey Nihonbashi
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Kogentey Nihonbashi

Sample a range of delectable dishes made from ingredients hand-picked by famous head chef Kazuki Saka at this new teppanyaki restaurant in Nihonbashi. Grab a seat at the counter where you can watch the chefs preparing your food right in front of your eyes. The grill menu sees mouth-watering wagyu steak, fresh prawns, sautéed scallops and much more. After you've finished your meal, move on over to the comfy sofa seats to end your visit with a cup of coffee and dessert.

Sapporo Natsume Nihonbashi
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Sapporo Natsume Nihonbashi

Sapporo’s famous sushi joint Natsume has finally graced Tokyo with its first branch in Nihonbashi. Lean back and enjoy quality cuts of sushi carefully prepared by the highly skilled chefs on hand. Choose from either table seats or private rooms, but we recommend taking a spot at the counter where you can watch the whole sushi making process right in front of your eyes. If you're short on time, you can also choose from their take-out menu.

Kinoko Ryori – Kinoko
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Kinoko Ryori – Kinoko

Located right in the heart of Ebisu Yokocho, this cosy new restaurant specialises in all things mushroom. You won't be missing meat here with hearty items like the ‘big mushroom steak’ (¥1,500), the ‘shiitake UFO menchi katsu (breaded cutlet)’ (¥680) or the ‘Mushroom hot pot (for two)’. It's the perfect place to sit down and sample through Japan's large variety of mushrooms.

Pound-ya Nihonbashi
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Pound-ya Nihonbashi

Dine on high-quality Japanese black beef at this new eatery in Nihonbashi where you can  choose from ten different types of beef served as tender, juicy steaks. If you're not a big fan of steak, the large menu has something for everyone – order the 'Pound-ya Umami Meat Burger' complete with a homemade bun, or the 'Black Beef Gyoza' sure to satisfy any dumpling fiend. All the dishes are seasoned with herbs and spices, and go perfectly paired with a glass of natural wine. 

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Best hotpot and chanko nabe restaurants in Tokyo
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Best hotpot and chanko nabe restaurants in Tokyo

Gather round for these belly-warming hot pot dishes

The best coffee in Tokyo
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The best coffee in Tokyo

The capital is now one of the world’s great coffee cities

Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo
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Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo

Got a sweet tooth? You've come to the right city as Tokyo offers many decadent Japanese desserts including kakigori, wagashi and more

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

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?