1. The Kintan Steak
    Photo: The Kintan SteakThe Kintan Steak
  2. The Tokyo Edition afternoon tea
    Photo: EDITIONThe Blue Room at The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon

6 best restaurants with a view in Tokyo

An all-round feast for your eyes and your appetite – these Tokyo restaurants serve up good food and great vistas

Lim Chee Wah
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Lim Chee Wah

Call us biased, but Tokyo is the most beautiful city in the world. You can see that for yourself at one of the many observation decks scattered across the city: some are free while others require a ticket, which can set you back as much as ¥3,000.

But here’s a hack – take that money and spend it on a good meal instead, at a restaurant where the view comes free. With breathtaking panoramas of the Tokyo cityscape, these sky-high restaurants will make sure you won’t just be looking at your plate. And don’t worry, we have considered all budgets in our list, so you’ll find splurge-worthy restaurants that you’d want to bookmark for special occasions as well as affordable ones that won’t break the bank.   

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Dining rooms with a view

  • Restaurants
  • Ebisu
  • price 2 of 4

The restaurants at Top of Yebisu, the two sky-high dining floors of Yebisu Garden Place on levels 38 and 39, are big on views – some with equally lofty price tags to match. That is why we love The Kintan Steak, where you can spend as little as ¥1,000 during lunch and still get the same scenery.

Run by the popular Kintan yakiniku chain known for its aged beef tongue, The Kintan Steak is a more elevated dining experience – and we don’t just mean the location. The restaurant offers various cuts of premium beef from blade to fillet and sirloin, grilled on an iron griddle and served with over 20 kinds of vegetables for a balanced meal. A sumptuous dinner course could set you back ¥8,000 but the affordable lunch deals start from a mere ¥1,000. There are 13 options including skirt steak, beef tongue steak and thick-cut Iwate brand pork steak, and they all come with free refills of rice, salad and soup, plus dessert.

For the best seat in the house, request the window-side counter, which is also perfect for solo diners. Here, the Tokyo cityscape sprawls out right in front of you, and you’ll have a clear view of Tokyo Tower and Skytree.

  • Hotels
  • Kamiyacho

The stylish Tokyo Edition hotel sure knows how to turn a meal into an occasion. The breathtaking lobby, which also houses the all-day Blue Room restaurant, is already an Instagram staple thanks to its lush, plant-filled setting. Throw in a direct, eye-level view of the Tokyo Tower, along with a sprawling skyline that stretches towards Tokyo Bay and beyond, and you have a winner.

Day and night offer different moods as the city turns on the lights, but for the best meal and view combo, we recommend the weekend brunch. Not least because for ¥8,300 per person, you get to enjoy nine sharing dishes that take you from fresh starters to hearty mains and then decadent desserts. Top up another ¥7,600 and go all out with a free flow of champagne. Just don’t forget to feast your eyes on the stunning view once in a while.

  • Restaurants
  • Grills
  • Shinjuku
  • price 3 of 4

Cult classic ‘Lost in Translation’ may have propelled Park Hyatt Tokyo to international stardom, but we reckon even without Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, the hotel, along with its star New York Bar and the adjacent New York Grill, would still be a Tokyo icon. It’s all down to the epic views.

Perched on the 52nd floor of the luxury hotel, the restaurant is built around an open kitchen while looking out at the sprawling skyline that stretches from Shinjuku to the further reaches of Tokyo. The glimmering cityscape looks particularly mesmerising at night, when you feast on a sumptuous menu dominated by premium beef (both local and imported) and sustainable seafood.

This is one to save for special occasions, especially if you’re out to impress. The ever-popular Surf and Turf lets you enjoy the best of both worlds along with dessert at ¥39,600 (for two people). Otherwise, the four-course Chef’s Signature Menu can be had for ¥19,800 at dinnertime, or come for the four-course brunch with champagne and coffee at ¥9,350 on weekends and holidays.

  • Restaurants
  • Marunouchi

This all-day dining, French bistro-inspired restaurant may not have the sky-high cityscape vistas of the other entries on this list, but it commands one of the rarest views in the city – an unobstructed peek into the inner arteries of Tokyo Station. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls look out to the stately grand dame that is the Marunouchi terminal building, along with the surrounding skyscrapers as well as a jumble of tracks serving the city’s (and the country’s) most important train and shinkansen lines.

As it’s the Four Seasons, expect to splurge a little here, although the weekday set lunch is priced at a reasonable ¥6,325. The afternoon tea, available all week from ¥7,590, does it differently by first serving you hot, freshly prepared savouries before bringing out the desserts. On weekends, you’ll also be able to order the sumptuous Marunouchi Fried Chicken (¥8,223) with all the trimmings including smooth, buttery mashed potatoes, braised kale, corn bread, pickles and lemon meringue pie as dessert. 

TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie
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TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie

This TsuruTonTan outlet on the tenth floor of Tokyu Plaza Ginza may look grand, but don’t let its fine dining interior discourage you. It’s still the affordable udon joint we know and love – the portions are just as big and the bowls even bigger. While you’re not high enough to get a sweeping panorama of Tokyo, you can still enjoy a good view of Ginza’s fancy retail highrises. Snatch a counter seat against the window and you can look down at the Sukiyabashi Crossing, Ginza’s answer to Shibuya Scramble.

TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie is perfect for families and groups, as there are cocoon-like box seats that can accommodate six as well as communal tables fit for ten. Most of the comforting udon bowls cost around ¥1,500; the noodles are made in-house and everything is cooked to order. What’s even better is that you can request up to three times the amount of noodles for free. And if you’re looking to make an occasion of this, complement your meal with side dishes such as sashimi and tempura. Or go all out with a sukiyaki hot pot set meal with udon noodles and seasonal side dishes from just ¥4,500. 

Teppanyaki Motenro
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Teppanyaki Motenro

Tokyo Skytree is not the only vantage point to get a jaw-dropping sight of the Tokyo metropolitan sprawl. You can do it while sitting down for a teppanyaki meal at the opposite building, or more specifically, at Motenro on the 31st floor of Tokyo Solamachi. Sure, it’s not as high as Skytree’s observation deck, but at Motenro, when you pay for the meal, the view comes free.

As its name suggests, Teppanyaki Motenro specialises in dishes cooked on the classic Japanese flat iron grill, with special emphasis on steak and spiny lobster. For dinner you can splurge on course meals starting from ¥9,500 while being mesmerised by the glistering cityscape. But daytime is where the deal’s at. Set lunches start from a mere ¥2,500 and they come with an appetiser (we got a refreshing crab salad on our visit), refillable rice, dessert (usually teppanyaki ice cream) and coffee/tea.

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