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

The Deck Coffee & Pie | Time Out Tokyo
By Jessica Thompson and Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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Be it on a warm and sunny spring day or on a balmy summer night, outdoor dining is one of the very best ways to enjoy Tokyo. But as every city resident knows, not all terraces are created equal. To make sure you don't squander your special moment languishing in a cramped courtyard or taking in a view of the traffic, we've picked out the city's very best al fresco cafés, restaurants and bars, from fancy dinner spots to waterfront hangouts. Try them all this summer, and make sure to also check out our pick of Tokyo's best bars with a view. However, if you prefer to stay shaded away from the sun, take your pick from these top indoor activities in the city. 

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Bars and pubs, Breweries

T.Y. Harbor

icon-location-pin Tennozu

Nothing says premium outdoor spot like a view over the water. Head to Tennozu Isle for some tasty canal-side dining, washed down with a range of Californian-style ales that are brewed on site. TY Harbor underwent a significant facelift in 2015, adding a bunch of seats in the upstairs area and spicing up the food menu.

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Spring Valley Brewery Tokyo

icon-location-pin Daikanyama

When good weather, outdoor seating and beers beckon, find all of these at Spring Valley Brewery, a lofty former warehouse turned trendy brewpub in Daikanyama. We recommend opting for a beer flight (¥1,000), which lets you sample the entire six-variety Spring Valley lineup in taster portions. There's plenty of upmarket pub grub to keep you satiated while you lap up the beers and al fresco atmosphere. 

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Restaurants

Ride

icon-location-pin Tennozu

You can't beat the location of this spacious 350-seat restaurant located on the first floor of Tennozu Central Tower Canal Garden. Suffice to say, it makes the most of the situation, boasting cosy terrace seats with great views along the canal. The menu focuses on chargrilled dishes with an Italian influence, which pairs perfectly with the view (although, what wouldn't).

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Lunatique TokioPlage

icon-location-pin Kaminoge

Walk through Futako-Tamagawa's monstrous new shopping complex and head east to find this lone four-storey house hidden out by the Tama River. The third and fourth floors of the French restaurant have terrace seating with nice views of the gently flowing river and the passing Den-en-toshi line. The out-of-the-way location ensures tranquility, with most patrons arriving on foot. Rooftop barbecue is available during the summer months.

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Restaurants, Cafés

The Deck Coffee & Pie

icon-location-pin Harajuku

Walk a few blocks north from Harajuku's busy Takeshita-dori and you'll spot this little wooden café on a calm back street. As the name suggests, house-roasted Joe and homemade pies are the main attractions here. Whatever your choice, the café's terrace is always nice for a quick stop on a sunny day.

Restaurants, Brasseries

The French Kitchen

icon-location-pin Roppongi

The main restaurant at Roppongi's impeccable Grand Hyatt boasts an expansive terrace bathing in bright light during the day and cosy breeze at night. It opens early for breakfast before moving on to a lunchtime buffet and continues on to tea and then dinner.

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Cicada

icon-location-pin Aoyama

Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in a resort-like setting at Cicada in Aoyama, which is set in a mansion built over 50 years ago by the famed Japanese architect Yoshinobu Ashihara. The terrace is expansive and elegant, with a section of lounge seats above a pool. To start, try a mezze plate or a selection of tapas, then move onto vibrant main dishes from Moroccan, Portuguese and Italy.

Crista
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Crista

icon-location-pin Shibuya

If you're after some outdoor drinks in a sleek setting, head to the terrace at Crista in Omotesando. The clean timber lines and low lighting make it a popular night destination, with plenty of plants to create an urban hideout feel. Aside from the two terrace areas, the restaurant extends across several indoor dining spaces and bars. The menu is modern American grill cuisine – steaks and barbecue seafood, with an extensive list of wine and cocktails. 

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Restaurants, Park cafés

Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama

icon-location-pin Gaienmae

The Royal Garden Cafe chain's flagship outpost sits pretty along Jingu Gaien's ginkgo-lined main avenue, pulling in the crowds with its expansive terrace and views of the surrounding greenery. The menu options range from light café fare to heartier dinner meals, and include fresh-from-the-oven bread and pastries made by the in-house bakery.

Restaurants, Cafés

Garden Cafe with Terrace Bar

icon-location-pin Takanawa

This descriptively named third-floor café and bar in Shinagawa's Goos building, just a quick stumble from the big hub station, opens in time for a late breakfast and keeps going until midnight. When the weather's good, the action spills out onto the eponymous terrace, which turns into a beer terrace for those long summer evenings.

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Restaurants, Brasseries

Aux Bacchanales Kioicho

icon-location-pin Kioicho

Channelling the spirit of Paris with its mammoth steak frites, frosty beers and excellent street-side terrace, Aux Bacchanales Kioicho brings a bar full of continental bonhomie to the Kioicho area. The outdoor seating – some of it covered – looks out over Shimizutani Park, providing an enviable view of the beautiful double-flowered cherry trees for its springtime patrons.

Restaurants, Indian

Nirvana New York

icon-location-pin Roppongi

Nirvana has two things that make any dining experience great – a top-notch lunchtime curry buffet, and a magnificent terrace on which to enjoy it. The outdoor patio even comes equipped with sofas for you to lounge around on as you feast – though good luck getting up out of them when you awaken from your feeding frenzy of curry, pickles and garam masala potatoes.

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Restaurants

Manhattan

icon-location-pin Takeshiba

Offering some of the city's best Rainbow Bridge views, this restaurant and bar on the sixth floor of the InterContinental Tokyo Bay hotel is a spot that always impresses. The champagne and organic wines are best sipped on the outdoor terrace with its refreshing sea breeze. Bring a date or a business associate from out of town and watch the magic happen.

Restaurants

Bagus Bar

icon-location-pin Tamachi

Surrounded by canals in the Shibaura area, this spacious and dog-friendly restaurant boasts a tranquil terrace and lush lawn area, which is open to patrons' pooches. Decorated in a resort style with paraphernalia brought in by the owner from Bali, Bagus offers a range of light, appetising dishes: think fresh spring rolls and pasta. After your meal, you can head to the nearby pier and board the water bus for Odaiba and the Toyosu area.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Thrush Café

icon-location-pin Shirokanedai

Take in the lush, expansive greenery of Happo-en park from any of the 28 seats on the terrace of Thrush Cafe. This 'oasis in the city' makes it easy to forget you're actually in the middle of Tokyo, with its quiet, serene setting. The vibe is casual but elegant, with a menu that offers contemporary French farm-to-table cuisine. Visit from summer to late September and to revel in the cafe's beer garden.

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