Top five Akasaka restaurants for a luxurious dinner

Feast on French or opt for traditional Kaga cuisine in the heart of Tokyo
Kun | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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In collaboration with Pocket Concierge

Corporate towers and polished but boring shopping complexes dominate the cityscape in Akasaka, but this traditional entertainment centre – right in the heart of modern Tokyo – is also widely renowned for its supply of excellent eateries. Ranging from the dirt cheap to the outrageously expensive, Akasaka restaurants offer something for everyone. But with so many alternatives to choose from, finding the real gems can be rather challenging – especially if you don't frequent the area. 

That's where we come in: helping you separate the best of Akasaka from the rest, we’ve once again teamed up with crack restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge to choose five excellent restaurants in the neighbourhood that serve truly top-of-the-line dinners. Suitable for anything from dates to more informal business occasions, many of these can be rather challenging to get into – but not if you take advantage of our direct booking service, which allows you to confirm the bill in advance. Check out the list below and choose your favourite.

Prefer dinner in another part of town? Check out our top picks for Ginza and Roppongi.

Five excellent Akasaka picks

Restaurants, Japanese

Kun

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Found in the basement of a nondescript residential building just a few steps from the bustle of Akasaka Station, Kun is an inventive, upscale washoku restaurant that also incorporates wine bar and izakaya elements. Flavourful seafood soups and innovative meat dishes – made with premium Sendai beef or 'Kumabuta', their original brand pork...

Restaurants, Japanese

Akasaka Asada

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One of the few places in Tokyo serving full-fledged Kaga ryori (the traditional cuisine of what is now Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures), Asada boasts over 350 years of history – it was originally established in 1659 – and sources all of its ingredients directly from Kanazawa. These include sansai ('mountain vegetables', i.e. foraged ones) from Mount Haku...

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Restaurants, French

Chemins

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For French cuisine in Akasaka, there's no going wrong at the ever-classy Chemins, where master chef Satoru Nobusada conjures up magic from ingredients sourced from all across Japan – including his native prefecture of Okayama. The organic veg, fresh seafood and lean meat is turned into innovatively flavoured...

Restaurants, French

Bistro Q

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If you're looking for a casual, bistro-style joint suitable for both a date and an evening out with friends, look no further than Q. Book a table or just grab a seat at the counter and start exploring the lengthy menu – one near-obligatory choice is the kuroge wagyu hamburg steak, which has a rich piece of foie gras hidden inside...

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Restaurants, Japanese

Nadaman Sazankaso

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Superior kaiseki and views of an impeccably trimmed Japanese garden are the two elements that make the New Otani's Nadaman Sazankaso stand out. At lunch, you can choose either a kaiseki or a steak course, while dinner sees an additional kaiseki option and an omakase ('chef's selection') course added to the alternatives...

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