Top five Azabu-Juban restaurants for a special dinner

Find the very best luxury restaurants in one of Tokyo's most gourmand-friendly 'hoods

In collaboration with Pocket Concierge

Just a quick stroll down from Roppongi, Azabu-Juban is one of the capital's most international neighbourhoods, packed with cosy little cafés, import stores and, most importantly, some of Tokyo's very best restaurants. However, navigating its colourful streets in search of the finest flavours can be a little tricky: many of the most noteworthy eateries are hidden away in basements and back alleys, can be very hard to book and are rarely cheap.

Helping you separate the best from the rest, we’ve once again teamed up with crack restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge to choose five excellent restaurants in Azabu-Juban and surrounds that serve truly top-of-the-line dinners worth splurging on. 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. Choose your favourite and start planning that special occasion.

Prefer a dinner in another part of town? Check out our top picks for Shinbashi and Aoyama.

The Azabu-Juban top five

Allié

Run by the dynamic duo of manager-sommelier Kenichiro Sasakura and chef Tadashi Harashima, Allié took Azabu-Juban by storm soon after opening in February 2016. Combining his knowledge of top-grade Japanese ingredients such as fugu and seasonal vegetables with French sensibilities and flavours, Chef Harashima conjures up refined fusion fare...

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Principio

Having honed his craft at Shinagawa's renowned Aroma Classico, chef Teruhito Negishi opened this Azabu-Juban gem in 2012 and quickly found himself a very busy man. Interpreting the theories of Italian cooking rather liberally, he crafts challenging, innovative cuisine centred around supremely juicy charcoal-grilled meat...

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Sushi Yoshii

A refined, unmarked sushi haven found on the eastern outskirts of Azabu, not far from Shiba Park, Yoshii can be more than a little hard to find: look out for a black-tiled building, right across from a convenience store, and head for the second floor. With only six counter seats...

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Kappo Kisaku

For traditional, exquisitely crafted Japanese cuisine in Azabu-Juban, you can't go wrong at Kisaku: it's a tiny joint with space for only seven at the counter and a couple more in the tatami-mat dining room, and serves up simple, true-to-tradition kappo fare made from only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Every meal ends with flavoured rice...

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Ishigaki Yoshida

Having earned a Michelin star for its take on Kitauchi beef, a premium brand of meat flown in straight from Okinawa's Ishigaki Island, Yoshida is found right by Azabu-Juban Station and has earned a loyal following of moneyed gourmands with the plainly named but utterly delectable Ultimate Crispy Steak...

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