Top five Shinbashi area restaurants for a fancy dinner

Celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself to a luxury meal
Sublime | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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In collaboration with Pocket Concierge

Shinbashi is best known as the bar-hopping circuit of choice for Tokyo's hordes of middle-aged salarymen, so you may be surprised to hear that this folksy 'hood just southwest of glitzy Ginza is actually also home to many of Tokyo's top fine dining restaurants. And best of all, many of them offer significantly better value than your average venerable big-name establishment up on the other side of the Yamanote line tracks. However, separating the best of Shinbashi from the rest can feel like a daunting task, especially as many of the worthiest joints are hidden beneath or high above the ever-vibrant area's streets.

Always eager to help uncertain diners out, we’ve once again teamed up with crack restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge to choose five excellent restaurants in the neighbourhood that serve truly superb dinners. Suitable for anything from dates to important 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 start preparing for one very special meal in Shinbashi.

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

The Shinbashi top five

Restaurants, Japanese

Sasada

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Having honed his skills at the near-legendary Kyo Aji nearby, chef Sasada works his magic with the finest Tsukiji ingredients at his small miracle of a restaurant, which moved to slightly more spacious surrounds in Toranomon back in 2011. The menu lists two omakase options...

Restaurants, Chinese

Choyo

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One of the pioneers of Sichuan cuisine in Japan, chef Cho recreates the fiery flavours of his home region at this eponomyous Shinbashi restaurant, often mentioned as one of the very best Chinese eateries in Japan. Making the trip back to Sichuan several times every year, he works tirelessly to refine the flavours and ingredient combinations...

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Restaurants, Tempura

Tempura Osaka

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Over the decade or so since its opening, this unpretentious and comfy tempura joint has earned a strong following in Nishi-Shinbashi. Lightly fried in a mellow blend of cottonseed and sesame oils, Osaka's superb ingredients – selected fresh straight from Tsukiji – make for wonderfully flavourful but not overly heavy fare...

Restaurants, Japanese

Ayumasa

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The only restaurant in Tokyo specialising in ayu (sweetfish) cuisine, Shinbashi's Ayumasa has earned a Michelin star for its efforts in introducing the capital's gourmands to naturally reared sweetfish from Shimane prefecture. Sourced from the Takatsu River, one of Japan's very few freely flowing waterways – along which not a single dam has been constructed...

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Restaurants, Fusion

Sublime

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Opened in late 2015, this innovative Shinbashi joint has garnered more than its fair share of attention over the past year or so – not least due to its owner-chef combo. With the business side in the firm hands of Eiichi Yamada, a veteran of establishments like Feu and Édition Koji Shimomura, and the kitchen helmed by Junichi Kato...

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