Top five Tokyo spots for a luxurious Italian meal

Special occasion? Splurge on a fancy dinner at one of these Italian restaurants
Top five Italian restaurants | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors |

In collaboration with Pocket Concierge

Planning a special date, birthday party or anniversary dinner? There's no going wrong with an expertly cooked, slightly upscale Italian meal, and Tokyo sure is packed with eateries striving to recreate the flavours of the blessed peninsula – although the results can be less than fortunate at times. Helping you separate the truly capable ristorantes from the pretenders, we've teamed up with crack restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge to bring you five highly punt-worthy Italian joints offering dinner deals that won't bankrupt you but are sure to offer an enjoyable culinary experience. Pick your favourite, make a reservation through the direct link, and you're set for a meal to remember.

And if you'd rather try a traditional kappo or kaiseki restaurant for that special occasion, check out our top five spots for classy Japanese dining in Tokyo.

The Italian top five

Restaurants, Italian

Il Pregio

icon-location-pin Yoyogi-Uehara

With three years of experience in Italy under his belt, the head chef here turns out creative cuisine incorporating seasonal Japanese ingredients and sensibilities. The wine pairings are particularly well thought out...

Restaurants, Italian

Ristorante Honda

icon-location-pin Gaienmae

A classic Italian restaurant operated by chef Tetsuya Honda, who earned his stripes in Italy and France and honed his skills at Nishi-Azabu's Al Porto before opening his own joint. Honda's signature dish is tagliolini with Hokkaido sea urchin...

Restaurants, Italian

L'appartamento di Naoki

icon-location-pin Azabu-Juban

A treat for all five senses, Naoki Yokoe's Italian cooking looks so gorgeous it'll get your juices flowing even before digging in. His restaurant is designed to resemble a private apartment, with the counter seats providing an ideal setting...

Restaurants, Italian

Ristorante Il Bambina Cio

icon-location-pin Nishi-Azabu

A hideaway joint where high-quality Japanese ingredients are utilised with great precision, Cio stays true to the seasons while incorporating classic influences year-round. Try the popular grilled kuroge wagyu cheek...

Restaurants, Italian


icon-location-pin Higashi-Azabu

Just a quick walk from Akabanebashi Station, Delizie keeps things real with traditional Italian specialities. Many regulars come back particularly for the homemade chitarra pasta, served with a truffle-flavoured duxelle sauce...

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