Tokyo is famous as Japan's gourmet food capital, where you can enjoy the best flavours from around the world. This vibrant city has everything, from high-end palaces of gastronomy like Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo and Restaurant Crescent to famous Chinese restaurants like Fureika and Indian places like Ginza Nair's Restaurant. 

    If you're looking for traditional Japanese cuisine, how about some exquisite sushi at Ginza Kyubey or sukiyaki at Yoneku Honten? For some downtown foodie adventures, there's Monja in Tsukishima, Anmitsu in Ueno, and cheap but tasty Japanese traditional pubs (izakaya) in Kichijoji. From fine cuisine to popular local food, check out our guide to some of the most highly recommended restaurants in Tokyo.

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    LA BETTOLA da Ochiai

    Italian

    At LA BETTOLA da Ochia, you can enjoy delicious food created by Tsutomu Ochiai, one of Japan’s leading Italian cuisine masters. Authentic Italian dishes are served in generous amounts in an unpretentious atmosphere, which explains why there are so many repeat customers. A must-try at LA BETTOLA da Ochia is the fresh sea urchin spaghetti.

    It can be challenging to even get a reservation at LA BETTOLA da Ochiai. You’ll need to book ahead for lunch or dinner (by phone or via the website). If you're lucky, you can ask by phone at the last minute to check if someone has cancelled. LA BETTOLA da Ochiai is a 5-minute walk from both Ginza-itchome and Shintomicho Stations on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. 

    Location: 1-21-2 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11.30 am to 2 pm and from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Saturdays from 11.30 am to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3567-5656

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    Kichijojikko Izakaya Toriton

    Izakaya

    Kichijojikko Izakaya Toriton is a Japanese-style bar that mainly serves meat skewers, chicken and pork dishes. Located in the restaurant heartland of Kichijoj, it’s a popular place among locals looking to enjoy delicious food at reasonable prices. The menu mainly consists of chicken/pork skewers and a la carte dishes, along with over 50 types of drinks. 

    Kichijojikko Izakaya Toriton's private house-style interior creates a relaxing, nostalgic atmosphere that allows for lively conversation. It’s a Japanese-style bar with comforting and delicious food matched by friendly hospitality. It's within a 1-minute walk from Kichijoji Station Park Exit of JR Chuo Line.

    Location: B1F Inokashira Building, 1-4-1 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino City, Tokyo 180-0003, Japan

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 5 pm to 3 am, Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 5 am

    Phone: +81 (0)50-5272-1023

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    Anmitsu Mihashi

    Traditional Japanese desserts

    Do you always have room for dessert? If so, check out Anmitsu Mihashi to try anmitsu, a Japanese traditional dessert of cubed agar jelly, fruits, and red bean paste. Anmitsu Mihashi stands out from most dessert shops in Tokyo with its light sweetness and low price. The sweets are made with quality ingredients, such as red bean paste made only with beans from Tokachi in Hokkaido, and agar jelly made with Gelidiaceae seaweed that's picked from the coast of Izu Island in Shizuoka. 

    Everything at Anmitsu Mihashiis absolutely delicious and good value for money, which explains its popularity. Since its first shop opened in front of Ueno Park in 1948, the brand has expanded to around 8 outlets across Tokyo. Anmitsu Mihashi in PARCO_ya Ueno Mall is popular because the waiting time is shorter than that of its flagship store, so you can get a table fairly quickly. 

    Location: 3rd Floor, Parco_ya, 3-24-6 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

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    Ristorante Aroma Fresca

    Italian

    Ristorante Aroma Fresca is an Italian restaurant where you’re assured to have a sophisticated dining experience in Tokyo. Featured in the Michelin Guide, it’s famous for its carefully selected fresh ingredients, which are prepared in delicate Italian cuisine with a Japanese touch.

    While Ristorante Aroma Fresca comes with a very high price, you'll be enjoying exquisite dishes at one of the best locations in Ginza. The restaurant is just a 1-minute walk from Ginza-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. You’ll need to book ahead, either by phone or online reservation.

    Location: 12F GINZA TRECIOUS, 2-6-5 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

    Open: Monday–Tuesday from 5.30 pm to 11 pm, Wednesday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays and 1st Monday of the month)

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    The Crescent

    French

    The Crescent occupies a stately Victorian-style building across the street from Tokyo Tower. It’s one of the most exclusive and famous French restaurants in Tokyo, having been featured in the Michelin Guide. This building, known as Crescent House, has an extensive art collection which practically makes it look like a museum. 

    The Crescent specialises in dishes such as sautéed fillet of beef and foie gras with truffle sauce, and gratin-style steamed abalone with seaweed. This high-end restaurant is a 3-minute walk from Onarimon Station on the Toei Mita Line and a 4-minute walk from Daimon Station.

    Location: 1 Chome-8-20 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 1 pm and from 6 pm to 8.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3436-3211

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    Ginza Kyubey

    Sushi

    Ginza Kyubey is a famous Edo-style sushi restaurant with a long history. It's one of the go-to places for authentic sushi in Tokyo. If you visit around 11am to make a reservation, you’ll usually be seated as soon as a table is available. 

    Prices at Ginza Kyubey are surprisingly reasonable, even if you order the omakase (chef’s recommendation) course. A la carte options are available as well. Ginza Kyubey is a 5-minute walk from Shimbashi Station on the JR and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. Besides its main restaurant in Ginza, you can find several branches throughout the city, including Hotel Okura and Hotel New Otani.

    Location: 8-7-6 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

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    Fureika

    Chinese

    Fureika is a famous Michelin-starred restaurant in Azabu Juban. Standouts include the Peking duck, prepared by chefs from China, as well as the Shanghai hairy crab (only available in autumn). While it’s an exclusive kind of place, Fureika offers an affordable lunch menu that consists of noodles, dim sum and Peking duck. 

    You can enjoy your meal while listening to live performances of Chinese instruments like erhu and zither. Fureika is a must-visit if you fancy some authentic Chinese food in Tokyo. The restaurant is just a short walk from Azabu-juban Station.

    Location: 3-7-5 Higashiazabu, Minato Ward, Tokyo 106-0044, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2 pm and from 5.30 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)3-5561-7788

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    Shiseido Parlor

    Western

    Shiseido Parlor was established in Ginza in 1902 as a cafe serving ice cream soda and parfaits, before establishing a restaurant in 1928. It became known as a pioneer of yoshoku (Japanese-style western) cuisine, which was quite rare in those days. 

    Shiseido Parlor offers dishes that stick to traditional flavours and methods such as omelette rice (omurice) and meat croquettes. It's a 7-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station and a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Shimbashi Station. 

    Location: 8 Chome-8-3 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11.30 am to 8.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +81 (0)3-5537-6241

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    Bills Tokyo

    Aussie-style brunch

    Bills Tokyo offers a wide range of Aussie-style breakfast options, including scrambled eggs and ricotta pancakes. The first overseas branch of this Sydney-based cafe is in Kamakura, with several branches throughout Tokyo in the areas of Omotesando, Ginza, Odaiba, and Futako-Tamagawa. 

    Breakfast is available from 8:30am – book online if you want to avoid a long queue. The cafe also serves lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea at Bills Ginza. 

    Location: 7F Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)3-5772-1133

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    Kura

    Monja-yaki

    Kura specialises in Japanese pan-grilled batter dishes (monjayaki), one of Tokyo’s signature local foods. Located along Tsukshima Monja Street, the restaurant is always crowded, so it’s best to arrive early in the day. A must-try is the Kura Special Monja, which comes with 10 different toppings – this hefty dish is excellent for sharing with a group. 

    For a rich and buttery flavour, you can opt for the cream monja, which uses béchamel sauce. You’ll be cooking the monjayaki yourself, but it’s quite easy. Firstly, you place fresh ingredients on a griddle and chopping them into small pieces using a metal spatula. Once they're cooked, make a ring shape and pour the monjayaki batter into the middle. If you have any questions, feel free to ask the helpful restaurant staff. Kura is a 3-minute walk from Tsukishima Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line and Toei Oedo Line.

    Location: 3-9-9 Tsukishima, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0052, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3531-5020

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    Kanda Matsuya

    Edo-style soba

    Founded in 1884, Kanda Matsuya is a famous Edo-style soba noodle restaurant that was often frequented by popular novelist Shotaro Ikenami. There are always people waiting to be seated, but customers are often asked to share a table so the turnover is pretty quick. 

    The restaurant occupies a historical building that's officially designated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Enjoy its speciality sesame soba noodles and side dishes like a local by pairing them with some Japanese sake. Kanda Matsuya is a 5-minute walk from the East Exit of Kanda Station on the JR line and the Denkigai Exit of Akihabara Station on the JR Line. It's about a 1-minute walk from Awajicho Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Ogawamachi Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line.

    Location: 1-13 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo 101-0041, Japan

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3251-1556

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    Yonekyu Honten

    Sukiyaki

    Yonekyu Honten is a Japanese hotpot (sukiyaki) restaurant in Asakusa with over 100 years of history. Japanese poet, Kotaro Takamura described the restaurant's energetic atmosphere in one of his works. As a form of welcoming customers, a staff beats a taiko drum, which has been a feature of the restaurant's entrance hall since 1886. 

    Sukiyaki involves briefly cooking beef in a sweet soup stock (warishita) with soy sauce and sugar before dipping it in raw egg. YYonekyu Honten offers good quality wagyu beef such as Omi beef at affordable prices. With reasonable pricing and a setting where you can really feel the history of Asakusa, it’s no surprise that Yonekyu Honten is popular with tourists.

    Location: 2-17-10 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

    Open: Daily from noon to 8 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3841-6416

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    Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo

    French

    Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo is a collaboration between high-end brands CHANEL and DUCASSE Paris. The restaurant offers simple and contemporary French cuisine as well as an elegant interior with incredible views of Ginza. It can be challenging to get a dinner reservation, but lunch bookings are a little easier to secure. 

    The vegetarian course is a standout, thanks to executive chef Kei Kojima who carefully selects produce from Kamakura and Kyoto. Located on the top floor of the Chanel Ginza Building, Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo is within a 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station.

    Location: 10F Chanel Ginza Building, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 11.30 am to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 8.30 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +81 (0)3-5159-5500

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    Ginza Nair's Restaurant

    Indian

    Ginza Nair’s Restaurant is the oldest Indian restaurant in Japan. The restaurant's speciality is the spicy Murugi Lunch, which comes with mashed potatoes, boiled cabbage and chicken thigh curry that's simmered for 7 hours. Most customers order this famous dish, especially at lunchtime. The staff helps remove the bone while explaining how to eat it. 

    Ginza Nair’s Restaurant is always crowded but has a quick turnover. It’s also known for the friendly service, so it’s the kind of place where you can enjoy a casual meal in Tokyo.  Located very close to the Kabuki-za Theatre, it's within a 1-minute walk from Higashi-ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. 

    Location: 4-10-7 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

    Open: Monday and Wednesday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday 11.30 am to 8.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3541-8246

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