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You can’t go wrong by choosing any of the following restaurants for your friends, family or business colleagues to enjoy in Tokyo. All are premium restaurants with various styles of delicious Japanese cuisine, feature sleek ambiance, superb service and enough privacy for great conversations (of course, they are on the pricey side, but hey, it’s a vacation after all). So splurge a little when you can. Plus, remember you can write off many business meals come tax season.
1. Tenichi Honten
Tenichi is one of the most famous tempura restaurants in Japan. The venue has been operating for over 80 years and has served travelers from all over the world. It has a great atmosphere with high quali
ty seafood and vegetables.
Address: 6-6-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Type of Food: Tempura (with seafood and vegetables)
Open: 7 days a week (closed on Jan. 1)
Lunch Hours: 11:30AM – 4:00PM
Dinner Hours: 4:00PM – 10:00PM (last order at 9:30PM)
Cost: Lunch: $85-$125 per person; Dinner: $125-$170 perperson
Phone Number: 81 3-3571-1949
2. Kagurazaka Ishikawa
An excellent choice to taste the essentials of traditional Japanese cuisine, from miso soup, duck, blowfish and lobster to crab, sashimi (raw fish), eel and freshly harvested rice with sea bream paste. It’s a tastebud paradise whose set menu willleave you feeling fully satisfied but not overly full.
Address: 1F, Takamura Building, 5-37, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Type of Food: Traditional Japanese dishes. Set menu only.
Open: Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays and National Holidays)
Hours: 5:30PM – Midnight (Reservations required. English speakers available after 3PM)
Cost: $125-$160 per person
Phone Number: 81 3 5225 0173
Note: Parties of 6 in private rooms, or 3 people at the counter. Children under 12 years old are not permitted.
3. Ukai Tei
Ukai Tei is a premium restaurant for Teppanyaki, food cooked with an iron griddle at each customer’s table. It’s a true delight to see top quality meat and seafood prepared right before your eyes! Ukai Tei has delicious “wagyu” steak and several private rooms.
Address: Jiji Tsuushin Building, 5-15-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Type of Food: Teppanyaki, Steak, Seafood
Open: Open 7 days per week
Lunch Hours: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Dinner Hours: 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Cost: Lunch: $85-$125 per person; Dinner: $125-$170 per person
Phone Number: 81 3-3544-5252
4. Kishyo Ginza Honten
Shabushabu is another style of food in Japan, where customers cook their own meat, seafood and vegetables in a hot pot at their table. Kitty opened over 60 years ago and has been serving delicious shabushabu meals ever since. It has a great atmosphere as well.
Address: 4F, Royal Crystal Ginza Bldg., 5-4-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Type of Food: Shabushabu
Open: Open 7 days per week (closed last week of Dec. through Jan. 1)
Lunch Hours: 11:30AM – 3:00PM (last order at 2:30PM)
Dinner Hours: 5:00PM – 11:00PM (last order at 10:00PM)
Sat/Sun/Holidays: 11:30AM – 10:00PM (last order at 9:00PM)
Cost: Lunch: $50-$70 per person; Dinner: $85-$170 per person
Phone Number: 81 3-6251-8191
5. Sukiyabashi Jiro
Hands down, Sukiyabashi has some of the best sushi in the world. Experience the mouth-watering tastes for yourself. You won’t regret it. It is pricey, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience.
Address: Tsukamoto Sogyo Bldg, 1st Floor, 2-15, Ginza 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Type of Food: Sushi
Open: Mon-Sat (closed Sundays, Sat. evenings, National Holidays, mid-August)
Lunch Hours: 11:30AM-2:00PM
Dinner Hours: 5:30PM-8:30PM
Cost: $250 per person (reservation required)
Phone Number: 81-3-3535-3600
Reservation Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM
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