24 Best Places to Eat in Roppongi
The worst part of traveling is not knowing where to eat. So, we listed Roppongi’s Best Restaurants - from famous Ramen houses, authentic Sushi bars to Michelin starred restaurants.
Most of these are just a few minutes away from the district’s top attractions like Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown, and the National Art Center Tokyo.
In this guide, we'll give you a list of well-loved foodie places that are approved by tourists and locals alike.
No matter where you are and what you’re craving, this district will cater to the foodie in you.
Did you know that the three Michelin Star Sushi Jiro is just less than 10-minutes away from the Tokyo Tower?
Read on to know more on how to eat your way around the Roppongi district.
Experience Michelin Three-Star Dining
― Sushi Saito is named after its Sushi chef and owner, Takashi Saito. It is a Michelin 3-Star Sushi Restaurant located in Ark Hills. Due to its growing popularity locally and globally, getting a reservation in this 8-seater restaurant has become strenuous. However, those who were lucky enough to taste the magnificent Sushi manually prepared and served by Takashi Saito himself, rave about how it is worth the months they waited to get a seat.
― Azabu Yukimura is another one of Tokyo’s Michelin 3-star recipients. It is a Kaiseki restaurant, serving 10-course meals personally prepared by chef Jun Yukimura who is also the owner. One of the best parts of the experience aside from the exceptional food is watching chef Yukimura expertly prepare all the meals and serve them one by one to his enthusiastic audience.
― Kanda has been a Michelin 3-star holder for the last 10 years. Yes, you read that right, 10 consecutive years. Kanda by chef Hiroyuki Kanda is a one-of-a-kind Kaiseki restaurant, they offer no menu and serve only freshly sourced seasonal ingredients. The course is served by the chef himself, prepared in real-time in front of the 8-counter seat.
Have Pizza at a Michelin 2019 Bib Gourmand Place
Pizza Studio Tamaki
Pizza Studio Tamaki gives you a taste of Italy in the middle of Japan and is a Michelin 2019 Bib Gourmand Place awardee. Tsubasa Tamaki has mastered the art of hand-stretched Tokyo Neapolitan style pizza and serves it with freshly picked ingredients combined with imported cheese from Italy. Some of the best seller options that you should try would be their Tamaki and Marinara.
Get a Taste of Authentic Japanese Ramen
― AFURI is one of the authentic Japanese Ramen houses that is starting to gain global popularity with branches in Lisbon, Portland, and Singapore. Its best-sellers are Yuzu Shio Ramen and Yuzu Shoyu Ramen. Traveling and having a specific diet can be a challenging combination, and Afuri doesn't disappoint – you can get seasonal vegan Ramen that is 100% vegan-friendly.
― IPPUDO is a Japanese Ramen giant with branches all over the globe: Asia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, France, and the USA. Their crowd-favorite Ramen is Shiromaru Classic, Akamaru Modern and Ippudo Karaka. Their Hakata Gyoza, or pork dumplings, are also a must-try.
― Ichiran is the go-to Ramen restaurant in Japan when it comes to Tonkotsu Ramen. Their specialty Tonkotsu Ramen together with their Hiden No Tare, or spicy red sauce, has been perfected by their chefs for years and they are still working on improving it. Ichiran is also a global chain with shops in New York, Taiwan, and Hongkong.
― Mensho-taketora introduced eating Ramen in private dining rooms and pairing it with cocktails and Shochu instead of the traditional counter seating and tea. Their specialty is the Tiger Paste Miso Ramen which is a Miso-based Ramen that is served with their signature tiger paste.
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Savor Freshly-made Roppongi Sushi
Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro
― Sushisho Masa is an Omakase restaurant in Roppongi that is famous for its sumptuous Sushi selection. The place is manned by chef Masakatsu Oka and two assistants but only chef Masa handles cutting and serving the fish. He also gives instructions on how to best enjoy each dish.
― Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro is located in the upscale Roppongi Hills complex. It has an Omakase tasting menu of about 20 Sushi pieces personally prepared and served by chef Jiro Ono. Dining at Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro is not just about the food, but the experience of having a meal at a Sushi restaurant that holds a Michelin 3-star label for 11 consecutive years.
― Pintokona Kaiten Sushi or Conveyor Belt Sushi is a family-friendly sushi restaurant in Roppongi Hills. Families, especially those with children, enjoy dining at Pintokona because of its fun conveyor belt style of serving the Sushi. It has a wide variety of Sushi and other dishes that you can also order directly from the chef or staff.
― Sushi Zanmai has several branches all across Japan and is owned by the famous “Tuna King”, Kiyoshi Kimura. It is a Sushi-bar style, where the Sushi chefs freshly prepare the dishes behind glass cases and you just choose the one you want to taste. As expected, all the seafood is freshly procured daily.
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Excite your Taste Buds with traditional Washoku
― Inakaya Roppongi is a Robatayaki Restaurant serving high quality, locally sourced meat, seafood and vegetables. Let the chefs know what you like, and they will prepare it right in front of you. This is known as one of the best Robatayaki in Japan and has been tried out by celebrities like Tom Cruise and Stevie Wonder.
― Roppongi Robataya is an upscale Robatayaki in Roppongi. You can either have the Osusume menu (course meal of the restaurant`s recommended dishes) or order dishes individually. There are extensive options so even if you are vegan or doing keto you can still enjoy.
― Ise Sueyoshi is run by the couple Yuuki and Mary Tanaka. This one-of-a-kind Kaiseki restaurant is the only one in Tokyo that serves gluten-free courses, vegan or vegetarian alternatives, and Halal courses, all prepared by chef Yuuki himself. All ingredients used in the dishes are guaranteed fresh from Ise in Mie Prefecture.
Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai
― Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai will give you a memorable dining experience. Stepping into the restaurant will make you feel like you’ve gone back two centuries. You will be taken in one of the 55 private dining rooms where you will be served Ukai’s very own Tofu Kaiseki. The restaurant is also right at the foot of the iconic Tokyo Tower.
Spice up Your Night with Yakitori
― Jomon Roppongi is an Izakaya that is loved by locals and tourists alike. Once you get in, choose your preferred Yakitori on the counter and the friendly staff will cook it for you on the Hakata-style grill. They have a wide variety of meat and seafood cuts as well as rice meals too.
― Gonpachi Nishiazabu is famous from the scene in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill" and has been a favorite tourist spot ever since. Aside from taking insta-worthy photos at their iconic dining hall, you must try out their grilled Japanese Wagyu and their homemade Soba noodles.
Indulge on Premium Japanese Steak
Empire Steak House Roppongi
― BENJAMIN STEAKHOUSE ROPPONGI has a bar, lounge/dining hall, and private party rooms. Their pride and joy is the massive 900-gram Prime Steak that you won't have a problem finishing after taking your first bite.
― Empire Steak House Roppongi gives you the legit upscale NY Steak House experience. From the interior decoration to the ambiance, to their perfectly seared signature Emperors Steak that's oozing with flavor, everything is carefully curated to provide the best dining experience that is worth the hefty price tag that comes with it.
Empire Steak House Roppongi
― Ikinari Steak is the perfect place for those who just can’t have enough steak. They sell by the gram, so you can order a specific cut for as big as you want it, or as big as your budget lets you, then the experienced grill masters will prepare it for you on the charcoal grill to your liking.
Ikinari Steak English Menu
Try Roppongi’s Best Bowl of Udon
― Tsurutontan is an Izakaya, serving Sake and side dishes. The shop’s specialty is Udon noodles, and their meat Udon and carbonara Udon bowl is worth trying. They also serve various fresh seafood options and other seasonal dishes like Kakigori or cold Udon.
Visit Tourist-friendly Shabu-Shabu/Sukiyaki Restaurants
―Shabu Zen is an all-you-can-eat Shabu-Shabu or Sukiyaki place, letting you fill your tummy with premium beef cuts to your heart’s content. They also have vegetarian choices and an all-you-can-drink option.
― On-Yasai is the most expansive Shabu-Shabu chain in Japan. They have over 300+ branches nationwide so whichever district you’re in, you’ll find an On-Yasai for sure. The restaurant offers unlimited Shabu-Shabu, with different meal plans depending on your budget.
On-Yasai English Menu
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― I think we can all agree that the best way to travel is through food. You’ll get to know that town’s culture, history, and discipline. As they say “live like a local”. So, ready for the best food trip of your life?