Roppongi Restaurants: 7 Recommendations for Great Eats in Tokyo
From ramen to tempura to grilled things, here is a list of restaurants in Roppongi that are well-loved by its locals. No tourist traps here!
Roppongi is one of the most famous night spots in Japan. It is where most foreigners in Japan reside, so there are many restaurants and bars that cater to your every craving.
Dining in Roppongi, like in Ginza, might be expensive. However, if you do a little more digging, expensive might not only be the case. Here are some of the local favorites on both sides of the price spectrum, but all serving great food.
Menya Musashi Kosho
Menya Musashi Kosho is a well-loved ramen shop for its great ramen and fast service. This ramen shop relies on a vending machine, basically, you order and pay from the vending machine outside the shop, then give the ticket to the waiting staff, then sit down and wait for your order.
A chain ramen shop, each Musashi shop features its own taste and style. The Musashi in Roppongi is famous for its flavorful soy sauce/fish broth with thick noodles.
Servings are generous, and each bowl does not lack in any ingredients. At affordable prices too. No wonder people keep coming back for more!
Menya Musashi Kosho is located at 4-12-6 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:00 - 22:00. Open daily. Cash only. Price range: Below ¥1000.
If you're looking for proper tempura, look no further! Tempura MIkawa will serve you the best tempura. Plump, juicy prawns covered in the lightest, crispiest batter imaginable. There's also fish tempura and veggie tempura. A meal here is pricey, but trust me, this splurge is definitely worth it!
Tempura Mikawa is located at Roppongi Residence Keyaki 3F, 6-12-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 21:30, Thursdays to Tuesdays. Closed on Wednesdays. Credit cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX. Price range: [Lunch] ¥3,000 - ¥3,999; [Dinner] ¥10,000 - ¥14,999
Ganchan has been operating for over 38 years, and is practically an icon in the Roponggi area. This small yakitori restaurant is built and furnished in traditional Japanese-style. Located at the foot of the bustling Roponggi Hills, its traditional aura offers a stark constrast to the cutting-edge modernity around it.
Ganchan serves the juiciest, grilled chicken meat and organs with a special technique. After the initial grilling, the staff lets the meat rest on another higher level of their grill, grilling it further and smoking it at the same time, which results in highly flavorful and moist chicken.
Ganchan is located at 6-8-23 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 17:30-1:30, last order at 1:00, Mondays and Saturdays. 17:30-00:00, last order at 23:30, Sundays and holidays. Credit cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX. Price range: ¥5,000-¥5,999
Tsurutontan is known to serve the best udon this side of Roponggi. While ramen is generally more popular, in Tsurutontan, trust me, you will want to order the udon.
Designed in a modern Japanese style, Tsurutontan is the best place to relax after a night of partying and dancing in Roppongi. This restaurant is always crowded - especially on weekends, when you see long queues form with people waiting for the udon.
Chilled udon, zaru udon, this place serves all kinds of udon! The portions may be small for foreigners, but you can order up to three balls of noodles FOR FREE! Yes, you read that right. Gratis. No additional payment other than your first order.
Tsuru Tontan is located at 3-14-12 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:00 - 20:00, last order at 19:30. Credit cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX. Price Range: ¥1000 - ¥1999.
if you're looking for best quality sushi, then this place is where you should go. A meal here may be pricey - it could go up to over ¥10,000 per person for top quality sushi - but it sure is worth the experience. And compared to other sushi of the same quality, the prices at Ikina-Sushidokoro Abe is still considered low.
Try their super fresh fatty tuna sushi. It practically melts in your mouth. Another thing to order is the mentaiko or crab roe sushi.
Ikina-Sushidokoro Abe is located at 3-16-26 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 5:00am, Mondays to Saturdays. 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 00:00, Sundays and Holidays. Credit card accepted: AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Diners. Price range: [Lunch] ¥1000 - ¥1999; [Dinner] ¥6,000 - ¥7,999.
If you are on a drinking spree in Roppongi, then I recommend you try Tenka Ippin.
Tenka Ippin serves Kotteri ramen, or literally translated "heavy" ramen. This type of ramen is known to be "the all-time after-drink ramen."
Aside from ramen, the gyoza or char-han (fried rice) in this restaurant is so good, you won't be able to resist eating them even if you're full from the ramen.
Tenka Ippin is located at 1F Roppongi Miniyon Building, 5-5-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:30am - 5:00am (the next day), Mondays to Thursdays. 11:30am - 7:00am (the next day), Fridays, Saturdays and days before a holiday. 11:30am - 1:00am, Sundays and holidays. Cash only. Price range: Below ¥1000.
Founded in 1931, eating at this tempura restaurant will make you feel at home. The owner is very friendly, and is usually there to chat with his customers. This restaurant is closed on the weekends because the owner has a farm where he grows organic vegetables. These vegetables are used as ingredients in his dishes.
Tempura Mikaku is located at 6-7-17 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00, Mondays to Fridays. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Credit cards accepted: AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Diners. Price range: [Lunch] ¥1,000-¥1,999; [Dinner] ¥6,000-¥7,999.
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