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Tokyo Top 10 Restaurants – Global Culinary Report

Based on restaurant recommendations from over 600 top chefs, restaurateurs and food writers, we bring you the Top 10 restaurants in Tokyo in 2023.

Updated on Nov 27, 2023 | World of Mouth team

The food alone is the perfect reason to visit Tokyo, one of the most exciting places to eat in the world. The city has a never ending selection of both local, regional and traditional Japanese cuisine in addition to all kinds of international cuisine. There’s something for everyone, from the world’s best sushi to iconic street food and fine dining, and Tokyo has in fact the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

Our Top 10-list includes everything from Japanese-Peruvian restaurants to grilled beef perfection and modern Japanese fine dining. In most restaurants in the city, perfection and a thousand-year-old culinary tradition mixed with modern influences are the guidelines for the chefs, making Tokyo the great eating destination it is.

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MAZ

Japan, 〒102-0094 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kioichō, 1−1−3 東京ガーデンテラス 3F

MAZ is a gastronomic restaurant in Tokyo that creatively merges Peruvian food with Japanese ingredients. The restaurant's menu, designed by Virgilio and head chef Santiago, impressively utilizes 80% locally sourced Japanese ingredients, while still importing signature ingredients from Peru. With dishes that stand on their own, MAZ offers an experience that is more than a copy of Central, but a creative Peruvian restaurant in Japan.

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Peruvian food with Japanese ingredients.Japan is widely known for having the best ingredients in the world and when paired with the creativity of Virgilio and head chef Santiago the combination is impressive. 80% of the ingredients are sourced directly from Japan while signature ingredients are still imported from Peru. Adapting a vision of a restaurant to a new country cannot be easy but the transition is well managed. On the menu there are naturally some dishes that are more Japanese than others and having lived 3 years in Peru I was of course nostalgic about the dishes with the strongest Peruvian flavors. Hence they impressed me the most. The menu does also stand on its own without trying to be a copy of Central but a creative Peruvian restaurant in Japan. It’s succeeds with that vision so next time I will be in Japan I will surely return.

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MAZ

Japan, 〒102-0094 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kioichō, 1−1−3 東京ガーデンテラス 3F

02

Sumibi Yakiniku Nakahara

Japan, 〒102-0085 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Rokubanchō, 4−3 GEMS市ヶ谷 9F

Sumibi Yakiniku Nakahara is led by Chef Nakahara, showcasing his expertise in preparing top-quality wagyu beef. The restaurant offers a wide array of delicacies, including different cuts of meat like tongue, cheeks, shoulder, and tripe, all carefully sourced from across Japan and cooked to perfection. The wagyu katsu sando, a steak sandwich, is a must-try dish, invented by the chef himself, and is highly recommended by many visitors.

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Just the best Yakiniku in Tokyo…Of course, Nakahara-san became world-famous for inventing the wagyu Sando… but first and foremost, he’s a master butcher and his cooking is enriched by this rare skill among chef. He’s the best for selecting the best beef, the best cuts and grilling the meat with an unmatched precision. Perfection.

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Sumibi Yakiniku Nakahara

Japan, 〒102-0085 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Rokubanchō, 4−3 GEMS市ヶ谷 9F

03

Den

Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingūmae, 2-chōme−3−18 建築家会館JIA館

Den, run by Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, offers modern kaiseki cuisine with a touch of charm and humor. The restaurant is known for its creative and playful dishes like Dentucky Fried Chicken, a crispy fried chicken wing stuffed with sticky rice and seasonal ingredients, served in a takeaway box. With a focus on traditional Japanese cooking methods, Den provides a delightful dining experience with a casual yet high-end atmosphere.

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Incredible experience Den by Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa doesn’t need a review. Everyone knows it is incredible. Preplan your trip to Japan and book a meal here. Thank me later…

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Den

Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingūmae, 2-chōme−3−18 建築家会館JIA館

04

Tempura Kondo

Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 5-chōme−5−13, Sakaguchi Bld., 9F

Tempura Kondo is a Michelin-starred restaurant that specializes in the art of tempura, perfected by Chef Kondo Fumio over the span of 50 years. The restaurant's tempura is known for being light and enhancing the true flavors of the ingredients, thanks to a thin batter that doesn't absorb too much oil. With a focus on incorporating vegetables into the tempura dishes, Tempura Kondo aims to elevate tempura as a standalone cuisine, rather than just a side dish in traditional Japanese meals.

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Michelin starred tempura by the OG of tempura. It’s excellent.
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Tempura Kondo

Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 5-chōme−5−13, Sakaguchi Bld., 9F

05

Savoy Tomato & Cheese

3-chōme-3-13 Azabujūban, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0045, Japan

Savoy Tomato & Cheese is a renowned pizza spot in Tokyo, known for its perfect blend of size, texture, and ingredients in its pizzas. The restaurant offers a variety of pizzas, including Pizza Marinara, Pizza Margherita, and Pizza Bianca, with the Marinara being a customer favorite for its simplicity and perfection. Savoy Tomato & Cheese is also mindful of health and safety measures, implementing splash prevention plates and partition boards as part of their COVID-19 response.

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Famous pizza spot in Tokyo.The pizzas here were probably the best pizzas we’ve tasted in any restaurant worldwide, just perfect size, texture, temperature and the perfect amount if ingredients. We went to the location in Azabujuban, where they have a small counter that works without reservations, but if you come early and during the week it shouldn’t be a problem to get a spot.We ordered the following pizzas:* Pizza Marinara.* Pizza Margherita.* Pizza Bianca.We loved all three of them, but our favorite was the Marinara, simple and perfect!It’s a place we look forward going back, both because they are the best pizzas we’ve had and because it’s good for a break of Japanese food during an intense food driven trip.

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Savoy Tomato & Cheese

3-chōme-3-13 Azabujūban, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0045, Japan

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pizza marumo

Japan, 〒150-0022 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Ebisuminami, 1-chōme−11−13 恵比寿ヴェルソービル 1階

Pizza Marumo, located in the Ebisu neighborhood, is renowned for its Neapolitan-style pizzas crafted by Chef Yuki Motokura. The menu features classics such as Pizza Marinara and Margherita, alongside innovative 'Tokyo-style' pies like the Japanese Umami pizza, topped with shiitake paste, mozzarella, pecorino, bonito flakes, and shaved kombu kelp. The restaurant also offers wood-fired cauliflower with anchovy sauce and lamb focaccia as delightful accompaniments to their pizzas.

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Neapolitan Pizzeria in the Ebisu neighborhood.A part from, of course, Japanese cuisine in all its different ways, the pizzas are also famous in Japan for being some of the best, so during our trip, we tried a couple of different ones. The first one was Marumo, Chef Yuki Motokura’s own place after working at Savoy for three years. We ordered four different pizza’s which were the following:* Pizza marinara.* Pizza Margherita.* Pizza “Red Hot Chili”.* Pizza “Japanese Umami”.We really enjoyed all of them, with our favorite being the Margherita, but we thought the Japanese Umami was a very interesting and unique one worth trying as well.Definitely a place that’s at the level of the more hyped pizza places in the city.

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pizza marumo

Japan, 〒150-0022 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Ebisuminami, 1-chōme−11−13 恵比寿ヴェルソービル 1階

07

The Blind Donkey

Miyoshi 2F, 1-chōme-7-14 Miyoshi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan

The Blind Donkey is a noteworthy establishment that expertly fuses Californian and Japanese light cuisine. This hidden gem is loved for its innovative yet humble dishes, making it a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Being a farm-to-table institution, The Blind Donkey guarantees fresh, authentic, and quality meals every time.

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Japanese-Californian authentic farm-to-table cult institution.A very charming hidden gem that combines Californian and Japanese light cuisine (due to the owner-chefs’ backgrounds). Wonderfully innovative but humble cuisine.

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The Blind Donkey

Miyoshi 2F, 1-chōme-7-14 Miyoshi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan

08

Higashiazabu Amamoto

1-chōme-7-9 Higashiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0044, Japan

Higashiazabu Amamoto is a small yet prestigious sushi restaurant, where chef Masamichi Amamoto showcases his expertise in sushi artistry. The intimate 8-seat counter setting allows guests to witness the chef's perfect techniques and enjoy the elegant food, especially the otsumami courses and immaculate nigiris. Sourcing top-quality ingredients from across Japan, Amamoto offers memorable dishes like the botan ebi, grilled anago, and Sawara nigiri, making it a must-visit for sushi enthusiasts.

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Masamichi amamoto san masters the art of sushi. In his 8 seat counter restaurant. Service, friendly chef, perfect techniques and the best ingredients from all over Japan. The food is so elegant, especially his otsumami courses, even Tho his nigiris are immaculate.

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Higashiazabu Amamoto
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Higashiazabu Amamoto

1-chōme-7-9 Higashiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0044, Japan

09

GUCCI OSTERIA Tokyo

6-chōme-6-12 Ginza, 中央区 Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

GUCCI OSTERIA Tokyo is a contemporary Italian restaurant that creatively blends the culinary traditions of Italy and Japan. The menu, led by the talented Antonio Iacoviello, features original dishes that evolve with the seasons, such as ayu in a sweet-and-savory whirlpool of sauces, crunchy takenoko with anchovy cream, and a lemon risotto that explores the fruit in five dimensions. The dining area is elegantly adorned with peacock-colored velvet banquettes, hand-painted flooring, floral-patterned teacups, and a private room furnished with antique mirrors and an 18th-century wooden table.

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There is much to please the eye at Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura – we’d expect nothing less. In the light-filled main dining area, tall banquettes upholstered in peacock-colored velvet complement the hand-painted flooring and floral-patterned teacups. The private room is sumptuously appointed with antique mirrors and a splendid wooden table from the 18th century. The food is every bit as stunning as the décor. Led by the talented Antonio Iacoviello, the kitchen turns out superb original creations that take inspiration from the flavors and food traditions of Italy and Japan. The food has evolved rapidly in the year since the restaurant opened: There’s ayu dreaming of Venice in a sweet-and-savory whirlpool of onion, grape, and herb sauces; the crispiest of crunchiest takenoko with anchovy cream; and a lemon risotto that explores the fruit in five dimensions. But Iacoviello keeps it real with a dish of paccheri so pure and intense you’d swear the tomatoes were singing.

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GUCCI OSTERIA Tokyo

6-chōme-6-12 Ginza, 中央区 Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

10

Parklet Bakery

Japan, 〒103-0024 Tokyo, Chuo City, Nihonbashikobunachō, 14−7 ソイル日本橋 1階

Parklet Bakery, nestled near Horidome Childrens Park, offers naturally leavened breads and a range of breakfast, lunch, and evening bites crafted from quality ingredients. Managed by the Californian pastry duo, Kate Jaksich from Tartine Bakery and Jerry Jaksich from Chez Panisse, this bakery and caf is known for its diverse offerings including the cheese and black pepper scone and omelette sourdough sandwich. With a dynamic menu that evolves with community contributions, Parklet Bakery embodies the essence of both local and global flavors.

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Great coffee, sourdogh and breakfast dishes in Nihonbashi by Californian pastry duo.Parklet is a bakery and café on a side street in Nihonbashi. It’s run by Kate Jaksich, who worked at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco and Jerry Jaksich, previously at Chez Panisse in California. Perfect breakfast spot with all kinds of delicious bread and pastry: cheese and black pepper scone, omelette sourdough sandwich with cooked ham and avocado, a perfect chocolate cookie and some very good coffee from Overview coffee roastery.

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Parklet Bakery
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Parklet Bakery

Japan, 〒103-0024 Tokyo, Chuo City, Nihonbashikobunachō, 14−7 ソイル日本橋 1階

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