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Aoyama Restaurants & Dining

Where to Eat in Aoyama - Tokyo

After a long day of shopping in one of Tokyo’s premier commercial centres, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding something to eat. Spread throughout the stylish surrounds of Tokyo’s high street area are a number of excellent dining venues presenting everything from traditional Japanese to international cuisine restaurants. Being an up-market area most of the dining venues in Aoyama are a little pricey but there are a few more affordable options on offer. 

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Nikusho Nakata

Presenting the highest quality beef from a number of Japan’s prime farms, this yakiniku specialist restaurant goes as far as carefully selecting the salt that best accentuates the natural flavour of each variety. Coupled with a chic, classic interior, the Nikusho Nakata yakiniku experience promises a memorable evening.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 18:00 - 24:00; Sat 17:00 - 24:00
  • Subway: Nogizaka station, Chiyoda line
  • Address: NK Aoyama Homes 1F 2-2-2 Nishi-azabu, Minato-ku
  • Tel: 03-5468-2911
  • Cuisine: Yakiniku
  • Price Range: Luxurious
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Esaki

Awarded two Michelin stars in the 2009 Tokyo Michelin guide, this small restaurant specializes in what it calls ‘safe food’; organically grown ingredients in traditional Japanese dishes with an emphasis on vegetables. The restaurant is nestled in a quiet residential corner of Jingu-mae and with only 24 seats reservations are essential. 

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 18:00 - 23:00; Thu-Sat 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Subway: Omotesando station, Hanzomon, Chiyoda and Ginza lines
  • Address: Hills aoyama B1, 3-39-9 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3408-5056
  • Cuisine: Traditional Japanese
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Torafuku

Enjoy the Japanese staple of rice to its highest quality at Torafuku where a huge fireplace sits centre-stage turning out perfectly cooked grains for lunch and dinner. Bells signal when each new batch of Koshihikari rice grown in Nagaoka of Niigata prefecture is ready. For lunchtime, fresh made rice is served with side dishes and pickles. At night the dinner menu features fresh fish and sake to accompany the shiny plump grains.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:30
  • Subway: Omote-sando
  • Address: Aoyama Hanamo Bldg.B1 3-12-9 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku
  • Tel: 03-5766-2800
  • Cuisine: Teishoku
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Mominoki House

Giving regular English lectures on the benefits of macrobotic foods, Mominoki restaurant owner/chef Yamada prides himeself on serving wholesome foods in their simplest and most natural forms. The mostly vegetarian dishes are all created using organic ingredients, right down to the electronically iodized water used during preparations and are presented with miso soup and healthy brown rice served with toasted sesame seeds. The restaurant also offers organic beer, wine and sake.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 - 22:30
  • Subway: Harajuku Station
  • Address: 2-18-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3405-9144
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Japanese
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Tanbo

All the soups, meats and pickles served at Tanbo are created to enhance the flavours of the house specialty; rice. Served in special ‘ohitsu’ wooden bowls, the rice is accompanied by a serving of meat, soup, pickles and ‘genmaicha’ tea, not for drinking but for pouring over the rice and whatever condiments remain after you have eaten the meat portion of your meal. Sipping the rice-tea broth ‘ochazuke’ is a delightful bonus at the end of the meal.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00
  • Subway: Omotesando station, Hanzomon, Chiyoda and Ginza lines
  • Address: 5-49-5-B1 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3797-3914
  • Cuisine: Teishoku / Yoshuko
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Kogetsu

With a seasonal menu that always has something new and over four successful decades in the food business this traditional Japanese restaurant serves exquisite authentic meals. If you are unsure what to order you might try the chef’s tasting menu which is a good introduction to some of Japan’s most unique and popular flavours. The restaurant was awarded two stars in the 2009 Tokyo Michelin Guide.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 18:00 - 21:30
  • Subway: Omotesando station, Hanzomon, Chiyoda and Ginza lines
  • Address: 5-50-10 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3407-3033
  • Cuisine: Traditional Japanese
  • Price Range: Luxurious
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Menya Musashi Seisan

Long lines form at this Tokyo restaurant every lunch time as locals que up for some of Tokyo’s most popular ramen noodles. With a fish based stock and flat wide noodles the Menya Musashi Seisan ramen is unique in flavour and appearance. The vending machine system leaves few language barriers, all you need to communicate is your choice of soup, assari-aji for the simple flavour, kotteri-aji for the richer variety.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 - 15:30, 17:00 - 21:30; Sun 11:00 - 21:00
  • Subway: Aoyama-itchome station, Oedo, Hanzomon and Ginza Lines
  • Address: 2-3-8 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku
  • Tel: 03-3796-8634
  • Cuisine: Ramen
  • Price Range: Budget
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Aoyama Chojuan

By day this shop serves its famous tempura and soba to crowds of businessmen. By night it transforms into a stylish bar that serves delicious soba, popular with workers who enjoy some sustenance along with their shochu drinks. Try the anago-don, rice with eel to experience the sweetness and rich flavour of eel or any of the tempura dishes to accompany the soba noodles.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 20:00
  • Subway: Aoyama-itchome station, Oedo, Hanzomon and Ginza Lines
  • Address: Watanabe Bldg. 2-6-20 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku
  • Tel: 03-3401-3619
  • Cuisine: Tempura / Soba
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Pariya

While strolling along the quieter back streets of Aoyama you might be surprised that this imposing black building contains a popular restaurant with tasty healthy food and an atmosphere that is lively during the day and intimate at night. All the set meals include rice, a main, a side dish and a salad. Create your own set for lunch or pick from the interesting menu for dinner.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 - 23:00; Sun 11:30 - 22:00
  • Subway: Omotesando station, Hanzomon, Chiyoda and Ginza lines
  • Address: MAKO Kita-aoyama Bldg. 1F 3-12-14 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku
  • Tel: 03-3486-1316
  • Cuisine: Teishoku
  • Price Range: Affordable/pricey
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Yanmo

For the freshest fish dishes and the modern interpretation of the Japanese izakaya, head to Yanmo. With daily set specials and a vast menu based on the catch of the day Yanmo is a popular lunch or dinner spot for singles, couples or larger groups.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 - 01:30, 18:00 - 22:30; Sat 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Subway: Omotesando station, Hanzomon, Chiyoda and Ginza lines
  • Address: T-PLACE B1F 5-5-25 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku
  • Tel: 03-5466-0636
  • Cuisine: Izakaya
  • Price Range: Affordable/pricey
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