8 of the best Tokyo restaurants for great food at affordable prices
Don’t let the hefty price tags of premium Japanese hold you back from indulging in the nation's finest cuisine.
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Originally published in May 2017 and updated in January 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.
Tokori – for serious carnivores
Tokori is among the few yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants to visit on your Japan vacation which serves up Yamagata wagyu beef from various parts of the cow. Their all-you-can-eat deal is a steal, considering what you’d pay for the same thing back home.
Rokkasen – a little bit of everything
Rokkasen’s signature yakiniku buffet features top-notch ingredients including wagyu beef, raw crab legs, scallops and giant prawns. The restaurant features other amazing dishes for those in the mood for something else, or on a budget.
Yakiniku Champion – for value hunters
With three types of set meals at different prices, it’s no wonder Yakiniku Champion is always busy; there’s something for everyone. Don’t speak Japanese? No worries! Request for an English-speaking staff member and they’ll help you out.
Sweets Paradise – for those with a sweet tooth
Sweets Paradise is an all-you-can-eat dessert chain with a girly pink interior that is a hit with the ladies, probably because of its menu featuring 30 types of desserts and over 25 beverages, salads and light bites.
Tsukiji Tama Sushi – a pescetarian’s haven
Though not actually located in the Tokyo district best known for its fish and seafood wholesale market, Tama Sushi has been around for 80 years with over 30 outlets in Japan. Don’t miss out on their finest and freshest seasonal sushi, available for only a limited period.
Takano Fruits Parlour – for vegetarians and healthy eaters
Upscale Japanese fruit store Takano has an amazing fruit parlour on the fifth floor, where you can sample some of the world’s finest fruits for a reasonable price. It’s a popular spot, so reservations are a must.
Kani Doraku – crab lovers unite!
If you’ve been wanting to try some gourmet hanasaki crab, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re featured in Kani Doraku’s crab buffet, alongside Japanese king crabs, hairy crabs, snow crabs and more.
Fujiya Honten – cheap eats and booze!
Wade in to the crowd at this century-old pub in Shibuya and enjoy some of the cheapest, tastiest eats and drinks in Shibuya. It’s the quintessential Tokyo salaryman experience.