The Best Restaurants in Shinjuku

What's the best Shinjuku restaurant? We're not sure, but our list of the top 44 Shinjuku restaurants may help you decide! Sushi, ramen, Michelin starred - our Shinjuku restaurant guide has it all!

American

23. J.S. Burgers Cafe Shinjuku

J.S. Burgers Cafe Shinjuku

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Burgers at J.S. Burgers Cafe explode with delicious juices and oil with every bite. This is the definition of a true red, white and blue burger. For the complete American experience, accompany your juicy burgers with seasoned fries and a milkshake.  

Type: American Burger

Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 am-10:30 pm/Sat&Sun 10:30 am-9:30 pm

Address: 4-1-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

24. Martini Burger (マティーニバーガー)

Martini Burger (マティーニバーガー)

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Upon stepping into Martini Burger, you’ll be greeted with open space and modern furniture. This slick and stylish burger joint, opened by New Yorker Eliot Bergman, is as authentic as it gets. Their burgers are 100% beef and handmade too! The combination of succulent beef patties and cool ambience make for a gratifying experience at Martini Burger.  

Type: American Burger

Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00 am-11:00 pm/Sun 11:00 am-10:00 pm/ Closed on Monday

Address: 31 Nakazatocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0804

 

25. Dancing Crab (ダンシング・クラブ)

Dancing Crab (ダンシング・クラブ)

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If you miss eating Cajun-style seafood with your hands, then this restaurant is for you. Dancing Crab is one of the few places in Tokyo that does Louisiana seafood right. This restaurant is great fun for the family and don’t worry about the mess, bibs are provided.

Type: Lousiana Seafood

Hours: Sun-Sat 11:30 am-3:30 pm, 5:00 pm-11:30 pm

Address: Shinjuku NOWA Building 2F, 3-37-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

26. Sarabeth’s Lumine Shinjuku

Sarabeth's Lumine Shinjuku

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New York Magazine deemed Sarabeth’s the “Breakfast Queen of New York” and it’s easy to see why. Dishes like Eggs Benedict and French toast are beautifully crafted. Food at Sarabeth’s is rich, healthy and befitting of champions!   

Type: American Breakfast and Brunch

Hours: Sun-Sat 9:00 am-10:00 pm

Address: Lumine Shinjuku Lumine 2 2F, 3-38-2, Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

27. roof top bar & terrace G

roof top bar & terrace G

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Now, this is what you call a restaurant with a view! Though food and drink at roof top bar & terrace G tend to be on the pricier side, the view is priceless. This quiet bar is a great place to de-stress after a long day pounding the streets. Grab a pint of Hoegaarden White and relax while you take in the spectacular Tokyo view.      

Type: American/Western Bar

Hours: Sun-Sat 5:00 pm-4:00 am (next day)

Address: Granbell Hotel Shinjuku 13F, 2-14-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021

Themed

28. The LockUp  (監獄レストラン ザ・ロックアップ 新宿店)

The LockUp  (監獄レストラン ザ・ロックアップ 新宿店)

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CAUTION: Dining at The LockUp will be sure to leave you with nightmares. Enter at your own discretion.

Enjoy prison food at this prison-themed restaurant, but don’t worry, the food is actually good. The LockUp has a variety of prison-themed food and drink options such as cocktails in test tubes and skeleton-shaped hamburger steaks. There is also a supernatural element to this restaurant, with monster shows at random times for your viewing pleasure. Come here for a memorable experience! 

Type: Izakaya (Japanese Pub)

Hours: Sun-Thu 5:00 pm-1:00 am (next day)/Fri&Sat 5:00 pm-3: 00 am (next day)

Address: Shinjuku Square Building 6F & 7F, 1-16-3, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 150-0042

 

29. Capcom Bar (カプコンバー)

Capcom Bar (カプコンバー)

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If you crave the sweet sweet nostalgia of playing Street Fighter in the arcade, then Capcom Bar is for you. In addition to Street Fighter, find here other Capcom classics such as BioHazard and Monster Hunter. Munch on a variety of Capcom themed food while you play your favorite Capcom arcade games – what’s not to love?

Type: Izakaya

Hours: Mon-Fri 2:00 pm-11:30 pm/Sat&Sun 11:30 am-11:30 pm

Address: Pasela Resorts Shinjuku 1F, 1-3-16 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021

 

30. Aquarium Dining Shinjuku LIME (新宿 ライム アクアリウムダイニン)

Aquarium Dining Shinjuku LIME (新宿 ライム アクアリウムダイニン)

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Aquarium Dining Shinjuku LIME, as the name suggests, is an aquarium themed restaurant. While the food at this restaurant is not outstanding, the therapeutic qualities of the surrounding marine life do a good job of making up for it. Head to Aquarium Dining Shinjuku LIME if you’re feeling down and watch your worries float away. 

Type: Izakaya

Hours: Sun-Sat 5:00 pm-5:00 am (next day)

Address: Miraza Shinjuku 3F, 3-36-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

31. Artnia

Artnia

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Artnia is a Square Enix themed cafe. Square Enix? You’ll likely know them as the creators of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. Artnia has original cocktails such as “Shiva” and “Elixir.” Here is their menu for a more detailed description of their drinks.

Type: Cafe/Bar

Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Address: Shinjuku Eastside Square 1F, 6-27-30 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

32. Ranse No Koshitsu Sengoku Buyuden Shinjuku  (戦国武勇伝 新宿)

Ranse No Koshitsu Sengoku Buyuden Shinjuku  (戦国武勇伝 新宿)

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Unlike other themed restaurants, this samurai themed joint holds back on the loud and obnoxious shows. It’s just a quiet restaurant with a cool ambiance. You’ll be greeted with two impressive warriors as you enter and inside, the walls are plastered with ancient looking scrolls. The food is also excellent. Impress the staff by ordering their limited and secret dish: Chinmi Santen Mori (three different seasonal appetizers). 

Type: Izakaya

Hours: Mon-Thu 5:00 pm-12:00 am (midnight)/Fri&Sat 5:00 pm-4:30 am (next day)/Sun 5:00 pm-11:30 pm

Address: T-Wing Building 4F, 1-6-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021

 

33. Zauo (釣船茶屋 ざうお 新宿店)

Zauo (釣船茶屋 ざうお 新宿店)

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At Zauo, you literally fish for your dinner. Catch red snapper and flounder but don’t worry, you won’t have to prepare them yourself as well. Their chefs can prepare them in a variety of ways: sashimi, grilled, boiled, deep-fried or sushi. If you’re worried your fishing skills might not be up to scratch, rest easy, Zauo’s staff will provide you with some killer fishing tips. Still not getting any bites? You can just order off the menu hassle-free. Here is a more detailed guide to Zauo.

After fishing, return to the boat-shaped seating area and wait patiently for the chefs to finish preparing your catch. Enjoy a nice chilled beer while you wait.  

Type: Japanese Seafood

Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:00 pm, 5:00 pm-11:00 pm/SAT&SUN

Address: Shinjuku Washington Hotel 1F, 3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023

 

34. Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant: Alice in Fantasy Book (絵本の国のアリス)

Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant: Alice in Fantasy Book (絵本の国のアリス)

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This Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant has grand chandeliers, colorful faux velvet chairs, a checkered floor, all the trappings of Wonderland, in short. The food hasn’t been neglected either, Alice in Wonderland themed food and drinks litter the menu (e.g. an avocado dish called Green Caterpillar Uncle). Come here for a magical experience!

Type: Italian/Western

Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00 pm-11:30 pm/Sat&Sun 4:00 pm-11:30 pm

Address: T-Wing Building B2F, 1-6-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021

Michelin

The famous Michelin Guide awards restaurants with prestigious stars based on the quality of their food as well as a status of “Bib Gourmand” for those that combine excellent quality with value for money. 

35. Agezuki (あげづき)

Agezuki (あげづき)

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Rest assured, you’ll be feasting on some of the best pork going at Agezuki, the restaurant using only meat of the highest grade. Do be wary of price, however. A standard set meal coming in at about 2,700 yen. Despite this, everyone deserves to enjoy a tonkatsu meal at Agezuki.

Type: Japanese Tonkatsu

Status: Bib Gourmand

Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 11:30 am-3:00 pm, 6:00 pm-10:30 pm/Sat 11:30 am-3:00 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm/ Sun 11:30 am-3:00 pm, 5:30 pm-9:00 pm/Closed on Tuesday and the 3rd Wednesday of the month

Address: Yamanouchi Building B1F, 3-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0825

 

36. Alberini (アルベリーニ)

After studying in Italy for more than 10 years, Chef Teppei Nakamura returned home to Japan to share his love of Italian cooking with his countrymen. At Alberini, enjoy authentic Italian cooking without having to travel half way across the world.   

Type: Italian

Status: Bib Gourmand

Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30 pm-11:30 pm/Closed on Sunday

Address: 2 Fukuromachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0828

 

37. Kagurazaka Ishikawa (石かわ)

Kagurazaka Ishikawa (石かわ)

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Each dish of the kaiseki (multi-course meal), served at Kagurazaka Ishikawa, is creatively prepared by master chef Hideki Ishikawa. This includes his famed snow crab and grilled eggplant covered with broth jelly. Ishikawa combines traditional Japanese dishes with modern cooking, thus creating unique flavors you’ve never tasted before.  

Type: Kaiseki (Japanese multi-course meal)

Status: 3 Stars

Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30 pm-12:00 am (midnight)/Closed on Sunday

Address: 5-37 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0825

 

38. Ichigo (舟町 一期)

Ichigo (舟町 一期)

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Ichigo is famous for its 7-course pork shabu-shabu (hot pot). In addition to quality meats, Chef Takeshi Yamaguchi prides himself on his ability to innovate dishes. This includes his steamed beef tongue covered in pepper sauce. Come here for the best hot pot in town!  

Type: Izakaya/Kaiseki

Status: Bib Gourmand

Hours: Sun-Sat 5:00 pm-1:00 am (next day)

Address: TSI Funamachi Building 3F, 5-25 Funamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0006

 

39. Ichimonji (懐石一文字)

Ichimonji (懐石一文字)

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After performing tea ceremonies for many years, Kazuhiko Hirose opened Ichimonji. As a result, many dishes at this restaurant pair well with tea. This includes the scallop dumpling served with carrot and yuzu. These dishes are also served on beautiful tableware. The overall experience at Ichimonji is excellent.

Type: Kaiseki

Status: 1 Star

Hours: Sun-Sat 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Address: 3-6 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0825

 

40. Uemura (四谷 うえ村)

Uemura (四谷 うえ村)

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Away from the spotlight, Uemura is tucked away in the side streets of Arakicho. The entrance is nondescript. If you passed by it, you wouldn’t have thought it was a 1 star Michelin restaurant. However, the food here is mouth watering. It’s also heavily influenced by Kyoto cuisine. Come here for their specialty dish: steamed eggplant with sea urchin.  

Type: Kyoto/Kappo (Japanese Fine Dining at the Counter)

Status: 1 Star

Hours: Mon-Sat 6:00 pm-9:00 pm/Closed on Sunday

Address: 8-1 Arakicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0007

 

41. Uotoku (うを徳)

Uotoku (うを徳)

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Uotoku has been around since the Meiji period, so it’s no surprise that it’s deemed as one of the best fine dining restaurants going. Their shrimp dumpling (ebi-shinjo) is to die for; carefully prepared by the chef expertly mincing the shrimp with a knife then deep-frying. Dining at this restaurant will make you feel like an emperor or empress.

Type: Kappo/Kaiseki

Status: 1 Star

Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:00 pm-10:30 pm/Sat&Sun 11:30 am-2:00 pm, 5:00 pm-9:30 pm

Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0825

 

42. Esaki (神楽坂 恵さき)

Esaki (神楽坂 恵さき)

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Esaki offers a wide range of food, but their oden (Japanese hot pot) is the best. Don’t know what to order? Don’t worry, you can order the oden moriawase (assortment). You won’t be disappointed!    

Type: Oden  

Status: Bib Gourmand

Hours: Mon-Sat 6:00 pm-11:00 pm/Closed on Sunday

Address: 3-6 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0825

 

43. Engine (エンジン)

New to the Michelin “Bib Gourmand” status, Engine is a Chinese restaurant that only uses the finest ingredients. The sweet and sour pork here is full of flavors and tender as can be. Come here for the most authentic Chinese food in town!

Type: Chinese

Status: Bib Gourmand

Hours: Mon, Wed-Sat 11:30 am-2:00 pm, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm/Tue 6:00 pm-10:00 pm/Closed on Sunday

Address: 5-43-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0825

 

44. Ohara (懐石 大原)

Ohara (懐石 大原)

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Though there is no set menu for Ohara’s kaiseki, the chef will take good care of you. You’ll also most likely get to try his popular slow-cooked red-spotted trout. After going through the courses, homemade desserts and usucha (light tea) are available to top it all off.  

Type: Kaiseki

Status: 1 Star

Hours: Mon-Sat 6:00 pm-10:30 pm/Wed&Sat 12:00 pm-3:00 pm/Closed on Sunday

Address: Nakabayashi Building 2F, 1 Arakicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0007

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