Michelin Star Restaurants Tokyo – Your Guide to the Best of the Best
Michelin star restaurants in Tokyo aren't too uncommon, but which are the best? We're here to tell you. Read on for a guide to the best Michelin Star restaurants in Tokyo.
Food lovers from all over the world are drawn to Japan for its culinary excellence. With restaurants everywhere, you could spend a month in the city and still not scratch the surface. However, if you are serious about your eating and only the best will do, its Tokyo’s Michelin starred restaurants that you’re going to want to head to first. Even then, with more Michelin stars to its name than any other city on earth, you’re taking on a challenge.
Of the 217 in the city, we’re here to introduce you to 19 of the very best. These restaurants ooze quality and charm and, perhaps surprisingly, they won’t all leave you yen-less.
Michelin Star Restaurants Tokyo
The Michelin Guide is one of the most respected systems for rating restaurants and hotels across the world. First published in 1900, the guide originally focused on only French restaurants but has since expanded to a global scope. Gaining a Michelin star can instantly fast-track a chef from obscurity to culinary stardom, while the thought of losing a star gives chefs sleepless nights.
Tokyo’s best Michelin star restaurants (in no particular order):
Ajiman is a two Michelin star family-run restaurant, specializing in Fugu dishes (the potentially deadly blowfish). The owner-chef uses only firm, flavoursome Fugu prepared in many ways, including karaage, shabu-shabu and sashimi.
Price: 40,000-45,000 yen
Opening hours: 06:00 pm- 00:00 am (Last Order: 10:00pm) Closed in July, August, late December-early January and Sundays from April-June
- Address: 3-8-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2. Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse, a collaboration between fashion brand Chanel and restaurateur Alain Ducasse, is a two-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district. The cutting-edge French fare – prepared by a Japanese head-chef trained under Alain Ducasse in Monaco – uses the best Japanese ingredients to create gastronomical mastery on every plate. If the food wasn’t spectacular enough, guests can also enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar looking out over the city.
Price: 5,500-17,000 yen (Lunch), 14,000-24,000 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 11:30 am- 14:30 am and 06:00 pm- 09:00pm (Last Order: 08:30pm) Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, mid-August and late December-early January.
Daigo is a two-star Michelin restaurant specializing in Shojin (meat-free) dishes, famed for their simplicity and refinement. Close attention is paid to seasonal ingredients and, in the kaiseki style, dishes arrive one at a time. The dining room exudes Zen Buddhist calm for a restaurant experience to be savoured.
Price: 10,000-19,000 yen (Lunch), 15,000-19,000 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 11:30 am- 15:00 am (Last Order: 14:00pm) and 05:00 pm- 10:30pm (Last Order: 08:00pm) Closed early January.
4. Dominique Bouchet
Dominique Bouchet is a French restaurant which recently received two Michelin stars. The interior, modelled on a Parisian apartment, is almost as decedent as the food, which recalls the glory-years of French cooking. Dishes include things like blue lobster Parmentier with caviar butter and oxtail simmered in red wine with mashed potatoes – deep, rich, bold flavors are the standard here.
Price: 8,500-12,500 yen (Lunch), 18,000-24,000 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 12:00 am- 15:00 am (Last Order: 13:30pm) and 06:00 pm- 10:00pm (Last Order: 08:30pm) Closed on Sundays.
This three-star restaurant is located in the Hills Aoyama building in Shibuya. It is one of the best priced Michelin-rated eateries in Tokyo, serving Japanese cuisine restyled using influences from across the globe. One example is the summer speciality, ayu soup, a fusion of Japanese surinagashi and French potage.
Esquisse is a French restaurant, complete with a master chef, sommelier and pâtissier. Dishes do, however, reflect a welcome internationalism – with influences coming from Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Opening hours: 12:00 am- 13:00 am (Last Order: 12:30pm) and 06:00 pm- 08:30pm (Last Order: 07:30pm) Closed mid-August and late December-early January
Fukudaya is a two-star, traditional Japanese restaurant spread across seven split levels inside an old Edo-style building. Antiques and garden views behind the shoji screens mask the city outside and the food, lovingly prepared and endlessly flavorsome, is divine.
Opening hours: 11:30 am- 14:30 am (Last Order: 13:00pm) and 05:00 pm- 10:00pm (Last Order: 08:00pm) Closed on Sundays and late December-early January
Address: 6-12 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hideki Ishikawa’s food can only be described by critics as “Ishikawa-style” and for good reason. This three star restaurant serves singular, innovitive, refined cuisine which pays special attention to each and every ingredient. Compliment your food with some sake, mostly imported from the chef’s birthplace of Niigata.
Opening hours: 05:30 pm- 00:00 am (Last Order: 10:00pm) Closed on Sundays, mid-August and late December-early January
Address: 5-37 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. Joël Robuchon
Joël Robuchon’s restaurant on the 2nd floor of a French-style castle at the Yebisu Garden Place is as much about the setting as the food. The interior – all black, crystals and chandeliers – is striking and guaranteed to make you feel underdressed whatever you’re wearing. The menu changes frequently, but specialities like cream of cauliflower with Osetra caviar and crustacean gelée are excellent.
Opening hours: 11:30 am- 02:00 pm (Last Order: 01:00pm) and 06:00 pm- 10:00 pm (Last Order: 09:30pm)
Kanda is a traditional Japanese Kappo restaurant with three stars to its name. Owner-chef Hiroyuki Kanda creates dishes bursting with originality but will gladly take special requests from his customers.
Opening hours: 05:30 pm- 10:00 pm (Last Order:08:30pm). Closed on Sundays, mid-August and late December-early January
Address: 3-6-34 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Kohaku prides itself on quintessentially Japanese cuisine, executed to perfection. Highlights include the beef shabu-shabu dipped in katsuo-dashi, garnished with truffles and sprinkled with salted kombu, and the fried unagi (eel) with sansho salt and star anise.
Opening hours: 05:30 pm- 00:00 am (Last Order: 10:30pm) and 05:00 pm- 00:00 am (Last Order: 10:30pm) on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays, mid-August and late December-early January
Address: 3-4 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
12. Michel Troisgros
Michel Troisgros is the third-generation owner-chef of Troisgros, a famed restaurant in Roanne, northwest Lyon (France), and now with a Tokyo sister. Troisgros looks to Japanese cuisine as a source of inspiration to create contemporary French cuisine that always keep guests guessing. Specialities include salmon with sorrel and Hida beef fillet with red wine sauce.
Opening hours: 12:00 am- 01:30 pm (Last Order: 01:00pm) and 06:00 pm- 09:00 pm (Last Order: 07:30pm). Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Head to Nakajima for the cheapest Michelin star meal in Tokyo. A lunch set is priced at just 800 yen in a city where a convenience store meal doesn’t come in at much less! The speciality here is sardines, prepared in ways you’d never have dreamed of. Arrive early to guarentee a seat without a long wait.
Price: 800-1000 yen
Opening hours: 11:30 am- 02:00 pm (Last Order: 01:45pm) and 05:30 pm- 09:30 pm (Last Order: 08:00pm). Closed on Sundays, mid-August and late December-early January
Chef Shuzo Kishida learnt his craft in France at the Parisian restaurant, Astrance. His 3-star rated food is almost totally “carte blanche” – created according to available ingredients and his whims – making for a unique dining experience that you’ll unlikely find anywhere else in Tokyo.
Price: 11,000 yen (Lunch), 22,000 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 12:00 am- 03:00 pm (Last Order: 01:00pm) and 06:30 pm- 11:00 pm (Last Order: 08:00pm). Closed on Sundays and late December-early January
Saito was the first sushi restaurant to receive the maximum three-star rating from Michelin. Sushi, anywhere, should be an art and this is especially true here. The chef, Takashi Saito, takes great care to achieve the perfect balance between rice, topping, wasabi and nikiri. The texture of each grain of rice is constant, seasoning is slightly saltier than usual and the red vinegar milder. Practically unbeatable sushi.
Price: 5,400-16,200 yen (Lunch), 22,000 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 12:00 am- 02:00 pm (Last Order: 01:00pm) and 05:00 pm- 10:00 pm (Last Order: 09:00pm). Closed on Sundays, mid-August and late December-early January
16. Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
The ‘left-handed master craftsman’, Jiro Ono, creates the finest sushi with swift, fluid technique that seems almost choreographed. Authentic “omakase nigiri sushi” (set meal of many small plates) is the only option, but we don’t think you’ll come away wanting. The 20 or so pieces don’t come cheap, but the taste is priceless.
Price: 32,400 yen (Lunch), 32,400 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 11:30 am- 02:00 pm (Last Order: 01:00pm) and 05:30 pm- 08:30 pm (Last Order: 09:00pm). Closed on Sundays, mid-August and late December-early January
Tsuta is one of the cheapest Michelin restaurants in Tokyo as well as the first ramen restaurant to be awareded the coverted prize. The noodles, made of 4 kinds of stone-milled domestic wheat, are unique, but moreso is the broth – made using Italian white truffle oil. A must for any ramen fan.
Price: 850-1,200 yen (Lunch)
Opening hours: 11:00 am- 05:00 pm (Last Order: when the day’s stock runs out ).Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Address: 1-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Dining here is a relaxed affair, with good-humoured service from the owner-chef and his staff. This three-star restaurant serves only “omakase” (chosen by the chef) snacks and fine sushi. Sweet, plump uni pudding is a summer staple and is replaced in winter by steamed monkfish liver in akazake.
Price: 24,840 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 06:00 pm- 10:30 pm (Last Order: 09:00pm). Closed on Sunday
The food here hails in inspiration from Kyoto, the chef having worked in the city for 25 years before arriving in Tokyo. Each dish is lovingly crafted from recipes passed down through the generations. A traditional, but delicious affair.
Price:24,000 yen (Lunch), 32,400 yen (Dinner)
Opening hours: 05:30 pm- 07:30 pm (Last Order: 07:00pm). Closed on mid-August, Golden Week and late December-early January
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