Top 10 Kobe Beef Restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants for Kobe beef in Tokyo proliferate - but with so many options, you'll need a guide. That's where we come in. Read on for a run-down of the best Kobe beef restaurants in Tokyo.
Kobe beef is famous across the globe for its uniquely flavorful, tender and fat-marbled meat. Coming from Wagyu cattle, raised in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture according to rules set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing guidelines, it is inimitable.
Generally served as steaks, shabu-shabu (thin slices of meat boiled in a broth) or sukiyaki (thinly sliced beef served hot pot syle), alongside vegetables and other tasty ingredients, Kobe is spectacular and where better to try it than Japan?
To help you out – here are the 10 best Kobe beef restaurants in Tokyo:
1. Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511 is one of the best ranked Kobe beef restaurants in Tokyo, with a healthy price to quality ratio and steaks to die for. The relaxed vibe and friendly staff can’t be beaten either.
Price: 6,000 to 15,000 yen
Website: Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Opening Hours: 11:30 am-2:30pm, 6–11pm (closed on Sundays)
Gyu-an, located in Ginza, serves Kobe steaks at reasonable prices. The meat melts in your mouth and can be complimented by a variety of special sauces, should you want them.
Price: 6500 yen (set)
Address: 6-13-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11.30am-2.15pm and 5.30pm-10pm (closed on Sundays)
3. New York Grill
New York Grill at the top of Shinjuku’s Park Hyatt is not only famed as a location in “Lost in Translation” but also for its excellent Kobe beef. Other dishes, such as seafood and Western-style fare, is also available should you fancy a change. Also enjoy the smooth jazz and city panorama as you dine.
Price: around 20,000 yen
Opening Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm
Manten, known for its huge variety of meat dishes, is the best Tokyo restaurant for offal. Should this not be to your taste, you’ll perhaps be better off with the grilled Kobe beef. English menus are available and prices are highly affordable.
Price: Around 1,500 yen
Opening Hours: 4pm-12pm
5. Zakuro Nihonbashi
Zakuro Nihonbashi serves Kobe shabu-shabu style, complemented by fine service and a traditional setting. The broth, served in handcrafted 60 year old nabe (pots), is a dream even without the meat.
Price: around 5,000 yen
Address: 3-8-2 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku Tokyo
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11.30am-10pm
You’ll know you’ve arrived at Imafuku when you’re confronted with their imposing bull sculpture at the entrance. Again, the Kobe comes shabu-shabu style and the restaurant – homely but lively – is a great spot to spend a couple of hours.
Price: around 10,000 yen
Address: 1-12-19 Shirokane Minato Tokyo
Opening Hours: 5pm-12 pm
With three floors for dining, and a bar on the top floor, Serina isn’t lacking in space. Nor is its food lacking in flavor. The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed with the option of private Japanese-style rooms for a bit of intimacy.
Price: Lunch 4,000 yen, Dinner 15,000 yen
Address: 3-12-2 Roppongi Minatoku Tokyo
Website: Serina Roppongi
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-23:00. Weekends and holidays: 12:00-22:30
Blacows, located in Ebisu, is a great American-style restaurant specialising in delicious Kobe burgers. Enjoy Kobe with your hands for a change and choose from a good range of toppings and side-dishes.
Price: 1,000 yen
Address: 2-11-9 Ebisunishi Shibuya Tokyo
9. Grill burger club SASA
Grill burger club SASA, another American-style restaurant, offers three sizes of burger: S 80g, M 100g, and L 200g. Whatever size you choose, satisfaction is guaranteed by the quality of the meat. Cconveniently located not far from Shibuya Station, this is the go-to spot for Kobe burgers in central Tokyo.
Price: Around 1,000 yen
Address:2-21-15 Ebisunishi Shibuya Tokyo
Opening Hours:Weekdays 11:00-22:30, Sundays and National Holidays 11:00-21:30 .
10. Yasaiya Mei
Perhaps an unexpected (but 100% deserving) entry, Yasaiya Mei specializes in vegetables. The vegetable Shabu Shabu is particularly renowned but don’t fear, the Kobe beef on offer is also fantastic. A great opportunity to satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters!
Price: from 1,000 to 2,000 yen
Opening hours: 11AM–4PM, 5–10PM