The 15 Best Restaurants in Ginza

Glamorous Ginza is renowned for its shopping, and with shopping comes hungry shoppers. Luckily, Ginza restaurants aren't lacking in number or quality. Use our list of the top 15 to find your Ginza restaurant.

Photo Credit: Takayuki Miki via Flickr cc

Photo Credit: Takayuki Miki via Flickr cc

Ginza, in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward, is a popular upscale shopping district famed for its array of department stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and hotels. Glitzy Ginza attracts an international crowd always eager to mix their shopping with a spot of fine dining. Consequently, the area is home to an impressive array of restaurants, serving everything from traditional Japanese fare to adventurous fusion food. Take a look at our rundown of the fifteen best restaurants Ginza has to offer.  

 

1. Tenichi Ginza Honten

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The tempura at this restaurant is some of Tokyo’s best. Indeed, it has become a den for high-ranking government officials, celebrities and even the Clintons when they’re in town. Tenichi Ginza Honten offers an array of seafood, meat and vegetables, all served golden and crispy having been cooked to perfection by the master chefs. A meal here isn’t cheap, but could be worth it for the experience. 

­   11:30 – 22.00

­  Mon-Sun

­   813-3571-1949

 ¥    8,000 – 12,000

­   6-6-5 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website (Japanese only)

 

2. Umegaoka Sushino Midori Ginza

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If you’re running low on yen, this compact sushi restaurant behind the Imperial Hotel is a great budget pick. Sushi Midori’s extensive menu includes all the classics, plus things you won’t find at the more traditional sushi joints such as the ever-popular California roll. The aburi (burnt) platter comes particularly recommended, an original, tasty selection which comes in at a more-than-reasonable 840 yen. Sushi Midori is also plenty foreigner-friendly, with picture menus and some staff members with basic English. 

­   11.00 – 22.00

­  Mon-Sun

­   813-5568-1212

 ¥    2,000 – 4,000

­   7-2 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website(Japanese only)

 

3. Bvlgari II Ristorante

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Inside the 10-story Bulgari Tower find Bvlgari II Ristorante, a prestigious Michelin-starred Italian restaurant. Not a place for a quick slice of pizza, this place serves up innovative Italian cuisine which manages to perfectly distill both tradition and originality. The interior design isn’t bad either, expertly taking advantage of the tall windows looking out over the city. Overall, if you want a break from Japanese food, you could do a lot worse than heading to this place. 

­   Lunch 11.30 – 14.30 Dinner 18:00-21:30

­  Mon – Sun (closed Sun evening)

­   813-6362-0555

 ¥    10,000 – 30,000

­   2-7-12, Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

4. Andhra Dining Ginza 

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Tokyo is littered with Indian restaurants, some mediocre, some spectacular. Andhra Dining Ginza is without a doubt in the latter category. Serving up some the city’s best South Indian cuisine, the restaurant prides itself on the quality and depth of its menu. Classics like chicken biryani and the thali platters are favourites amongst the regulars, but vegetarians and vegans are also catered for well. Authentic, tasty food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere – what’s not to love?

­   Lunch 11.30 – 15.00 Dinner 17:00-22:00

­  Mon-Sun

­   813-3567-4005

  ¥    3,000 – 8,000

­   1-8-2 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

5. Sushi Mizutani

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The eponymous sushi master Hachiro Mizutani presides over things at Sushi Mizutani, a two Michelin Star restaurant in the heart if the district. Kaiten sushi joints are good for their novelty, but if it’s quality you’re after, a place like this can’t be beaten. From the freshest fish, Mizutani and his chefs create culinary masterpieces which, luckily, happen to be super tasty at the same time. The quality on offer here is no secret so reservations are a must.

­   Lunch 11.30 – 13.30 Dinner 17:00-21:30

­  Mon-Sat (closed Sun)

­   813-3573-5258

  ¥    20,000 – 25,000

­   8-7-7 Ginza, Tokyo  

 

6. Ginza Bairin (Tonkatsu)

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Tonkatsu is a popular Japanese dish of breaded and deep fried pork cutlet, served with rice and shredded cabbage. A simple dish that, when done right, can blow you away. Ginza Bairin, a humble looking restaurant, specialises in tonkatsu, over the years perfecting the dish to an artform. A welcome variant is the katsu-don, a dish of rice topped with pork tenderloin and egg. 

­   11.00 – 21.30

­  Mon-Sun

­   813-3571-0350

  ¥     >2,000

­   7-8-1 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

7. Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo

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The result of a collaboration between Chanel and restaurateur Alain Ducasse, Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo is as elegantly sumptuous as you might imagine. The food, very well done French classics (often, with a twist), is made from only the best ingredients and served so delicately you may baulk at the prospect of disturbing it. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the desserts are particularly delightful. 

­   Lunch 11.30 – 16.00 Dinner 18.00-23.30

­  Wed-Sun

­   813-5159-5500

  ¥    >10,000

­   3-5-3 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

8. Bird Land Ginza

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Take exit C6 from Ginza Station to find Bird Land Ginza, a yakitori (skewered, grilled meat) restaurant of the first order. Using only okukuji shamo chicken from Ibaraki, the meat is blasted over high-grade charcoal before being served right away. The results are some of the best yakitori in the city. The restaurant is typically rammed, so get there early or make a reservation in advance. 

­   Tue-Thr 17.00 – 22.00,Fri/Sat 17:00-21:30

­ Tue-Sat

­   813-5250-1081

  ¥    5,000-10,000

­   4-2-15 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website (Japanese only)

 

9. Sawada Ginza

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Sawada Ginza is as exclusive as it gets. Run by a husband and wife team, a visit to this restaurant is an intimate multi-course omakase (chef’s choice) extravaganza. Sit back and marvel at the preparation and gorge yourself on the incredibly tasty results amid the warmest hospitality imaginable. Unsurprisingly, a meal here is not cheap, but it is an unforgettable experience.  

­   Lunch 12.00 – 15.00 Dinner 18:00-20:30

­  Mon-Sat (closed Public Holidays)

­   813-3571-4711

  ¥    >20,000

­   5-9-19 Ginza, Tokyo

 

10. Ginza Ukai Tei

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Teppanyaki is one of Japan’s great culinary exports, a style of cooking that is both entertaining and endlessly tasty. Ginza Ukai Tei is one of Tokyo’s best and most original, cooking French-inspired food with only the best local, seasonal ingredients. The main dining room is arranged around a large grill, but, for a more intimate experience, private rooms are also available. A very classy teppanyaki experience guaranteed.   

­   Lunch 12.00 – 14.00 Dinner 17:00-21:00

­  Mon-Sat

­   813-3544-5252

  ¥    >10,000

­   5-15-8 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

11. Tateru Yoshino Ginza

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A one-star French restaurant located in the heart of Ginza, Teteru Yoshino Ginza is a real gem. The food is artfully presented, supremely tasty and made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. There is also a great wine list, the staff are fluent in English and with a top-floor view out over Tokyo, the location couldn’t be better. Perfect for special occasions or parties. 

­   Lunch 11.30 – 14.00 Dinner 18:00-21:00

­  Mon-Sun

­   813-3563-1511

  ¥    >5,000

­   4-8-10 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

12. Annam Indian Restaurant

photo by Annam Indian Restaurant

photo by Annam Indian Restaurant

The second Indian restaurant on our list and another one that is well worth seeking out. It is one of the most popular in Tokyo, and for good reason, the food is spectacular and the environment is always amiable. The staff are always happy to cater to their customers’ individual needs and a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes are on offer. 

­  Business hour 11:00- 24:00 ( LO 23:00) 365 days open

  Mon-Sun

­  +81 3-6280-6708

  ¥    3,000 – 7,000

­   Tokyo, Chuo-ku Ginza 8-10-8, Ginza 8-10 building B1

­   Official Website

 

13. Tapas Molecular Bar

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High-up on the 38th floor of Ginza’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Tapas Molecular Bar is, if nothing else, a fun dining experience. Each dish is a wonder of molecular gastronomy, playfully yet scientifically constructed with the finest ingredients and great care. With just eight seats, this is an exclusive dining experience that won’t disappoint. 

­   Lunch 13.00 – 15.30 Dinner 18:00-24:00

­ Mon-Sun

­   813-3270-8188

  ¥    >17,000

­   2-1-1 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

14. Daiwa Sushi

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Chances are you’re going to have to queue for a seat in this place, but as Ginza’s best sushi restaurant, it’s worth it. The fish is bought fresh each morning from Tsukiji market before being skilfully prepared and served up to expectant customers who always leave happy. Although the menu is in Japanese, the accompanying images make ordering a breeze. 

­   05.30 – 13.30

­ Mon-Sat

­   813-3547-6807

  ¥    >3,500

­   5-2-1 Tsujiki, Tokyo

 

15. Ippudo Ginza

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This famous ramen chain first opened in Fukuoka before extending its reach all over Japan and even into Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong. The tonkatsu is the most sought-after variety; a thin pork bone broth with deliciously chewy noodles. Smack bang in the heart of Ginza but more than affordable, this place will satiate those ramen cravings in no time. 

­   11.00 – 02.00

­ Mon-Sun

­   813-3547-1010

  ¥    1,000 – 2,000

­   4-10-3 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 

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