The 20 Best Ueno Restaurants
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Ueno – doubtless a charming Tokyo district with much to see and do. In Ueno Park alone, there are dozens of activities: from visiting the Ueno Zoo, museums and Buddhist temples to watching over 1000 cherry blossom trees bloom in spring. Naturally, food will become a priority at some point during the day, and Ueno restaurants are no less impressive than its sights.
Whether you’re in Ueno Park, near Ueno Station or on bustling Ameyoko Street, you’re always near a top restaurant. Find out why, with our guide to the best Ueno restaurants.
Enter a world of exquisite Japanese cuisine at Innsyoutei, only a short stroll through the cherry blossom trees away from Ueno Station. Located at the center of Ueno Park, this elegant restaurant convinces with a traditional flair and rustic interiors, and serves fantastic kaiseki-ryori (traditional Japanese multi-course meal). Large windows allow for a stunning view while you sit on tatami mats.The prices are high – Innsyoutei is a luxurious restaurant – but when you’re in Japan, you want to have an all-Japanese experience like this at least once.
The prices are high – Innsyoutei is a luxurious restaurant – but when you’re in Japan, you want to have an all-Japanese experience like this at least once.
To taste a bit of everything, try the beautifully arranged set menu. If you’re vegetarian, you don’t have to worry either, because you’ll also find many different tofu dishes. Be aware that credit cards are not accepted.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00 Address: 4-59 Uenokōen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0007 Station: Ueno Phone number: +81 3-3821-8126 Website: Innsyoutei
Izuei Honten has been specializing in eel, or unagi in Japanese, since the mid-Edo period (17th century). Back then, eel was usually sold directly on the roads from small food stands, and this is exactly what Izuei Honten started out as – right here in Ueno.
Today, there are four more restaurants in Tokyo under the same name, but the main branch is still in Ueno. The most popular dish among first-time visitors and regulars alike is the unagi-donburi, a bowl of rice with deliciously grilled eel on top. The owners of the restaurant would argue that eel is just as important to the Japanese cuisine as sushi or tempura. Find out yourself, at Izuei Honten.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 2 Chome-12-22 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005 Station: Ueno, Okakimachi, Keisei Ueno Phone number: +81 3-3831-0954 Website: Izuei
The number of ways to prepare tofu found at Sasa-no-Yuki is simply astounding. It’s been made freshly every day with water from the restaurant’s own fountain in the courtyard for over 100 years. The mere use of tofu doesn’t mean everything here is vegetarian though, and if you don’t eat meat, it’s safer to ask before ordering something.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 20:00 (closed Mondays) Address: 2 Chome-15-10 Negishi, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0003 Station: Nippori, Uguisudani Phone number: +81 3-3873-1145 Website: Sasa-no-Yuki
Teppanyaki Grow Ueno
Find the steak of your dreams at Teppanyaki Grow, located just south of Ueno Park. All kinds of teppanyaki (Japanese grill) dishes are prepared over the yellow flames, which guests can spot through the open kitchen. If you’re up for something novel, try the outstanding beef sushi.
The staff is attentive and an English menu is provided, making every visit an exceptional experience.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00 Address: 3 Chome-35-10 Yushima, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 113-0034 Station: Yushima, Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-5688-1449 Website: Teppanyaki Grow
Menya Musashi Bukotsu
Incredible ramen and tsukemen (dipping ramen) are served at Menya Musashi Bukotsu. For a twist, try the black broth ramen that’s colored by squid ink, or go for a fish base for the soup instead of pork. There are not many ramen shops that offer such diversity, even the texture of the noodles can be selected by the customers.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:30 Address: 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, 台東区Ueno, 6 Chome−7−3 Station: Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-5812-4634 Website: Meny Musashi Bukotsu
Ningyocho Imahan Ueno Hirokoji
Ningyocho Imahan is known for their finely marbled Wagyu beef of the highest of qualities. It’s available as a steak or as sukiyaki, a Japanese dish where the beef is slow-cooked in a sugary soy sauce hot pot. The restaurant’s interior is designed in the style of a traditional tea ceremony room, and a cup of Japanese tea is a great way to top off the hearty meal.
As with many restaurants in Tokyo, lunch time meals are less pricey than dinner menus, and Ningyocho Imahan is no exception to this.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Ueno, 1 Chome−20−11, 鈴乃屋本店ビル 6F Station: Ueno-Hirokoji, Ueno-Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-5688-0754 Website: Imahan
Lovely little cafe serving dorayaki, a soft pancake filled with a sweet red bean paste. Usagiya has, as a matter of fact, invented the current two-layer shape in 1914. Every morning at 9 am and for 10 minutes only, the dorayaki are available this way. After that time, the bean paste will be served in a separate bowl next to the pancakes.
There’s a separate shop selling these pancakes and other sweets to take out. If you’re in Ueno for breakfast, don’t miss this sweet delicacy.
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (closed Wednesdays) Address: 1 Chome-1-10-10 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005 Station: Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-3831-6195 Website: Usagiya
The experienced sushi master at the small Kanpachi Honten is known for publishing a book on the art of sushi, and his skills are truly exceptional. But to be fair, all sushi chefs will take good care of you here. The sushi and sashimi are of a very high-quality, which fully justifies the high price.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 23:00 (closed Wednesdays) Address: 4 Chome-29-15 Taito, Tokyo 110-0016 Station: Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-3832-7357 Website: Kanpachi Honten
Ichiran (Atre Ueno)
The small and busy Ichiran may not be the best place to hang out for large groups, as there are individual booths separating each person from one another. But the balanced taste of the ramen broth is so delicious, that it has to be tried to be believed. If you’re not full after one bowl but have some soup left, they’ll gladly refill it with noodles and eggs. Don’t forget to pick your preferred level of spiciness beforehand.
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Address: Atre Ueno, 7 Chome-1-1 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005 Station: Ueno Phone number: +81 3-5826-5861 Website: Ichiran
Isomaru Suisan Ueno-Shop
This casual izakaya (Japanese pub) guarantees a lively atmosphere, with the beer tap running all night and great food on the menu. Guests can grill a variety of fresh seafood themselves at the table barbecues. From crabs to scallops, prawns and all kinds of fish. If that’s not something to your liking, the chefs will gladly prepare something else to please you.
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Address: 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, 台東区Ueno, 6 Chome−8−13 Station: Ueno Phone number: +81 3-5818-8931 Website: Isomaru Suisan
Ippudo Ueno Hirokoji shop
Ippudo is by now an international chain of ramen restaurants, and it’s easy to figure out why they’re succesfull, once you’ve dipped your chopsticks into the mouthwatering broth. There are juicy gyozas or rice as side dishes. At peak times it’s usually packed, and a short wait will be inevitable.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 2:00 Address: 3 Chome-17-5 Ueno, 台東区 Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005 Station: Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-5807-2772 Website: Ippudo
For delicious vegetarian meals and North Indian specialties, come to Khanapina, a 5-minute walk away from Ueno Station. There are meat options as well, but the vegetarian ones really stand out. The mango lassi is another refreshing highlight.
Most of the staff is fluent in English, making sure your orders are understood properly. Also – and lucky for you – the prices are surprisingly low.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 1-19-3,Kotari bldgs 1F, 1 Chome-19 Ueno, Higashi Ueno, Tōkyō-to 110-0015 Station: Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-5818-5229 Website: Khanapina Ueno
Tokori, located on the third floor of the Bamboo Garden Building, serves Korean dishes and yakiniku (Japanese grilled meat). Each table has its own iron grill at the center, letting you barbecue the tender meat to your preference yourself. The restaurant is very spacious, leaving you and your friends some privacy to relax and take in all the wonderful food undisturbed.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:30 Address: 〒110-0007 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Uenokōen, 1, バンブー ガーデン 3F Station: Ueno Phone number: +81 3-5807-2255 Website: Tokori
If you’re at Ameyoko Market and fancy a plate of soba, there is a must-go place for you: Yabu Soba. The soba noodles are freshly hand-made in front of you, behind a glass window. They’re simple and delicious, guaranteed to give you a boost for further walks in Ueno. Look out for daily specials, such as soba with oysters.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 21:00 (closed Wednesdays) Address: 6 Chome-9-16 Ueno, 台東区 Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005 Station: Ueno Phone number: +81 3-3831-4728
Find shabu shabu and sukiyaki (both Japanese sliced meat hot pots) and expect high-quality marbled beef at Kisoji, a restaurant near Ameyoko Street. The meals served here are beautifully presented and will satisfy any meat lover. For a sweet dessert, try the highly recommended sesame ice cream.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00 Address: 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Ueno, 2 Chome−7-13, B1F JTB Station: Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-3832-8810 Website: Kisoji
Le quattro stagioni
Located just inside Ueno Park, Le quattro stagioni is a classic Italian restaurant that really knows what it’s doing. If you need a break from Japanese food, this is the spot to go for in Ueno. The Pizzas are perfectly crispy, yet soft on the inside, made possible by the wood fired oven. They range from 1000 yen to 1450 yen – a good value for your money. If animal products are not part of your diet, you’ll even find a vegan pizza and fresh salads on the menu.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00 Address: 〒110-0007 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Uenokōen, 1−59 Station: Ueno Phone number: +81 3-3824-0014 Website: Le quattro stagioni
Andhra Kitchen serves authentic South Indian dishes. The thali set menu is absolutely delicious and offers a great variety of spices and flavors. Have this, and second portions of naan and rice will be free of charge. Also very popular are the dosa (South Indian pancakes).
Opening Hours: 11:15 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00 Address: 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, 台東区Ueno, 3 Chome−20−2 Station: Okachimachi, Naka-Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-5818-6564
Yamabe is known and loved for their crispy, juicy pork cutlets (tonkatsu). As the restaurant is quite popular, there can be waiting times of up to 30 minutes, but it’ll be worth the wait. The big-sized portions will give you enough energy to keep you on your feet for the rest of the day.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00 Address: 4 Chome-5-1 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005 Station: Ueno-Hirokoji Phone number: +81 3-5817-7045
A small side alley off Ameyoko Street takes you to Kappa Sushi, a sushi restaurant with an unbeatable quality-price ratio, especially at lunch time. Watch out for price rises in the evenings after 8 pm though. Communication won’t be any problem; an English menu is provided.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00 Address: 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Ueno, 4 Chome−1−4 Station: Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-3831-0872
Yakiton are Japanese grilled pork skewers, and Yakiton Machan has specialized in them. For a change, choose from a variety of other tasty skewers on the menu. Fans of sake will rejoice at the reasonably priced selection.
Opening Hours: 16:00 - 23:00 Address: 4 Chome-6-1 Taito, Tokyo 110-0016 Station: Naka-Okachimachi Phone number: +81 3-3835-1758
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