Japanese food is all about presentation. Whether we talk about sushi, where each piece is a work of art, or traditional kaiseki cuisine, where every course is beautifully arranged so as to evoke the season, Japanese food is a delight for each of the five senses. The same goes for teppanyaki – a type of Japanese dining where the food is grilled on a huge iron griddle right in front of your eyes. Watching the chefs at work is a show worth seeing – it will make waiting for your meal even more exciting. Although the tradition comes from American-style steakhouses, Japanese teppanyaki restaurants add their own flavors to the grill – staring from the infamous wagyu beef, fresh seafood, and locally grown vegetables.
One thing you need to know before we go on with the list of restaurants is that teppanyaki is generally not a cheap cuisine, as it requires highly skilled chefs and quality ingredients. A teppanyaki dinner usually ranges between $50 and $100, but you can find lunch deals for under $40 if you’re on a budget. With that out of the way, let’s get into the restaurants:
1. Teppanyaki Benbe Mita
Let’s start off with the least expensive, yet great quality teppanyaki restaurant on this list. If you’re on a budget, and can’t really afford to pay three-figure bills for dinner every single day, this is the place for you. With dinner going for around ¥3000 to ¥4000, and lunch meals available starting at ¥850. They specialize in Hiroshima cuisine – specifically Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (a type of Japanese pancake), Horen (sea urchin with spinach and baguette), and oysters.
Name: Teppanyaki Benbe Mita
Address: 1-5 Shiba 5 – chome, Minato – ku, Tokyo 108-0014, Jaoan
Business hour: (+81)3-6453-9272
Phone number: 11: 00 – 15: 00 (Weekdays, Saturdays) 17: 00 – 23: 00 (Sunday) 17: 00 – 22: 00
2. Teppan Diner Jaken
With its ultra-central location in the heart of Shibuya, Teppan Diner Jaken is popular with both locals and foreigners. Their prices are extremely affordable as well – you can grab lunch for around ¥1500, and dinner starting at ¥7000. Their specialty is the finest A5 grade wagyu beef, which they expertly grill and season with Japanese flavors, such as yuzukosho. They also do vegetables and seafood, if you’re not that much of a meat eater. Worth mentioning that this place has limited places around the counter, so if you want to be able to see the chefs at work, you might have to make a reservation in advance.
Name: Teppan Diner Jaken Ebisu-ten
Address: 1-30-9, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0021, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 17:00 – 23:00
Phone number: (+81)3-3477-7888
3. Mansei Akihabara
You’ll surely visit around the ‘electric town’ of Tokyo, as Akihabara is often called, especially if you’re into manga, anime, cosplay, or all that geeky stuff. Well, while you’re in the area, why not try some of the best teppanyaki Tokyo has to offer. Located within walking distance from Akihabara station, this restaurant offers an amazing panoramic view of the neon lights of Akihabara – so we highly recommend going there for dinner. That will cost you around ¥15,000, but having your premium wagyu beef grilled to perfection by expert chefs right before your eyes is certainly worth it.
Name: Mansei Akihabara
Address: 2-21, Kandasudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0041, Japan
Business hour: Weekdays 11:00 – 21:00, Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays 10:30 – 21:00
Phone number: (+81)3-3251-0291
4. Kamon (Imperial Hotel Tokyo)
If you’re in for a more luxurious experience, the Kamon restaurant inside the Imperial Hotel Tokyo might be worth a try. It offers a splendid view over the city, as well as high-class service and food. Their specialty is also wagyu beef sirloin, sliced and grilled on the griddle in front of you. They also serve fish, seafood, and vegetables, but the selection might vary depending on the season. Expect to pay ¥10,000 and over for the experience, but you definitely won’t regret it!
Address: Imperial Hotel, Osaka, 24th Floor,1-8-50 Temmabashi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0042, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
Phone number: (+81)3-3539-8116
5. Teppanyaki Steak Kisentei
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Yet another teppanyaki restaurant that pairs fine dining with an amazing view. However, the Kisentei is located in Roppongi, and their specialty is wagyu beef. However, not only do they grill it teppanyaki style, but they also serve other traditional beef dishes, such as sukiyaki and shabu shabu. Aside from the main event, which is the meat, Kisentei offers a range of seafood and vegetables that differ slightly from season to season. The place is, surprisingly, not very expensive – you can grab lunch for around ¥5000, and dinner starting from ¥10,000.
Name: Teppanyaki Steak Kisentei
Address: 3F,9-7-4, Akasaka , Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
Business hour: Mon-Fri 11:00-15:00, 17:00-24:00, Sat 11:00-24:00, Sundays and holidays 11:00-23:00
Phone number: (+81)3-5413-7988
6. Ginza Ukai-Tei
If you’re looking for the finest quality ingredients, go straight to Ginza Ukai-Tei. Their selection is pretty typical for teppanyaki – again, you have the wagyu, the seafood, and the vegetables, but there is something about their menu that makes Ukai-Tei stand out. It’s probably the fact that they are not afraid to experiment with different cuisines in one single course – you can have a French-style Consomme soup, a wagyu steak, and Chinese-style garlic fried rice all in one evening. The best part – they offer an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet and coffee after you’re done with your meal (in a separate room, so that the smell of the food being grilled doesn’t bother you.)
Name: Ginza Ukaitei
Address: 1F Jiji-tsushin Bldg. 5-15-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 , Japan
Business hour: Mon-Fri 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturdays and Holidays 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Phone number: (+81)3-3544-5252
7. Saga Gyu Kira Ginza
If you’re in the whole teppanyaki thing for the beef and nothing else, it’s a must you try Saga Gyu Kira Ginza when you visit Tokyo. The restaurant prides itself on using one of the best quality types of Wagyu, also known as Saga beef. They have several sets on their teppanyaki menu, starting from ¥16,000, that include Saga beef, sashimi or salad as entrees, soup, freshly steamed rice, pickles, dessert, and coffee. The most expensive teppanyaki set also comes with a grilled lobster tail, and fresh abalone served alive – but that will set you back ¥30,000.
Name: Saga Gyu Kira Ginza
Address:5-4-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:00
Phone number: (+81)3-5568-7080
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Located inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, Keyakizaka is yet another high-end teppanyaki place you won’t be ashamed to take your date to. Or just hit up yourself for some high-quality meat, vegetables, and seafood grilled right before your eyes. The special thing about this restaurant is the fact that it displays all of its ingredients on a counter, and you can actually point at whatever catches your eye, and have that exact same lobster or cut of beef grilled for you. If you like to have everything a la carte, Keyakizaka is the place for you.
Address: 4th Floor Grand Hyatt Tokyo, 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0032,Japan
Business hour: Every day, Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm (weekends and national holidays 11:30am – 3:00pm) Dinner 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Phone number: (+81)3-4333-8782
9. Azabu Juban Romantei
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With its opulent wooden interior and fresh selection of ingredients harvested from all over Japan, Azabu Juban Romantei is definitely worth a try. A great thing about this place is that they have a much wider selection of fish and seafood than other restaurants on this list – especially since their house specialty is sea urchin atop fried rice. Naturally, they also have wagyu meat, and different seasonal vegetables to spice up your meal as well. However, they only have six seats available at the bar counter, the rest being tables in a separate dining area. So, if you want to see the chefs in action, you’ll have to make a reservation in advance and specify your preference.
Name: Azabu Juban Romantei
Address: New Takao Heights 2F 1-5-13 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045 , Japan
Business hour: Mon-Sat 18: 00-23: 00, Sundays and Holidays 17: 30 – 22: 30
Phone number: (+81)3-3796-1012
10. Teppanyaki Akasaka
Lastly, if you’re looking for a restaurant with a truly stellar view, nothing beats Teppanyaki Akasaka. Located on the 37th floor of the ANA Intercontinental Tokyo, the restaurant has 31 seats around the counters and serves an amazing selection of ingredients. For instance, this is one of the few places that serve Kagawa Olive beef, which comes from a type of cattle that are fed olive skins. Aside from that, you can taste the freshest catch of the day from the Tsukiji fish market, and locally-grown vegetables. The prices are surprisingly cheap too – you can get lunch for just ¥4000, and dinner courses starting at ¥13,500.
Name: Teppanyaki Akasaka
Address: 1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, ANA Intercontinental Tokyo 37F
Business hour: Mon-Fri Lunch: 11:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.(L.O.) / Dinner: 5:00p.m. – 9:30p.m.(L.O.)
Weekends & Holidays: Dinner time – First seating 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Second seating 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Phone number: (+81)3-3505-1185
As you can see, there are teppanyaki restaurants for all budgets in Tokyo – from ones that charge ¥4000 for a dinner course to high-end places where you can expect to pay ¥30,000 or more. However, as mentioned at the start of this article, the mid-range for a good teppanyaki restaurant is ¥10,000 for a dinner set. Whichever of these places you end up going to, you’ll definitely get your fill of grilled food, and a unique chance to see the true Japanese chef mastery in action.
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