If you’re an avid meat eater, a steak aficionado, or whatever other titles you would proudly slap next to your name, this article is about to change your life. You’re about to find out some places where you can taste some of the best steaks in the whole world, and there’s this one thing they all have in common – they’re all located in Tokyo, Japan. You’ve probably heard of Japanese wagyu beef before – huge cuts of premium marbled beef that look like they’d melt in your mouth once you bite into them.
Some people argue that there is no real wagyu outside of Japan (as in, they don’t export any of it, hence you can’t get the real thing outside of Japan). Some try to replicate it by breeding the same cattle and feeding them using the same patterns. That said, you might have tried ‘wagyu’ or ‘Kobe beef’ steak before, but there’s a 95% chance that it was not the real thing. However, now that you’ve booked your flights and your stays, you can finally aim for the stars. Or real wagyu steaks. Pretty much the same thing.
Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in Tokyo to eat wagyu:
1. Metropolitan Grill
Let’s start with something that won’t drain your wallet from the very first day – Metropolitan grill. Located inside the Hilton, right in the heart of the city, Metropolitan grill serves an assortment of steakhouse comfort foods you’d rejoice in after a 15-hour flight. Grilled salmon, Canadian lobster, hearty fixings, and, of course, wagyu steak, grilled over open fire. Prices range from ¥4000 to ¥10,000 for a meal – not cheap, but definitely not as expensive as some other places on this list.
Name: Metropolitan Grill
Address: 6-6-2 Nishishinjuku (Hilton Tokyo 2F), Shinjuku, Tokyo
Business hour: Mon-Fri: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Phone number: (+81)3-3344-5111
2. Ikinari Steak
Ikinari is actually a chain of steak restaurants, but you shouldn’t pass it up just because of that. They have a very steakhouse-ish approach to pricing, charging you per gram of meat. That said, prices range from ¥7 to ¥20 per gram, depending on the type of meat and cut you choose (they have Black Angus and a few other types besides wagyu.) Be warned that the menu differs slightly from one location to another, but the Shibuya one seems to be the most popular with foreigners.
Name: Ikinari Steak Shibuya Branch
Address: 3-24, Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0031, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11:00 – 23:00
Phone number: (+81)3-6277-5129
Official website: http://ikinaristeak.com.e.abd.hp.transer.com/home/
3. Grilled Aging Beef
The name of this place is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a restaurant that ages and grills beef, period. Located in the same area of Shinjuku, Grilled Aging beef is definitely not a high-end, luxurious steakhouse. The interior is done in more of a diner style, but they have English menus available, and the meat is amazing for the price! Speaking of which, getting your fill of wagyu here will cost you around ¥6000.
Name: Grilled Aging Beef
Address:3-5-4, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022, Japan
Business hour: Mon-Fri 17: 00 – 23: 30, Saturdays, Sundays, holidays 11: 30- 23: 00
Phone number: (+81)3-6273-2958
4. Teppanyaki Grow
Teppanyaki Grow is another decently-priced wagyu restaurant where the meat will surpass your expectations. The place serves wagyu sushi as appetizers, as well as different cuts of meat for the main course. They also have seafood and vegetables for side dishes, but who cares about those when you can eat your weight in beef for under ¥10,000?
Name: Teppanyaki Grow Korakuen
Address:2-24-2, Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-0002, Japan
Business hour: Mon-Fri 11: 30 – 14: 00, 17: 30 – 23: 00, Sat-Sun 11: 30 – 14: 00, 17: 30 – 22: 30
Phone number: (+81)3-6801-6467
5. Teppanyaki Yamanami
OK, time for serious business. Let’s not pretend you can get a real wagyu steak for under ¥4000, and look at Teppanyaki Yamanami, a place that will do more than just fill your belly with premium beef. Sit at the bar counter and watch the chefs as they expertly grill your steak on the teppanyaki right in front of you. Go along with their recommendations, and try the meat with different sauces and fixings to experience flavors you’ve never thought existed. Your bill? Between ¥10,000 and ¥20,000.
Name: Teppanyaki Yamanami
Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku,Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 160-8330 , Japan
Business hour: Every day 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
Phone number: (+81)3-3344-0111
6. Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
If you’re ever searching for ‘Tokyo wagyu restaurants’ on the internet, this place will definitely pop up among the first results. The reason? They’re extremely popular with foreigners, their service is impeccable, and the main event – the meat – is real Kobe beef imported from Kobe to Tokyo just for this restaurant. They also have more of a kaiseki approach to wagyu, as in they offer full courses in which the star ingredient of each dish is… you guessed it, Kobe beef! Prices range from ¥14,000 to ¥16,000 for a full course, and that’s really cheap for what the quality, the presentation, and the service you get.
Name: Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Address: B1, Dear Plaza Akasaka, Akasaka 4-3-28, Minato Ward, Tokyo 107-0052 , Japan
Business hour: Mon-Sat 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 23:00, Sundays closed
Phone number: (+81)3-6685-0511
7. Gomei Ginza
After you’ve got your fill of Kobe beef at Kaiseki 511, time to indulge in some connoisseur stuff, aka Akita beef at Gomei Ginza. Akita is arguably the better-bred cousin of Kobe beef, a meat so marbled that’s it’s basically butter flanked by thin strings of red meat. Gomei Ginza even has its own cattle farm, and all the food they serve are made from cows they’re grown and fed themselves. A course at Gomei will set you back around ¥25,000, and that includes appetizers, soup, steak, sukiyaki, dessert, rice, and sides.
Name: Gomei Ginza
Address: B1F Maxi de Pia Building, 6-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061 , Japan
Business hour: Mon-Sat 5:00pm – 9:30pm, Sundays and holidays closed
Phone number: (+81)3-6891-7711
Official website: http://noble-creation.com/gomei/en/
And now, for the grand finale – two wagyu restaurants in Tokyo that won’t go easy on your wallet. The first one, Aragawa, serves the so-called Sanda beef, which is what you call the highest grade of Kobe beef. They serve three sizes of steak, Regular, Semiking, and King, as well as a few a la carte dishes, including salmon and various seafood. A meal here will set you back anything between ¥20,000 and ¥40,000, but it will definitely be a night to remember.
Name: Aragawa Steakhouse
Address: 3-23-11, Nishishimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0003, Japan
Business hour: Mon-Sat 12:00 – 23:00, Sundays closed
Phone number: (+81)3-3438-1867
9. Kawamura Biftek
Oddly enough, the restaurant serving one of the most expensive steaks in all of Tokyo is a chain – enter Kawamura Biftek, a place where you can indulge in some 200g of award-winning Kobe beef steak for ¥50,000! Comes with a side of grilled veggies and salad too, in case that makes you feel better about dropping half a thousand bucks on a steak. But is Kawamura Biftek worth it? If you go with one of their course menus (¥19,000 to ¥23,000), definitely. But the $500 steak? Yeah, maybe, if you’re a real gourmand who just won the lottery.
Name: Kawamura Biftek
Address: B1F URBAN STYLE ROPPONGI 4-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 , Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00
Phone number: (+81)3-5775-6633
These were our recommendations for wagyu restaurant in Tokyo, from cheap to mid-range and all the way up to exorbitant. Regardless of your budget, one of the places on this list will be able to fill your belly and open your eyes to what a real wagyu steak tastes like.
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