The 10 Best Restaurants in Chuo, Tokyo

Inside Ginza Kojyu kaiseki restaurant, Tokyo | © City Foodsters/Flickr
Inside Ginza Kojyu kaiseki restaurant, Tokyo | © City Foodsters/Flickr
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Tokyo Writer9 July 2017

Chuo is home to the most expensive shopping district in Tokyo, Ginza, and is one of the metropolis’s main commercial and financial hubs. Check out these restaurants next time you’re in the ward.

Ginza Kojyu

Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, $$$
Ginza Kojyu is a three-star Michelin restaurant serving delicate kaiseki dishes (Japanese haute cuisine). Traditional touches, from the décor to the dining rituals, complete the experience. Reservations strongly recommended.

Tapas Molecular Bar

Restaurant, Bar, Japanese, $$$
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Tapas Molecular Bar serves innovative molecular cuisine from the 38th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. With seating for just eight people and each meal lasting around two hours, it’s a unique opportunity for intimate interaction with a world-class chef as he prepares and serves each course. Reservations are a must.

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Ginza Bairin

Restaurant, Japanese
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Established in Ginza ninety years ago, Bairin serves some of the best tonkatsu (fried and breaded pork cutlet) and katsudon (tonkatsu on rice with egg and veggies) in the district. With limited seating and a quick turnover, it’s a great place to go for a quick fill up.

Ukai-tei

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$

Fine Japanese-European fusion cuisine awaits at Ukai-tei. They are one of the pioneers of modern teppanyaki cooking in Tokyo. Reservations recommended.

Restaurant Sant Pau

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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Restaurant Sant Pau is an upscale Spanish-Japanese fusion cuisine restaurant located in Nihonbashi. With an excellent wine selection, authentic décor and superb service, this may just be the best Catalan restaurant in Tokyo.

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Nihonbashi Tamai

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Nihonbashi Tamai specializes in anago or ma-anago, a type of saltwater eel that’s lighter and softer than its more well-known counterpart, unagi. Ma-anago is suitable for a wide range of dishes, from tempura and sushi to salads and soups. Tamai is small, traditional, and popular with locals, so having some Japanese ability will make your experience more enjoyable.