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Appetizing Restaurants in Ueno
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15 Appetizing Restaurants in Ueno

Ueno is famous for temples, shrines, art museums, Ueno Park, and much more. Find the delicious restaurants hidden throughout Ueno. Making reservations is recommended for well-known restaurants.

Ueno is famous for the Ameyoko Shopping Street, a discount shopping street famous throughout Japan for the wide variety of products, near JR Ueno Station and Okachimachi Station. At the end of the year, the street is crowded with people seeking out ingredients for osechi-ryori (traditional Japanese New Year food). There are also many restaurants in Ueno to satisfy after your shopping at Ameyoko. Below are 15 recommended restaurants you should stop by if you have the chance to!

 

#1. Shoryu

Shoryu is a wonderful gyoza restaurant buried inside of the Ameyoko Marketplace in Ueno. You might walk by it a hundred times and never notice it. The wait in line can be quite long during meal times because seating is very limited but it is well worth the wait. The seating is tight but not uncomfortable. Order “Gyoza rice omori” (omori if you want large rice). Note that these gyozas are quite large and over sized. They also serve ramen and yakisoba. You can order the food to-go if you don’t have the time or there is not available seats.
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Shoryu

Address: 6-10-14 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours:
11:30 AM – 9:30 PM (Monday – Saturday)
11:30 AM – 8:00 PM (Sunday and National Holiday)

Phone: 03-3832-0847

Website: –

Tabelog: Shoryu

 

#2. Sushizanmai

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When it comes to sushi, Sushizanmai is one of the very famous chain restaurants in Japan. Everyday fresh fish and shellfish are purchased directly from Tsukiji fish market and production centers, starting with first-rate tuna, and is delivered within the day to all restaurants. Hand shaped sushi is available starting at 105 yen a piece. They accept orders from one piece and offer sushi at low prices. Beside sushi, tempura, and sashimi there is a variety of other a-la-carte dishes available.
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Sushizanmai

Address: 1F Suzuki Building, 2-7-12 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 24 Hours

Phone: 03-5807-6543

Website:

Tabelog: Sushizanmai

 

#3. Tokori

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Tokori is a yakiniku restaurant which is very popular for its “all-you-can eat Yamagata beef” for 5,000 yen for two hours. Yamagata beef is one of the highest quality Japanese beef. At lunch time Yamagata beef yakiniku can also be enjoyed here. At Tokori you can also try yukhoe (seasoned raw beef) because Tokori is one of Japan’s few stores permitted to sell it. Usually sashimi comes in boats at Japanese restaurants but at Tokori they offer boat yakiniku which may amuse you. Tokori uses domestic vegetables. English speaking staff are there to help you choose off the menu.
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Tokori

Address: 3F Bamboo Garden, 1-52 Ueno-Koen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Phone: 03-5807-2255

Website: Tokori (Japanese)

 

#4. Yamabe

Yamabe is one of the most popular restaurants for pork cutlet or tonkatsu around Ueno Station. The set menu for lunch called rosu katsu, which means pork loin, is affordably priced at 700 yen, the meat is very high quality. You might be amazed by the thick pork loin that is super tender with a crispy outer layer beautifully wrapping the meat juice inside. The best way to eat them is putting some tonkatsu sauce and mustard on top of the crispy layer and enjoying the slices with either white rice or shredded cabbage. There is also miso soup and some Japanese pickles as the side dish. You may see some people lining up around lunch time but it is definitely worth waiting.
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Yamabe

Address: 4-5-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 2 minute walk from Ueno Okachimachi Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Phone: 03-5817-7045

Website: –

Tabelog: Yamabe

 

#5. Innsyoutei

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Innsyoutei, pronounced “Inshotei,” which means “rhyme of the pine cottage”) has to be one of the most picturesque dining spots in Tokyo during any season. When the trees are covered with clouds of blossoms it is outstanding. One of the features is the shared dining area with its single, long counter table and wide picture window. At night especially, with the trees outside illuminated, the view is magical. You sit on thin zabuton (floor cushions) at low tables on a raised timber floor, or perch on stools around a large farmhouse-style table. Innsyoutei serves kaiseki cuisine – not the formal banquets of the tea ceremony but a more casual, accessible version of the classic Kyoto style of cooking. At dinner, a menu based around chicken sukiyaki is also available (from 5,300 yen). In the daytime, the most popular option is the delicate Hana-kago Zen literally, “Flower-basket meal”, a set lunch with a selection of dishes are brought to the table inside a woven bamboo basket, these meals usually cost 1,890 yen to 2,690 yen.
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Innsyoutei

Address: 4-59 Ueno-Koen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Phone: 03-3821-8126

Website: Innsyoutei (Japanese)

 

#6. Niku no Ohyama

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Niku no Ohyama is well-known for an abundant meat menu at reasonable prices. Some of their menu is minced cutlets, steaks, ham cutlets, yakitori, and more meat related menus. Niku no Ohyama is mainly a standing restaurant but there is a few tables in the back. There are many regular customers who are captured by Niku no Ohyama’s tasty dishes. It is best recommended as lunch or a snack. There is the “Sen-bero” course which costs 1,000 yen and it comes with a drink.
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Niku no Ohyama

Address: 6-13-2 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 2 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Phone: 03-3831-9007

Website: Ohyama (Japanese)

 

#7. Hard Rock Cafe

Appetizing Restaurants in Ueno
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The Ueno branch of the world’s most recognizable rock’n’roll restaurant has been open since 2002, but underwent a complete renewal in early 2014. With its 7 AM opening time and its commuter-grabbing location near Ueno Station, there is perhaps less of a sense of occasion about dining here, although – like most Hard Rock Cafe establishments – there are a number of interesting items in their memorabilia collection. Look out for the white jacket worn by Michael Jackson on the 1984 Victory tour, a lap steel guitar used by Ron Wood and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, one of Madonna’s black blazers, a tweed cap signed by John Lennon, one of Jon Bon Jovi’s guitars and, er, Justin Timberlake’s jeans.
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Hard Rock Cafe

Address: 1F Atre Ueno, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: Inside Ueno Station

Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Phone: 03-5826-5821

Website: Hard Rock Cafe

 

#8. Yoshokuya Sandaime Taimeiken

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Nihombashi Taimeiken is a long-established yoshokuya, a restaurant serving Western food that opened in 1931. Taimeiken is known to be a favorite of the late novelist Shotaro Ikenami. The first floor is a casual western-style restaurant. You can enjoy an omelet over rice, hamburg steak, and other popular western-style dishes. On the second floor is an authentic western-style restaurant. You can enjoy carefully prepared single dishes or a full course meal in a comfortable atmosphere. You can choose which you want to dine at depending on your budget and taste.
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Taimeiken

Address: 1-12-10 Nihonbashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Access: Inside Ueno Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Phone: 03-3271-2464

Website: Taimeiken (Japanese)

 

#9. Ueno Yabusoba

Ueno Yabusoba is a famous restaurant which keeps the traditional Edo period soba flavors to the present generation. Ueno Yabusoba was established in 1892 and was divided in goodwill from the Kanda Yabusoba main branch. You can enjoy traditional handmade soba which is made by their eight soba uchi chefs. Ueno Yabusoba is also very popular for their New Year’s Soba.
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Ueno Yabusoba

Address: 6-9-16 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Phone: 03-3831-4728

Website: –

Tabelog: Ueno Yabusoba

 

#10. Daichi no Okurimono

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Daichi no Okurimono offers more vegetable dishes and salad than the average restaurant, but plenty of fish and meat as well. There’s excellent fatty pork kakuni, fried chicken and oysters, saikyoyaki-style grilled salmon, and lots more fish. There are stacked trays of steamed Chinese dumplings, udon noodles and rice dishes, and lots of desserts like soy-milk pudding and annin-dofu, plus a selection of ice cream. One particularly attractive feature here is the variety of open-bar options. The cheapest plan, around 800 yen is extra on top of your meal but it includes 100 different kinds of umeshu (Japanese plum wine). It’s an excellent way to explore the world of umeshu, not just shochu-based but also made from sake and brandy. Other drinks plans offer beer, wine and cocktails. The basic buffet is 2,800 yen at dinnertime and 1,600 yen at lunch, with cheaper prices for kids.
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Daichi no Okurimono

Address: 4F Suzunoya Bldg, 1-20-11 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Phone: 03-3836-2640

Website: –

Tabelog: Daichi no Okurimono

 

#11. Ichiran

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Ichiran, one of the biggest ramen chains in Japan, is the “king” of pork bone based ramen from Hakata. It is very tasty and you can feel the deepness of it and how sophisticated a bowl of ramen is being so different from the other ramen outside. The thin noodles have a pleasant chewiness which blend perfectly well with the soup and the fresh toppings that leaves everyone completely speechless. All the seats are separated by partitions, and the restaurant is extremely stoic about being systematic in how to order and to eat, but most of the people understand that already and take that as part of the fun. Ichiran is open 24 hours making it convenient for the customers to stop by.
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Ichiran

Address: 1F Atre Ueno, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: Inside Atre building of Ueno Station

Hours: 24 Hours

Phone: 03-5826-5861

Website: Ichiran (Japanese)

 

#12. Delhi Ueno

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Delhi, an Indian restaurant established in Ueno in 1956, is a small curry shop which has become something of a local legend. The butter chicken (1,050 yen) is a long-standing favorite, while the soup-like Kashmir curry (950 yen) can only be recommended for true masters of spice – it’s hot enough to make you cry.
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Delhi Ueno

Address: 3-42-2 Yushima, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

Access: Near Ueno-Okachimachi station

Hours: 11:50 AM – 9:30 PM

Phone: 03-3831-7311

Website: Delhi Ueno (Japanese)

 

#13. Maguro Ichidai Ecute Ueno

Maguro Ichidai in the Ecute Ueno building, is a sushi restaurant which focuses on raw tuna. Their popular dish is the Nama Magurozukushi (raw tuna) course which includes Otoro, Akami and Gunkan type sushi, handmade by the sushi chefs. The restaurant is very accessible, being inside the Ueno Station. The morning menu starts from 7 AM to 10 AM which is popular among the businessmen in Ueno. Nizakana Teishoku (boiled fish) course is especially popular in the morning. Mackerel boiled in a rich sauce goes very well with rice. If you order omori rice (a large bowl rice) it will be quite satisfying. Other than courses they have fish or meat with rice and many other choices for you to enjoy.
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Maguro Ichidai Ecute Ueno

Address: 3F Ecute Ueno, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: Inside Ueno Station

Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Phone: 03-5826-5621

Website: –

Tabelog: Maguro Ichidai

 

#14. Isen Honten

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Isen Honten has been around Ueno for more than 80 years and is famous for its extremely tender pork cutlet that you can even cut in half by using chopsticks. Being able to “cut with chopsticks” is one of the best compliment a food can get when we want to express the tenderness of the food. Isen Ueno is the birth place of the tonkatsu sandwich, which you can often find at convenience stores. When you are in Isen, there are several good choices on the menu like Yawaraka Tonkatsu that is super tender pork cutlet prepared at low heat, Toku Rosu Katsu a delicious standard pork cutlet that represents the 80 years of history, and of course the Katsu Sandwich which has already become well known in Japan. The sauce they are using probably has some sourness in it unlike most of the Tonkatsu restaurants that offer relatively sweeter sauce, but it is absolutely marvelous. The decor, on the hand, leaves the ambiance of the Showa period and that reminds locals of good old times of Japan which seems quite retro for such famous place. Even though the building is old, the restaurant is kept tidy and these are the reasons why it has been the most loved restaurant since its foundation on 1930. When you are in Ueno, make sure to have a meal here.
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Isen Honten

Address: 3-40-3, Yushima, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Ueno Okachimachi Station

Hours: 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Phone: 03-3834-2901

Website: Isen Honten (Japanese)

 

#15. Seisei Hanten

Seisei Hanten is a Sichuan-style Chinese restaurant serving the same flavors you would find in Sichuan Province in China. Seisei Hanten is popular for their large volume of food with reasonable prices. The “Shibire and Karasa” (hotness which makes you almost numb) of Sichuan-style is loved by many repeaters of this restaurant. Enjoy the real taste of Sichuan-style dishes prepared by the chef who has mastered the Sichuan style of cooking.
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Seisei Hanten

Address: 7-8-16 Ueno, Taitou Ward, Tokyo

Access: 2 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Phone: 03-3842-8920

Website: Seisei Hanten (Japanese)

 

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