In Japanese 和牛(wagyu) means 'Japanese beef' and typically refers to beef from a specific breed of black-haired Japanese cows. All of the most famous and expensive types of beef fall under the category of 'wagyu,' including Kobe Beef, Matsuzaka Beef, Hida beef, and more. Here are some of the best restaurants in Tokyo for enjoying delicious, tender wagyu!
We're here to answer your wagyu-related questions! Wagyu literally means 'Japanese beef.' Of wagyu cows, almost 95% are of the black-haired (黒毛 'kuroge') breed, of which there are many sub-breeds including all the most famous types of wagyu (Kobe, Matsuzaka, etc.)
Ukai-Tei is perhaps the most famous teppanyaki restaurant in the Omotesando/Harajuku area. Enjoy teppan-grilled Wagyu Beef as part of lunch or dinner courses.
There's a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Ikebukuro, Tokyo that serves plates of premium wagyu that customers can grill to their liking at their own private grill! In Japanese, it's called 'Hitori Yakiniku,' meaning 'solo bbq' and is the perfect way to be able to concentrate on the delicious, premium meat!!!
This selection is of the very best, high-end Japanese wagyu steakhouses in Tokyo. They have the legendary wagyu Kobe beef on their menu and many more exquisite brands.
Ever wondered what the best way to cook a wagyu steak is? Many would argue that using a stone oven called a rogama (炉窯) is the optimal way to cook wagyu and that steak cooked this way is the most delicious. One of the best places to get steak made this way is in Ginza at 'tcc ROGAMA Steak.'
Wagyu has a reputation for being quite expensive, and peoples' wallets usually take a hit when going out for a wagyu dinner. However, today I will introduce a restaurant in Akihabara called 'PRIME RIB ZEN' where you can eat delicious aged wagyu prime rib at a reasonable price. Why not go??
In February, 2020 the high-end members-only meat and sake specialty restaurant '29ON' opened a casual 角打ち(kaku uchi) bar in Nishi-Shinjuku that offers its members all-you-can-drink sake and various tapas featuring sous vide-cooked wagyu.
Matsukiya is a high-end wagyu restaurant in Kyoto's Shijo Neighborhood that offers a mouth-watering menu of sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, and steak. The meat comes directly from Matsukiya's wholesale storefront in neighboring Shiga Prefecture and is of outstanding quality.