Updated: August 23, 2019
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Bistro 35 Steps: delectable Japanese cuisine in Shibuya


Looking for a good restaurant/izakaya in Shibuya with a warm casual atmosphere and great Japanese food? Then you should definitely consider Bistro 35 Steps as an option!

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Bistro 35 Steps

Bistro 35 Steps (BISTRO三十五段屋) is a popular izakaya in Shibuya. The cuisine served is mostly cooked seafood, sashimi, and various traditional Japanese dishes.

It takes about a 5-minute walk to get there from Shibuya station (Hachiko exit).

Hidden on a basement floor

The restaurant isn't easy to find, as it is located on a basement floor with an entrance that doesn't look like much. The name '35 Steps' comes from the number of stairs you have to walk to get to the door.

A superb reasonably priced izakaya!

The restaurant has a warm atmosphere and the staff will make you feel welcome. Although the overwhelming majority of patrons are locals, this restaurant is very foreigner-friendly. They have menus in English so even if you don't speak Japanese you shouldn't have any problems ordering.
Perhaps one thing you should definitely order is the torched grilled mackerel ('saba' in Japanese). This one is cooked right in front of you to perfection with crispy skin and an inside that is plump, soft and super savoury. It's the most popular item of the restaurant so don't miss it!
Another popular item is the 'oden', which is a traditional Japanese stew. It has a massive piece of daikon radish in the middle of the plate the is soaked to its core with the broth that it was stewed in. The daikon is so soft that you can break it apart with your chopsticks. You'll be amazed by how tasty it is!
Another popular item here is the sashimi. Directly delivered from the Toyosu fish market, every piece is extra fresh. The types of fish you get might change with the seasons and availability at the market.
Finally, for alcohol, you should try sake served in bamboo cups! If that's not your thing then you can always have an ice-cold beer, wine, cocktails or shochu (Japanese spirit).

In closing...

This is a great place to have some amazing Japanese foods at a fair price. Most people report paying between ¥3,000 to ¥4,000 for dinner. Give it a try next time you're in Shibuya.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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