8 of the Very Best Wagyu (Japanese Beef) Restaurants in Tokyo
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!
For Kobe Beef Steak: Kobe Plaisir Ginza
The restaurant is just a few steps away from the A3 exit of Ginza subway station (Ginza line, Marunouchi line, Hibiya line), on the top floor of Ginza Place. Upon entry, the spacious atmosphere, stylish clean-lined design, and warm lighting will soothe you.
Slow-Roasted Wagyu Roast Beef: Prime Rib Zen
Prime Rib Zen is located just 6 minutes away from Akihabara Station, on the 6th floor of a building. The staff is very friendly, and there are menus available in English if needed. If you plan to go for dinner, it's recommended that you make a reservation (some of the courses require a reservation so that the restaurant has time to prepare).
Famous Wagyu Yakiniku: Yoroniku
They have two courses, one is 7,500 yen and the other is 9,500 yen. Both are highly recommended as you can enjoy their selected, exquisite yakiniku meat as well as side dishes. They serve some rare parts of beef that are unbelievably flavorful and tender.
High-End Wagyu Yakiniku: Tobiushi
Miyazaki Beef: Gyusho
The superior marbling of Mizakai beef is something that needs to be experienced to be appreciated! The kalbi (boneless short rib), rib roast, and tenderloin are all outstanding examples of this magical marbling. The kalbi, in particular, is special. On the menu, it is listed simply as 'Choice Kalbi,' but in reality, it is thinly cut slices of 'Zabuton' (chuck flap), a rare, and highly-prized cut of meat from the cow's shoulders. This is a must-try, for sure.
Wagyu Sandwiches: Wagyu Mafia
Gyukatsu (deep-fried beef) is not all that common, let alone with high-quality wagyu! Wagyu Mafia, therefore, is quite a unique restaurant and definitely worth visiting. Check it out for a more casual wagyu experience.
Wagyu Sukiyaki: Ibuki
The menu at Ibuki is wonderfully simple; you can choose from sukiyaki or shabu-shabu.
A sukiyaki meal is 3,400 yen. If you need extra meat, it is available for ¥2,700.
Shabu-shabu is offered for ¥3,900, and is quite good as well. For such a reasonable price (for sukiyaki) the meat is high-quality wagyu that is absolutely delicious. This is a great option for those hoping to eat some wagyu without going way overboard.
Halal Wagyu: Kusumoto
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