Updated: March 18, 2020
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8 of the Very Best Wagyu (Japanese Beef) Restaurants in Tokyo

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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!

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For Kobe Beef Steak: Kobe Plaisir Ginza

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To experience Japan's legendary Kobe Beef, Kobe Plaisir Ginza in Tokyo is a first-rate choice. They specialize precisely in Kobe Beef prepared teppanyaki style. Kobe Beef is some of the most expensive wagyu but many feel that it is worth the price. Expect to pay somewhere in the range of ¥16,000 to ¥20,000 per person.

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.
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Slow-Roasted Wagyu Roast Beef: Prime Rib Zen

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What makes the beef here so special? Well, first off, the beef used is premium wagyu from Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo, that is aged for a full 30 days. The meat is then roasted in the oven for about 7 hours at a low temperature (65 ℃). The resulting prime rib is some of the juiciest and most delicious wagyu you'll ever taste!

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).
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Famous Wagyu Yakiniku: Yoroniku

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Yoroniku is one of the best-known yakiniku restaurants in Tokyo. Meat lovers from all over Japan and even the world gather here to enjoy the quality yakiniku served.

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.
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High-End Wagyu Yakiniku: Tobiushi

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What stands out most about 'Tobiushi' is its focus on impeccable quality. Located just 5 minutes away from Iidabashi station, the restaurant strives to provide a top-notch dining experience to its customers and gives attention to the important details. All dining tables are in private rooms, and the ingredients used are carefully selected each day to ensure superior quality. A5 is the highest rank that wagyu can be given, and Tobiushi specializes in A5 rank meats such as the Chateubriand steak shown above. If you're looking to splurge a bit and enjoy some of the highest quality meat you've ever tried, Tobiushi is a great option.
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Miyazaki Beef: Gyusho

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Premium beef from Miyazaki Prefecture, in the southeastern part of Kyushu is some of the most highly-regarded in Japan. Even in the giant metropolis of Tokyo, there are very few locations specialing in the beef. One such restaurant is called 'Gyusho,' and should be on every meat-lovers list! It's quite off the beaten path, but definitely for the trip.
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.
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Wagyu Sandwiches: Wagyu Mafia

Care to try a ¥20,000 Kobe beef sandwich? If so, Wagyu Mafia's got you covered! It is the only place that we know of that serves this kind of crazy expensive high-end wagyu beef cutlet sandwiches in Tokyo. If the ¥20,000 sandwich is too expensive, there are also some more affordable options (¥2,000 to ¥3,000 range) or even a ¥1,000 ground wagyu sandwich.

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

Ibuki is a quality sukiyaki restaurant located very close to Shinjuku Station's South Exit. Established in 1950, this restaurant remains very popular to this day thanks to the no-nonsense, high quality of the food.

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

For refined Japanese halal cuisine in Tokyo, Kusumoto is the place to go. This is more broadly a washoku (traditional Japanese) restaurant which also offers a 6 item course with halal Kobe beef as the pièce de résistance. You can also order a Kobe beef filet of 75g for ¥25,000 and of 150g for ¥40,000. The restaurant is located at about an 8-minute walk from the Roppongi Station. Reserving in advance is highly recommended as this is a small and popular restaurant.

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