Takebashi, Jimbocho, Suidobashi, Ochanomizu
Cafes, bars and casual dining
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Listings for selected area cafes, bars, and casual dining spots, from our sister site Bento.com.

[Note: links on this page lead to full listings at Bento.com.]

Takebashi, Kudanshita

Le Petit Tonneau - French: Kudanshita
[Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
Bistro-style food from Petit Bedon chef Philippe Batton (including perfect duck confit and world-class roast potatoes), plus an eye-opening selection of wines from southern France, with many choices available by the glass.

Jimbocho

Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Jimbocho
[Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
Somewhat less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, US pints here are priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) You can choose from thirty different mostly local brews on draft, including an exclusive...
Paperback Cafe - Coffee shop: Jimbocho
[Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.]
Don't worry about being the only person working at the Paperback Cafe - you'll generally find laptops in use at every table, giving the place a busy, productive atmosphere. The cafe is spread out over three levels (two of them non-smoking) inside a...
Glitch - Coffee shop: Jimbocho
[Open 7:30am-8pm (Sat, Sun 9-7) daily.]
Glitch is the kind of coffee roastery and cafe that you'd expect to find in an up-and-coming warehouse district or a trendy residential neighborhood rather than here in business-oriented Jimbocho. Rustic wood and iron furnishings and burlap bags...
Craft Beer Market Terrace - Beer bar: Jimbocho
[Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
Located a few minutes from CBM's first Jimbocho outlet, this branch offers a spacious open-air seating area for when weather permits. Beers are the same budget-friendly prices as at other branches (Y480 for small glasses and Y780 for pints), and...
Yamituki Curry - Curry: Jimbocho
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken;...
Katchan - Gyukatsu: Jimbocho
[Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.]
The recommended dish here is the double-size portion of gyukatsu (beef cutlet) with menchi katsu (deep-fried minced-meat patty) on the side (Y1180). The beef is tender and served rare in the middle, with wasabi and an excellent sauce that's both...
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Jimbocho
[Open 5:30pm-1am (Sat 5-12). Closed Sundays.]
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.

Iidabashi, Suidobashi, Korakuen

Craft Beer Server Land - Beer bar: Iidabashi
[Open 5-11:30pm. Open every day.]
A mid-sized basement bar with a big selection of 25 taps and good prices (Y480/glass, Y780/pint), although there's a Y380 cover charge. Not every beer is exciting, but you can usually find something good. Open noon-10:30pm on weekends.
Le Train Bleu - Wine bar: Iidabashi
[Open 6:30pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.]
A wine bar in the evening, a soba restaurant in the daytime. They have over 70 reasonably priced wines by the bottle, with a dozen or so by the glass. The food is mostly simple grilled dishes. All seating is at the counter, so it's best for small...
Yamituki Curry - Curry: Iidabashi
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken;...
Okei - Gyoza: Iidabashi
[Open 11:30am-1:50, 5-8:50pm (LO). Closed Sun, 3rd Sat.]
This unpretentious Chinese noodle shop has been preparing their famous gyoza dumplings in the same style for some five decades now, with minced pork, chives and bok choy but no garlic. The gyoza are crunchy on the bottom with an otherwise doughy...
Hop-Scotch - Bar: Iidabashi
[Open 5pm-midnight daily.]
Craft beers and whiskey are given equal billing at this small but well-stocked bar. Eight taps dispense mostly US craft imports, typically priced at around Y700-800 per glass and Y1000-1100 per pint, while whiskey drinkers can choose from some...
Lien - Sandwiches/ deli: Suidobashi
[Open 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sundays.]
Tucked away in the rather institutional-looking basement of the Athenee Francaise, this branch of the French-based cafe serves a range of good, made-to-order French-style sandwiches.

Ochanomizu, Awajicho

Meishu Center - Sake bar: Ochanomizu
[Open 11am-9:30pm (Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.]
This casual, very lively tasting bar offers more than 100 types of sake along with a small menu of sake-compatible snacks. All sake is served in tiny 45ml glasses, so you can try several different varieties when you visit. There's a small discount...
Wiz - Beer bar: Awajicho
[Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.]
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to original versions of Tex-Mex fare like tacos and...
Craft Beer Market Awajicho - Beer bar: Awajicho
[Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.]
The third branch of the popular beer bar chain, CBM offers a variety of microbrew beers priced at a very reasonable Y780 per US pint (smaller glasses are Y480, and there's a small table charge). The bar's thirty taps dispense mostly Japanese craft...