Ebisu, Daikanyama, Naka-Meguro, Meguro
Cafes, bars and casual dining
Time Out Cafe - Cafe: Ebisu
[Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.]
Salads, ethnic-style dishes and other light fare are served along with coffee and cocktails. Located in the Liquid Room concert space, the cafe also hosts small musical events of its own. Free wi-fi access.
Cona - Wine bar: Ebisu
[Open 11:30am-2am (LO) daily.]
Wood-fired thin-crust pizzas for Y500 and wines by the bottle from Y1900 at at this sister shop of Shibuya's Cona.
Ouca - Cafe: Ebisu
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
Exotic ice creams and ices with a focus on traditional Japanese flavors like matcha, satsumaimo, kinako and seasonal delights. Enjoy a nice warm cup of tea after your ice cream.
Sarutahiko - Coffee shop: Ebisu
[Open 8am-12:30am daily.]
Well-made coffee in a cozy, but very popular cafe space - during especially busy times the crowd spills out onto the sidewalk. Cafe latte runs Y380, and there are several varieties of beans to take home. Open from 10am weekends.
Kikuya - Tempura: Ebisu
[Open 4-11:30pm (LO; Sun, Mon -10:30) daily.]
Kikuya is Tokyo's first stand-up tempura and craft-sake bar, an extremely specific culinary niche that we didn't realize needed filling until we visited. Most standing sake bars provide some sort of nourishment to go with your drinks, whether it's...
Burger Mania - Burgers: Ebisu
[Open 11am-midnight daily.]
This branch of the popular burger chain offers a well-chosen selection of craft beers to go with your burgers, from breweries like Green Flash, Ballast Point and Far Yeast. The six taps include one IPA, one white beer, one stout, and so on, and are...
Rue Favart - Cafe: Ebisu
[Open 10am-2am daily.]
A very French-style multi-story cafe with a relaxed atmosphere; they serve light food items and desserts as well as coffee and drinks.
Sarutahiko Atre - Coffee shop: Ebisu
[Open 8am-11pm daily.]
The original branch of this very serious coffee shop, just on the other side of Ebisu station, is always quite full, and this newer and much larger shopping-mall branch seems to be following suit. Hot or iced single-origin and blend drip coffees...
Kimijimaya - Liquor shop: Ebisu
[Open 10am-9:30pm daily.]
Around a dozen different sake varieties are ready for tasting at this casual standing bar, along with a dozen wines, several types of shochu, and Japanese liqueurs like yuzushu. The standing-bar area takes up about half the floor space of this...
Blacows - Burgers: Ebisu
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
Run by a Japanese meat company, Blacows specializes in gourmet burgers made from black Angus wagyu beef, coarsely ground and very juicy. A full-time butcher occupies one corner of the kitchen and prepares all the meat for the patties.
Enjoy! House - Bar: Ebisu
[Open 1pm-2am (-4am Fri/Sat). Closed Mondays.]
Still going strong after two decades, this very laid-back DJ bar has a comfortable atmosphere and a very eclectic musical soundtrack, depending on the night and the DJs in charge. Drinks are reasonably priced and the food is pretty good - we're...
Bar Guapos - Wine bar: Ebisu
[Open 5pm-3:30am (LO; 5-11:30pm Sun, Mon). Open every day.]
It's easy to appreciate the beauty of Bar Guapos, where Y1500 is enough for a glass of tinto or blanco and one or two tasty tapas. There are about fifteen Spanish wines on the drink list, plus a number of Sherries.
Green Brothers - Deli salads: Ebisu
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
Yes, it's another salad specialty shop, offering a variety of themed salads (Mexican Beef, Coriander Addict), seasonal salads (Gazpacho Greens), custom-order salads and soups. Custom salads give you a choice of your favorite greens, vegetable...
Spring Valley Brewery - Brewpub: Daikanyama
[Open 8am-midnight (Sun -10pm) daily.]
Run by Kirin Brewery, this brewpub is a massive 200-seat all-day dining restaurant. There are usually six craft-style beers available, priced at Y680 for a regular 360ml glass, or Y1000 for a set of six taster glasses.
Weekend Garage Tokyo - Cafe: Daikanyama
[Open 11am-midnight daily.]
Roughly equidistant from Ebisu, Shibuya and Daikanyama, Weekend Garage is a stylishly hip and surprisingly spacious cafe and hangout spot, with lots of greenery and outdoor seating. The food menu includes a hot sandwich of the day and a grilled...
Cafe Habana - Cuban: Daikanyama
[Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.]
Tasty Cuban-style sandwiches - stuffed with shredded roast pork, ham and cheese - are a big draw at this Cuban-themed bar-restaurant, along with Mexican-style grilled corn on the cob topped with cheese, lime and chili powder. Sandwiches are...
King George - Sandwiches/ deli: Daikanyama
[Open 11am-9pm (Sat -10, Sun -6) daily.]
King George's sturdily constructed sandwiches include appetizing concoctions like the Meathead, made with turkey, turkey pastrami and jalapenos (Y1600), and the HLT with honey-glazed ham and white cheddar (Y1500). They even do a tuna melt, made...
Sign - Cafe: Daikanyama
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
This relaxed cafe-bar is a perfect meeting spot, right in front of Daikanyama station.
Lab.LABAR - Coffee shop: Daikanyama
[Open 11am-7pm. Closed Wednesdays.]
A chic furniture store-cafe combo in the heart of Daikanyama, Lab.LABAR offers a surprisingly wide variety of both coffees and teas. Coffee connoisseurs can choose from among Aeropress, paper-filter drip coffee and siphon coffee for hot drinks and...
Marzac 7 - Wine bar: Naka-Meguro
[Open 6-11pm (LO; Fri-Sun -3am) daily.]
Like the original Marzac in Aoyama, this stylish two-story cafe near the Meguro River serves up nicely prepared grilled-meat dishes and reasonably priced wines by the glass or bottle. The open kitchen on the ground floor helps establish a warm,...
Kitchen Troquet - Ramen: Naka-Meguro
[Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.]
Kitchen Troquet is a small, ten-seat restaurant from the folks who brought us Buono Buono, a lunchtime-only Italian-fusion ramen shop which was located just around the corner. Here they've expanded their horizons to include pork cutlets, omelettes,...
Hatos Bar - Beer bar: Naka-Meguro
[Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.]
Excellent American-style barbecue and nice microbrew beers to go with them are the surprising finds at this charming neighborhood bar. Richly marbled pork belly was our favorite, but we also greatly enjoyed Hatos's baby-back ribs, pulled-pork...
Cecil B - Bar: Naka-Meguro
[Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sun, 1st and 3rd Mon.]
It's an early-sixties swinging bachelor pad, with charmingly kitsch decor and a nice collection of vinyl R and B spun on their old-fashioned record player. Drinks are reasonable, and there's a small food menu if you're in the mood for some grub,...
Junkadelic - Mexican: Naka-Meguro
[Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.]
One of Tokyo's early Tex-Mex pioneers, Junkadelic turns out credible versions of the Tex-Mex standards found in southern California, where the owner used to live. The menu starts off with familiar dishes like fajitas (your choice of corn or flour...
Patisserie Potager - Bakery: Naka-Meguro
[Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.]
If you love dessert but also love vegetables, this unique pastry shop is the place for you. Sample tempting creations like avocado cheesecake, buckwheat chai mousse, arugula jelly with black-sesame and soy-milk mousse, and daikon and yuzu mousse...
Kakura - Curry: Naka-Meguro
[Open noon-1:30, 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.]
Medicinal-herb curries are the specialty here; prices range from Y1000-1900. They often run out, so call ahead or have a backup plan.
To The Herbs - Italian: Meguro
[Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
Relatively inexpensive pizza and pasta in many variations.
Meguro Tavern - Brewpub: Meguro
[Open 5:30pm-1am daily.]
Four house ales are on tap at this spacious British pub, mostly bitter styles and priced at Y1000 for a UK pint. The rotating food menu features Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie. Two big screens show football...
Rasoi - Indian: Meguro
[Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.]
Excellent Indian cuisine. A la carte menu from Y1,110, lunch from Y780. They also deliver within the area.
Another8 - Bar: Meguro
[Open 5pm-1am daily.]
Perhaps it's the chic, modern decor or the DJ booth at the front of the bar, but for some reason Another8 seems to attract a more stylish and cosmopolitan crowd than your typical beer bar. In addition to seven or eight taps of craft beer they also...
Switch Coffee - Coffee shop: Meguro
[Open 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays.]
The five or six varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans sold here start at around Y1890 per 250-gram bag, and you can taste samples before you buy. Each bean purchase also comes with a free cup of coffee. There's a tiny bench outside the shop,...
Tenement - Cafe: Shirokanedai
[Open 11:30am-4, 4-11pm. Closed Sundays.]
The atmosphere is relaxed and the music is downbeat at this very casual late-night cafe-bar. The drinks menu offers a decent selection of cocktails.
Burger Mania - Burgers: Shirokanedai
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale, and IPA styles and one seasonal beer. Draft...
Blue Point - Cafe: Shirokanedai
[Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.]
The restaurant in back is pretentious and overpriced, but the outdoor cafe is a pleasant place to sit during warm weather.
DevilCraft - Beer bar: Gotanda
[Open 5-11pm (Sun 3-10) daily.]
This third branch of the pioneering Tokyo craft-beer chain is the largest so far, attracting a thirsty after-work crowd in addition to the usual crew of beer aficionados. Twenty taps dispense one of the better selections of craft beers in town,...
Wired Cafe - Cafe: Gotanda
[Open 8am-11pm (weekends from 10am) daily.]
Located next to Gotanda Station, this branch of the ubiquitous cafe chain offers inexpensive dishes like sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas as well as coffee, tea and cocktails. There's plenty of internet access and some non-smoking tables.
Sign Gotandar - Cafe: Gotanda
[Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.]
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access. Lunch is served until 3pm.