Updated: December 20, 2019
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Best Ginza Restaurants for Dinner (From Cheap Eats to Fine Dining)

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Ginza is filled with restaurants of all varieties, from affordable hole-in-the-wall joints to Michelin 3-star restaurants that require reservations months in advance. Here is a list of some of the best places to have a great dinner, from "fancy" to "affordable." Enjoy!

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Sushi Fukuju

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Sushi Fukuju is one of Ginza's many high-end sushi restaurants, but with a few twists that set it apart from the rest. In addition to outstanding sushi and tsumami (Japanese-style side-dishes) made with the best ingredients available at Toyosu Market, the restaurant has an incredible location near the most iconic area of Ginza and even features a window seat with a beautiful view of the city's scenery. For those seeking an unforgettable sushi meal in Ginza, Sushi Fukuju is an excellent choice.
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The omakase course at Sushi Fukuju is ¥15,000 and features 7 or more tsumami (small dishes), at least 12 nigiri sushi pieces, a rice dish, a roll sushi, chawanmushi(savory egg custard), and a light dessert. The decadent meal lasts about 2 and a half hours and is wonderfully satisfying. Make sure to reserve ahead of time.

re:Dine Ginza

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Re:Dine GINZA is Japan's first shared kitchen restaurant. It offers a coworking space to five different talented chefs to try out some innovative cuisine. You can enjoy some original creations of every genre for lunch or dinner and they have excellent desserts too. The chefs change periodically so you're bound to make interesting discoveries at every visit. The atmosphere at dinner time is calm and relaxing, great for hanging out for several hours while enjoying various dishes and wines/sakes.
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Expect to pay anywhere from around ¥2,000 per person up to ¥6,000, depending on how much you order and whether you also purchase alcoholic beverages.

Kobe Plaisir Ginza

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Kobe Beef stands out as one of Japan's most iconic delicacies, and that says a lot in a country with such a rich and diverse cuisine. To experience the sublime taste of this legendary beef, then Kobe Plaisir Ginza should most definitely be a place to consider visiting. They specialize specifically in Kobe Beef cooked teppanyaki style.
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You can enjoy the precious delicacy as part of a course or à la carte. For instance, the 200g Kobe Beef Sirloin is ¥20,000 and there is a course that includes a piece of 120g for ¥16,800.

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.

Nanachome Kyoboshi

Nanachoume Kyoboshi was a three-star Michelin restaurant and is considered by many to be one of the best tempura restaurants in the world. However, to Chef Sakakibara's request, he was taken off the Michelin Restaurant listing! Why? It is a mystery!
Chef Sakakibara runs his small tempura shop with his wife and daughter and is a third-generation tempura expert. What makes his restaurant worthy of three Michelin stars? Well, it's the years of craftsmanship that allowed him to perfect the batter, as well as the secret recipe for his frying oil.
Are you willing to splurge and spend ¥30,000 to ¥40,000 for the best tempura of your life? That's entirely up to you!

Fugu Fukuji

Fugu is the Japanese word for blowfish (yes, the poisonous ones) which can only be prepared by a certified professional. As such, it's a fairly expensive and rare dish, but one that should be experienced at least once! Fukuji is a special restaurant that is a little hard to find, but once you get there you'll enter a world of ultimate Fugu cuisine! Once you're seated the Chefs attend to you directly and explain everything about the menu, dishes and particularly about Fugu.
Enjoy a full course of various fugu dishes including sashimi, grilled dishes, and soup. The restaurant is just a few minutes away from Higashi Ginza station and definitely won't let you down!

Reasonable

Ginza Bairin

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Ginza Bairin is a well-known tonkatsu and katsudon restaurant in Ginza, 3 minutes walk from Ginza station. It has as long as 90 years of history serving delicious tonkatsu (Japanese pork cutlet) dishes. What makes their katsudon special is this fried egg on the top (Katsudon usually doesn't have it). The pork cutlet is simmered in a soup with a beaten egg, so this dish consists of two eggs.
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The juicy tonkatsu is made from a selected Japanese pork fillet. The outside is crispy, yet it also soaks up the broth, filling it with flavor and umami.The rich egg yolk goes well with the delicious tonkatsu and savory sauce. It is truly addictive!

Vampire Cafe

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Looking for a dining experience that's a little bit out of the ordinary? The Vampire Cafe in Ginza definitely fits that bill! The cafe is run by a vampire named Count Rose who, despite being a bit ill-tempered serves some tasty (and often demonic-themed) dishes.
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There's a small table charge, but the dishes are fairly reasonably priced otherwise. It will be a bit pricer than a typical restaurant, but what you're really paying for is the atmosphere and the chance to meet a real-life vampire!

YOU

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YOU is a kissaten, a Japanese-style coffee house. Kissaten traditionally serve foods including pasta and omurice (omlette rice) in addition to coffee. YOU is known for its omurice, and this is a delicious and affordable option for dinner.
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The omurice here is fluffy and a perfect example of a great, classic Japanese omurice. Be warned that kissaten are a place where smoking is allowed inside, so be prepared for some cigarette smoke if you plan to go.

Toriyoshi

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Toriyoshi is an exceptional yakitori restaurant with several branches across Tokyo, including two in Ginza. Here, you can order the "omakase course" (letting the chef decide the course) or order a la carte. If you've never had yakitori before, or only had it at a normal izakaya, brace yourself for some incredibly delicious chicken skewers!
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If you're not overly familiar with yakitori, we highly recommend the omakase course, since you'll get to try several different skewers including everything that is freshest on that day. In addition to the yakitori, the liver and the minced chicken are also delicious, as is the fried chicken, which is a house specialty. The courses start at 2,500 yen.

Shabusen

Shabusen is located 1 minute away from Ginza Station (Exit A3). It is a small restaurant with a counter section only, so it might be a good idea to make a reservation before going. Shabu shabu is typically a bit expensive, but here it is reasonably priced (courses are under 3000 yen).
Aside from the great shabu shabu served with a secret sesame seed sauce, there are many tasty side menu items such as asparagus with tofu and tomato salad. Desserts are also quite popular here and wine and sake are available.

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