Where to Eat in Arakawa: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 26, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Discover the best restaurant in Arakawa, Japan including Komagata Dozeu Asakusa, Asakusa Imahan Kokusai Dori Honten, Asakusa Okonomiyaki Sometaro, Hantei Nezu, Isen Honten, Innsyoutei, Tonkatsu Marugo, Bazoku, Asakusa Kagetsudo Honten, Ramen Yoroiya
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1. Komagata Dozeu Asakusa

1-7-12 Komagata, Taito 111-0043, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese Lunch, Dinner +81 3-3842-4001
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Komagata Dozeu Asakusa

Reviewed By MusicMandy - Hong Kong, China

This is a lovely little traditional Japanese restaurant. If you enjoy fish, and are open to trying local, do stop by. It is a very limited menu though, and the focus is fish.

2. Asakusa Imahan Kokusai Dori Honten

3-1-12 Nishi Asakusa, Taito 111-0035, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +81 3-3841-1114
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Asakusa Imahan Kokusai Dori Honten

Reviewed By GeorgeFMarkhamON - Markham

The staff are pleasant enough. The English menu rather non-descriptive. The simpler meals were OK but the sirloin was a disappointment. I asked for the meat to be cooked medium-well, but this was beyond the comprehension of the staff. The meat was served slightly seared and still mooing. I sent it back to the kitchen for additional grilling, but it came back as raw s before. Desserts were rather bland.

3. Asakusa Okonomiyaki Sometaro

2-2-2 Nishiasakusa, Taito 111-0035, Tokyo Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3844-9502
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 641 reviews

Asakusa Okonomiyaki Sometaro

Reviewed By ajmoreno25 - Asia

Finally found our okonomiyaki go-to place in Tokyo. Not easy to find in a quiet, mostly residential neighborhood. We walked into the wrong place at first but they said we needed Reservations. Glad they turned us away because we walked down the road and saw a hand written sign here saying “Sometaro”. Wear your nice socks since this is a traditional no-shoes place. An English menu is available & includes cooking instructions. You do the cooking here at your table, but they’ll help
if you need it. The okonomiyaki is made w/ batter, no noodles unlike Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki which is our favorite. But we really enjoyed this. The yakisoba was good, but we’ll come back for the okonomiyaki!

4. Hantei Nezu

2-12-15 Nezu, Bunkyo 113-0031, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +81 3-3828-1440
Excellent
30%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 150 reviews

Hantei Nezu

Reviewed By floatinweed - UK

Hantei offers gorgeous setting; its architecture (registered building), neighborhood, and the food presentation. it's very well maintained and presented. It is a fine example of older architectural style still used. The problem here is the price and the food. Their food (kushiage, deep-fried vegetables on stick) is tasty, but it is pricey. When I went, I was only able to order set menu, so even if I didn't want to spend that much (Y5,000), it was not an option. I think it might be better to go there for lunch to enjoy and appreciate the building (only option is their set menu Y3000), and spend much less? If you are going, it might be worthwhile to reserve a seat upstairs (tatami seating) to go for the full experience.

5. Isen Honten

3-40-3 Yushima, Bunkyo 113-0034, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Japanese Lunch, Dinner +81 3-3834-2901
Excellent
55%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Isen Honten

Reviewed By mt188 - San Francisco, California

I came with relatives who live in the area and knew about this place, which has apparently been around for 85 years. They reserved a private room. The restaurant is small, cramped (typical feel for Japan), and is reminiscent of the Showa (WW2 era). The service is excellent and the tonkatsu is indeed fantastic. It is fried very lightly, so that the crispy part is very airy. It is seasoned perfectly. They also served a few standard side dishes such as tonjiru (a pork based miso strew) which was also delicious. I don't recall whether there was any English language support.

6. Innsyoutei

4-59 Uenokoen, Taito 110-0007, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +81 3-3821-8126
Excellent
59%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 143 reviews

Innsyoutei

Reviewed By amomfromnyc - New York City

We were spending the afternoon at the Tokyo National Museum and had our concierge call to make Reservations. We were thrilled to be in the gorgeous restaurant housed in a building from 1875 and the tatami room overlooking the garden. Sitting on the floor was fine, and cushions with back rests are also available. Three levels of kaiseki dinners were offered as well as regular entrees on the English menu. We ordered the mid-level kaiseki dinner that consisted of eight courses. The sublime flavors and attention to details were exquisite! Dinner here was one of the highlights of our trip. And it was not that hard to find at the south end of Ueno park. It is next to Gojoten Shrine (with its lovely tori gates) and Google maps could find it by just inputting the name. Please note that there is no English signage at the front of the restaurant.

7. Tonkatsu Marugo

1-8-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda 101-0021, Tokyo Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese Lunch, Dinner HK$220 - HK$369 +81 3-3255-6595
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Tonkatsu Marugo

Reviewed By poshluxe u - Maryland

Expected a lot from this resto after Reading all the great reviews. Lined up for an hour on a cold December morning. Finally got seated and the food was so disappointing. Tonkatsu was tender but very bland. Butagumi tonkatsu was so much better.

8. Bazoku

2-18-2 Nishinippori, Arakawa 116-0013, Tokyo Prefecture Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3805-2430
Excellent
30%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Bazoku

Reviewed By atsukoi900

成田空港からの帰宅途中に、食べました。 駅前にあって、便利です。 This is in front of the station. 担々麺とネギ麺と餃子を頼みました。 I odered Tantan Noodle, Green Onion(negi) Noodle and Gyoza(Dumplings) 私は担々麺を食べました。 担々麺は、ゴマが濃厚。ゴマ好きにはおすすめ。 麺は太いのがあったり、細いのがあったり、手作り感あふれてました。平麺ぽくておいしい! Tantan Noodle is Szechuan Sesame Hot Noodle.I recommend it. ネギ麺は、辛いです。 Green Onion Noodle is more spicy than Tantan Noodle. 餃子は、肉厚で美味しい!

9. Asakusa Kagetsudo Honten

2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese Drinks, Breakfast HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3847-5251
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 309 reviews

Asakusa Kagetsudo Honten

Reviewed By MandC0218 - Riverside, California

Delicious fresh, giant sized pastries and sweet breads ! Long lines, but worth the wait. Must try when you are around the Senjoji temple area.

10. Ramen Yoroiya

1-36-7 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Japanese, Asian, Soups Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$86 +81 3-3845-4618
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Ramen Yoroiya

Reviewed By bjnomads - Beijing, China

A good ramen shop with basic ramen on offer with a few options to customize (toppings, size , etc) and good gyoza which were based on chicken but very tasty. Simple drinks menu (beer, sake, tea, softdrinks). Ramen was flavorful, broth was good, and toppings were plentiful. A satisfying , inexpensive meal. We arrived around 6 or so and were able to sit immediately but it is not a big place.

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