Teppanyaki is a range of dishes which includes steaks, seafood, noodles, Japanese savory pancakes called Okonomiyaki, assorted vegetables, and crustaceans. The taste is rather familiar because of its heavy Western cuisine influence, but more than just being delicious, it’s an experience.
Why so? Because the food is grilled in front of your eyes by chefs set to impress you with their knife skills and culinary flair. They put up a performance that certainly makes a meal a lot more interesting, and if you’re on a trip to Tokyo, you shouldn’t miss out on this kind of dining experience.
A great Teppanyaki restaurant is one that combines premium ingredients with highly-skilled cooking maestros. The hive district of Shinjuku is home to a good number of these restaurants. For expertly prepared cuisine hot off the grill, check out this list of 10 Best Teppanyaki Restaurants in Shinjuku.
1. Misono (みその)
Steak immediately comes to mind when you say Teppanyaki. Teppanyaki-style steak, whose original idea was it anyway?
It was actually Misono’s, back in its main store in Kobe and the year was 1945. For more than 70 years, they’ve been serving customers Kobe beef, as well as A4 and A5 grade Japanese black cattle meats. Throughout this time, they’ve also developed various cooking techniques to enhance the flavor of their offerings.
Currently, Misono has 5 branches in Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. The one in Shinjuku was established in 1974 and offers a nice atmosphere with its 51st-floor view of the city. Enjoy a meal from the inventors of Teppanyaki-style steak at Misono.
Address: 51F Shinjuku Sumitomo Building, 2-6-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
2. Yamanami (鉄板焼やまなみ)
Yamanami is a Teppanyaki restaurant located on the 7th floor of Keio Plaza Hotel among Shinjuku’s high-rise buildings. The restaurant serves Kobe and Hida beef, as well as carefully selected seafood including spiny lobster and abalone. Their Teppanyaki counters offer diners two kinds of views while waiting for their meals to be cooked. The east-facing counter has a scenic view of a Japanese-style roof garden, while the western counter features the city’s skyscrapers. In any case, the mood is always good for enjoying great food.
Address: 7F Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Main Tower, 2-2-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
3. Seryna Mon Cher Ton Ton (瀬里奈 モンシェルトントン)
Seryna is a small chain of upmarket restaurants in Tokyo mostly renowned for being a top place to eat shabu-shabu while its sub-brand Mon Cher Ton Ton specializes in Kobe beef and seafood Teppanyaki. The Shinjuku branch is located on the 52nd floor of the same building as Misono, and in this branch you can find both Seryna and Mon Cher Ton Ton concepts. Mon Cher Ton Ton occupies the inner room which means you can’t enjoy any high-rise view, but the interior styling is superb with its elegant circular counter design. You will surely be dining in style here.
Address: 52F Shinjuku Sumitomo Building, 2-6-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
4. Fujita (ふじた)
Fujita is a steak and shabu-shabu restaurant in Washington Hotel Shinjuku. With its illuminated Japanese garden, enjoy a somewhat secluded and tranquil dining environment even at the heart of Tokyo’s busiest districts. Expect nothing but prime Japanese black beef cuts and fragrant dishes in a classy environment.
Address: 1F Washington Hotel Shinjuku Annex Building, 3 chome-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
5. Nadaman Hinkan (なだ万賓館 新宿店)
The Nadaman Group of Restaurants has been in the business for more than 180 years. Its first branch was established in Osaka in 1830 and had since grown to 25 domestic outlets and 7 branches abroad. Nadaman Hinkan in Shinjuku is a showcase of its two centuries worth of tradition in gracious hospitality and refined Japanese cuisine. This restaurant located in the Manhattan Hills section of Odakyu Department Store has special counters not just for teppanyaki, but a wide range of Japanese dishes like sushi and tempura.
Address: 14F Shinjuku Odakyu Department Store, 1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
6. Zenan (善庵)
Zenan is the hidden gem of Shinjuku’s teppanyaki dining. Formerly known as “Genan” before moving to their present address, it is a small and intimate restaurant run by a husband-and-wife team who has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. They serve Kaiseki course meals with Teppanyaki steak as the entrée, and while the obvious highlight is the meat, the great thing about Zenan is they never shortchange their diners when it comes to appetizers. Customers are all praises for their side dishes in the same way they rave about the teppanyaki steak. This is how they keep true to their motto, “A steak and the season’s good food”.
Address: 7-8-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
7. Nakamura (中むら)
Near Iidabashi Station, which is five stops away from the very busy Shinjuku Station hub, you can find this quaint restaurant that serves the finest steaks in an elegant atmosphere. The interiors are styled with handmade furniture while behind the counter, a chef trained at the world-renowned Imperial Hotel Tokyo whips up culinary masterpieces. His style is the perfect combination of Japanese and French disciplines focusing on meat dishes that are grilled to perfection. To complement the meats, Nakamura also offers an impressive wine selection. If you’re looking for a classy dinner in an intimate setting, this place is a perfect choice.
Address: 3-6 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
8. Yasaiya (やさいや)
Yasaiya literally means “restaurant specializing in vegetables”, and in this restaurant, you can expect to get great quality veggies delivered directly from farms served with A5 rank Saga beef, pork from Gunma Prefecture, or Hyuga chicken from Miyazaki Prefecture. The restaurant also has vegetarian options on the menu, which will make your vegetarian companions also stuffed and happy.
Address: 1 Chome-15-13 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Website: https://yasaiya.tokyo/yasaiya/ (Japanese only)
Orca offers authentic teppanyaki dining experience at a reasonable price. Orca has a more relaxing and casual atmosphere which is good for those who prefer it. You can enjoy authentic teppanyaki although the price is reasonable, as the course includes grilled vegetables, seafood, and steaks.
Address: 3-12-11, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10. Kyochabana (京ちゃばな 新宿店)
Categorically speaking, Kyochabana is a chain of Okonomiyaki and Teppanyaki restaurants, but more than that, this establishment is known for its creative take on hot plate cuisine. The bestseller is the Tomato Okonomiyaki, a Kyoto-style Okonomiyaki topped with fresh tomatoes, but aside from this beloved recipe, Kyochabana also has on its menu equally original Yakisoba (fried noodles), steak, seafood, and vegetable creations.
Address: Yamaguchi Building B1F, 3-6-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://chabana.com (Japanese only)
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Information in this article is as of August 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.
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