Shabu-Shabu is a Japanese dish featuring thinly sliced beef boiled in water. It is usually served with tofu and vegetables, including Chinese cabbage, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and enokitake mushrooms. Below is the list of the 10 Shabu-Shabu restaurants in Tokyo you should visit!

1. Imafuku (今福)

You will know you reached Imafuku thanks to the big bull-like head sculpture on the building. Imafuku is a one star Michelin restaurant, and it’s shown pretty clear with their Shabu-Shabu. You can enjoy the marbling, buttery flavor and texture of the beef before seeing them sliced.

With people who is planning a large party will be glad to hear that the entire restaurant can be rented out for special occasions.

1-12-19 Shirokane Minato-ku Tokyo


Voyagin offers a reservation service for Imafuku. Use this plan to secure your reservation to this Michelin 1-star restaurant! Check out Voyagin's website to find out details.

Reserve Imafuku Michelin 1-Star Restaurant (View at Voyagin)

2. Serina (瀬里奈)

Serina is a wonderful place to explore Japanese cuisine and enjoy their special Kobe beef Shabu- Shabu. Established in 1961, Serina has five restaurants in Tokyo, it’s much liked by the relaxing atmosphere, with three floors for dining, and a bar on the top floor.

The restaurant’s specialty is shabu-shabu, and portions are generous. Serina’s environment lends itself well to business entertaining. Both Japanese and Western-style private rooms are available.

3-12-2 Roppongi Minato Tokyo


Find more shabu-shabu restaurants in Roppongi: 10 Shabu Shabu Restaurants in Roppongi for Delicious Shabu Shabu

3. Asakusa Imahan (浅草 今半)

Asakusa Imahan is a legend in the art of sukiyaki and shabu-shabu with its signature Imahan Wagyu Beef. It has been operational since 1895 and also has another branch at Ningyocho Imahan, run by the owner’s son. I’d recommend you try out the Asakusa Imahan because the branch at Ningyocho Imahan serves sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu more expensive than Asakusa Imahan, also, Asakusa Imahan is very close from the famous Sensoji Temple.

Beside the waitress wear kimono, Imahan also has menu in English, which is a plus for foreigners, and the waitress will demonstrate how to cook the beef before you can do everything yourself. Before order, you will be treated with appetizer: assorted pickles and hot green tea.

3-1-12 Nishiasakusa Taito-ku Tokyo


Voyagin offers a reservation service for Asakusa Imahan. Use this plan to secure your reservation to the restaurant! Check out Voyagin's website to find out details.

Reserve Asakusa Imahan (View at Voyagin)

4. Zakuro Nihonbashi (ざくろ日本橋)

Excellent service at Zakuro make it the perfect spot to accompany some friends and enjoy a night of high quality dining in a traditional atmosphere. The private dining rooms is designed with classy wooden-clad, so as to make sure that you can really enjoy the night at the restaurant.

What really makes Zakuro stands out from other Shabu-Shabu restaurants is the ornate copper nabe (hotpots), which have been specially handcrafted for the restaurant and have been used for over 60 years. 

Shin-Nihonbashi Building B1 3-8-2 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

5. Kagayaki (かがやき)

Kagayaki is one of the special high-end Shabu-Shabu restaurants that serves all-you-can-drink services. The drink bar has a variety of drinks that will sure please you! Kagayaki not only popular for its delicious wagyu but also for the hotpots and grilled dishes. Of course, the reservation is sometimes hard, usually 2 weeks beforehand reservation is recommended.

2-16-6 Ryusen, Taito-ku, Tokyo

6. Ginza Rangetsu (銀座 らん月)

The two specialities at Rangetsu are beef and sashimi grade snow crab, which you must try, because to have the chance to enjoy such rare dishes is the hard thing to find among Tokyo.

If you hesitate with your Japanese ability, don’t worry because not only the website but also at the restaurant are available English menu. The staff also can handle easy English, so language barrier is not the matter here.

3-5-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo


Find more shabu-shabu restaurants in Ginza: 10 Shabu-Shabu Restaurant in Ginza to Eat Healthy

7. Yasaiya Mei (やさい家 めい)

This is one of the few restaurants in Tokyo that looks out for food intolerances like gluten and dairy. The shop focuses on a great amount and options of chicken, beef, duck, as well as fresh vegetables and tofu. You can have the “vegetable Shabu-Shabu”.

One of the special things is they have a great introductory natto as a side dish, among a nice balance of herbs, chives, and egg yolk. Yasaiya Mei also serves a wide range of sake and shochu, too.

Roppongi Hills West Walk 5F, 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato Tokyo


8. Matsukiya (松木家)

Matsukiya serves Shabu-Shabu from top class Oumi beef. Besides the tables and tatami seating, a bar corner also available up to your choices. While waiting for your Shabu-Shabu, you can order some delicious side dishes to kill the time and enjoy your drink. If you order the course meal, you will get a great amount of meat, and a kishimen noodles at the end.

Matsukiya Building 1F, 6-8 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo

Find more shabu-shabu restaurants in Shibuya: 10 Best Shabu-shabu in Shibuya, Japanese Finest Hot Pot

9. Kyoto Hyoki (瓢喜)

Hyoki’s private rooms offers Japanese traditional architecture design, which will be a good choice for business dinners and gatherings for families.

“Dashi-Shabu” is the shop’s most popular dishes, you can feel the specialties of seasonal ingredients while eating Dashi-shabu. By boiling thinly sliced pork and vegetables and having them with our house special “Dashi”, this cuisine quickly became famous within Kyoto, and finally served in Hyoki among Tokyo.

1-10-6 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku Tokyo


10. Kureya (紅れや)

Kureya is a unique shabu-shabu restaurant in Ginza that serves octopus and beef tongue shabu-shabu! Their thin-sliced octopus is soft like meat, and its texture attracts many people. They are served with Hidaka Kombu dashi broth that makes the flavor of octopus stand out. Their beef tongue shabu-shabu is also notable. They offer beef tongue shabu-shabu with a broth extracted from beef tails. Order a course dish to enjoy their unique shabu-shabu fully!

7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo


11. Niimura (にいむら 西新宿店)

Niimura is conveniently located in the famous Kabukicho area. Another convenient point of this restaurant is that they accept customers past midnight! The shabu-shabu set comes with vegetables, tofu, mochi, noodles, and dessert. The price depends on the quality of the meat. The shabu-shabu set is quite filling, and it's perfect for late-night dinner.

1F Kawashin Building 1-14-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo


Find more shabu-shabu restaurants in Shinjuku: 12 Best Shabu Shabu Restaurants in Shinjuku, DIY Hot Pot Dish

12. Hirata Bokujo (平田牧場)

This shop is popular for middle range budget Shabu-Shabu. They only serve pork raised on their own farm in Yamagata prefecture as well as a choice of Sangen and Kinka pork. It’s a good deal for anyone not only want to enjoy the rather cheap Shabu-Shabu, and they also offer the high quality crispy tonkatsu.

Coredo Nihonbashi Building 4F, 1-4-1 Nihonbashi Chuo Tokyo

For more information

Why Tokyo’s Wagyu Beef Should Be Your Next Favorites?

5 Best Teppanyaki Restaurants in Tokyo

Best 10 Sukiyaki in Tokyo You Should Try At Least Once

Why Wagyu Yamagata-Gyu is The Best Thing Ever

Thumbnail image is from Wikipedia