Wagyu is any of several breeds of cattle, the most desired of which is genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. The meat from such wagyu cattle is known for its quality, and commands a high price. In Japan, the best Wagyu beef normally known in Kobe, Yonezawa, Mishima, etc. 

Japanese also like wagyu beef when they are made into dishes such as yakiniku (grilled beef), sukiyaki (beef hotpot), shabu-shabu (beef in hot boiled water with dipping sauce), steak and hamburgers! Below are these common menus of how to eat wagyu beef as well as the restaurants to enjoy them!

Yakiniku

Japanese style of grilling thin and bite sized meat (pork or beef) and vegetables such as cabbage, pumpkins, etc. on wood charcoals oven or gas/ electric grill. The meat after grilled is used with dipping sauce.

1. SATO Burian (SATOブリアン) in Asagaya

Sato Burian has the perfect yakiniku set that you can choose depends on numbers of the company you accompany with. The beef is perfectly marinated and sliced to bring you the best experience when you grill them. Besides, I’d recommend you have your meal with a small serving of delicious beef stew, a light green salad, and finished with a penultimate cold noodle soup and a scoop of lemon sorbet. However, reservations required.

The exterior of SATO Burian. From Twitter

The exterior of SATO Burian. From Twitter

Super high quality beef!

Super high quality beef! From Instagram

Address:
3-44-2 Asagayaminami Suginami Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from Asagaya

Hours:
17:00-23:30
last order 23:00

Price range:
10,000yen ~

Tel:
03-6915-1638

2. Yoroniku (よろにく) in Aoyama

Yoroniku is an elegant Japanese BBQ joint, probably their beef maybe one of the best bites of beef you’ll have in your life. The set menu is very filling and had a nice arrange of meat and vegetables. All the beef is super well marbelized even for not being Kobe beef but it’s all from Japan. The wait staff can use very friendly English and very great with service while waiters or waitresses will cook the beef for you and explain what part of the cow it comes from. It is a bit hidden in an alley and underground but if you can get a reservation and find it, it’s worth it.

Yoroniku’s wagyu beef plates

Yoroniku’s wagyu beef plates. From Instagram

Address:
Luna Rossa B1F, 6-6-22 Minamiaoyama Minato Tokyo

Access:
10mins walk from Omotesando Station

Hours:
Weekdays 18:00-24:00 (last order 23:00)
Saturdays 17:00-24:00 (last order 23:00)
Sundays and holidays 17:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)

Price range:
Lunch 4,000yen ~, 10,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3498-4629

Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a Japanese dish that is prepared and served in the nabemono(Japanese hot pot) style. It has thin sliced beef along with vegetable slowly cooked in an iron pot (small hotpot) with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. Then the cooked beef is dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs. 

3. Yoshihashi (よしはし) in Akasaka

It’s one of Tokyo’s most elegant and traditional sukiyaki houses, also one of its least publicized. Once you’ve announced there is room, you will be asked to slip off your shoes and the kimono receptionist will show you inside.

Yoshihashi’s delicious Tochigi beef

Yoshihashi’s delicious Tochigi beef. From Twitter

Their sukiyaki is included in their course menu, Seto course (¥10,000), Hagi course (¥12,000), Sasama course (¥14,000), and Bizen course (¥17,000). You will get to choose sukiyaki or shabu-shabu for those 4 kinds of courses, and dishes and amount of beef will differ depending on the courses.

If you want to enjoy their sukiyaki at more reasonable price, visit there for lunch since sukiyaki teishoku (set meal) is only ¥2,000~.

Yoshihashi’s pretty building

Yoshihashi’s pretty building. From Twitter

Address:
1-5-25 Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access:
6mins walk from Akasaka Mitsuke Station

Hours:
Mondays-Saturdays 11:30-15:00 & 17:30-23:00
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
Lunch 3,000yen ~, Dinner 20,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3401-3129

Website:
http://www.sukiyaki-yoshihashi.com/
(Japanese only)

4. Nihonbashi Iseju (日本橋伊勢重)

Wagyu Sukiyaki Iseju has been running its business in Tokyo since the Meiji Era. Located in Nihonbashi, this sukiyaki shop has one of the longest histories passed on from generation to generation. A charming point to this shop is how the style maintains a Meiji feel to it. After enjoyed the meal, you can have a relaxing walk near by along the Kanda River.

The beautiful restaurant, Nihonbashi Iseju

The beautiful restaurant, Nihonbashi Iseju. From Instagram

Address:
14-9 Nihonbashikodenmacho Chuo Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Bakuroyokoyama Station

Hours:
Lunch 11:00-16:00, Dinner 16:00-22:00 (last order 21:30)
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
Lunch 2,000yen ~, Dinner 8,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3663-7841

Website:
http://iseju.com/
(Japanese only)

Shabu-shabu

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese dish featuring thinly sliced beef boiled in water. It is usually served with tofu and vegetables, including Chinese cabbage, chrysanthemum leaves, nori (edible seaweed), onions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and enokitake mushrooms.

5. Imafuku (今福) in Shirokanetakanawa

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.

Imafuku’s delicious shabu-shabu

Imafuku’s delicious shabu-shabu. From Instagram

Address:
1-12-19 Shirokane Minato Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from Shirokane Takanawa Station

Hours:
17:00-24:00
Last order 23:00

Price range:
10,000yen ~

Tel:
050-2018-0982

Website:
http://www.kuroge-wagyu.com/if/top_e.html

6. Serina (瀬里奈) in Roppongi

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.

Their crab shabu-shabu is a must-try too

Their crab shabu-shabu is a must-try too. From Instagram

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

Address:
3-12-2 Roppongi Minatoku Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Roppongi Station

Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 12:00-15:00 (Last order 14:30) & 17:00-23:00(Last order 22:30)
Weekends and holidays: 12:00-22:30 (Last order 21:30)

Price range:
Lunch 4,000yen~,  Dinner 15,000yen~

Tel:
03-3402-1051

Website:
http://www.seryna.co.jp/en/seryna/roppongi/

Steak

Steak is also a good way to enjoy the tastes of wagyu beef.

7. IDEA Ginza

This is one restaurant maximizes the precious delicacy and flavor of Kobe beef. IDEA Ginza is a type of steakhouse that sets itself apart by preparing its steak not on an iron grill, but in a specially-ordered brick oven. They use only top-quality traditional hardwood charcoal from Wakayama Prefecture, which burns red-hot and cooks the beef to perfection. IDEA Ginza is the place to try the ultimate in steak masterfully baked in the specially-ordered brick oven in a luxurious town, Ginza!

The beautiful cut of IDEA Ginza’s aging wagyu beef

The beautiful cut of IDEA Ginza’s aging wagyu beef. From Instagram

Address:
DainiShinbashi Kaikan 7F, 7-8-15 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Ginza Station

Hours:
17:00-23:00
Closed on Sundays and national holidays

Price range:
30,000yen ~

Tel:
03-6228-5259

Website:
http://ginza-steak-idea.com/
(Japanese Only)

8. Vacca Rossa in Akasaka

From the cattle grew up is grazing in the nature of Kochi, you will see very little fat marbling in the muscle, excellent the original flavor of the meat. Vacca Rossa’s chef fell in love to the red cow, that’s how she come up with the well-established name to the “Valle d’Carossa” (red cow). In Tuscany fireplace to use firewood, cook Kobashiku the red cow. It appeared in the mass of thickness 4 cm more than it is, overflowing pure gravy in the mouth enough to chew on.

Vacca Rossa’s thick beef steak

Vacca Rossa’s thick beef steak. From Instagram

Address:
6-4-11 Akasaka Minato Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Akasaka Station

Hours:
Tuesdays-Fridays 11:30-13:00 & 18:00-22:00 (last order 21:00)
Saturdays 12:00-13:30 & 18:00-22:00 (last order 21:00)
Closed on Sundays and national holidays

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~. Dinner 10,000yen ~

Tel:
050-5589-8737

Website:
http://vaccarossa.com/
(Japanese Only)

Hamburgers

And of course hamburgers!

9. Blacows in Ebisu

An American diner-style burger joint, a classic venue in Tokyo, a great wagyu beef experience! Blacows uses 100% fresh kuroge wagyu beef, which is grinded by hand, in its burgers serve with yakiniku sauce. The meat, combined with fresh toppings, which you need to choose the toppings yourself, even the lettuce and tomato (by default, the burgers come without toppings), makes excellent burgers. They are tasty and huge!

The tall Blacows’ hamburger!

The tall Blacows’ hamburger! From Instagram

Address:
2-11-9 Ebisunishi Shibuya Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Daikanyama Station

Hours:
11:30-22:00
last order 21:00

Price range:
1,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3477-2914

Website:
http://www.kuroge-wagyu.com/bc/

10. GRILL BURGER CLUB SASA in Ebisu

This is an adorable 1960’s style American burger joint stationed. Once inside, the also adorable menu shows the three sizes of burgers – S 80g, M 100g, and L 200g. The 200g is almost 1/2 lb, which is the best choice for meat lovers, the 100g is almost 1/4 lb, and the 80g is for people who cannot eat much or just want to have light meal. If you like burgers, this is definitely worth a ride on the Toyoko Line, and it’s just 1 station away from Shibuya!

SASA’s beautiful avocado hamburger, 100% wagyu beef

SASA’s beautiful avocado hamburger, 100% wagyu beef. From Instagram

Address:
2-21-15 Ebisunishi Shibuya Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from Daikanyama Station

Hours:
Weekdays 11:00-22:30 (last order 22:00), Sundays and National Holidays 11:00-21:30 (last order 21:00)
Closed on every first and third Tuesday of the month

Price range:
1,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3770-1951

For more information

5 Best Teppanyaki Restaurants in Tokyo

Why Wagyu Yamagata-Gyu is The Best Thing Ever

Best Hamburger Restaurants in Tokyo You Must Try

Best 10 Sukiyaki in Tokyo You Should Try At Least Once

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