5 Great Places to Eat in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo

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5 Great Places to Eat in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo

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Naka-Meguro is a lovely little neighbourhood near Shibuya and Ebisu, a popular hangout spot of the popular Japanese band EXILE. It is also home to the Meguro River, a popular dating location and a must-see cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. It is accessible on the Tokyu Toyoko Line and the Hibiya Line on the Tokyo Metro.

As well as shopping and sightseeing, Naka-Meguro has some delicious places to eat. The price range is a little above average in some places, but you are getting quality food. Take it from someone who has enjoyed eating at all these places.

Steak Café Kennedy


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Sirloin Steak. Photo by Nemo's great uncle on Flickr

Steak in Japan tends to be overpriced and difficult to track down. Steak Café Kennedy is a great place to go if you’re craving a slab of meat.

Where is it?

Address: 2 Chome-13-10 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 153-0064, Japan

About a ten minute walk from the station.

What makes it special?

As well as a nice atmosphere and delicious food, Kennedy offers a good choice of side dishes including salads, fries and garlic bread. The steak is delicious and a decent size, and also offers a cheaper Japanese “hamburg” option.

What will I pay?

A steak averages at around ¥2000, but there are plenty of discounts available on their website. You can also get freebies and more discounts if you add their LINE account onto your phone.

Maruyaki Chicken Sakeba


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“Maruyaki” literally means “circle-grill” and “sakeba” means “tavern” or, more specifically, “place to drink”. Chicken Sakeba offers some delicious meat recipes, including a beef and vegetable bowl and a whole spit-roasted chicken, moist and generously seasoned. They also sell some interesting drinks, such as Smirnoff lemonade.

Where is it?

Address: 〒153-0042 Tōkyō-to, Meguro-ku, Aobadai, 1 Chome−18−7, カスタリア中目黒

In Minamiazabu Minato, on 5-Chome leading towards Shibuya Ward.

What makes it special?

This restaurant is another place that sells very well done meat recipes. With influence from Europe, this little restaurant is satisfying for meat lovers. They also offered a delicious pumpkin soup around the Halloween season.

What will I pay?

A small downside to Maruyaki is the price; it can be a little expensive. Pumpkin soup, a beef and vegetable bowl, a quarter of a chicken and a drink was around ¥3000. However, I was extremely satisfied by the meal, which you can tell is made from decent quality ingredients.

Tanaka Kushi-Katsu


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Kushi katsu or deep-fried everything. Photo by nakashi on Flickr

Although this type of restaurant is not unique to Naka-Meguro, this is one of the few places in Tokyo where you can experience Kansai-style katsu, which is best explained as ‘everything deep-fried'. This friendly and lively restaurant offers meat, vegetables and even banana deep-fried and dipped in special kushi-katsu sauce or chocolate, respectively.

What makes it special?

This restaurant is lively and fun, and usually open all night long. You can also throw dice to try and win discounts or even free drinks.

Where is it?

Address: 〒153-0051 Tōkyō-to, Meguro-ku, Kamimeguro, 1 Chome−2−9, ハイネス中目黒

Tanaka Kushi-Katsu is in Kami-Meguro, on 1-Chome. 3 minutes from Nakameguro Station.

How much will I pay?

Like many Osaka-style restaurants, you get a lot of food for your money. A beer or a highball plus several kushi-katsu pieces of your choice will typically add up to around ¥1000-1500 in the evening, and will be cheaper if you go at lunchtime.

Iroha Zushi


Who doesn’t love a bit of sushi? Iroha Zushi restaurant in Aobadai, Naka-Meguro sells authentic, affordable and delicious sushi, as well as side dishes including takokara (deep fried octopus).

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TakokaraPhoto by kobakou on Flickr

What makes it special?

Unlike tourist-filled ‘conveyer belt’ sushi, the food at this place is authentically made by real sushi chefs, who have been creating sushi for decades. Each piece is made fresh as soon as it is ordered. If you sit at the counter, you can watch them slicing fish and balling up rice in their hands.

Where is it?

Address: 〒153-0051 Tōkyō-to, Meguro-ku, Kamimeguro, 1 Chome−1−5−13, メゾン中目黒 1F

On 1-Chome, right on the river. It’s about a five-minute walk from Naka-meguro station.

How much will I pay?

A sushi set and a drink will come to around ¥1200, but if you decide to order more drinks or some side-orders, you will likely pay more. However, it is worth the price if you’re looking for real, fresh Japanese sushi.

Yakiniku Nabe Donyashikata


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Yakiniku. Jonathan Lin on Flickr

There are plenty of yakiniku (grilled meat) places in Tokyo, but Donyashikata was especially delicious. As all good yakiniku restaurants do, they offer a nomihoudai (all you can drink) as well as rice, kimchi and a generous selection of meat.

What makes it special?

The sauce and the kalbi meat is particularly juicy here, and the restaurant has an excellent atmosphere and nice service.

Where is it?

Address: 〒153-0051 Tōkyō-to, Meguro-ku, Kamimeguro, 2 Chome−44−24, COMS中目黒B1F

In Kami-Meguro on 2-Chome, only 300 metres from the train station.

How much will I pay?

Like most yakiniku places, if you opt for all you can eat and all you can drink, you’ll be looking at between ¥3000 and ¥5000. However, a cheaper option is possible, too; one drink, some rice, kimchi and a set or two of meat would come to about ¥1500.

These restaurants are recommended to those who love Japanese food as well as trying western food in Tokyo. Naka-Meguro is renowned for its beautiful scenery, shopping district and also its great places to eat. If you’re in the Shibuya or Meguro area, stop off there for your dinner sometime; you might just find your new favourite restaurant.