The 10 Best Places in Tokyo for Authentic Okonomiyaki
This list will be introducing the 10 best okonomiyaki restaurants in Tokyo.
May 14 2015 (Apr 15 2020)
The Japanese dish, okonomiyaki still hasn’t gotten the same limelight as other Japanese dishes. It would be quite difficult to explain to those, who have never eaten it about how a mixture of ingredients that is later grilled could create something so delicious.
Osaka is undeniably famous for its okonomiyaki but in Tokyo too, you can get mouth watering ones too. At most of the okonomiyaki restaurants in Tokyo, you can grill your own okonomiyakis by yourself. This list will be introducing the 10 best okonomiyaki restaurants in Japan’s capital, Tokyo.
1. Naniwa (浪花) [Nerima]
「Naniwa」 is a popular restaurant in Nerima and famous figures also come here to dine but don’t get confused with is original Japanese characters with the Naniwa district in Osaka. At this restaurant, you can have Osaka style okonomiyakis. The menu here offers a wide variety of okonomiyakis to choose from and you can also have some delicious takoyaki here too.
2nd Floor Koizumi Building, 5-15-1, Toyotamakami, Nerima War, Tokyo
2. Okonomiyaki Kiji Shinagawa (お好み焼 きじ 品川店) [Shingawa]
「Okonomiyaki Kiji Shinagawa」offers diners the opportunity to try the authentic Osaka Kiji taste right here in Shinagawa. You can’t help but notice how delicious the okonomiyakis are but don’t forget to try their generous portion of beef cuts called「Suji Yaki」, which is another popular dish in this shop.
2nd Floor Shinagawa Front Building, 2-3-13 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo
3. Konamon (古無門) [Setagaya]
「Konamon」has an exterior that doesn’t look like the other conventional okonomiyaki restaurants. Step through their sturdy entrance into a spacious dining area and you would be amazed at how this restaurant can seat up to about 200 diners at a go but regardless of how crowded the restaurant becomes, you can still enjoy their delicious okonomiyaki comfortably.
4-14-1 Tsurumaki, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
4. Okonomiyaki Fukutake (お好み焼き 福竹) [Yaguchinowatashi]
「Okonomiyaki Fukutake」is a popular restaurant even though it is located in a quiet part of the city. Well who can deny this restaurant from its fame once they have tried the fluffy and flavorful okonomiyaki here! This restaurant also provides an interesting attraction for its diners with waiting staff that are dressed in costumes.
1-17-11 Higashi Yaguchi, Ota Ward, Tokyo
5. Koinobori (こいのぼり) -Shimotakaido
For some Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, you must head to「Koinobori」. This restaurant has been featured in some magazines and they offer high quality okonomiyakis. Hiroshima style okonomiyakis are different from Osaka ones, as they have more vegetables, which is perfect for diners that are looking for a healthier option.
1-3-11 Shimotakaido, Suginami Ward, Tokyo
6.Sonia (ソニア) -Shinbashi
For your fill of Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, make your way to 「Sonia」. You should try the ones that come with noodles and you can choose between two options; udon or soba but for those who have never had this type of okonomiyaki before, we suggest you to pick the soba ones. Come here to satisfy your taste buds with the ones that are generously topped with Welsh onions that is also pleasing to the eye.
B1 Floor Le Gratte Ciel Building, 5-15-1 Shinbashi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
7. USHIO [Roppongi]
「USHIO」has been featured in by many magazines and TV shows and there are many foreign visitors that come to dine here. This high-end okonomiyaki restaurant is located in none other than Roppongi. The okonomiyakis here do not use any oil at all and it is filled with a lot of vegetables, making it a healthy and yet flavorful option.
2nd Floor Kajikawa Shiseido Building, 3-10-9 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
8. Matsunami (松浪) [Ningyocho]
Located at Ningyocho,「Matsunami」has long served its diners and it is still as popular as ever. There are teppanyaki grills set right at your table for you to grill your okonomiyaki yourself. For first-timers, you can ask the waiting staff to show you how to grill the okonomiyaki and then you can try to grill the next okonomiyaki yourself.
2-25-6 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
9. Suzume no Oyado (すずめの御宿) [Shibuya]
「Suzume no Oyado」is located at Shibuya, close to Shibuya station and when you step in here, you would notice the ambience that one would get from a traditional Japanese restaurant. The restaurant’s interior that resembles a Japanese inn was actually a geisha house in the past. In other words, here you not only get to taste great okonomiyaki but also take in a traditional Japanese dining atmosphere.
9-3 Maruyamacho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
10. KATANA [Marunouchi]
「KATANA」is situated right in the Marunouchi Building at Tokyo and when you step into this restaurant you will be welcomed immediately by their friendly staff. At this restaurant, the staff will grill your okonomiyaki for you to perfection. There are many returning customers that can’t get enough of the okonomiyakis here. Since it is located at such a convenient area, you should try to make your way here to try their okonomiyaki.
6th Floor Marunouchi Building, 2-4-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
We hope that you’ll have fun in finding and making your perfect okonomiyaki from the list of restaurants given above. We might have forgotten to mention it, but at most okonomiyaki restaurants; you get to mix and match the ingredients that go into your okonomiyaki freely, making the whole dining experience even more fun!
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.