[2018-19 Edition] Nine Recommended Yakiniku Restaurants in Tokyo with All-You-Can-Eat Options
"I want to eat my fill of great yakiniku! I want to eat cheaply! I want to eat Kuroge Wagyu! I have a sudden craving late at night!" If you've ever had any of these thoughts, then here are 10 yakiniku restaurants in Tokyo with all-you-can-eat options to meet your yakiniku desires.
1. No.1 Yakiniku Shabu Shabu Tabehodai Shinjuku Branch (Shinjuku)
All-you-can-eat yakiniku is available at this restaurant 24-7, all year round. They have a variety of course meals, from standard Wagyu courses (from 2,980 JPY (excl. tax) for 90 minutes) to great-value courses (from 1,890 (excl. tax)) that are available from Monday to Thursday. There is even an option to add all-you-can-eat shabu shabu (hot pot with thinly-sliced meat and vegetables) to any course for an additional 500 JPY! Make your reservation online and the time limit is increased from 90 minutes to 120 minutes. You can also eat tax-free by showing your passport (non-Japanese only). This is a yakiniku restaurant full of great deals!
2. Shinjuku Tenryu (Shinjuku)
This yakiniku restaurant is popular for its all-you-can-eat course of rare Kuroge Wagyu parts, such as ribeye, chuck flap, and top blade. At just 6,980 JPY (excl. tax), it is a great deal! Taste and compare the different cuts and be amazed by the range of flavors that beef has to offer! They do a lot behind the scenes to make their offerings better too. For example, yakiniku is always better when the meat is cut by hand, so at this restaurant, the meats are hand carved by highly-skilled professionals.
3. Jonetsu Horumon (Shinjuku)
This is a restaurant that serves fresh horumon (offals) and meats that have been grilled over charcoal. The standard course is 3,280 JPY (excl. tax) for 120 minutes, and can be upgraded to a premium course for just 500 JPY more (there are also different prices for different age groups). The fresh horumon that is procured through their own channels is outstanding. If you are unsure how to grill the horumon, ask the staff and they will teach you how best to cook it.
4. Nikuya-no Daidokoro Shibuya Miyamasuzaka Branch (Shibuya)
At this restaurant, you can enjoy the highest (A4 and A5) grades of Wagyu beef. The Premium Kuroge Wagyu Course (120 minutes, 4,500 JPY (incl. tax)), which includes yakiniku of select Kuroge Wagyu beef as well as sirloin steaks, comes with all-you-can-drink of alcoholic beverages. The prices are kept down through bulk procurement directly from farms and carving the meat on site every day. Here, you can savor high-quality yakiniku that seems to melt in the mouth.
5. Saka-no Tochu Roppongi Branch (Roppongi)
This is the place to enjoy all-you-can-eat yakiniku at reasonable prices in Roppongi. Its pricing of 4,300 JPY (incl. tax) and up for all-you-can-eat yakiniku and all-you-can-drink is unheard of in Roppongi, an area full of high-end restaurants. The prices may be affordable, but since this restaurant is managed by a wholesale butcher, you can enjoy outstandingly good Wagyu beef. One especially recommended item is the Hanamaru Plan (4,980 JPY (incl. tax)), which lets you enjoy quality meat as well as horumon. The restaurant is in a convenient location, just 30 seconds on foot from the Roppongi Crossing.
6. Danshoya Ginza Branch (Ginza)
This is a place to enjoy not just all-you-can-eat yakiniku, but also bottomless seafood, chijimi (Korean pancakes), and kimchi. If you use a Gurunavi coupon, a 120-minute all-you-can-eat-and-drink plan that normally costs 4,480 JPY (excl. tax) can be reduced to 3,980 JPY (excl. tax)! Despite how reasonably priced they are, the restaurant focuses on quality, not just with the meat but also with their homemade sauce that brings out the flavors of the ingredients. Both the chijimi and kimchi are made by cooks from Korea.
7. Ichiriki Tokyo Station Yaesuguchi Branch (Tokyo)
This is a place to enjoy yakiniku cooked on volcanic rock, which not only results in meat that's more tender than if it was grilled over charcoal, but also delivers concentrated flavors from the infrared radiation. Fresh domestic Wagyu beef that is procured daily becomes juicy, aromatic, and soft when cooked on volcanic rock, so every bite is sure to take your breath away. Eat endless amounts of this yakiniku and indulge in all-you-can-drink from 4,500 JPY (incl. tax). There is also a 500 JPY discount if you start before 6:00 pm.
8. Taishoen Ueno Ekimae Branch (Ueno)
This is a yakiniku restaurant that was founded in 1963 and now has three locations in Ueno and another two sister restaurants. The thick kalbi (short ribs) and fresh horumon are soft and juicy. The quality of the meat chosen by the yakiniku professionals at this established restaurant is outstanding. The 120-minute all-you-can-eat course is priced differently by age and gender: 4,200 JPY (incl. tax) for men, 3,500 JPY (incl. tax) for women, and 2,000 JPY (incl. tax) for children. Reservations should be made at least a day in advance, but if there is availability, they will accept same-day reservations.
9. Niku no Machi (Ueno)
This is a restaurant managed by a wholesale butcher where you can enjoy select Kuroge Wagyu beef at reasonable prices. The Kuroge Wagyu Yakiniku to Your Heart's Content Course (5,000 JPY (incl. tax) for 120 minutes), consisting of all-you-can-eat premium Kuroge Wagyu and all-you-can-drink, is great bang for the back. It is made possible because the restaurant is owned by a wholesale butcher that buys their cattle whole. If you prefer to keep the cost down, enjoy the Early Bird All-You-Can-Eat Yakiniku Course (60 minutes, 1,980 JPY (incl. tax)) for lunch (from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm).
Note that it is bad manners to order more than you can eat, just because it is all-you-can-eat. In fact, some restaurants will even charge you extra if you waste food! Keep that in mind when you visit these restaurants for yakiniku.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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