Hand-Picked Eats in Shinjuku

Updated November 8, 2019 | by Chad A. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

When you’re in Shinjuku these are restaurants you absolutely must consider for your to-eat list while in Tokyo.


Barbacoa, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Standing in the elevator, you feel the prickle of your salivary glands preparing your mouth for the smell of the grill.

When the elevator door opens, you are greeted first by the sound of sizzling meat on a spit and then by a friendly host that will take you to your table.

Yes, Barbacoa is one of those restaurants. Awesome from the moment you step inside.

Once seated, the parade of meat begins. One by one different grilled types of meat are brought to your table and slices are sheared off onto your plate.

The salad bar is a smorgasbord of meatless options and side dishes to accompany your entree.

It’s all you can eat, so you won’t leave hungry!

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Zauo Shinjuku

A lot of restaurants claim to be the “freshest” seafood you can get, but none of them come close to the freshness of Zauo.


Because you literally catch your own dinner! Once you take your seat that is surrounded by water, look down at your dinner swimming by! You are handed a rod, and some bait and the rest is up to you.

But don’t worry if you are not such a great fisherman, you can always order directly from the menu.

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Oedo Ayatori

Oedo Ayatori, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

For a more upscale, traditional fine-dining experience, you definitely have to try Oedo Ayatori. This beautiful restaurant has an open kitchen with a polished and contemporary look that sets off a warm and inviting atmosphere.

You can pick different kaiseki courses, each one skillfully created to showcase the premium quality food uniquely.

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Robot Restaurant

Everybody mentions the Robot Restaurant in practically every guide on the internet. It’s for a reason.

Be prepared for the most insane, out of this world experience with this high energy, high voltage dinner show.

Watch warrior princess’s battle it out on 10ft tall, neon covered, transformer robots while laser lights shoot through the room and pop music shrouds your ears.

It will leave you feeling as if you were transported to another galaxy and it is sure to be the most fun you will have at dinner.

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Kurumaya Bekkan

Kurumaya Teppanyaki, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

If you’re in the mood for some stunning teppanyaki in Tokyo that is surprisingly affordable given the quality of the food — look no further than Kurukaya Bekkan.

This is one of those restaurants where you sit at a counter and the chef cooks the food right in front of you.

You’ll love watching the chef cook. You’ll love the variety of courses. And you’ll love the quality of the food. It’s incredible.

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And there you have it. Some of the top restaurants to hit when you’re in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo.