Hand-Picked Eats in Ueno

Updated November 8, 2019, by C. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

Ueno has a ton of eateries. Here are a few hand-picked places to grab a bite. No real rhyme or reason to this collection, except they are all delicious.

Wired Cafe Atre Ueno Store

Wired Cafe Atre Ueno Store

You will find this café located inside the train station in the basement corridor next to Ueno Station’s Retro Gate. 

It’s a quaint little place to grab a quick breakfast and a coffee before heading out to explore Ueno. Their menu is varied but has a decent selection of foreigner-friendly food.

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Andersen, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

Andersen is a modern little bakery located inside the train station, making it really convenient, it’s the best place for people on the move. 

Everything is presented in a way that’s easy for you just grab what you want, pay, and go.

Of course, you can always grab a seat and enjoy your coffee, whichever you prefer.

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Restaurant Muse

An inviting, open restaurant inside the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum that caters to the variety of taste preferences that will surely be visiting the museum. 

Their menu serves both Eastern and Western foods with English speaking staff.

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Kamonka Ueno Bamboo Garden

Kamonka Ueno Bamboo Garden

This is a great place if you are in the mood for Chinese food. 

When you walk in you will notice that the place looks like it was decorated by an expensive designer in a modern motif. They use traditional Chinese ingredients and import seasonally.

This is one of the places where you can try the controversial Shark Fin Stew; although, it is a little pricey.

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Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo

This place really needs no introduction. It is a classic American style restaurant that serves hamburgers, French fries, onion rings, and the like. 

It is a smaller version than the more typical restaurant and is found inside the train station on the basement floor. 

But don’t let that deter you! The rockin’ ambiance is still the same, and so is the music memorabilia that decorate the walls.

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Ueno 3153

Ueno 3153

If you’re not sure what you are in the mood for and just need some options, then try this place out. 

There are 3 stories of restaurants and cafés with more than fifteen dining options to choose from. 

There is an oyster bar, an American diner, seafood, teppanyaki, shabu-shabu, and more.  

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Smoke and Cheese Haze

Smoke and Cheese Haze

Definitely not for the lactose intolerant, but absolutely for the cheese lover! 

It’s a simple menu with big flavor, and it is a perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold beer. You have a choice between roast beef, mature wood ham, or just a plate of cubed bread and meats that they will cover with melted cheese that has been resting in from of a fire pit. 

They bring the whole wheel over and gently scoop off the melted cheese and cover your plate with this smoky gooiness – and its heaven.

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Kazu Taste

This place is not a typical tourist spot. 

They serve high-end Japanese cuisine, but without the high price.  It is a cozy and comfortable restaurant where you can enjoy your meal in peace, which is the reason it’s a favorite among the locals. 

You can expect your meals to be served in different courses with lots of varying sashimi choices.

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