Translated by Lester Somera
Wagyu Beef Guide: Where To Enjoy Kobe Beef And Other Wagyu Brands
Written by ニコ
While Wagyu beef is popular, few people can define exactly what "Wagyu" means. Let's learn about the types of the Japanese beef known as Wagyu, and discover some Wagyu restaurants in the Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe area.
Where to Eat Wagyu Beef and Kobe Beef in Japan
Ranma uses only the finest Kuroge Wagyu beef in its celebrated steaks and Hamburg steaks. Hidden away in a quiet residential neighborhood in ritzy Higashi-Azabu, the ambiance of this low-key restaurant makes it a perfect date spot. How about visiting Ranma with your special someone?
Address: Tokyo, Minato Ward, Higashi-Azabu 1-18-5
Hours: 11:30-14:00 , 18:00-22:00 (last order at 21:00)
This yakiniku restaurant uses carefully selected Yamagata beef in its classic kalbi and sirloin dishes, and also serves thick-cut grilled rib sirloin and kalbi steaks. Gyu-den also handles Yonezawa beef and is a comfortable spot to visit when you’re celebrating a special day.
Address: Tokyo, Chiyoda Ward, Nagatacho 2-11-1
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays
Hours: 11:30-14:30 (last order at 14:00), 17:30-23:00 (last order at 22:30)
Wagyu Yakiniku KIM
The meat at KIM, in the upscale residential neighborhood of Shirogane, will set your stomach to growling. The chefs will diligently prepare carefully selected A5 Wagyu beef cuts and cook them to unlock their original, true flavor potential. KIM is listed in the Tokyo Zagat restaurant guide and entertains many customers from overseas.
Address: Tokyo, Minato Ward, Shirogane 2-2-2
Closed: No fixed holidays
Hours: Weekdays 18:00-23:30 (last order at 22:30), Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays 17:00-23:30 (last order at 22:30)
Pass through the low-hanging door into Kubire’s stylish, relaxed interior. You can savor Kagoshima-sourced A5 Kuroge Wagyu sirloin and filet steaks, as well as Ezo abalone, foie gras and all sorts of other hand-selected ingredients. Enjoy the beef and various other special dishes at Kubire.
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya Ward, Hiroo 1-7-17
Hours: 18:00-24:00 (last order at 23:00)
Yakiniku Kunimoto Honten
Entrust your dinner order to the chef at this restaurant, who serves up excellent brand-name beef from Omi, Iwate, Sendai and places all across Japan. Walk half a minute away and you’ll find Yakiniku Kunimoto Shinkan, run by the owner’s younger brother.
Address: Tokyo, Minato Ward, Hamamatsucho 2-12-2
Hours: (T-F) 17:00-23:00, (weekends) 17:00-22:00
This specialty shop does direct wholesale of beef from Kuroge Wagyu bulls, and you can eat first-rate Wagyu beef at a shockingly cheap price. Les Boeufs is quite popular, so you should make a prior reservation.
Address: Tokyo, Setagaya Ward, Nakamachi 5-21-8
Closed: New Year
Hours: 17:00-23:00 (last order at 22:30)
Niku No Tajima
Niku No Tajima specializes in Matsusaka Beef. The second floor is a yakiniku restaurant, while the third floor serves up sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, and steak. Choose the floor that’s right for you! The individual ID numbers of the cows used are displayed on the walls, making your meal feel anything but ordinary. The first floor is a butcher shop.
Address: Tokyo, Edo Ward, Ogibashi 1-4-1
Hours: 11:00-23:00 (last order at 22:30)