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The Tokyo Hit List: Sezanne, Ginza Hachigo, The Upper, and More


Tokyo is one of the world’s mightiest food cities. But there’s more to the capital’s restaurant scene than sushi and ramen (or the smoky yakitori shops under the train tracks that are constant fodder for travel programs). Tucked into Tokyo’s neon-lit skyscrapers or nestled among the warren-like networks of alleys and side streets, restaurants serving ultra-refined kaiseki cuisine jostle against quirky cocktail bars and casual French bistros. In the past decade, international influences have added a new dimension to the city’s already diverse gastronomic landscape, offering an exciting and constantly evolving experience for diners.

The result is a new wave of Japanese restaurants that push boundaries while respecting tradition, as well as a host of openings that are introducing Tokyoites to different ways of eating – be it pioneering plant-based dishes at Ain Soph, the contemporary Peruvian at Maz, the Hawaiian-Vietnamese mashup that is The Pig and The Lady, or traditional Japanese cuisine cooked over wood fire at Shizen.

There’s always something delicious to discover in Tokyo, and, with the favorable exchange rate, there’s no better time to visit. So we’re proud to share our latest edition of the Resy Hit List for Tokyo, with the restaurants you’ll want to book right now.


Melinda Joe is a Tokyo-based freelance journalist specializing in food, drinks, and culture. She write the “Kampai Culture” drinks column for The Japan Times and is a contributor to Nikkei Asia. Her work has appeared in publications such as BBC, Condé Nast Traveler, Eating Well, and CNN. Follow her on Instagram. Follow Resy, too.

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7. Bulgari Il Ristorante Niko Romito

  • Marunouchi (Tokyo)

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8. Ginza Hachigo

  • Ginza (Higashi Ginza, Shintomichio)

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15. Pretty Pork Factory

  • Kabukicho (Seibu Shinjuku, Shinjuku)

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