Bargain Price Lunch at Fancy Restaurants in Ginza! Get a special lunch deal for 1/10th the price.
Ginza, Tokyo is home to high-end boutiques and restaurants. Many Japanese people consider the district as an elegant and sophisticated town for wealthy people. Ginza is a downtown district where you want to go dressed up on a special day. As affluent diners and people who have special occasions visit Ginza to dine, there are many premium western-style restaurants, upscale traditional Japanese restaurants and sushi restaurants in the area. Many of the restaurants charge 20,000 to 30,000 yen for dinner.
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You might want to have a premium meal while you are in Japan, but hesitate because of the high price. We know how you feel! So we will reveal a secret to the readers of IKIDANE NIPPON on how to get an upscale meal for a reasonable price!
What is the secret? It’s lunch! Some of the restaurants offer lunch for 1/10th the price of dinner. You don’t want to miss this great deal. We have carefully selected five popular restaurants in the Ginza area that have great lunch deals.
First of all, we have chosen Japan’s signature dish, sushi. The restaurant, Sushi Ishijima, is one of the high-end restaurants in Ginza. This restaurant is not an everyday restaurant as the chef selects premium ingredients of the day for sushi and serves chef’s fixed menu from 20,000 yen!
The owner chef Yoshiyuki Ishijima started his carrier at 18 years of age. He had trained for 15 years at the acclaimed restaurant Sushisei, which has been in business since 1889. After working at its Tsukiji main restaurant, New York branch and Roppongi Hills branch, he opened his own restaurant. The traditional Tokyo-style sushi is called Edomae, and its distinctive feature is to use red vinegar for its sushi rice. You will have a moment of bliss when you have the high-quality ingredients with perfectly cooked rice.
At this luxurious restaurant, you can have a surprisingly reasonable lunch. Despite the low price, the chef will handcraft sushi in front of you served two pieces at a time. The price is 1,500 yen for about 10 pieces. What a good deal!
They offer Bara-chirashi (variety of ingredients topped over sushi rice) with lots of fresh sashimi also at 1,500 yen!
You will experience a special moment savoring premium sushi crafted by the artisan in a refined atmosphere. They serve lunch only on weekdays. We recommend that you arrive at the restaurant well in advance of lunch time as there is always a long line for lunch.
Address: 1-24-3 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Phone No.: +81-3- 6228-6539
Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00 (only on weekdays) / 7:30-23:00 (17:30-22:30 on Saturdays)
Closed: Sundays and National holidays
While you are in Japan, Kuroge Wagyu (black Japanese beef) is one of the must haves. Kuroge Wagyu steak is a special delicacy for Japanese people as well. The western-style charcoal grilled steak is good and flavorful, but in Japan, cooking beef on a griddle is preferred. The steak with marbling fat is cooked tender and juicy on the griddle.
At the chef’s table, you will witness the chef’s skillful technique of cooking the steak and enjoy the sounds and aroma. It will stimulate your five senses. You can spend a luxurious time here in Steak Yu, but the price of dinner is a little on the high side, over 8,000 yen.
However, you can enjoy the delicious meat for 1,000 yen at lunch because they use trimmed meat from the steak for a gyudon (rice bowl with beef). The gyudon is hearty and delectable as premium steak beef is used. You can also have it with a soft poached egg. Enjoy the delicious harmony of the succulent tender beef and the mild egg yolk.
Address: 4-11-9 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Phone No.: +81-3-3546-9010
Opening Hours: 11:30-13:00 / 17:00-22:00
Closed: Sundays and National holidays
There are many low-priced yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants, but you will have a hard time to find a reasonably-priced upscale yakiniku restaurant in Ginza. The Tendan Ginza will make your wish come true.
This restaurant has its roots in Kyoto. It is located on the top of a building in a premium location of Higashi Ginza. You will enjoy a luxurious atmosphere while admiring the breathtaking view of Ginza. Their dinner menu starts from 5,000 yen. It’s a little pricey like other high-end restaurants.
They have a popular lunch menu. They offer a beef loin lunch combination for 1,500 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and National holidays. They also serve a shoulder loin lunch for 1,500 yen on weekdays. It is a substantial amount of meat at 120 g (about 4 oz).
The lunch also includes over 10 kinds of Korean appetizers served at the buffet. It will satisfy anybody’s appetite!
Address: Duplex Ginza Tower 5/13 10F, 5-13-19 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Phone No.: ＋81‐3-5551-1129
Opening Hours: 1:30-15:00 (L.O.14:30) / 17:30-23:30 (L.O.23:00)
Open all year round
You may want to have a traditional authentic Japanese meal in Ginza. It will be a precious moment when you savor a delicate dish while you enjoy the sophisticated ambiance and a personal conversation with the chef. This kind of experience usually comes with a hefty price tag. However, some upscale restaurants offer reasonable lunches. At Ginza Uchiyama, you can make it happen.
Ginza Uchiyama is an exclusive Japanese restaurant. Their light dinner starts from 13,000 yen, and special seasonal dinner costs 25,000 yen. The restaurant is often used for entertaining business clients. They offer popular gifts called Omotase at the restaurants as well. The restaurant has a high reputation for their service.
They serve Tai Chazuke (green tea poured over red snapper and rice) at lunch time for 1,500 yen. Red snapper or tai in Japanese is considered to be a good luck item in association with a Japanese word “mede-tai” (propitious). The fish has been served in events at celebrations. You can enjoy this good fortune fish in the traditional Japanese chazuke. This restaurant is very popular as well, so you want to arrive early for lunch.
Address: Light Bldg. B1, 2-12-3 Ginza, Chuo Tokyo
Phone No.: ＋81‐3-3541-6720
Opening Hours: 11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:00) / 18:00-23:00 (L.O.21:30) ※11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:00) / 18:00-22:00 (L.O.20:30) on Sundays and National holidays
Closed: The first Sunday every month
Tempura is a traditional Tokyo cuisine called Edomae along with sushi and soba. The chef will fry tempura in front of you, making the experience even more exciting! There are many high-end tempura restaurants in Ginza, but you can enjoy a superb Tempura lunch for a reasonable price at Tempura Masa.
The traditional natural wood counter accents this restaurant’s luxurious atmosphere. Their dinner course starts from 9,000 yen. The crispy and delicately-flavored tempura is fried in sesame oil, and it is like eating a work of art.
Even the lunch course is not your everyday price starting from 5,000 yen, but they offer reasonable tendon (rice bowl dish with tempura). You can enjoy it for 2,500 yen. They prepare the tempura in exactly the same way as the premium dinner. It really is a great deal! You will want to arrive at the restaurant before lunch starts as it is sold out quickly.
Address: Nishi Nanabankan Bldg. 1F, 7-7-16 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Phone No.: ＋81‐3-3571-1380
Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00 (L.O.) / 17:00-21:30 (L.O.)
Closed: Sundays and National holidays
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Hideaki Nakayama Reporters