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Japanese: Eel

Ichinoya Description

Located in the trendy neighborhood of Nishi-Azabu in Tokyo, Ichinoya is a hidden gem that specializes in the art of eel cuisine. With a cozy and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience that sets it apart from other establishments in the area.

The menu at Ichinoya showcases the mastery of eel preparation, with dishes that are both visually stunning and incredibly flavorful. From the classic unagi kabayaki, where the eel is grilled to perfection and glazed with a sweet and savory sauce, to the delicate unagi sushi rolls, every bite is a true delight for the senses. The chefs at Ichinoya have perfected the art of cooking eel, ensuring that each piece is tender, succulent, and bursting with flavor.

What truly distinguishes Ichinoya is their commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients. The eel is sourced from local suppliers, ensuring freshness and sustainability. The restaurant also offers a carefully curated selection of sake and wine, perfectly complementing the flavors of the eel dishes.

Whether you're a fan of eel or looking to try something new, Ichinoya is a must-visit destination for food lovers. With its warm ambiance, exceptional cuisine, and dedication to quality, this restaurant promises an unforgettable dining experience that will leave you craving for more.

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Ichinoya Overview


4-chōme-1-6 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031


+81 (0) 3-5766-1536


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8 minute walk from Hiroo Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Mon: Closed
Tue: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Wed: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-9:00PM

Payment Methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

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Ichinoya Reviews

Ichinoya Google Average Rating



One of the better grilled eel restaurant in Tokyo. For a faster service you can preorder grillled eel when making a reservation -that way it only takes less than 15 minutes for the food to arrive. I really love the decor.


Loved the downstairs seating as you see your food being prepped, these guys are masters at doing it their way, flavours are subtle so the natural oily aroma come through. Miso soup infused with smoky eel flavours rounded off a perfect lunch. The private dinning rooms upstairs are lush


So tasty! One of my favourite places.

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