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Japanese: Eel

Isesada Description

Located in the bustling neighborhood of Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Isesada is a hidden gem that specializes in the art of eel cuisine. With a history dating back to 1948, this restaurant has mastered the art of preparing and serving delicious eel dishes that will leave you craving for more.

The interior of Isesada is simple yet elegant, with traditional Japanese decor and a cozy atmosphere. As you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by the warm and friendly staff who are passionate about providing an exceptional dining experience.

What sets Isesada apart from other dining establishments is their commitment to using only the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. The eel, sourced from local suppliers, is carefully grilled over charcoal to perfection, resulting in a tender and flavorful dish. The menu offers a variety of eel dishes, from the classic Unagi Don (grilled eel over rice) to the Unagi Kaiseki (a multi-course meal featuring eel as the star ingredient).

One of the standout dishes at Isesada is their signature Unagi Kabayaki, which features perfectly grilled eel glazed with a sweet and savory sauce. The eel is incredibly tender and melts in your mouth, leaving a delightful smoky flavor. Another must-try dish is the Unagi Chawanmushi, a savory egg custard with tender pieces of eel, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Whether you are a fan of eel or looking to try something new, Isesada is the perfect destination for a memorable dining experience. With its authentic cuisine, warm hospitality, and charming ambiance, Isesada is a true gem in the heart of Tokyo.

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Isesada Overview


1-chōme-28-1 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0022


+81 (0) 3-3986-6109


2 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 10:30AM-11:00PM
Mon: 11:00AM-11:00PM
Tue: 11:00AM-11:00PM
Wed: 11:00AM-11:00PM
Thur: 11:00AM-11:00PM
Fri: 11:00AM-11:00PM
Sat: 10:30AM-11:00PM

Payment methods


Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Wheelchair Accessible


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Wheelchair Accessible

Isesada Reviews

Isesada Google Average Rating



A mixture of excellent food, view, and hospitality makes this an overall great place to get some unagi (cooked and flavored eel). We really enjoyed the soup which had a delicious smoky flavor and a rich red color. The staff were extra kind. Order the yuba and yakitori for more deliciousness.


Nice food with reasonable price.


This is one of my favourite eel restaurants in Tokyo. I love their delicate and sophisticated flavour.

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