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Japanese: Eel

Ishibashi-tei Description

Located in the Hongo neighborhood of Tokyo, Ishibashi-tei is a hidden gem that specializes in the art of eel cuisine. This charming restaurant offers a unique dining experience that sets it apart from other establishments in the area. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere, with traditional Japanese decor and a cozy seating area.

The star of the menu at Ishibashi-tei is, of course, the eel. The skilled chefs here have mastered the art of grilling eel to perfection, resulting in tender and flavorful dishes that will leave you craving for more. Whether you choose the classic unagi donburi, a bowl of rice topped with grilled eel, or opt for the indulgent unagi kaiseki, a multi-course meal showcasing the versatility of eel, each bite is a true delight for the senses.

What truly sets Ishibashi-tei apart is their commitment to using only the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. The eel is sourced from the finest suppliers, ensuring that each dish is of the highest quality. The chefs take great pride in their craft, carefully preparing each dish with precision and attention to detail.

For those seeking a truly authentic Japanese dining experience, Ishibashi-tei is a must-visit. Indulge in the rich flavors of their eel dishes and immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming ambiance of this hidden gem.

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Ishibashi-tei Overview


Ishibashi Building Housing 3-chōme-24-3 Hongō, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0033


+81 (0) 3-3811-3612


5 minute walk from Hongo-sanchome Station (Toei Oedo Line)
6 minute walk from Hongo-sanchome Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
9 minute walk from Yushima Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Tue: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Wed: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-8:00PM

Payment methods


Restaurant Features

Home Delivery

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Ishibashi-tei Reviews

Ishibashi-tei Google Average Rating



According to the shopkeeper
Eel bowl is about half an eel, 1700 yen
Average size: large eel 2,310 yen
2 eel jus 2750 yen
Therefore, it was decided to use eel

Both the rice and the sauce were good.

It was nice to be able to eat quietly.

BGM JAZZ is good

★★★ According to the owner
Unagi-don (eel bowl) is about half an eel, 1,700 yen
The regular one is a large eel, 2,310 yen
But still
The eel-jyu is two eels for 2,750 yen
Therefore, we decided to have the eel-jyu.

The rice and sauce were good.

It was nice to eat quietly.

The background music of JAZZ is good.


I ordered Unajyu (2750 yen). The sauce is light and the eel meat is fluffy and fatty. I think this eel is delicious. The whole rice is coated with sauce, so it's delicious even if you just eat the rice. Perhaps due to the location, there aren't many customers during lunch time, which is a blessing. It comes out immediately after ordering.


Take out is available.

A long-established store that exudes a family-run atmosphere, in a good way.

The shop is normally closed on Sundays, but it seems to be open on Sundays when the Ox Day falls on a Sunday.

During the preparation time, the ventilation fan facing the road always emits smoke with a strong aroma of charcoal and kabayaki, which is very tempting.

As someone who is used to quite sweet sauces, the sauce was mildly sweet. The eel was delicious.

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