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Japanese: Eel




Kobayashi Description

Located in the bustling neighborhood of Shinjuku in Tokyo, Kobayashi is a hidden gem that specializes in traditional Japanese cuisine. With a focus on eel (unagi), sukiyaki, and blowfish (fugu), this restaurant offers a unique dining experience that sets it apart from other establishments in the area.

The interior of Kobayashi is tastefully decorated, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. The attention to detail is evident in every aspect, from the elegant table settings to the traditional Japanese artwork adorning the walls. The restaurant's ambiance perfectly complements the exquisite dishes that are served.

One of the standout menu items at Kobayashi is their perfectly grilled eel. The tender and flavorful eel is cooked to perfection, with a crispy skin and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Another must-try dish is their sukiyaki, a Japanese hot pot dish made with thinly sliced beef, vegetables, and a sweet and savory soy-based sauce. For the adventurous food lover, Kobayashi also offers blowfish, a delicacy that requires skilled preparation to ensure its safety and deliciousness.

Whether you're a fan of traditional Japanese cuisine or looking to try something new, Kobayashi is a restaurant that should not be missed. With its unique menu offerings, impeccable service, and inviting atmosphere, it is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who dine there.

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Kobayashi Overview


3-chōme-25-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022


+81 (0) 3-3352-5884


2 minute walk from Shinjuku Station (East Exit).
1 minute walk from Shinjuku Station (East Exit) on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.
3 minute walk from Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station.

Operating Hours

Mon: 11:00AM-3:30PM, 5:00PM-7:30PM
Tue: 11:00AM-3:30PM, 5:00PM-7:30PM
Wed: Closed
Thur: 11:00AM-3:30PM, 5:00PM-7:30PM
Fri: 11:00AM-3:30PM, 5:00PM-7:30PM
Sat: 11:00AM-3:30PM, 5:00PM-7:30PM
Sun: 11:00AM-3:30PM, 5:00PM-7:30PM

Payment methods

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

Restaurant Features

Home Delivery

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Kobayashi Reviews

Kobayashi Google Average Rating



A long-established eel restaurant and sukiyaki restaurant located behind Alta in Shinjuku.

It was founded in 1905 (Meiji 38), and the current building was rebuilt after the Great Kanto Earthquake, making it over 70 years old.

Shinjuku has a strong foundation and suffered little damage during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and the influx of people from Asakusa and Ginza led to its current development, and in the process, there are only a few shops that still remain.

In 2022, the previous chef disappeared and the restaurant is now run by three women, but the taste may have changed and the number of customers may have decreased.

However, the taste and price are not much different from Unatetsu in Kabukicho, so I think it's fine if you just want to eat eel.

In addition, they also accept credit cards, which is unusual for an old eel restaurant.


I asked for a special order. For someone like me who loves eel, I wasn't satisfied with the unagiju here. Even though it has a long-established atmosphere, the quality is the same as that of a nearby store (lol)
The eel is delicious, but the flavor is average, and it's a shame that you can't feel the taste or individuality of this restaurant. The reason I gave it 5 stars is that I would give it 5 if I didn't like eel, so my comments are a little harsh because I have a lot of expectations.

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