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Japanese: Eel

Nodaiwa Ginza Description

Nodaiwa Ginza is a renowned restaurant located in the heart of Tokyo's Ginza district. Specializing in the art of eel cuisine, this establishment has been serving up delectable dishes for over five generations. With a history dating back to 1850, Nodaiwa Ginza has perfected the art of preparing and grilling eel, making it a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts.

The restaurant's interior exudes a traditional and elegant atmosphere, with wooden furnishings and a serene ambiance. As you step inside, you'll be transported to a world of culinary excellence. The skilled chefs at Nodaiwa Ginza meticulously prepare each dish, ensuring that every bite is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.

One of the standout dishes at Nodaiwa Ginza is their signature grilled eel, known as 'unagi.' The eel is carefully marinated in a secret sauce and grilled to perfection, resulting in a tender and flavorful delicacy. Each bite of the grilled eel is a true delight for the senses, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a rich, smoky flavor.

In addition to their famous grilled eel, Nodaiwa Ginza also offers a variety of other traditional Japanese dishes, such as sashimi, tempura, and sushi. The menu is carefully curated to showcase the finest ingredients and flavors of Japan, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

What sets Nodaiwa Ginza apart from other dining establishments is their unwavering commitment to quality and tradition. The restaurant's dedication to preserving the art of eel cuisine is evident in every dish they serve. Whether you're a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine or simply looking to indulge in a unique culinary experience, Nodaiwa Ginza is the perfect destination.

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Nodaiwa Ginza Overview


1st Basement Floor Tsukamoto Sozan Building 4-chōme-2-15 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061


+81 (0) 3-5524-3125


Approximately 1 minute walk from Ginza Station. Exit C6 is directly connected to the station.
The entrance is located on the stairs.

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Tue: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Wed: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

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Nodaiwa Ginza Reviews

Nodaiwa Ginza Google Average Rating



This is a branch of one of the oldest unagi restaurants. When you arrive, be sure to ask if they have "natural" eel, which is wild eel. It's a little pricey, but worth it as it's incredibly soft and tasty. The staff are very friendly, and the service is quick.


3.5 / 5.0 - I love the original Nodaiwa in Azabu Iikura, so I was looking forward to this visit.

This Nodaiwa is conveniently located inside a building adjacent to Ginza Station. However, for both the atmosphere and service, I’d recommend the original location.

This restaurant is in the basement of the building, so it has a darker feel, without windows facing outside. But we had spacious seating, so it wasn’t a deal-breaker.

However, the service was quite disappointing—they never came by to check in on us or even looked over, even though they were standing by empty tables right nearby. So we had to call out loudly to ask for tea refills.

I hope the service quality improves, because the unagi (eel) was good and it is in an ideal location.


I was used to the original Nodaiwa in Higashiasabu and went to the Ginza annex. The location is a bit gloomy in the basement corridors of the metro station, but the unaju and menus are top notch.

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