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Unagi Denbe

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Japanese: Eel

Unagi Denbe Description

Located in Saitama, Unagi Denbe is a hidden gem that offers a unique dining experience. Housed in a renovated 150-year-old traditional Japanese house, this restaurant specializes in eel dishes using the finest quality eels, particularly the prestigious brand eel 'Unagi Bando Taro.' The eels are carefully grilled over high-quality charcoal, resulting in tender and flavorful kabayaki (grilled eel) dishes that are a true delight for your taste buds.

What sets Unagi Denbe apart is its commitment to preserving history through its exquisite ambiance and top-notch eel cuisine. The menu features a variety of seasonal delicacies that complement the eel dishes, providing a well-rounded dining experience. Whether you are a fan of eel or looking to explore traditional Japanese flavors, Unagi Denbe is the perfect place to indulge in authentic and delicious dishes in a nostalgic setting. Don't miss the opportunity to savor the best of Japanese cuisine at Unagi Denbe.

Unagi Denbe Overview


1-10 Saiwaichō, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0063


+81 (0) 49-227-9998


14 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:00AM-5:00PM
Mon: 11:00AM-5:00PM
Tue: 11:00AM-5:00PM
Wed: Closed
Thur: 11:00AM-5:00PM
Fri: 11:00AM-5:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM-5:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted



Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Stylish Interior

Unagi Denbe Reviews

Unagi Denbe Google Average Rating



I discovered this eel rice restaurant in Kawagoe through a friend's recommendation on Facebook. When I arrived, it was still early, so there weren't many people dining at the restaurant. The ambiance of the place was charming and reminiscent of the Edo period, with a traditional and elegant interior design. The menu was unique, as it was made of wood, adding to its distinctive charm.

The restaurant offered different grades of eel rice, and the staff recommended the 8800 yen option. However, I felt that it was too expensive, so I decided to try the 4400 yen option instead. When the eel rice arrived, it was beautifully presented in a lovely box. The aroma of the grilled eel filled the air, giving it a delightful smoky fragrance. Although it wasn't the most tender eel I've ever had, it was incredibly flavorful and rich in fish oils. It was certainly one of the best eel rice dishes I've tasted.

Additionally, I must mention the rice used in the dish, which was of exceptional quality. It was glossy and translucent, indicating its superior grade and freshness. The combination of the perfectly cooked rice and the flavorful eel created a harmonious and satisfying dining experience.



Ordered the hitsumabushi set and deluxe set with local Coedo beer. Food was delicious, especially the hitsumabushi with the different ways you can enjoy it. First as is, second with wasabi and onion, third with grated mountain yam and last with their dashi broth. The deluxe set was great if you wanted to have only the unagi as the highlight.


No need to queue on weekday 13:30.
The Unagi is fresh and delicious.
However the price is slightly higher so minus 1 star, but overall worth to give a try!


Great place to taste unagi.
A little pricey, around ¥4000 for one eel piece without any set, but hard to find better deal in Japan, especially in such touristic cities.
Service was excellent, kind and friendly. The restaurant is well designed and the atmosphere is great.
They had space for 8 without issues.


Came here for lunch on the first day of our trip, though the lunch set is abit pricy, but we really enjoyed the eel set, it's so tender and juicy!

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