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Unagi Funaichi



Japanese: Eel

Unagi Funaichi Description

Unagi Funaichi is a charming restaurant located in the Meguro neighborhood of Tokyo, specializing in the art of eel cuisine. With a history dating back to 1936, this establishment has been serving up delicious and authentic unagi dishes for over eight decades.

What sets Unagi Funaichi apart from other dining establishments is their unwavering commitment to quality and tradition. The eel used in their dishes is carefully selected and prepared by skilled chefs, ensuring that each bite is tender, flavorful, and truly unforgettable. The restaurant's interior exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, with traditional Japanese decor and cozy seating arrangements that make guests feel right at home.

One of the standout menu items at Unagi Funaichi is their signature Unagi Kabayaki, which features perfectly grilled eel glazed with a rich and savory sauce. The eel is cooked to perfection, with a crispy exterior and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Another must-try dish is the Unagi Chirashi, a bowl of sushi rice topped with generous portions of grilled eel and various toppings, creating a delightful combination of flavors and textures.

Whether you're a fan of eel or looking to try it for the first time, Unagi Funaichi is the perfect destination for an authentic and memorable dining experience. With their dedication to quality, traditional cooking techniques, and warm hospitality, this restaurant is a true gem in the heart of Tokyo.

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Unagi Funaichi Overview


1-chōme-4-13 Meguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0063


+81 (0) 3-3491-9677

Nearby Stations

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Mejiro Station

Yamanote LineJR East Yamanote Line

Meguro Station

Meguro LineTokyu Corporation Meguro Line
Mita LineToei Subway Mita Line
Namboku LineTokyo Metro Namboku Line
Yamanote LineJR East Yamanote Line

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-6:00PM
Mon: 11:30AM-6:00PM
Tue: 11:30AM-6:00PM
Wed: Closed
Thur: 11:30AM-6:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-6:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-6:00PM

Payment Methods


Restaurant Features

Take-out Available


Unagi Funaichi Reviews

Unagi Funaichi Google Average Rating



Was a little confused at first since I couldn't read. When we went, it was cash only. 2nd floor is a small dining area.

We ordered the 6500 yen meal and it was delicious! Came with tea, small salad, soup, and a box of eel and rice.


Add another to the “best ever” list, in this case unagi eel. In the middle of the bustle near Meguro station, a tiny, simple shop, with eight seats on the second floor above the kitchen (which doubles as a take-out — somewhat unusual around here). Ordered the “pine”, though I have no idea the significance. Smallest and cheapest, though not a cheap lunch set at 3200 yen. Three strips of eel served on excellent rice in an attractive lacquer box. Looks like too much to eat, but it’s extremely light and subtle, nothing like the eel you get in your average sushi plate. Also definitely in the “best ever” category (really, “only ever”) was the accompanying eel liver soup. Also not what one would expect - very subtle but also slightly haunting, a clear soup with a single small eel liver at the bottom of the bowl. Crisp pickles to round things out.

I had the little dining room by myself for a late lunch. Patiently watched over by the grandmother (that’s what others seem to call her). Not looking at any smart phone, so I did not look at mine. A little Google translate, but definitely an instance where I wish I spoke even a little Japanese, to get more of a flavor of the place and its history. In any case, highly recommended.


You wouldn't notice this tiny building if you walked by from the street. There are only a few seats and the atmosphere is very basic. The shop is very old, and so is the grandmother who is serving you. Apparently they've been here for more than 40 years, at a time before building replaced the rice fields in Meguro area.
The food is good and there are only a few dishes on the menu, a single menu all day long, which makes it a bit pricey if you want to go for lunch.
For dinner, try to go early, because your host needs to go to bed and will close the shop at 8pm, with the last order at 7:30pm.
That was a great experience, an authentic taste that has lived for decades.

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