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Japanese: Eel

Unagi Yanagawa Description

Unagi Yanagawa is a charming restaurant located in Tokyo, Japan, specializing in the art of unagi, or grilled eel. This hidden gem is nestled in the bustling neighborhood of Edogawabashi, making it a convenient and accessible dining destination for locals and tourists alike.

What sets Unagi Yanagawa apart from other dining establishments is their dedication to preserving the traditional techniques of cooking unagi. The skilled chefs at this restaurant have mastered the art of grilling eel to perfection, resulting in tender and flavorful dishes that will leave you craving for more.

One of the standout menu items at Unagi Yanagawa is their signature Unagi Don, a bowl of steamed rice topped with succulent slices of grilled eel glazed with a rich and savory sauce. Each bite is a harmonious blend of textures and flavors, with the tender eel complementing the fluffy rice perfectly.

The restaurant's interior exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, with traditional Japanese decor and cozy seating arrangements. Whether you're looking for a casual lunch or a memorable dinner experience, Unagi Yanagawa is the perfect place to indulge in the exquisite flavors of authentic Japanese cuisine.

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Unagi Yanagawa Overview


1-chōme-13-2 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 112-0014


+81 (0) 80-7651-5030


2 minute walk from Edogawabashi Station.

Operating Hours

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

Payment methods

Cash, AMEX

Restaurant Features

Home Delivery

Take-out Available


Sake Selection

Stylish Interior

Unagi Yanagawa Reviews

Unagi Yanagawa Google Average Rating



Super good and good price. Eel is not as sweet as other places, but it was still great


"Unagi Yanagawa" is located in the Jizo-dori shopping street in Edogawabashi.
A rare restaurant where you can enjoy eel at a reasonable price, with eel jus starting at 1,700 yen. With 7 seats at the counter, you can see the atmosphere from the outside and feel free to come in even without a reservation.

The eel was fluffy and the sauce was light and delicious. Sauce and Japanese pepper are placed at each seat, so you can add them yourself first.
The soup and pickled vegetables were also delicious.

Since it's a shop in Bunkyo Ward, it was eligible for PayPay's 20% return, so the price was even more reasonable.


Second visit. A stylish eel restaurant with only a counter located on Jizo Street.
As mentioned in other people's reviews, the eel had a chewy texture that kept people away from going there right after it opened.
However, I ordered the special 2,900 yen based on the word of mouth that it is now fluffy. Although it looked like it was grilled, the inside was definitely fluffy. Did the eel change or the way it was cooked change?
It's fairly thick, and for this volume, 2,900 yen feels 1,000 yen cheaper than the market price.
I was also surprised at how quickly the food was served, about 5 minutes after ordering. This is very helpful as I use it during my lunch break.

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