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Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 11:22
I am wanting advice on a romantic dinner for my boyfriend and I to have in Tokyo.
Something dim lit for 2, we are in our early 20's so not overly fancy, a nice view would be good but not essential. I am looking to spend no more than 150,000 yen.

Preferably a place that has a vegetarian selection as I don't eat meat but my partner does.

by Alana24  

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 14:25
Can you clarify if you mean 150,000 Yen or 15,000 Yen? For sure you can find restaurants that set you back 150,000 Yen for two, but thatfs serious money.

If you want something with a sight I would suggest the restaurants on top of the buildings in Shiodome. There are several high rises that have restaurants on the top floor. I personally like En an izakaya style restaurant with great views.

http://wasyoku-en.com/location/

If you are okay with fish, then I am sure youfll find a lot of options there.

Enjoy your dinner in Tokyo!
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 14:32
En is not a romantic restaurant. It's just a chain Izakaya people including students visit for casual dinner with colleagues and friends.
by ... (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 14:41
If the atmosphere is the most important, how about this restaurant?
https://r.gnavi.co.jp/g768002/photo/interior/
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Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 17:11
I can't recommend anything specific, but I can say that expecting views from higher floors can sometimes be risky, because once the weather turns harsh (as it often would in spring and summer) you can't see anything but fog. I've seen it happen.

Another question is whether you can be flexible about the days of the week, because many nice restaurants in sophisticated office areas like Akasaka are closed on Sundays, and others in commercial areas tend to be closed on other days of the week depending on its target.

I'm wondering if someone can suggest a place on the ground floor with a garden view. I believe Hotel Otani would have restaurants like that. If you could spend as much as 15,000 yen per person, there will be more option on kaiseki type courses. Also, if you can tell us what part of Tokyo you will be located at, it will be easier to suggest cozy restaurants in smaller residential areas.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 17:11
Does your boyfriend mind having a vegetarian meal? Shojin ryori restaurants can be very impressive and many people enjoy it without feeling like they're missing anything. One of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo is Fucha Bon. The two of you will get a private tatami room to yourselves, the meal is huge and gorgeous, and the price is very reasonable.

http://www.fuchabon.co.jp/english/english.html
by Gregalor rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 22:37
Washoku En in Shiodome is quite nice - it has fantastic views and the food is very good, all within your budget. They don't have vegetarian dishes per se, but if you're comfortable with a few fish flakes in your food you should be able to find enough dishes to share, with maybe one or two meat items for your boyfriend: http://bento.com/rev/2516.html

If you want your own vegetarian meal instead of sharing, it's easier to go with European/North American restaurants, and Ivy Place in Daikanyama might be a good choice: http://bento.com/rev/3839.html
by Umami Dearest rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/7 23:53
Hope her boyfriend is a person who doesn't mind a nice romantic dinner at McDonald's. But seriously, if he is a Japanese, she should avoid En because most of Japanese know what kind of chain it is, however nice one of their branches is nice. If he doesn't know anything about Japan, it wouldn't be a problem.

As Uco says, 15000 yen for two including drinks is a bit too tight.
If you can go for lunch instead, I recommend Kozue in Shinjuku. Even without booking the best table beside windows, you will be able to enjoy the view.
http://restaurants.tokyo.park.hyatt.co.jp/koz.html
by ... (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/8 00:43
Wow, anonymous person, you must really hate Washoku En! Have you even been to one of their branches? (They have only three branches in Tokyo.)

You keep talking about En - do you realize that Washoku En has a completely different menu and standard of service compared to the restaurants that are just called En? I have had several excellent meals at Washoku En, and everyone I've gone there with has been very impressed, including at least one professional food writer. (I've also been to regular branches of En, and it's a fairly ordinary izakaya chian, although the food is pretty decent for what it is.)

It's true that Kozue has decent food, but OP asked for a romantic, dimly lit place, and Kozue at lunchtime is hardly that.
by Umami Dearest rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/8 04:13
If you don't mind Western Food, you can try Prima Baci in Kichijoji.

It overlooks Inokashira Park, so sort of romantic and most Italian places can do something vegetarian if you eat dairy and eggs.

You can also look through Happy Cow. I travel with a kid now, so I'm not really looking for romantic. But I wouldn't be surprised if they have something that works for you. Many of them are not romantic, but some of them sound like they could be. I would also imagine some of the 5 star hotels in Tokyo might have places that fit the bill.
by rkold rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/8 10:22
@Umami Dearest
Washoku En belongs to a big Izakaya chain En and the common image of whole En is quite casual and bulky. No natives wouldn't select it for a romantic dinner and it's all about its image. That's why I said it's ok if her boyfriend doesn't know much about Japan.
I've visited Washoku En several times, and I just thought En is just En.
Whatever, it's completely ok for taking a boyfriend who doesn't know McDonald's to there only if he can be satisfied.
by ... (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/8 12:13
The Andaz Hotel in Toronomon Hills has magnificient views. They have a nice bar on the 52nd floor with an intimate sushi counter, seating only 8 behind it. Excellent quality, not cheap, but breathtaking views.
by LoveJapan (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/8 12:40
by biwakoman rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/8 17:15
This restaurant has big windows and the view at night is great.
http://tsukisurlamer.com/index.html

XEX group
Ifve been to Daikanyama restaurant and really liked it, but you have choice. http://www.xexgroup.jp/en/daikanyama
by ... (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/15 02:50
Sky Lounge gStellar Gardenh at The Prince Hotel, Park Tower Tokyo.

I asked my wife to marry me while visiting this location. I went to the lounge but they do have a restaurant at this location as well. In the lounge it is very romantic. Ask for seats at the window or when you make reservations. I highly recommend this location because you can view the Tokyo Tower and the skyline of Tokyo here.

http://www.princehotels.com/parktower/restaurants/sky-lounge-stellar-g...
by LukeGoss rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/15 05:58
A lot of these places are beautiful, sure, but keep in mind she did ask for vegetarian options. There's nothing romantic about watching someone eat while you just sit there. "Normal" people love to think that if a place is fancy enough, they can accommodate special diets and just whip something up, but in my experience that is not true.
by Gregalor rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/16 12:12
@Gregalor

Thank you I really like your suggestion! That is exactly what I am after, although how do I go about booking as it only has a phone number to call and I don't speak very well Japanese? Do you know if they have an email.

Thank you so much!
by Alana24 rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/16 14:08


Tabiko - Concierge app for traveling in Japan:
https://tabiko.ai/
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Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/17 16:25
Alana24,

Have you tried calling the restaurant that Gregalor, anyway? Since they have such a detailed English website, I'm sure they can handle English calls especially if you clearly tell them which menu you want, for what date and time, and for how many people, under what name and phone number.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Romantic dinner in Tokyo? 2018/5/17 17:20
Fucha Bon can take your reservation over the phone in English. 24 hours notice should be enough, it's not hard to get into.
One word of warning about the phone call: when I made a reservation back in February, there was a recorded message in Japanese saying to call a different number. Luckily, I know Japanese numbers when I hear them, but you might need help with this. Your hotel can probably help you when arrive.
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