Where to celebrate Christmas in Tokyo if you’re not flying back home — or celebrating indoors — this season.
The holiday season is in full swing and can be felt all across Tokyo. Every inch of the city is decorated with illuminations and Christmas trees, transforming Tokyo into a beautiful winter festival just in time for the holidays. This year, if you’re spending Christmas in the city and away from home, here are our top 10 recommendations for a special Christmas dining experience with family, friends, and your significant others, as offered by some of Tokyo’s best hotels and restaurants.
This stylish restaurant offers a special full dinner Christmas course, which includes five carefully selected dishes, from appetizers to dessert. The course begins with a turnip blancmange with fresh trout roe and chives as appetizers, leading to roast duck slices with grilled awabi mushrooms, grilled lobster tail with sautéed spinach and monkfish liver sauce and grilled beef filet with roasted baby veggies, mashed potato and Perigueux sauce. End your special meal with chocolate cake with eggnog ice cream, milk jam and white chocolate caramel, served with a selection of tea or coffee.
Where: 1-2-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec. 22-25, 2018
Cost: ¥10,000 (+¥4,000 with wine pairing)
This popular steakhouse in Tokyo is preparing a variety of special Christmas courses for the holiday season. Choose from their popular BLT menu, a tasty lobster grill course or this year’s special, a prime dry aged T-bone steak. If you want to have a romantic Christmas lunch or dinner, the restaurant also provides private rooms during the season for a little extra privacy (and cash)!
Where: (Ginza Store) 8F Royal Crystal Ginza 5-4-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, (Roppongi Store) 5F Izumi Garden, 1-6-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec. 21-25, 2018. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Dinner: 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Cost: Lunch course (¥7,500), Dinner course (¥12,000-¥18,000, ¥30,000-¥40,000 for a private room)
The sister restaurant of New York’s Union Square Cafe offers a seven-dishes Christmas special course accompanied by jazz music. The menu includes unique dishes such as Burrata with foie gras crumble, tilefish, turnip and snow crab yuzu risotto, wagyu steak and strawberry tart with chocolate ice cream for dessert. On your way back home, stop by at Tokyo Midtown’s backyard to see the stunning illuminations — it will complete your evening!
Where: Tokyo Midtown Galleria D-B112 (B1) 9-7-4, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec. 22-25, dinnertime. Reservations only.
The stylish grill and bar situated near Omotesando station is once again offering their signature Christmas brunch and special dinner. The lunch course includes a delicious selection of pasta, chicken, desserts and drinks. The dinner menu includes oysters, champagne, truffle salad, foie gras and many other perfect for the season festive dishes. Enjoy the superb Christmas food while experiencing the stunning view of the city.
Where: 3-11-7, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec. 22-25, 2018
Cost: ¥7,500 (Lunch & Brunch), ¥17,500 (Dinner)
The Peninsula Tokyo is offering several festive plans stretching from a too-cute-to-eat festive Afternoon Tea and holiday lunches and dinner at The Lobby, festive lunch, brunch and dinner (pictured) at Peter (with a stunning view of Tokyo), and lunch and dinner at their exclusive Chinese diner, the Hei Fung Terrace. The hotel is a great place to go during the glittery season and to enjoy timeless experiences with your loved ones. For a bag of goodies to take back home, and even a taste of this year’s very special Festive Deli Set (for two), stop by at The Peninsula Boutique & Café at the basement floor.
Where: The Peninsula Tokyo, 1-8-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
When: Afternoon Tea (Now through Dec. 25), The Lobby Festive Lunch and Dinner (Dec. 21-25), Lunch, Brunch and Dinner at Peter (Dec. 21-25), Lunch and dinner at Hei Fung Terrace (Dec. 21-25). Check website for time and reservations.
Cost: Afternoon Tea: ¥6,500, The Lobby Festive Lunch (¥4,500) and Dinner (¥10,250): Lunch (From ¥8,500), Brunch (¥10,000) and Dinner (¥25,00) at Peter; Hei Fung Terrace Lunch (From ¥8,980), Dinner (From ¥16,980), Festive Deli Set at The Peninsula Boutique & Café (¥15,000 for two).
If you wish to celebrate the Christmas season in style, the Conrad Tokyo is famous for its gourmet extravaganza. Every year, the hotel’s talented chefs make use of the concept of each restaurant at Conrad, using luxurious seasonal ingredients. This season, the Bar and Lounge Twenty Eight offers a special dinner course available only for three days in the Christmas week, featuring six exclusively made and presented dishes, from appetizers to desserts (several, actually!). The Conrad is located at Tokyo Shiodome building and delights customers with a stunning view of the city.
Where: 1-9-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec. 23-25, 2018. From 7:30 or 8 p.m. Reserve in advance.
This year, each of the hotel’s restaurants will serve a special Christmas dinner accompanied by the stunning night view of glistening Tokyo lights. If you’re in doubt where to go, we recommend New York Grill, located on the hotel’s 52nd floor — it’s got the view, it’s got the vibe, and it’s got the taste you need to make you merry (five-dish special festive course to be exact)!
Where: 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec. 21-25, From 5:30 p.m.
Cost: ¥25,000 (5-item course at New York Grill). Other restaurants’ menus start at ¥9,500.
If you’re looking for something light and casual — and less pricey — Smoke House in Harajuku is the perfect place to go. This year, on your festive table you will find simple, home-made style Christmas dishes such as smoked roast beef ribeye with smoked mashed potatoes and green beans and a few special seasonal additions. Cheers!
Where: 5-17-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec. 22-25, 2018
Cost: From ¥4,600
If you miss home this Christmas day, invite yourself to Soulfood House in Azabu-juban where you’ll find not only some of the most finger-licking-good American food in entire Japan but also so much love and warmth, something we all need especially over the holidays. This year, the lovely family running the place are staying true to their Southern roots by offering us a truly unique home-made Cajun Christmas Dinner. Hurry up — this place is very popular and fills up quite easily.
Where: 2-8-10 Patio 6F, Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec 25,2018 from 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Cost: ¥6,000. For reservations: soulfoodhouse.com/reservation/
Re-launched in April 2018, The Tavern – Grill & Lounge welcomes guests to its first Christmas Dinner as a modern grill restaurant. The chef and his team have created a delectable menu showcasing seasonal ingredients with an entrée selection of Japanese sirloin or the restaurant’s specialty snow aged wagyu tenderloin. The fromage blanc dessert “gift” wraps up the elegant dinner adding a festive touch to the evening. Enjoy a full festive course featuring herb marinated salmon, crab salad tian, caviar, clam chowder, snow aged pork bacon, winter vegetables, grilled Japanese sirloin and more!
Where: Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills 1st Floor Toranomon 1-23-4 Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Dec 21-25, 2018, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
More Info: savvytokyo.com