Tokyo stands as the ultimate destination for omakase due to its unparalleled concentration of world-class sushi chefs, access to the freshest seafood from Tsukiji and Toyosu markets, and a culture that has perfected this dining art form over decades. Omakase, or “I leave it up to you,”  is a dining style that epitomizes trust between chef and diner in Japanese cuisine. Chefs craft a unique, seasonal menu on the spot, showcasing their culinary expertise and that day’s finest ingredients available. This tradition allows diners to experience the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine, free from the constraints of a fixed menu and the burden of choosing what to order.

In this blog, we’ll take you through the top omakase restaurants in Tokyo to make your next dining experience extra special.

  1. Sushi Saito
  2. Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
  3. Sushi Yoshitake
  4. Narisawa
  5. Den

1. Sushi Saito

 

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  • Address: ARK Hills South Tower 1F, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku (Google Maps)
  • Hours:  Lunch 12pm – 2pm, Dinner 5pm – 11pm
  • Cost: Lunch around 10,000 JPY, Dinner around 20,000-45,000 JPY
  • Reservation Process: Reservations open on the first day of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the following month.

Sushi Saito‘s omakase is unique for its innovative approach to traditional sushi. Chef Toshio Saito focuses on variation, meticulously preparing layers of ingredients to build complex flavors and textures in each bite. He uses two varieties of vinegared rice to highlight the seafood’s innate flavors, and his careful aging process for certain fish varieties adds depth to the experience. The chef’s shy demeanor and measured engagement create an intimate atmosphere as he crafts each dish, interspersing nigiri sushi with a variety of tsumami side dishes.

2. Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten

 

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  • Address: 4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku (Google Maps)
  • Hours:  Lunch 11:30am – 2pm, Dinner 5pm – 8:30pm
  • Cost: Around 40,000 JPY per person
  • Reservation Process: Often requires connections or assistance from a high-end hotel concierge as they’re known for being very selective about its clientele.

Chef Jiro Ono, made famous by the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” has dedicated his life to mastering the art of sushi. So it’s no wonder that Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten‘s omakase is unique for its unwavering commitment to simplicity and perfection in sushi-making. The omakase experience here is characterized by its rapid pace, precise execution, and focus on traditional Edomae-style sushi.

3. Sushi Yoshitake

 

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  • Address: Brown Place 9F, 7-8-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku (Google Maps)
  • Hours:  6pm – 10pm Weekdays, Saturday 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 8pm
  • Cost: Approximately 25,000 JPY per person
  • Reservation Process: Reservations for the following month open at 12:00 on the 15th of each month.

Sushi Yoshitake‘s Chef Masahiro Yoshitake elevates traditional Edomae sushi with his unique approach, such as using red vinegar for the sushi rice, which enhances the natural flavors of the fish. The omakase course typically includes six small appetizer plates followed by 14 pieces of sushi, each crafted to perfection.

4. Narisawa

 

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  • Address: 2-6-15 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku (Google Maps)
  • Hours:  Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm – 8pm, closed Sunday & Monday’s
  • Cost:  Approximately 30,000 JPY
  • Reservation Process: Reservations must be made online in advance here.

Narisawa offers an innovative “Satoyama cuisine” that harmoniously blends nature and culinary artistry. Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa‘s approach focuses on sustainability and showcasing the finest regional ingredients from across Japan. The restaurant’s interior is deliberately minimalist, allowing diners to focus entirely on the cuisine. And for good reason – each dish is crafted with intense flavors, technical precision, and a commitment to minimal waste.

5.  Den

  • Address: Architect House Hall JIA, 2-3-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku (Google Maps)
  • Hours:  6pm – 11:30pm
  • Cost: Approximately 27,000 JPY per person
  • Reservation Process: Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance, and are accepted from 12pm to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Chef Hasegawa‘s Den offers a “creative kaiseki” experience that blends traditional Japanese cuisine with innovative twists and international influences. The restaurant’s approach is characterized by its playful and relaxed atmosphere, breaking away from the typical formality of high-end Japanese dining. Den’s cuisine respects tradition while never taking itself too seriously, resulting in a unique blend of culinary artistry and approachable charm.


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