8 Best Shabu Shabu/Sukiyaki Restaurants in Tokyo

Best Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki Restaurants in Tokyo

Have you tried shabu shabu and sukiyaki?? They are both traditional Japanese dishes, typically served with thinly sliced beef. Some of shabu shabu/sukiyaki restaurants serve high quality Japanese beef. If you wish to try Japanese Wagyu beef in different way rather than steak or pan-fried, they are both great options.

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-What’s the difference between SHABU SHABU and SUKIYAKI?

They are both served in a hot pot with some vegetables and tofu.

Shabu shabu is usually cooked in boiled water or lightly seasoned soup, and served with sauce, usually sesame or ponzu (yuzu and soy sauce). It’s a simple dish that you can feel the natural taste of the ingredients.

Sukiyaki is simmered in sweet soy sauce with other ingredients and served with raw egg on the side. Sukiyaki has much more sweet flavour than shabu shabu.

The great thing is that most of shabu shabu/sukiyaki restaurants serve both dishes, so if you have a chance, it’s worth trying both 😉

So today, I’d like to introduce you some of the best restaurants in Tokyo, serving great shabu shabu & sukiyaki dishes. All are located in a central area of Tokyo, so it’s very easy to access 🙂


1. Rokkasen

Rokkasen (六歌仙) is a  famous Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant in Shinjuku area. They serves high quality Japanese wagyu beef including Matsuzaka Beef and Japanese Black Cattle in BBQ, shabu shabu and sukiyaki style as you wish!

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2. Imahan

When it comes to sukiyaki, Imahan (今半) has been the most well-known and popular choice among many Japanese. This long-established restaurant has been serving high-quality beef dishes since 1895 and currently has over 10 outlets across Japan. Shabu shabu and steak are also served.

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3. Imafuku

Imafuku (今福) is a michelin starred hotpot restaurant located in Shirokane, Tokyo. The restaurant serves shabu shabu and sukiyaki with black wagyu beef and selected seasonal vegetables. The owner has a connection to beef suppliers, therefore, they can provide finest quality wagyu beef.

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4. ShabuZen

ShabuZen (しゃぶ禅) is a traditional Japanese restaurant specialized in shabu shabu with all-you-can-eat style. You can enjoy high-quality domestic beef or wagyu as much as you like with selected vegetables. Sukiyaki is also available. There are 8 branches in Tokyo including Ginza, Shibuya and Roppongi.

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5. Miyashita

At Edomae Meat Kappo Miyashita (江戸前肉割烹 宮下), you can enjoy delicious A5 rank Japanese black wagyu with sukiyaki or shabu shabu. It’s situated on 12th floor of Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 building and the restaurant offers an astonishing view of the dining space.

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6. Sukiyaki Kappo Hiyama

The michelin star winner, Sukiyaki Kappo Hiyama (すき焼割烹日山) is a long-established Japanese restaurant since 1912. The restaurant serves fine quality wagyu beef such as Yonezawa beef and black wagyu with shabu shabu, sukiyaki and steak as well as Japanese cuisine course.

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7. Yonezawagyu Oki

Yonezawa City is home to one of the three greatest Wagyu beef brands, Yonezawa beef (along with Kobe and Matsusaka beef). At Yonezawagyu Oki (米沢牛黄木), you can be indulged with mouthwatering Yonezawa beef with various dishes including shabu shabu, sukiyaki and steak.

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8. Nabezo

You might think shabu shabu and sukiyaki are expensive dishes, but in Nabezo (鍋ぞう), you can enjoy authentic and delicious all-you-can-eat shabu shabu and sukiyaki with very reasonable price!

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If you have already tried major Japanese dishes, such as Sushi, Tempura and Teppanyaki, now you should definitely go for Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki!! These restaurants are extremely popular so it’s recommended to book in advance 😉

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