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Kanda Yabu Soba

Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Noodle, Asian, Japanese
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2-10 Kanda Awaji-cho, Chiyoda 101-0063 , Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3251-0287
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11:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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    4 of 5 stars
Great and affordable soba

We arrived to find a line of about 10 or so ahead of us. After a wait of approximately 10 mins we were led to a pair of counter seats facing into a garden. My wife had the simple soba noodles in broth, whilst I had a similar dish which also had pieces duck meat. The broth and noodles were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Peter K
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Romantic
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
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338 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Kanda Yabu Soba restaurant established in 1880. Famous Japanese author and movie director loved this restaurant and they used it in their works. It located in downtown in Tokyo and its building was the authentic Japanese style. Staffs were very unique. They said "Hello" with strange pronounces. Really long long queue in weekends, sometimes visitors should wait for 1 hour.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

We arrived to find a line of about 10 or so ahead of us. After a wait of approximately 10 mins we were led to a pair of counter seats facing into a garden. My wife had the simple soba noodles in broth, whilst I had a similar dish which also had pieces duck meat. The broth and noodles were... More 

Thank Peter K
San Diego
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56 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Thank goodness for Google maps and live walking navigation, because we wouldn't have found it otherwise. When we got there at about 1:30 pm on Saturday, there was a line of maybe 50 people ahead of us. It took us about 30 minutes to be seated. The atmosphere is native and authentic. They have both raised tatami mat seating as... More 

Thank igettheheat
Singapore, Singapore
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191 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Was here Dec 2012 and wanted to return to this soba place this April 2013 but was told of the fire. I hope the business get back to their feet and rebuilt the same old feeling of a great soba culture. I enjoyed the ambience, food and service with the singing ladies. Great soba noodle texture with great side dishes.

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Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I'm devastated. I ate there many years ago and was going to take my family there for diner today (February 20, 2013), but they had a fire last night and the restaurant is gone (for now).

1 Thank AO928
Tokyo, Japan
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Visited at 430 pm and was surprised there was already a line formed. Perhaps because it was a weekend. The building has been there since the 1880s, and the architecture reflected that. I especially like walking through the outdoor Japanese garden whilst waiting in line. This is a classic example of Japanese restaurants that serve one specific type of food... More 

Thank Adele W
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

My son and I had a wonderful lunch here. It was a short walk from Akihabara. The traditional interior is lovely and the staff were very attentive. The woman who sings the orders to the kitchen is a nice touch.

Thank JB404
Chapel Hill, NC
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

A local friend set a group of us up to have lunch here, and it was wonderful. The orders are indeed sung out, and the building itself is a beautiful reminder of Japan's not-too-distant past. The soba here was different from others I've had. It was thinner and green, but not unappetizing in appearance. I ordered hot soba with eel... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2009

Good soba, actually atmosphere is great including Okami san reading orders with high tone voices, soba itslef is so so

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2008

Located in Kanda since 1880 in an Antique house is Yabu Soba Awajicho. Your senses highten as you walk thru the Elegant Japanese Garden, you step back into time as you enter into the long cooridor entrance then into the Japanese Soba House itself. Rustic walls, raised tatami floors and the ancient chanting of orders from the Okami herself. Soba... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2-10 Kanda Awaji-cho, Chiyoda 101-0063, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Chiyoda>  > Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
  • Neighborhood: Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3251-0287

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Noodle, Asian, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic


Open Hours
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm

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Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.
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