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The Imperial Viking Sal

#19 of 4,551 Restaurants in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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Uchisaiwaicho | 17 Fields, Main Building Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Chiyoda 100-8558, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3539-8187
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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The place to go for Breakfast

Its on the top floor of the front building of the Imperial and has a commanding view of the Palace. Get there early it fills up fast.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2014
bill t
Austin, Texas
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Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

None of the main dishes or deserts were any better than OK. There was only shrimp. OK Cheese supply- not many buffets supply cheese. Number of dishes- absymal- obviously they were cramming in the tables instead of food. My wife liked the salads only. I liked the ice creams but nothing else was much good. And an absorbant ripoff with... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Good God, really? I had a long day and decided to grab dinner at the hotel instead of going out. It looked pricey, but figured with all the great reviews it was worth it (have a bit of a sensitive stomach, so having lots of choice sounded like a good idea). So. The service, unsurprisingly, was great. The restaurant has... More 

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Austin, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Its on the top floor of the front building of the Imperial and has a commanding view of the Palace. Get there early it fills up fast.

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Manila, Philippines
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A reasonable selection of very high quality food but frankly not up to the standard of the best buffets in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Manila, and consequently did not live up to our high expectations. Reasonably priced by Tokyo standards and a very pleasant ambience with good city views. Usual impeccable Imperial service..

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Mohegan Lake, New York
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141 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While the breakfast buffet at the Imperial Viking Sal in the Imperial Hotel is I'm sure very tasty, I took my family for dinner here and was completely blown away by the offerings. This is an elegant setup that costs a whopping 8,500 yen a person ($85USD) but it is so worth it. They had a carving station to go... More 

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New York
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We tried the buffet one day for breakfast as we were already in the Imperial Hotel. The food was out of this world. We loved everything, ate way too much, but enjoyed every minute. Great views of the city and such a treat. I'm sure it's great for lunch and dinner as well. Do try it! It was a highlight.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

In 1958, a American movie "The Viking" was a huge hit in Japan. Around that time this hotel opened a smorgasbord restaurant and named this style of food serving "Viking". Since then, Viking is a word used instead of smorgasbord or buffet in Japan. Hence, the name of the restaurant. I was there for the Christmas Dinner Special Viking. Special... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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104 reviews 104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Really feels like it's created for the International traveler. In addition to the made to order eggs, hot breakfast meats (sausage, bacon), pancakes & waffles for the American in us all, they also provide cold meats & cheeses and hard boiled eggs and beans like one sees in Western Europe. And of course they also have Japanese breakfast staples. Imperial... More 

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Orange County, CA, USA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Liked: split of breakfast line: one side for Japanese Asian breakfast items; other side for European/American style breakfasts. Eggs prepared in British Style (slightly 'runny'); bacon also prepared mostly British style (i.e. NOT crisp, which you can special order to your table). All food freshly prepared in a kitchen area that you can view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

'Imperial' is might be not the most luxurious but definitely the most stylish hotel in Tokyo with more than a century of history. Location is the heart of Tokyo. 17th floor restaurant has a beautiful view on to Emperor's Palace and Tokyo. I had many times a breakfast in Imperial Viking Sal. No doubt - that's ne of the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Uchisaiwaicho | 17 Fields, Main Building Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Chiyoda 100-8558, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Chiyoda>  > Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
  • Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3539-8187

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 42 - 84
  • Cuisine: Continental
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's also a downtown area with shops that were founded over a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza. It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels, world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular with anyone looking for a night out.