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Tonki

#1 of 1,735 Restaurants in Meguro
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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1-1-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3491-9928
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Tonkatsu place for decades

My family and I have been regulars of this place since my grandparents were young. It's been up and running for decades, and the flavors have held up the quality. This is probably the best Tonkatsu you can get. It's not a modern place, but that's why you get the classic Tonkatsu. And unlike other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My family and I have been regulars of this place since my grandparents were young. It's been up and running for decades, and the flavors have held up the quality. This is probably the best Tonkatsu you can get. It's not a modern place, but that's why you get the classic Tonkatsu. And unlike other restaurants in Japan, the proportions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Tonki, all time classic of the tonkatsu. Found in 1939, this place has been in business for over 73 years. It is the old fashion ritual where many old generation Japanese adults come to eat. Its like eating a high end sushi keiseki but with just one menu but still as serious as ever. Only two thing on the menu... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

As much entertainment as memorable Tonkatsu, we were absorbed by the atmosphere and tradition of Tonki. With reference to the gentleman/maître d' - he had an amazing talent of remembering the order in which customers arrived regardless of where they sat in waiting. It's a bustling environment. It was full with a 30min wait at approx 5.45pm on a Wednesday.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My wife and I made a special trip our to Meguro to try this tonkatsu for ourselves and weren't at all disappointed. It was a little hard to find (have to make a turn off a main street) so I suggest bringing a picture of the restaurants with you just in case.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I returned to this famous Tonkatsu house for the first time in over 20 years. I was certainly not disappointed and my children enjoyed their meals as much as my Husband and I. On a winter's night it was a warm welcome to have our cabbage regularly topped up, as was our tea. Make sure you don't miss out! Queues... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is a restaurant designed for just tonkatsu meals. It is done really well. There is no music being played for background, just the muted chatter of happy patrons and the ballet of cooks/servers preparing and serving the food in an open area that the seating is wrapped around. The tonkatsu was perfectly cooked. The soup with some pork in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This place, as we've been told, has been around forever. They have tonkatsu down to a science. The meat was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the cabbage a perfect accompaniment.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This place has been here for ages. And I think it's a must go for a tourist. The queue might be very long but the experience is so worth it. You can just enjoy looking at all the ojisans making tonkatu while you wait. You can go there alone or with friends. Just a very welcoming environment. I recommend visiting... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Food was good. The presentation...SUPERB! The whole preparation was like watching a show. The staff would take your order as soon as you enter and would ask you to wait. We waited for maybe 40 mins before we were seated. There were about at least 50 people at the time, and the staff could remember each person's order. My friend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I was staying in Meguro and noticed this shop on my walk to to the Yamanote line. It's off a side street near the pachinko parlor, and not terribly well marked, and certainly no English signs. When you enter, they seat you in a queue. I waited approximately 15 minutes indoors at 7pm, seated. They take your order of either... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1-1-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Meguro>  > Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
  • Neighborhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3491-9928

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups

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