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Tonki

#2 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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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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
Most recent review
Very good and interesting cultural experience

This place serves very good tonkatsu and was well worth the trip our last time in Tokyo. The chefs are very entertaining to watch, and how they keep track of the line is pretty amazing. It's a real "Japanese" experience--the quiet hush in the restaurant is a marvel. And, yes, it's a great value... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
Marie D
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Late Night
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This place serves very good tonkatsu and was well worth the trip our last time in Tokyo. The chefs are very entertaining to watch, and how they keep track of the line is pretty amazing. It's a real "Japanese" experience--the quiet hush in the restaurant is a marvel. And, yes, it's a great value. We had a nice time and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

As the other reviews mention, this place is a short walk from Meguro JR (next to the Pachinko place if you're struggling to find it.) Invariably a sizeable queue, but -and this goes for all of Tokyo- this usually signifies great food and/or value for money. You order as soon as you join the queue from a severe guy that... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We visited Tonki for our last meal in Tokyo and it was a really interesting tonkatsu experience. After a 2 minute walk from the west exit of JR Meguro station, we were in the queue for seats. The queue seemed long, though it took no more than 20 minutes to be seated. Staff took our order whilst in the queue... More 

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Hong Kong
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Great restaurant when you sit around to watch the chefs making your Tonkatsu meal. I like to visit this restaurant when I am in Tokyo . 2 minutes walk from Meguro Station . Great experience !

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Montreal
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This amazing operation just two minutes from Meguro Station is well worth the visit. The restaurant has no private tables. Picture instead a large open, ground floor space with a large C-shaped counter off one side. Facing the backs of the diners on two of the three sides are an expectant row of customers on benches eyeing the progress of... More 

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Lisbon
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I went several times to Tonki. It's the best tonkatsu I ever tasted. And the place is like a ritual place with all the kitchen cookers in a choreography in their tasks. Well served and so good!

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Tokyo, Japan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

If you want to try tonkatsu then check this place out! The line is usually ridiculously long, but if you can handle a late dinner, when we went at 10:20 we only had to wait 5 minutes. Not sure I would wait for the line as its not the most amazing meal you can get in tokyo, and you can... More 

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Paris, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

If you visit Tokyo and want to try all japanese food,you have to try a Tonkatsu and especially this place. It's really basic:fried tender pork rice and raw cabbage with a plum dressing but it's just so tasty!less is more... It's very famous so be patient and wait,it goes fast and they are very nice.

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Dumaguete City, Philippines
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114 reviews 114 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We purposely went to this tonkatsu resto near the West exit of JR Meguro station because a friend shared its good reviews after knowing that our kids would like to eat tonkatsu. Very friendly service and fun to see their chefs making tonkatsu right before you but their tonkatsu is definitely over rated. Not bad but below our expectation, maybe... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

For tonkatsu lovers, visiting this restaurant is like pilgrimage. They serve with passion, with love. You will see a few elderly men frying, cutting, dressing the meat with all their hearts. No wonder diners keep coming back once they try once. Location is just 100 m from Meguro station.

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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, Romance, Large groups

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Things to do Nearby

Neighborhood Profile
Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast, Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool. At the Museum of Yebisu Beer you can learn about the beer that was responsible for the town’s name, and enjoy dining at the popular noodle shops in the surrounding area.