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Shinjuku Tsunahachi So-honten

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3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3352-1012
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good Tempura in a great atmosphere

The tempura was very good served at a bar overlooking the chef who prepared it. The restaurant has many separate sections so although it serves a lot of people, you feel you are in a more intimate space.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Local cuisine
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tempura was very good served at a bar overlooking the chef who prepared it. The restaurant has many separate sections so although it serves a lot of people, you feel you are in a more intimate space.

Thank 425Ken
New York City, New York
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once again, there was a line to get in for dinner. A common denominator seemed to be that anything worth getting into will have a line. I had a tempura set which consisted of eel, shrimp, and fish among others. I was seated at the bar so I had an up close look at how the chefs prepare the food.... More 

1 Thank Terry N
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Tsunahachi is thr best you could ever find in Japan. We queued for 30mins but dude, it was totally worth it. It was a great experience and culinary adventure. If you're a foodie and love Japanese Food, well especially Tempura, then this is where you should be.

1 Thank PJ L
Hong Kong, China
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Tsunahachi is a traditional tempura restaurant. There are lots of local visiting this restaurant. Although it has been advertised in many travel books, this place maintains its tradition. Tempura is not appreciated by many people. A lot of people are treating this as side dishes for their Japanese meal (Sushi and Sashimi). However, it is more equivalent to fish and... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This was our first lunch on our first day in Japan and it did not disappoint. The fish was incredibly fresh (if you don't want to watch it being prepared from the tank in front of you, don't sit at the bar) and the array huge. We ordered a mixed tempura platter each and the food just kept coming as... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Tsunahachi so-honten came very highly recommended for tempura in Tokyo. So we reserved well in advance and were quite encouraged when we saw the long line of people waiting outside hoping to get a seat. We were shown to our seats on the counter (which is great because you can watch the chefs prepare the food) - however we were... More 

Thank MIkeyCh
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I was recommended by hotel concierge. The food was great and they served mainly local Japanese. Highly recommend to go if wanna try authentic one. Yet, taking pictures are not allowed.

Thank Minyi G
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Moderately priced, good service, interesting assortment of tempura. nice. White Wine was better than average.

Thank arthurcrime
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Very authentic tempura! I heard the place has a history of over 80 years. It is very entertaining to sit at a counter seat and see your food being prepared in front of you. The chefs' work is amazing!

1 Thank 澄子島
Monza, Italy
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

I've visited Japan some 25 times and as a result I've eaten in dozens of Japanese restaurants. Given the location it seems that this restaurant is visited by large amounts of tourists; if you look Western they hand you off a quick reference guide on how to eat tempura. Quite unique and useful, if you are a newcomer. While the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Shinjuku
  • Neighborhood: Shinjuku
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3352-1012

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 37
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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