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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 108
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good tempura in a charming place

This restaurant has good quality tempura. Both the seafood and the vegetables were very fresh and tasty. The lunch set offer good value for money and contains a good mix as well as a number of side dishes. If you are in the Shinjuku area, go here for a quick lunch!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
makkipakki
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Stockholm, Sweden
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

massive let down. Went here expecting amazing tempura and we were served absolute rubbish. The prawn on the set menu were small and tasteless and the batter was weak and soggy. We had better tempura at a little known basement joint for lunch the week before, for half the price. I would save your $$$ and take a punt literally... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you are tempura lovers, don't miss this place! The staffs are also friendly. What a great experience!! I definitely will come back to this restaurant :)

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Warszawa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Maybe our hopes were too high, after previous experiences in numerous not-so-hyped-but-still-fantastic restaurants around Tokyo. We decided to go for "chef's special" menu costing 8000¥ - so we expected something extraordinary. And it definitely wasn't. Don't get me wrong - the tempura was perfect. Still, for this price we expected taste-bud-orgasm kind of experience (think: Kobe beef enlightment level) -... More 

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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89 reviews 89 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We came here for amazing tempura based on the history and reviews we had read and chose this place for our first meal in Japan, but were disappointed in the end. The look from outside the restaurant was very convincing. The wooden structure looked charmingly old and authentic, and we wasted no time to rush in. We arrived on good... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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135 reviews 135 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This restaurant has good quality tempura. Both the seafood and the vegetables were very fresh and tasty. The lunch set offer good value for money and contains a good mix as well as a number of side dishes. If you are in the Shinjuku area, go here for a quick lunch!

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Melbourne, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Came here with high expectations having eaten at Funabashiya on a previous trip, and then seeing that was rated more highly. Unfortunately, the experience was not even close to our previous one. We ordered one of the sets (sanzen or something similar - was 3800 per person), and the food was good without being anything special. Biggest issue was the... More 

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Manila
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We ate at their old branch near Uniqlo ad a couple and then again the next day as a family. I can't say good things enough for this restaurant. The batter for the tempura was divine!! It didn't empower the seafood which is the highlight of the meal. I suggest that you ask to be seated in front of the... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If you’re a fan of the battered and deep-fried, Tempura Tsunahachi is reputable and famed for their fare. The branch in Shinjuku slid its doors open in 1964, though Tsunahachi was originally founded in 1923. After a spot of waiting under its quaint wooden façade, we were ushered into a narrow room of booths, all of which were occupied except... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Sat at the tempura bar, food was outstanding but I'll qualify this by saying this was the first time I had tempura in Japan. Everything was very fresh and served immediately after frying. Even though we had a long list of restaurants we wanted to try in Tokyo we ended up back here for a second visit as my wife... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

To the chinese people, people only use the sub-fresh stuff to deep fry. The freshest ingredients are steamed so that the original flavours of the ingredients can freely flow. I was wrong. The surprise of the meal was the squid tempura. The thickness of the squid made it very difficult to control how well the squid is cooked but 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: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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Shinjuku
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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