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“Lovely authentic Italian experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elio Locanda Italiana

Elio Locanda Italiana
2-5-2 Kojimachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 102-0083 , Japan
+81 3-3239-6771
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Ranked #3 of 4,309 Restaurants in Chiyoda
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Lovely authentic Italian experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This was a last minute selection on our second last night in Tokyo and I spotted the raving reviews on TA so we rang up hoping for a reservation on the same night. We were lucky since it was a Saturday evening and when we turned up late after getting lost they kindly seated us in the super busy restaurants full of local and expat diners in a very convivial atmosphere.

We were swiftly seated and given welcome glasses of prosecco, followed by a basket of assorted breads. Whilst the menu looked delicious do not hesitate to take recommendations from the super professional waitstaff. For appetizer we shared a grilled stuffed squid of olives with roasted potatoes - highlight of our night, followed by special pastas of lamb ragout and porcini and mains of scampi and sea bream. The fish was unevenly cooked but well seasoned and the parts that were not overlooked melted in mouth. All portions that came out seemed to be similarly sized regardless of whether it was a main or appetizer so bring your appetites. We finished with desserts of blood orange sorbet and a liquorice mousse - both of which were excellent and if we weren't so stuffed we would have ordered something else from their substantial dessert wagon and probably dessert wines to boot!

We had such a lovely night at this very homely and honest to Italy flavours that we wouldn't hesitate to return. The staff are all amazing and really knowledgeable.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Best Italian Restaurant in Japan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We dined here for several years when we lived in Japan and for us it is the best in Tokyo. Great food, great service, and a family atmosphere. There are more expensive Italian restaurants in Tokyo but they are stuffy, impersonal, and just don't have the same atmosphere. Returned recently for dinner and everything was identical, the food and the atmosphere. Can't wait to return, maybe next year.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Elio was one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Tokyo. I used to go there at least once a week if not more often. Now, I make a point of having at least one meal at Elio each time I am back in Tokyo on business or for pleasure.

Food is great and service is attentive but not intrusive. I know most of the people who work there and they treat me as a friend, not as a customer. That is what makes the difference between a good restaurant and a "your place."

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Eating well”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I found dinner at Elio Locanda Italiana restaurant to be a delicious and enjoyable affair. Service was excellent, the food even better.
A full green salad with lots of arugula and tomatoes, ricotta cheese with juicy tomatoes--to die for, sizzling pork topped with an anchovy sauce,
and the best tiramisu this side of the Rubicon. I'll look forward next dinner at Elio Locanda!! Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Thank you, Elio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The beautiful receptionist guided us by cell phone to the restaurant where we were warmly greeted, shown our table and given a complimentary glass of Prosecco by our charming waiter, Roberto. A couple of hours later, after a delicious meal accompanied by a perfect Sicilian red, we reluctantly left the warm, happy environs of Elio's to join the rat race outside. It was surprisingly exciting to find such a wonderful southern Italian restaurant in the middle of Tokyo.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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