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Il Boccalone

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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1-15-9 Ebisu | 1F, Shibuya 150-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 334491430
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

I was a bit shocked when I saw how cook cut meat by saw, and then without gloves touched and turned the meat on the grill. Cook looked like Chinese, not Japanese.

Thank Vitaly A
Paris, France
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105 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016

We went there for dinner after having seen that the menu looked italian and good. Good it was relatively, at least for the food. But the service was terrible ! We have been lead to a table on the veranda which was cold although protected from the outside winter wind by a curtain. Our food was correct however the Italian... More 

Thank Sophie C
Tokyo, Japan
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

The starter dishes are on the large size, could have done with about half the size (Ordered Calpaccio, buffalo mozerella and tomato). White truffle pasta was v nice. Their famous t-bone steak was also very good. Only complaint is that the only beer they have is heineken: a craft beer would work a treat with this food. Will be going... More 

Thank TokyoApple2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2015

Great Italian food in a nice setting. We had a table near the front so we could watch the chef cut the meat and prepare the food! We did not have their house specialty risotto but it looked amazing and is finished off and served from a half of the imported cheese wheel.

Thank varena890
Andover, Massachusetts
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82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2015

Il Boccalone is my favorite Italian restaurant in the Greater Tokyo area. I have eaten here maybe 20 times or so, and every time it is just excellent. The food is quite authentic and super tasty, and they have a wide variety of meat and fish dishes. I had a veal involtini with gorgonzola cheese sauce that was outstanding. They... More 

Thank Matt_M_D8663XT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere, service and the food. Very simple Italian food, yet very enjoyable! Must try their risotto,it's the best. Always crowded, so make sure to make a reservation

Thank Kentoxas
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2014

Just had fantastic meal with my girlfriend here during our two weeks in Tokyo. Food was delicious and authentic (we both went for seafood mains, given the location) the place was brimming with the usual mix of post work locals unwinding, the staff (I presume the owners) were native Italians, very helpful and friendly. At the end of the meal... More 

Thank Videogangs
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42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

After a couple of weeks in Japan and a long day on my feet, I wanted to relax and have a pizza. Found Il Barocco not far from Ginza but sort of under the tracks with a lot of other interesting restaurants. Just had a beer and mushroom pizza. The pizza was very good but interesting in the absence of... More 

Thank Har45
Charlotte, North Carolina
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139 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

I had a bad experience at Il Boccalone, a restaurant that I had reviewed favorably about 2 years earlier. I think that there is now pressure on the staff to gouge customers -- and maybe they can get away with it for awhile. First, I was charged Y600 for a small wine glass of water -- when I specifically asked... More 

Thank robertli1234
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95 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Over the past few years, I have eaten in this small but charming Italian restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. The food is authentic and varied, from the San Danielle ham, tasty fish carpaccio to the creamy Parmegiano Risotto every item I have tasted on their menu has been excellent. The wine list is simple but high quality... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$77 - $115
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-15-9 Ebisu | 1F, Shibuya 150-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shibuya>  > Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
  • Neighborhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
  • Phone Number: +81 334491430

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

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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.
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