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Shinjuku Tsunahachi So-honten

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3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 3-3352-1012
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Singapore, Singapore
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had lived in Tokyo 7 years and enjoyed Tsunahachi both at Shinjuku Honten and at Matsuya Ginza - revisited the Shinjuku Honten and found the menu pricey for tempura but worse were the curt service, small serving and very spare presentation - no attempt to make the food appealing as is typical Japanese style. You eat, drink your beer and... More 

Thank pinnacle99ss
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was seated after a short wait and led upstairs to the counter seat I had asked for. Drink order was taken quickly and the chef started talking to me. I was brought a photo explanation for how to set up your sauce, salt, etc. I decided on the Edomae Set and the dishes started coming quickly but not too... More 

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La Jolla, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our first night in Tokyo the concierge at the Park Hyatt recommended this restaurant and we were very pleased we went here. It is a very casual, busy place. In order to get a reserved seat at the counter we agreed to the set menu, which turned out to be a great choice. The tempura is amazingly fresh (... More 

Thank lajollatravels
Lyon, France
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this tempura restaurant! The food was delicious and made right before your eyes. It was thoughtfully prepared one by one so each piece stayed warm as you ate it. We were surrounded by locals when we went and we loved the experience. Highly recommend it to others!! We spent around 8000 yen for two people with beers.

Thank MFSB
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71 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I were looking forward to great tempura meal but were very disappointed in this place. The tempura was ok, although I have have had better in Australia (trying not to be biased) which was unexpected. I did find it a bit heavy and greasy and value for money wasn't there for me. It seemed rushed and the... More 

Thank Madbenjoel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant did not disappoint. The moment you walk in you hear and smell the oil and the chefs are busy frying the ingredients and placed immediately over the counter direct onto the patrons' plates (for those seated at the bar) Very helpful staff who do not presuppose that you know what condiment goes with what ingredient so everything is... More 

Thank Judge_Jason
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tempura is light, crispy and flavourful. Sit at the counter for the best experience. We've been to both the original Shinjuku location and Keio store location and they are both great. Lunch sets are the best vale. Price is mid-range.

Thank Alexandra H
San Francisco, California
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never disappointed at this restaurant, tempura well prepared, they offer 5 to 6 different set dinner, even their lowest price one bring you a lot of variety, especially the tempura lotus root, crunchy inside and crispy outside. We came a bit late at 9pm no reservation needed.

Thank SFMD
Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sesami oil smell, sound of burning oil and crispy tempura. Weekday lunch set is valuable. One of the best place to eat tempura edomae style!

Thank ryohei1981
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Went on the advice of the reviews, and found this place easily. The staff were nice, helpful explanations from the waitresses, turning a dining into a learning and dining experience. The tempura came out well timed so was always fresh and crispy. The accompaniments to the meal added a refined touch. I would recommend this place.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13 - $40
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
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
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
We,Tsunahachi, has been a traditional Japanese tempura restaurant since 1923. You can enjoy a cozy atmosphere at a reasonable price, with counter seating providing guests with hot and airy tempura cooked right before your eyes. For traditional and delicious Japanese tempura, a visit to Tsunahachi is a must. 3 minutes from Shinjuku and Shinjuku 3-chome stations.

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Staying in Shinjuku

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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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