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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 333521012
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can somebody tell me why this place is so popular? After a short queue to get in, we were disappointed to find the standard of tempura was only average. Sitting at the bar where the chef would serve you tempura fresh out of the oil is great but does nothing extra to make the taste special.

Thank Lu Y
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All the other reviewers are spot on about this place. We wanted to catch up with some old friends, so this time we chose to sit at a table to better talk to one another. Afterward all agreed that we missed sitting at the counter watching the chefs work their magic. The trick for the customer is getting lucky enough... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at 530 and were lucky enough to be given a seat. Sat at the counter and we each order the mid range set (about 3000 yen). This left us feeling really, really full and satisfied. Light, crispy yet juicy on the inside. Items were cooked to order and delivered piping hot. The set also came with rice, miso... More 

Thank yingc23
New York
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, try this Tempura place and sit at the counter. They offer several lunch options for like 1500 - 1700 Yen and serve little by little. This is a quite authentic experience of how to eat Tempura. Besides traditional dip-in-source, they offered 3 different salt to taste: Fish tempura with wasabi salt was... More 

Thank TakenoriN
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had tempura at several eateries in Japan and it was generally pretty good everywhere, however this was the best. The key thing with tempura is getting that really light batter and ensuring it's not too greasy. At Tsunshachi they had totally nailed it, both the veg and fish tempura were outstanding. Together with friendly and helpful staff, good service... More 

Thank StephenEMoss
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Tsunahachi twice in a week, not because we weren't adventurous, but because it was friendly, authentic and the lightly battered fish, shell fish and vegetables ticked the boxes of the more particular members (don't eat meat, don't like raw fish) of our small party. Last food orders are really 10pm and it's busiest between 6 and 8, when... More 

Thank Neil M
Basel, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Staff and chef were friendly, we planned to order more food but was discouraged by staff as they feel it may be too much and they were right! By the time we finished our course, we were alreadybfull and any more food would have been wasted! We make sure we visit them at least once whenever we are in Tokyo.

Thank 262piyanuchp
Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We had dinner here after looking for a great tempura place to eat at. We were not disappointed! The staff were lovely and helpful - the seafood is amazingly fresh (we sat at the counter and could see the whole process of killing the prawns etc then being cooked and served to us). The chef was lovely and gave us... More 

Thank Mark E
Manila, Philippines
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

I had late lunch here and had the Tempura set for 2000++ JPY. It included prawn, shrimp, few veggies and rice. The staff will put a diagram in front of you on how to properly enjoy tempura. I followed it and thought it was a meal to eat because I was hungry, but didn't really enjoy it. It wasn't bad... More 

Thank JP M M
Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

I went here for dinner with my mother and 9 year old son. It's pricey and the menu is confusing. We didn't understand that the ala carte menu was per piece so each piece of shrimp tempura or vegetable slice tempura is ¥700. We started ordering ala carte vegetables for my son before we truly understood that the set menu... 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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $43
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, 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
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 333521012
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

Neighborhood Profile
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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