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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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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was on my way back to Tokyo and googled and found this place to visit. As soon as I got there, there was a small queue that was quickly looked after. After ordering, it came with a selection of different tempura. What sets this place apart is the ingredients and the different ways you can eat it. This is... More 

Thank Perry W
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We don't have to queue for our early lunch here. Patrons are mainly locals that day. Seated at the counter with the chef preparing the food right in front of you. Ordered Tempura Zen and Nagisa sets on the English menu. It is not served at one go and you can enjoy it crisp and hot. We particularly like the... More 

Thank Wheelers7
Singapore, Singapore
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tempura was alright. Sat at the counter and was able to observe the chef cutting, dipping and cooking. Nothing to shout about.

Thank toffeebee
KL M'sia
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't wait long for seats at 6 pm. We were lucky to sit at the counter in front of the chef. We enjoyed watching the elderly chef expertly preparing the fresh seafood into tempura. He speaks only a few words in English but he was joyfully showing us how to eat the tempura with the condiments prepared in front... More 

Thank Lily N
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place if you are looking for tempura. The vegetables and prawns are really great. It comes with salt or tempura dipping sauce which really makes it amazing. It's very tourist friendly and not much of a wait as it does not require a reservation. I will say the eel and the shrimp cluster at the end were a bit... More 

Thank Kristofer E
Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My habit of ordering food is to watch whether the outlet is frequented by the locals. This outlet has locals queuing. So I joined the queue. At first glance, the sets may look expensive but it is justified as the portion is large and freshly made (the tempura comes in two batches, the waitress will observe the speed of your... More 

Thank Hanyenchan
Suffern, New York
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

The staff was friendly and helpful though they spoke little English. We ordered from an English menu and were shown how to use the salts and sauce. The chef cooks each piece individually and puts it on your plate. Each piece was tasty and we received an ample amount of food. My only issue is that after a while there... More 

Thank Steven K
Seattle, Washington
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We had our hotel’s concierge call and confirm they can make vegetarian menu for us. We were told to walk-in and wait in line (which took no more than 15 minutes). Beside our regular server, another person with better English visited us few times and explained food and condiments in details and how to eat them. They adjusted one of... More 

Thank nhseattle
Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

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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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 - $39
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 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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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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