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Shinjukukappo Nakajima

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3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 3-3356-4534
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We knew we had to eat the famed sardine dishes at Nakajima while in Tokyo. We arrived about 11.15am & there was already a line (it opens at 11.30am). Thankfully we were able to be seated shortly after opening so it wasn't a long wait. Seated at the bar, we watched two chefs prepping for what must be a hectic... More 

1 Thank lbb_melb
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't care for sardines a lot but my husband wanted to try this place so we gave it a try. We had to wait in line right after they opened at 11:30 am. The line was half way up the staircase and we waited about 40 minutes from that point. I was really pleased with our lunch here. We... More 

Thank Olwen C
Petaling Jaya
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small diner with probably around 20 seats in total. We arrived 15 minutes before opening hour and there were already more than 20 ppl ahead in queue. Ended up queuing for more than an hour as I had to wait for the first batch of diners to finish their meal but felt it was worth it. Order the yanagawanabe... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent 1 michellin star lunch with very reasonable price. It is located on the basement floor so might be missed easily, but you will find the place where there is a long line of people. Suggest going early to avoid the long wait. Limited options for lunch menu. But this will be the best value meal of the day!

1 Thank ChiaChong
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

A random pick from TripAdvisor top places to go in Shinjuku. Dinner is only a course menu with the choice of: 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000 menus. I chose the 10,000 choice and an 8pm booking. I was warned that that the restaurant closes at 9:30 and that it would take 90 minutes to eat the 10 courses. Food was excellent;... More 

1 Thank Jay H
Cainta, Philippines
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

The old lady in charge of ushering guests was VERY RUDE. Lunch meal was ORDINARY. Very bad experience, would definitely NOT recommend.

Thank joelle031381
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Amazing Japanese food. We reserved a table and were taken there by our host. A warm welcome and very attentive service. The meal was delicious. Everything was fresh and tasty. Except for the fact that the place is hidden away in a difficult to find basement everything was perfect.

Thank golferdusud
Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Their was about a 20 minute wait when I arrived a little before 2pm however it's well worth the wait. Customers were a mix of locals and tourists. I had sashimi sardine which was amazing. Like others have noted, the ginger and lemon do really elevate the flavour. Also same with rice, pickled vegetables and some if the best miso... More 

2 Thank Sean Q
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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545 reviews
383 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

My first official meal in Japan & it was one of the best! Researched around and found this to be the most affordable Michelin starred restaurant around. Best part it was my very first Michelin starred joint. Get there before 1130am & the queue is manageable. Do note that the affordable part is only during lunch. At night they focus... More 

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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

If one already don't know, most good restaurants in Japan does specialty menu. In the case for Nakajima, it is sardines. Frankly, I need to admit I'm not a super sardine fan, but we decided to give this a try to see if it will shake my preference. We arrived here for lunch. One hour prior to opening, there is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $9
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Shinjuku
  • Neighborhood: Shinjuku
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3356-4534

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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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