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“Without any doubt the best French Bistro in Tokyo”

Le Petit Tonneau Toranomon
Ranked #586 of 10,962 Restaurants in Minato
Cuisines: French
Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
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Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Reviewed August 3, 2013

A French bistro is not a 3 star Michelin restaurant; a bistro is a place where the food is excellent with a very friendly atmosphere and reasonably priced. That’s exactly what this place is. The Chef Philippe Baton is very often in Toranomon as he runs two other identical restaurants in Tokyo, sometimes he is not available however even when not there the staff can take care of you exactly the same way. They speak Japanese, French and English. This is my favorite French restaurant in Tokyo. The terrace in the summer is awesome. When you say French you think “Foie gras” cold (terrine) or hot (poele) it’s really good. The chef specialty is la “joue de boeuf au cumin” (beef cheeks) this thing melts in your mouth. The place is often packed for lunch so better make a reservation, in the evening many Europeans and Japanese patronize the restaurant and act is if they owned the joint, which means they really feel at home. Don’t bother trying to play sommelier! Ask which wine is best suited with the meal you ordered and they will recommend the right wine at the right price. Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations or if you don't like this or that just let them know and they will work around it. I have been there many times and have never been disappointed. Will be back again soon.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

This friendly restaurant with outdoor seating is a little great find. We love sitting outside in fine weather and this place meets all the requirements; quiet, shade, comfortable seating and green surrounds. The menu is quite extensive and includes sets and daily specials. We particularly liked the sea bass and goats cheese salad. They have a good selection of wines; expect to pay between 4,000 to 13,000 yen from areas that you would hope a good French bistro would stock. When booking for dinner it would be worth asking what events are coming up. This place has a great line up of jazz and local music musicians playing regularly. They also host special events like golf days--with a post round dinner! Our waiter was very friendly and really made us feel at home.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Some wine at reasonable price available -- not the highest crus but reasonable -- traditional dishes and some fingerfood good for quick dinner.

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is a wonderful place, fantastic food and the staff make you feel like an old friend. Nothing is too much trouble here, even the chef came out to see if everything was to our liking. I cannot praise this restaurant highly enough. If you don't go there you'll have certainly missed something wonderful.

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Reviewed February 1, 2012

I like to take my friends there for lunch and sometimes dinner when I'm in Tokyo. It is reasonably priced for a French restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. The wait staff is nice and they always have at least 1 French waiter.

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