Ueno (上野) district in the Tokyo (東京) area is crowded with restaurants. The genre has been cheap and good! There are so many restaurants that some of the best ones might be taken for granted. It can also be a bit confusing on which one to choose. So to answer the questions “where shall we go? ” and ” What to eat? ” we have created a guide of the top 8 restaurants in Ueno so you can find the perfect lunch spot to match your taste.
A long-established Western lunch spot in Ueno.
In Ueno, there are a number of famous pork cutlet lunch spots. “Pontahonke,” a long-established restaurant in one of the best. It was founded more than 100 years ago! Their pork cutlets as well as their tongue stew are superb.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Ueno and enjoy a superb lunch in their wonderful setting.
【Address】3-23-3 Ueno Taito-ku
【Hours of operation】
Tue – Sun. holidays, national holidays lunch 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Tues – Sat, eve of public holiday dinner 4:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
-Holiday dinner 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
【Closed on Mondays】Mondays (open when closed on a holiday)
Enjoy lunch at this retro café in Ueno.
“Brasserie Lecrin” is located in the VIP room at the Uenothe station. Guests can enjoy elegant favorites in the quiet atmosphere of the art deco style. The Aromatic taste of the food in this leading authentic lunch spot is not to be missed.
【Spot name】Brasserie Lecrin
【Address】Atore Ueno Rotoro kan 1 F1020 7-1-1 Ueno Taito-ku
【Hours of operation】Lunch 11:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., tea time 1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m., dinner 4:30 to 10:00p.m.
【Closed】Open all year
This is the place to eat superb authentic Chinese cuisine in Ueno!
This spot is only a 1-minute walk from the Ueno Station. The Bamboo over the gate marks their impressive building in Ueno. Its amazing décor and relaxed atmosphere is quite inviting. The lunch menu is filled with popular, authentic food. Especially recommended is their heavy Mabo tofu with its spicy hot hemp mala. It is our favorite lunch spot in Ueno.
【Address】1F 1-52 Ueno Taito-ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】
On weekdays and Saturday 11:00a.m. to 11:00p.m. Sunday 11:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
【Closed】Open every day
Enjoy delicious rotisserie chicken with salt in this Ueno lunch spot!
“La Cocorico” is located on the first floor of the Sakura Terrace building in front of the JR Ueno Station. It has a casual modern atmosphere offering lunches of pasta, meat and fish and of course, chicken. We recommended the “rotisserie chicken lunch” which comes in full, 1/4 and 1 / 2 size options. They also have delicious desserts. So please don’t fill up on only appetizers and chicken. This is definitely one of the sights you want to visit in Ueno.
【Spot name】La Cocorico
【Address】Uenomori sakura terrace 1F 1-54 Ueno kouen Taito-ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】
11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., 5:00p.m. to 11:30p.m. (weekends and holidays)
【Closed on Mondays】(according to Uenomori sakura terrace closed day) Irregular
Enjoy a delicious lunch at this long established restaurant.
Since being established ove124 years ago when you speak of buckwheat soba in Ueno you are probably talking about Ueno Yabu Soba. Its thin noodles are slightly boiled with a touch of salt added. The result is a crisp noodle that is so delicious. It is customary to add hot water to the sauce after the noodles are gone and drink the broth.
The Soba and Tempura set order is the most popular lunch item. It is a popular lunch spot for locals and foreign tourists as well.
【Spot name】Ueno Yabu Soba
【Address】6-9-16 Ueno Taito-ku
【Hours of operation】11:30a.m. to 8:30p.m.
【Closed】Wednesday (closed on holidays)
This Ueno Showa era styled lunch spot is the birthplace of the katsu sandwich.
Their pork cutlets are described as being “cutlets so soft you can cut them with chopsticks.” Our recommendation is the hirekatsu set. The Katsu sandwich is very fresh and crispy and the bread sauce is also very good. This spot is enjoyed by many locals and tourists.
【Spot name】Isen (main branch)
【Address】 3-40-3 Yushima Bunkyo-ku
【Hours of operation】Monday-Saturday 11:30a.m. to 8:50p.m. Sun and Holidays 11:30a.m. to 10:30p.m.
This Ueno restaurant was featured in the Michelin Guide for best lunch restaurants.
This restaurant in the Ueno area was recommended in the Michelin Guide for Tokyo’s 2016 Bibugleman (less than 5000 Yen food outlets) best shops. You can definitely enjoy a delicious lunch here! We recommend trying the restaurant’s classic omu rice and Gratin.
【Spot name】Gensenyoushoku Sakurai
【Address】7F reception 3-40-7 Ushima Bunkyo-ku
【Hours of operation】Mon – Fri 11:30a.m. to 3:00p.m., 5:30p.m. to 10:45p.m.
【Saturdays】11:30a.m. to 10:45p.m. to Sundays and Holidays 11:30a.m to 9:45p.m.
【Closed】Open all year round.
These Butchers in the Ueno district serve a great lunch too!
Niku No Ohyama meats is located in the heart of Ueno in the middle of Ame Yokothe. Its lunch menu is basically meat! They serve very juicy, hearty beef so even the most manly meat eater is satisfied! Because it is so popular there is often a line. Croquettes and cutlets sell very well at this Ueno recommended lunch spot.
【Spot name】Niku No Ohyama
【Address】6-13-2 Ueno Taito-ku
【Hours of operation】May-Saturday 11:00a.m. to 11:00p.m.-Mon 11:00a.m. to 11:00p.m.
【Closed 】Open Year-round (except for New Year’s Day).