A city full of endless possibilities and lively days and nights, Tokyo has a reputation of being trendy and out of the ordinary at the same time. With its tall skyscrapers, growing number of shopping districts where you can score great finds, and delicious cuisine, you know that you’re in for a rollercoaster ride. And these themed restaurants in Tokyo are here to prove you that it’s going to be a fun ride indeed.
Some people go to restaurants to sit down, relax, and eat great food. To have friendly conversations and spend some time with their loved ones. Pretty simple, right? But not in these restaurants. With so many choices to choose from, ranging from the simplest of themes to downright crazy, you’re going to be puzzled at first and maybe step a little but in the end, the extraordinariness of these restaurants is what will amaze you. Themed restaurants, like themed cafés, are actually one of the highlights in Tokyo. You won’t find yourself in a mundane routine of ordering up and finishing your meal.
Interesting, strange, and adventurous, these themed restaurants in Tokyo are sure to capture your attention and we’re pretty sure you’d patron to one of them in the end.
Recommended Themed Restaurants
In Japan, everything is done with such creativity and they are serious when they say that they want their guests to have a great time. Whether you fancy dining with the undead, go dancing with robots, or be locked up like a prisoner, there’s always a restaurant fit to your interest.
Take a seat, relax, and choose from one of the best themed restaurants we have for you to choose from.
- Alcatraz ER
Known to be one of the most bizarre themed restaurants in Tokyo, Alcatraz ER is sure to astonish its guests with its bloodied tiled walls, chains hanging from the bar area, drinks served with syringes, and glamorous but creepy looking waitresses asking for your order. It sure to give the creeps to its guests but this restaurant is popular among people who are looking for something way out of the ordinary. They serve bizarre looking food that looks more than its appearance. If you’re looking for something scary where you will also enjoy the drinks and the food, then Alcatraz ER is the one for you. Located in Harvest Bldg 2F, 2-13-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku Tokyo.
- Robot Restaurant
While some people say that it’s more of a cabaret and not a restaurant, Robot Restaurant is still one those places in Tokyo that you wouldn’t want to miss. It looks like it’s straight out of a computer game with its neon lights, booming music and ladies clad in armor-like costume battling gigantic robots. Thought most people claim to visit the restaurant just to dance with the robots and ladies, they also serve up drinks and dishes served in bento-like lunch boxes. It’s truly a sight to see. Located in B2F Shinjuku Robot Bldg, 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo.
If you’re a fan of creepy and scary things, then this restaurant is for you. Unlike the typical ghosts you’ve seen in movies and dramas, yurei is a kind of monster or beast waiting in the forest where he waits and curses his victim and they will keep haunting you forever. Well, it’s just a myth but this restaurant will surely give you that haunting feeling. With its dim lights, scary looking interior complete with flying ghosts, skulls, and burning candles, Yurei is not one for the faint hearted. They serve up odd looking dishes shaped like eyeballs and drinks looking like you’re about to drink blood instead of wine. They even have realistic hand figures in the bar area! Truly, this restaurant is one creepy yet interesting one. Located in 1-8-11 B1F, Minami-Machi, Kichijoji.
- Self Kitchen
If you’ve ever watched Lost in Translation and remember Bill Murray asking, “What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?” then this really unique restaurant is for you. Designed to be used as like you’re cooking your own food in your own kitchen, Self Kitchen live up to its name and most first timers find the restaurant interesting. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or with your friends and families, we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy your time in here. There’s also a menu with an array of coffee choices if you want to take a break from all the cooking. Located in B1F, 4-9-1 Higashi-Nakano, Nakano-ku Tokyo.
Literally means “morning wood”, Asadachi is pretty much one of the most interesting restaurants in Tokyo. This hole in the wall restaurant serves raw pig testicles, snake liquor, and grilled salamander. Though the restaurant’s menu is quite bizarre, a lot of people (mostly men) go here to try their one of kind dishes. The talkative master usually tell his first timer guests that these are stamina food, which can be true depending on how you want to view it. located in 1-2-14 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo.
- Ninja Akasaka
Marked a big writing of “Ninja” in front of the restaurant, one would think what’s in store for him inside. As soon as you step in to this restaurant, you’re transported back in feudal Japan with its exterior all decked out like old houses back in Edo period. Waiters and waitresses are dressed as ninjas, would give you lengthy scrolls of a menu while they wait in the dark area of the restaurant and would reappear like a true ninja. If you’re a fan of historical Japan and likes food at the same time, Ninja Akasaka is the way to go. Their menu consists of modern Japanese cuisine which is seemingly attractive and interesting because the “ninjas” serve the food with such dramatic flair. Located 100-0014 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Nagatacho, 2 Chome−14−3.
- Zauo Shinjuku
Japan is known for serving some of the freshest ingredients for sushi, sashimi, and anything raw that is so delicious, you almost forget your name. How about catching these lovely fishes by yourself and have them cooked? Yes, you can do that. Anything is possible in Japan and in Zauo Shinjuku, the sound of fishes splashing in the water is music to the ears. Once you’re seated, you’re given a fishing rod and bait and you’re free to do as much as fishing as you want. Once you caught the fish, then it’s yours to have it cooked. The people in the restaurant also have this chant they do when their guest caught something! Aside from fishes, they also have shellfishes. If you’re not able to snag anything in the waters, you can always order one in the menu with no hassle but where’s the fun in that? Located Shinjuku Washington Hotel 1F, 3-2-9 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo.
- Shibuya Kyoumachi Koi Shigure
Whenever people enter this restaurant, they are often surprised to find out that this is actually an izakaya. The whole place feels like you’re standing in an ancient Kyoto with the breeze filtering in the spaces of your hair. Kind of feels home too for most guests. There are short bridges leading to special, private rooms where a low table in placed in the middle and you can order up to the delicious array of menu that they offer. At the back of the izakaya, there’s a small river and one can see retro posters posted on the walls. Even walking around the restaurant feels like an exploration of sorts! There are also stairs leading to the second floor where most big groups enjoy their sushi and rice wine and feast on life and food. Located in Musashino-Kaikan 6F, Shinjuku 3-27-10, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
- Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant
If you’re a fan of anything fantasy and out of this world, then this restaurant is for you. The door of the restaurant resembles the book and once you entered the restaurant, you’re a greeted by Alice itself and would usher your to the available table. Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant is almost booked every night so you better have your reservations done early. The place almost feels like you’re in the book itself with yellow chandeliers, dim lights, fancy decorations like cards, and a pop-up menu which is absolutely adorable. It’s a bit expensive than most themed restaurants but we’re pretty sure you’re going to have a great time dining out with family and friends. They serve up dishes designed like the characters from the book and staffs make sure you’re having a great night. Located in 160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kabukicho, 1 Chome−6−2, T-wing.
- The LockUp
A one of a kind izakaya designed like you’re being imprisoned, The LockUp is a chill place with thirteen other branches throughout Tokyo. You can opt to seat in the bar stools, talk to the waiter, and order up drinks or have yourself seated in one of the dungeon-type room. What’s interesting in this izakaya is the way they take your orders. Once your table is ready, a “police” will come and get you and as the “suspect”, you will be handcuffed. Only one person gets handcuffed though and it’s the same to other group of guests. The restaurant also forbids guests who wear the same theme of the restaurant like wearing a police costume, prisoners, and the likes. If you want to chill and just have a good time, The LockUp is a place to start. Located in Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya 33-1 Grant Tokyo Building B2.
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