9 Best French Restaurants In Tokyo

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Tokyo has a wide variety of food and its fair share of different cuisines. During the country’s rapid economic growth, scores of Japanese chefs received training in French kitchens or by French chefs. The city now has an established culinary cross-pollination with France, making the capital city of Japan home to some of the finest French cooking outside of France. If you are craving French food while in Tokyo, treat your taste buds to delicious meals from some of the best French restaurants in Tokyo. From a 3-star Michelin French restaurant to a highly personalized meal by Plate Tokyo, read on for a comprehensive guide to French restaurants in Tokyo.

1. Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais

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Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais is a 1-Michelin-star restaurant located in the upscale district of Kagurazaka, Shinjuku. The owner-chef Christophe Paucod creates a warm and friendly ambiance and pays tribute to his roots in Lyon with dishes typically found in French restaurants. These include the Rosette de Lyon (cured pork sausage).

On weekdays, diners can opt for the Le Menu Express, which includes a salad, a Lyon-style bowl, and a seasonal main dish. The Le Menu du Déjeuner includes an entrée, main, and dessert. Drop by Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais for a delicious Michelin-star meal at affordable prices.

Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais

Address: 4 Chome-3-7 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan

Website: Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 11:30am - 3:30pm, 6pm - 11:30pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

2. L’Effervescence

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L’Effervescence opened in Tokyo in 2010, and since then, tourists and locals have been flocking to this 2-Michelin-star French restaurant. For many, this restaurant can even be considered the pinnacle of French dining in Tokyo.

Head chef Shinobu Namae, who has previously worked with Heston Blumenthal and Michel Bras, uses French cooking techniques with fresh Japanese ingredients. The Chef’s Omakase Menu is worth traveling for. Note that the dress code is smart casual, and male guests are requested to wear collared shirts or jackets.

L’Effervescence

Address: 2 Chome-26-4 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan

Website: L’Effervescence

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11:30am - 3.30pm, 5:30pm - 11:30pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

3. Signature

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Signature is a 1-Michelin-star restaurant located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Tokyo. Come here for dinner, and enjoy the glittering view of Tokyo from the restaurant’s home on the 35th floor. The gorgeous backdrop and elegant ambiance enhance the dining experience.

Led by Chef Nicolas Boujéma, Signature’s menus are creative and do justice to the finest ingredients from across Japan. The menu also showcases the head chef’s passion for meat and wild fish.

The restaurant observes a dress code of casual elegance, and children under seven years old are welcome to dine in the private rooms.

Signature

Address: 2-1-1, Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-8328, Japan

Website: Signature

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 11:30am - 3:30pm, 6pm - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

4. Chez Olivier

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Chez Olivier was opened in 2009 by chef and owner Oliver Oddos. Diners at this restaurant will be in for a treat - French cuisine with a Japanese twist. Chef Olivier makes it a point to use ingredients from local producers in Japan and ensures that the ingredients sourced are of the finest quality. The cozy restaurant is designed much like a classic French restaurant, boasting an elegant, welcoming ambiance.

Chez Olivier features ala-carte dishes and curated menus, with every dish plated beautifully. The restaurant also has a great selection of exquisite wines and Japanese spirits.

Chez Olivier

Address: 4-1-10, Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0074

Website: Chez Olivier

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 12pm - 2.30pm, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

5. L'Osier

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Posted by Shiseido Group on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

L'Osier is located in Ginza, and has been serving patrons since 1973. The award-winning restaurant is considered one of the oldest and best French restaurants in Tokyo. The restaurant got its third Michelin star in 2019, along with the Tabelog Silver Award. The restaurant has two lunch tasting menus at 14,000 JPY (approximately 103 USD) and 18,000 JPY (approximately 132 USD). Dinner is also composed of two tasting menus, which may include venison from Tottori or duck from Aomori. Special menus are available, as well. There is also an extensive wine list.

The restaurant offers top-notch service, highly skilled sommeliers, and an elegant ambiance.

L'Osier

Address: 7 Chome-5-5 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

Website: L'Osier

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

6. Azure 45

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Azure 45 boasts a beautiful view of the cityscape of Tokyo from the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton. The lunch menu comes with a choice of four to five dishes from the hotel’s monthly changing menu. For dinner, there is the chef’s tasting menu, paired with exquisite wine.

The dishes are well-crafted with a variety of textures and flavors, which will delight every patron’s taste buds.

Azure 45

Address: 9-7-1 The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo 45F, Akasaka, Minato 107-6245 Tokyo Prefecture

Website: Azure 45

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 11:30am - 4pm, 5:30pm - 10:30 pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

7. Restaurant Ryuzu

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Restaurant Ryuzu is a 2-Michelin-star French restaurant just a short walk from Roppongi Station. Enjoy the elegant space and exquisite cuisine at this restaurant owned by world-renowned Chef Ryuta Iizuka. Chef Iizuka’s passion is to intertwine French and Japanese cuisine with his unique style.

The courses take diners on a journey through Japan and France. The dishes are carefully composed, sure to stimulate all your senses. Most of Ryuzu’s ingredients are carefully sourced from all around Japan.

Ryuzu

Address: 4-2-35 Urban Style Roppongi B1F, Roppongi, Minato 106-0032 Tokyo Prefecture

Website: Ryuzu

Opening hours: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11:30pm (closed on Monday)

8. Les Saisons

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Les Saisons is housed at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo. This fine-dining French establishment is run by Chef Thierry Voisin. Indulge in the elaborate Le Menu De Theirry, curated by Voisin and consists of seven courses.

One of the specialties includes Roasted Pigeon that is cooked to perfection. End off your meal with coffee and rich chocolates, like at any classic French restaurant.

Les Saisons

Address: 1-1, Uchisaiwaicho 1-Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8558 Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Main Bldg., Mezzanine

Website: Les Saisons

Opening hours: 11:30am - 1:30pm, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (daily)

9. Plate Tokyo

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Plate tokyo on Monday, August 31, 2020

Established in December 2010, Plate Tokyo offers a unique and one-of-a-kind experience. The menu is ever-changing, and dishes are prepared based on the preferences of each diner. Award-winning chefs provides a highly personalized experience for every individual.

Each meal is an experience that lasts for two to three hours, so reservations are required! Head down to Plate Tokyo for an exciting, adventurous, and memorable meal. If you’re in the capital city for a lengthy stay, Plate Tokyo also offers catering if you’re thinking of hosting a gathering before heading home.

Plate Tokyo

Address: 2-10-1, 10 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan

Website: Plate Tokyo

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 12am (closed on Sun)

Savour the exquisite French offerings of Japan

Best French restaurants in Tokyo
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All the places on this list offer a unique and one-of-a-kind dining experience. If you find yourself craving French food while in Tokyo, these restaurants are your best bet.

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