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Omoide-Yokocho

#103 of 8,026 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
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Sydney, Australia
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yakitori heaven is what this place is. There is no doubt you'll walk away smelling like barbecue once your finished but your belly will be filled with barbecued pork cheek, pork liver, pork heart, BBQ mushrooms and chicken. We had a toddler with us and we just fitted into the narrow alley ways with our tiny Maclaren pram which needed... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

A very special place right outside the Shinjuku train station East entrance. If you exit the east entrance, take a left .... Stay left and head towards the studio Alta screen and through a pedestrian walkway that goes under the street you'll exit the other end right into these magical alleys. We walked the area a few times just soaking... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We ventured here early since we had read about how full the place gets of people winding down after a hard day's work with some yakitori and beer. You can't go wrong with ordering staples like chicken things, beef wrapped mushrooms, and streaky pork. If you're into beer, I've been told the skewers pair really well with a cold Asahi.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

We decided to have an early dinner at this area because we had heard that the places there get full for after work unwinding with beer and yakitori. The place officially goes by the name Omoide Yokocho (corner of memories) but it's more colorful nickname seems to stick more (P!$s Alley)- you can pretty much figure out how that came... More 

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Thank Ginger A
Sydney, Australia
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

we went to eat here on our first dinner choice! Went to one of the quietter ones from the exit ends and it is not as good as the ones on the main entrance! Eventhough it's full, do wait for available seat because it'll be well worth it! Great atmosphere, friendly patrons and store owners as well as great food... More 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Third visit to Tokyo and this place is usually one of the first things I do. Great atmosphere, some amazing yakitori and you can't help but have fun, squashed in between some salarymen, with beers and grilled meat. We did 3 places, the first a trad smoky, yakitori venue with great simple food and friendly service. The second was a... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

Omoideyoko cho (meaning memory lane) name has been formally changed from shomebe yokocho (meaning p*ss alley - the name still used by Tokyo locals to refer to the place). Started as a black market bar area after WW2. Was destroyed by a fire 2 years ago, but rebuilt. Great atmosphere of tiny bars patronised by drunken Tokyo businessmen. Do yourself... More 

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1 Thank Greg V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Very atmospheric location, surprising how yakitori adds up to be pretty $$$ pretty fast (40$) for 2, with a couple beer each. But.......it was delicious and a good time. Salary men everywhere. All the second hand smoke you could ever want! (cross breeze courtesy of mother nature).

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Thank PurpleBasil15
Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is great. When you go, try to sit in at least two places. I definitely recommend the eel skewers!

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1 Thank Alexander K
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

Simple, straightforward, fantastic! No nonsense. Small barbecue skewers, beer, close and tight. Try to find a place that's popular but sill has seats available. Expect people to smoke at their seats and that to mix with the general barbecue smoke of the block.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Barbecue, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Open Hours
Monday
15:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
15:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
15:30 - 00:00
Thursday
15:30 - 00:00
Friday
15:30 - 00:00
Saturday
15:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Shinjuku
  • Neighbourhood: Shinjuku

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Shinjuku
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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