Tokyo’s Top 10 Pet Friendly Restaurants And Cafes

Including an izakaya, soba diner and a burger cafe.

By Mai Shoji
April 16, 2019
Families, Lifestyle

If there was one restaurant welcoming pets for every 10 ridiculous pet coats and ribbons on the market, Japan would’ve been a truly pet-friendly country.

I love my country, but as far as gender issues and pet-friendliness (not necessarily in this order) — two topics very near to my heart — are concerned, I feel that Japan is still far behind than most countries I’ve lived or traveled to. Yes, Japan has thousands of pet shops, 8.9 million dogs and 9.5 million cats living as pets as of the latest data from 2017, and billions of cosplay ideas and products to dress your pet for special and not so special events, but when it comes to going out with pets as a family, places are limited. If you’re like me and hate leaving your pets behind every time you go out, here’s a helpful guide to ten of Tokyo’s best places to go with your cats, dogs and any other ‘safe’ pets.

1. Yasaiya Teppanyaki Yasai, Roppongi

 

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Yasaiya’s savvy vegetable sommelier carefully selects the best veggies from Japan’s fresh farms all the way from Okinawa to Hokkaido. Your pet can sit next to you on the bench cubicle and enjoy a delicious meal together from their rather long dog menu. There’s also a private room that seats about five people and pets. If you book in advance, they can provide a birthday plate for your pet’s birthday. For pet owners, I personally recommend their A5-rank wagyu and delicious garlic rice at dinner time. Their freshly squeezed juice is also a must-try. Lunch sets are very reasonable — around ¥1,000. My favorite is their Salzburg steak with a selection of five sauces. They also have a massive fresh salad served with seven different original dressings.

Where: 7-18-8 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. (Tues-Fri), 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Weekends and holidays)
Web: yasaiya.tokyo/yasaiya/

2. Grill and Bar Ushisuke, Odaiba

 

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Family BBQ with your pets running in your yarn…is a fantasy for Tokyoites living in undersized apartments. There are places that rent out BBQ sets outdoors during summer, but there aren’t many grill restaurants that let pets inside. Ushisuke in Odaiba not only welcomes your furry family members but provides a menu for them. The staff here truly love animals and they come to ask for a photo of your pets to post on their blog. For pet owners, I recommend the Tomahawk Steak and the Angus steak lunch — it’s both reasonable, delicious, and large enough to fill you up. The first floor of Venus Fort where this restaurant is located is super pet-friendly and you can walk your pets inside the mall.

Where: 1F Venus Fort 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 11 a.m -11 p.m.
Web: ushisuke-oneshot.net

3. Cona, Azabujuban

 

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This ¥500 pizza franchise will fool you: all pizzas come in a diameter of 30cm, stone oven-cooked and fresh just like you’d want them. There’s a selection of over 30 kinds for pizza alone, and series of other menus including pasta and grill. Free-flow drinks are available at a very reasonable price. While lunch sets end at around 2 p.m., Cona provides additional budget lunch sets until 5 p.m. which is reasonable for early dinner eaters. Pets are welcome in the high seating area, but not in the lower table seats in the back.

Where: 1-5-26 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 11:30 a.m.- 12 a.m.

4. Osteria Dieci, Azabujuban

 

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In Europe, pets are welcome inside hotels, cafes, and high-grade restaurants, and even at sushi bars. The owner of Osteria Dieci knows how important it is to dine with your family, including your pets, because he’s seen it in Milan. That atmosphere where families enjoy delicious Milanese food accompanied by their pets, is here at Osteria Dieci. The spacious restaurant has a whole Italian feel where strangers enjoy conversation and tapas at the bar area and families enjoy slow food. They’re open for lunch on weekends but try to book in advance because it’s a popular spot. The pasta here is one of the best in Tokyo.

Where: 2-8-15 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Tues-Fri), 12 p.m.-8:30p.m. (Sat, Sun and holidays)
Web: buzcre.com/dieci

5. Park 6 Powered by bondolfi cafe, Roppongi

 

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The cafe-restaurant on the 6th floor of West Walk in Roppongi Hills is a secret oasis, especially when the complex gets too crowded. Park 6 consists of Bondolfi cafe and co-shared workspace. The interior here could easily be mistaken for a jungle, something that I personally find soothing right in the heart of Roppongi. They have a space of tables and seats outside the venue which is free for anyone to use, and this is the area where pets are allowed. Weekends here are much calmer and you can order coffee and food from bondolfi cafe. The staff will kindly provide a water bowl for your pet upon request.

Where: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 6F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 11a.m. -7p.m. (Sat, Sun and holidays)
Web: www.park6.jp

6. Bondi Cafe, Yoyogi Beach Park

 

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The greatest spot for breakfast and brunch in the Shibuya district is the popular Bondi Cafe. Pets are welcome in all seatings. At Bondi, you can feel the breeze of surfer’s paradise and eat healthily with your pets at your side. Their Eggs Benedict plate is wonderful and the pancakes are totally Insta-worthy. There’s also a Bondi Cafe in Hiroo which is pet-friendly indoors too. Both are popular, so booking is recommended.

Where: 1-15-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. (Mon-Fri), 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sat, Sun, and holidays)
Web: bondicafe.net/bondi-cafe-yoyogi-beach-park

7. Castanet, Jiyugaoka

 

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For over 40 years, the owner of Castanet has been serving Italian food and famous pancakes. I’ve tried most dishes here (since I worked here for six months back in high school) and all are delicious. My personal favorites are the Japanese sauce chicken steak and the Spaghetti Amatriciana. Coffee is free-refill and any kind of pets are welcome inside and outside the restaurant. The spacious terrace has many tables, perfect for sunny days. You can reserve the whole restaurant for party occasions — maybe your dog’s next birthday?!

Where: 2-9-23 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

8. Burger Mania Hiroo

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This restaurant-cafe’s has an open-air terrace perfect for sunbathing. But on rainy and cold days, don’t hesitate to take your pet pal inside with you, because here this is perfectly okay as long as they are on a leash. Aside from the franchise’s famed burgers, I also recommend the fresh Shrimp Avocado Sandwich — the bread is crispy, the shrimp extremely fresh, and the mayo-based sauce is quite the perfect marriage.

Where: 2F 5-15-25 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open:  11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun and holidays)
Web: www.burger-mania.com

9. Era Kokyu, Azabujuban

 

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Authentic izakaya with your pet? This very popular local joint is located in the Azabu Juban Shotengai (shopping arcade) and attracts people with its big kanji sign upfront. The interior is designed like yatai or makeshift restaurants with written menus and old posters on the walls. Not a suggestion for a wine and dine night but highly recommended for an authentic Japanese experience. There’s only one table near the entrance that allows pets. If you want to try it on weekends, booking in advance is a must. Just don’t get too drunk — you’ll still need to walk your pet home!

Where: 2-32 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: 5 p.m.-4 a.m. (Mon-Fri), 3 p.m.-4 a.m. (Sat), 1 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Sun and holidays)
Web: www.eraera.jp

10. Kawakami-an, Azabujuban

 

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It’s quite a challenge to find pet-friendly soba restaurants. At Kawakami-an, however, you can slurp your noodles at the company of your pet. The restaurant only welcomes pets in the terrace seat area, but they have parasol heaters and provide warm blankets for cold days. In the summer, you can escape the heat since the terrace is on the cooler mid-basement floor. There are five tables on the terrace. Their soba is simply delicious and the hospitality is great for guests with pets.

Where: 3-5-7 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily 11:30 a.m. – 2.30 a.m.
Web: www.kawakamian.com

Visiting any of these spots with your pet? Send us a photo on Instagram or via email!