Thanksgiving In Tokyo: 7 Spots To Gobble Down The Holiday

Spend A Special Thanksgiving In The Heart Of Tokyo

By The Savvy Team
November 7, 2018
Food & Drink, Seasonal Trends

This season, give thanks to friends and family by ditching the oven and celebrating out in the city! 

It’s only two weeks until Thanksgiving (if you’re celebrating the American way) and while the holiday isn’t as popular in Japan as Halloween or Christmas, over the past few years we’ve witnessed a number of eateries setting up special plans for guests who wish to celebrate the event. If you’re not roasting a turkey yourself this year, here’s a list of restaurants in Tokyo that offer authentic Thanksgiving dinners, almost on par with what you’d have back home.

1. The Oak Door, Roppongi

Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s popular diner, The Oak Door, invites you to stay away from the oven this year and just sit back and relax — because here everything will be done for you just the way you’d want to have it. The restaurant’s special Thanksgiving Dinner set includes a giant whole roasted turkey, pan-fried foie gras, pumpkin soup with Taraba crab,  a rich pumpkin pie for dessert and your choice of tea or coffee to end the feast. Special Thanksgiving dinner in a private room is also available if you need extra privacy! 

Where: The Oak Door, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
When: Nov 22–24, 2018, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: ¥8,500. (Private dinner: ¥10,000/person)

2. T.Y.Harbor, Shinagawa  

With its stunning view of Tokyo Bay and chic ambiance, this restaurant‘s Thanksgiving menu gets a few extra brownie points among foreign residents. The full-course menu features a delicious set of a creamy soup of potato and leek purée topped with smoked salmon, feta cheese and fresh dill, a roasted turkey with mushroom gravy, cornbread stuffing, green beans and cranberry relish as a main course, and a classic pumpkin tart with whipped cream, pumpkin seeds and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Enjoy the exquisite food as you watch the city lights reflect in the harbor.

Where: 2-1-3 Higashi-Shinagawa, Tokyo
When: Nov. 22, 2018, dinnertime
Cost: ¥4,800

3. BLT STEAK, Ginza

One of our favorite steakhouses in Tokyo will be turning its grill into a turkey roastery for the holiday, offering a special two-day exclusive lunch and dinner menu. The lunch menu is a light course including chopped vegetable salad, roasted turkey and prime rib, and a sweet potato and pumpkin mousse mille-feuille with coffee or tea for dessert. The dinner menu adds a few extras, including appetizers and a soup. The Thanksgiving menu is also available at the restaurant’s Roppongi branch.

Where: 8F Royal Crystal Ginza 5-4-6 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
When: Nov 22-23, 2018 Book until Nov. 21.
Cost: Lunch (¥4,200), Dinner (¥7,500)

4. Soulfood House

If you’re after a real family-style Thanksgiving dinner, Soulfood House is the place to be. People who’ve been there will all unanimously agree that the family warmth, the amazingly delicious food and the never-ending fun at this place make it a Thanksgiving-kind of day every day. This year, the dinner menu includes a pumpkin soup and a praline beet salad, honey roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, a choice of spare rib or beef rib (a tough one!), garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese and a dessert. Though fully booked on the 22nd, there are still a few seats for the 23rd, so hurry up and #tastethelove at this favorite locale. 

Where: 2-8-10 Patio 6F, Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Nov 22-23, 2018, From 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 
Cost: ¥6,000 

5. Benjamin’s Steakhouse, Roppongi

This will be Benjamin’s second Thanksgiving in Tokyo, but judging from what it has already put on the table since its opening last June, we’re setting our expectations high. The special Thanksgiving menu includes a one-day limited full course of a salad with feta cheese and walnut dressing, a kabocha squash soup, a traditional Thanksgiving roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potato as a garnish. Finish it all off with a serving of the restaurant’s signature lime and apple pie.

Where: Rem Roppongi Bldg, B1 F, 7-14-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Nov. 22, 2018, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Cost: ¥9,000

6. Union Square Tokyo, Akasaka

Inspired by the Union Square Café in New York, this stylish restaurant that opened in Tokyo back in 2007, offers a true American Thanksgiving featuring a special three-day exclusive menu prepared just for the holiday. Enjoy a full course that includes a rich salad, clam chowder, roast turkey with vegetable stuffing and cranberry relish, and a pecan tart with milk ice cream and spiced caramel sauce.

Where: Tokyo Midtown Galleria D-B112 (B1) 9-7-4, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Nov. 22-23, 2018 dinnertime. Reservations only.
Cost: ¥8,000

7. Crista

This elegant Japan-inspired American restaurant is another place on this list that manages to make you feel at home every time you visit. Surrounded by walls of pure wood, incorporating natural materials such as leather and greenery, the interior itself reminds of a luxury wooden cabin from back home, making it a perfect location for a slow Thanksgiving celebration. This year, the special Thanksgiving dinner includes a creamy sweet potato and pecan soup with sauteed foie gras, a smoke roasted Tasmanian salmon filet with Brussels sprouts, a herb marinated roast turkey breast with dried cherry, chestnut and cornbread stuffing and mushroom gravy, cranberry and persimmon relish, miso sauteed kale, garlic mashed potatoes and a traditional pumpkin pie for dessert.

Where: 1-2-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
When: Thu, Nov 22, 2018. 17:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: ¥8,500