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Canal Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Italian, Cafe, Bar, Pub
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1-9 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku 162-0825 , Tokyo Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 3-3260-8068
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 11:30 - 20:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Suitable location for a short stop during sightseeing. Nice quiet place to relax and enjoy nice view. I was visiting in December. I presume view must be perfect in cherry blossom season. Cafe is offering decent and tasty Italian themed food. (Expression Italian style would be too strong for somebody familiar with real Italian food). Price not cheap, service not... More 

Thank MarvinSLO
Canberra, Australia
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Canal cafe has been going strong for nearly 15 years. It started as a rowboat hire stand by the outer moat of the Palace. Years of renovations later, it is now a moat-side bar, outdoor cafe and surprisingly good indoor Italian restaurant. I took 9 people there for an impromptu celebration dinner on a Sunday night without very high expectations.... More 

Thank Veronica T
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89 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Lovely place for couples and friends. This place is used for wedding parties and it's a easy to access locations

Thank Chic-backpacker
Tokyo, Japan
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70 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Fancy quiet restaurant by the water have seats either inside or in decks area. Worth visiting both in the afternoon or evening time. Perfect for visiting during cherry blossom in Japan, all the trees by the river turn pink which make view even more gorgeous. The food is delicious, drinks and desserts too.

Thank anned0201
Surabaya, Indonesia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

You can order anything from the restaurant and you won't go wrong with them. You can also take any table and the view will equally beautiful. The ambiance is perfect for everything; whether if you're relaxing with friends & family, working on something at a quiet place, reading or even looking at the couples rowing by the canal. I like... More 

Thank Anne R
Tokyo, Japan
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

The Café has a regular restaurant. They serve lovely Italian themed food, have a bread and soup buffet at lunch, and nice views of the outer moat that used to circle the Imperial Palace here in Tokyo. It's not cheap but not too pricy for the location. I can recommend the inside. However..... there's outside seating on the terrace that... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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117 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Walking toward the Canal Cafe from Kagurazaka Station you might think you were in Paris, or Florence with French music being played over public loudspeakers, and wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano being offered on the sidewalk. A respite from the large crowds of Ginza, Shibuya and central Shinjoku you should find this out-of-the way spot to relax and enjoy a cup of... More 

Thank Douglas W
Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

Grab a bottle of wine and some gelato with friends at this place!! The canal part of the cafe is perfect to sit about and chat in when the weather is nice. It's a great getaway from the busy Kagurazaka street. Their other food/drink choices are all great, and some days you can rent row boats to take out on... More 

Thank emmaelizabeth823
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Lovely evening with yellow and green mellow lights while watching time flow by the iidabshi canal. Great location - you almost feel like you have entered another dimension leaving behind the crazy hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Definitely a must go. However, don't expect a lot from the food or the service, this place is more for the views and... More 

Thank pallavi2201
London, United Kingdom
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189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

Canal Café has a great location astride the water near Iidabashi station. The café is divided into a self-service bar and a restaurant serving pizza and other Italian dishes. Both sections have outdoor seating and are very popular. I thought the restaurant food quite good but pricey, The waiters were stressed and inexperienced.

Thank beijingduck

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Cafe, Bar, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-9 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku 162-0825 , Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Yotsuya / Iidabashi
  • Neighbourhood: Yotsuya / Iidabashi
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3260-8068

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this day, and there are long-standing restaurants with geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.
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