Places

Sweet spots for outdoor dining in Tokyo

Feel that breeze? If you’re dining al fresco at one of these Tokyo restaurants, you sure do.


T.Y. Harbor Brewery

Tokyo’s first independent craft brewery, offers hearty, satisfying American cooking and a refreshing range of craft beers to complement its postindustrial waterside location. When the weather warms up, the patio here is deservedly one of the most popular dining spots in the city.


Cucina Trediche Aprile

Chef Masafumi Hidaka’s menu includes a lot of organic vegetables, excellent seafood and superb homemade pasta — and plenty of good wine, too. The drawback? There’s just one table.


Canal Cafe

Diners sit beside the moatlike Kanda River, just minutes from Iidabashi Station. The Italian-esque fare is far from the best (or the best value) in town, but it’s worth it for the pleasure of open-air dining to the sound of lapping water while watching the Chuo Line trains rumble past.


Cicada

Spanish/Middle Eastern-tinged cuisine with beautifully secluded outdoor patio seating. Sister restaurant of T.Y. Harbor Brewery, and so carries their beers.


Sumile

The cuisine — no surprises here — is Tokyo-Italian. But it was the small terrace area that brought us here. There, nine floors up, the noise from the street is muffled and distant.


Pizzeria Tonino

Watch colorful streetcars go past from the luxury of your terrace seat. Of course, you don’t go to Tonino for the trainspotting. You’re there for the fresh-made pasta and hearty gnocchi, the considerable selection of antipasti and, more than anything, the wood-fired pizzas.


Pepacafe Forest

Sitting right at the center of the park, surrounded by the trees and overlooking the pond, this casual, easy-going all-day cafe-diner boasts a spacious terrace with as many as 40 seats.


A16

The casual Californian-Italian cooking at this San Francisco transplant hits exactly the right note for a light, leisurely meal at any time of day. And the location is about as good as it gets in central Tokyo.


Shakunage

There are plenty of good restaurants boasting premium views over the city and up to the heavens. What makes Shakunage more than a bit special is its terrace. Twelve stories up, in the very heart of Ginza, you can sit and eat outdoors, looking over the urban skyline. When there’s a big, yellow harvest moon rising, there’s nowhere like it in the city.