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Jan 12, 2009 04:40 PM

Need Recommendations for Professional, Classy Business Dinner in TOKYO

Hi All,

I'm helping a friend do some last-minute research (I'll be checking on some places myself, but I wanted the help of all the great Japan Chowhounders as well (^_~)):

* My friend needs a few recommendations for good Business Dinners with Japanese Clients in Tokyo. Some conditions:

*** Price Range: 10,000 - 12,500 Yen per Person, at the most.
*** Classy, Professional Ambiance.
*** "Good"-quality food or better (they realize most top restaurants in Tokyo exceed their price range).
*** Any cuisine is fine, as long as the restaurant is conducive for Japanese Clients / Business Dinner.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. At that price range, I would recommend to have a kobe beef shabu shabu at Seryna, which for a long time has a prestige image with the Japanese corporates: . But I do notice shabu shabu or any hotpot place is not that popular on this American site.

    On another thread for a family who requested the same budget, I did recommend two modern Japanese ryori restaurants: La Bombance, which the budget will fit in nicely, but when I was there, the crowd tends to be casual rather than businesslike; or Benrekiryukodo (menu range from 10k to 25k) but I think it is not appropriate in a business setting to pick the lower range of the menu.

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    1. re: FourSeasons

      I put a call in to my private equity friend and he said, "unfortunately that's cheap" for a business dinner but he did suggest Nino in Roppongi.

      They have a JPY10,000 course

      1. re: lost squirrel

        Hi lost squirrel,

        Oh, I know (re: price range). I warned my friend about that, but they have budget limitations at this time.

        Thanks for the link for Nino.

      2. re: FourSeasons

        Sorry, I just review Seryna's website, forget about Kobe beef, for Yen 10-12k, you can only have its Prime Beef, and only the cheapest dinner set course is below 12k. Perhaps La Bombance is a better choice, Yen 10k per person for 8 courses, excellent food and great value (they should have priced it closer to 13-15k), place is rather small, modern and cozy. Photos are on its website so let your friends judge if it is classy or professional enough for them. Website:

        1. re: FourSeasons

          I like La Bombance, but I found it too "alternative" for a business dinner. Something more traditional may make more sense.

          1. re: Uncle Yabai

            Probably true, that is why I have some reservation in the beginning when I wrote the crowd is more casual than businesslike.

        2. re: FourSeasons

          Hi FourSeasons,

          Thanks for your suggestions (and the follow-ups below)! :) I'll send the La Bombance link to see if it's appropriate or not.

          Let me know if you think of anything else. Kanshashimasu!

        3. That's a tight price range for a formal business dinner. I would suggest Benoit, which ought to have dinner courses around that level, and it is excellent. The atmosphere is casual but classy, good enough for a business dinner.

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          1. re: Uncle Yabai

            Hi Uncle Yabai,

            Thank you. I'll forward this on to my friend as well.

          2. Here's a search engine from Gurunavi that will look up places for a "yoru no settai" (夜の接待 -- evening business entertaining) restaurants.


            One problem might be that it's only in Japanese. You have all kinds of parameters for types of cuisine, budget, location and services. See if that works. 10000-12000 yen is more than adequate for most places.

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            1. re: E Eto

              Hi E Eto,

              Doumo! :) Thanks for the great link.

            2. You can get private glassed-in dining rooms at Imahan in Shinjuku that are very conducive to business. We had dinner there about 15 months ago and have pictures available here:


              Imahan is about 8500 yen for the set menu we had, so you may come in under budget if your guests don't drink a lot. On the other hand, you may have to double or triple the budget if your guests are heavy drinkers or if you have to take them to a hostess bar to close a deal. Ganbatte. ;-)

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              1. re: Mr Rabbit

                Hi Mr Rabbit,

                Kanshashimasu! :) Thanks.