About Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511

4-3-28 Akasaka
Dear Plaza Akasaka B1
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
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511’s head chef bids on the finest Kobe beef cows, selecting for purchase, in their entirety, only those whose meat is of the highest quality. Lavish use is made of those rare cuts, which one has few chances to savor, in preparation for our genuine Kobe Beef Kaiseki.

Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Kaiseki

Hours of operation:
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

There may be exceptions to the above schedule. Ensure you use the search to confirm availability.

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
¥10,001 and over

Payment options:

Phone number:
03-6685-0511

Website:
http://www.a511.jp/

Public Transport:
4 min walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Akasaka Station
4 min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Marunouchi Line Akasakamitsuke Station

Additional:
Beer, Private Room, Wine

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food5
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service5
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We had a fantastic evenin at the restaur ...

 
·Dined 7 days ago

We had a fantastic evenin at the restaurant. Very friendly and welcoming staff. They provided some very nice touches to the excellent meal for my wife's birthday. Creative and delicious dishes in a terrific atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I went for lunch and it was amazing! The ...

 
·Dined on 12 January 2017

I went for lunch and it was amazing! The servers were very friendly and took the time to explain the restaurant's name and the true definition of Kobe beef standards. I was well informed. The meal itself was outstanding, the best piece of beef I have ever tasted. I highly recommend and plan to visit again. Thank you for a rewarding experience!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Perfect dinner and amazing A5 Kobe Beef. ...

 
·Dined on 7 January 2017

Perfect dinner and amazing A5 Kobe Beef. The only downside is the dessert. I don't like Japanese desserts but I did go to this place due to the Kobe beef experience and it was perfect. The price was a little bit salted. However, as I was in a honeymoon dinner, it worth every dollar spent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

great place to try kobe beef, servers an ...

 
·Dined on 29 December 2016

great place to try kobe beef, servers and staff were friendly and helpful in picking out the menu. this place is a tasting menu only. would recommend for a place to try A5 kobe beef.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Private Room, Tasting Menu
food2
ambience3
service3
value1

My wife and I booked this restaurant in ...

 
·Dined on 24 December 2016

My wife and I booked this restaurant in our trip to Japan. We are both big fan of Kobe beef and knew that Tokyo only has 11 restaurants that serve authentic, registered Kobe beef and 511 was one of them. We did our research and despite some "average" to "poor" reviews we decided to try this restaurant on our own.

We ordered two different styles of Kobe (corresponding to their marble grading). My piece of steak was delicious, although it was badly served with a strong "french" sauce that didn't match the delicate meat - and obfuscated the taste of the steak. My wife had a better piece of Kobe (w/ 11 rate of marbling). It was incredible alone - however the chef decided to add a non-sense plate with other poor ingredients. This was an extremely bad value for the money. The steak was terribly presented with other ingredients that only hid the real taste of Kobe. We think it ruined our experience and this place did a "disservice" to Kobe beef.

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

All the food was great. The desert was t ...

 
·Dined on 19 December 2016

All the food was great. The desert was too sweet for my wife and I. Service was great and the need was excellent.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

The ambience & service are excellent. Ea ...

 
·Dined on 14 December 2016

The ambience & service are excellent. Each dish was served with a short introduction in English adding to the overall appreciation and enjoyment of the dish. The medium rare A511 Kobe beef sirloin steak was grilled to a perfection with every bite melting in your mouth. All the dishes tasted exquisite. A truly enjoyable and satisfying dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Modern Decor, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
food4
ambience2
service5
value2

While the main dish of kobe beef was fan ...

 
·Dined on 6 December 2016

While the main dish of kobe beef was fantastic, the other dishes missed the spot. Many dishes felt like they included kobe beef just for statement's sake and did not have an influence or taste on the overall dish. You can do much better for the price.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing Kaiseki cuisine. Really tasty di ...

 
·Dined on 1 December 2016

Amazing Kaiseki cuisine. Really tasty dishes that feature Kobe beef very nicely and wonderful atmosphere to enjoy the meal in. If you don't speak Japanese or even if you don't desire Kaiseki, you will love this place. The staff speaks good English and there are Western options as well. Drinks are also fantastic. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was delicious! They knew our name w ...

 
·Dined on 18 November 2016

Food was delicious! They knew our name when we showed up. Awesome experience

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Amazing service - explaining everything ...

 
·Dined on 12 November 2016

Amazing service - explaining everything about the food. Real high quality Kobe beef :)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

We ate a Kobe beef sukiyaki and a 100g s ...

 
·Dined on 9 November 2016

We ate a Kobe beef sukiyaki and a 100g steak for about 6500¥ at lunch time. It comes with various and delicious vegetables. We Will come back for a course next time. It's more expensive but it will definitely worth the price! Very nice place and staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Private Room, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

The visit at Kobe Beef Kaiseke 511 was a ...

 
·Dined on 5 November 2016

The visit at Kobe Beef Kaiseke 511 was an absolute fantastic experience. The Kobe beef (A5-11) was of course the crown juvel- top of the line and perfectly cooked. The staff, performed excellent service during the evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

お店は、とってつけたような高級感、という印象。お肉はレアが良かったけど聞かれず焼 ...

 
·Dined on 4 November 2016

お店は、とってつけたような高級感、という印象。お肉はレアが良かったけど聞かれず焼かれたものが運ばれてきたので、いいお肉A512をオーダーしたのにがっかりだった。

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

511 is not an address or something simil ...

 
·Dined on 29 October 2016

511 is not an address or something similar you could think of. It's the kind of beef they use: beef in general is ranked from 1 to 5 (Kobe beef is normally ranked 4 or 5). Meat from different parts of a cow is ranked from 1 to 12 in terms of marbleness (rank 11 is second best, chosen because the steak can be big enough).

They serve tasting menus (kaiseki) in Japanese or Western style. I chose the Japanese one, which is very elaborate and simply perfect. The restaurant is about meat, but in the Japanese kaiseki they use some fish and seafood too. They still have some a la carte options if you don't want a full kaiseki. The wine list is good enough to accompany the chef's great work. Excellent service, of course. And one more positive thing: the restaurants of this level in Japan normally don't accept children under 12. Kobebeef kaiseki 511 accepts kids of 6 and older: they offered me with 2 kids a separate room where we could feel more free and not disturb other guests.

The price is high, you will probably spend at least 15000 YEN per person, but the quality is outstanding.

Booking in advance is essential.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Modern Decor, Local Ingredients
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

After visiting the restaurant in 2015 fo ...

 
·Dined on 26 October 2016

After visiting the restaurant in 2015 for the first time, I knew I had to come back the next time I visit Japan, or at the very least find a place to get some Kobe beef.

So when my friends and I decided to make plans to go in 2016, I highly recommended to try out Kobe beef. Warning them that it'll obviously be pricier than a normal meal, I told them I understood if they weren't interested but that I was also willing to go on my own if that were the case. Thankfully they were all excited with the idea and also wanted to try out Kaiseki 511 under my recommendation.

Just like my last visit, the entire experience was fantastic. Making reservations was simple, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and a few of them were English speaking so it's definitely an English friendly establishment. The food was fantastic and none of my friends had any regrets with joining me for this meal.

The only reason I took away a star for Value is that I can honestly admit that I'm totally unaware of how much other places would charge for a similar meal/experience. Is it possible to find a place that's more reasonably priced? Perhaps. But after having 2 great meals at this establishment, I see no reason to shop around and risk having anything less.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
food5
ambience5
service5
value2

Excellent food and service. Overpriced t ...

 
·Dined on 24 October 2016

Excellent food and service. Overpriced though and though the wine list is great there's very little choice of wine, if not none, that is less than 10,000 yens. There should really be a selection of more affordable wines. Not everyone can buy classified Bordeaux reds!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was exquisitely prepared and elegan ...

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·Dined on 22 October 2016

Food was exquisitely prepared and elegantly presented. Service was sublime and not rushed😃! The steak was to die for!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

私はビーフの中で神戸ビーフが一番好きです。神戸ビーフはとても美味しかったでした。 ...

 
·Dined on 19 October 2016

私はビーフの中で神戸ビーフが一番好きです。神戸ビーフはとても美味しかったでした。楽しみました。A511のレストランはとても良かったでした。ありがとうございました!

Tags: テイスティングコース, オープンキッチン
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

I had the complete Kobe beef course with ...

 
·Dined on 12 October 2016

I had the complete Kobe beef course with female beef, according to staff this was even better than ordinary beef!? I loved everything 100 % except the "Steamed egg mixed Kobe-beef in Matsutake mushroom soup" that was not so exceptional as the other dishes. Overall it was a really good dinner with excellent service that I strongly recommend others to try out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Our 40th anniversary and last night in J ...

 
·Dined on 7 October 2016

Our 40th anniversary and last night in Japan. We enjoyed sushi for two weeks, but it was time for something special, and this was it. The service and explanations of all dishes . . .including a "beef map" and planter full of the living mushrooms used in various dishes . . .was superb. This first encounter with Kobe beef was pricey (at about $140 for the Kobe Beef Kaiseki dinner) but worth it.

The Google map is good, BUT . . .the directions after leaving the Akasaka-Mitsuke station are a bit confusing. The right turn you take after leaving the station at the Prudential Tower end is a very narrow alley, not a real street. If you wait for the real street, you'll get lost, and although it is a very pleasant neighborhood, and we built getting lost time into our schedule, you're better off taking the narrow alley, which gets you there quickly and directly.

I don't know if it was SOP or a recognition of our anniversary, but they gave us a parting gift of dried Kobe Beef-flavored noodles.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This is one of the best restaurant exper ...

 
·Dined on 7 October 2016

This is one of the best restaurant experiences I've had, and certainly the best in Tokyo. The staff was extraordinarily attentive, and the Kobe beef was outstanding. We opted for the multi-course Western style, and upgraded to the tenderloin cut. It was truly an outstanding experience and we are already planning a return trip next time we're in town!

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Dîner merveilleux, personnel attentionné ...

 
·Dined on 28 September 2016

Dîner merveilleux, personnel attentionné, cadre très agréable, merci pour cette soirée!

Tags: Une occasion spéciale, Idéal pour les anniversaires, Menu dégustation
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

This is my second visit to 511.as we had ...

 
·Dined on 23 September 2016

This is my second visit to 511.as we had aa heavy breakfast, we requested to share the set lunch. I'm not sure if it's not common to share in Japan culture because the waiter looked slightly displeased when we told him.

The beef is awesome as usual and i will definitely be back again during my next Tokyo trip.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
food5
ambience5
service5

Great experience with kobe beef, will go ...

 
·Dined on 14 September 2016

Great experience with kobe beef, will go back again next time when I visit Tokyo

food2
ambience3
service1
value1

After hearing amazing things about this ...

 
·Dined on 14 September 2016

After hearing amazing things about this restaurant, we made a lunch time reservation on our last day in Tokyo. When we got there, we were informed that they didn't do lunchtime tasting menus as they were reserved only for dinner. Sensing our disappointment, the waiter offered to change our reservation to dinner instead of lunch but that was not possible as we would no longer be in Tokyo by dinner time.

We made the best of it and ordered 3 meals:2 steaks and another lunch time offering that essentially amounted to Kobe meatloaf. The steaks were great; the meatloaf not so much.

I am unsure if we were there on a busy day, but our service was essentially nonexistent. After taking our orders, we never saw our original server again. A different server delivered our food without explaining any of the dishes and yet another server came by shortly after the food was delivered (2 minutes later?) to see that everything came out alright. And that was it. No one else came to check in, offer drinks, or anything of the sort.

We ate our meals, paid our bill and left. From all the reviews I've seen, I would say we're in the minority, but given the cost of the meal and the lack of service, this is not an establishment I would like to visit again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A perfect meal. Service and quality of f ...

 
·Dined on 6 September 2016

A perfect meal. Service and quality of food were exceptional. Worth every penny.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

お肉の質は、文句なし!お肉の融点が低いため、口の中で溶けてなくなります。値段は高 ...

 
·Dined on 2 September 2016

お肉の質は、文句なし!お肉の融点が低いため、口の中で溶けてなくなります。値段は高いですが、スタッフの気配りと料理の味にきっと満足するはずです。是非、一度、ご賞味あれ🍴👍

Tags: 特別なお食事に向いている
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We want there for my husband birthday an ...

 
·Dined on 29 August 2016

We want there for my husband birthday and we had a great evening! The Kobe beef menu was delicious, the staff was very friendly and the restaurant design is very nice. I recommend it to everyone who wants to discover the kobe beef prepared in various ways in a special and nice setting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We tried the Kobe beef experience tastin ...

 
·Dined on 25 August 2016

We tried the Kobe beef experience tasting menu. The Kobe sirloin steak is the best beef we have ever had. It was truly delicious. The restaurant staff were very attentive and they are very knowledgeable with the food they offer. Sasaki looked after us from the minute we entered the restaurant. She is a superstar and made us feel so welcomed. Her service was excellent! I informed them on the booking that it was my husband's birthday and they organised a nice birthday cake for us for free. They really go the extra mile to make sure their guests are happy. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone! Thanks Sasaki and your team for making us a great dining experience in Tokyo!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

評判通り非常にサービスが行き届いていました。神戸牛も本当においしかったです。 お ...

 
·Dined on 23 August 2016

評判通り非常にサービスが行き届いていました。神戸牛も本当においしかったです。

お客様との会食でお伺いいたしましたが、お客様も非常に満足されてました。

Tags: グルメ・美食家, 接待, 静かに会話を楽しめる, シンプルモダンなインテリア, リラックスできる雰囲気, 特別なお食事に向いている
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

It's an excellent place to taste the Kob ...

 
·Dined on 19 August 2016

It's an excellent place to taste the Kobe beef, cooked and served by a very experienced staff. The price can be high, but not for a special occasion. We took the Saikyo-yaki menu and everything was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

I liked it, great steak. Lunch its so e ...

 
·Dined on 6 August 2016

I liked it, great steak.

Lunch its so empty that it fails on ambience to be honest. They should hire some people to sit and appear they are enjoying things to build an ambience or just shut down lunch.

A5 steak was great as expected and cooked to perfection. Overall no concerns though Tokyo is a challenging market and I dont think this is a definite repeat, but worth going at least once for Kobe beef.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

My boyfriend really wanted to try Kobe b ...

 
·Dined on 29 July 2016

My boyfriend really wanted to try Kobe beef so after some research we stumbled upon Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511. The place did not disappoint! Attentive servers, kind and friendly English-speaking staff, and amazing ambiance. The Kobe beef was absolutely divine - a melt-in-your-mouth otherworldly experience I wish we could afford everyday! Outstanding, and highly recommend this place!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

The service was AMAZING!! Highly recomme ...

 
·Dined on 15 July 2016

The service was AMAZING!! Highly recommend this restaurant, both for the food and for the splendid atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

The service from every staff member was ...

 
·Dined on 12 July 2016

The service from every staff member was excellent! Not only were they attentive and kind, they were knowledgeable about the food. The food meal was delicious and was a unique dining experience. Highly recommended!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The food was amazing!!! We had the full ...

 
·Dined on 4 July 2016

The food was amazing!!! We had the full Kobe beef experience. It tasted fantastic and was desplayed beautifully. The Kobe beef itself tasted like heaven. It melted in your mouth like nothing on this earth. The service was great and the staff were lovely. Each course is explained and you are told which cut of beef is used in each dish. This was one of our favourite meals while visiting Tokyo. When we left the restaurant one of our waiters ran outside to say goodbye to us, which i thought was very sweet. We felt very welcome and i'll definately be coming back here on my next visit to Tokyo.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best gastronomical experience during our ...

 
·Dined on 30 June 2016

Best gastronomical experience during our Japan vacation...now we know what it means when Kobe beef literally melts in your mouth! Service was impeccable: courses were beautifully presented and articulately explained, and delivery was perfectly paced. The attention to every detail really made this a truly memorable experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We were looking for a special meal to en ...

 
·Dined on 29 June 2016

We were looking for a special meal to end our vacation in Tokyo. This meal highlighted the unique flavor of Kobe beef, was respectful of Japanese culinary traditions, and managed to be creative as well. It was expensive, but totally worth it, as a unique and delicious experience. For Westerners, go for the Japanese tasting menu instead of the usual steak menu. We live in NYC so have terrific restaurants including fantastic Japanese and this was not a meal we could get in NYC. Recommend highly.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

I went at a551 to experience kobe beef i ...

 
·Dined on 27 June 2016

I went at a551 to experience kobe beef in the japanese style. The service was excellent and the dishes perfectly explained in english. I believe the dishes would be plainly satisfactory for a gourmet but, unfortunately, my tastes are much simpler therefore I did not enjoy the unique tastes of the dishes as much as a gourmet could. Maybe the western full course also available would fit me better.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion

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