10 Japan-Based Restaurants Recognized in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2023

By Taylor Hamada
Updated: April 11, 2023

After two years of virtual hosting and last year's award ceremony held simultaneously in Tokyo, Macao, and Bangkok, Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2023 returned to a singular in-person event held in Singapore. This fabulous event, held from March 25th until the 28th, welcomed members of the gastronomic community across Asia.

Tokyo-based restaurant Sézanne was awarded second place this year, moving up from its 17th-place ranking in 2022. Impressively placing in the top 20 best restaurants in Asia for their first year entering, Michelin star Chef Daniel Calvert showed his skills and expertise in fusing classic and modern French cuisine.

3 people standing infront of a sign "The best restaurants Japan 2023", while one man recieves award

Shinobu Namae, head chef and owner of the Tokyo-based L'Effervescence restaurant, was bestowed the Icon Award 2023 and recognized for his leadership in Japan's movement of sustainable cooking, advocating for a closer connection between restaurants, nature, and farmers, as well as for promoting food research and academics. Namae is genuinely a respected chef in his field, striving to reduce fine dining's impact on climate change, and urges his cohorts to do the same.

Shinobu Namae poses infront of his restaurant,  L'Effervescence

Hiroyasu Kawate, head chef and owner of the Tokyo-based restaurant Florilège, was voted by his peers in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list to be the recipient of the "Inedit Damm Chefs' Choice Award." With his parents owning a Western-style restaurant in Japan and his brother and cousin also choosing to enter the culinary field, it is no surprise that Kawate soon dove into the kitchen.

Hiroyasu Kawate stands with a felow chef while recieving an award

The Winners from Japan

These ten Japan-based restaurants earned their place on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list.

No.44 L'Effervescence Tokyo, Japan

No.32 Cenci Kyoto, Japan

No.20 Ode Tokyo, Japan

No.14 Villa Aida Wakayama, Japan

No.12 Sazenka Tokyo, Japan

No.10 Narisawa Tokyo, Japan

No.8 La Cime Osaka, Japan

No.7 Florilège Tokyo, Japan

No.4 Den Tokyo, Japan

No.2 Sézanne Tokyo, Japan

A small and stylish plate of a pan grilled radish presented beautifully

For a list of Japan winners from 2022, read our blog on Asia's Best Restaurants 2022.

We strive to be as accurate as possible and keep up with the changing landscape of Japan's food and travel industries. If you spot any inaccuracies, please send a report.
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Taylor Hamada
Taylor is a Kyoto-based foodie that loves gardening and creating seasonal recipes for her friends and family to enjoy. She strives to live her days on a self-sustainable farm in the Japanese countryside. Until then, she enjoys eating and drinking her way through Japan, America, and many other countries!
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