American-style burger joint featuring full bar and open kitchen and sports played on TV. Its signature dish is the "Superior burger” and there are also other burgers made with a house-made vegan patty and vegan cheese sauce. The owner will answer questions you have and also make local recommendations. Last food orders 9pm. Est. 2019 and switch to being fully vegan in 2020. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-8:00pm. Closed Mon. Last order 7.30pm.

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Points +37

06 Oct 2020

One of the best in Tokyo

My husband and I are huge fan of burgers and we really loved all the burgers.
The fries and milkshake were delicious too !
It was tasty, the portion size were perfect and it's not expensive.
My husband is a big eater so he ate 3 and was really happy about everything.
We highly recommand the place, we often go back and we've never been disappointed.

Pros: Inexpensive, Delicious, Good size portion

96 Reviews

First Review by HeidiDørrSkinstad


Points +230

29 Nov 2023

Delicious American style burger

Juicy and delicious. Loved this spot. Definitely lives up to the hype and good reviews



Points +42

31 Oct 2023

Incredible vegan burger

Really tasty food, I had the Ontario burger, with burger sauce and lots of fresh veggies. The patty was very savoury and the tater tots were delicious as well!


Points +110

28 Oct 2023

Solid Burger Place

Got lunch here, had the Michigan burger and the Ontario burger. The patty itself was incredible, especially since it was house-made. The tatertots were very good as well! There's not a lot of seating if you come with a large group (like many places in Tokyo) but it wasn't super busy when we went for lunch.
Not the absolute best burger I've had in Tokyo (that goes to 2foods), but I'll definitely be back!
Would've loved to try a milkshake but the only flavor they had when we went was melon, which didn't interest me.
**edit: have since been back to try the pumpkin spice milkshake and it was to die for. check their facebook page for updated seasonal flavors

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-21

Pros: Good food, AC and clean interior , English accommodating

Cons: Limited menu selection


Points +16

26 Oct 2023

Very Tasty and good atmosphere

This was my first meal in Japan, it filled me up really well. The host was very friendly, I felt at peace. The burger was so good I ordered another one for takeout to eat later at my hotel. Definitely worth visiting again!

Pros: Pleasant atmosphere, Tasty, Easy to find location


Points +1724

23 Oct 2023

Great burgers and tots

Burgers are simple but delicious. Love the option of 3 sides. Bottled beers were varied with a few drafts on tap. Tomato sauce, ketchup and 2 types of hot sauce available.


Points +16

12 Oct 2023

Amazing burgers

The burger "Superior" was one of the best burgers I have had. Also lovely milkshake!

Pros: Fully vegan, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Back alley street and up a stair, hard to find.


Points +41

11 Oct 2023

Delicious plant based burgers made from scratch.

Great Lakes was a little hard to find because it was down an alley the proprietors were friendly and spoke English very well. The burgers are customizable and the restaurant states on their menu that life is too short to eat something you don’t like.

Pros: Delicious food , Great staff, In house products

Cons: Closed at 7:30pm, A little hard to find


Points +40

08 Oct 2023

Delicious Vegan Burgers

Exquisitely savory with a genuine touch of American authenticity, these burgers also delightfully cater to the vegan palette! They are beautifully complemented by thoughtfully paired sauces. The homemade patties won't disappoint, showcasing a superior quality. Moreover, the matcha shake stands out as the best matcha-infused creation I've experienced this month. Complemented by the courteous staff, this spot comes highly recommended!


Points +154

03 Oct 2023

Can’t wait to go back

Excellent lunch here! The burgers are phenomenal. The homemade patties, cheese and sauces are delicious. Also can’t forget that bun- whoa! I wish they had one of these in my hometown in the U.S.!
Nice touch having Lithuanian beer available as my family is from Cleveland, on a Great Lake (Erie) and my family is Lithuanian. 😊
Super friendly host/chef who also speaks English.

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-21

Pros: Delicious burger , Good location

Cons: No burger named after Lake Erie


Points +29

26 Sep 2023


All vegan burgers. Meat tasted like vegan. I ate better vegan burgers before. A bit expensive, but tasty.


Points +61

22 Sep 2023

Burger place

Normally i dont Like burgers but they did a great job!
The offer different ones but my fav was vegan Melon milkshake, absolutely yummy!

Pros: Easy to find , Nice interior, Good food


Points +2317

19 Sep 2023

Very good burger and shake!

Had the Ontario burger and the seasonal melon shake! 😋
Best place in Tokyo for vegan junk day!!


Points +48

31 Aug 2023

Amazing made in house burger

These were so tasty and made fresh and with love, I ended up having two. The melon shale was like nothing else I’ve ever tasted. 100/100 on all aspects


Points +102

20 Aug 2023

Great restaurant!

A small restaurant located in a side street. The burger was very tasty and the employee was up for a little chat. I would come right back when I'm around.

Pros: Tasty burgers, Friendly staff, Cozy

Cons: The side dishes could be bigger, Not exactly cheap compared to local restaurants


Points +48

29 Jul 2023

Really good American style vegan burgers

Great Lakes had the best vegan hamburgers in all of Tokyo! I really liked the burgers and animal style fries. I will definitely stop by again anytime I visit Tokyo.


Points +3598

20 Jul 2023

Tasty but expected larger portions

The staff member was really nice!! Simple menu with three burgers to choose from, and different set options to include sides of drinks. I went for the Michigan burger - it was nice but didn't taste like I was expecting from a burger with pickles and caramelised onions. I had a side of tater tots which were tasty and well salted. I also had the rosemary lemonade which was nice but had so much ice there was barely any drink. My partner had the Ontario burger - the raw onion was very strong! He had a side of fries which were good and a vanilla milkshake (nice but had expected larger). Picked up a veggie/vegan guide to Tokyo there that I hadn't seen before!


Points +111

19 Jul 2023

Incredible burgers!

So good we ate here twice! And it’s a bit of a walk from where we were. Delicious burgers, fries and mint chocolate chip milkshakes! The burger sauce is amazing.


Points +936

03 Jul 2023

Yummy burgers

Really yummy burgers! One of my faves in Tokyo.


Points +13

Mostly Veg
02 Jul 2023

The best burgers we’ve had anywhere!

What a find on our last night in Tokyo! My husband (who loves his meat), daughter (vegan) and and I (predominantly veg) all agreed that they were the tastiest burgers we had tasted. The accompanying milkshakes were out of this world too. A tiny place tucked away up some stairs on the outskirts of Shinjuku, with lovely, friendly staff. Please open lots more branches!

Pros: The burgers!, The milkshakes!, The staff!


Points +23

17 Jun 2023

Absolute gem

Incredible food at amazing prices

Pros: Great options, Large portions , Great taste

Cons: Small seating area but makes it cosy


Points +21

17 Jun 2023

Amazing service, freshly cooked

The burgers and fries were freshly cooked, it was quiet when we came and very quick service. Server spoke very good English and we were able to have a lovely conversation with him.
Not many easy to find places in Tokyo but this will definitely be one we go to from now on!

Pros: The service , The prices , The burgers


Points +102

09 Jun 2023

Great Lakes offer super great burgers.

Lovely small place where you come for your burger fix. A place with a small menu who does what they do; best. Nothing fancy just good honest delicious burgers. Take the train trip to support this fully vegan business.

Pros: All vegan. All delicious

Cons: Was so good, we overate!!! 😂


Points +55

31 May 2023

Favorite burger place

As I am still coping with Ripples by Ain Soph being closed now (it was the best cheesy vegan burger I ever had), but now found this place. And it's amazing. They make their own fermented cheese sauce as well as patties/buns and everything tastes great. Price is not cheap but okay (burger ~1100¥, set with side and drink at ~1700¥). I recommend getting the potato chips as a side!
Also, it's a nice little restaurant in a friendly neighbourhood, close to Waseda University.

Pros: Amazing burgers and chips, Nice owners, Good location between Shinjuku and Ikebukuro


Points +342

24 May 2023

Finger lickin good!

Nice little trip with a local bus from our hotel in Shinjuku. Totally worth it. Burgers and sides are great and I love the matcha shake.


Points +68

22 May 2023

Best burgers in Tokyo

These might be the best burgers I've ever had. They're a little out of the way, but worth the trouble. After trying them out, I insisted on making a special second trip back before my Tokyo holiday was over.


Points +242

07 May 2023

One of the best burgers I've had

Yes, not just in Tokyo, not just in Japan, but the entire planet. Extremely delicious, a little bit out of the way from the major districts but still very worth it

Updated from previous review on 2023-03-18


Points +454

25 Apr 2023

Best vegan burger in Tokyo

The cook makes nearly everything from scratch. The buns, the tomato salsa.... The vegan meat is really good and with all the fresh ingredients... Double patty recommended. If you like burgers, you should definitely check this place out. I'm not a burger fan and I loved it. Lovely cook as well.

Pros: Most ingredients made from scratch , Tomato salsa, The patty

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