Photo By: Lucy Dayman
Region
Kanto
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Honshu
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Tokyo
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12,059,237

Rainbow Burritos

Tokyo's best burritos 🌯.

Finding good Mexican-inspired cuisine in Japan can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, Rainbow Burritos Doumo in Shinjuku has, arguably, the best burritos in Tokyo — something you wouldn’t expect from such a low key and unassuming joint.

You’ll find the cozy restaurant just on the cusp of Ni-chome, Tokyo’s lively LGBT neighborhood. You’ll know you’ve found it when you see the Frida Kahlo stained glass window decal.

Rainbow Burritos in Shinjuku Ni-chome's Frida Kahlo stained glass.

Photo by: Lucy Dayman Frida says, “If you can’t enjoy a good burrito, there’s something wrong with ya.”

Run by members of Tokyo’s tight-knit LGBT community, it’s a favorite hangout spot for Ni-chome regulars but welcomes people of all genders, nationalities, and sexualities. Who in their right mind doesn’t love a good burrito, after all?

You had me at burrito 🌯

Rainbow Burritos’ menu draws heavily from San Francisco inspired “California style” Mexican joints. Quality over quantity is the name of the game here, with three burrito options available in addition to nachos and chips and salsa.

Photo by: chennwy Succulent burrito goodness. Are you drooling yet?

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The recipes were passed down from the grandmother of the owner’s girlfriend, who was born in Los Angeles.

Regular-sized burritos cost around ¥1,000, while half-sized ones cost ¥500. These are a perfect cushion for all the booze you’re soon to guzzle down during a night on the town in the lively neighborhood. Don’t leave Rainbow Burritos without trying a frozen margarita though — you can thank us later.

Vegetarian burritos are available too! Takeout and delivery through Uber Eats is also an option. That’s right— you can indulge in the succulent burrito goodness without even leaving your bed.

Founded on the streets of Ni-chome

Originally, Rainbow Burritos was a yatai (street food stall) that sat next to one of the city’s premier lesbian bars, serving party-goers in the center of Ni-chome’s nightlife district. The burritos were such a hit that the owner decided to set up shop permanently, just down the road.

Everyone is treated like a friend as soon as they step through the rustic wooden door.

Although it’s technically a sit-down restaurant, the snug space can only fit a maximum of about 10 people — four at the bar and six along the corner booth. On the plus side, the intimate space makes it excellent for solo travelers or those new to town. It’s impossible to leave without making a few new friends given the fact you’re practically sitting on each others’ laps.

Rainbow Burritos Shinjuku Ni-chome

Photo by: Lucy Dayman The snug space can only fit about 10 people, but that just makes it easier to make friends.

Everyone is treated like a friend as soon as they step through the rustic wooden door, whether it’s your first visit or the bartenders know you by name.

Rainbow Burritos is worth popping by any night of the week for some LGBT-friendly banter, or just for great food.

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Hours and Fees

Rainbow Burritos is open from 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m, daily. One drink order is required per customer (non-alcoholic options are available). The restaurant may be closed occasionally, it’s best to check their Facebook page ahead of time.

How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, 1, 3−1−32 新宿ビル 303

By train

Take the Chuo or Yamanote Line to Shinjuku Station. Rainbow Burritos is a seven-minute-walk from the South East Exit. You can also reach the restaurant from Shinjuku San-chome Station on the Marunouchi Line in about four minutes on foot.

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