A friend took me to the Ebisu branch a couple years ago for lunch, where I had a delicious tuna and avocado donburi. I forgot the name of the restaurant, and was looking for it on and off for a year or so, and only realized after arriving at the Shinjuku branch at night for dinner that it was what I had been looking for. Both are fancy but affordable places places overlooking busy streets in their respective neighborhoods, and since then I’ve also been to the Minato Mirai branch as well, which seems to be the highest rated on Tabelog. Very comfy seating, a nice view at the Shinjuku branch, bright and open during the day, dimly lit and romantic at night (check the website for more pictures). The food is nothing to die for, and besides the donburi that made me want to go again nothing in particular stands out. I think you pay just as much for the atmosphere as for the food, but it is nice, they have a little of everything and it’s all decent, from drinks to steaks to salads to soba to waffles to pastas to spring rolls to cheese. I think they also have course menus and do birthdays and such. I recommend it if you’d like somewhere nice to go, and at least for the branches I went to I’d definitely recommend a reservation for dinner.
Now one of my go-to ideas for a nice night out, when I first heard about this place I just had to go. An avocado specialty shop?! Avocado has been pretty popular the past couple years, especially in burger shops. But this is Mexican (Japanese style of course), with salads, tacos, quesadillas, cactus ice-cream, etc. There are three floors, one for wine tasting I think? One is the main restaurant and the basement floor is a bar with more limited food options. It can get busy enough to not get a seat without a reservation- the first time I went I got a counter seat at the restaurant (not ideal but not bad at all), the second time I got a counter seat at the bar since the main floor was full. You order several small dishes, and there are plenty of drinks, including cocktails. Not everything has avocado but there is a section for it on the menu. It can get expensive if you’re really hungry, but if you don’t need to eat too much or even just want a drink and a nice place, go for it. Not sure about English availability.