The BEST episodes of Midnight Diner

Every episode of Midnight Diner ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Midnight Diner!

Set in a small restaurant in the corner of a shopping district. The unusual eatery is only open after midnight, and its standard menu consists of just a single choice. However, the customers still come for the amusing chatter and the proprietor's willingness to cook any dish that they request. This drama depicts the lives of the restaurant's patrons, including a yakuza, an unsuccessful actor, a group of office ladies, a newspaper delivery boy, and a stripper.

Last Updated: 11/14/2022Network:MBS
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Sweet Rolled Omelet
star
8.50
6 votes

#1 - Sweet Rolled Omelet

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/31/2019

A Mr. Lee shows up nightly, ordering rolled omelets every time. He turns out to be a film director fleeing from his own set and his father's legacy.

Yakisoba Dog
star
8.50
8 votes

#2 - Yakisoba Dog

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/2019

Businessman Kotani is jubilant at his high school baseball team's success. His joy stirs up memories of his former best friend, the coach of the team.

Crab and Toshikoshi Soba
star
8.43
7 votes

#3 - Crab and Toshikoshi Soba

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/31/2019

It's never too late for a fresh start. One year ends and another begins as familiar faces gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Midnight Diner.

Butter Rice
star
8.38
39 votes

#4 - Butter Rice

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/6/2009

Ochazuke, pork shogayaki, deep-fried tofu, tonjiru, Wagyu top-round served with red wine sauce.

Directors: 登坂琢磨
Writer: 和田清人
Toshikoshi Soba (New Year's Eve Soba Noodles)
star
8.30
20 votes

#5 - Toshikoshi Soba (New Year's Eve Soba Noodles)

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/22/2014

Ham Cutlet
star
8.29
7 votes

#6 - Ham Cutlet

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/21/2016

A breaded ham cutlet brings back an elderly lawyer's memories of playing the board game Othello with his long-lost younger brother.

Directors: Yasuhiro Yoshida
Ramen
star
8.24
33 votes

#7 - Ramen

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/11/2009

Omelet, ginger pork, ochazuke, orange juice, peanuts, baked crab

Directors: 松岡錠司
Writer: 真辺克彦
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Menchikatsu (Ground Meat Cutlet)
star
8.24
25 votes

#8 - Menchikatsu (Ground Meat Cutlet)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/20/2014

Kinpira Gobo (Braised Burdock Root)
star
8.10
21 votes

#9 - Kinpira Gobo (Braised Burdock Root)

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/10/2014

Sauced Yakisoba
star
8.03
35 votes

#10 - Sauced Yakisoba

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/27/2009

Omelet, ochazuke, nattō

Directors: 及川拓郎
Writer: 及川拓郎
Chicken Fried Rice
star
8.00
8 votes

#11 - Chicken Fried Rice

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/31/2019

Game designer Akai grew up in an orphanage. He finds solace in a chicken rice dish that also holds the key to reconnecting with his birth mother.

Curry Ramen
star
8.00
7 votes

#12 - Curry Ramen

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/31/2019

A pachinko parlor employee and the middle school classmate he idolized seem to reconnect over curry ramen, but appearances can be deceiving.

Rorukyabetsu (Cabbage Rolls)
star
8.00
19 votes

#13 - Rorukyabetsu (Cabbage Rolls)

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/24/2014

Gyoza (Dumplings)
star
8.00
25 votes

#14 - Gyoza (Dumplings)

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/15/2011

Katagiri, a lonely philosopher has shared history with the master in their past lives. A chance encounter with a gyoza delivery lady renews his desire for a brighter future.

Karaage to Haiboru (Karaage and Highball)
star
8.00
30 votes

#15 - Karaage to Haiboru (Karaage and Highball)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/20/2011

An overworked young woman name keeps falling asleep at the diner. Master makes her a special drink. Her brother and another regular customer helped her to get rid of her abusive and parasitic boyfriend.

Cat Food
star
8.00
46 votes

#16 - Cat Food

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/16/2009

Ochazuke, fried egg, onigiri , peanuts

Directors: 松岡錠司
Writer: Kosuke Mukai
Asari no Sakamushi (Sake Steamed Clams)
star
7.97
30 votes

#17 - Asari no Sakamushi (Sake Steamed Clams)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/27/2011

A middle aged martial arts teacher and his elderly mother seem to constantly bicker and fight, but a traffic accident reveals the depth of her maternal relationship.

Nikujaga (Meat & Potato Stew)
star
7.96
28 votes

#18 - Nikujaga (Meat & Potato Stew)

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/8/2011

A hardworking young lady delivers a singing birthday telegram at the diner and winds up falling in love with one of the regular patrons. Could this really lead to a true romance?

Futatabi Akai Weiner (Again Red Wiener)
star
7.94
32 votes

#19 - Futatabi Akai Weiner (Again Red Wiener)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/13/2011

Ryu the local gangster boss, Noguchi is a detective both coming from the same high school. A colleague from their past forces the two to set aside differences at least for the time being.

Directors: Joji Matsuoka
Tan-Men
star
7.94
16 votes

#20 - Tan-Men

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/21/2016

A specially prepared bowl of tanmen noodles leads a radio announcer to discover a secret about a beloved television show from his youth.

Directors: Joji Matsuoka
Corn Dog
star
7.88
16 votes

#21 - Corn Dog

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/21/2016

A childish fight over a fish-sausage corn dog leads to a schism between an Asakusa comedian and his now-famous former assistant.

Plum Rice Ball
star
7.88
8 votes

#22 - Plum Rice Ball

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/31/2019

A retired old schoolteacher reconnects with his former student: diner regular Marilyn. Awkwardly, her high school nemesis also shows up.

Ochazuke
star
7.87
39 votes

#23 - Ochazuke

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/23/2009

Nattō

Directors: 及川拓郎
Writer: 及川拓郎
Nikogori (Jellied Fish)
star
7.86
29 votes

#24 - Nikogori (Jellied Fish)

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/3/2011

A struggling food truck owner gets unexpected help from a young lady. They grow close, but her real profession could interfere with their plans.

Harusame Sarada (Vermicelli Salad)
star
7.80
20 votes

#25 - Harusame Sarada (Vermicelli Salad)

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/17/2014

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