The BEST Episodes of Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 27, 2020

Network: Netflix

In a back alley of a busy district sits a small eatery called Meshiya, referred to by its patrons as the Midnight Diner. The little joint, which the Master runs by himself, is open only from midnight to 7:00 AM. The menu consists only of a pork miso soup set, beer, saké and shochu, but the Master’s policy is to make whatever his customers request. Tonight, like every other night, a menagerie of customers flock to the Midnight Diner, where the bonds among the Master, his food and the patrons set the stage for humorous and sometimes wistful episodes of human drama that feed both the belly and the soul.

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Omelette Rice

#1 - Omelette Rice

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

The shared love of fried rice omelets forms an intercultural bridge between a young Japanese physicist and a Korean girl.

star 7.82
38 votes
Directors: Joji Matsuoka
New Year's Eve Noodles, Again

#2 - New Year's Eve Noodles, Again

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

As December comes to a close and the regulars gather at the diner, the Master takes a look back at his memories of the year.

star 7.74
31 votes
Directors: Joji Matsuoka
Ham Cutlet

#3 - Ham Cutlet

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

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

star 7.73
30 votes
Fried Chicken Wings

#4 - Fried Chicken Wings

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

In her mid-30s, Chizuru worries her modeling career is ending. An encounter with a high-powered fan gives her a chance to evaluate her priorities.

star 7.64
14 votes
Kitsune Udon

#5 - Kitsune Udon

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

Two aspiring voice actresses stop by for lucky bowls of kitsune udon, but six months later, only one of them seems to have had any luck.

star 7.62
13 votes
Crab and Toshikoshi Soba

#6 - Crab and Toshikoshi Soba

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.62
13 votes
Curry Ramen

#7 - Curry Ramen

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

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

star 7.46
13 votes

#8 - Tonteki

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

An office worker who loves pork steaks knits sweaters for the men she adores, but her affections -- and handiwork -- are not always appreciated.

star 7.42
40 votes

#9 - Tan-Men

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

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

star 7.42
60 votes
Directors: Joji Matsuoka
Fried Chicken Breast with Cheese

#10 - Fried Chicken Breast with Cheese

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

Writer Yada and hostess Hikaru bond over their love of horoscopes and chicken cheese cutlet. Secretly, Yada tries to use the horoscopes to woo her.

star 7.41
17 votes
Hot Pot For One

#11 - Hot Pot For One

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

A diner regular reunites with an old classmate who, despite a good upbringing, now works a menial job to support her troublesome nephew.

star 7.40
30 votes
Salmon and Mushrooms

#12 - Salmon and Mushrooms

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

The Ueharas run a barbershop together. They seem happy, but when his wife goes on a trip, a beautiful kimono instructor catches Mr. Uehara's eye.

star 7.40
15 votes
Chicken Fried Rice

#13 - Chicken Fried Rice

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.39
18 votes
Sautéed Yam

#14 - Sautéed Yam

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

A dish of sauteed Chinese yam rekindles the connection between a young wife and her former lover, with whom she shares a hidden professional past.

star 7.24
33 votes
Directors: Fumio Nomoto
Egg Tofu

#15 - Egg Tofu

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

A lonely little boy with only a gambler to take care of him hopes to make a connection with a bar girl over a mutual appreciation for egg tofu.

star 7.18
33 votes
Directors: Hirata Mitsuru
Yakisoba Dog

#16 - Yakisoba Dog

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.14
14 votes
Plum Rice Ball

#17 - Plum Rice Ball

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

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

star 7.00
17 votes
Sweet Rolled Omelet

#18 - Sweet Rolled Omelet

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.00
13 votes
Corn Dog

#19 - Corn Dog

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

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

star 6.80
41 votes
Sour Plum & Plum Wine

#20 - Sour Plum & Plum Wine

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 2016

Upon finishing the last of his late mother's pickled plums, a man suddenly wonders what will become of his erotica after he passes away.

star 6.60
30 votes
Directors: Joji Matsuoka