Maid Cafe Comparison Chart

Akihabara, Tokyo

Name Rating Cover Maid Photos Point Card Internet English Specialties / Comments
@Home, 4F B+ 700 500 yen (1) ? English menu, speaker on staff Singing and dancing performances, cosplay events, games, prototypical maid cafe.
@Home, 5F B+ 700 500 yen (1) ? English menu, speaker on staff Also known as "@Home Hana". Hana has a tea room theme, with a raised tatami mat floor in the middle of the room, and the maids dressed in mini skirt kimonos. Has most of the same menu as the other @Homes, but also offers the special green tea set.
@Home, 6F B+ 700 500 yen (1) ? English menu, speaker on staff The exact same setting as 4F, but 2 floors up in the same building.
@Home, 7F B+ 700 500 yen (1) ? English menu, speaker on staff The exact same setting as 4F, but 3 floors up in the same building.
@Home, Donkey B+ 700 500 yen (1) ? English menu, speaker on staff The exact same setting as @Home, 4F, but on the 5th floor of the Donkey building across from the UDX building. Very popular with tourists and often has a 1 hour seating time.
@Sweet --- --- --- --- ---

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Closed.
Akiba Gakuen Year 2, Class 1 B+ 500 800 yen (10) ?

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Akiba Girl's Academy, Year 2, Class 1. Welcome to a girls school cafe. Slightly better menu selection for foods, cakes and drinks, but it's more pricey because of it. 500 yen for just a photo of a maid; 800 yen if you're also in the photo. Maids dress up the photos with lots of sparklies and stick-on items.
Akiba Guild A --- 500 yen --- No --- Maid casino. No cash pay-outs - you're playing for the chance to buy an ashtray, or to move up in ranking against other players. One or two of the maids can speak a little English. Member card gives you a small number of extra chips when you return. Games include roulette, baccarat, poker and Texas Hold-em. Costs 2000 yen to get started, and a one-drink minimum per hour.
Akiba Itchome Theater A- 300 420 yen (13) ? English menu, staff speaks a little English Performance cafe. Dice games and rock-paper-scissors games every few hours to win a maid photo. Different events scheduled each night (maid cooking show on Wednesdays). 500 yen to have a maid sing on stage, etc. Very lively and friendly even if only 3 customers in cafe.
Akiba no Usagi Jinja --- --- --- --- --- --- Closed.
cafe la vie en rose B+ --- 500 yen (16) ? English menu Live performance cafe. There's an electric piano along one wall and the maids take song requests. Regular maid photos are of just the maid. If you fill up a points card, you can have your photo taken with the maid. Good food.
Cafe Mermaid C- 500 500 (9) ? --- While Mermaid has an ocean-like theme (drinks with "lagoon" in the name, and light blue uniforms), there are no mermaids anywhere. No special artwork on the walls either. Basically just an over-priced darts bar with mediocre food.
Candy Fruits Strawberry B+ None 600 (21) ? --- A cosplay shop where you can ask the maid to dress up in some outfit and take her picture, or female customers can dress up themselves, for 1000 yen.
Cirque de la Lune A- None --- (10) ? --- A Victorian/French sitting room with lots of shojo manga, antiques, and Dollfie dolls.Very comfortable and the food is hand-made (not microwaved from a box).
Cos-Cha B+ None 1000-1500 yen (8) ? --- A cosplay shop, with the maids wearing different outfits each night, including French maid and bunny girl.  With certain entree and dessert orders, the maid will hand feed you the first bite.
Cure Maid A None No No ? --- The very first maid cafe to open, back in 2001. 8 years experience as a simple, no-frills "tea and biscuits in an old British hotel lobby" atmosphere. Serves lunch, tea time and dinner. Cure Maid dolls, teapots and cups available for sale. Classical music plays in the background, and the maids perform classical concerts every Saturday evening. Tie-ins with video games and TV anime series.
Eine Burg A 300 500 yen (11) ? --- A haunted German hotel lobby cafe. Very elegant and refined. Classical music (mostly Viennese composers) in the background, upscale food, and a wide variety of teas.
Filles B 1500 1000 (11) ? English menu Filles is a game and conversation space that serves food. The 1500 yen entry fee lets you stay 90 minutes and gives you one free soft drink and one free maid game. Additional drinks are 300 yen, maid games 1000 yen. Mini games are three rounds each (UNO, Wani Wane, darts).
Gentoukan B+ None (2) (6) ? --- A "retro" bar and restaurant. Set in a variant of 1920's Tokyo, with old movies playing on the flat screen TV. Laminated cards of the maids in cosplay available for 700 yen or so.
Granvania B+ None (2) (6) ? English menu Kind of an adventure game motif.  Prices are in G's, and if you get the members card, you can take on "missions" to earn points.  Filled members cards get you maid photos and branded goods.
Gundam Cafe B+ None --- --- ? --- THE themed cafe in Akihabara designed by Bandai to appeal to Gundam fans.
Heidi Club --- --- --- --- --- --- Closed.
Hiyokoya

A-

None

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(9)

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Hiyokoya is a full-line restaurant with ramen and udon dishes that just happens to be packed with anime figures, photos of wrestlers, toys and posters.  And maids.
Hogushi Chaya B+ 500 500 (20) ? English menu Tea and reflexology shop. Maids wear kimono-style miniskirts. Focus is on Japanese green tea, but they do have various Japanese food as well, including onigiri.
iDoL BoXX (DiCE) B+ 500 500 (22) ? Staff can speak some English A performance space and bar. Staff doubles as j-pop idols, singing and dancing on a small stage, at 8 PM, 9 PM and 10 PM each night. Food is basically izakaya-style and the emphasis is on selling drinks.
Idol Produce Cafe B 500 --- (8) ? Staff can speak some English A performance space and cafe.  You are a "producer" for a group of j-pop idols.  500 yen for membership sign-up.  Events include an idol radio show, and singing on stage.
JAM B+ None No (8) ? --- A kind of an Irish pub. Basically a cafe that concentrates on sake and beer, and has a full bar. Does have some cosplay events, such as at Christmas. Fairly reasonably priced food.
Kokumaro Milk B+ 800 No (1) ? --- Harem bar and restaurant. This is a sit down bar that serves some entrees and finger foods. The "milk service" element means that milk is added to some of the dishes, and some of the mixed drinks include a milk base.
Little TGV B+ 500 (2) (7) Yes --- A train chaser theme. Menu is designed like the Tokyo train system, DVDs play footage of bullet trains on the TV, train schedules and manga available in the bookcase, maids dressed as station staff, and you receive a train ticket when you pay the cover. 5 punched tickets gets you a free drink; 10 a free food item. Serves regular food during lunch, but only drinks and fried snack foods in the evening (AKA: an izakaya).
M-factCAFE B+ None 500 yen (14) ? --- A simple maid cafe with no overt them and a limited food menu. Emphasis is on the drinks. Mixed drinks, beer, and good quality teas and coffee. Coffee is prepared using a drip filter at the table.
Mai Dreamin' 1 B+ 500 500 yen (19) ? English menu Cosplay events, games, typical "maid cafe". More relaxed than @Home. #1 has more emphasis on its bar than #2 does, and empty bottles of Dom Perignon line one window sill.
Mai Dreamin' 2 B 500 500 yen (19) ? English menu Cosplay events, games, typical "maid cafe". More relaxed and popular with women than @Home. Some of the staff can speak some English.
Mai Dreamin' 3 B 500 500 yen (19) ? English menu Cosplay events, games, typical "maid cafe". More relaxed and popular with women than @Home. Some of the staff can speak some English.
Mai Dreamin' Akiba B 500 500 yen (19) ? English menu Cosplay events, games, typical "maid cafe". More relaxed and popular with women than @Home. Some of the staff can speak some English. Occasional live events - check the website for announcements.
Mai:lish B None No (8) ? English menu Maid cafe during the day, cosplay bar after 5 PM. Different cosplay themes each day.
MIA Cafe B+ None (2) (2) ? --- A cosplay cafe where the maids dress up in outfits based on a specific anime series. When I was there, the anime playing on the TV was "Welcome to Pia Carrot". Various costumes available for rent at the cafe, or at their cosplay store.
Moe Con Cafe

C

800

1000 yen

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An attempt to "clone" @home.  The focus is on young, cute maids.  A bit on the pricey side, though.
Mononopu B+ 500 500 yen (5) ? --- A "sengoku" (warring states) theme, with the maids wearing plastic armor and carrying plastic swords. You can have your photo taken with Nobunaga, a decorated suit of armor. Good food, but if the service is slow you may get charged with a second cover for the second hour. The "Gold Room" is a VIP room available at an additional charge.
Nagomi Pash Cafe C None (1) (2) ? --- Apparently a tsundere restaurant where the staff mistreats the customers by design.
Nagomi Cafe and Bar B- None (3) (2) ? --- Apparently a tsundere restaurant where the staff mistreats the customers by design. This is more of a bar popular with salarymen wanting an after-work drink.
Para Yuni

B+

500 500 yen

24

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Another typical maid cafe, with attractive women, events and lots of UFO Catcher figures all over the place.  Popular with Japanese female customers.  Maids personalize the maid photos at your table.
Pinafore 1 A- None (2) (4) ? English menu Typical maid cafe with events and lots of cross-marketing with video game companies and branded products like curry and snacks. Always a long line out the door on Saturdays. Very good food. Popular with women and families.
Pinafore 2 B+ None (2) (4) ? English menu. A newer location than Pinafore 1, and therefore less popular. Same general theme as P1 and some of the same staff. Shorter lines, though.
Pinafore 3 B+ 500 (2) (4) ? English menu. A newer location than Pinafore 1, and therefore less popular. Same general theme as P1 and some of the same staff. Shorter lines, though.  Has the table charge.
Pondichery B 500 500 yen ? ?

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A small cafe and bar that offers reflexology in one half of the room. No real theme. Just some food, beer and vacuum-brewed coffee.
Pinky Cafe, 2F B 500 500 yen (17) ? Some of the staff can speak some English Pinky 2F is styled along the lines of a 50's hamburger joint, and the entree items are all variations of hamburgers, including hard boiled egg toppings, etc. Very friendly, but watch out for excessive cover charges.
Pinky Cafe, 3F B 500 500 yen (17) ? Some of the staff can speak some English Pinky 3F is just like the cafe on the 2nd floor of the same building, but with a small stage and DJ booth. Very friendly, but watch out for excessive cover charges.
Popopure B+ None 500 yen (3) ? Speaker on staff Animation studio and maid cafe. You can provide a voice-over for one of their short anime, and have it burned to a DVD for 1400 yen.
Pray Cafe and Bar

B+

300 / 500

1000 yen

(8)

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One or two staff can speak some English A themed cosplay bar where half the staff are dressed up as angels and the other half as devils.  300 yen table charge / 30 minutes after 6:00 PM; 500 yen if you sit at the bar.  Limited food menu; emphasis is on alcoholic drinks.
Queen Dolce

A

None

500 yen

(23)

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Rules card is in English. A dansou bar, where the female staff work as butlers for primarily a female clientele. Some snack dishes, but the entrees actually come from Cure Maid next door. Very tourist friendly, and male customers welcome as well.
Queens Court

B+

None

500 yen

(27)

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A conversation lounge with a free-refills menu.  800 yen for the soft drink menu and 3000 yen for the mixed drink menu, both of which are free-refills for 30 minutes.
Royal Milk B 300 (2) (12) ? English menu A reflex shop and cafe. You can get aroma therapy for 1000 yen, hand or foot rubs for 3000-5000 yen. And, there's a full cafe with upscale entrees, desserts and drinks at a decent price. No ventilation for the tobacco smoke, though.
St. Grace Court B+ None Events Only (18) ? Some of the staff can speak some English A "church" along the lines of some manga with fighting nuns and combat priests. "Sisters" wear blue frocks, and "priests" (maids in drag) have clergy outfits. No maid photos normally, but you can get glossy photos of the "sisters" in cosplay. Some cosplay events as tie-ins to game and anime DVD releases.
Schatzkiste A- 500/ 30min. No (9) ?

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German reading library and tea room. Group seating at the tables encourages playing board and TCG games. TCG tournaments hosted occasionally. Space also used to exhibit Akiman's (Gundam) artwork from Setp. - Oct., 2009.
Seiyu no Tamago B- 500 w/ points card (18) ?

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"Voice Actor's Egg", Seiyu no Tamago sells a drama CD that the maids have recorded.  The bar has a voice actress theme, and the main menu special is a rice bowl served with a raw egg (and your choice from 21 flavors of soy sauce, and toppings).
Triomphe B+ None No --- ?

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Sitting room-style coffee and tea shop that acts as a rental space for maid events and stage magicians.  You can even rent the shop for a day to see what it's like to run your own cafe.
Usagi no Mori A- None 500 yen (23) ?

Some of the staff can speak some English

A "rabbit in the forest" theme, where the maids wear floppy ears and a tail, and the bar has a large tree growing out from the back wall.  A window over the kitchen allows you to watch the maids preparing the food, and maids will occasionally sing and dance on the stage at the other end of the room.
Yaen Meikyu B 500 1000 yen (26) ?

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An elegant "Japanese-style" goth vampire club.  On the pricey side, but intimate.  Staff are friendly if you can speak Japanese.

Yokohama

Name Rating Cover Maid Photos Point Card Internet English Specialties / Comments

Dear

B+ None Points card only (25) ? --- A cosplay cafe in Yokohama close to Honey Honey. Past event have included "nurse", "gothloli" and "little sister".

Honey Honey

B+ None Points card only (16) ? --- Honey Honey is a cafe that bring the Akihabara experience to Yokohama.  In this sense, it's a typical maid cafe, with the standard "welcome home, master" greetings, and writing on the food in catsup.  Staff are very friendly, but it helps if you can speak Japanese.

Other Locations 

Name Rating Cover Maid Photos Point Card Internet English Specialties / Comments

Ichigo Milk (Shibuya)

B+ 4000 500 / 1000 yen (2) ? --- One of the few, if not the only, maid cafes currently in Shibuya.  Prototypical cafe with added flavor chants, games against the maids, etc.  500 yen for a photo with one maid; 1000 yen for a photo with all of the maids currently on staff.


Notes:

Maid photos:
(1) - Only available if there are enough people on staff to pose, take the photo and still wait on the customers.
(2) - Only available with the points card.
(3) - Only available during special events or through a random drawing.

Points Cards:
(1) - Members card, get 1 point/visit. Increasing number of points to fill each card. Each level gives a free maid photo, reduced cover charge and other perks.
(2) - 1 point/500 yen. Full card gets you a free drink or maid photo. See card for details.
(3) - 1/500 yen. 10 points gets a small poster; 20 a free drink and maid photo; 50 a free DVD, drink and photo.
(4) - Sliding scale for yen per point, where it costs more to get 1 point as you get closer to filling the card, starting at 1 point/1000 yen. A full card gets you a maid photo.
(5) - Similar sliding scale as (4), so be careful. A full card seems to only get you a reduced cover charge.
(6) - 1 point/1000 yen. 40 points gets a free maid photo. Bonuses for 5 filled cards.
(7) - 1 point/500 yen. 1 filled card gets you a maid photo, 2 a pin and 20 cards some kind of special gift.
(8) - 1 point / 1000 yen. Filled cards can be redeemed for branded items.
(9) - 1 point / 500 yen. Filled cards can be redeemed for branded items.
(10) - 1 point / 1000 yen. A full card gives you a small cash discount.
(11) - 1 point per visit. No explanation for what a full card gets you.
(12) - 1 point / visit; 2 if an event. 2 points for aroma therapy; 3 if spend over 5000 yen. Full card gives 500 discount, a maid photo, or some kind of branded goods.
(13) - 1 point per event attended, 20 points gives branded items. Signature card (3 signatures from the same maid gets a maid photo).
(14) - 1 point / 1000 yen. 20 points gets a free drink and message card. 40 points gets an unspecified present.
(15) - Members card, 1 point per visit, maid photo and maid game. Filled cards reduce the cover price and get you maid photos and posters.
(16) - 1 point / 1000 yen.  A full card gets you a maid photo.
(17) - 1 point / 1000 yen. Every 10 points gets you a free soft drink or beer. 50 points gets you a membership upgrade.
(18) - 1 point / 1500 yen. A full card can be redeemed for branded goods.
(19) - 1 point / 1000 yen. 10 points for soft drink or beer. 50 points gets you a "rank up".
(20) - 1 point / 500 yen. Every 10 points gets you a drink or food item.
(21) - 1 point / 1000 yen. 5 points lets you draw a paper slip from a box for prizes (i.e. - free drink or maid photo).
(22) - 1 point / 500 yen. 1 full 20-point card gets a maid photo. Extra items for extra full cards.
(23) - 1 point / 1000 yen.  A filled card gets you a soft drink, dansou photo and a hard drink.
(24) - 1 point / 1000 yen.  10 point is a 10% discount; 20 points in 20%; 30 points is a maid photo.
(25) - Not sure of point values per yen. Multiple filled cards gets you maid photos and special goods.
(26) - 1 point / visit.  5 points gets you a 5% discount, 10 points is 10%.
(27) - Buying a maid photo or staying 1 hour gets you a poker chip, which you can redeem.  A member's card accumulates points (1 point/500 yen), but there's no rule sheet for how the card works.


Click on the name of the cafe to go to the full Maid Runner review. All entries in the above chart are based on visits to each specific cafe. If a given cafe is not shown in the chart, it's because I haven't eaten there yet. So far, all cafes have been in Akihabara. Other cafes exist in Shibuya and Ikebukuro, as well as cities outside of Tokyo and Japan.

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