Best Japanese Restaurant Sydney
Sydney is home to some of the best Japanese restaurants in the country. Whether you’re looking for a casual izakaya spot or a more upscale sushi restaurant, Sydney has something to offer everyone. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at seven of the best Japanese restaurant Sydney. So if you’re looking for some delicious sushi or ramen, be sure to check out one of these spots!
1) Lantern By Wagaya
|Key Service||Has 22 private karaoke rooms|
|Address||Level 2, 591 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000|
|Phone||(02) 9283 8828|
|Operating Hours||Mon-Thur 5pm-2am, Sat-Sun 2pm-2am|
What could be better than singing your heart out in this quirky and modern environment? Lantern By Wagaya features a bright, cheerful atmosphere that melds the ancient and modern into one cohesive whole. The design is as wacky as it is eye-catching, with touchscreen menus that appear to be ripped straight out of Japan in both form and content. Toss on veggies to make enough for a hearty lunch or dinner. Slurp down a Pork Miso Hot Pot, then wash it down with some cold sake and your latest cover of “Like a Virgin.”
- Has 22 private karaoke rooms
- Restaurant area overlooking George street, Sydney Australia
- Bright, cheerful atmosphere
Very good food and the prices are also decent. There is a wide variety of dishes from sushi to rice bowls. The karaoke rooms are big and spacious, the bathrooms are also clean. I would come back here again for Japanese food and also recommend others to do so.Gamingwith Tsunami
2) Sashimi Shinsengumi
|Key Service||High quality and fresh ingredients|
|Address||5/7-11 Clarke Street Crows, Nest New South Wales 2065, Australia|
|Phone||0402 359 697|
|Operating Hours||Thu: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm|
Fri: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
No single word evokes such pure pleasure in the mind of a true Japanese cuisine connoisseur as this one: Omakase. The Japanese term for it means you’re leaving everything to the chef, and Sashimi Shinsengumi does not even allow you to choose. All that’s left for you to do now is sit back, relax, and watch as Chef Shinji Matsui uses the blowtorch to complete the task. That’s if you can get a table in the first place. This is easily one of the finest Japanese restaurant Sydney tucked away in Crow’s Nest.
- True Japanese cuisine connoisseur
- High-quality and fresh ingredients
- Good for entree for small group
This is hands down some of the best sushi i’ve had in my life. I have been dreaming about getting to Japan for meals but these are amazing and definitely one of the best Japanese Restaurants in Australia. They are a 10 star restaurant.Brendan D
3) Toko Sydney
|Key Service||Informal style of Japanese “izakaya” dining|
|Address||490 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW Australia 2010|
|Phone||+61 2 9357 6100|
|Operating Hours||Lunch: Thursday and Friday 12pm – 3pm|
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm until late
Toko is a renowned Sydney restaurant that has earned the affections of Australians throughout the country due to its excellent seafood and steaks. The fish is genuinely fresh, the meat has a wonderful taste, and the wine list is extensive. Order at random or try one of the chef’s tasting menus, and you’ll be treated to some of Sydney’s finest Japanese cuisine. Don’t forget about dessert, especially the yuzu cheesecake, which is out of this world.
- Informal style of Japanese “izakaya” dining
- Renowned fresh produce
- Stunning contemporary restaurant design
The best japanese restaurant ever. Had chef’s selection of signature dishes and all the dishes were absolutely amazing & fresh. Friendly and professional staffs. Scampi nigiri & lamb cutlets are definitely the must.Sydney Aus
4) Cho Cho San
|Key Service||Minimilalist-style restaurant|
|Address||73 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011|
|Phone||(02) 9331 6601|
|Operating Hours||Mon-Fri 5-10pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm|
Before you’ve even requested water, take a seat inside Cho Cho San’s beautiful, minimalist decor and order the delicate steamed buns. Then continue the Izakaya parade by ordering several items and sharing with your companions. In the basement, find a seat at the bar while you enjoy small plates of tasty food and a flight or tap takeover. To describe this famous Potts Point restaurant as one of the city’s best Japanese restaurants feels almost dizzying.
- Minimilalist-style restaurant
- Friendly and accommodating service
- High-quality food
Amazing set menu! Everything was so good and worth the money. Service is top-notch, Jackie took care of our table so well we feel very welcomed. Cozy vibes, high quality food.Ky D.
5) Izakaya Fujiyama
|Key Service||Epic election of Japanese whiskies and sakes|
|Address||38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills NSW 2010|
|Phone||(02) 9698 2797|
|Operating Hours||Mon-Thur 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm|
Izakaya is a Japanese gastropub that serves food and drink. The name, Izakaya Fujiyama, simply translates to “drinking food.” More to the point, this Surry Hills place has an enormous variety of Japanese whiskies and sakes as well as a wide range of delectable classic dishes. It’s difficult to beat the bargains and the tastes are wonderful, making this one of the city’s finest Japanese restaurants. Choose from mouthwatering sushi hand rolls or something new off the hot plate. You’ll be happy no matter what you order because everything is delicious.
- Classic dishes
- Epic selection of Japanese whiskies and sakes
- Serves mouthwatering sushi hand rolls
I am glad I found Izakaya Fujiyama, such a relaxing place to dine,.. been dying for a fine dinning Japanese meal with fresh sashimi and a great selection of vegatarian dishes for awhile.. the mushroom bun was to die for, also the eggplants.. great customer service too.. Highly recommended and will return.Stanley Vaier
6) Kaiza Izakaya
|Key Service||Perfect Japanese-style noodles|
|Address||95 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042|
|Phone||0401 466 515|
|Operating Hours||Tue-Wed 5-9:30pm, Thur-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-9:30pm|
Kaiza Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant in Sydney that may be the neighbourhood newcomer, but its head chef Jason Nguyễn has a traditional viewpoint on Japanese cuisine with precision, quality, and a full, umami flavor profile. The cuisine at Noodle Bar, which is named after the distinctive Japanese style of noodles, aims to transport customers to the busy streets of Tokyo via a journey of hot flames, ice-cold cocktails, and attentive service.
- Kitchen is a replica of a traditional South East Asian family home
- Perfect Japanese-style noodles
- Smoking hot binchotan charcoal grill and piping hot woks
Great little place to go for dinner. No loud music playing in the background which is great as you can have a nice conversation without having to shout. We shared our plates of food between the two of us. Service was attentive, efficient and pleasant. Would go back there again.Tonny Lim
|Key Service||Serves breakfast|
|Address||Level 2, Sun Tower, 591 George St Sydney New South Wales 2000|
|Phone||1800 700 700|
|Operating Hours||Mon-Wed & Sun 7-10am & 5:30-10pm|
Thur 7-10am & 12-3pm & 5:30-10pm
Fri-Sat 7-10am & 12-3pm & 5:30-11pm
One of the greatest Japanese restaurants in Sydney is located inconspicuously behind Star Casino’s bland entrance. Sokyo isn’t so much about exploiting its surroundings as it is about elevating them. Expect a light, jovial, or gaudy mood with exquisite arrangements and tastes to match.
- Convenient location
- Serves breakfast
- With a modern touch using the finest Australian produce
Great food – excellent service! Lovely ambience! $800 for four but includes a bottle of Champagne and a bottle of Premiere Cru Chablis! I would go back tomorrow! David BihariDavid Bihari
|Key Service||Traditional Japanese style cooking|
|Address||529 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000|
|Phone||(02) 9267 2900|
|Operating Hours||Thursday (Dinner from 5:30 pm)|
Friday – Saturday (Lunch from 12 pm, Dinner from 6 pm)
Sunday (Lunch from 12 pm)
Tetsuya’s Restaurant is in the city centre of Sydney, at 529 Kent Street. This historical building was restored to incorporate traditional Japanese style influences and create a peaceful dining area in the metropolis by chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Tetsuya’s serves a degustation menu that takes inspiration from Japanese thought and combines it with traditional French techniques. Cheft Tetsuya Wakuda has built his international reputation at the restaurant by creating his own “test kitchen.” This personalized kitchen allows him to develop the constantly evolving and inspiring meals on which his renowned worldwide acclaim is founded.
- Japanese-French cooking
- Convenient location
- One of Sydney’s most comprehensive wine lists
There are so many elements that make up every single one of these dishes. The oysters were amazing and so was the bread. The trout and pork were also very enjoyable.
Staff were attentive and service was amazing just as you’d expect.
9) Besuto Omakase
|Key Service||Japanese restaurant|
|Address||6 Loftus Lane, Sydney NSW 2000|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday – Saturday (12:30 pm – 11:30 pm)|
Besuto is a traditional Japanese omakase dining establishment. In its purest form, Besuto is an immersive, one-of-a-kind culinary experience that takes your senses on a delightful journey into the realm of ancient and contemporary Japanese culture and cuisine. The food’s fitout is both beautiful and seductive, with a focus on connecting to all five senses. From the instant you walk through the door to the moment you depart, Besuto’s whole goal is to offer a unique experience that leaves behind closed doors.
- A traditional Japanese omakase dining
- Prepared with daily-sourced produce from Sydney Fish Markets
- Impressive list of Japanese whisky, wines and sakes curated by sommelier Alex Zanarini
SUCH an incredible dining experience. My husband and I were in for our anniversary and had the most amazing dinner. The staff were all so friendly, professional and attentive, the food by Hiro (2) was memorable and the wine/sake program was really impressive. Really can’t wait to come back here. Book in advance!Lim Jo
10) Masuya Restaurant
|Key Service||Japanese restaurant|
|Address||Basement/12 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000|
|Phone||+61 2 9233 8181|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday – Saturday (12 pm – 9:30 pm)|
Given that the restaurant has been around since 1993, it should go without saying that its quality is exceptional. Colorful bento boxes, smartly decorated wooden boats with sashimi, top-grade Australian wagyu impeccably handled – there’s nothing at Masuya that doesn’t meet the qualifications of one of Sydney’s great Japanese restaurants.
- Offers traditional Japanese cuisine
- Uses top-grade Australian wagyu
- Have different locations across Sydney
The staffs were very friendly and great service.
All the food was really fresh and delicious. Specifically the sashimi platter was best in Sydney. Would recommend this place!! Thank you Chef!John
11) Chaco Ramen
|Key Service||Japanese ramen restaurant|
|Address||238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010|
|Phone||(02) 9007 8352|
|Operating Hours||Tue – Sun: 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 20:30|
Chaco Ramen in Darlinghurst has some of the best ramen not only in Sydney, but entire Australia. This shouldn’t be taken lightly, Chaco Ramen takes their noodle dish very seriously. They opened up another shop on O’Brien Street for Bondi residents so they’re able to get a taste of this world-famous cuisine. What makes Chaco stand out, according to director Keita Abe, is the “amount of thought and care [they] put into everything [they] do,” from the menu to the interior design. According to Abe, this authentic representation of Japanese culture differentiates itself from other restaurants by not trying imitate others.
- Super friendly & lovely service
- Provides casual seating outdoors
- Serves four types of signature ramen
A great ramen joint, one of the best in Sydney. Their soy tonkotsu broth was amazing, very smooth, buttery, and porky. And you adjust the fattiness level too. Their pork belly slice is thick and tender too. You can also try the chicken chili coriander ramen if you want something different. It’s light, spicy, and refreshing. Their karaage is a must-have too, it’s crispy, lightly battered, and lightly doused in soy.Wilsen Tjhung
12) Nikkei Bar And Restaurant
|Key Service||Japanese bar and restaurant|
|Address||216 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia|
|Phone||+61 2 8880 9942|
|Operating Hours||Wednesday (a la carte or set menu): 5.30pm – 10.00pm|
Thursday (a la carte or set menu): 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Friday (set menu only): 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Saturday (set menu only): 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Nikkei Bar and Restaurant is all about Japanese cuisine. Nikkei is a Peruvian delicacy that dates back to the late 1890s. Everything at this cozy and inviting restaurant on Commonwealth Street is meant to be shared, which might be challenging when you try the beef short rib with miso and garlic corn puree or the southern calamari with salsa criolla and roasted banana.
- Cozy and inviting vibe
- Features Nikkei-styled share plates
- 40-strong wine list and Peruvian-Japanese inspired cocktails
Great experience. Each dish that came out was delicious and I cannot fault any of the food. The service was very attentive and I loved the vibe of the restaurant. I will definitely be returning.Rachael Krust
13) Kisuke Potts Point
|Key Service||Omakase dining experience|
|Address||50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point NSW 2011|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 22:45|
After decades of training and working in kitchens around the world, from Tokyo and Amsterdam to London and Sydney, chef Yusuke Morita finally settled in Potts Points to open up Kisuke in 2020. Teaming up with his wife, Mirota’s restaurant offers just six seats for a genuinely intimate sit down omakase dining experience ($200), showcasing a lifetime of passion for and experience with traditional Japanese cuisine. Expect soups, sashimi, grilled and steamed dishes, as well as plenty of sushi to pair with sake and whisky.
- Changing menu
- Serves soups, sashimi, grilled and steamed dishes, as well as plenty of sushi
- Pairs sake and whisky with meals
Nice little place. Loved every dish that the chef has presented. Will definitely come back next time. The only thing is, it’s quite hard to book. I had to set alarm to wake up at midnight to book.Lily Liu
14) Chaco Bar
|Key Service||Specialises in Yakitori dining|
|Address||186-188 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2010, Australia|
|Phone||(02) 8593 4567|
|Operating Hours||TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 17:30 – 22:00|
SATURDAY 17:00 – 22:00
SUNDAY 17:00 – 20:30
Sister venue Chaco Bar Potts Point, which is somewhat to the east, does not offer broth. Instead, Yakitori cuisine is emphasized at this Potts Point location, meaning chargrilled skewer are the main event. Chicken and lamb are among the ingredients on the sticks, as well as ox tongue, hearts, and gizzards, proving that nothing is wasted and everything put to good use. The dishes at this restaurant are cooked over cherry blossom charcoal, giving them a deep smoky flavor. The Japanese seasonings used for basting also contribute to the richness of the dishes. As for drinks, the sake is bought from small, family-run makers in Japan who are always rotating. There is also an extensive list of shochu and whisky available.
- Skewers are the main event
- Dishes are cooked over cherry blossom charcoal
- Extensive list of shochu and whisky available
Well worth the drive from the west. Great for occasions, groups or casual. The tasting menu was delicious with a variety of flavours and food we’ve never had before. The cocktails were very nice, especially the melon drink.Andrew
|Key Service||Serves Kogashi (charred) ramen|
|Address||52-54 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia|
|Phone||+61 2 9212 0003|
|Operating Hours||Monday 12–2PM, 6–8:30PM|
Tuesday 12–2PM, 6–8:30PM
Wednesday 12–2PM, 6–8:30PM
Thursday 12–2PM, 6–8:30PM
Friday 12–2:30PM, 6–9PM
Saturday 12–2:30PM, 6–9PM
Sunday 12–2:30PM, 6–8:30PM
Gogyo is a Japanese ramen restaurant brought to Australia by the same people who created Ippudo. They specialize in kogashi (charred) ramen, which starts with a pan heated to an incredibly high temperature. Then, miso paste is added and deglazed with chicken broth. This creates a ramen that has intense flavor and smokiness.
- Intense flavor and smokiness
- Large portions of food
- Chill ambience
Between the two of us, we over ordered but still cleaned the plates. The place is absolutely pumping so make sure you get a reservation. Friendly service and exciting Japanese-inspired a la carte menu, we enjoyed all dishes as well as the Japanese beer on tap.David Maddison
|Key Service||Japanese fine dining restaurant|
|Address||368 Kent St., Sydney NSW 2000|
|Phone||(02) 9262 1350|
|Operating Hours||Lunch Hours:|
Fri, Sat: 12pm – last order 2:30pm
Tue, Wed & Thur: 6pm – last order 9:30pm
Fri & Sat: 5:30pm – last order 9:30p
Closed: Sunday & Monday
To add to the intrigue, they’re serving up a unique Pan-Asian cuisine experience. They specialize in Japanese and Australian ingredients for their mouthwatering dinner service. The room’s stunning architecture and design, with 56 illuminated oak beams spanning from floor to ceiling, cannot be overlooked. That’s some incredible work.
- Offering a combination of European and Japanese cocktails
- Creative and contemporary service
- Degustation menu
I was so impressed by their foods and customer service. It’s such well balanced, delicate flavours and fragrance, also nicely presented. It’s the first time I thought that the Japanese comics about heavenly gourmet were actually based on real experience! And I’m going to visit it again shortly, this time taking my parents to enjoy it.Nancy W
|Key Service||Japanese tempura restaurant|
|Address||102/21 Alberta St, Sydney NSW 2000|
|Phone||+61 408 866 285|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday to Friday 5:45pm | 8:15pm|
Saturday 12:00pm | 5:45pm |8:15pm
The beauty of an omakase dinner is that each location has their own specialty. Some, like Chaco Bar, concentrate on the very best yakitori, while others, such as Bay Nine Omakase, focus on tuna in all its crimson variations. It’s tempura in the case of Haco, a tiny 12-seater in a cement cube, and it’s crisp blonde batter of rice flour with ice cubes and soda water. A lighter than air shell is created by crisply blended rice flour, ice cubes, and soda water, which covers an unending list of vegetables, seafood, and even foie gras.
- Uses rice flour batter for a lighter than air shell
- Offers an unending list of vegetables, seafood, and even foie gras
- Using premium ingredients
Four of us had nice dinning out. The place is small but comfortable, contain around 12 people. Food and service are great! One of friends reckoned food is a bit salty, but I think they were full of flavour in a good way!Libby Wan
|Key Service||Affordable Japanese restuarant|
|Address||Eating World Harbour Plaza, Shop 211, 1-11 Goulburn Street Haymarket, NSW, Australia 2000|
|Operating Hours||Monday11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–8:30PM|
Tuesday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–8:30PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–8:30PM
Thursday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–8:30PM
Friday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–8:30PM
Saturday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–8:30PM
Sunday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–8:30PM
This ramen is known as “The Chronic” by Chef Dan Hong, and after the first spoonful, you’ll understand why. The eatery can be found at the end of Eating World. There is no phone number or menu; instead, there’s a sign with only three items on it. To prepare the tonkotsu broth, water, miso, and 120 kg of pork bones are needed. One between two is enough to say that this incredibly collagen-rich noodle soup is thick, flavorful, and rich with pork flavor.
- Serves “The Chronic” ramen
- Tonkotsu broth is made with water, miso, and 120 kg of pork bones
- Noodle soup is thick, flavorful, and rich with pork flavor
Definitely worth stopping by this Japanese ramen vendor for their speciality thick, hearty and collagen-rich broth ramen that is oh-so-satisfying. With a base of the soup, there are noodles and different ingredients and flavour combinations and customizations available to your desired taste and hunger level. There are also free condiments/garnishes to add extra taste.Andrian M
19) Saké Restaurant And Bar
|Key Service||Award-winning contemporary Japanese restuarant|
|Address||12 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000|
|Phone||+61 2 9259 5656|
|Operating Hours||Monday 5:30–9:30PM|
Wednesday 12–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
Thursday 12–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
Friday 12–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
Saturday 12–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
Sunday 12–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
For a unique spin on traditional Japanese flavours, head down to Saké Restaurant and Bar. With locations in The Rocks, Manly and Double Bay’s impressive Intercontinental Hotel, this fine dining option is always busy and bustling with energy. Known for its incredible sushi and nigiri made with fresh seafood, Saké is definitely worth a visit! It’s Saké’s spectacular desserts that really have people talking, most notably—a coconut cream “dragon egg” and miso caramel chocolate fondant.
- Attentive, friendly front-of-house staff
- Fresh ingredients
- Reasonable price
My favourite Japanese restaurant in Sydney! Had the pleasure of going here with my family to and got the classics set menu and I have to say, every dish was sublime.Eliot Oh
20) Ume Burger
|Key Service||Japanese burger joint|
Barangaroo NSW 2000
|Phone||+61 481 951 920|
11:30am – 2:30pm
11:30am-2:30pm / 4:30pm-9:00pm
11:30am – 3:30pm
If you’re anything like me, Japanese food probably doesn’t make you think of burgers. However, Ume Burger is quickly becoming my favourite neighbourhood burger spot with its menu full of Japanese- style burgers. From the signature Ume Burger with wagyu mince sauce to the fish katsu burger with tartare sauce, there’s something for everyone. Not to mention, they have a bacon burger! And what goes better with a juicy burger than an ice cold Asahi?
- Japanese-American style burgers
- Has vintage Japanese soda vending machine
- Sister-venue to Surry Hills’ iconic casual Bar UME
Lovely location along the river bank with ample seating available. Burger was decent but my karaage chicken came barely warm and was a too little greasy. Felt like they were fried in batches then left on a heater and served when someone orders them. Their soda flavor choices are quite interesting and worth a try!Teck Boon
Best Japanese Restaurant Sydney Choices
Japanese restaurants in Sydney offer a variety of culinary experiences that will appeal to different people. Whether you are looking for classic dishes or something new, there is sure to be a Japanese restaurant in Sydney that will satisfy your needs. With excellent customer service and high-quality food, these establishments are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and happy. Have you had the chance to visit any of these Japanese restaurant Sydney? What was your experience like?
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Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from japanese restaurants in Sydney?
Japanese restaurants in Sydney offer a wide variety of menu items that are sure to appeal to everyone. Whether you are looking for traditional dishes or something new, there is sure to be a Japanese restaurant in Sydney that will suit your needs. With excellent customer service and high-quality food, these establishments are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and happy.
How much does the food cost normally in Japanese restaurants?
The cost of food in Japanese restaurants varies depending on the establishment. However, you can expect to pay a little bit more for high-quality, authentic dishes. With that said, there are also many affordable options available, so be sure to shop around before making your final decision.
What are the famous Japanese food?
Some of the most popular Japanese dishes include sushi, sashimi, tempura, and teriyaki. Of course, there are many other delicious options available as well. be sure to ask the staff for recommendations if you are unsure of what to order.