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Best Japanese Restaurants in Sydney

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by OpenTable Team
Updated March 01, 2023

From sushi and gyoza, to yakitori and ramen, discover the best Japanese restaurants Sydney has to offer. You’ll find everything from your local favourites to upscale fusion spots.

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A photo of Zushi - Surry Hills restaurant
4.7
4.7 (670)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
We’re a Modern Japanese restaurant located in Surry Hills. We pride ourselves on serving the best Japanese cuisine in Sydney, prepared by our expert chefs using the freshest local and sustainable ingredients where possible. For those looking for something unique, our Omakase experience is designed to take diners on a culinary journey, highlighting the freshest and most delicious ingredients.
We’re your fun neighbourhood Japanese restaurant located on Crown Street in the heart of bustling Surry Hills, Sydney. At Zushi we love our customers and our customers love our relaxed approach, coupled with delicious food, friendly service and dining options in our buzzy restaurant, upstairs mezzanine and open air courtyard. We offer dine in, takeaway, catering and mobile zushi.
Zushi is fully licensed and offers an exciting list of cocktails for those who have worked up a thirst. We also love sharing our passion for sake, beer and wines to match your meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food, staff and atmosphere were great! Glad we had a table upstairs. I attended with a friend with several food intolerances (including gluten) and we were pleasantly surprised by the number of items she could order. Would recommend!
A photo of Zushi Barangaroo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1493)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Barangaroo
About the restaurant
At the edge of the CBD, in the spectacular 22-hectare waterfront precinct where an old container terminal once stood, discerning foodies can now find some of the city’s best sushi in Barangaroo. Established in 2016, the newest addition to the Zushi restaurant empire is in Sydney’s impressive new harbour foreshore playground. Zushi Barangaroo is both stylish and comfortable, capturing the relaxed style of a typical Japanese bar or izakaya designed by the renowned architect Koichi Takada. We offer premium service complimented with a wide selection of imported beers, Japanese inspired cocktails, and Japanese sake and whisky.
Zushi prides itself on using only carefully sourced local ingredients; the freshest vegetables and sustainable seafood where possible and most of the menu is gluten-free. We are open every day for lunch and dinner, serving delectable sushi, sashimi and share plates. And the glorious harbour views are pretty tasty too.
Top review
Debuardovip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
One of the best Sushi stops in Sydney and Barangaroo is a great location. Food is great service even better and the location on a warm day is hard to beat. try the Sashimi taco for an original that's fantastic.
A photo of Tokyo Bird restaurant
4.6
4.6 (580)
$40 and under
Japanese
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
Tokyo Bird is a Japanese inspired small bar located in Belmore Lane, Surry Hills, serving Japanese whisky and beer, cocktails, sake and yakitori – chicken and other delicious morsels on skewers, grilled Japanese style.

Tokyo Bird combines the best of Tokyo’s yakitori-ya and izakaya with classic cocktail bars in an intimate Sydney laneway small bar. We look forward to welcoming you to Tokyo Bird!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Awesome and cozy environment but very loud, a bit difficult to carry a conversation.
A photo of Sushi Jones Alexandria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (47)
$40 and under
Sushi
Alexandria
About the restaurant
We’re not your ordinary Japanese!
“Meet Tokyo Vibes x Sydney Beats”
Incorporating the authentic with local favourites and healthy alternatives
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
Lovely staff and chef who were very accommodating and friendly. Food was delicious and great value for money.
A photo of Nikaido Mascot restaurant
4.7
4.7 (70)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Mascot
About the restaurant
Welcome to traditional Japanese Yakiniku restaurant NIKAIDO!
Please enjoy ALL YOU CAN EAT or A LA CARTE menus.

From high grade wagyu to Aussie beef, you’ll find a huge array of meats at a great price.
The flavours of the meat are enhanced with the Nikaido miso sauce or salted sauce, which have been refined through many trial and errors. These sauces bring out the umami of the meat!

Accompany your BBQ with sushi, sashimi, and tempura side dishes.
The menu is rounded out with a carefully selected number of 'izakaya style' dishes.

Dine in luxury as our tables and interior. Please relax while eating and truly enjoy the food. With 100 seats ranging , large tables, Booth seats, Nikaido is perfect for everything from intimate dates to family dinners.
We also accommodate for parties and celebrations!!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Best wagyu ever. Options were super wide. Eating/seating time could be longer; we felt rushed. Overall experience was amazing!
A photo of Kokumai restaurant
4.0
4 (4)
$41 to $100
Sushi
Sydney CBD
About the restaurant
Kokumai means “black rice” in Japanese and is a premium sushi bar operated as a new concept of Japanese restaurant operated with an omakase function.

Seating appx. 60 people and serving up premium roll, nigiri, and sashimi with a great selection of wine, sake, and beer.

*Omakase: Authentic Japanese omakase menu is implemented. Menus made with fresh seasonal ingredients are prepared by the head chef in Kokumai.
**Premium sushi bar: We are operating as a premium sushi bar by using seasonal and superior ingredients.
Top review
JonB
Dined on Jul 10, 2023
The superb seafood banquet was expertly prepared in front of us, each dish explained and the service was extremely cordial and attentive
A photo of Tento restaurant
4.6
4.6 (83)
$40 and under
Japanese
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
Tento is more than just a restaurant; it's a sensory sanctuary where tradition meets innovation, and where every meal is a celebration of the culinary arts. Join us at Tento, and let us take you on an unforgettable journey through the soul of Japan, one delectable dish at a time.

During the day, Tento offers an enchanting culinary adventure, with flavours that dance on your palate, and an ambiance that bathes you in warmth and serenity. As the sun sets, our restaurant transforms into an intimate haven, casting a veil of private dining exclusivity over your experience.

Discover the essence of Japan in the heart of Surry Hills at Tento, where culinary artistry meets sensory delight. Nestled amidst the vibrant tapestry of this eclectic neighbourhood,
Tento is not just a restaurant; it's an immersive journey into the world of authentic Japanese cuisine that will awaken your senses.
Top review
LetaK
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Tento is fantastic - so different from any other Japanese restaurant I’ve been to in Sydney. Really inventive food - always delicious and beautifully presented in quite a contemporary way. Excellent service and a good atmosphere all round.
A photo of Tokki restaurant
4.6
4.6 (408)
$41 to $100
Contemporary Korean
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
Inspired by the buzzing night life of Tokyo & Seoul in Surry Hills.

Tokki is a modern day Japanese/Korean Izakaya with an emphasis on shareable dishes accompanied with bespoke cocktails, a variety of Sake & Soju and a fine list of wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The food was next level. Every single waitstaff went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience.
A photo of North Sydney Rengaya - Yakiniku & Sushi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (361)
$41 to $100
Yakiniku
North Sydney
About the restaurant
Rengaya has been serving YAKINIKU in North Sydney since 1993, making it one of Australia’s pioneering Japanese barbeque restaurants. Now, that tradition is set to continue at its new digs on Miller Street – just a short stroll from the original location – in a much more modern, striking setting. The new fit-out features bar-counter seats around an open kitchen, red booth seating divided by Japanese-style timber panelling and a hard-to-miss chandelier. There’s also a 20-seat private dining room. We use only the finest ingredients such as Japanese Black Cattle made in Australia for beef, Sashimi and Seafood fresh from the sea. Rengaya is the restaurant foodies around the country have chosen.
Top review
Juliana
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Food is fresh and is of high quality Friendly staffs and excellent service Always the best
A photo of Hinataya restaurant
4.8
4.8 (39)
$40 and under
Japanese
Mascot
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO HINATAYA “HINATA” means sunny place, in the sun and “YA” means home. HINATAYA is a sunny home or place where everyone can enjoy authentic Japanese food. Hinataya, aims to give a warm ambiance, delightful food and a place where everyone can call their “home”. At HINATAYA, we serve a variety of authentic Japanese food prepared from the seasonal ingredients, with a contemporary twist, that everyone can love.
Being fully licensed, we offer a selection of Japanese beer, sake, wine and drinks. HINATAYA value customers the most, providing the best and innovative dining experience possible. Customers order food through iPad making it more exciting and enthralling. HINATAYA is located in the heart of Mascot. We strive to provide the best possible experience we can offer. We value our customers the most.
Top review
Jenko
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
We love Hinataya so much we've been going once a week for a long time now. Both service and food are amazing. Ordering on the tablet works perfectly too. We can get in and out quickly if we're short on time, or order slowly if we feel like a long lunch or dinner. Undercover parking is great too. Book online... they can get busy during peak times
A photo of Busshari restaurant
4.7
4.7 (25)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Potts Point
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Potts Point, Busshari Restaurant represents the essence of Japanese cuisine: simplicity and freshness. Busshari's decor is soft lit, creating warm and welcoming feel.

Busshari opened in 2006, specializing in Japanese authenticity of simple, delicate sashimi and sushi.

Along with a selected and refined offer of wine and saké we hope to cater for every of your nights of food and drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Beautiful authentic Japanese food. One of our favourites in Sydney.
A photo of Osaka Trading Co. restaurant
4.7
4.7 (335)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Glebe
About the restaurant
Located at the Tramsheds food precinct in Forest Lodge, Osaka Trading Co. focuses on modern Japanese and ramen. The restaurant’s bar offers house and classic cocktails, Japanese beers and sake, wine, and Japanese and Scotch whiskies.

Our lunch menu comprises ramen and donburi rice bowls from 11.30am with an all day menu available until dinner from 5:30pm - 9:30pm with a larger a la carte menu.

Osaka Trading Co. is a modern Japanese restaurant & bar from the owner-operators of Surry Hills small bar Tokyo Bird and Haymarket cocktail bar Banchō.
Top review
ANMCvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and fabulous service as always. The chefs are amazing!
A photo of Kokoroya Japanese Sushi Dining restaurant
4.7
4.7 (612)
$40 and under
Japanese
Maroubra
About the restaurant
Welcome to Kokoroya We serve a variety of authentic Japanese food made with fresh ingredients that everyone can love! Being fully licensed, we also offer a selection of Japanese beer, sake, wine and cocktails, as child-size soft drinks.
Top review
Yass
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Amazing restaurant, tasteful Japanese cuisine, and wonderful staff that will make your evening.
A photo of Takumi Yakiniku restaurant
4.5
4.5 (30)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Eastwood
About the restaurant
After months of training in Japan, A new Takumi Yakiniku is back! New Team, New Menu, Better food and Better Service.
Takumi Yakiniku is a Japanese Yakiniku BBQ restaurant that offers top quality Australian Wagyu and Japanese Wagyu and Authentic Japanese Cuisine. Besides Yakiniku we also offer traditional Japanese Washoku. We have both buffet menu and A'La Carte menu. We aim to provide our customers the best experience with us by providing the most authentic Japanese taste, the most harmonious dining environment and best customer service experience.
Our kitchen staff are mostly native Japanese who have 10+ years chef experience in Japanese Cuisine.
Recent training in Japan allows us to provide more varieties. Besides, Yakiniku, we will start offering Ramen, Udon, Tempura, Oden, Steaming Egg, Ochatsuke and Yakitori to our customers. So that you get more to choose to fulfill your wish. Please don't hesitate to visit us to try our food.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 20, 2024
Very nice meat choices, nice place to go in winter
A photo of Goryon San restaurant
4.3
4.3 (429)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
We are a neighbourhood restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney. The brand "Goryon San" is from Japan. We serve Japanese yakitori, Ramen, Sake and also beer, wine.
Top review
MikeGvip
Dined 7 days ago
Very authentic Japanese vibe right in the heart of Surry Hills. Focuses on traditional yakitori skewers style cooking with great flavours. It does have a broader Japanese menu as well. Felt like I was in Tokyo :)
A photo of Chaco Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (159)
$41 to $100
Yakitori
Potts Point
About the restaurant
Japanese Izakaya in the heart of Kings Cross / Potts Point

Yakitori and charcoal grilling specialist. Step into a warmly lit restaurant to enjoy some hot BBQ paired with a glass of cold sake from our carefully curated beverage list.

30 Seconds walk from Kings Cross Station.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
They were so nice that they accepted a reservation with a course set on the day with a beautiful hospitality. We had a great time thanks to everyone at Chaco. Thank you!!
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A photo of Yebisu Bar & Grill restaurant
4.1
4.1 (39)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Haymarket
About the restaurant
Bar & Grill Yebisu is located in China Town in Central Sydney. This restaurant is located at the intersection of Dixon Street and Little Hay Street. IZAKAYA food is well known for its trendy tapas-like dishes. We serve smaller portions at our restaurant so that you can enjoy a greater variety of selections from our menu. Another meaning for the word “IZAKAYA” in Japan is “sake dining place”. Needless to say, we, as an Izakaya, have a great variety of drinks with more than 100 items for you to select. Not only will you find your favourite beer, but you will also find yourself beholding some of the finest Sake, Shochu (or Japanese Vodka) and non-alcoholic Mocktails. Explore and choose your favourites!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
Ramen is good, but would like to have more style. Thanks!
A photo of Snacky Chans restaurant
4.7
4.7 (170)
$40 and under
Creative Japanese
Annandale
About the restaurant
Snacky Chans is a sushi train with cocktail bar, yakitori grill, bao burgers, sake, Japanese Whiskey & other interesting food & beverage items.
Nestle into a booth, sit at the bar or grab a high table. We have it all for you to experience some fun times.
A new and exciting concept, Snacky Chans is well worth the visit. Cool lighting, awesome music & chilled vibes. A great place to hang with friends and eat & drink and have fun.
Located on Parramatta Road Annandale
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great food and atmosphere. Wonderful staff and cocktails
A photo of Yakitori Jin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (140)
$41 to $100
Japanese Speciality
Haberfield
About the restaurant
Yakitori Jin is designed for Japanese Yakitori restaurant. Yakitori is a Japanese type of grilled skewered chicken over a charcoal fire. During or after cooking, the meat is typically seasoned with Yakitori tare (original sauce) or salt(developed uniquely). We are one of the typical modern Izakaya. We are serving Super Dry Sushi Fresh Beer and lots of Sake and Wine. Enjoy your Japanese Izakaya near by you. We are located in Haberfield.
Top review
SamanthaH
Dined on Apr 15, 2024
First time and we’ll be returning. Lovely food and service
A photo of Jizakana restaurant
4.6
4.6 (32)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Cammeray
About the restaurant
Jizakana is a local Japanese Restaurant located in Cammeray. You can enjoy fresh sashimi and sushi along with sophisticated Japanese cuisine.

We offer expertly crafted traditional dishes as well as modern takes that fuse American techniques and flavours with ancient practices.

And we love them a little extra if they serve a great range of sakes and Japanese beer.
Top review
Joshua
Dined on Sep 22, 2023
Under new management. Jizakana is as reliable as ever. They have reinvented a number of favourites of ours and introduced new specials which raises the bar. Really friendly and attentive team too. Cocktails and mocktails are fantastic. Kids loved the desserts.
A photo of By Sang restaurant
4.7
4.7 (122)
$41 to $100
Creative Japanese
Rosebery
About the restaurant
By Sang is creation of Head Chef, Sangyong Park. Working at some of Australia’s best restaurants for over 15 years, Sangyong’s passion is in using the freshest seafood he can find that is sustainable and locally farmed. Combined with his knowledge of authentic Japanese techniques and his modern take on food, be prepared for a delicious meal like no other at BySang
Top review
AmelleM
Dined 6 days ago
A group of us had an amazing dining experience at by sang. Distinctively better in both quality and taste wise compare to some high-end fancy restaurants and it doesn’t even cost that much. The service was warm and faultless. Cocktails were delicious especially the yuzu one and the wine list was extensive and great for such a small local restaurant. The corkage was a bit expensive so we didn’t bring our own bottle and it was a good decision indeed. Wines are very reasonably priced. Cannot recommend high enough. We are still talking about it today and can’t wait to go back soon. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience team!
A photo of Robata Jones restaurant
4.7
4.7 (173)
$40 and under
Japanese
Artarmon
About the restaurant
Robata Jones is an "izakaya" specialising in grilled dishes using the freshest meat, fish and vegetables. With an extensive sake list, it is the perfect spot for a relaxed and fun evening. Located in the Artarmon district along with other businesses, Robata Jones boasts a unique “little Tokyo” atmosphere, and takes you back to Japan! The grilled eel-unagi kabayaki- and other perfectly roasted dishes are a must-try!
Top review
KateC
Dined 2 days ago
Love it! Food was great, lots of variety and well priced. Nice village atmosphere.
A photo of Chaco Ramen Bondi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (54)
$40 and under
Japanese Speciality
Bondi Beach
About the restaurant
A new take on ramen and izakaya dining in Bondi. Sample meticulously charcoal grilled yakitori skewers, and spot-hitting bowls of ramen delivered by Keita Abe, Shinji Okuda, and the Chaco team. Enjoy a variety of skewers and other future classics followed by a bowl of ramen in an breezy dining area with a small bar slinging wines, beers, and batch cocktails on demand. Ramen-Izakaya, you, us. What’re you waiting for?
Top review
MissZ
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent ramen with a warm atmosphere and friendly service. Great value and delicious
A photo of Burwood Rengaya Casual Dining restaurant
4.5
4.5 (286)
$101 and over
Yakiniku
Burwood
About the restaurant
We are a Japanese Yakiniku restaurant in Burwood, serving high quality wagyu and sake.



We are located in a centre of Burwood. It is very close to bus stop and train station, and also this building has a 1 hour 30 minutes free parking. Easy access for the customers.



We have more than 25 years of experiences of Japanese Yakiniku in Sydney. We provide our customers with a great Wagyu experience and fun.
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AnnieH
Dined 5 days ago
Wished they had brought out the salmon dish out at the beginning as it was first to be ordered. We requested staff to chase up the order after waiting for an hour.
A photo of Touka Japanese Yakiniku Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (133)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Parramatta
About the restaurant
Serving traditional Japanese Yakiniku in the heart of Parramatta CBD.
Top review
JEANNIEL
Dined on May 19, 2024
Customer service was very friendly and helpful! We came for a birthday dinner and left very satisfied. The meats here are beautifully prepared, fresh, really tasty and tender. The salas dressing is very yummy. Highly recommend this place for family friends and business colleagues. Will definitely be going again.
A photo of Green Shiso Japanese Restaurant restaurant
5.0
5 (33)
$101 and over
Japanese
Cronulla
About the restaurant
Green Shiso is a modern Japanese Restaurant that offers a sushi train and an a la carte menu dining experience. It focuses on bringing the freshness of Japanese cuisine into the local market by incorporating the characteristics of Shiso and the beach. Green Shiso opened its door on 2016, provided an unique and warm Japanese dining experience for local customers. Owner and Chef Simon has over 10 years experience working in different restaurants in Australia, especially focusing on contemporary Japanese cuisine. He believes the key is to choose the best quality ingredients to keep the highest standard at first place. Also his team prefer to home make all the sauces and products to make our food healthy, MSG free, Gluten free, and keep the original taste of food as it is.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
Embark on a culinary journey with the best value omakase experience in Sydney. Indulge in exquisite flavors and fresh ingredients meticulously prepared by Chef Simon. Immerse yourself in a dining experience like no other, where each dish is a work of art.
A photo of Senpai Ramen restaurant
$41 to $100
Japanese
Chatswood
About the restaurant
Open in Chatswood, Senpai Ramen is the latest concept from chef Chase Kojima. Offering next level ramen and snacks in a 20 seat omakase-style diner.
Top review
TASTY
Dined on May 20, 2023
Had such a great time sampling the omakase menu at Senpai Ramen, Chatswood to celebrate our bday. Each dish was well presented and delectable. If I had to select, my top 3 fav was the chawanmushi followed by the inaniwa (cold udon) and the nigiri Kagoshima A5 wagyu sushi. Really enjoyed the happy hr drinks - the sake shots are delicious! Service was very efficient- cleared drinks and plates away so promptly, only to be provided with the next dish. Definitely very filling. Will love to be back to sample more dishes. Xo
A photo of Izakaya Tori restaurant
4.6
4.6 (89)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Marrickville
About the restaurant
Izakaya Tori is a Yakitori and sake restaurant located in Marrickville.
It is to make it comfortable to experience the dining experience locally that we could only enjoy by going out of a complex city.

In addition to yakitori, we can enjoy a variety of main dishes, sushi and sashimi, from small plates that can be enjoyed with alcohol.

The menu index is small, but the various special menus prepared by the head chef every day do not give you time to get bored.

We hope it will be a place to visit and enjoy comfortably with friends, family, and lovers.
Top review
TMJP
Dined on Feb 24, 2024
the staff are so lovely and the food was delightful and fresh
A photo of Hachioji restaurant
$101 and over
Japanese Speciality
Willoughby
About the restaurant
Gourmet, New century Japanese Omakase experience.
8 Customers per service with two hours fine dinning experience.
All dishes are created by Benson Pang with Taiwanese influence on the menu.

Top review
JamesL
Dined on Jun 6, 2023
A fantastic omakase experience, looking forward to chef Bensons new venture in Crows Nest.
A photo of Marble BBQ restaurant
$41 to $100
Japanese
Barangaroo
About the restaurant
Inspired by the Izakaya’s of Tokyo to the bustling Korean BBQs in Seoul, MARBLE in Sydney’s up-market Barangaroo combines excellent food, incredible drinks and personality-packed service for a dining experience with a kick. The Big Sister Venue to Sydney’s popular TOKKI, MARBLE is set to exceed expectations. Izakaya’s are part bar, part restaurant– vibrant yet cosy spaces that are perfect for after-work drinks, while dishing up snacks and tapas style share-plates. MARBLE is the Aussie version of an Izakaya; a meeting place for city folk who want to enjoy a wine, sake or cocktail alongside a superb menu of Japanese and Korean inspired flavours while immersed in a chilled- out, stylish atmosphere. Marble combines the best of Australian hospitality with Fusion Korean and Japanese influences for a fun, fresh and exciting venue unlike any other. Whether for afterwork drinks and a bite to eat or casual mid-week meal, MARBLE will not disappoint.
Top review
ClarenceY
Dined on Feb 24, 2023
Delicious food and the staff accommodated to our dietary requirements without missing out on the specialties.
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