Below is a list of the top and leading Japanese Restaurants in Houston. To help you find the best Japanese Restaurants located near you in Houston, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Houston’s Best Japanese Restaurants:
The top rated Japanese Restaurants in Houston are:
- Oishii – family operated restaurant serving delicious sushi and sashimi
- Benihana – delights diners with the inhouse Chef’s amazing knife works
- Yokushi Robata – utilizes the Robata grill for achieving a crispy yet juicy meat
- Izakaya-Wa – informal Japanese bar perfect for a post-work dining
- Roka Akor – Houston – open kitchen for customer and Chef interaction
Oishii is situated in Houston Texas close to the Greenway Plaza. It remains a family operated restaurant serving original Japanese specialties like sushi and sashimi. The sushi and sashimi are made from the freshest ingredients personally selected by the chef. This ensures the quality of the meat as well as the flavor it will contribute. In preparing this raw delicacy hygiene and sanitation is strictly implemented in Oishii. For their cooked meals like teriyaki, tempura, and noodles the essence lies in the batter, sauce and broth. Slow cooking of the sauce to let the flavor seep in is necessary. The batter should be composed of perfect blending of spices and ingredients. And the broth is considered as the deal-breaker for the noodles.
Sushi, Sashimi, Maki/Rolls, Temaki/Hand Rolls, Teriyaki (Chicken, Salmon), Udon (Curry, Shrimp Tempura, Vegetable Tempura), Tempura, Bento Box
“I was there first time, and I enjoyed the food. Menu price is low for sushi, but quality is high! However, if you will not book table earlier, be ready to wait 1-2 hours.” –Oleg Kim
Benihana is a fusion of Hiroaki’s expertise and his father’s unique way of doing business. He started the restaurant in 1964 at West 56th street. With him is his memory of how his parents, specifically his father, created a profitable business. His parents are dedicated to their business venture and sources out the best products even if it meant riding a bike for more than 20 miles. Benihana is credited for opening the first Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant in the area. It serves original Japanese cuisines with the diner witnessing the whole process. Their skilled chef’s are serious with their knife work that mesmerized not only the diners but also a well-known food critic.
Alcoholic Drinks, Appetizers, Side Orders, Specialty Sushi Rolls, Sashimi/Nigiri, Rolls, Soup & Noodles, Emperor’s Feast, Lunch Boat, Dessert
“The best service and the best food. My family and I really enjoyed it. And best of all Brian and Henry very attentive professional and just plain fantastic. . When you go ask for them, they will make your experience memorable.” –Joe Aycock
Yokushi Robata specializes in yakitori or Japanese grilled chicken. They wish to share the Tokyo food experience in Houston. Tokyo style yakitori are known for being processed with discipline and detail. It is not only a regular grilled meat but is more than that. The restaurant employs native methods to prepare the chicken before carefully assembling on bamboo skewers. Unlike the preparation, grilling is a mix of the original and modern methods. Yokushi Robata uses the Robata grill that uses infrared technology to radiate intense heat to the charcoal which in turn transmits infrared to cook the meat perfectly. This modern technology cooks the meat to perfection outside while maintaining the tender and juicy innermost part.
Cold Tapas, Sashimi, Hot Tapas, Yakitori, Seafood, Tsukune, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Vegetable, Ramen, Dessert
“Outstanding service and food. Unagi and Avocado and Seabass are to die for. Okonomiyaki was as good or better than what we had in Osaka a few months back.” –Kiran Movva
Izakaya-Wa literally translates to a welcome greeting in Japanese. This is commonly used to greet incoming customers. It is the only izakaya in Houston that is operated by a Japanese owner. Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese bar that serves bite-sized meals and is set in a relaxing environment. The place is normally frequented by customers after their long day at work. Here they can unwind while enjoying the delectable Japanese meal options. They can choose from their menu of starters, skewers, sushi, noodles, local craft beers, wine, and Japanese sake.
Shareable Starter, Panko Fried Skewers, Grilled Skewers, Sushi, Rice Dish/Noodle, Sweets, Lunch, Beer, Sake
“I’m new to Houston and haven’t been able to find a sushi spot that I truly like. I have found a winner! I ordered bluefin and pepper tuna nigiri and a Philly roll. Everything was so good! I will definitely be returning soon!” –Paris Sutton
Roka Akor – Houston
Roka Akor – Houston sits on the Houston River Oak District just along the Loop Boarding Upper Kirby. The restaurant is purely Japanese in spirit but injects contemporary methods in their cooking. Its interior consists mainly of wood elements giving the place a natural and earthy vibe. This setting complements any occasion or events held in the restaurant. On top of that, they have an open kitchen and counter seat wherein they can freely communicate with the chefs. Their robata grill creates perfectly grilled meat selections. Diners with a luxurious flair can try out their majestic wagyu beef sourced from the treasured cattle from Japan.
Cold Plates, Hot Plates, Sashimi/Nigiri, Tempura, Robata Grill Selection, Steaks/Meats, Japanese Wagyu, Seafood, Vegetables, Maki
“Top 5 sushi in Houston. Hip atmosphere and excellent food. High quality fish. An excellent import. Can’t wait to come back again.” –Sameer Shah
Jeanie Burford is a reporter for Kev’s Best. After graduating from UCLA, Amy got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer. Jeanie has also worked as a columnist for The Brookings Register. Amy covers economy and community events for Kev’s Best.