Below is a list of the top and leading Japanese Restaurants in Philadelphia. To help you find the best Japanese Restaurants located near you in Philadelphia, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Philadelphia’s Best Japanese Restaurants:
The top rated Japanese Restaurants in Philadelphia are:
- Kisso Sushi Bar – sushi that overwhelms the eyes and the taste buds
- Aki Nom Nom Sushi and Ramen – flavorful Hakata noodles mixed with rich pork broth
- Yamitsuki – limited offerings resulting in a carefully prepared and cooked meals
- Zama – sushi and maki, reflecting years of deep understanding of Japanese cuisines
- Hiro Ramen – serves Inch of heaven, one of the best ramen in Philly
Kisso Sushi Bar
Kisso Sushi Bar is owned by the South Korean national named Park. After years of hardships and financial struggles he finally was able to establish Kisso which meant “good news”. Inspired and honed by his experiences Mr. Park started selling sushi during the times when the dish is frowned upon or neglected. He tirelessly perfected his sushi, and fast forward to the present times, now is one of the favored Japanese dishes. Today numerous restaurants are able to serve sushi but this does not threaten Mr. Park at all. He sees this as an opportunity to provide the best flavors so customers turn to loyal patrons. Diners revel on the lovely presentation of the restaurants Hokkaido uni, toro tuna, and salmon roe.
Kisso Special Maki, Vegetable Sushi A-la-carte, Cooked Fish Platter, Dessert
“This is a GREAT SUSHI BAR!!!😁😁😁 I highly recommend stopping in. The owner’s name is Alex and he is very personable. I usually just tell him what kind of flavors I prefer and let him choose what to make. I’ve never been disappointed!!!” –BENT Enterprise
Aki Nom Nom Sushi and Ramen
Aki Nom Nom Sushi and Ramen specializes in Hakata style Tonkotsu ramen. The dish is made up of thin noodles combined with a rich pork broth. Unlike the minimal ingredients, the resulting taste is complex and captivating. This is mainly due to the slow cooking of the pork bones to render a deep and flavorful broth. The slow cooking takes up about 24 hours and is sometimes extended. What is present in the broth is a lovely blending of the cartilage, meat, and marrow. Next mushroom, kelp and bamboo shoots add an extra flair while the Hakata noodles complete the picturesque view.
Buns, Appetizers, Sushi, Bento, Rice & Noodle, Maki Roll & Hand Roll, Special Roll
“Everything here was awesome! I loved the sushi roll. The dumplings were really good, and the ramen was amazing! Hopefully, I can make it back for all you can eat sushi at some point.” –Samuel Edmondson
Yamitsuki is the result of the passionate minds of a group of young Japanese. They are fueled by their passion to share the original flavors of Japan. In April 2016 they opened the restaurant where they serve ramen, sushi, sake, and Japanese beer. Each of their offerings are certified unique and comparable to exquisite servings in high-end restaurants. The sushi and ramen are just some of their dishes that remain unrivaled up to this day. Friends and colleagues are welcome at the restaurant. Here they can sample their appetizers, noodles, and sushi, that is best savored with their Japanese sake. They can choose the perfect sake according to their preference for sweetness, acidity, and texture.
Ramen, Sushi, Sake
“I had an amazing experience at this spot. We loved the wonderful ambiance and the meals. The staff were very attentive. I’m content we ultimately managed to try this restaurant.” –Johnny Davis
Zama is managed by one of the celebrated chef’s in Philadelphia. Chef Zama has a deep knowledge rooted in rendering special maki and sushi variations. His over 10 years of experience in the culinary industry helped him drive the restaurant into its success. The restaurant has a wide selection of fish dishes directly shipped from various parts of the world. Their bartop is decorated with numerous types of sake. They have the smooth textured Daiginjoto, the round Umami Kimoto and Chef Zama’s own sake, the Drunken Zama. Aside from their impressive Japanese whiskey, the restaurant also serves Shochu and beers from Japan.
Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Drinks, Sake, Dessert
“Incredible sushi place. So skilled even the simplest rolls were delicious. Lots of options that can accommodate anyone. –Veronica Patrick
Hiro Ramen, though dubbed as one of the best in Philly, still wants to improve their ramen. They continuously experiment and innovate to elevate the umami taste of their noodle dish. The owner Chef Dan Zhao creates a distinct and delectable ramen offering. Their best seller the Inch of Heaven features a combination of homemade soy and Berkshire pork broth with egg, bean sprouts, pork belly, bamboo shoots, and nori. On the other hand, the Black Pig is a blend of bonito and Berkshire pork broth topped with garlic oil, pork belly, bamboo shoots, scallions, and naruto. Lastly, the Band Gates of Hell is a perfect fusion of chili oil, bean sprouts, bamboo, pork belly, scallions, togarashi with the chili and Berkshire broth.
Yaki-Gyoza, Karaage Fried Chicken, Tako-Yaki, Tako Wasabi, Mayu Edamame, Seaweed Salad, House Salad, Ramen (Hiro’s Inch of Heaven, Black Pig, Pig and miso, Gates of Hell, Chicken Soy, Porfolio, Vegetable), Toppings
“Very clean and accessible spot. They offer large meals and for affordable prices. I liked the food very much and the waiters were super affable and informative. Will definitely recommend this spot.” –E. Buckley
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.