Below is a list of the top and leading Japanese Restaurants in Austin. To help you find the best Japanese Restaurants located near you in Austin, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Austin’s Best Japanese Restaurants:
The top rated Japanese Restaurants in Austin are:
- Uchiko – serves traditionally made Japanese dishes with the kitchen led by Chef Tyson Cole
- Fukumoto – specializes in serving yakitori, Japanese favorite dishes, and sushi in n izakaya setting
- Otoko – serves Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki in a 12-seat Japanese restaurant
- Soto South Lamar – features creative dishes of Traditional Japanese cuisine
- Tomodachi Sushi – serves Japanese cuisine prepared using the best ingredients available
Uchiko serves traditionally made Japanese dishes with the kitchen led by Chef Tyson Cole. He is one of the few American sushi masters. He continues to develop new dishes and experiment with different sushi. Moreover, there are signature and premium dishes to choose from. Their signature dishes include short rib, hamachi maki, and Hokkaido scallop Crudo. Furthermore, they also serve king crab, wagyu NY strip, and bluefin tuna nigiri. There are also vegetarian to-go dishes. This includes veggie yokai, avocado nigiri, and Brussels sprouts.
Address: 4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Phone: (512) 916-4808
“My meals were presented with such effort that evinces care and thought and a warmth characteristic of a love for what they do. The service was excellent; from the door to my table I was treated with grace. And the tastes, enchanting! The variety in each meal combined in my mouth with the same deliberations in a well-done symphony. I am grateful for the experience, it was a befitting end to a special period.” – Ifoluwa Adebiyi
Fukumoto specializes in serving yakitori, Japanese favorite dishes, and sushi in n izakaya setting. It is owned by Chef Kazu Fukumoto. He loves to share his passion for food. The menu also evolves continually as he pursues his passion for Japanese cooking. Furthermore, they serve karaage, age tofu, and corndogs. Their yakitori selections include chicken, enoki bacon, and unagi. There are also traditional maki rolls like negitoro, tekka, and kappa. The sushi selection covers bluefin tuna, deep-sea snapper, king salmon, and spicy whitefish. In addition, they serve bento boxes with seasonal veggies, shrimp siomai, and white rice.
Address: 514 Medina St, Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 770-6880
”This is one of the best local Chinese restaurants in the city. This is not fast food, but there is a drive-through service. The food is always cooked to order, so there is a short wait of a few minutes depending on how large the order is. The ingredients are prepared fresh. I was shown the actual fillets before cooking and was not disappointed with the flavor. This restaurant is family owned and run for many years now. Every person is friendly and helpful, so I feel well taken care of whenever I visit.” – Joe A.
Otoko serves Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki in a 12-seat Japanese restaurant. it is led b Chef Yoshi Okai who is an expert in preparing Japanese comfort food. They serve a unique tasting menu with dishes based on the availability of the ingredients. Furthermore, they serve sushi variations of tamari, white seabase, irizake, and nigiri. There are also zenai, sakizuke, and mukuozuke. Their Shimano dishes include saikyo miso, daikon, and tofu. Moreover, the Watertrade is a Japanese-style cocktail bar alongside Otoko. There are bar bites and specialty dishes. They have an extensive list of craft cocktails, sake, and Japanese whiskies.
Address: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 994-0428
”One of the best dining experiences in town. It is wasted on the non-adventurous eater, though. So ensure your dining companion is a true lover of food and new experiences and doesn’t eat like a toddler. The one half of couple next to us was turning her nose up at every little thing. I was embarrassed for her and mad at him for putting her and the chef through this nonsense.” – Nicole Forbes
Soto South Lamar
Soto South Lamar features creative dishes of Traditional Japanese cuisine. The team is led by Executive Sushi Chef Andy. He has worked as an executive chef in various Japanese restaurants in the world. Furthermore, they serve Texas and A5 Wagyu in their ishiyaki. Their cold dishes include chili hamachi, smoked tuna tataki, and tuna foie gras. Their makimono rolls include torched toro truffle, wagyu surf and turf, and hamachi apple. Moreover, there are also nigiri selections like golden eye snapper, amberjack, Scottish salmon, and striped jack. They also have omakase which leaves the options to the chef.
Address: 1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste 2115, Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 531-9142
”The BEST sushi spot in Austin hands down! And we’ve tried all the others countless times. Felt like we were back home at our favorite spot in NY. Flounder fin, giant clam, needle fish, best selection of fatty tuna this side of Tokyo. Sit with Chef Andy and let him curate your evening, his passion and pride is taste in every bite.” – Carollyn Kavanagh
Tomodachi Sushi serves Japanese cuisine prepared using the best ingredients available. The chef, Chef Steve Riad, has more than 25 years f experience in serving the best-tasting Japanese dishes. Furthermore, there are dishes with ingredients sourced around the world. The fresh Japanese horse mackerel is from Japan and kampachi from Honolulu. Moreover, their dishes include crab cakes, gyoza, and rock shrimp tempura. They also serve tonkatsu, teriyaki, and sashimi. Their sushi and sashimi selections include sea urchin, shrimp, smoked salmon, and yellow tail.
Address: 4101 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727
Phone: (512) 821-9472
”Extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff. Advised some delicious gluten free specialty roll options. Best I’ve ever had. So used to the usual generic GF staples like Philadelphia roll, etc.” – J Nunley
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