Take a trip to Tokyo (without leaving the city) with our guide to Sydney’s best Japanese restaurants.
Ah, Japan. The land of incredible seafood, top-notch noodles, and some of the world’s best fried chicken. Whether you’ve visited Tokyo before or have it on your bucket list, there’s nothing quite like the unique and diverse flavours of Japanese cuisine. If you’re looking for the best of just that, check out our guide to the best Japanese restaurants in Sydney.
For those that enjoy the finer things in life like artisan sushi, seafood platters and waterfront dining experiences, Bay Nine needs to be on your radar. The new 40-seater Omakase restaurant has opened in Campbell’s Cove bringing a unique Japanese dining experience to The Rocks. Find out more here.
Located in the heart of the CBD at Chifley Square, you’ll find Azuma. This authentic Japanese restaurant is a must-try for lunch or dinner (as well as for a delicious takeaway bite). Our tip? Book in for their seasonal tasting menu, delivering endless courses of sashimi, grilled WA scampi, sushi, seared tuna and so much more. Find out more here.
Japan might not be known for its burgers, but Bar Ume is making its mark on Sydney for its Japanese-inspired burgers. On the menu, you’ll find share-style bar snacks (from edamame to Rekon crisps and even delectable onion rings). Plus, they’ve got a stellar range of burgers from Fish Katsu to Kaarage Chicken, and an impressive selection of natural wines, too. Find out more here.
Looking for the perfect place to slurp a delicious bowl of authentic ramen? Darlinghurst’s Chaco Ramen needs to be at the top of your list. Available for dine-in or takeaway, enjoy hot bowls of fat soy ramen with Chashu pork or Yuzu scallop ramen (with the option to add on extra noodles, top with extra protein or finish with a side of gyoya). Find out more here.
For a modern take on Japanese eats, look no further than Cho Cho San. This Potts Point favourite offers everything from a raw bar to izakaya-style snacks, as well as a decadent Cho Cho San Feast set menu ($95 per person). Find out more here.
For delicious Japanese eats and live music, you can’t go past Jazushi. Located on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills, this local favourite offers all your Japanese favourites from Hiramasa Kingfish Sashimi to plates of sushi, gyoza and even Okonomiyaki Brussel Sprouts. Find out more here.
Enjoy Sydney’s rebellious Japanese Izakaya, Kid Kyoto in the heart of the CBD. Expect a twist on traditional Japanese dishes that have been infused with incredible Australian native ingredients. Pretend you’ve escaped to the laneway bars of Tokyo at this must-see Japanese restaurant. Find out more here.
For a sleek Japanese fine dining experience, head to Kuro in the CBD. Experience the best of Japanese techniques and flavours at this refined inner-city restaurant. This is the perfect spot for an intimate date night or to celebrate a special occasion. Find out more here.
Experience the best of home-style Japanese cooking at the cosy neighbourhood restaurant, Konakara. Nestled in the backstreets of Surry Hills, this intimate Japanese restaurant is run by a pair of chefs who are passionate about bringing authentic Japanese dishes to Sydney. Find out more here.
Indulge in refined Japanese dishes at Tetsuya’s Restaurant on Kent Street in the CBD. Book in and sample their degustation menu, showcasing seasonal flavours paired with classic French cooking techniques. Find out more here.
Experience some of the best local produce and refined culinary techniques at Sokyo at The Star. Under the direction of Executive Chef Chase Kojima, expect an imaginative menu of sashimi, temoure and melt-in-your-mouth meat. Find out more here.
For a relaxed yet delicious Japanese dining experience, book in for lunch or dinner at Toko. This Surry Hills institution offers informal izakaya-style dining, using fresh seasonal ingedients served in a stunning contemporary dining room. Find out more here.
It might be a small bar, by Tokyo Bird still earns a spot on our guide to the best Japanese restaurants in Sydney. Whether you’re searching for top-notch Japanese whisky, perfectly crafted cocktails or delicious yaktori skewers, you’ll find it all at Toyko Bird. Find out more here.