Treat Yourself to Some of the Best Japanese Food in Phoenix
One of the best things about Phoenix is its eclectic restaurant scene. No matter what food you are craving, you are sure to find it in this vibrant city. In the mood for some Japanese food? We have you covered. Whether you are craving some fluffy pancakes at breakfast or a light sushi lunch, Phoenix offers a wide variety of high-quality Japanese restaurants.
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5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix
Hana Japanese Eatery offers an eclectic selection of sushi and traditional Japanese food for guests. When it comes to making delicious sushi, Hana brings in only the freshest and safest fish from all over the world. Sometimes, they even tweet pictures of themselves cutting their whole tuna belly. Their selections may change occasionally, but you are sure to find a plate filled with sushi you can’t get enough of.
Hana also offers a wide selection of savory appetizers and entrees. The Gyoza, which consists of pan-fried dumplings, can be filled with either pork or vegetables. The Ika Kara-Age, which is a squid that was lightly battered in potato starch before being fried, is another popular appetizer. Moving on to the kitchen specials, you have exciting options such as the Scallop Edamame Kasane Age and the Sea Bass Sakamushi. If you saved enough room for dessert, we recommend trying the Tempura Mochi Ice Cream that has been deep-fried.
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“Any of the signature rolls are likely delicious, but we split the Hana Roll (shrimp tempura, but fancy), Hana Pride (riceless and filled with fresh fish), Tuna Tataki Roll (waiter's favorite roll), and the eel roll. From what we saw, there's also a ton of delicious traditional Japanese food. We'll be back to try that as well!” - Yelp Review
114 W Adams St, Suite C101, Phoenix
Harumi Sushi was recently voted as the Number 1 restaurant on Yelp for serving the best Japanese food in Phoenix. Its signature purple rice offers a blend of traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist. Start your meal with a savory appetizer like the Spicy Tuna Tataki or the Ahi Tower. For your entree, try one of the hearty Chef Choice combos. While Harumi is not yet open food indoor dining, it is offering to-go ordering and curbside pick-up options for guests!
“I really enjoy the creative twists they've put into their food and presentation! Aesthetically pleasing and yummy. Service was quick and great all the times I've been to order and to pick-up. Overall reasonable price for good sushi. Definitely would come back more often now that I've discovered this place!” - Yelp Review
4316 E Cactus Road, Phoenix
Yasu Sushi Bistro serves the finest meals and sushi from only the freshest fish. Its inventive and artistic dishes will inspire you as you watch them being brought out from the kitchen. Feeling adventurous? Try the Kakuni Braised Pork Belly featuring a perfectly poached egg on top of it. The Hawaiian Poke Salad is also a fun and tasty dish. If you are in the mood for sushi, you are in luck. Salmon, tuna, uni, shrimp sushi, and more is served to hungry guests like you. Yasu also offers a tapas and drinks menu for Happy Hour.
“My faves are the bacon-wrapped dates...The smoky flavor by far surpasses all other versions I've had. I am a big fan of the sake Yasu serves on the happy hour which is presented in champagne flutes, not shot glasses. As any sake enthusiast knows, it should be sipped and served slightly chilled to bring out the best aromas, much like wine.” - Yelp Review
622 E Adams St, Phoenix
Winner of the Best Arizona Restaurant by the Arizona Republic and the 2007 James Beard Award, it is not surprising that Nobuo serves some of the best Japanese food in Phoenix. Its creative and innovative plates have impressed customers for years. Run by Japanese native Chef Nobuo Fukuda, the restaurant skilfully honors Japanese traditions while also taking their own liberties with them.
The menu changes occasionally based on the seasonal availability and market prices of certain ingredients. But no matter what dish you choose, you can expect to enjoy an entirely new Japanese cuisine experience. Both lunch and dinner menus offer a fine selection of meals. For lunch, try the Warm Duck Salad, which features soy zinfandel duck, grilled greens, and yuzu vinaigrette. If you have come for dinner, try the Steamed Clams or the Pork Belly Wrapped in Banana Leaf.
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“Had a delicious Bento Box during the COVID staycation. The fish was perfectly cooked, the duck was tender. I've also eaten here several times and am never disappointed. Looking forward to when this is all over and we can eat out again.” - Yelp Review
1401 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Phoenix Blue Fin has served some of the best Japanese food in Phoenix since 1981. Absolutely no MSG is added to the foods and all sauces are made in-house to ensure only the finest ingredients are served to you.
Phoenix also offers a number of delightful Daily Specials and Blue Fin Specialties, such as the Teriyaki Chicken Combo and the Panko Chicken with all-white meat. Vegetarians can also enjoy the Vegetable Bowl, Vegetable Yakisoba, or the Japanese Vegetable Curry. All entrees come with side salads while the bowls are served over steamed white rice.
“The value here is great, I got a super filling meal with a nice mix of protein and salad on my plate for less than $10, including even the veggie spring rolls that I added on. The family that runs this place was so nice as well. I'll definitely be back to try out the beef and the fish that everybody talks about.” - Yelp Review
3141 E Indian School Road, Phoenix
Nishikawa Ramen is known for its delicious and creative ramen bowls. Every morning, the chefs make their delicious ramen noodles from scratch. The soups’ special broth takes 20 hours to boil to perfection. There are four traditional ramen options on the menu: Tonkotsu, Miso, Shio, and Vegetarian. All of the bowls except for the Misco are served with straight noodles, while the Miso is served with curved noodles. There are also several Nishikawa ramen specials available for guests.
“Nishikawa Black, sub curly noodles, spice level hot, soft egg, + corn = what my ramen dreams are made of! Hands down the most authentic and best bowl you can get in Phx. I think about this bowl on a weekly basis so if you haven't checked it out yet... go now.” - Yelp Review
914 E Camelback Road, Phoenix
The Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe is also a top destination for delicious Japanese food in Phoenix. From the carefully cut sushi plates to the inventive cocktails, every item served at the Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe is made with expert hands. In addition to their main menu, the Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe also offers Happy Hour every weekday from 3 PM to 6 PM. Try a Saketini or Pineapple Cooler with a plate of salmon sushi. Or enjoy green tea milk with cool Asian noodles. The options are endless.
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“Hard to find a good ramen place in town, but Cherryblossom is really good! Since it sells both Asian and Italian dishes, they serve you a free bread as an appetizer. I was alone, so I got a single piece of warm, buttery goodness. YUM!!! The herb on top really add an extra layer of flavor.” - Yelp Review
There is no shortage of fine Japanese restaurants in Phoenix. The next time you have trouble picking out a place to eat, try one of these Japanese restaurants!