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The 15 Best Japanese Restaurants Near National City

Updated: May 2, 2022

Want to know where to find the best Katsu and teriyaki in National City? These are the best Japanese spots around! After analyzing the top sites and incorporating millions of reviews we present this list of great Japanese options. Slurp down the tastiest ramen and udon in town at these Japanese -inspired eateries in National City

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Goody's Sushi & Grill

Asian, $$, National CityAsian, $$National City, South Port Bussiness Center
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Hanaoka

Japanese, $$, National CityJapanese, $$National City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Himitsu

Japanese, $$$, San DiegoJapanese, $$$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Japanese Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019
  • Eater, 2020

    The 10 Best Sushi Takeout and Delivery Options in San Diego

    Eater, 2020

Sushi Tadokoro

Japanese, $$$, San DiegoJapanese, $$$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Japanese Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019
  • Thrillist, 2014

    These are San Diego's finest sushi spots

    Thrillist, 2014

Wa Dining OKAN

Japanese, $$, San DiegoJapanese, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Japanese in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Japanese Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Kokoro Restaurant

Japanese, $$, San DiegoJapanese, $$San Diego, Serra Mesa
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Japanese Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Hane Sushi

Japanese, $$$, San DiegoJapanese, $$$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Japanese in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Sushi Restaurants in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016

Izakaya Naruto

Japanese, $$, Chula VistaJapanese, $$Chula Vista, Southwest
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Three Best Rated

    3 Best Japanese Restaurants in Chula Vista, CA

    Three Best Rated
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat in Chula Vista

    Eater, 2019

Azuki Sushi

Japanese, $$$, San DiegoJapanese, $$$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    The 10 Best Sushi Takeout and Delivery Options in San Diego

    Eater, 2020

Tajima Mercury

Japanese, $$, San DiegoJapanese, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Japanese in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016
  • Zagat, 2015

    5 Unique Ramens to Try in San Diego

    Zagat, 2015

Robataya Oton

Japanese, $$, San DiegoJapanese, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Japanese Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Yakitori Taisho

Japanese, $$, San DiegoJapanese, $$San Diego, Clairemont Mesa East
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Japanese Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Yokohama Yakitori Koubou

Japanese, $$, San DiegoJapanese, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Japanese Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

HiroNori Craft Ramen

Japanese, $$, San DiegoJapanese, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Find Vegan Ramen in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Tanuki

Asian, $$, San DiegoAsian, $$San Diego, Kensington
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    The 10 Best Sushi Takeout and Delivery Options in San Diego

    Eater, 2020

Why is this list better than others?

Finding the right Japanese restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We pored over ratings for 10162 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in National City and 624 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Eater and Three Best Rated had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. These spots have been featured in Eater - Where to Find Vegan Ramen in San Diego, Eater - Where to Eat in Chula Vista and Three Best Rated - 3 Best Japanese Restaurants in Chula Vista, CA. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Common questions

Goody's Sushi & Grill, Sushi & Galbi, and Hanaoka are vegetarian-friendly Japanese restaurants in National City.

Goody's Sushi & Grill, Teriyaki Sun, and Sushi & Galbi are the highest-rated Japanese restaurants for a quick lunch in National City.

Goody's Sushi & Grill, Teriyaki Sun, and Sushi & Galbi are some of the highest-rated late-night Japanese spots in National City.

Goody's Sushi & Grill, Teriyaki Sun, and Sushi & Galbi are the highest-rated Japanese restaurants that are good for groups in National City.

Teriyaki Sun and Sushi & Galbi are the highest-rated Japanese restaurants offering delivery options in National City.

Drink pairing tips

  • Take wu tao go to the next level

    Experts recommend pairing a wu tao go with a glass of Rose, a popular pink wine.

Factoids

  • Name a more iconic duo: green tea & sushi

    Did you know that green tea pairs perfectly with sushi? Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself!

  • For the love of noodle

    The love for noodle is unlimited in The United States - that’s why they celebrate National Noodle Day every year.

  • 11 pounds of victory

    Tim 'Eater X' Janus knows that you can never have too much of a good thing. They proved this by eating 11 pounds of ramen, setting a world record in the process!

Parking in the area

We’ve all experienced the struggle of finding good parking near restaurants in National City. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Japanese spot.

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