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The 15 Best Japanese Restaurants In Raleigh

Updated: June 14, 2022

Want to know who serves the tastiest sashimi or soba in Raleigh? These are our best Japanese spots. To give you only the top Japanese options we scrutinized millions of reviews and top sites for this list. Slurp down the tastiest ramen and udon in town at these Japanese -inspired eateries in Raleigh

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Sushi Mon

Japanese, $$, GlenwoodJapanese, $$Raleigh, Glenwood
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 4 best Japanese spots in Raleigh

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 4 best spots to score sushi in Raleigh

    Hoodline, 2019

O-Ku Raleigh

Asian, $$, CentralAsian, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 4 best Japanese spots in Raleigh

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 4 best spots to score sushi in Raleigh

    Hoodline, 2019

Kai Sushi and Sake Bar

Japanese, $$, North RaleighJapanese, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

    Here are Raleigh's top 4 Japanese spots

    Hoodline, 2020

City Market Sushi

Japanese, $$, CentralJapanese, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Ktown Market

Japanese, $$, Northwest RaleighJapanese, $$Raleigh, Northwest Raleigh
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Sono Sushi Restaurant Bar

Japanese, $$, CentralJapanese, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$, Northwest RaleighJapanese, $$Raleigh, Northwest Raleigh
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Wral, 2019

    Best sushi: The Triangle's favorite spots

    Wral, 2019

MATSU Hibachi & Sushi

Japanese, $$, Northeast RaleighJapanese, $$Raleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Koi Grill & Sushi

Japanese, $$, Falls of NeuseJapanese, $$Raleigh, Falls of Neuse
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Mizu

Japanese, $$, North RaleighJapanese, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Hayashi Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$, North RaleighJapanese, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

YoHo Hibachi and Sushi Burrito

Asian Fusion, $$, CentralAsian Fusion, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 3.8
Yelp: 4.5

Hako Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$, WadeJapanese, $$Raleigh, Wade
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 4.0

Sushi Blues Cafe

Asian, $$, HillsboroughAsian, $$Raleigh, Hillsborough
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.0
  • Wral, 2019

    Best sushi: The Triangle's favorite spots

    Wral, 2019

Orchid Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$, North RaleighJapanese, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate these results?

Finding the right Japanese restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 3295 restaurants, and 212 lists and articles from top sources like Wral and Hoodline. For example, we considered Wral - Best sushi: The Triangle's favorite spots, Hoodline - The 4 best spots to score sushi in Raleigh and Hoodline - Here are Raleigh's top 4 Japanese spots as we sourced this ultimate list. 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. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Frequently asked questions

There are 43 Japanese restaurants in Raleigh.

Ajisai Japanese Fusion, City Market Sushi, and Kazu Hibachi are vegetarian-friendly Japanese restaurants in Raleigh.

The highest-rated Japanese restaurants for delivery in Raleigh are Ajisai Japanese Fusion, Ktown Market, and O-Ku Raleigh.

Ajisai Japanese Fusion, Sushi Mon, and City Market Sushi are some of the highest-rated late-night Japanese spots in Raleigh.

Sushi One is the highest-rated vegan-friendly Japanese restaurant in Raleigh.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level match for lobster dim sum

    When ordering lobster dim sum, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of oolong tea, a popular tea.

  • Pair wu tao go with Rose

    To elevate your wu tao go experience, we recommend some Rose to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this pink wine carries the flavours of the dish.

Fun facts

  • The priciest dish

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $1,978 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, nigiri?

  • The origin of noodle

    noodle has an interesting history, but it is generally agreed upon that it originates from China. The tasty dish has become immensely popular and sought after throughout the world.

  • A must-visit festival in New York City

    New York City celebrates NYC Dumpling Festival in September, an event you should be sure to visit. Go check out the Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest!

Parking information

Parking can be tough around Raleigh 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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