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The 9 Best Japanese Restaurants In Berkeley

Updated: October 6, 2021

Want to know where to find the best Katsu and teriyaki in Berkeley? 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. So head to these Japanese eateries for the nicest shabu shabu and Japanese beer in Berkeley.

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Kiraku

Japanese, $$$, BerkeleyJapanese, $$$Berkeley
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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KoJa Kitchen

Asian, $$, BerkeleyAsian, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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Nikko Sushi

Japanese, $$, Downown BerkeleyJapanese, $$Berkeley, Downown Berkeley
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Iyasare

Japanese, $$$, BerkeleyJapanese, $$$Berkeley
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Ippudo Berkeley

Asian, $$, Downown BerkeleyAsian, $$Berkeley, Downown Berkeley
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
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AKEMI Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$, BerkeleyJapanese, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Hana Japan Steak & Seafood

Japanese, $$, BerkeleyJapanese, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.0

Ijo Izakaya

Japanese, $$, BerkeleyJapanese, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Party Sushi

Asian, $$, BerkeleyAsian, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
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How did these spots get chosen?

Figuring out the best Japanese restaurants can take awhile. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 28808 Berkeley restaurants, 3104661 reviews, and 1901 top lists and articles from the likes of Find Me Gluten Free, Eater and Spoon University. Don’t bother looking for Find Me Gluten Free - THE 30 BEST Gluten Free Restaurants in Berkeley, California, Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Berkeley and Spoon University - 43 Berkeley Eats You Must Try Before You Graduatewe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair soba noodles with Sake

    To elevate your soba noodles experience, we recommend some Sake to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this rice wine brings out the true flavors of the dish.

  • A next-level match for chicken yakitori

    When having chicken yakitori, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Assyrtiko, a popular white wine.

  • Pair Chenin Blanc with Wagu beef

    When considering what goes best with Wagu beef, we recommend a glass of Chenin Blanc, it truly complements the dish as it fights the fattiness with acidity.


Parking information

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking, especially if you’re hungry or in a rush. 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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