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The 9 Best Japanese Restaurants In Oakland

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for the best sushi or tonkatsu in Oakland? These are the top Japanese venues in town. 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 Oakland

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Ramen Shop

Asian, $$$, RockridgeAsian, $$$Oakland, Rockridge
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    Best Japanese Food in San Francisco/Bay Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Zagat

    Best Japanese in Oakland/Berkeley

    Zagat

Marufuku Ramen - Oakland

Asian, $$, TemescalAsian, $$Oakland, Temescal
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline

    Superlative Slurps: The 4 Best Spots To Score Ramen In Oakland

    Hoodline
  • Eater

    Where to Eat and Drink in Temescal

    Eater

Shinmai

Japanese, $$, San Pablo GatewayJapanese, $$Oakland, San Pablo Gateway
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline

    Superlative Slurps: The 4 Best Spots To Score Ramen In Oakland

    Hoodline
  • Eater

    Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown Oakland

    Eater

Kakui Sushi

Asian, $$, Montclair BusinessAsian, $$Oakland, Montclair Business
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Judoku Sushi

Japanese, $$, Oakland Ave-Harrison StJapanese, $$Oakland, Oakland Ave-Harrison St
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top spots for sushi in Oakland

    Hoodline, 2019

RnR Sushi & Bowls

Japanese, $$, Piedmont AvenueJapanese, $$Oakland, Piedmont Avenue
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top spots for sushi in Oakland

    Hoodline, 2019

Dozo Ramen

Japanese, $$, Grand LakeJapanese, $$Oakland, Grand Lake
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Sakura Bistro Tapas & Sake Bar

Japanese, $$, ChinatownJapanese, $$Oakland, Chinatown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Tgi Oni Sushi

Japanese, $$, Montclair BusinessJapanese, $$Oakland, Montclair Business
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Why is this list better than others?

Finding the right Japanese restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We pored over ratings for 28808 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 restaurant reviews in Oakland and 1901 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Eater and Hoodline had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. For example, we considered Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown Oakland, Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Temescal and Hoodline - Superlative Slurps: The 4 Best Spots To Score Ramen In Oakland as we sourced this ultimate list. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. 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.

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.

  • Chenin Blanc with your 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.


  • The ideal pairing for pork katsu

    Experts often pair pork katsu with a glass of Pinot Noir, a popular red wine.

Parking info

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking. 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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