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The 9 Best Japanese Restaurants Near Palo Alto

Updated: October 6, 2021

Want to know where to find the best Katsu and teriyaki in Palo Alto? 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 Palo Alto.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Fuki Sushi

Japanese, $$$, Palo AltoJapanese, $$$Palo Alto, Charleston Meadow
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
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Jin Sho

Japanese, $$, Palo AltoJapanese, $$Palo Alto, Evergreen Park
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
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Taro San Japanese Noodle Bar

Japanese, $$, Palo AltoJapanese, $$Palo Alto
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
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Sushirrito

Asian, $$, Palo AltoAsian, $$Palo Alto, University South
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

YAYOI

Japanese, $$, Palo AltoJapanese, $$Palo Alto, Downtown North
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Odori Japanese Cuisine

Japanese, $$, Palo AltoJapanese, $$Palo Alto, Evergreen Park
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

Cardinal Sushi

Japanese, $$, Palo AltoJapanese, $$Palo Alto, Evergreen Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Sumika

Japanese, $$, Los AltosJapanese, $$Los Altos
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Ramen Izakaya Yu-Gen

Asian, $$, Mountain ViewAsian, $$Mountain View, Old Mountain View
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
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Why these restaurants?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best Japanese restaurants in Palo Alto. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 3104661 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 28808 restaurants, and 1901 lists and articles from top sources like CultureTrip and Infatuation. The spots that made the cut have been featured in CultureTrip - The Top 10 Restaurants In Los Altos, San Francisco, Infatuation - San Francisco’s New Restaurant Openings and Infatuation - A Complete Guide To Eating In Palo Alto And The Rest Of The Peninsula. 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. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect match for chicken yakitori

    Experts recommend pairing a chicken yakitori with a glass of Assyrtiko, a popular white wine.

  • 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.


  • Go for Sake with soba noodles

    For an elevated experience, pair your soba noodles with Sake. This combination works particularly well because this rice wine brings out the true flavors of the dish.


Parking information

Few things are as aggravating as circling around the block, looking for parking when you’re hungry. 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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