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The 9 Best Japanese Restaurants Near San Rafael

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for the best sushi or tonkatsu in San Rafael? These are the top Japanese venues in town. This ultimate list of Japanese venues was created after analyzing top sites and reviews to bring you only the best. Indulge with chilled sake and delicious tempura at these fantastic Japanese gems in San Rafael.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Sakura Sushi

Japanese, $$, San RafaelJapanese, $$San Rafael, North San Rafael Commercial Center
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Shiro Kuma Sushi

Japanese, $$, San RafaelJapanese, $$San Rafael, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Marin Magazine

    Where To Eat: San Rafael

    Marin Magazine

Uchiwa Ramen

Japanese, $$, San RafaelJapanese, $$San Rafael, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Marin Magazine

    Where To Eat: San Rafael

    Marin Magazine

Chonmage

Japanese, $$, San RafaelJapanese, $$San Rafael, Downtown
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.0

Ikoi Sushi

Asian, $$, San RafaelAsian, $$San Rafael, Terra Linda
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Woking

Asian, $$, San RafaelAsian, $$San Rafael, North San Rafael Commercial Center
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Kamikaze Sushi Bar

Japanese, $$, San RafaelJapanese, $$San Rafael, Canal Waterfront
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Sushi To Dai For

Japanese, $$, San RafaelJapanese, $$San Rafael, Downtown
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    Eating Healthy in Marin County

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Marin Magazine

    Where To Eat: San Rafael

    Marin Magazine

If you travel further

Robata Grill & Sushi

Japanese, $$, Mill ValleyJapanese, $$Mill Valley, Bayfront/Enchanted Knolls/Shelter Ridge
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    Eating Healthy in Marin County

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Marin Magazine

    Where To Eat: Mill Valley

    Marin Magazine

How did we curate these results?

Figuring out the best Japanese restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 1901 lists and articles from top sources like Marin Magazine and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 28808 San Rafael restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 3104661 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Marin Magazine - Where To Eat: Mill Valley, Marin Magazine - Where To Eat: San Rafael and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - Eating Healthy in Marin County. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for Sake with soba noodles

    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.

  • Take chicken yakitori to the next level

    Experts suggest pairing a chicken yakitori 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 tips

There’s nothing like finding the perfect parking spot right away when you’re going out for a meal. 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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