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The 8 Best Japanese Restaurants Near Ellicott City

Updated: December 10, 2021

Looking for the best sushi or tonkatsu in Ellicott City? These are the top Japanese venues in town. After analyzing the top sites and incorporating millions of reviews we present this list of great Japanese options. Indulge with chilled sake and delicious tempura at these fantastic Japanese gems in Ellicott City.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Yama Sushi

Japanese, $$, Ellicott CityJapanese, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

East Moon Asian Bistro

Asian, $$, Ellicott CityAsian, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5


Japanese, $$, Ellicott CityJapanese, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Sushi King

Japanese, $$, ColumbiaJapanese, $$Columbia
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Japanese Restaurants in Baltimore

    Zagat, 2016

Akira Ramen & Izakaya

Asian, $$, ColumbiaAsian, $$Columbia
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Sushi Nari

Asian, $$, ColumbiaAsian, $$Columbia
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Koto Sake Japanese Steak House

Japanese, $$, ColumbiaJapanese, $$Columbia
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Asian Palace Fusion

Asian, $$, ColumbiaAsian, $$Columbia
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate this list?

Picking the right Japanese restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 5440 restaurants, and 127 lists and articles from top sources like Zagat. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Zagat - Best Japanese Restaurants in Baltimore. 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 you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. These ten options are sure to delight.

Questions & answers

UMI Sushi, Niko Restaurant, and Ikkyu are the highest-rated Japanese restaurants for a quick lunch in Ellicott City.

UMI Sushi, Niko Restaurant, and Ikkyu are the highest-rated Japanese restaurants for take-out in Ellicott City.

There are 8 Japanese restaurants in Ellicott City.

UMI Sushi, Niko Restaurant, and Ikkyu are the highest-rated Japanese restaurants that serve breakfast in Ellicott City.

UMI Sushi, Niko Restaurant, and Uma Uma are the highest-rated Japanese restaurants that are good for groups in Ellicott City.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level pairing for Chardonnay

    Experts suggest pairing a siu bao with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

  • Rose and wu tao go

    When considering what goes best with wu tao go, we recommend a glass of Rose, it truly complements the dish as it carries the flavours of the dish.

  • Pair Pinot Gris with dumplings and chilli

    Pinot Gris is aromatic and this makes it a great drink to have alongside your pairing_Dish_name. The pairing_drink_ingredients in the drink play nicely with the pairing_Dish_flavour_profile flavours in the food.


  • A taste for luxury

    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?

  • A must-visit festival in New York City

    Why don’t you try something new this year and head to the NYC Dumpling Festival in The United States? Take part in the Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest or just enjoy the festival as a whole. We recommend it!

  • A 2,996 pounds 1 ounce feast

    Don’t you hate it when there is not enough food for seconds? This wasn’t a concern when the record was broken for the biggest noodle soup. Weighing in at 2,996 pounds 1 ounce there was more than enough noodle soups to go around!

Parking in the area

We’ve all struggled to find good parking near restaurants in Ellicott City. 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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