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The 10 Best Japanese Restaurants in Berkeley

Updated: February 19, 2021

Looking for the best Japanese food in Berkeley? To get you the ultimate list of the top Japanese restaurants, we reviewed the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. Scroll down to compare ratings, reviews, prices, and hours, making your decision easier than ever.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Ippudo Berkeley

Asian
Berkeley
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Hana Japan Steak & Seafood

Japanese
Berkeley
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.0

AKEMI Japanese Restaurant

Japanese · $20 avg. main dish
Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Kyoto

Japanese · $45 avg. main dish
Berkeley
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Riceful

Asian
Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Moe Sushi and Grill

Japanese
Berkeley
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 3.5

Sushinista

Japanese · $11 avg. main dish
Berkeley
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.0

Party Sushi

Japanese · $15 avg. main dish
Berkeley
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Katsumi Sushi

Japanese
Berkeley
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.0

Tako Sushi

Japanese
Berkeley
Google: 3.9
Yelp: 3.0

How did these spots get chosen?

Figuring out the best Japanese restaurants can take awhile. These results are brought to you by Feastfox, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 31320 Berkeley restaurants, 1095134 reviews, and 1539 top lists and articles from the likes of Zagat and Eater. Don’t bother looking for Zagat - 8 Must-Try Ramen Spots in the Bay Area, Zagat - Hottest Restaurants and Bars in Oakland and Berkeley and Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Berkeleywe’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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