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The 7 Best Japanese Restaurants in Oakland

Updated: February 19, 2021

Want to find the top Japanese spots in Oakland? To get you the definitive list of the best restaurants, we reviewed the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. Compare ratings, reviews, prices and hours easily by scrolling down and checking out our top 10 list.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Ramen Shop

Asian · $16 avg. main dish
Oakland, Rockridge
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Marufuku Ramen - Oakland

Oakland, Temescal
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5


American · $24 avg. main dish
Oakland, San Pablo Gateway
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Shimizu Sushi

Japanese · $13 avg. main dish
Oakland, Piedmont Avenue
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Sakura Bistro Tapas & Sake Bar

Japanese · $19 avg. main dish
Oakland, Chinatown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Judoku Sushi

Japanese · $6 avg. main dish
Oakland, Oakland Ave-Harrison St
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Oori Rice Triangles

Japanese · $14 avg. main dish
Oakland, Rockridge
Google: 4.5
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 31320 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 1095134 restaurant reviews in Oakland and 1539 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Zagat, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and Hoodline had to say, and applied our Feastfox magic sauce. For example, we considered Zagat - Best Japanese in Oakland/Berkeley, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - Best Japanese Food in San Francisco/Bay Area 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 Feastfox 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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