Sweet, spicy, subtle and sumptuous are all words that come to mind when Japanese is on the menu. Brisbane’s growing restaurant scene is fully embracing the flavours and tastes of Japan and its unique cuisine. Whether you’re looking for the best sashimi and sushi or you want a full course Japanese dining experience, we’ve got you covered. So brush up on your chopstick etiquette and keep scrolling for the best Japanese restaurants Brisbane has to offer.
1. Saké Restaurant & Bar
Sake Restaurant and bar is known for its modern style and delicately curated dishes that will have you relishing not only in its aesthetics but also its intricate flavours. Take a seat at one of the traditional sunken tables and get ready for a Japanese feast. The menu includes à la carte and banquet menus plus Omakase, where you leave yourself in the expert hands of the chef.
Known for: popcorn sushi roll, Japanese whiskey ice cream
Address: 45 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 7 3015 0557
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm
Honto is a bit of a find with its tucked away location but it’s definitely worth the trip into Fortitude Valley. Just head through the black door on Matt Blatt loading dock and you’ll find a tasteful and minimalistic setting for some delicious Japanese cuisine. Honto blends classics with a reimagining of what Japanese cooking is and can be.
Known for: lobster katsu, cured salmon with smoked buttermilk
Address: Alden St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: +61 7 3193 7392
Trading Hours: Tue-Thur 5.30pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-12am
3. Izakana-ya Okuman
Here at this South Brisbane Japanese Restaurant, you’ll find steaming hot ramen, flavour-filled handmade gyoza and perfectly fried and seasoned karaage. Izakana-ya Okuman is all about the flavour and feel of Japan. Grab a seat near the kitchen and you can even watch the chefs do their thing.
Known for: gyoza, grilled salted salmon head,
Address: 6/220 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: +61 7 3844 0789
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm
4. Sono Japanese Restaurant Portside Wharf
Sono happens to be one of the best Japanese Restaurants in Brisbane just for its views of the Brisbane River alone. Its elegant menu only adds to its prestige dining experience, complete with private tatami rooms, teppenyaki tables and a sushi bar. If that’s not enough, the cellar is packed with 1800 wines.
Known for: teppanyaki, soft shell crab
Address: 39 Hercules St, Hamilton QLD 4007
Phone: +61 7 3257 0000
Trading Hours: Tue-Fri 7.30am-5pm, Sat 7am-2pm
Hosokawa is all about freshness and traditional Japanese flavours. The whole restaurant in fact has an authentic atmosphere compared to the bigger more well-known fine dining places. This is the place to come if you want straight Japanese food with no twists or fusions, just good solid traditional food, which makes it one of the best Japanese Restaurants in Brisbane.
Known for: chirashi, grilled miso fish
Address: 3/53 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton QLD 4007
Phone: +61 7 3868 3762
Trading Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-2pm & 5.30pm-9.30pm
Head on over to Brisbane’s Chinatown and take a seat at one of Brisbane’s best Japanese restaurants, Wagaya. The perfect spot for a bit of lunch or dinner with friends with super affordable prices and delicious Japanese cuisine. Bento boxes, ramen, hotpots and sushi are just some of their delicious offerings.
Known for: seafood hotpot, ramen
Address: 1 TCB Centre, 315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: +61 7 3252 8888
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm, Sat 5.30pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
7. Yoko Dining
Set over two levels, Yoko Dining offers up some energetic Izakaya vibes with drinks, music and of course delicious Japanese food. Featuring a hibachi charcoal grill, the menu at Yoko is heavy on seafood with smoke and char. A fresh and fun Japanese restaurant for a nice and easy boozy lunch or a bawdy night out.
Known for: tempura eggplant, kingfish sashimi
Address: Howard Smith Wharves 2, 5 Boundary St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 7 3236 6582
Trading Hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-10pm, Thurs-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-10pm
8. Sushi Kenzen
Want a bit of personalisation with your sushi, then Sushi Kenzen is the answer. The team at Sushi Kenzen will craft and roll your sushi right before your eyes. Choose to have your sushi rolled or in a bowl, pick your own ingredients from salmon, beef, tuna, sauces and toppings and voila!
Known for: bubble tea, tuna salad bowl
Address: 4/201 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: +61 7 3852 5994
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
9. Mizu Japanese Restaurant
The authentic taste of Japan can be found right here in Brisbane at Mizu Japanese Restaurant. Fresh local ingredients are used to create delicious Japanese delicacies along with sake tasting, cooking classes and even origami classes for kids making this one of the best Japanese Restaurants in Brisbane.
Known for: agedashi tofu, bento
Address: 2 Macquarie St, Newstead QLD 4005
Phone: +61 7 0412 521 380
Trading Hours: Mon 5.30pm-9pm, Wed-Sat 12–2pm, 5:30–9pm
10. Bishamon Japanese Restaurant
Bishamon Japanese Restaurant is family-owned and has been serving the Brisbane community tasty Japanese food for 16 years. At the heart of Spring Hill and just a hop, skip and a jump from the CBD, you can expect authentic and delicious dishes from the extensive menu.
Known for: sukiyaki, shabu shabu, all you can eat
Address: 500 Boundary St, Spring Hill QLD 4000
Phone: +61 7 3832 3888
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-8pm
11. Bird’s Nest Restaurant
Bird’s Nest Restaurant offers a menu bursting with Japanese flavours using locally sourced and imported ingredients. They offer Japanese bowl dishes, side dishes and skewers of fried, grilled and braised meats cooked over charcoal served with ice cold Asahi beer.
Known for: slow-braised pork, omakase, Wagyu Karubi
Address: Shop 5/220 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: +61 7 3844 4306
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm
12. Izakaya Goku West End
Izakaya Goku West End is a laid-back and inviting place to sample the small plates of Japanese dishes and drinks. Perfect for an after-work get-together or a night out dining. They offer up bold little dishes like fried karaage and gyoza and Japanese Sake and beers
Known for: ramen, lotus roots chips, karaage
Address: 68 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101
Phone: +61 7 3844 9607
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am–9:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-9.30pm
13. Sushi Kotobuki
From humble beginnings back in 2008, Sushi Kotobuki has grown from strength to strength over the years and is a local favourite in East Brisbane. Serving up quality Japanese Cuisine with contemporary twists makes Sushi Kotobuki a great place to get your sushi fix.
Known for: kotobuki roll, katsudon, lion sushi roll
Address: 3/53 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane QLD 4169
Phone: +61 7 3392 2301
Trading Hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am-8pm, Thur-Fri 11.30am-8.30pm, Sat 12pm-8pm
14. Moga Izakaya & Sushi
Moga is based on the style of the Japanese Izakaya where small dishes are served in order to be shared or eaten alone accompanied by lashings of beer, wine and cocktails. Featuring a robata grill and fresh sashimi, Moga is the perfect spot for some Japanese delicacies.
Known for: sushi train, fried salmon roll, Japanese cocktails
Address: Shop 2/146 Baroona Rd, Paddington QLD 4064
Phone: +61 7 3367 2808
Trading Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-9.30pm
15. Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant
If a sizzling fire in your face and having food flung at you from across the room is your thing, then head to Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant for an experience you won’t forget. Dining here is an adventure and a whole lot of fun. If Teppanyaki is a bit to adventurous then the a la carte menu is full of delicious authentic Japanese dishes to try.
Known for: Teppanyaki, chirachi
Address: Stamford Plaza Brisbane, 39 Edward St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61 7 3221 1999
Trading Hours: Mon 6pm-9pm, Tue-Sat 5.30pm-10pm
Hikari is a 50 seater eatery is the perfect place for an intimate dinner of delicious Japanese-style tapas and drinks. Impeccably presented and flavourful, you can order tasting dishes to share or main meals and sides along with delicious sake and Japanese beer and wines.
Known for: karaage, sashimi, pork belly
Address: 55a Florence St, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Phone: +61 7 3257 0381
Trading Hours: Tue-Thur 5.30pm-10pm, Fri-Sun 12pm-10pm
17. Yuzu & Co Japanese Restaurant Milton
For something a little different, head over to Yuzu & Co in Milton. The Japanese Restaurant has been keeping locals fed since 2017 and offers some wonderfully unique dishes lovingly prepared by chef Kuldeep Singh. Think brie cheese tempura, soft shell crab burgers and more.
Known for: raw dishes, soft shell crab burger
Address: 20 Park Rd, Milton QLD 4064
Phone: +61 7 3367 8438
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 11am–3pm, 5–10pm
18. Mitoki Japanese Modern Tapas
Since 2011, Mitoki Japanese Modern Tapas has been serving up some innovative and tasty Japanese dishes. From succulent Wagyu steak to perfectly fresh sashimi you won’t be disappointed after a visit to Mitoki. Plus they have a massive sake selection for your pleasure.
Known for: sashimi, wagyu steak
Address: 35 Rotherham St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169
Phone: +61 7 3217 3776
Trading Hours: Tue-Thur 5:30pm–9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm–2:30pm, 5:30pm–9:30pm, Sun 12p-2.30pm
19. KU-O Japanese Restaurant
Ku-O Japanese restaurant is a quaint little Japanese eatery with a not-so-quaint menu. It’s worth the trip to Sunnybank for its delicious dishes bursting with Japanese flavours, you definitely won’t be disappointed after a meal at Ku-O.
Known for: yakitori, aburi salmon bowl
Address: 341 Mains Rd, Sunnybank QLD 4109
Phone: +61 7 3172 1319
Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 11am–2:30pm, 5–9:30pm, Sun 11am–9:30pm
What's the best Japanese restaurant in Brisbane City?
Judging by the latest google reviews, if you’re after fine dining then Sake or Sono Restaurant is your best bet. If you’re after a casual, fun easy going vibe then Yoko is the place to be.
Where’s the best Teppanyaki restaurant in Brisbane?
For the ultimate teppanyaki experience in Brisbane, Sono and Kabuki are two fantastic choices that offer full teppanyaki service.
What’s the best Japanese restaurant for Saké in Brisbane?
Check out Mizu and Hikari for some of the best selections of Sake. Not only that they have an extensive list of Japanese whisky, wine and beer to taste.