29 of the best Japanese restaurants London has to offer

The must-visit spots for sushi, ramen, yakitori and more...

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29 of the best Japanese restaurants London has to offer

Japanese cuisine has taken London by storm over recent years, and has fast become one of the most fashionable cuisines in the capital. Considered as a delicate, subtle and highly visual cuisine, you’ll often find Japanese food to be beautifully presented and served in small portions. Our favourite thing about this is that it means that you can try loads of different things over the course of one meal. There are many typical dishes within Japanese cuisine, such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki and yakitori, each and every one a work of culinary art in its own right and requiring a huge amount of skill to do well.


Regardless of what type of Japanese food you are looking for, you can be sure that there will be somewhere in London that does it, and does it well. From Michelin-starred rooftop sushi restaurants to intimate noodle joints nestled away in the streets of Soho, the capital has Japanese restaurants to suit all occasions. What’s more, many of these spots are run by chefs who have successfully run restaurants in Japan before bringing their skills over to the UK, meaning you can be assured of high-quality, authentic Japanese food.

Given the amount of choice, you’re probably wondering where to start when looking for an amazing Japanese restaurant in London? Well wonder no longer, as we've searched the city high and low to discover London's best Japanese food - whether it be sublimely fresh sashimi, a steaming ramen broth or the latest deep-fried delicacy. Our guide below covers all price points and lots of different parts of London meaning that wherever and whatever you’re looking for, there should be something for you. So next time you’re on the search for a memorable Japanese meal in London, be sure to check back here.


Best Japanese restaurants in Central London

Sushi, ramen, yakitori, rice dishes, udon dishes - Central London has it all. Head to the city centre for a variety of vibes and styles, from the laid back counter dining of Koya to the highrise glitz and glam of Aqua Kyoto.

Koya, Soho

Bowl of noodles at Koya

What: If you're looking for a bustling noodle bar in the heart of Soho, head to Koya and grab a seat at the counter for the full experience. Choose from small plates like karaage, braised pork belly or the famous tempura. The main event, however, is the udon - handmade every day, these pillowy noodles are not to be missed; they come hot or cold, with a range of toppings like duck, beef, chicken, lamb, pork, mackerel and vegetables.
Where: 50 Frith Street, W1D 4SQ
Book now: Koya

Aqua Kyoto, Soho

Bento box at Aqua Kyoto

What: As you’d expect from this high-end group, Aqua Kyoto serves pricey Japanese food with more than a bit of razzmatazz. Gorgeous kimono silk-padded booths give way to a dramatic dining room with its showpiece sunken sushi bar where you can watch the chefs hard at work crafting luxurious items for your enjoyment. Dishes such as rock shrimp tempura with chilli and garlic mayonnaise and Wagyu skewers aren't cheap, but lunchtime bento boxes and sashimi selections offer a more affordable alternative.
Where: 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Book now: Aqua Kyoto

Humble Chicken, Soho

Seafood Small Plates

What: Humble Chicken is far from its namesake, offering an elevated take on an izakaya restaurant that comes with occasional European influences throughout the menu. The team have gained a number of accolades since opening, and were even awarded their first Michelin star in 2024, with chef-owner Angelo Sato showing no signs of slowing down. On Saturdays you can tuck into the 12 course lunch menu, otherwise there’s a 16 course experience that provides theatre, skill and plenty of flavour. There's no menu to take a peak at here though, because it's all about leaving it up to the chef to impress with the very best of his outstanding dishes.
Where: 54 Frith Street, W1D 4SJ
Book now: Humble Chicken

Shoryu Ramen, various locations

Ramen bowls at Shoryu

What: In spite of being one of a large chain, this noodle joint is as authentic as they come. The serene dining room at Shoryu's Soho outpost is full of communal tables, making it perfect for groups, while friendly and efficient staff deposit large bowls of steaming ramen and perky sides from the open kitchen to your place setting in true fast-food style. Prices are middle-of-the-road and you’ll find eastern-style cocktails and a myriad of refreshing teas, plus rare and premium sakés on the drinks list.
Where: 3 Denman Street, W1D 7HA; 35 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA; 45 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HP; Unit G3-5 Kingly Court, W1B 5PJ
Book now: Shoryu Ramen SohoShoryu Ramen Covent GardenShoryu Ramen ShoreditchShoryu Ramen Carnaby Street and more...

Engawa, Soho

a sushi box from Engawa

What: With fewer than 30 covers and minimal décor, there isn’t too much to distract from the open kitchen’s theatre at this hidden Soho gem. Watch as the skilful chefs prepare morsels of sashimi, sushi and snacks alongside extravagantly presented salads as part of a three- or five- course Wagyu or sushi omakase menu. It may seem like a lofty price tag, but when you’re served daily chef’s specials alongside platters of fresh sashimi and nigiri, it might make up for it.
Where: 2 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT
Book now: Engawa

Kazu, Fitzrovia

Chicken teriyaki at Kazu

What: Kazu blends traditional minimalist looks (bare wood, a sushi counter, and an open kitchen) with a friendly welcome and some contemporary flourishes on a menu that’s both generous and not as expensive as it once was. All-in set lunches offer particularly good value for the likes of chicken teriyaki, prawn tempura and tofu steak – all served with miso soup, rice, salad and various fruits for dessert – though expect to pay more for standalone sushi.
Where: 64 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QD
Book now: Kazu

Taka, Marylebone

a selection of Japanese dishes from Taka

What: Taking up a prime spot on Marylebone’s high street, Taka offers a creative and playful take on some of the dishes you know and love. Ingredients here are of the highest quality, embracing the Japanese philosophy of ‘Shun’ which only harvests produce at the height of season, meaning that menus here are constantly changing to keep up with seasonality. Choose between the omakase and signature set menus, with a bento option available for lunch, including the likes of popcorn shrimp tempura with butter ponzu, and crispy cod rolls with spicy mayo for the rather affordable sum of £40 per person.
Where: 109 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4RX
Book now: Taka Marylebone

Ginza St. James’s, St. James's

Blue plate seafood

What: Experience Japanese fine dining in the heart of St James’, where chefs champion high quality ingredients that have either been sourced locally or imported straight from Japan. With a choice of a la carte, tasting and set menus, you can tuck into everything from whole baby chicken to tempura lobster, and there's even an option for afternoon tea with the likes of BBQ black cod croquettes, salmon and avocado maki, and Japanese cherry tea.
Where: 15 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL
Book now: Ginza St. James’s

Roketsu, Marylebone

the dining counter at Roketsu

What: Roketsu is a special place. This meditative dining room is home to one of London’s most authentic kaiseki experiences, serving hyper-seasonal menus that celebrate the best produce of each month. A seat at the 400 year old hinoki wood counter isn’t cheap, but as a complete experience, there’s nothing else like it.
Where: 12 New Quebec Street, W1H 7RF
Book now: Roketsu

RAI, Fitzrovia

Tasting menu dishes at RAI

What: RAI’s multi-course omakase-style menu is precise, and does extraordinary things with a wide spectrum of seasonal ingredients. Choose from the monthly tasting menu or take a seat at the counter for a taste of omakase with dishes such as sweetcorn and unagi tempura with yuzu miso and Orkney scallops with ume and kaiso salad. This admirable restaurant also has green credentials - the tableware is all made using recyclable materials.
Where: 3 Windmill Street, W1T 2HY
Book now: RAI

Best Japanese restaurants in West London

Traditionally home to the more glamorous side of London dining, West London's Japanese restaurants certainly trend towards opulence. Go west if you want to dine in luxury, and admire some meticulously-crafted, Instagrammable interiors.

Juno Omakase, Notting Hill

Prawn sushi and crab taco

What: With only six seats up for grabs at Juno, this may well be the smallest restaurant in London. Sit counter side whilst you watch the chefs prep and plate everything right in front of you, with each dish explained as they go. Tuck into 15 courses of fresh seafood, offering everything from sushi to Mexican inspired tacos, as well as a choice of sake or wine pairings to enjoy alongside. Dining at Juno is more than just a meal out, it’s an experience that will stay with you for years to come.
Where: 2-4 Farmer Street, W8 7SN
Book now: Juno Omakase

Dinings SW3, Belgravia

a crudo platter from Dinings SW3

What: Unlike its plain Marylebone sibling, this glossy street-level sushi bar gives way to a sunken dining room that’s as well-groomed as the resident Chelsea clientele that frequents it. It’s an arresting setting for excellent modern Japanese cooking that artfully blends tradition with innovation, and oriental technique with European ingredients. Dinings SW3's prices are at the very top-end, but for dishes such as melt-in-the-mouth marinated black cod, hand-dived scallop and yuzu ceviche, and sweet-fleshed lobster from the sumiyaki grill, they’re perfectly justified.
Where: Lennox Garden Mews, SW3 2JH
Book now: Dinings SW3

Koji, Parsons Green

a tataki dish from Koji

What: Slightly out of the way in Parsons Green, but none the worse for it, this sleek restaurant is a must-visit for sushi enthusiasts. Centred around a gorgeous sushi bar, the interior suggests serious dining, but there's plenty of fun to be had under the feather chandeliers. Prices can be on the expensive side, but the offering is huge, encompassing sushi and sashimi, as well as grilled fish, sashimi tacos, kushiyaki skewers and tempura dishes. 
Where: 58 New Kings Road, SW6 4LS
Book now: Koji

Endo at the Rotunda, White City

Chef cooking at Endo at The Rotunda

What: Arguably London’s premiere omakase experience, and certainly one of the great Japanese restaurants in Europe, Endo Kazutoshi’s White City flagship is a restaurant that continually astounds even the very best. As Michel Roux Jr told us in our interview, Endo-san served him an oyster that was so good it brought him to tears! Kazutoshi takes guests on an odyssey of Japanese flavours, over the course of multiple hours at a single, majestic counter. Seats book up far in advance, so book now to avoid disappointment in six months' time.
Where: 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR
Book now: Endo at the Rotunda

Umu, Mayfair

a rice and caviar dish from umu

What: Hidden away down Bruton Place, it would be easy to walk past Umu without so much as a second glance, but beyond the inconspicuous entryway you'll find true craftsmanship with intricate dishes across its menus. This Michelin-starred spot offers a la carte dining or its signature kaiseki experience, inviting diners to take a seat at the chef's counter as they experience this traditional, multi-course feast consisting of the likes of chef's selection of sashimi, tuna done three ways, scallop shinjo with asparagus tempura and Wagyu beef shabu-shabu with spring greens.
Where: 14-16 Bruton Place, W1J 6LX
Book now: Umu

The Aubrey at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge

Dining room at The Aubrey

What: The Mandarin Oriental’s take on an izakaya drinking den is, predictably, not quite as gritty as the real thing; the place is bathed in a dusky red glow, and you’re welcomed into plush velvet seating, rather than wooden chairs. The food is outstanding, though - order in sushi and sashimi platters alongside gyoza, charcoal grilled salmon and Wagyu oxtail with bone marrow fried rice.
Where: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Book now: The Aubrey at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Titu, Mayfair

Decor and cuisine at Titu

What: Billed as a gyoza specialist, this tiny restaurant just moments from Green Park tube station is a great little find. Titu is far from fancy, but what it lacks in terms of décor it more than makes up for in excellent quality modern Japanese food. As well as creative dumplings (think chicken and foie gras, and Wagyu and black pepper), you’ll also find a selection of small plates and a variety of desserts. Prices aren’t cheap by normal standards, but are something of a bargain for Mayfair.
Where: 1A Shepherd Street, W1J 7HJ
Book now: Titu

Best Japanese restaurants in East London

East London is usually the trendier, more innovative side of town but it's also home to two of London's most consistent Japanese restaurants in Roka Canary Wharf and the towering Sushisamba City. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, try Angelina's Italo-Japanese fusion wizardry.

Nobu Restaurant, Shoreditch

Wagyu beef at Nobu

What: Famous for its miso black cod, crispy rice bites and its celebrity-pulling power, Nobu is hardly an undiscovered gem. However, there’s so much more to the brand that the snippets you see on Instagram. Here in the Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch the restaurant is a calm oasis in the middle of the city, offering a slick, pared-back dining room and an army of hospitality professionals ready and waiting to ensure your meal is one to remember. Kick off with Japanese-style tacos, edamame, and sushi before making your way through the hot section where luxurious ingredients – like lobster and wagyu – reign supreme. It’s not cheap, but for special occasion dining Nobu still has the wow factor.
Where: 10-50 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH
Book now: Nobu Restaurant Shoreditch

SUSHISAMBA Heron Tower, Liverpool Street

Dishes at Sushisamba City

What: From the moment the lightning-quick glass elevator whisks you up to the 38th floor of the Heron Tower to the sexy, show-stopping cocktails, razzmatazz restaurant and thrilling fusion of Japanese and Latino cuisine, you can be sure you’re in for the ultimate spectacle. Sky-high pricing and a feeling of uppity exclusivity (including a strict dress-code policy) might not be everyone’s cup of saké, but SUSHISAMBA remains a high-octane, fun-loving destination for those willing to wait for a reservation.
Where: 110 Bishopsgate (38-39th floor), EC2N 4AY
Book now: SUSHISAMBA Heron Tower

Kanada-Ya, various locations

Katsu ramen chopsticks

What: If you’re after something cheap and cheerful, there’s no better place than Kanada-Ya where you’ll get a ramen and some pud for less than £20; comforting, filling, and won't break the bank. But be warned, this is a walk-ins only so be sure to get here in good time because this popular cheap eats hotspot is known for some of the best ramen in the capital. Want our recommendation? Start with some small plates of karaage and gyoza before tucking into a bowl of the classic Tonkotsu. 
Where: 35 Upper Street, N1 0PN; 64 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LE; 3 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DL
Book now: Kanada-Ya AngelKanada-Ya St GilesKanada-Ya Panton Street

Roka, various locations

a selection of japanese dishes from Roka

What: Attentive service and consistently top-notch food make this glamorous yet lively modern restaurant, which now has multiple outposts across the capital, a draw for all types, from office workers to families. The heart of the operation at Roka Canary Wharf is the robata grill with its line-up of fire-licked specialities such as black cod marinated in yuzu miso, but you’ll also find well-made modern-day sushi and sashimi, snacks and specialities. Prices are in keeping with most Japanese restaurants in London (not cheap), but there is a decently-priced lunch menu.
Where: 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW; 30 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZF; 37 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RR; 71 Aldwych, WC2B 4HN
Book now: Roka Canary WharfRoka MayfairRoka Charlotte StreetRoka Aldwych

Angelina, Dalston

the outside of the restaurant at Angelina

What: The idea of Italo-Japanese fusion might trigger your flight reflexes but hold on, because these two actually have a lot in common. Angelina’s inventive tasting menus combine Italian and Japanese flavours effortlessly, in dishes like soy-cured yolk raviolo and spring vegetables, and charcoal grilled monkfish with a wagyu and cuttlefish ragu.
Where: 56 Dalston Lane, Dalston, E8 3AH
Book now: Angelina

Best Japanese restaurants in South London

Turns out, Brixton really loves Japanese food - who knew? Head to the end of the Victoria line for a trio of cracking Japanese restaurants that are all very different. 

Temaki, Brixton

Counter Dining at Temaki

Why: Temaki has won lots of fans since opening in 2021. This relaxed, counter-dining eatery housed in Brixton's Market Row, has a simple offering: hand rolls of incredible sushi, prepared less than a metre in front of you. Expect fillings like BBQ eel, prawn tempura, otoro, salmon and even lobster. Each roll is seasoned differently, with ingredients like yuzu and spicy koji mayo. We recommend the sake flight, a perfect accompaniment to the delicious rolls. There are also top-notch side dishes such as monkfish karaage. Best of all, however, is the price - it's not difficult to eat here for under £35.
Where: 12 Market Row, SW9 8LB
Book now: Temaki

Evernight, Battersea

plates of Japanese cuisine from Evernight

What: Found in the heart of Nine Elms, Evernight is an unassuming Japanese izakaya that made a splash with its opening back in 2022. Here, you’ll find innovative, and rather outstanding, cooking that puts the focus on micro-seasonality, offering the best produce from across the British Isles. As a result, you’ll find an ever-changing a la carte that sees the likes of yellowtail sashimi with rhubarb ponzu, Orkney scallop donabe with sugar snap and ginger, and egg and soy tofu with asparagus and black garlic.
Where: 3 Ravine Way, SW11 7BH
Book now: Evernight

Okan, Brixton and South Bank

Outside at Okan

What: Brixton clearly loves Japanese food, and Okan has been around for a while now - this okonomiyaki specialist was here in the early days of Brixton Market, and now has three outposts, including one on the South Bank. The Brixton site specialises in okonomiyaki pancakes, which come with a variety of toppings and fillings - you can even create your own.
Where: Unit 39 Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PS; 338 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8QH; Belvedere Road, SE1 7GA
Book now: Okan Brixton VillageOkan Brixton EastOkan South Bank

Best Japanese restaurants in North London

Islington is another good area to head for if you're searching for good Japanese fare, with a number of hidden gems lying in wait along Upper Street.

Hot Stone, Islington

Hot Stone cooking

What: As the name suggests, hot stone dishes are the thing to try at this Islington gem. Sizzling, super-heated slabs of granite will arrive at the table with your choice of protein, which you’re then free to cook to your liking. If that doesn’t appeal, there are plenty of other dishes which impress, as well as a short and straightforward list of saké and international wines. Hot Stone is by no means a cheap eat, but prices aren’t outrageous for the quality.
Where: 9 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ
Book now: Hot Stone

Edo Izakaya, Islington

the interiors at Edo Izakaya

What: Taking inspiration from the famous izakayas of Japan, Edo Izakaya embodies that casual vibe, offering a relaxing backdrop for a bit of communal dining. This Islington spot has put its own creative twist on authentic cuisine in its tapas-style dining that spans karaage, crudo plates, gyoza, sushi rolls and plenty more. Tasting menus are on the cards here, with the option to add a rather reasonably priced sake flight to go alongside your dishes. Be sure to pop in one weekend for its famed bottomless brunches, offering free-flowing fizz alongside your Japanese fare.
Where: 154 Old Street, EC1V 9BW
Book now: Edo Izakaya

Tanakatsu, Islington

a sushi roll from Tanakatsu

What: Taking its inspiration from the katsu houses of Japan, Tanakatsu may not have the glitz and glamour of some of the other restaurants in our guide, but what it does have is a stonkingly good, and reasonably priced menu. This cosy, casual spot just moments from Angel station offers everything from sushi and sashimi to a signature range of crispy katsu dishes. With a number of different sakés also on the menu, this is the place to come for some affordable fun, Japan-style drinking and dining.
Where: 10 Wakley Street, EC1V 7LT
Book now: Tanakatsu

Specifically craving sushi? Take a look at our guide to the best sushi restaurants in London.

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