Japonais Bistro
Japonais Bistro

Japonais Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.japonaisbistro.ca/
  • Phone: 7807601616
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Isaac
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Your sushi will be delivered to your event with our sushi chef and the Mobile Sushi Bar. The bar will be set up by the accompanied staff members; our team of experienced sushi chefs will serve fresh scrumptious sushi on the Mobile Sushi Bar where sushi will go around and around. Beautifully displayed sushi will add a touch of class to your event. Your guests will not only be satisfied by the look and taste of the food, but will be stunned by the whole spectacle.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 118 St & Jasper Ave.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the front of building all day and in the back of building after 5pm.
A word from Japonais Bistro
"Japonais" means Japanese in French [za.po.ne] Our focus is on modern Japanese cuisine with a touch of North American influence. We are located on Edmonton’s main street at Jasper Ave & 118 St. Japonais Bistro has created a Japanese dining experience to fit the lifestyle and feel of our city. We provide a high-energy, aesthetically contemporary environment, serving inventive Japanese food, with lively music and have selected staff who are in love with the idea of serving their guests. Our chefs create innovative and tasty dishes designed to make your mouth water and inspire you to try something new. Our use of the very freshest ingredients from all corners of the world is a part of our dedication to offering you a unique experience every time you visit us. Key ingredients are flown directly from Japan. We consider sushi to be an art form, encompassing a delicate balance of elements and like all great art, each dish is created to order and presented with the attention to detail.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Japonais Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (16)good for groups (15)great for lunch (11)hot spot (11)romantic (7)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great Food, Slow Service
    ThirstyForMoreVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The best sushi in Edmonton continues to delight - the service however, is getting slower and slower. Time to sharpen the staffing pencil.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    5th time to this restaurant. As usual one of the better sushi restaurants in edm, but the service was average at best.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best sushi ive had in awhile
    edmmuncher
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Definitely a hidden gem in edmonton. A must try for sushi lovers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went for my sister's birthday & it was my second visit to the restaurant. Food was delicious - especially the udon with lobster & cream sauce. Sashimi was fresh, rolls and beef tataki were awesome. Loved the black sesame mochi (its an acquired taste though!). Service was excellent both times (for dinner). Give this place a try next time you are going out for Japanese food! Looking forward to trying lunch there - its a new fave place to eat :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    aminkus
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was our first time at Japonais, but certainly not our last. Food was fresh, fresh, fresh and really beautifully presented. The space is really attractive, a balance of modern and rustic, with a beautiful reclaimed wood floor. Couldn't be happier with our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise
    CraigMB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have never been here before, but I will definitely be back. It was a very good experience, service was great, loved the look of the place and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limall
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Good food. Service has improved too which makes it nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters!
    ddpdVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Again, great food at Japonais. Very happy to have made reservations, they were very busy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Edmonton's best Japanese, Japonais
    bAGGEE
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Simply the best tasting Japanese food I've had in Edmonton. Attentive service with a relaxed atmosphere; soft jazz and modern lighting does sound like it would be out of place but did make for a pleasant dining experience. A changing variety of fresh fish allows the sushi and sashimi connoisseur to have different taste experiences again and again. There are plenty of other options for those wanting variety or something other than seafood. Two of the best features are on the lunch menu; one, a special to create your own bento box. Second is my personal favourite, omakase, where the selection of food is left to the chefs and one is guaranteed to have a variety of deliciousness. Don't foget to leave room for the matcha creme brulée dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Etowns BEST Japanese - Full Stop
    ThirstyForMoreVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Etowns best sushi, creative menu, and sincere, attentive service. Highly recommend, and frequent it weekly. Enjoy!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Japanese in the city but.....
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The restaurant is very busy that the servers seemed overwhelmed and didn't pay any attention to the tables (ie, clearing dishes, offering beverages, asking how the food was).... My suggestion is to hire more staff (someone who buses tables ect). Food was great surprisingly for Edmonton. Restaurant is well designed. Service staff is nice...but they are slow and not professional or attentive simply because they are busy. For the prices they charge, I would expect better table service. I definately would go back. SIDE NOTE PARKING IS BRUTAL!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JS3535
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Excellent fresh sushi, good selection on the chef's choice sushi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Penguin
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I liked the Salmon carpaccio and the shrimp and mango tempura. But the maki rolls were kind if meh. I wasn't looking forward to my next piece. The service is friendly but slow and unprofessional.
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  • Best Sushi I've Found in Edmonton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Interesting sushi, especially the rolls. Love Crunch and TNT not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 38 reviews are from the Japonais Bistro reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day Special
    ReviewManVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I really enjoyed the mother's day special. The fish as always was the freshest I've found in Edmonton. The beef that you can fry yourself was also top quality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh and tasty
    limall
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I liked Japonais bistro because their food was fresh and delicious. They have a few innovative items as well which should please most sushi lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique menu items
    Tammy1225
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Aside from the typical sushi and tempura, Japonais Bistro offers dishes that are different than traditional Japanese restaurants in Edmonton. Some of these include tuna nachos, beef on hot stone, tuna tortillas. The price is more compared to other Japanese restaurans and they tend to portray a more upscale experience. I do find that the food takes a long time to arrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DBeatng
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was great. The service was poor. Our waitress seemed to have too many other tasks and tables top attend to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi in Edmonton
    ThirstyForMoreVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Simply THE best sushi in Edmonton with great service as a compliment. Parking is always a pain, but its worth the walk.
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  • Excellent Sushi
    DuffmanVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I always enjoy going here. It is one of my hidden gems for sushi.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sashimi
    JoandMike
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We both have attended this restaurant 4 times. Excellent food experience with the superior skills of the chef behind the Sushi bar.There are so many exciting things on the menu we can't wait to try. The oysters are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and great food
    DaceraeVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I do think this restaurant could use some extra servers/bussers but being short staffed did not effect us on a Saturday night as we had prompt and friendly service. The food was fresh and very tasty. Well worth a visit but do not forget to make reservations on the weekends as we watch at least 4 parties be turned away within an hour.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    kplus
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My girlfriend and I eat here at least twice per month, probably more like 5-6 times. Just can't get enough! Yam tempura, and a beer to start, and then followed up by 3 rolls, usually Golden Crunch, Halo, and TNT. We usually leave for just under $70. And if we skip the beer, it's pretty close to $50. The first bites always make me want to close my eyes and just enjoy, and when we're done, I'm always completely satisfied, and don't feel like I'm going to leave the restaurant fatter than when I came in. Service is always excellent, quick, and if you sit at the sushi bar, you can expect a freebie here and there! There are large tables for groups.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    Whitey780VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Waitress helped pick a suitable sake which with the meal was great I'll definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food
    Edmontonion
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The portion is small, food is just average and the price is higher than average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and Trendy
    JJDECO
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Very busy and bustling little place, with friendly service. Be expected to wait, however, as the service is very slow. Also, there is almost no parking available. We really enjoyed every dish ordered, and our waitress had some great suggestions. I highly recommend the new-style sashimi!and
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    JenH
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Tuna tacos are delicious! I love plum wine and they have a good variety. Lots of unique twists with Japanese favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coming back
    Gino
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Love sushi, this restaurant has the freshest seafood. All the items I ordered were created in perfection! Only thing id say was a disappointment was that I wasn't able to book a larger reservation due to the restaurants accommodations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We went at 16:45, we were the only 2 people in there, so we sat at the sushi bar. The chef walked us theough everything everything even though he was clearly getting ready for the evening rush. Food was great, shashimi was so good. Will go again for sure, didnt care that we were the only ones there as it was a very personal experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back
    FoodMom38VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My husband and I tried this restaurant based on reading some positive reviews. We were not disappointed. Excellent and unique Japanese food, with very fresh ingredients. Tuna sashimi was melt in your mouth fresh. The menu was full of very interesting items and unique sushi maki rolls. The chili mango shrimp appetizer was delicious. We will definitely be back to try more of the diverse menu on offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh!
    UndA
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Very fresh ingredients especially the fish and tempura. Service was a little slow for lunch but there was only one server. Sake sampler was very tasty! Prices for lunch very reasonable but a bit high for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High sushi quality
    ReviewManVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I tried the Chef's freshest fish selection of sushi, sashimi, and maki. It's still the freshest fish I've had in Edmonton. You will be very full after this. The saki sampler was also a good idea because it didn't fill me up. The salmon is from Canada, the tuna from around the world and the rest from Japan. The only thing that could make it perfect would be if there was a low salt option soy sauce. Otherwise terrific food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Food and great service
    LuvGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Have been looking for a new favorite Japanese restaurant and finally found it. The food and service were excellent. A lot of the dishes are original creations and are beautifully made. The traditional dishes, like tuna tataki, are also fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went back the next day for more.
    fosseba
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food, nice place, and the best service I have experienced in Edmonton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines day
    Spam78
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here for our Valentines Day dinner. We did the 6 course meal with Saki and wine pairings. It was a fantastic meal and one of the best I have had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi was good
    Kelvin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Spending two hours with girl friend on V. Day. The food was good, and the waiters were warm and friendly even they were busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    DJSedaVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    As with other reviewers, the service was terrible. We were seated a full 30min late. They kept apologizing for the wait but weren't willing to compensate us with anything. Not even a round if drinks which would've helped. The person apologizing claimed he didn't know where the manager was when asjed - in fact he said the manager wasn't there! Service was slow if at best once seated. Automatic gratuity was added - which sadly I guess explains the poor service in this case. Our drinks came out inconsistently with one person waiting 20 min for hers. Bill time, our server claimed we were $15 short! Def not! He wouldn't justify it and wasn't until we asked again to speak with the manager did he come back and say it was all good. Never again
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  • Just awesome
    lmlpattersonVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Outstanding food, good service, creative menu. Have been back several times and will continue to go back. I'm impressed each time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent dinner
    ReviewManVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The yellowfin Tuna was the freshest I've had. The traditional bento box was tasty all round and the best bento box in the city. The included maki and sushi are not bland like in many other places. The spring roll dessert was also excellent. This is another restaurant that doesn't add too much salt or sugar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FRESH!
    VancouverGalVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I dined with 3 others and ordered grilled squid, sushi tortilla, vegetable tempura, deluxe sashimi, volcano roll, mango fry, ikura sushi and green tea/red bean mochi. The sashimi was FRESH. The sushi tortilla was an unique dish with crispy honey tortilla served with salmon/tuna sashimi, tomato, red onion, avocado and arugula. The vegetable tempura arrived hot. The squid was grilled perfectly. The seaweed was crispy with my ikura sushi. Overall the quality of the food and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.