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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Houston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Willowbrook, TX restaurant
4.9
4.9 (235)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Tomball
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Always enjoy Gyu , service was excellent as always!
A photo of Benihana - Houston, TX restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5949)
$30 and under
Japanese
Far Westheimer
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Just love this Benihanas. The chefs are wonderful and entertaining
A photo of Aya Sushi restaurant
5.0
5 (160)
$50 and over
Japanese
Bellaire
About the restaurant
A fresh, modern sushi experience in the Bellaire Triangle featuring innovative Japanese cuisine from reknowned chef Yoshi Katsuyama.

Guests can expect to enjoy fresh fish daily in a vairety of nigiri, maki, and sashimi preparations alongside traditional Japanese favorites from the kitchen. Aya features an innovative cocktail program, as well as an extensive selection of wine, sake, and Japanese whisky.

For the full Aya experience, enjoy chef's multi-course omakase option alongside hand-selected pairings including sake and wine.

With limited seating capacity, we reserve the sushi bar exclusively for omakase at this time. To book your sushi bar experience, please inquire via email: info@ayasushi.com
Top review
Twinkievip
Dined 1 day ago
The food and the service are fantastic. Aya is our favorite sushi place in Houston.
A photo of Himari restaurant
4.6
4.6 (47)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Himari is a vibrant and modern sushi bar in Houston, Texas. Known for its friendly service and inviting atmosphere, Himari offers a diverse menu featuring high-quality sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese delights. With a focus on fresh ingredients and skillful preparation, Himari promises a memorable dining experience for sushi lovers and those new to Japanese cuisine.
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KatelynWvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Everything was delicious and served quickly! Fantastic sushi - always tastes fresh
A photo of The Fish restaurant
4.6
4.6 (228)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Montrose
About the restaurant
Proudly serving Houston since 2002, The Fish stands as Midtown's top destination for Japanese cuisine and sushi, boasting a vibrant social atmosphere. With an extensive menu featuring mouthwatering dishes such as Yuzu Shrimp & Noodles, Thai Chili Yellowtail, and Blue Crab Fried Rice, our dedicated and welcoming staff are here to exceed your expectations and ensure a memorable dining experience.
Top review
DEssence
Dined on May 16, 2024
Our server Adam was GREAT! He was very attentive and made great recommendations! We will be returning to The Fish.
A photo of KUU Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1152)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Westside
About the restaurant
Former Nobu London Chef Adison Lee brings his imagination to life with his restaurant KUU in Houston. Chef Adison Lee uses unique flavor combinations to take you on a journey of culinary excellence. Features a seasonal menu and responsibly fished seafood from local fishermen and the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. KUU is committed to serving small, sharable plates with stimulating flavors and plating. Our devotion to responsibly sourcing our products shows through the ever evolving seasonal menu. KUU will be offering an extensive list of imported sakes and wines along with our hand crafted cocktail menu by our mixologist.

Top review
Sophiavip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Came for my birthday, party of 8 and it was delicious as always. Had a mushroom rice of sorts and it was to die for. Our service is always above par for Houston and freshest of ingredients as well.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Houston, TX | Midtown restaurant
4.4
4.4 (400)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 23, 2024
Everything was nice and food was great, will definitely be visiting again.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Houston, TX | Memorial restaurant
4.5
4.5 (325)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Westside
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
Great venue and food selection choices, was loads of fun and nice to do in a group
A photo of RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Houston Highland Village, TX restaurant
4.6
4.6 (757)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Everyone has an adventurous side and RA Sushi is the place to explore and find yours. At RA, we're all about lively music, an energetic atmosphere, inventive cocktails and out-of-this-world sushi. Where else can you enjoy happy hour every day of the week? You know when you're in the RA because there's no other place like it. Order up the best sushi in town and prepare to be blown away by our signature rolls and amazing Japanese cuisine. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or just looking to explore new flavors, RA is your go-to destination. So bring your friends and grab a table, you're in for a great time.
Top review
OpenTableDinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Outstanding restaurant. Clean, upbeat vibes. Great food, service, and drinks.
A photo of Molihua restaurant
4.3
4.3 (16)
$50 and over
Japanese
W. University / Med Center
About the restaurant
Molihua, meaning ‘Jasmine’ in Chinese, is the creation of Michelin-starred Chefs Ho Chee Boon and Hideki Hiwatashi. Located on second floor of the Blossom Houston Hotel, the restaurant offers an exceptional and savory experience that seamlessly blends the artistry of Japanese cuisine, dim sum, and delectable desserts. The menu features a variety of selections including Nigiri, Sashimi, Kamameshi iron pot rice, salads, and desserts; each designed to offer a memorable experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The chefs here value taste AND artistry. The small details are so present, but it doesn't turn this into one of those "for the aesthetic" restaurants. Taste is the star, without any doubt. We had the Sashimi Moriawase and it is possibly the freshest fish you will ever taste. I don't know if the chef was out there in the bay catching the fish right before his shift, but that's what it tasted like. The seared Japanese A5 Wagyu was absolutely incredible. This was how steak is meant to taste. No frills. I don't know how long this restaurant will stay as "low-key" as it is, but you wont find better value for money in Houston right now.
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