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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Melbourne

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Melbourne? 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 Misoya Sake Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (83)
$40 and under
Japanese
Brunswick
About the restaurant
Japanese Ramen and Sake Bar. Miso is a paste made from fermented soy beans and barley or rice malt. It is traditional Japanese seasoning and used in a range of dishes from soups, to glazes, to dips and pickles. Miso is high in protein and contains a range of vitamins and minerals including B12, B3, E, K, iron and calcium. About miso ramen: In 1923, Chinese immigrant chef Mr Wang started work at the Takeya Café near Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. He developed his own noodle and soup dishes that would appeal to the Japanese palette. His dishes were so successful that they were copied and in 1951 Ramen Alley in downtown Sapporo became nationally famous. Misoya Ramen: Misoya has developed its own miso ramen with a thick miso soup made from chicken and vegetable stock in consideration of Australian tastes and preferences. Egg noodles and fresh seasonal vegetables result in a ramen that is bound to please and will make you want to come back for more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Food was very tasty and the service was great, definitely recommend
A photo of Chocolate Buddha restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2718)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Chocolate Buddha undertook an AMAZING renovation in 2019 by Maddison Architects. We have a 22 seater SUSHI TRAIN open Wednesday to Sunday lunches 12 - 3pm and Wednesday to Saturday Dinners 5 - 8pm it includes an EXPRESS train which delivers hot food ordered via a tablet. We offer QR menus at each table for ease of ordering, splitting bills and menu with pictures and descriptions. This type of ordering is optional so always let us know if you prefer to order with us. See you soon @ Chocolate Buddha
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It’s no wonder Chocky Buddha has lasted so long. Great food, great ambience and great service. Make sure you book to get a booth.😉
A photo of Eazy Peazy restaurant
4.6
4.6 (285)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Richmond
About the restaurant
Eazy Peazy brings the best of modern Japanese cuisine to the heart of Melbourne. With a focus on informal izakaya style dining, the menu is centred on the hibachi and has at its heart traditional Japanese fare of yakitori, karaage, and other share-plate style dishes.
Top review
RachelL
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Excellent service. Easy menu, we just choose feed me option! Food are delicious! We will be back.
A photo of Kicho Japanese Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (452)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Black Rock
About the restaurant
Located next to a beautiful beach, we are a vibrant and cozy place to enjoy modern Japanese cuisine from our enthusiastic and companionable team members.

We accept reservations online for up to 5 guests, with a seating time of 2 hours. We encourage guests after a reservation for 1-5 diners to make their bookings online. 15 minutes grace time to all bookings. Please note that our online booking system reflects real time availability at the restaurant.
 
For groups of 6 guests or more, please contact our reservations team on 0411 306 208 or info@kicho.com.au. Please note that groups of 6+ guests are required to dine on a set menu.

We take enquires for large group booking or catering requirements.

Dietary requirements are welcome and can be accommodated with advance notice. We recommend you let us know at the time of booking to ensure we can meet your needs.

15% surcharge will be applied on Public Holiday

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Modern Japanese restaurant. Not your usual from traditional Japanese restaurants. Great flavours. Good service. Definitely worth trying.
A photo of Shoya Melbourne restaurant
4.7
4.7 (21)
$101 and over
Japanese
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Founded in 2003 by Chef Shigeo Nonaka, Shoya Nouvelle Wafu Cuisine proudly holds the title of Best Japanese Restaurant in Melbourne for 7 years in a row. We are a "One Hat Awarded" Japanese Fine Dinning Experience by the Age Good Food Guide.

Our dishes are prepared with century-old Japanese techniques with contemporary western influence for the purest and delicate flavors and crafted with the highest quality ingredients sourced from Japan, locally, and globally, ensuring a unique culinary journey you cannot find else where.

Choose from our offerings: Omakase Courses, à la Carte, and premium Special Lunch Sets, all accompanied by an extensive selection of traditional alcoholic Japanese drinks. Stay tuned for upcoming menu updates and events as we continue to elevate your dining experience.

Top review
ChristopherJ
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent service and fabulous food. A bit pricy but a definite return to.
A photo of Kumo Izakaya restaurant
4.5
4.5 (168)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Brunswick
About the restaurant
Our restaurant offers contemporary Japanese-inspired cuisine. Our menu comprises mainly smaller dishes, from sashimi to deep-fried dishes, meat, vegetarian, and more - perfect for sharing with friends. We offer a selection of wine, craft beer, and sake to complement your meal.

Our Izakaya is a traditional Japanese establishment where eating and drinking are equally important. It's a meeting place where people come to bond and forget their daily worries. It's a place where people can share good food, great drinks, and create lasting memories. Whether you're in the mood for a quick bite or a full night out, we invite you to join us at Kumo for an unforgettable experience.

Top review
FionaA
Dined 4 days ago
Great food , cocktails and service . Highly recommend coming here with either friends or family .
A photo of Bansho restaurant
4.6
4.6 (81)
$101 and over
Japanese
Armadale
About the restaurant
Japanese French fusion restaurant located in the leafy suburb of Armadale. Providing our customers with the best food and wine choices.
Top review
Catherine
Dined 3 days ago
Bansho is an absolute neighborhood gem. Food innovative and consistently delicious. Great selection of wines and drinks. Larry & Mira are wonderful people who genuinely care about your experience. 5 ✨
A photo of Chotto Motto Collingwood restaurant
4.6
4.6 (302)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Collingwood
About the restaurant
This Collingwood gem is a one of a kind Japanese restaurant famous for hand made Japanese dumplings served in Crispy Chilli Oil! The venue is coverered wall to wall in Showa Era Japanese vintage antiques, a super fun an unique environment.
Top review
DanielF
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful, just what we wanted. Good feed me menu, great location and atosphere and lovely people.
A photo of Sachi restaurant
4.4
4.4 (18)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Hawthorn
About the restaurant
Sachi, derived from the Japanese word for happiness or joy, finds its roots in ‘umi no sachi,’ translating to treasure of the sea. This concept was conceived with the aim of delivering an unparalleled seafood experience, incorporating Japanese culinary techniques. We blend select ingredients often associated with fine dining into a more casual setting. Our team comprises accomplished sushi chefs, each with over a decade of experience in top Japanese restaurants. We’re poised to offer you our very best.
Top review
DavidN
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing food......highly recommend the Marlin burger. Wine is exceptionally well priced. A wine that my Vivino app said is an average price of $75, was $100. Booked to go back for the Omasake already as the food was soooo great
A photo of Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya - Fitzroy restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1665)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Fitzroy
About the restaurant
Ichi Ni Nana, is a modern style Izakaya experience spread across multiple levels along the iconic Brunswick Street offering delectable Japanese dishes with a modern twist (such as our must try Ebi Mayo). The venue also comprises an amazing beverage list of Japanese inspired cocktails, the best Japan has to offer in sakes and whiskies and a comprehensive wine list covering local and international regions.

Our friendly and professional team will take you on a guided tour through a Japanese experience that will leave you eagerly anticipating your next visit. Whether it’s an intimate dinner in one of our hand crafted booths or a group celebration, Ichi Ni Nana has an abundance of breathtaking indoor and outdoor areas (including a courtyard with a retractable glass ceiling which can be enjoyed rain, hail or shine), to suit any occasion.

Top review
DeanB
Dined 7 days ago
The food was excellent though a little pricy With only two wait staff it meant the service was a little slow The staff were fantastic despite this and we had a great meal
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