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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Denver

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Denver? 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 Sushi Den restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1288)
$50 and over
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
For over 37 years, Sushi Den has been regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the United States. Located in the historic Old South Pearl St. neighborhood in the heart of Denver, CO, the restaurant delivers consistently excellent cuisine made from the finest ingredients from around the world.

Master Chef Toshi Kizaki, the visionary behind Sushi Den, continually raises the bar & sets the standard for the restaurant’s high quality cuisine. Youngest brother, Koichi, lives in southern Japan where he makes daily trips to the fish market to purchase fish for the restaurant. The fish is dry iced and reaches the restaurant within 24 hours. Sushi Den’s mission is to maintain one of the nation’s top sushi restaurants through fresh ingredients, innovative, healthy dishes and exceptional service.

We utilize available seating at both Izakaya Den, our sister restaurant next door, and Sushi Den for all reservations through the Sushi Den portal on
Top review
mary
Dined 2 days ago
Great quality. Fun place to share different selections
A photo of Izakaya Den restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1791)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
Izakaya Den is Denver’s popular Japanese gastropub, modeled after the lively after hours establishments found throughout Japan. The restaurant is located on South Pearl Street and is the second restaurant of the Kizaki brothers, founders and owners of Sushi Den.



The menu is arranged in a tapas style, serving traditional Japanese small plates along with dishes infused with international flavors and textures. The more traditional Japanese offerings include sashimi and nigiri, sourced from daily fish shipments from around the globe, along with dumplings and noodle dishes. The global cuisine experiments with a bevy of different flavors including unique items such as Grilled Panzanella Salad (jumbo lump crab, toasted focaccia, local goat cheese, pistachios, plum wine vinaigrette), Kobe Beef Sliders (seared foie gras, pomme frittes). A gluten-free menu is also available along with a popular weekday happy hour from 5 to 6:30 pm.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
I have had sushi all over the country and those is some of the best I’ve ever had! Amazing
A photo of Matsuhisa Denver restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2615)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Featuring Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine, Matsuhisa Denver anchors the ground floor of the Steele Creek luxury apartment building in Cherry Creek, Denver’s premier shopping, restaurant, and entertainment district. Our 7,800 square foot dining room is open for dinner service from 5pm nightly. Takeout available nightly from 5-9pm.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s world-famous cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and Whitefish Tiradito.
Top review
MarkS
Dined 5 days ago
From the 1st day Nobu opened in LA to present day I have eaten in his restaurant hundreds of time.The consistency of his food has always been celestial.
A photo of Ototo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (337)
$30 and under
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
OTOTO’s intimate dining room serves Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish, rich Ramen offerings and noodles. The kitchen includes a robota grill, raw bar featuring a catch of the day and Ramen and noodle station.
Top review
JudyC
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service were excellent! Love this place.
A photo of Banzai Sushi - Denver restaurant
4.8
4.8 (368)
$30 and under
Japanese
Virginia Vale
About the restaurant
Limited seating available on Opentable, please call restaurant at 303-329-3366 for reservation availability.

An oasis of Japan in the heart of Denver, Colorado.
Banzai Sushi features the highest level of Japanese
cuisine crafted with a creative touch.
We're the home of "100 Rolls". Select from 100 sushi combinations ranging from the usual to the outrageous. There is a sushi roll here for
every taste. Or choose from our innovative lunch and dinner menus featuring fully cooked selections of fish, chicken or beef. All prepared in the time honored cooking traditions of Japan.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Great food. Comfortable ambiance! Strongly recommend.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Denver, CO | Cherry Creek restaurant
4.7
4.7 (139)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
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 Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Eddie is the best, third time having him as a waiter & he’s great everytime !
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Denver, CO restaurant
4.7
4.7 (429)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown / LoDo
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
Lynn
Dined 4 days ago
Jocelyn was our server was so kind and helpful despite having a very busy section of tables to attend to. Food came out quickly and we left full and happy!
A photo of Kobe An - LoHi restaurant
4.6
4.6 (510)
$30 and under
Japanese
Highlands
About the restaurant
Welcome to Kobe An LoHi. In addition to a full sushi and izakaya menu, our signature dish of “shabu shabu” is a traditional Japanese-style hot-pot meal. The phrase “shabu, shabu” means “swish, swish” for the custom nature of cooking this dish. We're not your typical hot-pot or fondue restaurant. Our "Shabu Shabu" style transports you across time and cultures to immerse you in a deliciously fresh and evocative world. Enjoy the skills of our chefs and bar staff as they complement this gastronomy of the past with quality sushi, crafted cocktails and small plates with a modern twist. In our beautiful dining room , or under Japanese lanterns on our patio, come savor not only the food - come savor the swish and the sushi.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
We made a reservation so that we could have great sukiyaki. The food did not disappoint! Our server was attentive and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
A photo of Sushi Sasa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3097)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
Sushi Sasa is designed to offer Denver the opportunity to enjoy Traditional and "New Style" Japanese cuisine harmoniously beneath one roof. The seasonal, healthy, beautiful and affordable tasting menu compliments the fully functioning sushi bar bridging the gap between East coast innovation and West coast charm. Bilingual chefs man the sushi bar at the rear of the zen-like space and offer up exotic fish and produce from around the world with the heart of the cuisine remaining Japanese. With a wonderful sake and wine list and a cozy downstairs lounge, Sushi Sasa is a perfect place for a business lunch or a nice dinner with friends.
Top review
TravelerfromColorado
Dined 5 days ago
Service felt a little rushed. But the food was great. Thanks
A photo of Mizu Izakaya and Sushi restaurant
4.6
4.6 (722)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Highlands
About the restaurant
2017 Top of the Town, "Best Japanese Restaurant in Denver"
Dipped in the Japanese arts and architecture, the Mizu Izakaya and Sushi restaurant offers an authentic experience of Japanese culture. The restaurant offers contemporary Japanese dining and a comfortable, young and hip atmosphere. The food is served hot and its assortment of dishes are popular among the locals and are nicely complimented by innovative drinks.

Mizu Izakaya and Sushi restaurant, despite being a Sushi place, has a diverse menu and it offers a variety of Japanese dishes. Some of the dishes include King Mushroom Carpaccio, Grilled Whole Squid, Grilled Lamb Chop and Brussels Sprouts. These are some of the favorite dishes for diners at the Mizu Izakaya and Sushi, a place that diners prefer for the quality of their food.



For parties of 6 or more, please call us at 720-372-7100 for a reservation!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This was the most delicious Asian/sushi meal I’ve had in denver! The sashimi was like butter. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. Loved the grilled salmon belly too. 10/10 recommend.
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