Shalom Japan

4.7
453 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creative Japanese
Shalom Japan is a unique restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Found in the hip Williamsburg neighborhood, it is conveniently located near the bridge as well as many different subway lines. The brick walls, simple decor, natural light and chalkboard menus on the walls give Shalom Japan restaurant a casual, comfortable and welcoming vibe.

Co-owners and chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi created a menu that combines both Jewish and Japanese cultures as well as fresh ingredients sourced from local markets. Plates, such as matzoh ball ramen with foie gras dumpling and sake kasu challah with raisin butter, are meant to be shared with the table for dinner. Visit for brunch and enjoy the lox bowl or pastrami-don.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 453 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Great service! Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The whole experience was very rushed and we left hungry. $500 for 2 people, did tasting menu and they brought 2 courses at the same time. Outdoor dining was freezing bad heater situation. Gave us a different dessert than what was on the menu at the end and it was nasty. Not enough food and terrible value for what we got.

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JeremyH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the prefix valentines brunch menu, and the start were charming.

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AnnaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was unique and delicious! staff was friendly and atmosphere felt safe- would definitely recommend!

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SelectiveFoodie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic!!! Service was very attentive. We had almost everything on the menu. The stand out favorites were the challah and pastrami!!! Can’t wait to go back!

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wellfedvictoria
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ramen. With pork. Warm, filling, amazing! Also the chirashi. Our waiter was lovely!

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JaimeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great outdoor dinner. Excellent food, cocktails and wine; and even better service. We will be back!

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vipAnon
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience with their Christmas Prie-Fix menu. The food was delicious and an amazing, unique encounter with Jewish-Japanese Fusion. The staff were so friendly and attentive as well. I'm definitely wanting to come back in the near future to see what their seasonal/special menu is like!

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Elise
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and really interesting! The service staff were very kind and keen to help us however they could.

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mickis
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

the food was really great- we loved trying to decipher which part was Jewish and which part was Japanese! Love the mix of flavors. The staff were very friendly and we felt very safe (and warm) eating outside.

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AlexV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shalom Japan has a nice outdoor eating area with heaters so I felt both safe and warm. The food was delicious, definitely recommend the okonomiyaki latke and matzoh ball soup ramen. Definitely recommend!

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GSper
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Went in the winter during Covid19. Heated outdoor seating but still pretty chilly when it's windy. Bring a blanket. Food is excellent and worth the cold!

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gatta
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as always. They have. A good outdoor set up with overhead heaters.

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LauraA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. New favorite nyc restaurant !

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vipCamille
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shalom Japan is one of my favorite restaurants in all NYC! It’s so yummy and I really appreciate all the precautions they are taking. From everyday dining to a date night, it’s a great spot. Love it!

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KeigeT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops and okonomiyaki appetizers were excellent. The matzo ramen was pretty salty but still good!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I liked the simplicity of the menus and authentic fusion of both cultures. The waiter recommended a great main dish, and the deserts were great.

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vipVlada
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Very unique, delicious food! Wonderful service.

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BeeTee
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The scallops are one of the best dishes....ever.
Broccoli, challah, Waygu pastrami sandwich and Japanese hot pocket are off the charts.
Save a little room for the bread pudding. Game over!
Service was superb.
Favorite restaurant in NYC.

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Boop
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Shalom Japan. The food and the service is always incredible. So happy to have it in the neighborhood!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Shalom Japan! Amazing service and ambiance. I LOVED the scallops dish!

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Ramona
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy coming here! Great service and food!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem. Creative, unique, fabulous fusion cooking on a neat, hip Brooklyn Street. Wonderful staff. Not to be missed.

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AndieB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service with such kind and fun people! The food was delicious and unique :)

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charlotr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has good food, good ambiance and great service.

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EmilyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was super attentive. (We actually had two so very well taken care of!) We had the maztoh ball soup ramen, really good. Make sure to get the scallion pancake for the table!

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MelissaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shalom Japan was recommended by a friend & it exceeded expectations! Everything was delicious & had unique flavor. The service was welcoming & attentive. They also have some heated seating for outdoor dining! I will absolutely be going again soon!!

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sophp
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food - even cant stop thinking about the challah bread! Great out door dining with social distancing

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beth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food. Lovely service. I am always dreaming of returning if I'm not there dining.

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nogazabo
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Definitely a unique place! All the food was lovely - not amazing blow your mind, but still lovely! I suppose it's difficult to truly blend Jewish and Japanese flavors, so the end result is more like "themed" Jewish and Japanese. For example the matzah ball ramen just really tasted like matzah ball soup with the additives (ramen, scallions, egg) sitting in there. But hey, where else are you going to get this stuff? It's a novelty place, and novelty is what you get.
Other than the food, the servers were all super helpful, energetic, and knowledgable about their stuff! A nice experience, if perhaps a bit too expensive (for me, a cheapskate) to come back very often.

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vipAdamo
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the vibe, the food and the service. I’ve gone with friends, family, my kids, and dates. Great for creative yummy food with no pretense.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food

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vipgeorgiat
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Shalom Japan Rob and his team make August feel so welcome the food is so unusual so many different flavors and textures I am addicted

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Traditional Japanese was seemingly fused with another cuisine in the kitchen. Was not expecting this..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, I enjoyed everything about this place

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DECB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food! Highly recommend the matzoh ball ramen and the burger for brunch :)

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GennaS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! Great food! Excellent service!

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Bello
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was more than average. A rice paddy covered with a slice of smoked salmon isn’t really a dish...

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vipNicole
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Truly terrible experience.

We had a reservation at 6pm and arrived a few minutes late (called them to let them know). Our order had been entered into the system by 6:15pm. By 7:58pm we still had one course of the omakase, which is 5 courses, and the dessert to go. They took more than 25 minutes between courses (one of which was a salad - one salad - split between three people). The food was fine, but not excellent, and the concept didn't really come through. At 7:58pm, still hungry and waiting, we asked for the bill so we could leave.

At this point, one of my guests (who was inviting) was really upset and just signed the receipt, which was for the full (overpriced) cost. The waitress told us that if we had a cutoff time we should've let them know because omakase always takes 2hrs and 15 minutes (where is this rule? never heard it in my life). She said "when you come next time you should..." and my guest just said "I don't think there will be a next time" to which she reacted poorly. She then noted that a tip should be left regardless, because it's not the waiter's fault, which, I agree, but when service has been bad, the food hasn't been good and your customer service is garbage, I'm sorry but you don't get to demand *more* things from your guests. If you're sincerely concerned about your waiter, you will discount part of the meal and I know that my guest would've left a tip, but for $250 for 4 bite-sized pieces of food, one bowl of greens to share and sparkling water, that's a lot to ask.

I highly recommend you go somewhere else, especially in Williamsburg where there are so many great options.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shalom Japan using the Order Online button. Shalom Japan also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Shalom Japan also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 388-4012.

Shalom Japan is rated 4.7 stars by 453 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.