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Shalom Japan

4.6
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430 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 Shalom Japan burger.


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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 430 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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SallyS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shalom Japan has the perfect blend of Jewish and Japanese cuisine. I loved my matzoball ramen and need to go back so I can make my way through the menu. It is a great venue with a Japanese vibe, but I would only recommend for groups of 4 or fewer people because of space.

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justinr
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, consistently interesting and delicious food.

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vipPammosk
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Service was friendly and attentive. Each meal was delicious and enjoyed by all.

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JonB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

They called me the day before Valentine’s Day to tell me that it would be $125 a person prixe fix. I Felt like I got scammed and couldn’t change my plans the day before Valentines. There was no mention of the prixe fix before. The food was sub par and not very special. Walked away with a $400 check. I would never go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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vipLuba
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always! The food is spectacular - creative, delicious, and beautifully presented. There were a couple of truffle specials since it’s truffle season: truffle hot pockets, which are a playful rendition of a knish with potatoes and truffles wrapped in a soy skin. We also got a truffle pastrami sandwich which was an improved version of the regular menu pastrami sandwich. You should consider ordering either (depending on your truffle preference), because the pastrami is great. A bowl of ramen is the right move for the NYC winter weather. Will be back!

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ChrisA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great friendly service. The sake juice boxes were so fun and delish.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!! Great experience for brunch

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AFate
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes we had were amazing, our server was great and helped us figure out what to order, everything was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good was very tasty. Prices were outrageous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The staff seemed uninterested in giving a good dining experience and we were also informed that we would only be able to sit for an 1hr and 15min regardless of our reservation. Felt disrespectful and I will not be coming back or recommending. Too many other amazing restaurants where this would never happen.

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Foodluvrboi
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb

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HKAS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and service. Will be definitely going again!

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, would go again!
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JonathanB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely unique place that there is nothing anywhere else like it! The food was fantastic!

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SamH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Shalom japan presents an innovative take on jewish and japanese cuisine. The dishes are clever, make sense and were delicious. I liked the simple menu, enough options but i was not overwhelmed. The "jew egg", matza ball ramen, and desert sorbet in particular was remarkable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! We did the tasting menu which was a fantastic experience. We got to try nearly every delicious thing on the menu as well as get paired drinks along with every course. The staff was extremely courteous and the whole experience makes me want to go back again and again.

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vipphilips
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We did the tasting menu. It's great value but the ingredients are also not too expensive. The fusion is executed pretty well considering the vast difference between cultures. The service was slow, forgetting the drink pairing with the courses and the AC wasn't working so it was about 100 degrees in there. I prefer sitting at the bar for dinner, which is nice and spacious since they don't pack the restaurant out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food was underwhelming. For such a small menu I expected for some spectacular tasty plates. Oh well.

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cheesedoc18
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a bit expensive for amount of food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed everything about the experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Christmas Miyazaki hot pot Pre-fix!

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OPAndrew
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

the worst ... the absolute worst ... overpriced, poorly conceived, poorly planned, and poorly executed ... and EXPENSIVE. it was the absolute worst.

FAQs

Shalom Japan does offer 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 4.6 stars by 430 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.