Shalom Japan

4.7
328 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.


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The Infatuation
8.4

Shalom Japan is what happens when two chefs from different backgrounds (Japanese & Jewish) fall in love and start making food instead of babies.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 328 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I randomly found this restaurant because I was searching for a place to eat specifically in this area. The fusion sounded really interesting and although I was skeptical, we were in the mood to try something new and different. Boy were we pleasantly surprised. Everything was so delicious (we tried a few different things). The service was great and everyone was so nice. We ordered the short rib which had just been added to the menu (my mouth is watering just thinking about it) and the chef came out to speak about it. The sake and cocktails were on point! Definitely recommending to everyone looking to try something delicious and new as well as looking for a cute, intimate, date night atmosphere.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Mother’s Day and the food and drinks were amazing!!!!!! Also, the staff is incredible across the board — total mensches.

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The noise spoiled the evening. We could not speak because everybody shouted.
The food was good but too expensive

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CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was looking forward to some interesting food, unfortunately, it was mostly bland.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

SO GOOD! Get the challah and bread pudding. And anything really.

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G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Introducing foodie friends used to the San Francisco food scene! Totally in love with this remarkable fusion food!

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought it was a lovely, unique dining experience that I would absolutely recommend to a friend- my only issue is that it is not a very vegetarian/vegan accessible place

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do the omakase - you get to try most of the menu! Sake pairing is a must and the somm knows his stuff!

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely tasty! Great date spot for friends or lovers who like unique!

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in conceptualisation, delivery of exceptional food and warm, informative and generous service. One of Brooklyn’s best.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. Server was very friendly and trusting - there was a severe allergy at the table. Prices were definitely high for some items. Both ramens were delicious but for comparison, Ippudo and Ivan Ramen is cheaper. Would go again!

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outrageously delicious. We loved it all, but the tuna tataki with black tahini, pastrami okonomiyaki and chocolate banana challah bread pudding were among our favorites.

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DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful fusion on traditional Jewish food and Japanese food, everything here is fully thought out - from the menu, to the drinks, to the decor. The food is delicious - we enjoyed everything we ordered. Stand out orders included the scallops, duck wings, friend chicken, lox bowl and Sesame Temomi Mazemen, although to be fair, everything we ordered was a unanimous winner. Great place to share plates to try as many things as you want.

Highly recommend this to whoever is thinking of going.

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a
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Shalom Japan! We introduced two friends who had never been, and they loved it (we ordered bunches of apps and a couple of entrees.) Privately though, my husband and I agreed that while the food was really good it was not GREAT as it has always been. Not exactly sure why--the Tuna Tatori was not as flavorful, the Challah not as extraordinary. Maybe just an off night in the kitchen. We still love shalom Japan but hope it rises back up to its own high bar.

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LT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good drinks, good service, good ambience. I’ll go back 100%

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shalom Japan is a lot of fun and they are incredibly nice to host the larger group of Asian food enthusiasts that I bring. Shalom Japan, like the name indicates, fuses Jewish and Japanese food. Atmosphere is great, and just a quick walk from the train. Look forward to returning! Highly recommend : )

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This warm, cozy neighborhood place is consistently amazing. Each dish is an adventure, and all of the food is served and presented with grace and pride. The flavors are bold and subtle at the same time, and a meal at Shalom Japan is satisfying in every conceivable way.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, delicious! Omakase menu with sake pairings. Fantastic.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service! our waiter was not pushy but wonderfully enthusiastic about the menu items. Knowledgable too. The challah roll was least exciting, could have skipped that. Scallop special was outstanding! Matzoh Ball Ramen perfect - Foies Gras Dumpling incredible, and so were Peking duck legs. Cant wait to bring my sister here when she visits!

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p
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven’t been to SJ in several years and we were delighted by how the menu felt familiar yet excitingly fresh. We won’t wait that long to return!

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T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was fun. But, ultimately, the food wasn't as interesting or focused as the descriptions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Unique spot with a limited but tasty menu

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the hype!

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BA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , unique dishes, little pricey if you want to try it all but Deff worth checking off your list of things to try

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Have recommended it to numerous friends. The food was tasty and unique, and the ambience was very pleasant. Would definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. The food is so delicious, truly the best of both worlds. A new favorite.

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CZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible, and the food was creative. It’s Shalom than Japan, but I was very happy with my Matzoh Ball Ramen. The egg in it was cooked and spiced to perfection.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great. The food and service was excellent

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! A culinary combination so carefully crafted, meticulously plated, featuring impeccable service, Shalom Japan is a terrific dining experience!

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The location was convenient. Server was outstanding. Definitely worth a visit. Perfect for a date night.

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ZM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Interesting, creative and amusing food that is also delicious! Don’t miss the clever take on lox and a bagel and the miso scallops. And the matzoh ball ramen is just what your Japanese-Jewish grandma would recommend for a cold winter night.
The seating is tight but the restaurant isn’t too loud. And the omokase is a great deal. Would recommend strongly.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Small space so a bit of noise but not overwhelming. The scallops and tuna tataki was on the money. The “Jew egg” their word not mine lol, wasn’t that great. Good idea but not stellar. Ramen was a 4/5. Dumpling in the ramen was great but the broth base wasn’t very flavorful. Solid 4 definitely worth trying and love the idea and ingenuity of the restaurant.

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d
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Will return and will recommend

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This is my third time dining at Shalom Japan and we’ve always enjoyed our experience. Unfortunately this last time will most likely be my last. Our wait staff was extremely rude and condescending toward us. It is not clear what options are appetizers versus entrees. Also, one of my friends wanted chicken on a salad and was told that was not possible even though the fried chicken was an appetizer. The waiter tried to talk him into an entree that he didn’t want at all. Then, one person received their meal while the rest of the table waited at least 40 minutes for our meal to come out and no one apologized for the long wait. It’s quite unfortunate because I’ve always enjoyed this restaurant and come from out of state to visit this establishment. We were all very disappointed by this most recent visit.

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B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Every course in omakase was amazing

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch. Fusion without novelty. Probably more Japanese than Jewish, but unquestionably great. Enjoy!

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KG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a fun evening all around. Great ambiance, great food, really friendly staff with excellent service.

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b
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, friendly service, and cool ambiance. I had a great time!

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TS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

My wife and I really wanted to like it here, she is Jewish (nice that they mix in some Jewish staples on the menu), we both love Japanese food, and it's nearby home for us. But unfortunately, the experience continued to degrade throughout the night.

First, we were told that in order to do omakase, we both had to do so. I wanted my meal to be duck-heavy with one or two apps for additional flavor,so doing the $75 chef's selection didn't make much sense. I can understand how some restaurants would require this to truly bring out the experience of omakase, but given this was simply a tasting menu and we observed the lone diner next to us cycle through the tasting samples, it didn't seem wise that the man in the kitchen (whom appeared to be the manager) would put the kibosh on this. The same man whom my wife later witnessed put his fingers in her rice to taste for himself.

On top of all that, we incidentally learned that the glass of hot sake is a better value than the carafe. Initially we ordered a carafe, but they only brought a glass. Once we ordered the carafe, we were very skeptical that it was much more volume than the glass, so we did a trial by ordering another glass and measured out that the carafe was hardly more than the glass (1.5x at best estimate), while being double the price.

We will say that the food was great, but the restaurant just seemed like a poorly ran operation, so we will struggle to convince ourselves to go back.

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