Offering you a modern take on izakaya dining, 8 at The Londoner is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. Set on a Leicester Square rooftop, you can tuck into small bites, omakase and robata-grilled dishes, washed down with all manner of boozy bevs.
London Japanese Restaurants
Whether you're a sushi buff, looking to chow down on classic katsu and teriyaki, or try some robata-grilled delights, this city has a little something for you. Check out our recommendations for the best Japanese restaurants in London, including everything from high-end eateries to izakaya bars, and get to know some of the most attractive (and tasty) plates in the business.
For the sushi-craving amongst you? Check out our guide.
Searching for places to eat Japanese food in London? Check out Ginza in Mayfair and you'll be in for a treat. Settle into their decadent interiors as you feast on wagyu steak tartare, spicy tuna maki rolls and much more, alongside a cocktail or two.
Bloomsbury Street Kitchen is whipping up authentic Japanese flavours with Mediterranean influences. Stars of the show here include the stunning sake-flamed black garlic king prawn, a six-course omakase tasting menu and crispy soft-shell crab harumaki rolls.
Every Saturday, you can get stuck into a delicious Japanese brunch for £40. We're talking everything from salmon sashimi and maki rolls to veggie gyozas and prawn tempura. Plus, you can pair your food with a glass of bubbles or cocktail.
If you're on the hunt for a Japanese restaurant in East London, then Apothecary hits the spot with their izakaya-style bar. Head over to tuck into delicious small plates, such as sushi and hirata buns, as well as knock back a couple of glasses of rare Asian spirits, beers and cocktails.
Boasting charcoal grilled chicken, maki rolls and crispy prawn bao buns, Sican is an excellent Fitzrovia restaurant. Head into their sleek interiors and be sure to pair your Nikkei-style meal with a signature cocktail. We recommend trying the wasabi margarita for something spicy.
On the hunt for a first-class Japanese restaurant? You're in luck, as Yuu Kitchen has a mouthwatering menu of Southeast Asian bites. From soft shell crab bao buns to spicy tuna tostadas and chicken wings, this Commercial Street venue won't disappoint hungry folk.
One of the top Japanese restaurants in London if you want more affordable fare, DUO Shoreditch is the cool spot serving it up as Brazilian fusion plates. To top it off? There's a menu of unique cocktails and bespoke pours getting the party started.
If you're on the hunt for a Japanese restaurant in Central London with a little extra wow-factor, Aqua Kyoto is just the place. Perfectly perched on a rooftop just off Regent Street, the venue serves up tasty omakase sushi, bento boxes, tempura and specials from the robata grill.
Experience a fusion of South American and Japanese flavours at this unique spot. Ayllu celebrates the finest in Nikkei cuisine with star dishes that include omakase nigiri and sashimi, alongside ceviche of grilled salmon and blackened cod.
Looking for a Japanese restaurant in London's Soho? Inamo has something that nearly no other venues have: interactive tables. Not only can you play games or watch the chefs work from your seat, but these guys are also coming at you with sushi and katsu curry to die for. Plus, there's an interactive room of karaoke and more for afters.
Head over to Soho where Frith Street restaurant Chotto Matte is marrying the cultures of Peru and Japan through its vibrant interiors and Nikkei plates. Tuck into sashimi served with dipping sauces, as well as beef tataki with passion fruit salsa or aubergine flavoured by miso and apricot.
Japan Centre have whipped up their very own DIY sushi kit, meaning you can tuck into freshly made Japanese dishes whenever you want to. Learn all about the art of rolling spicy tuna and avocado norimaki next time you're looking for a quirky date night idea.