From Sushi Rolls to Ramen Noodles: Best Japanese Restaurants in Denver
By Diana Rowe
Denver Local Expert
Sometimes, the urge to have Japanese food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Denver's best Japanese restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Denver. We vet restaurants carefully for quality. When you set out to experience Japenese resteaurants in Denver, you're looking for culinary culture, but mostly you're searching for a great meal, Japanese style.
Whether you lean toward the sushi, sashmi, tempura, or the noodles, we want you to know that when we recommend popular eateries like Sushi Den or tell you that Sushi Uokura gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We want to direct you to neighborhood favorites like Taki Sushi in Wash Park, Namiko's Sushi bar and Japanese Restaurant in Arvada; or Halu Sushi, an affordable option in Golden. We also add local expert tips, so you know where to find the best sushi happy hour; the most sushi rolls; and the best ramen noodles.
Because after all, when that Japanese craving strikes, you want your sushi now. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.
10 Halu Sushi & Asian Bistro
Halu Sushi & Asian Bistro is a cozy family owned sushi and Asian/Chinese restaurant, located on Old Golden Road in a former fast food restaurant (Wendy's). The sushi menu is extensive,fresh, tasty and affordable with sushi rolls starting at just $4.95 to $10.95. The owner Marvin accomplishes a lot with the hodgepodge space. Entrance opens to the sushi bar, and then to left are tables for seating, including a sunken bottom area (courtesy of former building design).The menu consists of typical , shareable Chinese dishes ($8.95-$14.95), from Happy Family to Kung Pao and Mongolian Chicken -- all very tasty and the usual more-than-you-can-eat in one sitting Chinese meal. (303-279-5231)
9 Taki Sushi
If you live in Wash Park, you already know about Taki Sushi. Japanese Fusion Cuisine at its finest, packaged in a little joint. Don't let its small exterior fool you. Taki Sushi seriously serves some of the best and freshest sushi in town, but the ultimate is the always impeccable service. If you're searching for quality food in a relaxed, nonpretentious atmosphere, you've come to the right place. Taki Sushi fills the bill for this neighborhood Japanese joint, with a combination of sushi,rolls, handrolls, and their tantalizing Japanese fusion style rolls. Non-sushi restaurant goers can also order from their cooked menu of fish, chicken and beef. (303-282-0111)
8 Oshima Ramen
Oshima Ramen is on a mission to ensure that you get tasty noodle dishes delivered to your table swiftly and with a smile. With sister restaurants in Japan, it's not surprising that this ramen shop is as authentic as they come. From spicy chicken soup to steaming vegetable soup, all bowls feature Oshima's flavorful, signature broth and a host of noodles, vegetables, and such. The open kitchen allows guests to experience the fine art of the noodle for themselves, but service is a bit too laid back and slow. However, for those into ramen noddles, over look the lackadaisical service and concentrate on the tasty noodles. (720-482-0264)
This sushi authority appears small and unassuming from the outside, especially given its strip mall location. Once you're inside and sample a sushi roll or a serving of perfectly marinated teriyaki chicken, you'll realize that Japon does indeed have bragging rights. Tasty cuisine and a sure hand in the kitchen as well as on the floor add up to a most rewarding experience. Owner Miki Hashimoto keeps the restaurant ambience alive with exciting sushi and unique Japanese-styledishes, while Executive Chef Yoji also creates unique monthly dishes, such as Live Lobster with cooked pesto sauce and Filet Mignon with Foie Gras. (303-744-0330)
This Japanese restaurant knows how to prepare sushi, and with over 100 options available, the menu offers plenty of choices with fish, seaweed, eel, or avocado on the outside; try whole fried rolls; or opt for a low-carb selection, made without rice. than 100 special variations. Some are expensive and adventurous, like the Roll in the Hay including salmon and smelt roe, quail egg and wiggly sea urchin. Some are more accessible, such as Funky Monkey Baby stuffed with avocado and soft shell crab. If sushi isn't your thing, Banzai offers fully cooked,tempting array of traditional dishes including fish, chicken or beef. The menu features a wide range of just about everything from tempura and teriyaki to katsu and hibachi offerings. Reservations accepted only for groups of four or more. (303-329-3366)
5 Osaka Sushi
Tucked away from the hustle of Colorado Boulevard, Osaka Sushi is a real find for those who love authentic Japanese cuisine. Expertly prepared by veteran chefs, flavorful dishes come proudly presented by attentive servers. Try a Denver roll, delicately filled with yellowtail tuna, crab, cucumber, and radish sprouts, or sample a vegetarian dish of tofu and steamed vegetables. If you dare, order the Nuclear Sushi roll and be prepared for a VERY, very, very spicy kick of flavor! Cooked options are available, and sushi happy hours offer tasty treats at reduced prices. A pleasant atmosphere, an enclosed patio, and small white lights dangling above set the dining scene. (303-698-9919)
4 Namiko's Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
Family owned and operated, Namiko's is a popular Arvada sushi and Japanese Restaurant. If you're looking for fresh food, bigger portions, better prices, and great service, you'll find it here. Their tempura is made with premium soybean oil and always is served fresh and flaky! Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays), Namiko's offers both sushi bar and Japanese menu items. Located in a strip mall, Namiko's offers plenty of parking, and although weekends are typically busy, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you'll be seated even when it's crowded, and the staff is always friendly and ever present. (303-420-3600, 303-423-6115)
3 Sushi Uokura
Juxtaposing homespun charm and modern pizzazz, Sushi Uokura breaks out of the mold of typical sushi places. The restaurant is housed in a refurbished cottage and provides a comforting, if somewhat odd, backdrop to stellar sushi. Accept that it's not a fancy Japanese restaurant but revel in the reasonable pricing and laidback setting. Accept that they don't service alcohol. Instead focus on festing on their noodle dishes, sukiyaki, and even steak, but don't forget the sushi. Yellowfin tuna, red snapper, salmon, and Spanish mackerel are cut precisely and crafted into superb rolls that you'll come to crave again and again. (303-278-8000)
2 Domo Restaurant
To say the least, Domo Restaurant is enchanting. It steps outside your typical restaurant ambience beginning with the dining room reminiscent of a charming cottage with its tables made from stone and seats from tree stumps. The backyard is an urban oasis, almost as if you're dining in an exquisite display garden. No matter where you choose to dine, you'll enjoy Japanese country cooking, such as eggy tojimono, donburi bowls topped with fresh raw fish, and a fantastic list of noodles. Entrees are served with sides of pickled vegetables, yams and fermented soybeans. (303-595-3666)
1 Sushi Den
Many credit Sushi Den's entry onto the dining scene with the popularity of sushi in Denver. No matter how you slice it, Sushi Den's wonderful, high-quality dishes are sure to please, and fresh fish is flown in daily -- a practice that makes for a slightly pricier, but more than worthy, menu. The modern decor encourages trendy crowds to visit over sake, sushi, and sashimi. Other notable dishes include teriyaki sesame chicken and roasted sea bass with wasabi-caper beurre blanc. Cooked dishes and tempura are equally appealing. For those wanting to bring the Japanese style cuisine to their home, consider taking their "SLICED! SUSHI MAKING CLASS." (303-777-0826)
About Diana Rowe
Diana Rowe landed in Denver more than 25 years ago and has never tired of exploring the Mile High City with her family, her husband, or on her own. The nooks and crannies of Denver’s neighborhoods are as exciting as the tried-and-true attractions, and Denver is always an adventure waiting to happen. As a travel writer for more than 14 years, Diana has explored many local and international destinations. But home is where the heart is, and Denver is forever etched as one of Diana’s favorite destinations.
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