Do you love Japanese food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Japanese cuisine in Nashville. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Nashville restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Ken's Japanese Restaurant, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Sonobana. We also point out good neighborhoods for Japanese restaurants in Nashville - West End Avenue, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!
Ru San's Japanese Sushi and Seafood Restaurant
Nashville's favorite, albeit expensive, sushi place is Ru San's. WIth over 500 sushi items, the young professionals and singles who frequent the noisy restaurant enjoy both old favorites and specialty items. These include rolls such as the Georgia On My Mind, Firecracker and Rising-San. Ru San's also serves mains and noodle dishes, and don't forget the sake! (866-519-9581)
Located in Nashville's historic district, the storefront of this casual Japanese restaurant is a showcase of traditional Japanese delicacies – making for a unique scene in the heart of the Music City. Locals know that Ichiban is the place to go for great sushi. The menu includes such regionalized specialties as the "Dixieland Roll," " Nashville Roll," and "Second Avenue Roll." Brave diners may even opt to sample the interestingly named "Caterpillar Roll" – don't worry; there are no baby butterflies. (615-244-7900)
Offering traditional favs like sashimi, sushi and tempura, this contemporary-looking restaurant upholds a popular reputation among Belle Meade's young and trendy crowd. Professionals from neighboring offices often enjoy the bento box option at lunch. Tatami dining rooms are also available for those parties wanting a little privacy. (615-356-6600, 615-356-2589 (groc))
Ultra-modern décor and refined wait staff let you know immediately that this is one of Nashville's most exclusive Japanese restaurants. Hibachi dinners are the specialty here, and the locals get a big kick out of the chefs' spirited chopping and dicing routines. For those with sushi in mind, Goten offers what many regard as Nashville's best sushi bar. (615-321-4537)