10 Best Boston Japanese Restaurants Make it Easy to Curb Your Craving For Sushi, Hibachi, Ramen, Yakitori and Shabu Shabu

Boston has seen an influx in Japanese restaurants many that offer raw fish that meets even the highest standards; those that are casual, some that are among the fanciest restaurants in all of Boston, and others that skip the sushi in favor of offering a different take on Japanese. All ranging in price, varying in style but all sharing the common thread of serving the best Japanese to be found in Boston. 

If you're craving an upscale experience but really want some of the best sushi you can find you'll find that the Eliot Hotel's hot spot Uni fits the bill. Helmed by famed chef, Ken Oringer. Not only does Uni do sushi right, it was one of the first to lead the charge in late night noodle bowls, offering a steal for a bowl of steaming Ramen.

While Uni is one of the most upscale spots, Yakitori Zai takes a pass on serving sushi in favor of other another trend- skewered grilled meats and bowls of Ramen.

Of course there are also those who have proven themselves to be contenders on all fronts over time. Fugakyu is a Brookline institution that has more than its fair share of regulars who have been flocking their since they opened many years ago to enjoy their sensational sushi, hot pots and Japanese menu items in a setting that transports you to Japan.

One thing is certain, whatever your Japanese craving may be 10best has found a spot where you can fulfill it

Outside the City


A Japanese style steakhouse that also happens to serve some pretty good sushi not far from some of the best shopping in the state sets Samba's Japanese food apart. Area locals flock to Samba on Sundays when kids eat fee with the purchase of an...  Read More



Located in Chestnut Hill, this tiny sushi joint serves up the freshest fare and is accustomed to packing it to go. With only a small sushi bar and a few tables, you can expect a wait at Oishii (or easily enjoy it as take-out). Specialties...  Read More



Shiki is not the type of place you'd stroll past and assume they had some of the best Japanese food in all of Boston, but once you eat there, you'll long for a return trip. Traditional Japanese food is served in a simple setting. So authentic is...  Read More



Q is a hot pot spot that serves excellent sushi as well as other Asian treats. A one stop shop for your Asian cravings they do an excellent Shabu Shabu style meal that is a fun sharing experience for those you are with. Platters of raw meat,...  Read More

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Misono is a small Asian eatery located in a non-descript strip mall on West Roxbury's VFW Parkway. Don't let the location fool you because inside those doors the food that awaits is amazing! Enjoy one of the Chef's Special Rolls like the...  Read More



A shoji-screened window and a small sign are the only indications that this nondescript brick building houses some of the finest sashimi in Boston. Chef and owner Tim Cushman works with his chefs to fuse exotic flavors with the purity of small...  Read More

Uni Sashimi Bar
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Uni, located in the lounge of Clio, is a hip Back Bay gathering spot. energetic yet intimate, with a reverence for the food and a large selection of sakes. Sashimi is imported from Tokyo's Tskuji market, as well as local sources, and is paired...  Read More

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Fugakyu in Brookline's Coolidge Corner is a favorite for many Boston locals since it opened its doors. Everything is perfectly prepared, and their fun variations of rolls, which use their super fresh fish, are served in your setting of choice:...  Read More


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