Ten Essential Places in Dallas to Get a Japanese Food Fix

It’s no secret that Dallasites have a penchant for Japanese food–and so much so, that you can find a good sushi spot in nearly every neighborhood. But the city’s Japanese cuisine scene goes well beyond sushi.

Undoubtedly one of the hottest spots in the city right now is Uchi, a super-sleek restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Tyson Cole. The menu runs the gamut from elegantly presented platters of sushi and sashimi to innovative specialties like oak-grilled escolar with citrus marmalade.

There’s also Nikkei, a stunning uptown spot showcasing luscious Japanese-Peruvian fare and seriously sophisticated cocktails.  

Craving noodles? The head to Wabi House, a modern izakaya-style Japanese restaurant that focuses on exceptional ramen and share plates like chicken karaage and crispy pork ears.

As to Dallas’ very best Japanese joint? It’s a big call. But local Japanophiles swear by Tei-An and for good reason: The Arts District restaurant has consistently earned a five-star rating by restaurant critics since it opened a decade ago. In fact, Tei-An’s owner and chef, Teiichi Sakurai, is responsible for spawning some of the city’s other Japanese hits, including Teppo Yakitori and Tei Tei Robata Bar.

And these don’t even scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Grab your chopsticks and dig in to the other places where you can enjoy sushi, sashimi, ramen and so much more.

Ten Ramen
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Miniscule in size, massive in quality, this Tokyo-inspired ramen shack has taken Dallas by storm with its stellar bowls of silky smooth, slurp-able soup noodles. Located in the Sylvan Thirty complex, Ten Ramen (Ten, meaning heaven in Japanese)...  Read More

Wa Kubota
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Sensational sushi? Check. Terrific tempura? Check. Char-grilled specialties like ishiyaki-style Japanese Wagyu and miso marinated halibut? Check and check. Welcome to Wa Kubota, a handsome new arrival on DFW's Japanese food scene that's been...  Read More

ZEN Sushi
Photo courtesy of Manny Rodriguez


A simple, yet upscale ambiance creates a perfect backdrop for some of the most imaginative Japanese cuisine in the city. You'll find much of the action taking place at the end of the sushi bar where owner and sushi chef Michelle Carpenter...  Read More

Wabi House
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Finding ramen in Dallas is hardly difficult, but finding seriously slurpable soup noodles that will knock your socks off isn't always so simple. Enter Wabi House, a sleek, wood-lined izakaya-style spot that's been taking the city by storm ever...  Read More

Nikkei Dallas
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Recently creating some serious buzz is Nikkei, a new 4,000- square-foot Uptown stunner, named for the Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine inspired by Japanese immigrants who settled in Peru in the late 1800s. That means, diners can expect to find...  Read More

Niwa Japanese BBQ
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For those who want to venture beyond sushi, behold Niwa, a super-slick yakiniku spot where diners cook up raw, bite-sized pieces of marinated proteins and veggies over grills built right into their tables. Pork belly, chicken, sausage, rib eye...  Read More

Teppo Yakitori and Sushi Bar
Photo courtesy of Joey Stewart Photography


Dallas has almost as many sushi restaurants as it does Tex-Mex ones, but not many live up to, and in this case, exceed expectations like this pocket-sized sushi-paradise does. And with its sleek decor and prominent sushi counter, Teppo would fit...  Read More

Tei Tei Robata Bar
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This Henderson Avenue Japanese joint, tucked in behind a Zen garden, has a reputation larger than its compact-sized digs. Which makes scoring a table difficult without a booking. But if you're lucky there may be a spare stool at the bar where...  Read More

Uchi Dallas
Photo courtesy of Erica Wilkins


The hype surrounding James Beard award-winning chef Tyson Cole's Austin-based sushi paradise hasn't diminished in the least since it landed in Dallas the summer of 2015. And as such, getting a reservation here can be a challenge. Fortunately,...  Read More

Tei-An Soba House and Sushi
Photo courtesy of Joey Stewart Photography


Getting a table at this Dallas Arts District hot spot has been a challenge ever since it opened in 2008. Understandably so, as Tei-An is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Dallas. And its chef/owner, Teiichi Sakurai, has been a...  Read More


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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene