There are some outstanding Japanese restaurants in Dublin.
North, south, east or west, Dublin has you covered when it comes to authentic Japanese flavours – and a couple of cultural infusions to really spice things up!
And, while some tend to grab all of the attention online, the city is home to some hidden gems that dish up reasonably priced (and delicious!) food.
Below, you’ll find where to grab the finest Japanese food in Dublin, from popular spots to several often missed sushi bars. Dive on in!
What we think are the best Japanese restaurants in Dublin
The first section of our guide is packed with what we think are the best Japanese restaurants in Dublin (see our guide to the best sushi in Dublin, if you just fancy great sushi!).
These are pubs and restaurants in Dublin that we (one of the Irish Road Trip team) have munched away in at some point over the years. Dive on in!
1. Zakura Noodle & Sushi Restaurant
In the heart of Portobello, and just to the south of St. Stephen’s Green, you’ll find Zakura Noodle & Sushi. Step through the door and leave Dublin behind as you’re immersed in a traditional Japanese aesthetic; bamboo screens, minimalist table settings, and beautiful clay-fired serving dishes.
The menu is equally spectacular with lots more on offer than just noodles and sushi. Put aside the California rolls, and indulge in their Ebi tempura or pork Gyoza.
There’s also excellent Negima Yakitori, Katsu chicken curry, or the famous and traditional Teppan Teriyaki! This is our favourite of the many Japanese restaurants in Dublin for good reason.
2. Musashi Noodle & Sushi Bar
Northwest of the River Liffey, and one block up from Grattan Bridge, Musashi Noodle & Sushi Bar is your one-stop spot for stunning Japanese food in Dublin.
With an open-plan dining space and minimal distractions from your companions, Musashi’s food is the true focal point.
Whilst their sushi and sashimi are superb, don’t overlook the soft shell crab tempura and avocado Futomaki, the Tako Sunomono, or their Yasai tempura that is delicious!
Open 7 days; from 12-10pm, and with a choice of dine-in, takeaway, and delivery available, it’s also only a stone’s through away from many important sightseeing locations north of the river.
3. Eatokyo Asian Street Food
With locations on Capel Street, Talbot Street and in Temple Bar, you’re never too far from an Eatokyo – one of the more popular Japanese restaurants in Dublin.
Open 7 days a week, from 12-10pm, with contactless delivery, takeaway, and of course dine-in. With starters like these, you’ll be spoilt for choice: Yasai Goyza, Asian-style chicken wings, beef Kushiyaki, and mixed tempura.
But try to save some room for mains, their wok-fried noodles are a speciality, and definitely try the seafood Yaki Soba!
4. Michie Sushi Ranelagh
South of the Grand Canal, Michie Sushi in Ranelagh is just what you’re looking for if you’re staying outside of the heart of the city.
Settle back into their relaxed and informal setting, and enjoy the impeccable presentation of every dish. You won’t go wrong when ordering the Tokyo or Osaka Hosomaki sushi rolls for something a little different or stick with the ever-popular Yakitori, Gyoza, and Alaska Futomaki rolls.
Open 6 days a week, from 12-9pm, closed on Mondays. Michie Sushi offers dine-in and takeaway, as well as contactless delivery for orders.
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5. Zakura Izakaya
Located near the Grand Canal, and only a short walk from Wilton Square, your biggest decision will be where to sit; inside in their beautiful setting, outside to watch the passing parade, or takeaway to enjoy near the water.
Fancy some ebi Katsu? Or maybe edamame to nibble while you read the menu, there’s so much to choose from.
Do try the Yasai Cha Han on the lunch specials, or the Bento Box for a treat. Open Sun-Wed from 12-10pm, and Thu-Sat 12-11pm.
Other popular spots for Japanese food in Dublin
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to grab Japanese food in Dublin.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Japanese restaurants in Dublin.
1. Japanese Grill by J2 Sushi
This restaurant boasts views of the river, and with its floor to ceiling windows is a fantastic spot no matter the weather.
Do try their Donburi Chirashi, which is a feast of the eyes as well as the appetite, or their j2 red dragon to give your day an extra kick.
They offer dine-in, takeaway, and delivery, and are open 6 days a week, from 12-10pm, closed on Mondays. This is another of the better-known Japanese restaurants in Dublin.
2. Sushida St. Andrew’s Street
A small and quiet restaurant, it’s the ideal spot for catching up with friends over a relaxed evening, or grabbing a quick mid-afternoon bite whilst out exploring the old town.
Plentiful selections of sushi and sashimi will have you refueled in no time. The Tappan Teriyaki salmon is a must-try as well! Usually, open 7 days a week; from 4-10pm.
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3. Ramen Co
Even if noodles are your thing, there’s more than ramen on offer at Ramen Co to tantalise your tastebuds!
Check out this restaurant for its contemporary vibe and minimal aesthetic with raised wooden tables and stools, and monochromatic colour scheme.
Ramen is on the menu, but when it comes to their menu delights, look no further than the handmade roast duck and hoisin, chicken and satay, prawn, or spicy kimchi and chilli sauce dumplings!
4. Japanese Kitchen by J2 Sushi
Nestled between O’Connell and Butt bridges, Japanese Kitchen by J2 Sushi is part of a popular Japanese chain in Dublin. It shares a similar vibe to the other locations, with menus that reflect the J2 dining style.
The beef Guinness curry is a unique blend of Irish and Japanese flavours, and the spicy chicken Teriyaki rice bowl is a hearty lunchtime option. The Takoyaki are a dinner special not to be missed!
Open 6 days a week, from 12-3pm for lunch, and 5-10pm for dinner. You can also order online for delivery or takeaway. Note: closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
5. Banyi Japanese Dining
In the centre of Temple Bar, this Japanese restaurant is bound to soothe and satisfy after a lively exploration of the nearby bars and shops. Walking into the well-lit dining room with its bright decorations, and relax into the informal setting of bench seating.
As a tapas-style entree, enjoy the Gyu Kuskiyaki, Yakitori, or Tori Kara age to begin your dining experience.
From there, you won’t go wrong with the Nabeyaki or Ikasumi for something to challenge your mind and your taste buds!
6. SOUP Ramen
Whilst out of Dublin central, and in the heart of Dun Laoghaire, SOUP Ramen is your best bet for delicious Japanese when in this neck of the woods. Tucked into a traditional shop front, this restaurant offers hearty bowls of ramen with a range of flavours.
From Tonkatsu pork ramen, to super salads or the lip-smacking Umami with its pickled Shimeji mushrooms, or just small bites to share of fried chicken or deep-fried Kimchi, you won’t leave hungry.
Available for dine-in or takeaway, and open 6 days a week, from 12-11pm, and closed on Monday. This is another of the more popular places for Japanese food in Dublin for good reason.
Last but by no means least is Yamamori. This is a chain of Japenese restaurants in Dublin is home to what’s arguably the best sushi in Dublin City.
It’s definitely the longest-running, anyway! When Yamamori opened back in 1995, it’s was the second Japanese restaurant to arrive in Ireland.
Since then, it’s gone on to become the oldest sushi restaurant in Dublin and in Ireland as a whole (the first Japanese restaurant closed a number of years ago).
Yamamori has a number of locations in Dublin and the food here has racked up hundreds of excellent reviews online.
Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great spots for Japanese food in Dublin from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Japanese restaurant in Dublin that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best Japanese food in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the newest Japanese restaurants in Dublin?’ to ‘Which are the most authentic?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best Japanese restaurants in Dublin?
In our opinion, the best places for Japanese food in Dublin are Eatokyo, Musashi Noodle & Sushi Bar and Zakura Noodle & Sushi Restaurant.
What are the most overlooked places for Japanese food in Dublin?
Some of the most overlooked Japanese restaurants in Dublin are Musashi, Sushida and Ramen Co.