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12 Essential Japanese Restaurants In Dallas

Where to eat sushi, okonomiyaki, and so much more

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From sushi to udon, Dallas is home to a surprisingly solid array of Japanese restaurants. The city’s Japanese cuisine scene has grown exponentially in recent years, meaning that tonkatsu junkies and tempura enthusiasts have more options than ever to satisfy a craving.

From Plano to Deep Ellum, these 13 essential Japanese restaurants serve excellent noodles, succulent grilled meat skewers, ridiculously fresh fish, and everything in between.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Yama Izakaya & Sushi

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8600 Preston Rd #120
Plano, TX 75024
(214) 618-8379
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With four DFW locations, izakaya-style dining is never far thanks to Yama. Dig into snacks like takoyaki and yakitori, then wash it all down with sake cocktails.

2. Ikigai Udon

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8245 Preston Rd #100
Plano, TX 75024
(469) 969-6072
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A chewy noodle that’s just as important as ramen, udon is the star of the show at this Plano restaurant. Eat udon in soup (beef or teriyaki chicken are good options), or consider twirling a bowl of noodles served with Japanese curry sauce or a mix of dashi and shoyu.

3. Mitsuwa Marketplace

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100 Legacy Dr Suite #110
Plano, TX 75023
(972) 517-1715
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This massive Japanese grocery chain’s Plano outpost offers a bounty of dining options. Hit the food court for a bowl of ramen, tempura veggies, and sushi, then finish with a sweet matcha-flavored treat.

4. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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5290 Belt Line Rd #115
Dallas, TX 75254
(469) 567-3237
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For $42 per person, splurge on a giant menu of all-you-can-eat meats, vegetables, snacks and more at this Addison yakinuku restaurant. The “ultimate” all-you-can-eat offering allows diners to pick from more than two dozen different proteins, ranging from filet mignon to duck breast and beef tongue.

5. Kazy's Gourmet Shop

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9256 Markville Dr
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 235-4831
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Serious home cooks flock to this Japanese grocery for sushi supplies and the freshest fish, but the sushi bar is also a solid lunch destination. The menu is pretty simple, including rolls, chirashi bowls, and tempura udon, and the price is right — it’s easy to dine here for less than $15.

6. Mr Max Cafe Nippon

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3028 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062
(972) 255-8889

One of the city’s longest-standing izakayas, Mr. Max serves reasonably-priced eats that are consistently solid. Steamed monkfish liver, grilled beef tongue, and bluefin tuna sashimi are always a good choice, as is the restaurant’s perfectly crispy chicken karaage.

7. Tei Tei Robata Bar

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2906 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-2400
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Ridiculously fresh fish, ranging from baby yellowtail to sea urchin, is brilliantly showcased at this Henderson Avenue bar. The seafood offerings rotate daily, so it’s best to walk in with an open mind and choose what looks tastiest from the specials board.

8. Teppo

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2014 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-8989
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One of the city’s few options for dining in a tatami room that must be reserved in advance, Teppo is also a yakitori heaven. Pay close attention to the specials board, where the day’s freshest fish and oysters will be priced.

9. Nobu

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400 Crescent Ct
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 252-7000
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One of the most influential Japanese restaurants in the United States and beyond, Dallas’ outpost of Nobu is still one of the city’s finest spots to splurge on sushi. The uni shooters and seared salmon sashimi are Nobu legends, and diners can indulge in chef-guided omakase dinners priced from $110 to $170.

10. Tei-An

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1722 Routh St Suite110
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 220-2828
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Consistently lauded as the best Japanese eatery in Dallas, Chef Teiichi Sakurai’s chic Arts District restaurant is an icon. The sushi is stellar, but Sakurai’s real specialty is perfect soba noodles crafted from buckwheat at the restaurant daily. Need a cheap lunch that’s still totally sophisticated? Hit the restaurant for ramen during lunch.

11. Niwa Japanese BBQ

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2939 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-6492
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Before grilling a bounty of proteins, order wagyu deviled eggs, cold soba, and okonomiyaki at this Deep Ellum yakinuku.

12. Oni Ramen

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2822 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 620-2162
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Classic tonkatsu, vegetarian, and “demon-spiced” bowls of ramen await at this Deep Ellum noodle shop.

13. TEN Ramen

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1888 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 803-4400
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Not dressed fancy enough to fit in at Tei-An? Head to Sylvan Thirty for a more casual bowl of noodles that still features the same obsessive attention to detail that makes chef Teiichi Sakurai’s restaurants great.

1. Yama Izakaya & Sushi

8600 Preston Rd #120, Plano, TX 75024

With four DFW locations, izakaya-style dining is never far thanks to Yama. Dig into snacks like takoyaki and yakitori, then wash it all down with sake cocktails.

8600 Preston Rd #120
Plano, TX 75024

2. Ikigai Udon

8245 Preston Rd #100, Plano, TX 75024

A chewy noodle that’s just as important as ramen, udon is the star of the show at this Plano restaurant. Eat udon in soup (beef or teriyaki chicken are good options), or consider twirling a bowl of noodles served with Japanese curry sauce or a mix of dashi and shoyu.

8245 Preston Rd #100
Plano, TX 75024

3. Mitsuwa Marketplace

100 Legacy Dr Suite #110, Plano, TX 75023

This massive Japanese grocery chain’s Plano outpost offers a bounty of dining options. Hit the food court for a bowl of ramen, tempura veggies, and sushi, then finish with a sweet matcha-flavored treat.

100 Legacy Dr Suite #110
Plano, TX 75023

4. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

5290 Belt Line Rd #115, Dallas, TX 75254

For $42 per person, splurge on a giant menu of all-you-can-eat meats, vegetables, snacks and more at this Addison yakinuku restaurant. The “ultimate” all-you-can-eat offering allows diners to pick from more than two dozen different proteins, ranging from filet mignon to duck breast and beef tongue.

5290 Belt Line Rd #115
Dallas, TX 75254

5. Kazy's Gourmet Shop

9256 Markville Dr, Dallas, TX 75243

Serious home cooks flock to this Japanese grocery for sushi supplies and the freshest fish, but the sushi bar is also a solid lunch destination. The menu is pretty simple, including rolls, chirashi bowls, and tempura udon, and the price is right — it’s easy to dine here for less than $15.

9256 Markville Dr
Dallas, TX 75243

6. Mr Max Cafe Nippon

3028 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75062

One of the city’s longest-standing izakayas, Mr. Max serves reasonably-priced eats that are consistently solid. Steamed monkfish liver, grilled beef tongue, and bluefin tuna sashimi are always a good choice, as is the restaurant’s perfectly crispy chicken karaage.

3028 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062

7. Tei Tei Robata Bar

2906 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Ridiculously fresh fish, ranging from baby yellowtail to sea urchin, is brilliantly showcased at this Henderson Avenue bar. The seafood offerings rotate daily, so it’s best to walk in with an open mind and choose what looks tastiest from the specials board.

2906 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Teppo

2014 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

One of the city’s few options for dining in a tatami room that must be reserved in advance, Teppo is also a yakitori heaven. Pay close attention to the specials board, where the day’s freshest fish and oysters will be priced.

2014 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Nobu

400 Crescent Ct, Dallas, TX 75201

One of the most influential Japanese restaurants in the United States and beyond, Dallas’ outpost of Nobu is still one of the city’s finest spots to splurge on sushi. The uni shooters and seared salmon sashimi are Nobu legends, and diners can indulge in chef-guided omakase dinners priced from $110 to $170.

400 Crescent Ct
Dallas, TX 75201

10. Tei-An

1722 Routh St Suite110, Dallas, TX 75201

Consistently lauded as the best Japanese eatery in Dallas, Chef Teiichi Sakurai’s chic Arts District restaurant is an icon. The sushi is stellar, but Sakurai’s real specialty is perfect soba noodles crafted from buckwheat at the restaurant daily. Need a cheap lunch that’s still totally sophisticated? Hit the restaurant for ramen during lunch.

1722 Routh St Suite110
Dallas, TX 75201

11. Niwa Japanese BBQ

2939 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Before grilling a bounty of proteins, order wagyu deviled eggs, cold soba, and okonomiyaki at this Deep Ellum yakinuku.

2939 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Oni Ramen

2822 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

Classic tonkatsu, vegetarian, and “demon-spiced” bowls of ramen await at this Deep Ellum noodle shop.

2822 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

13. TEN Ramen

1888 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

Not dressed fancy enough to fit in at Tei-An? Head to Sylvan Thirty for a more casual bowl of noodles that still features the same obsessive attention to detail that makes chef Teiichi Sakurai’s restaurants great.

1888 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

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