Whether it’s sushi rolls, steaming bowls of donburi or ramen, or teppanyaki straight off the grill, you’ll find niche restaurants, bustling takeaway outlets and hole-in-the-wall eateries dotted around the city everywhere you look. We’ve put together a list of our favourites.

Yoko Dining


A two-storey Japanese izakaya from star restaurateur Jonathan Barthelmess.

Howard Smith Wharves 5 Boundary Sreet, Brisbane

Bird's Nest Yakitori


Beak-to-tail, Japanese barbeque style.

5/220 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane



Prawn doughnuts with yuzu curd are the kind of creative fare you can expect at this moody, communal Japanese restaurant from the owners of Longtime.

23 Alden Street, Fortitude Valley

Sake Restaurant & Bar


Consistency is the hallmark of this Japanese chain, which has restaurants in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Level 1 45 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane

Taro's Ramen Stones Corner


Brisbane’s tonkotsu master marks out new territory in the city’s inner south-east.

16 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner

Taro’s South Brisbane


The ramen you love – south of the river.

154 Melbourne Street, West End

Ramen Danbo


A contender for Brisbane's best ramen.

52 Merivale Street, South Brisbane



A meticulous style of Japanese dining for East Brisbane.

T5 45 Wellington Road, East Brisbane



Pan-Asian share plates and an impressive drinks list in a moody Valley dining room.

2 624 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

The Boom Boom Room


The Boom Boom Room has swapped out dumplings for izakaya-style food. Now, it's low-key serving some of the best Japanese food in town. Visit for stellar Japanese drinking food, served in an elegant setting.

49 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Izakana-Ya Okuman


Here, you’ll learn there’s more to Japanese food than sushi, sashimi and ramen.

Shop 6 220 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Taro’s Ramen & Cafe


BYO bib, or prepare to get wonderfully messy.

Level 2 480 Queen Street, Brisbane

Harajuku Gyoza


A fun, modern take on traditional izakaya.

Albert Lane 141 Queen Street, Brisbane