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.


Contender for Melbourne's best sushi.

4 Lord Street, Richmond


The most ambitious Japanese restaurant in Melbourne.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Ichi Ni Nana

Gyoza, tempura, yakitori, sushi, don - this Japanese restaurant covers a lot of bases.

Ground Floor 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Izakaya Den

A hidden basement dedicated to eating and imbibing in equal parts.

Basement 114 Russell Street, Melbourne


An elegant, 16-seat Japanese fine diner by the former head chef at Koko’s.

Basement B01 139 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Shira Nui

Before he came to Australia, the owner spent 13 years cheffing in Japan.

247 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley


Sleek, Euro-Japanese dining delivered in a two-, three- or five- or seven-course format.

121 Lygon Street, Carlton


World-renowned Japanese culinary excellence.

Crown Riverwalk, Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Andrew McConnell's ultra-modern diner with karaoke in the basement.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake

A chalet-like ramen bar from the man behind Wabi Sabi Salon and Neko Neko.

6A Anchor Place, Prahran
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Saké Restaurant & Bar - St Kilda Road

So good it has outlets all up the east coast.

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Bar with great food, or restaurant with great drinks? You decide.

First Floor 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Izakaya Chuji

Japanese barbeque since 1989.

165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Wabi Sabi Salon

For cheap lunches.

94 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar

80 sakes in a modern izakaya setting.

152 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Maedaya Sake and Grill

Sake and barbeque in a rope-lined space.

400 Bridge Road, Richmond
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Bookings recommended.

3 Church Street, Hawthorn
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Peko Peko

Same name as Peko Peko in Fitzroy, but different owners.

190 Wells Street, South Melbourne

Tempura Hajime

For the love of batter.

60 Park Street, South Melbourne


Refined as they come.

14 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
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Mr Miyagi

Neon-lit and loud with a strong cocktail game.

99 Chapel Street, Windsor

Tokyo Tina

A loose and fun interpretation of Japanese by the Hanoi Hannah team.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor


No slave to tradition.

3-7 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

En Izakaya

Modern look, traditional eats.

277 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
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Ichi Ni

Watch the kitchen from three sides.

12 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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