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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Houston

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Benihana - Houston, TX restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5319)
$30 and under
Japanese
Far Westheimer
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
SarahB
Dined 3 days ago
Benihana for lunch is affordable and fun. No waiting for a table.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Willowbrook, TX restaurant
4.8
4.8 (232)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Tomball
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
ThomasY
Dined on Feb 3, 2024
This had to have been our best visit. Waiter Hao was amazing and helpful. He was very attentive! And food came out quick
A photo of Aya Sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (150)
$50 and over
Japanese
Bellaire
About the restaurant
A fresh, modern sushi experience in the Bellaire Triangle featuring innovative Japanese cuisine from reknowned chef Yoshi Katsuyama.

Guests can expect to enjoy fresh fish daily in a vairety of nigiri, maki, and sashimi preparations alongside traditional Japanese favorites from the kitchen. Aya features an innovative cocktail program, as well as an extensive selection of wine, sake, and Japanese whisky.

For the full Aya experience, enjoy chef's multi-course omakase option alongside hand-selected pairings including sake and wine.

With limited seating capacity, we reserve the sushi bar exclusively for omakase at this time. To book your sushi bar experience, please inquire via email: info@ayasushi.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Quickly becoming one of our favourite restaurants in Houston. Food is amazing and service is also at the same level. The staff are so welcoming and knowledgeable and help guide you through the different menus and drink options, which are all awesome and change regularly
A photo of KUU Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1145)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Westside
About the restaurant
Former Nobu London Chef Adison Lee brings his imagination to life with his restaurant KUU in Houston. Chef Adison Lee uses unique flavor combinations to take you on a journey of culinary excellence. Features a seasonal menu and responsibly fished seafood from local fishermen and the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. KUU is committed to serving small, sharable plates with stimulating flavors and plating. Our devotion to responsibly sourcing our products shows through the ever evolving seasonal menu. KUU will be offering an extensive list of imported sakes and wines along with our hand crafted cocktail menu by our mixologist.


Top review
MarkGvip
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Great birthday night with my family. The night was enhanced by Julio. His service was great, recommendations on point and tequila knowledge strong. The restaurant was great, he was better
A photo of Himari restaurant
4.4
4.4 (40)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Himari is a vibrant and modern sushi bar in Houston, Texas. Known for its friendly service and inviting atmosphere, Himari offers a diverse menu featuring high-quality sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese delights. With a focus on fresh ingredients and skillful preparation, Himari promises a memorable dining experience for sushi lovers and those new to Japanese cuisine.
Top review
ElisandroL
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious sushi and drinks! I would definitely recommend eating here.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Sugar Land, TX restaurant
4.8
4.8 (248)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Sugar Land
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Great food, great service. Gwen was amazing. Great price for the all you can eat option.
A photo of The Fish restaurant
4.4
4.4 (224)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Montrose
About the restaurant
Proudly serving Houston since 2002, The Fish stands as Midtown's top destination for Japanese cuisine and sushi, boasting a vibrant social atmosphere. With an extensive menu featuring mouthwatering dishes such as Yuzu Shrimp & Noodles, Thai Chili Yellowtail, and Blue Crab Fried Rice, our dedicated and welcoming staff are here to exceed your expectations and ensure a memorable dining experience.
Top review
Feedmegoodvip
Dined on Mar 21, 2024
Good food. Portions a bit in the small side but it is a sushi restaurant.
A photo of Benihana - Sugar Land, TX restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2260)
$30 and under
Japanese
Sugar Land
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Food is always delicious. The service was great. The drink selection is impeccable. You can't go wrong
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Houston, TX | Midtown restaurant
4.4
4.4 (391)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food quality is amazing and the prices are reasonable. However, the service was somewhat disorganized. For example, tables were not cleaned promptly, and empty plates were not collected. Additionally, the ventilation system appeared to be ineffective, as there was a strong smell of smoke from others grilling their food. This often included the unpleasant odor of burning, which could be annoying.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Houston, TX | Memorial restaurant
4.6
4.6 (321)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Westside
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
diningout
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Great service and the meat was well seasoned. We are never disappointed when we visit.
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