The best Japanese restaurants in Miami

The best Japanese restaurants in Miami offer more than just sushi rolls—get ready to place your order with our guide to the city’s best

Photograph: Katsuya
Seafood selection at Katsuya restaurant in South Beach

Experience excellent Asian cuisine at the top Japanese restaurants in Miami, where great sushi is just the beginning. Tuck into dishes like yellowtail ceviche at the hip Miami outpost of SushiSamba, or indulge in a world-class Japanese meal at Nobu at the Shore Club, a restaurant as famous for its scene as its food. Either way, don’t forget the sake.

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Critics' pick

This unpretentious Japanese restaurant has chowhounds abuzz and is adored by the city’s chefs, who hang out here until the small hours. The food is authentic and exotic, though not exactly for the squeamish. The blackboard menu includes the likes of fried chicken livers, black pork belly, crispy-fried gizzard and beef-tongue steak. That said, there are some Japanese staples, including superb sashimi (tuna, salmon, hamachi), but even the tempura is unusual (it’s made with chrysanthemums). By contrast, the prices are down to earth. No reservations are taken, so get here early.

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North Miami

Nobu at the Shore Club

Nobu Matsuhisa is regarded as the world’s greatest sushi chef, but that’s not why this place is booked up weeks in advance. No, this outpost of the global raw fish superpower is lodged at the Shore Club and it’s the combination of hotelier-with-the-Midas-touch Ian Schrager and Nobu backer Robert De Niro that makes it celeb central. The likes of Madonna and J-Lo might only drop by once in a blue moon, but it’s the people hoping to spot them who pack Nobu every night.

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South Beach

Katsuya

Katsuya is what happens when haute cuisine meets high style. Located within the SLS hotel, this sleek and sexy Japanese eaterie is a feast for the senses, with sushi dishes courtesy of master chef Katsuya Uechi (whose signature plates include crispy rice with spicy tuna and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño) and the eye-catching design by the legendary Philippe Starck.

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South Beach

Umi Sushi & Sake Bar

South Beach just can’t get enough sushi, which explains why the trendier-than-thou Delano turned its Starck-designed, eat-in lobby kitchen into a sushi bar serving cucumber cocktails and $15 spicy tuna rolls for hipsters who don’t mind sharing a communal table and paying through the nose.

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South Beach

SushiSamba Miami Beach

This hip Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian sushi parlor has a look straight out of the pages of Wallpaper*—we adore the mother-of-pearl-speckled bar. The likes of king crab roll and yellowtail ceviche are as much accessories as food to the Prada-toting PYTs who convene here.

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South Beach

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