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The best Japanese food in Austin

From top-notch sushi to delicious bowls of ramen, these restaurants serve the best Japanese food in Austin

By Kelly Stocker
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Out city's global food scene is growing, and no where can you see it more prominently than within the best Japanese food in Austin. From sushi spots to ramen houses to fusion joints, Japanese restaurants have been popping up throughout every corner of the Texas capital. And thanks to the best Thai restaurants in Austin, eateries serving some of the best Cuban food and the best Mexican restaurants, it's clear that you don't have to travel too far outside of town to taste flavors from around the globe. We've rounded up a handful of local spots serving the best Japanese food in Austin—no plane trip necessary. 

Best Japanese food in Austin

Sa-Ten
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jostine H.

11. Sa-Tén

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants East Austin

Popular restaurants Komé and East Side King partner at this East Austin cafe in the industrial-chic Canopy studios. Surrounded by offices and artisans, Sa-Ten serves up excellent coffee, espresso and pastries as well as a small food menu with Japanese-inspired dishes such as teriyaki-lemon kinoko toast, nori tama and yasai. This spot is popular with the remote work crew as well as coffee snobs.

Lavaca Teppan
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Marcus C.

12. Lavaca Teppan

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese Arts District

Near UT and downtown, this modern Japanese spot serves a wide spectrum of Japanese cuisine: tataki, fried cutlets, rice bowls, udon, soups and a short sushi menu. Of course, expect a variety of teppanyaki dishes to be accompanied by your choice of protein and vegetables. Though located near bustling UT and downtown, you’ll find that it’s often pretty empty, making it great for groups.

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Cho Sushi Japanese Fusion
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Cho Sushi Japanese Fusion

13. Cho Sushi Japanese Fusion

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Sushi Greater Austin

With two locations in Austin—one in Steiner Ranch and one in Lakeway—Cho Sushi is never too far away. Upscale but accessible, Cho strays from sushi into Japanese fusion including classics like soba and udon and incorporating hearty fare like super prime rib-eye steak tossed with baby bok choy, Chilean sea bass with sambal chili butter and spicy tuna tacos.

Pacific Rim
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Dan B.

14. Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese North Shoal Creek

Known for its killer deals, the cavernous Pacific Rim is a little bit of everything: sushi shop, yakitori grill, Japanese sports bar (yes!) and karaoke lounge all in one. Soups, skewers, wings, spicy tuna, surf and turf, seafood hot pot… the menu is all over the place—ideal for groups with diverse food preferences. For an inexpensive Japanese dinner and a surprisingly good time, check this spot out. 

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