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Japanese restaurants in Paris

Paris covers all Japanese bases, from ramen joints to full-blown izakayas

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Time Out editors
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Whether it's sushi, bento boxes or ramen noodles, Paris has an abundance of quality Japanese restaurants to choose from. From slick and stylish restaurants to traditional Osaka-style eateries, you can find great Japanese food across the capital. Check out some of our favourites below...

Fine dining

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Bistros
  • Poissonnière
  • price 2 of 4
A French kitchen boosted by Japanese touches and orchestrated by a talented Japanese chef.
Asia Tee Kenji
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Quartier latin
Prepare for a true gastronomic experience at this tiny Japanese restaurant.
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Kiku
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Faubourg Montmartre
The cooking at this tiny Japanese kitchen is like origami: skilled, precise and refined. 
Momoka
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Saint-Georges
Between friendly savoir-faire and creativity, the team at Momoka really know how to get your tastebuds going.
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Toyo
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • 6e arrondissement
High-quality Japanese and French produce come together perfectly in this 6th arrondissement kitchen.
Shu
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Saint-Michel
After a few delicious, sophisticated starters, get to grips with the kushiage: deep-fried meat on skewers! 
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Soma
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Le Marais
  • price 2 of 4
Located just below the Marais, Soma passes with flying colours in its ability to mix traditional bistro vibes with haute-gamme Japanese fare.
Wakaba
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • 7e arrondissement
A high-quality Japanese restaurant, for fans of Asian flavours and discerning foodies. 

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Guilo Guilo
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Montmartre
This unique menu offers a dozen small plates, all delicious, made by the chef in front of your very eyes.

Ramen, udon and gyozas

Kodawari Ramen
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • 6e arrondissement
  • price 2 of 4
Choose from five starters and six ramen dishes, such as kurogoma ninniku soba, with black sesame soy sauce and pork chashu (braised pork), or the jidori shio soba with chicken chashu. 
Hokkaido
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • 2e arrondissement
This pocket-sized Japanese canteen serves the dream combo: excellent gyoza and ramen.
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Ippudo
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • price 2 of 4
This cult Japanese ramen throws open its doors in Paris after its resounding success in London.
Sara
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • 1er arrondissement
  • price 3 of 4
Specialising in soba – fine noodles made from buckwheat flour – Sara is super minimal; think rough grey walls, an open kitchen and a bar for watching the chefs beaver away. 
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Kunitoraya
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • 1er arrondissement
  • price 2 of 4
Come for udon noodes especially – which may be on the expensive side but are extremely well-prepared. 
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Hakata Choten
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • 1er arrondissement
  • price 2 of 4
The small red-and-black dining room of this Japanese restaurant is warm, inviting, and filled with the sumptuous smells of tonkotsu ramen. It's a true Parisian ramen temple.
Udon Jubey
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • 1er arrondissement
Looking for a decent spot for udon noodles? You've come to the right place.
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Zen
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Louvre
There's no shortage of Japanese restaurants in this neighbourhood, but Zen is the standout. 

Japanese canteens

Chez Miki
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • 2e arrondissement
The speciality here is bento boxes, which you compose yourself from a scribbled blackboard list (in Japanese and French). A perfect lunchtime spot.
Koko
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Jaurès
  • price 2 of 4
Expect otsunamis, rolls, sushi, sashimi, bo-buns and a range of different combinations.
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Bourse
  • price 2 of 4
This chaotic little establishment is a bastion of unfussy Osaka-style cuisine, namely okonomiyaki (omelette-cum-pancakes) and takoyaki (fried octopus balls). The dishes are as succulent as they are scalding, and make for a refreshing break from rarefied plates of sashimi.
Shabu Sha
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Arts et Métiers
  • price 3 of 4
Opened on Rue des Gravilliers in January 2014 just a few doors down from Bob’s Kitchen and Andy Wahloo, Shabu Sha is the clever marriage of two gastronomic concepts: Japanese fondue (fresh raw foods cooked at table in a seasoned stock) and conveyor belt sushi. 
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Mussubï
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Poissonnière
This soberly decorated Japanese canteen, does a raft of bento boxes filled with delicious salads, well-cooked meats and omosubis – little balls of rice flavoured according to the recipe of the day (seaweed, spinach, corn and peppers, courgettes and miso).
Peco Peco
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Saint-Georges
  • price 1 of 4
Try the donburi or the Katsu sandwich – a delicious snack with breaded pork, red cabbage and home made BBQ sauce piled into a fresh, crunchy baguette.
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Simplement Kiku
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Faubourg Montmartre
The little brother of the Japanese restaurant Kiku offers a selection of bentos (eel or grilled chicken, rice and an assortment of vegetables) gyoza and lotus chips to eat in or takeaway.
Nanashi
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Poissonnière
This beautiful, colourful restaurant has several Paris addresses and offers bento - it even does a bento brunch.

Izakayas

Ito
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Saint-Georges
This Japanese eatery brings you all the charms of an authentic Nipponese izakaya (bar-cum-restaurant), and is the perfect spot for boozing on excellent whiskey.
Tsubame
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Saint-Georges
If the lunchtime bento boxes (€8-12) don’t stop you in your tracks, then the list of petite dinner dishes (€3-10) should do the job, when the restaurant turns into an authentic izakaya.
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Toritcho
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Montparnasse
Toritcho is a real izakaya, and one of the oldest and most authentic Japanese restaurants in Paris. 
Lengué
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Quartier latin
Squirrelled away in a tiny street in the Latin quarter, Lengué is a real slice of Tokyo. 

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