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Japanese restaurants in Paris

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

By 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

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Abri

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bistros Poissonnière
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
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

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
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

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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Kotteri Naritake Ramen

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese 1er arrondissement

Once you've braved the queue, the immense, steaming, super generous portions of ramen noodle soup are served quickly. 

Kunitoraya

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese 1er arrondissement

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

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 Japanese Louvre

There's no shortage of Japanese restaurants in this neighbourhood, but Zen is the standout. 

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Higuma

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese 1er arrondissement
An must-eat Japanese joint on rue Saint-Anne. Expect gyoza, ramen and donburi...

Japanese canteens

Chez Miki

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese 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
Expect otsunamis, rolls, sushi, sashimi, bo-buns and a range of different combinations.
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Happa Tei

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese Bourse

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

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

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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