10 Places to Feast on the Best Japanese Food in Raleigh


Raleigh’s food scene continues to boom, and among the diverse offerings are plenty of top-notch Japanese restaurants. Whether you’re hankering for ramen, sushi or street-style yakitori, we’ve got the low-down on where to find the best Japanese food in Raleigh. These ten eateries will have you coming back again and again for their fresh, delicious dishes.


Ajisai Japanese Fusion

Ajisai Japanese Fusion is a local favorite for Japanese food in Raleigh. Known for artful sushi and teriyaki, tempura, katsu and noodle dishes, the restaurant is located in Cameron Village. The lunch specials include convenient bento boxes, and the dinner menu offers specials that include an entree, sushi rolls, soup or salad and rice. Assemble a meal from small plates to try a little bit of everything! Wash it all down with a signature cocktail like the Pomegranate Martini or Tokyo Tea.


Waraji Japanese Restaurant

For classic Japanese food in Raleigh, we recommend Waraji Japanese Restaurant. From the fresh specialty and traditional rolls to more adventurous finds like sea urchin, Waraji is great for either a quick lunch or leisurely dinner. The lunch menu offers smaller entrees paired with miso soup, a house salad, rice and vegetables. The dinner sets include a combination of sushi, main entree and appetizer, along with miso soup and a house salad. End on a sweet note with an order of mochi ice cream.


Tokyo House

Small and unassuming, Tokyo House is a hidden gem all Japanese food lovers should check out. Reasonable lunch specials and hibachi specials keep locals coming back. Sit at the bar and watch the beautiful dishes being prepared from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Get your fill of ramen, sushi, sashimi and house specialty rolls, like the Firecracker Roll with jalapeno, spicy tuna, crispy salmon skin and asparagus. If you’re craving something sweet, the Tempura Ice Cream or the Fried Banana Spring Roll should do the trick!


O-Ku Raleigh

The hottest new restaurant serving Japanese food in Raleigh is O-Ku Raleigh. Head to The Dillon in the Warehouse District for some seriously good Japanese food with a Southern twist. The menu features sushi and other sophisticated dishes made with unique ingredients. The restaurant specializes in contemporary robata-style dishes cooked over hot charcoal. Each menu item features seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside fresh local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy premium sake, wine, local beer selections and specialty cocktails while you dine.


Sono Sushi Restaurant Bar

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If you find yourself craving sushi while in downtown Raleigh, Sono Sushi Restaurant Bar is the remedy. The menu includes bento boxes, sushi combinations, appetizers, ramen and farm entrees featuring ribeye and chicken. The beautifully decorated interior invites you in to relax with a date or friends. Choose the “Omakase Experience” in which the sushi chefs surprise you and your tablemates with a series of innovative and fresh dishes – all based on your tastes!


Kai Sushi and Sake Bar

Located in Greystone Village, Kai Sushi and Sake Bar is a go-to spot for consistently good, no-frills sushi. The menu combines classic flavors of Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine, and includes lunch and dinner bento boxes, entrees and sushi combinations. The “Bowls” layer white rice with your choice of meat, salad greens, dressing and other toppings. Make sure to try their standout roll, the Screaming O’, made with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, seared tuna, chives, masago and glaze!


Hayashi Japanese Restaurant

Hayashi Japanese Restaurant serves a variety of house special rolls, traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi. Their bento boxes for lunch are a great grab-and-go option, combining miso soup, an entree and sushi or sashimi. For dinner, you can enjoy a number of appetizers, sushi rolls, hibachi, teriyaki, katsu and udon noodle soups. Impress your date with the generously-sized sushi boat (and maybe even show-off your chopstick skills)!



If you love sushi but can’t decide on a roll, then Mizu is the place to go! The casual restaurant has a dinner Sushi Train that carries prepared sushi across the bar’s tabletop. You can grab the plates that look good as they pass and pay at the end. If you’re dining with someone who’s not in the mood for sushi, they can choose from alternative entree options, including filet mignon and sea bass.


Sushi Tsune

Sushi Tsune is a quaint Japanese eatery with a wide variety of classic sushi rolls and meals. What the restaurant lacks in atmosphere, it more than makes up for with its delicious, reasonably-priced food! From bento boxes to teriyaki to noodle dishes, you can satisfy your appetite for excellent Japanese food at this cozy spot.


The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is a fun little sushi and burger place. Located in Falls of Neuse, it is the most popular restaurant serving Japanese food in Raleigh. The menu boasts typical and not-so-typical sushi rolls alongside burgers, sandwiches, salads and milkshakes… talk about crowd-pleasing! Be bold and give the delicious “burgushi” a try! You won’t find this fusion of burgers and sushi anywhere else.


We’d love to hear about your favorite spots for Japanese food in Raleigh! If you’re looking for a new home in the area, we’d like to invite you to stop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.


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