Best Japanese Restaurant in Boston




Ken Oringer’s swanky sushi den is known for its artistic, stop-you-in-your-tracks renditions of raw fish, but there’s so much more to love. During dinner service, sansho-pepper-dusted karaage fried chicken, petite…Read More

2014 Best Japanese Restaurant

Izakaya Ittoku


At an authentic Japanese izakaya, the food is meant to serve as a supporting role to the endless flow of sake. But at this Brighton hangout, the infinitely snackable dishes—flame-licked…Read More

2013 Best Japanese Restaurant



Most Japanese restaurants around here are either sushi specialists or theatrical hibachi houses. Shiki, a subterranean spot tucked away on a Coolidge Corner side street, is the outlier. Offering a…Read More

2008 Best Japanese Restaurant

O Ya


It’s probably impossible to top the breathless praise that’s already been heaped on this gem of a sushi boîte. But here goes: The year-old Leather District sensation is so blatantly…Read More

2008 Best Japanese Restaurant, Affordable



Where to go when you’re craving fantastic raw creations on a burned-out budget: Douzo, near Back Bay Station, which serves up little sushi treasures that are every bit as pristine…Read More

2006 Best Japanese Restaurant, Berkshires


Great Barrington

We’ve been known to drive all the way to the Berkshires just to eat at Bizen. Owner Michael Marcus—a potter who makes all the restaurant’s ceramics—values authenticity, as evidenced in…Read More

1999 Best Japanese Restaurant

Tatsukichi Boston


The branch in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo is famous for its fried foods, but the Boston outpost doesn’t slack in that department, either, offering lightly breaded fried treats, as…Read More

1998 Best Japanese Restaurant



For authentic Japanese cuisine, Ginza quite simply can’t be beat— and we looked. We love the wide, flat platters of sushi and sashimi; love the fast service; could do without…Read More

1996 Best Japanese Restaurant



From the Edamame (boiled green soy beans) to the Caterpillar Maki (eel, avocado, cucumber, flying fish roe, sushi rice, and seaweed, rolled into the shape of its namesake), you couldn’t…Read More

1995 Best Japanese Restaurant

Blue Nami


A solid sushi bar, with seasonal specialties like soft-shell crab, and traditional Korean dishes like bulgoki, cooked at your table and served with eight separate side dishes, including three kimchis….Read More

1988 Best Japanese Restaurant



The sushi chef can slice our raw fish any day…Read More

1987 Best Japanese Restaurant

Restaurant Suntory


The Japense whisky giant, owner of this restaurant chain, scores big with delicate sushi and crisp tempura…Read More

1986 Best Japanese Restaurant



For all-around excellence as well as for its involvement with the Japanese community…Read More

1985 Best Japanese Restaurant



Authentic Japanese cuisine served in an authentic setting…Read More

1982 Best Japanese Restaurant

Little Osaka


Spare decor, careful presentation of food. Prices are modest, too…Read More

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