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BEST Japanese Restaurant

2015 BEST Japanese Restaurant



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 nubs of rock-shrimp tempura, and octopus dumplings known as takoyaki… 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 yakitori-style skewered meats, crisp fried oysters, the noodle omelet hybrid… 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 massive selection of traditional small plates—tangy tsukemono pickles, fluffy agedashi… 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 head and fins above the other raw-fish specialists in town… 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 (if a tad less transcendent) as those at the city’s… 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 his organic-everything menu of sushi, tempuras, noodles, and ;robata, cuts… 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 well as a vast array of sushi. For a real… 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 the bright lights. Nevertheless, whether you’re seeking tempura, sushi, seafood,… 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 ask for a place more bona fide. And it’s open… 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. And you’re on a ship docked in Boston Harbor! read more»