If you love sushi and sake, then get ready to eat your way through Brisbane’s best Japanese restaurants!

Thankfully, when it comes to the world-famous Japanese cuisine, this bustling city certainly knows how to serve-up something delicious. We’re talking everything from teppanyaki tables to sushi trains, udon noodle houses and Japanese spirit stocked bars.

So, if your palate is praising east Asian cuisine, then eat your way through our list of the best Japanese restaurants in Brisbane of 2024!

<strong>Harajuku Gyoza</strong>
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Harajuku Gyoza

With three locations in Queensland – Broadbeach, South Bank and Brisbane – the hardest decision you’ll be making is deciding which Harajuku Gyoza restaurant to visit! A popular spot for casual Japanese dining, Harajuku Gyoza is famed for their delicious gyoza that comes in a variety of flavours such as pork, prawn, duck, garlic butter crab, mozzarella and more. On top of that, Harajuku Gyoza also has a range of share plates, bowls and even vegan options. For your visit, be sure to leave some room as their Air Cheesecake, Ferrero Rocher Gyoza and Raindrop Cake are all a must-try!

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Various Locations.
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If you’re looking for the best Japanese restaurants in Brisbane, be sure to stumble your way into hôntô. Tucked away on Alden Street, hôntô’s menu is best described as the perfect balance of old meets new. Using only locally sourced ingredients, hôntô then interprets classic dishes into a reimagined new-age style. Dark, moody and extremely gritty, hôntô also stocks a wide and hard-to-find range of Japanese whiskey and sake. Best enjoyed with company, we recommend trying their Banquet Menu that features the likes of Aged Black Cobia, Charcoal Chicken and even Shiitake Ice Cream to finish.

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Alden St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
<strong>Mizu Japanese Restaurant</strong>
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Mizu Japanese Restaurant

If you’re looking for one of Brisbane’s best Japanese restaurants, then we must introduce you to Mizu. Located in Teneriffe, in comparison to the others featured on this list, Mizu Japanese Restaurant is considered as one of the most casual. But, in saying that, their menu, ambience and customer service is far from anything low key. Focusing on sushi, sashimi and modern izakaya dishes to share, Mizu’s menu also includes a scrumptious range of bento boxes for lunch, platters and an impressive range of Japanese beer, sake and shochu.

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2 Macquarie St, Teneriffe, QLD 4005
<strong>Oyama Japanese Restaurant</strong>
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Oyama Japanese Restaurant

For authentic Japanese cuisine, you cannot miss an opportunity to dine at the family-owned eatery in Hamilton, Oyama Japanese Restaurant. Originally opening over 30 years ago in Sunnybank, the now Fortitude Valley eatery is the home for sushi, teppanyaki and everything in between. Unsure of what to order? We recommend the Prawn and Scallop Skewers, the Kakifurai, Dobin Mushi and the Oyama Signature Hand Roll. If you’re looking for one of the best Japanese restaurants in Brisbane, this is it!

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Shop 30/115 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
<strong>Sono Japanese Restaurant</strong>
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Sono Japanese Restaurant

With floor to ceiling glass windows, Sono Japanese Restaurant has one of, if not, the best front-row views of the Brisbane River. Offering an elegant dining experience to Brisbane foodies, Sono Japanese Restaurant focuses on traditional cuisine with the likes of sushi and sashimi. Plus, this fine dining Japanese restaurant in Brisbane also offers a six-course tasting menu, banquet options, charismatic cocktails and even a Teppanyaki that is sure to elevate your next visit. If you love how intricate and personalised Japanese cuisine is, then Sono Japanese Restaurant is for you.

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39 Hercules St, Hamilton, QLD 4007

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Feature image: Honto, Brisbane. Image supplied via @honto.restaurant Instagram.
This article was first published on June 28 2023. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on April 16 2024.