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8 Best Japanese Restaurants in Melbourne [2022]

March 17, 2022 by The Fun Empire Team

Japanese Restaurant Melbourne
Japanese Restaurant Melbourne

Japanese Restaurant Melbourne

If you're looking for the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, look no further! We've compiled a list of the top 8 spots that will satisfy your cravings for sushi, ramen, and more. From traditional eateries to modern fusion joints, there's something for everyone on this list. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next night out at one of these fantastic Japanese restaurants!

1. Komeyui

Komeyui - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Komeyui)
Komeyui - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Komeyui)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttp://www.komeyui.com.au/
Address181 Ferrars St, South Melbourne, VIC 3205, Australia
Phone03 9645 5420
Emailinfo@komeyui.com.au
Operating Hours12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm Friday to Sunday

Komeyui originates from the words for rice (kome) and knot (yui), with the signifying the sense of connection and togetherness that comes from sharing a meal. If you're looking for traditional, genuine, and high-quality Japanese cuisine without having to travel overseas, chef Motomu Kumano's offerings will transport you to the archipelago.

2. Kisumé

Kisumé - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Kisumé)
Kisumé - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Kisumé)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttps://kisume.com.au/
Address175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne , 3000 VIC
Phone(03) 9671 4444
Emailbookings@kisume.com.au
Operating Hours5pm-10pm Monday, 12pm-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm Tuesday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm Saturday and Sunday

The name Kisume is a Japanese term that refers to an unquenchable passion for beauty. When you look at the area, it makes sense. There's a hot kitchen in the basement, a sushi restaurant on the first floor, and a bar/omakase space on the second floor. The team is also amazing, led by head chef Yonge Kim.

3. Ishizuka

Ishizuka - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Ishizuka)
Ishizuka - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Ishizuka)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttp://ishizuka.com.au/
AddressBasement B01, 139 Bourke St, Melbourne , 3000 VIC
Phone(03) 8594 0895
Emailreservation@ishizuka.com.au
Operating Hours5pm-12am Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 5pm-11pm Friday and Saturday

Ishizuka is a Melbourne-based Japanese restaurant that specializes in a kaiseki style meal. Seasonally and daily, the dinner menu is rotated with a revolving nightly set menu of eleven incredible dishes. And here's where it gets interesting: only sixteen people are served each evening.

4. Yakimono

Yakimono - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Yakimono)
Yakimono - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Yakimono)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttp://www.yakimono.com.au/
Address80 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone+61 3 8616 7900
Emaileat@yakimono.com.au
Operating Hours12pm-11:30pm daily

If you like your Japanese grilled to perfection, Yakimono is the restaurant for you. Chris Lucas, the owner of this new eatery that specializes in all things fire, spent three years living and working in Japan while exploring their late-night izakaya bars before opening it.

5. Kenzan

Kenzan - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Kenzan)
Kenzan - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Kenzan)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttp://www.kenzan.com.au/
AddressCollins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone03 9654 8933
Emailbookings@kenzan.com.au
Operating Hours12pm-2:15pm and 6pm-10pm Monday to Friday, 6pm-10pm Saturday

Kenzan was serving up slices of succulent fatty bluefin tuna belly and delicate grilled eel decades before the sushi craze took hold. To call it one of the greatest Japanese restaurants in Melbourne is little hyperbole. Simply put, Kenzan delivers traditional sushi done to perfection.

6. Izakaya Den

Izakaya Den - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Izakaya Den)
Izakaya Den - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Izakaya Den)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttp://www.izakayaden.com.au/
AddressBasement 114 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000 VIC
Phone+61 476 208 573
Emailinfo@izakayaden.com.au
Operating Hours12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-12am Monday to Friday, 5:30pm-12am Saturday

Izakaya Den is a Melbourne phenomenon, located in a basement. For lunch and dinner, Izakaya Den is an edgy modern dining experience. The idea of Izakaya is to provide a Japanese tavern atmosphere with little meals to enjoy with cocktails.

7. Kazuki’s

Kazuki’s - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Kazuki’s)
Kazuki’s - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Kazuki’s)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttps://kazukis.com.au/
Address121 Lygon St, Carlton, 3053 Vic
Phone03 9349 2223
Emaildine@kazukis.com.au
Operating Hours6pm-10pm Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday, 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm Friday, 12pm-3pm Sunday

Saori and Kazuki Tsuya moved Kazuki's from Daylseford to Lygon Street a few years ago, bringing its long history with them. The concept of 'Omotenashi' is based on Japanese hospitality traditions, which emphasize a kind, intuitive approach to customer service. Whether you're hungry or curious, Kazuki's a la carte and set menus are both sure to satisfy.

8. Minamishima

Minamishima - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Minamishima)
Minamishima - Japanese Restaurant Melbourne (Credit: Minamishima)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisines
Websitehttp://www.minamishima.com.au/
Address4 Lord Street, Richmond, 3121 VIC
Phone03 9429 5180
EmailVisit their website for more details
Operating Hours6pm-10pm Tuesday to Saturday

The omakase at Minamishima in Richmond is served by Koichi Minamishima, who has 30 years of expertise preparing A-grade sashimi. You receive one slice at a time, prepared with great care and attention to detail.

Japanese Restaurant Melbourne

Melbourne is home to some of the best Japanese restaurants in the world. Whether you're looking for a traditional sushi experience or something more edgy, there's sure to be a restaurant that satisfies your craving. Our list of 8 best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne will help you get started on your culinary journey through Japan.

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