Tuesday | January 04, 2022


Whether you’re a fan of sushi or sukiyaki, it’s easy to find plenty of Japanese restaurants across Dubai. But the real challenge lies in finding the ones that do it just right. So, we set off on a culinary quest to search for five of the best Japanese restaurants in the city. Needless to say, we weren’t disappointed.


Avant-garde and bold. Two words that clearly define the direction that 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant drive their culinary ship of excellence. Located at the luxurious Address Downtown, 99 Sushi's new decadent arrival is the talk of the town, the splurge waiting to happen, and is nothing short of spectacular.

Location: 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Address Downtown, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 547 2241


Aka Dubai, the Cyberpunk-inspired Japanese styled lounge offers an edgy yet opulent ambience to The Pointe's culinary scene! Aka Dubai redefines the traditional show experience along with their Asian inspired lounge menu with innovative dishes and cocktails! 

 here to find out more about AKA Dubai.

Timing: Sun to Thurs - 4 pm-1 am
Location: The Pointe (04 - 578 05555)



Located in the glamorous W Dubai - The Palm, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back’s self-titled restaurant takes high-end dining to the next level. Boasting spectacular skyline views, it’s simply a delight to indulge in the best of Japanese cuisine, sprinkled with pan-Asian influences, at the gorgeous restaurant on any given night.

Location: W Dubai - The Palm, Palm Jumeirah | Contact info: 04-245 5800


This fabulous dining spot at the Armani Hotel is known for serving some of the most exquisite Japanese dishes in the city coupled with breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. Expect a modern take on all your traditional favourites paired with a selection of speciality beverages.

Location: Armani Hotel, Downtown Dubai | Contact info: 04-888 3666








Clap Dubai is located on the rooftop of DIFC. We effortlessly combine authenticity with innovation to create a sensory Japanese dining experience. Book one of our three magical spaces - the dining room and terrace, the lounge, or our bar, Ongaku and leave us to take care of the rest. Expect the unexpected, because too much of a good thing, is never enough.


Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Village Building 11, level 9, Dubai, AE.

Timing: 12:00 PM till 3:00 AM
Contact: +971 4 569 3820






Experience uplifted Tokyo-style street food in Dubai with the background of Dubai's epic skyline! Indulge in a scenic Japanese restaurant in Dubai matched with your drink for a perfect evening at Hanami Dubai, located at the Andaz Dubai The Palm.

Enjoy 2 for 1 drinks on selected beverages at Hanami Dubai's 'Nichobotsu' Happy Hour in Dubai on Monday-Saturday from 5 pm-7 pm.

Location: Hanami, Andaz Dubai The Palm
Timing: Opens at 5 pm
Contact: +97145814037







Meaning “gemstone” in Japanese, Hōseki is a minimalist jewel-box of a destination where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind gastronomic treat by Chef Masahiro Sugiyama. With just nine seats, dining at Hōseki Dubai is a unique Omakase experience, the most traditional way to savour Japanese food in Dubai which means “I leave it to you”. After arriving through a special Tokonoma, or entry room, guests turn their palates over to the whims of the chef.


Location: Bvlgari Resorts, Dubai
Contact: +97147775433



Kyo brings a hint of Japan to Dubai, allowing guests to experience an authentic glimpse into this inspiring culture and cuisine. Meaning both ‘Today’ and ‘Entertainment’ in Japanese, Kyo is about accepting each day and making the most of every moment.

This ultra-stylish Japanese restaurant in Dubai boasts both indoor seating, arranged in a social and contemporary design, and an impressive outdoor lounge, with reserved sections for VIP gatherings. The lounge-style seating, authentic Japanese cuisine, attentive service and unforgettable ambience at KYO combine to bring a one-of-a-kind dining experience to the city.

Location: Mandarin Oriental, Dubai

6:30 - 11:30pm (Sun-Thu)
6:30pm - 12:30am (Fri & Sat)

Contact: +971 4 777 2232







Mimi Kakushi embodies this brave new world to bring you a dining experience like no other. Independent, expressive, limitless. It blends time-honoured cuisine with new thinking, serving far eastern flavours you’ll recognize with western influences you’ll love. 

Savour the setting and let hot and cold sharing plates of sashimi, sushi, tempura or gyoza slowly fill your table. And with our larger dishes, like the popular oven-baked black cod or Kagoshima wagyu beef, even the biggest appetites will be satisfied. 

Location: Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah 2, Dubai
Timing: 6pm-2am daily

Contact: +971 4379 4811








Netsu by Ross Shonhan is our Japanese Steakhouse from acclaimed Chef Ross Shonhan. Showcasing the traditional Japanese cooking technique of Warayaki – straw fire cooking – Netsu serves a tantalising menu of Warayaki style grills, sushi and sashimi platters, and other Japanese style dishes, complemented by stunning interiors and a sophisticated atmosphere.


This Japanese restaurant in Dubai is known for its theatrical ambience and large terrace!


Location: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Timing: From 3:00pm - 1:00am
Contact: +971 4 557 5182


It’s not surprising that internationally renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s creations are loved by some of the biggest names in the biz. From the Kardashians to Robert De Niro, Nobu continues to draw celebrities from all corners of the world. The menu features an interesting mix of Japanese dishes with Peruvian influences. Our favourite? The world-famous black cod, of course.

Location: Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah | Contact info: 04-426 2626







Located in the Opus building by Zaha Hadid, Business Bay, ROKA brings its unique style of contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine and urban design to Downtown Dubai. ROKA Dubai is the first international location which opened shortly after the fifteenth year anniversary of the flagship restaurant on Charlotte street.


Location: The Opus by Omniyat - Level 1, Business Bay
Timing: Sunday to Thursday: 12pm to 1am
Friday to Saturday: 12pm to 2am
Contact: +971 4 439 7171


If it’s good enough for the Crown Prince, it’s good enough for us. For fans of traditional Japanese cuisine, TOMO is about as authentic as it gets. Paired with unbelievable views of Downtown Dubai and an extensive drinks menu, a night out at TOMO is an unforgettable experience.

Location: Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Rashid Hotel | Contact info: 04-357 7888


A staple of Dubai’s eclectic food scene, Zuma has been the go-to spot for fans of Japanese cuisine since its inception back in 2008. With its uber-chic setting and brilliant contemporary twist on traditional dishes, Zuma’s popularity continues to soar among foodies in the city.

Location: Gate Village 06, DIFC | Contact info: 04-425 5660

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