Whether it’s sushi rolls, steaming bowls of donburi or ramen, or teppanyaki straight off the grill, you’ll find niche restaurants, bustling takeaway outlets and hole-in-the-wall eateries dotted around the city everywhere you look. We’ve put together a list of our favourites.


An elegant, 16-seat Japanese fine diner by the former head chef at Koko’s.

Basement B01 139 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Shyun Ramen Bar

Affordable, comforting Japanese food.

73 Koornang Road, Carnegie

Ichi Ni Nana

Gyoza, tempura, yakitori, sushi, don - this Japanese restaurant covers a lot of bases.

Ground Floor 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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The most ambitious Japanese restaurant in Melbourne.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake

A chalet-like ramen bar from the man behind Wabi Sabi Salon and Neko Neko.

6A Anchor Place, Prahran

The Modern Eatery

Sushi unbound by tradition.

176 Swan Street, Richmond


Andrew McConnell's ultra-modern diner with karaoke in the basement.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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The pinnacle of Japanese dining in Melbourne.

Crown Riverwalk, Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Izakaya Den

A hidden basement dedicated to eating and imbibing in equal parts.

Basement 114 Russell Street, Melbourne

Saké Restaurant & Bar - St Kilda Road

So good it has outlets all up the east coast.

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Bar with great food, or restaurant with great drinks? You decide.

First Floor 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Fukuryu Ramen

Chase your ramen with a green-tea soft serve.

Level 1 22-26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne

Little Ramen Bar

Go on, be a hero and order the 'Godzilla' size.

5 346 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Don Don

A fast and cheap student staple.

198 Swanston Street , Melbourne

Izakaya Chuji

Japanese barbeque since 1989.

165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

127 Brunswick Street

Five storeys to explore. Two of them belong to a Japanese restaurant.

127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Peko Peko (Fitzroy)

From the owners of Otsumami.

199 Smith Street , Fitzroy

Shop Ramen Fitzroy

Untraditional ramen with a side of buns and pie.

329 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The Gasometer Hotel

The Northern Light team's izakaya.

484 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Wabi Sabi Salon

For cheap lunches.

94 Smith Street, Collingwood

Aka Siro

A simple space offering traditional and fusion dishes.

106 Cambridge Street, Collingwood

Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar

80 sakes in a modern izakaya setting.

152 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Lightweight eats in the heart of Abbotsford Convent.

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Hinoki Japanese Pantry

For your pantry and your lunch.

279 Smith Street, Fitzroy


Contender for Melbourne's best sushi.

4 Lord Street, Richmond

Shira Nui

Before he came to Australia, the owner spent 13 years cheffing in Japan.

247 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley

Maedaya Sake and Grill

Sake and barbeque in a rope-lined space.

400 Bridge Road, Richmond
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Hakata Gensuke Hawthorn

If it works in the CBD, it can work in Hawthorn.

Tenancy 4 860/862 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn


Bookings recommended.

3 Church Street, Hawthorn

Peko Peko

Same name as Peko Peko in Fitzroy, but different owners.

190 Wells Street, South Melbourne

Tempura Hajime

For the love of batter.

60 Park Street, South Melbourne


Refined as they come.

14 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
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Mr Miyagi

Neon-lit and loud with a strong cocktail game.

99 Chapel Street, Windsor

Tokyo Tina

A loose and fun interpretation of Japanese by the Hanoi Hannah team.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor


No slave to tradition.

3-7 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

En Izakaya

Modern look, traditional eats.

277 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
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Ichi Ni

Watch the kitchen from three sides.

12 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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