You can't have a list of best Japanese restaurants in Dubai without Zuma. This massive global name is world-famous and serves absolutely outstanding Japanese food here in Dubai. Having been one of the best restaurants in the city – not just in the Japanese sphere – for more than a decade now, it’s safe to say Zuma, from chef and founder Rainer Becker, is doing one or two things right. The Japanese food is delicious, don't miss the world-famous black cod, the tasty robata and of course some of the best sushi in Dubai. From business lunches to romantic dinners or just a post-work drink at the bar, Zuma has it all and then some. Boasting a top Friday brunch Zuma is also the current holder of Time Out Dubai's best à la carte brunch 2020.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-1am, Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-midnight. Gate Village 6, DIFC, www.zumarestaurant.com (04 425 5660).
This Japanese restaurant on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah is cool, sophisticated and slick. It’s also the first Japanese restaurany in Dubai from professional snowboarder-turned-Michelin starred-chef Akira Back, and it has his stamp all over. Famed for his restaurants in the US including in Las Vegas, the dishes are split into hot and cold plates, sushi rolls, a robata grill and some salads and sharing options and feature famous signature dishes including the tuna pizza, plus a dedicated vegan menu. The Japanese food is impressive, and has some of the tastiest and best sushi in Dubai, and you’ll without a doubt, be Back for more.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.akirabackdubai.com (04 245 5800).
Fujiya Japanese Restaurant
This traditional izakaya-style Japanese restaurant in Dubai's Garhoud is as authentic as they come. Slurp up ramen, dig into a hot pot, try the sushi and enjoy tasty authentic Japanese food in Dubai. The interiors are paired back and low-key and the vibe is lively, as more often than not it's totally packed. A top addition in terms of Japanese restaurants in Dubai
Open 24-hours. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud, www.fujiyarestaurantuae.com (04 702 8846).
If you're looking for authentic sushi in Dubai, this is the Japanese restaurant for you. There are a multitude of restaurants in Dubai that serve sushi – but few that do it in such a traditional way as Hōseki. With only nine seats (plus a private dining room), this petite, intimate Japanese restaurant in Dubai is ideal for sushi aficionados. Word of warning, this doesn’t come cheap (we’re talking into the thousands – this is Bvlgari Hotel) but it’s the most authentic and intimate Japanese dining experience in Dubai, hands down.
Open Tue-Sat 1pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight. Bvlgari Resort Dubai, Jumeirah (04 777 5433).
Longstanding Dubai Japanese restaurant Kiku has been around for donkey’s years, and for good reason. With the speciality ingredients being flown in from Hokkaido, Kansai, Nagano and the markets of Tsukiji, the comprehensive menu offers typical Japanese food in Dubai, from freshly prepared sushi and yakitori barbecue, plus ramen, hot pot, cold noodle dishes and more. If you’re yearning for an authentic taste of Japan without having to fork out a bucketload on air fares – Kiku is well-worth trying.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, www.kiku-dubai.com (04 702 2455).
Netsu – from acclaimed chef Ross Shonhan of Flesh and Buns – specialises in the traditional Japanese cooking technique of Warayakiya – straw fire cooking. Dishes include Warayakiya-style grills, sushi and sashimi platters and more and the kitchen takes centre stage. A different style of Japanese restaurant in Dubai, but one to check out.
Open Sun-Thu 6.30pm-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 777 2232).
Nobu needs no introduction. This globally renowned brand from Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa is consistently excellent the world over, and his Japanese restaurant in Dubai is no exception. The Japanese restaurant at Atlantis The Palm is a hotspot for tourists and residents, and there’s a great bar at Nobu for a pre-dinner drink, too. Famous for its black cod, this is one menu item at Nobu Dubai that's not to be missed. Try the raw dishes too for some of the best sushi in Dubai.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-11pm, Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-midnight. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.noburestaurants.com/dubai (04 426 2626).
This Japanese restaurant and lounge proudly sources its ingredients from the markets of Japan's northern island, Hokkaido, and the eclectic menu is made up of small bites, kushiyaki, sushi, ramen and signature main dishes like miso black cod and wagyu rib-eye. It’s a stellar spot for a late-night bite to eat along with live entertainment, creative drinks and an overall fun ambiance.
Open daily 6pm-3am. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.onidubai.com (04 405 2333).
What’s better than modern Japanese food by Michelin-star chef Akira Back and sundowners at sunset? Not only does the swish Japanese restaurant on Bluewaters Dubai serve up an exciting range of dishes, there’s a stunning rooftop bar for sunset drinks. Paru is a second Japanese restaurant in Dubai from the acclaimed chef, after his eponymous Akira Back at W Dubai - The Palm. Paru dishes up contemporary Japanese dishes and there is also an extensive sushi menu, with everything from California rolls to maki with wagyu beef, foie gras and lobster tempura.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-1am, Thu-Fri 5pm-2am. Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai, www.caesars.com/dubai (04 556 6666).
Stunning sushi, superb views and authentic service. TOMO ticks all the boxes when it comes to true Japanese dining in Dubai. A former title holder of Best Japanese Restaurant in Dubai, TOMO is one you need to check out. Ingredients are imported from Japan weekly, meaning you know you’re getting the freshest produce and everything served is inventive and delicious. Perched atop the pyramid-shaped building of Raffles Dubai, the views out to Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa make for a special evening. The word TOMO is literally translated as longtime friend, and that’s exactly what you’d call this Japanese restaurant in Dubai's Oud Metha.
Open Sat-Sun & Tue 12.30pm-2.45pm, 6.30pm-midnight, Mon, Wed-Fri 12.30pm-2.45pm, 6.30pm-1.30am. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, www.tomo.ae (04 357 7888).