Best Japanese Restaurants in Baltimore

Udon know how good it can be
July 14, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Baltimore's Japanese goes from the high-end Tokyo-style fine dining, to easy on the wallet noodle joints.

Azumi Restaurant
Japanese · Harbor East · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

“Japanese fine dining” awaits at this “hot spot” adjacent to Harbor East’s Four Seasons Hotel, where “fabulous” sushi and more arrives via an “attentive” team and there’s a “sommelier to guide you” through the primo sake selection; boasting “beautiful views” of the water from outdoor tables, the atmosphere is “NYC sophisticated” with prices to match – but “if it’s in your budget, it’s worth it.”
Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar
Japanese · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

The sushi chefs who "greet you as you enter" (‘irasshai!') also slice "fresh, delicious" fish at this relaxed Japanese spot in Annapolis; fans also appreciate the "hard-working" staff and moderate tabs.
Mi & Yu Noodle Bar
Japanese · Federal Hill · $$

This fast-casual Asian counter-serve focuses on specialty ramen bowls, allowing patrons to pick their own broth, noodles and proteins in a compact, no-frills space that also offers takeout and delivery.
Sushi King
Japanese · $
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

An "insiders' jewel" , this "decently" priced Columbia Japanese "hidden" near the MVA "isn't flashy" but "completely rocks" for "consistently terrific" sushi "masterpieces" created by veritable "artists" and delivered by "courteous" servers in "traditional garb" ; "seating is packed" , so regulars suggest calling ahead, "even on weekdays.
Sushi Hana
Japanese · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

For some of the "best sushi and sashimi around" , including an "expansive" selection of "specialty rolls" "filled with melt-in-your-mouth goodness" , plus "reliable and tasty" cooked Japanese fare, fans "love" this upscale, "cozy" and "casual" chain; bonus: prices are moderate and servers "attentive.
EJJI Ramen
Japanese · Rosebank · $$

Within bustling Belvedere Square Market, this trendy ramen shop beckons with loaded bowls of handmade Japanese noodles or coconut rice offered with a customizable selection of broths, toppings and sauces (some with Malaysian inspiration). The affordable slurps are served at communal tables or perches overlooking the open kitchen.