Best Japanese Restaurants in Orlando

Asian classics, and surprises, with attitude and without
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

From the Japanese classics you grew up with to trendier renditions in suave surroundings. 

Kabooki Sushi
Japanese · Colonial Town Center · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

A “completely unexpected” “gem” in an “unassuming” Colonialtown strip mall, this “real-deal” Japanese uses “finesse” to craft “scintillating” sushi and Asian-fusion plates “at a decent price” ; the “cute” space is “smallish” , so “reservations are almost a must.”
Shari Sushi Lounge
Sushi · Downtown · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

Fans say “the sushi can’t be beat” at this Thornton Park “pacesetter” where the “incredible creativity” of the chefs results in “fantastic” fare; add in a “killer drink menu” and appealing “lounge vibe” and despite being “a little more expensive than some of its competitors” , it is a “must-visit.”
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
Sushi · Dr. Phillips · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

"Mingle with the hip crowd" at this Japanese izakaya on Dr. Phillips' Restaurant Row that "hits the spot" with a "variety" of "interesting" "tapas-style" dishes, including "excellent sushi rolls" and "flavorful" specialties from the robata grill; "modern" environs with cork floors and dark-wood tables appeal, as does generally "attentive" service, and though what's "reasonable" to some is "expensive" to others, all appreciate the "great happy hour."
Shin Japanese Cuisine
Japanese · Uptown · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

Hailed as a source of "fresh and delicious" sushi, this Uptown Japanese delivers "high quality" and "expert preparation" at a "reasonable" price; floor-to-ceiling windows and a lengthy sushi bar define a minimal space overseen by a "helpful" staff.
Amura Japanese Restaurant
Japanese · Dr. Phillips · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A “huge selection” of “one-of-a-kind sushi and sashimi creations” , like the “ultimate” Rolls Royce, and “exotic” volcano rolls “fire up the palate” at these “top-notch” restaurants also offering other “delicious” Japanese specialties (including teppanyaki in Lake Mary and Dr. Phillips) in “inviting” surrounds; “they don’t skimp on portions” and tabs are generally “reasonable” , so if service can be “hit-or-miss” , fans still say they “never disappoint.”
Nagoya Sushi
Sushi · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Innovative rolls” join “interesting sakes” at these “tucked-away” Japanese joints, where “knowledgeable” servers guide diners through an “extensive menu” of “terrific” sushi, hot dishes and bento boxes; in keeping with the simple but “inviting” style, tabs turn out “fairly reasonable.”
Amura Downtown Japanese Restaurant
Japanese · Downtown · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A “huge selection” of “one-of-a-kind sushi and sashimi creations” , like the “ultimate” Rolls Royce, and “exotic” volcano rolls “fire up the palate” at these “top-notch” restaurants also offering other “delicious” Japanese specialties (including teppanyaki in Lake Mary and Dr. Phillips) in “inviting” surrounds; “they don’t skimp on portions” and tabs are generally “reasonable” , so if service can be “hit-or-miss” , fans still say they “never disappoint.”
Amura
Japanese · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A “huge selection” of “one-of-a-kind sushi and sashimi creations” , like the “ultimate” Rolls Royce, and “exotic” volcano rolls “fire up the palate” at these “top-notch” restaurants also offering other “delicious” Japanese specialties (including teppanyaki in Lake Mary and Dr. Phillips) in “inviting” surrounds; “they don’t skimp on portions” and tabs are generally “reasonable” , so if service can be “hit-or-miss” , fans still say they “never disappoint.”
Nagoya Sushi
Sushi · Dr. Phillips · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Innovative rolls” join “interesting sakes” at these “tucked-away” Japanese joints, where “knowledgeable” servers guide diners through an “extensive menu” of “terrific” sushi, hot dishes and bento boxes; in keeping with the simple but “inviting” style, tabs turn out “fairly reasonable.”