10 Best Japanese Restaurants In Charlotte, North Carolina

japanese restaurants in charlotte

Traveling to North Carolina without visiting its most populous city is unimaginable. Charlotte serves as a commercial hub. Have fun the entire day at Carowinds, especially if you are traveling with the little ones. The theme park is known for its water rides. Then, you may want to enjoy some outdoor activities like rafting and and rock climbing. The best place to do so is at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Be sure to also make a stop at Discovery Place Science where science does not have to be dull. Enjoy a hands-on science experience along with an IMAX Dome Theater. Charlotte is not only about the top-notch attractions. The city is loaded with superb restaurants, including Japanese restaurants. If you are fond of Japanese cuisine, read on to find out the top Japanese restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1. YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar on Friday, February 19, 2021

For an upscale Japanese dining experience, you need to visit YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar. As the name says, the eatery is famous for its delectable ramen bowls and sushi rolls. But, you are welcome to try the other Japanese dishes of your choice like Gyoza Dumplings and Kakuni Bao, a braised pork bun.

YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar

Address: 1508 S Mint St suite a, Charlotte, NC 28203, United States

Website: YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar

Opening hours: Mon: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11pm; Wed - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 12am; Sat: 11:30am - 12am; Sun: 11:30am - 11pm (closed on Tue)

2. Nakato Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Posted by Nakato Japanese Steakhouse on Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Welcome to Nakato Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, a splendid Japanese steakhouse that offers the setting of a standard hibachi house. For starters, it would be right to start with Takoyaki and Agedashi Tofu. Then, indulge in Hibachi Salmon or Teriyaki Steak. Add sweetness to your dining experience by ordering some desserts like Tempura Fried Banana with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mochi Ice Cream. Sake and wine are also available.

Nakato Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Address: 8601 University Executive Park Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262, United States

Website: Nakato Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm; Sat: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 9pm

3. Tsuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Tsuki Japanese Steak House&sushi Bar on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Providing a laid-back atmosphere in a contemporary setting, Tsuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar is situated in Toringdon Market. Spicy Tuna Roll and Shrimp Tempura are among the most popular dishes and ones that you have to try. In addition to Japanese cuisine, the eatery also serves a selection of Thai and Chinese dishes to complete your dining experience.

Tsuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Address: 3429 Toringdon Way, Charlotte, NC 28277, United States

Website: Tsuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10:30pm; Sun: 11:30am - 9:30pm

4. Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Visit Arlington Condos and you will find a chic Japanese restaurant that features a vibrant atmosphere called Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Whether you come on your own or with loved ones, the restaurant is an excellent place for a stopover and recharging. From sushi platters and sashimi to nigiri sushi and temaki sushi, all can be enjoyed here. What is more, the restaurant also boasts a selection of premium sake, spirits and more than 300 fine wines.

Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Address: 325 Arlington Ave #108, Charlotte, NC 28203, United States

Website: Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Wed - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11:30pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 12am; Sat: 5pm - 12am; Sun: 5pm - 10pm

5. Mr Tokyo

Feel relaxed as soon as you set foot at this contemporary Japanese restaurant named Mr Tokyo that can be found in McMullen Creek Market. Satisfy your appetite with all-you-can-eat sushi. If this is not enough, you should try the restaurant’s Vegetable Tempura, Miso Soup and Crabmeat Salads.

Mr Tokyo

Address: 8334 Pineville-Matthews Rd #109, Charlotte, NC 28226, United States

Website: Mr Tokyo

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10:30pm

6. Musashi Japanese Restaurant

What do you think of indulging in a traditional chicken katsu with a plate of rice, a bowl of miso soup and salad? This will certainly make your stomach full of joy. This is just an example of the classic Japanese dishes served at Musashi Japanese Restaurant. There are many more that can be enjoyed too, like Chicken Teriyaki, Zarusoba and Sushi Assortment.

Musashi Japanese Restaurant

Address: 10110 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States

Website: Musashi Japanese Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon: 12pm - 2pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Wed - Thu: 12pm - 2pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 2pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Sun: 5:30pm - 9pm (closed on Tue)

7. Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

This modest restaurant is all about serving delectable Japanese dishes in a pleasant setting. But, to make it even greater, serving delectable dishes should also come with a theatrical performance. That is what you will get from dining at this eatery that offers sake, cocktails and beers as well. Be stunned by a flame on your table as the chefs are preparing your meals. Favorites include Hibachi Sirloin, Fried Rice and Filet Mignon.

Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Address: 7724 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, United States

Website: Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9:30pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 11:30am - 10pm

8. Red Ginger Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi

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What will you say to a stylish restaurant that offers a range of sushi along with seafood? You will, of course, say yes. Awaken your taste buds over a bowl of clear soup and seaweed salad. Once they are awake, move on to the a la carte sushi and sashimi. Try some of the chef’s special rolls like Caterpillar Roll and Fancy Salmon Roll as well.

Red Ginger Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi

Address: 401 S Tryon St #130, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States

Website: Red Ginger Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 11pm; Sat: 4:30pm - 11pm; Sun: 11:30am - 9:30pm


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Posted by BAKU-Restaurant on Monday, 3 February 2020

Enjoy an innovative grilled fare and see how your sushi rolls are being prepared in an open kitchen. Stop by BAKU to unwind and stop your stomach from complaining. Taste the famous Salmon Belly Nigiri. Try another meat dish like Kurobuta Pork Belly. You will find it difficult to decide whether you like the salmon or the pork more because they both are equally delicious. The two dishes are surely not enough for an unforgettable dining experience. It is also a must to order Jiodori Chicken Breast, Seared Blue Fin Tuna, Sashimi and Chirashi. Since you may not be able to enjoy them all, all by yourself, it is best to come to this restaurant with your gang to share the happiness found in Japanese dishes.


Address: 4515 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211, United States

Website: BAKU

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11pm (closed on Sun)

10. Toyama Express Japanese Restaurant

Posted by Toni Baker-Tyson on Sunday, 27 July 2014

Last but not least is Toyama Express Japanese Restaurant and you have got a complete list of the best Japanese restaurants to try in Charlotte. The casual restaurant serves Teriyaki Wings and Spring Rolls, among others, for appetizers. Sweet Carrots and Scallops will be your excellent side dishes. Then it is time to choose whether to order a Teriyaki Steak with Broccoli, a Hibachi Steak with Mushrooms or a bowl of Shrimp Noodles for your main.

Toyama Express Japanese Restaurant

Address: 2130 E Arbors Dr #200, Charlotte, NC 28262, United States

Website: Toyama Express Japanese Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9:30pm; Sun: 11:30am - 9pm

Treat yourself with delicious Japanese cuisine in Charlotte

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Source: Photo by user Guilhem Vellut used under CC BY 2.0

When you are on a vacation, there is no need to think about whether the food you eat is healthy or not, or whether it is expensive or not. All you need to think about is the taste. That is why you need to treat yourself with delicious food. Visiting some of the Japanese restaurants mentioned above is the right thing to do. Enjoy Charlotte, both the attractions and the food!

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