Japanese Restaurants in Fairgrounds

50% Off Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Restaurant Tora

Restaurant Tora

Gahanna

$30 $15

Creative sushi, hibachi-grilled steaks and seafood, Japanese-style noodles, and Korean hot pots

44% Off at Tanuki Japanese Steakhouse Sushi & Bar

Tanuki Japanese Steakhouse Sushi & Bar

POWELL

$32 $18

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Chefs sizzle meats on hibachi grills or stuff sushi rolls with honey wasabi and popcorn shrimp

50% Off at Sushi Thai

Sushi Thai

South Columbus

$30 $15

(52)

Sushi, curries, fried rice, and other Asian staples served in a stylish modern dining room

40% Off Japanese Food at Iron Chef Grill

Iron Chef Grill

Symmes Township

$50 $30

(25)

Hibachi chefs grill shrimp, salmon, and calamari steak with theatrical flair at tableside grills

Up to 50% Off at Sushi Samurais

Sushi Samurais

West Chester

$20 $10

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Diced salmon, masago, and avocado top hawaiian rolls; smoked salmon pairs with eel sauce; fresh tobiko and scallops are served nigiri style

42% Off at Aroma Restaurant and Sushi

Aroma Restaurant and Sushi

Kenwood

$50 $29

Steamy bowls of udon noodles pair with fresh preparations of sushi rolls and spicy crab salad; bibimbob add traditional flair to the menu

50% Off Sushi and Thai Food at The Foreign Exchange

The Foreign Exchange

Cincinnati

$12 $6

(20)

Thai dishes include Thai curries with custom spice levels, sweet-and-sour salmon, and more than 50 different sushi rolls

40% Off Asian Food at Mr. Sushi

Mr. Sushi

Central Business District

$50 $30

Pan-Asian cuisine, including sushi, noodle dishes, teriyaki and bul kogi

Select Local Merchants

When Basil Restaurant opened in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on owner Rhome Ruanphae's inspiration: his mother’s string of successful Thai restaurants—beginning with Thai Village in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood—that she ran with her husband while he was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother’s culinary mastery for Basil, which teleports taste buds to Thailand with a menu of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Chefs gather rice or egg noodles to lay the foundation for many entrees, such as specialty kee mow, a soft or crispy maelstrom of rice noodles with thai basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The menu also features a rainbow of curries, soups, salads, and appetizers to keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins.

The seasoned confines of a former antique shop welcome diners to Basil Restaurant, decked out with bare brick and a retro advertisement for ice painted on the back wall. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d's.

1124 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Two Fish Bistro is the yang to the yin of Red, a sushi bar in the same building also owned by the Daeoh group. While Red draws out the essence of raw seafood, Two Fish unleashes the flavors of its flame-kissed counterpart to craft a menu that 614 calls "concise and approachable." To introduce diners to their distinct flavor parings, Two Fish's chefs assemble mini fish tacos from housemade crispy flour chips, sautéed whitefish, and garlic-parmesan aioli. Their entrees draw on wild-caught seafood purchased fresh daily, such as the specialty tuna, a walnut-crusted, medium-rare cut that perches on a pillow of fluffy wasabi mashed potatoes with a maple-butter reduction and treats diners to the satisfying crunch of a charred-scallion garnish. To accent its colorful, carefully plated cuisine, Two Fish keeps its interior sleek and simple. Several enormous windows marry form and function, bathing the square wooden tables and mixed wood walls in natural sunlight or the unnatural glow of bioluminescent snowflakes. Three flat-screen TVs watch over a gray stone bar, surrounded on all sides by minimalist low-rise chairs.

721 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Red Bar Sushi's talented chefs grace tables with servings of fresh seafood and Japanese fare. Standard rolls, such as the veggie-stuffed garden roll ($5.25) satisfy appetites for sushi-bar favorites, and specialty rolls tempt palates with kitchen creations that include the eel and tuna buckeye roll ($9.95), celebrating the ancient sushi traditions of the Midwest. Delicate six-piece servings of sashimi clothe taste buds in the mouthwatering flavors of snapper ($10.95), salmon ($11.95), or a chef's selection of thin-sliced treats ($25). In addition to dishing out snugly wrapped rolls of sushi and tasty morsels of sashimi, Red Bar plates appetizing two-piece portions of nigiri ($3.95–$5.95), ambrosial nibbles of fish that lazily beckon to diners from a comfy day-bed of rice.

717 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Bold, earthy paintings line the canary-yellow walls of Lemongrass, but they have to contend with the vibrant spreads of sushi and pad thai that top the plates at the pan-Asian bistro. Sushi, sashimi, and nigiri options run the gamut from barbecue eel and asparagus to a specialty Manhattan roll glazed with shrimp caviar. A lighter lunch menu presents smaller portions of the dinner entrees, along with handheld options such as chicken bacon and shrimp-tempura wraps. An extensive wine menu complements the dinner and lunch menus, and the tempting dessert menu catalogs fried plantains and mango sorbet served in a mango rind.

641 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

The staple of Sushi Rock’s menu is its selection of roughly 50 sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls, which collect multiple Japanese flavors into one neat package. The Sushi Rock roll alone packs a punch of shrimp tempura, crabstick, salmon, tuna, asparagus, and masago. A slate of USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood entrees such as sesame-seared tuna complement the sushi-bar creations. Each meticulously plated dish arrives in Sushi Rock's ultra-modern dining space, where backlit bottles glisten against a cityscape mural in the bar area, and color blocks of red and black pop in the dimly lit dining areas. Together, Sushi Rock’s choice food and hip vibe earned it a No. 1 ranking on CityVoter's Best Sushi list in 2010.

570 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

At Shoku, morsels of succulent beef, marinated chicken, and ocean-fresh seafood fill out feasts of Japanese noodles and sushi or dishes inspired by national favorites of Asian nations including Korea, China, and Thailand. Broth-soaked udon noodles jostle for attention with plates of pad thai, pan-fried pot stickers, and bowls of sizzling beef bulgogi. Guests take a seat inside to watch a master chef deftly carve seafood at the sushi table, or they can lounge under umbrellas at the outdoor seating to watch the passing foot traffic and hourly soapbox derbies along Grandview Avenue.

1312 Grandview Ave.
Columbus,
OH
US