Japanese Restaurants in El Cerrito

2G Japanese Brasserie – Up to 42% Off

2G Japanese Brasserie

Civic Center

$50 $29

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Izakaya-style restaurant serves fresh sushi, entrees such as chicken teriyaki and sake-marinated sea bass, and whole live crabs

Nihon Whisky Lounge – Up to 40% Off

Nihon Whisky Lounge

San Francisco

$50 $30

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Izakaya-style small plates, sashimi, and sushi with a contemporary twist; choose from 500 single-malt whiskeys to store in a private locker

30% Off at Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

San Francisco

$40 $28

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At this sushi-focused spot, munch on a variety of fresh rolls, including vegetarian options, or try a hot pot or donburi

Up to 42% Off Japanese Small Plates at Izakaya Roku

Izakaya Roku

Mission Dolores

$30 $18

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Sharable snacks inspired by Japanese gastropubs, such as ramen salad, baked oysters, and avocado tempura, served with sake and imported beer

Sushi Rock – 40% Off Meal for Two

Sushi Rock

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Nigiri, sashimi, and maki rolls, as well as teriyaki entrees and special tempura house rolls

46% Off Chef's Tasting Menu at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

Castro

$72 $39

Chef's tasting menu rotates based on fresh catches, but includes miso soup, edamame, tempura, cucumber salad, sushi roll, & sashimi sampling

40% Off Japanese Food at Oolong Noodles

Oolong Noodles

Financial District

$30 $18

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Udon noodles made from scratch and flavored with miso, curry, and soy sauce; raw and cooked sushi rolls

Half Off at Japanese and Korean Cuisine at Sudachi Sushi

Sudachi Sushi

Civic Center

$24 $12

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Eclectic sushi rolls share menu space with teriyaki and udon dishes as well as Korean steak burgers

Up to 43% Off Japanese Food at Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Downtown Walnut Creek

$46 $29

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Brunch dishes such as coconut tuna ceviche alongside sushi rolls and Japanese dinners such as teriyaki beef and chicken katsu

Up to Half Off at Takara Japanese Ramen and Cuisine

Takara Japanese Ramen and Cuisine

El Camino

$20 $11

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Steamy bowls of the eatery's signature ramen come topped with a soft-boiled egg, and are available in six different flavor profiles

50% Off Japanese Cuisine at Kitcho

Kitcho

San Mateo

$30 $15

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Expertly plated Japanese cuisine including teriyaki bowls, sushi, and seafood sourced from Japan's famous Tsukiji Market

Up to 44% Off Japanese Food at Mikado

Mikado

North Los Altos

$24 $14

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Hibachi-grilled shrimp and filet mignon, stir-fried yakisoba noodles, and more than 85 types of sushi

35% Off Teriyaki at Happi House

Happi House

Multiple Locations

$20 $13

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Chicken, pork, and beef in a signature teriyaki sauce, served alongside tempura plates, noodle bowls, and the popular Asian chicken salad

Up to 48% Off at Infused Sushi & Bar

Infused Sushi & Bar

Sunnyvale

$25 $13

Servers pair glasses of wine, sake, or Japanese beer with sushi, bento boxes, and Asian appetizers such as eggrolls, crab rangoon, and gyoza

40% Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Blvd

Sushi Blvd

Sunnyvale

$25 $15

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Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

Half Off at Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Santa Rosa

$30 $15

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Chefs artistically plate specialty rolls with colorful roe & torch-seared sauces

Up to 40% Off at Sushi Boat Town

Sushi Boat Town

San Jose

$20 $12

Rolls of tuna, salmon, and squid emerge from the sushi bar on a wooden boat, served alongside entrees such as chicken and beef teriyaki

Up to 35% Off Traditional Japanese Cuisine at Hachi Ju Hachi

Hachi Ju Hachi

Madronia Historic

$60 $39

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Innovative eatery that earned Michelin nods for Best Value and Charming Restaurant serves up dishes such as pork-belly stew and sushi

Select Local Merchants

Master chef Kaz Sasaki has spent more than 15 years behind a sushi bar. But his roots in the craft extend much deeper than that. Chef Sasaki learned his skills from his father, Master Yuzo Sasaki, a man who was required to spend the first three years of his sushi apprenticeship perfecting his rice-making techniques before he was allowed to even touch a piece of fish. Chef Kaz also learned that great sushi not only looks good, but also has the right consistency—it's not too hard to chew or too soft and falling apart like a magician performing without his smoke bombs.

At Taki Sushi, chef Kaz composes a menu that includes sashimi, nigiri, and nearly 20 different special rolls. He also crafts other Japanese favorites, including shabu-shabu hot pots, sukiyaki, and udon.

10887 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito,
CA
US

O Chamé’s lunch and dinner menus blend traditional Japanese flavors with California cuisine’s penchant for local produce, showcasing “everything that’s right about ‘fusion’ cuisine,” according to San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer. Pass through O Chamé’s entryway, where bamboo stalks and other foliage snuggle up to amorous walls, before sitting down to sample one of more than 20 appetizers in a golden-hued dining area decorated with Eastern-themed scenes. Rafts of fried tofu drift in a sea of fish broth and fresh hijiki seaweed (lunch only), and chefs dress fashion-forward seared yellowtail sashimi in braised-leek and horseradish-sauce garments. For the main course, cooks fill big bowls with steaming broth and udon noodles, crafting eight varieties of the “bracing elixir” Bauer calls one of San Francisco’s finest. Patrons can slurp up such ingredients as grilled oysters or braised beef shoulder with spinach and takuan, a Japanese pickle. Desserts such as poached bosc pear with fresh blueberries cap off dinners with a dazzling mélange of fruits one wouldn’t wear for a night on the town, unlike banana hats or pumpkin daisy dukes.

1830 4th St
Berkeley,
CA
US

Sushi California sates eager bellies with a suite of delectable Asian cuisine. Non-seafood nosh-seekers feast upon succulent specials such as the chicken teriyaki, served with rice, soup, and salad ($7.75 at lunch, $11.95 at dinner), and ice-cream-chapped esophagi can defrost with warm, brothy udon soup ($7.95). Sushi offerings span raw-fish styles, with humbly unadorned sashimi arriving in chirashi ($16.50) and hamachi ($19.75) platters with small, rice-bound nigiri balls bearing loads of green mussels ($3.75), scallops ($4.75), salmon ($4.25), and mackerel ($3.95). Eclectic six-piece rolls range from the classic california ($4.50), which ensnares crab cake and avocado within its rice-and-seaweed tractor beam, to the unhinged crazy roll, which smuggles in yellow tail, fish roe, tuna, avocado, and cucumber ($8.95). Veggie-friendly options abound, from inari pieces ($2.75) to squash rolls ($3.95).

2033 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley,
CA
US

A 20-year career prepared Chef Tomo Owada for the opening of Tomo’s Japanese Cuisine, one that taught him to prepare every meal “thoughtfully and artfully.” He gained this attention to detail by first training as an assistant sushi chef for four years in Japan, as well as learning how to manage a kitchen. In 1999, he emigrated to California and has worked in other kitchens ever since.

Chef Tomo’s cuisine reflects both his traditional training in Japan and the sustainable values he found in California, where he learned that food also needs to be “prepared consciously.” Following this philosophy, Chef Tomo incorporates organic ingredients from farmers markets and locally sourced fish into a seasonal menu that includes sushi rolls, chicken teriyaki, and vegan ohitashi—Napa cabbage rolls stuffed with spinach. To prepare these small dishes and sushi, the kitchen makes everything from scratch without the use of a microwave, freezer, or hot laptop battery.

2026 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Teppanyaki chefs twirl their knives and ignite towers of flame while cooking meals tableside inside Hana Japan Steak & Seafood. They slice new york steaks, chicken, and salmon and toss scallops onto the grill alongside chopped veggies and mounds of rice, all without ruffling their tomato-red toques. Each hibachi dinner comes with a shrimp appetizer, a bowl of soup, and a salad with organic Hana dressing imported from the organic part of Japan.

235 University Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

The atmosphere at Edoko contrasts sharply with what you might expect from a buffet. The walls are lined with natural wood accents and overhead, paper lanterns hang from thin wooden beams that slant at angles. The family-owned restaurant serves sushi buffet and traditional sashimi and Japanese cuisine, using natural ingredients including organic greens and fresh seafood from local shrimp forests.

1722 University Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US