Japanese Restaurants in Lake Magdalene

$22 for $40 Toward Lunch or Dinner at Ocean Blue Sushi Bar

Ocean Blue Sushi Bar

Carrollwood

$40 $22

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Sushi chefs create rolls for everyone from meat eaters to vegans, served alongside Japanese classics like pork dumplings with ginger shoyu

$17 for $30 Worth of Japanese and Italian Food for Two or More at Kobe CS Italian Japanese Steak House

Kobe CS Italian Japanese Steak House

Clearwater

$30 $17

Chefs whip up Japanese- and Italian-style dishes

$13 for $24 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at The Art of Sushi

The Art of Sushi

Uptown

$24 $13

Japanese entrees from teriyaki lobster to ginger stir-fries complement specialty maki rolls and sushi

Japanese Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (Up to 43% Off)

Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Bradenton

$30 $17

(159)

Diners cluster around gas-heated hibachi grill, where chefs prepare steak and seafood meals with flair; sushi bar showcases colorful rolls

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Kumo Japanese Steak House

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(116)

Chefs fire up hibachis at each table to cook filet mignon and lobster tails at restaurant with sushi bar

Japanese-Thai Fusion Cuisine at Pacific Rim (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Pacific Rim

Southside Village

$30 $18

(455)

Expansive menu is composed of Japanese-Thai fusion cuisine, including sushi rolls, wok creations, curries, and noodles and rice dishes

Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, and Fusion Sandwiches at Sake Sushi (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Sake Sushi

Sake Sushi

$15 $8

(152)

Aged steaks, crispy duck breast with kimchi, and specialty sushi rolls, such as the Sake roll with spicy crab and Prime new york strip steak

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Dale Del Bello remembers everything about his first hibachi experience. While stationed in Korea as a part of the Air Force National Guard, Dale and a group of friends visited Tokyo on leave. They followed a traditional route among his fellow service people, which took him to a hibachi restaurant. Immediately he sensed that he’d stumbled upon more than just dinner. The chefs’ showmanship fascinated him as they seared meats and vegetables on their tabletop grills, allowing guests to sample forkfuls directly off the 600-degree surface. After returning to Buffalo, New York, in 1971, Dale opened his first Arigato location, attempting to recreate what made that dining experience so remarkable. Since then, he has distilled the authentic experience into something that families can enjoy without traveling abroad, establishing Arigato restaurants throughout New York and Florida and staffing them with more than 60 chefs from Japan.

Surrounded by 8–10 diners, these chefs act not only as the restaurant’s culinary creators, but also as showmen and magicians of sorts, dexterously slicing ingredients, flipping shrimp tails into their hats, and conjuring soy sauce out of thin air. Away from the flaming tabletops, meanwhile, bartenders make use of their own skill sets as they mix specialty cocktails, which occasionally use splashes of plum wine or sake to imbue familiar-sounding drinks with new dimension.

13755 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa,
FL
US

A.J. Jewell, born in Japan to an American father and a Japanese mother who was a chef, inherited a love of cooking that transcended the Pacific. When he moved to Tampa in the 1980s, it was only logical that he follow his mother into the restaurant business. At age 18, he trained as a teppanyaki chef, learning to commune with the open flame, and soon after apprenticed under master chefs to perfect his technique. After years at Sushi Tsu, sharpening his culinary acumen, and studying world cuisine, Jewell became its owner. Each of Sushi Tsu's chefs apprentices under Jewell's sage gaze for two years before stepping into their role as teppanyaki specialists. Diners can request their favorite chef for their meal to build a rapport or establish an ongoing rock-paper-scissors game. In addition to serving fresh sushi and hot hibachi-style steakhouse food, the eatery showcases local artists with occasional live jazz music on weekends and artists painting inside the restaurant.

15363 Amberly Dr
Tampa,
FL
US

Chef John, the culinary leader behind Shogun Sushi, honed his skills in upscale Manhattan eateries before making his way to Tampa. He approaches sushi with a creative mind and an eye for presentation, updating traditional rolls with unconventional ingredients such as bacon and pineapple. One dish that moves even further into fusion is the sushi pizza, which is healthier than both regular italian pizza and pizza carved from butter. The "crust" is a scallion pancake, the "sauce" is avocado paste, and the toppings are pieces of either salmon or spicy tuna. Not all of Shogun Sushi's food belongs to the fusion category, though; diners can opt instead for traditional Japanese cuisine such as an udon noodle soup with fish cakes, egg, tofu, and shrimp tempura.

15213 N Dl
Tampa,
FL
US

Both Oishi Japanese Restaurant's locations showcase Asian-inspired décor, from the ceiling covered in bamboo accents to the marble-topped sushi bar framed by a glass case of seafood. Chefs entertain lunch and dinner diners with "fire shows" at hibachi grills where they sear vegetables, seafood, meat, and wrinkled shirts. Diners also cozy up to unfinished wood tables and booths as servers deliver spreads of Japanese steakhouse cuisine, fresh sushi rolls, and desserts.

615 Channelside Dr
Tampa,
FL
US

The diners can feel the heat of the charcoal grill, its sweltering vapor wafting sweet and smoky aromas from the marinated short-ribs sizzling at the center of the table. Surrounding the grill like spectators at a sports match, more than a dozen small bowls display a colorful assemblage of sautéed, blanched, and pickled veggies, each awaiting their fate to crown a slice of seared meat or mingle with a pillow of white rice. This is Korean-style barbecue, Rice Restaurant & Market’s specialty. Alongside the DIY feasts, chefs work in the kitchen to impart a Korean edge on stir-fry, stews, and noodle dishes, forging each morsel from scratch and often with ingredients grown in the owner's garden, according to the Tampa Bay Times. As tableside grills crackle in the rear of the restaurant, suffusive lighting finds its way beneath the awnings of private booths. A libation expert pours cocktails, sake, and traditional soju from behind a full bar, and on special nights, a late-night menu replenishes energy levels in between spins on the dance floor, where dancers fuel moves both with the beats of a live DJ and by convincing feet that the dance floor is a Korean grill.

7525 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa,
FL
US

Deciding to call a restaurant and bar “Cheap” seems like a bold move, but it might not mean what you think it means. The owners, who had gained insight into guests’ needs through their other spots—Hyde Park Café, Whiskey Park, and the Kennedy—wanted to name this new eatery something that would serve as a daily reminder of their mission: to always exceed customers’ expectations. And, aside from the prices, cheap is one thing they plan to never be called. Housed inside a brick building, Cheap blends fun, eclectic decor throughout, including low-hanging birdcage lamps over tabletops surrounded by hot-pink chairs. Likewise, the menus—four of them, specifically, along with drink and dessert lists—create unexpected culinary fusions by combining a range of international flavors. The signature Cheap menu mingles classic sushi rolls with tuna tacos and fresh ceviche, a tapas-inspired menu fuses empanadas and meat skewers with hearty rib-eye steaks, and menus of sliders and pizzas bring the flavor smorgasbord home again.

309 S Howard Ave
Tampa,
FL
US