Japanese Restaurants in Middleburg Heights

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At Samurai Sushi and Steakhouse, diners sup on plates of freshly grilled hibachi meats, succulent sushi, and savory tempura in an atmosphere with the low-lit feel of a nightclub. Like a pie fight with explosions in the background, the restaurant blends food with entertainment: skilled chefs display their mastery of knifework at 12 hibachi tables as revelers sip cocktails and sake at a full-service bar or private party room. Rays of electric blue and purple light emanate from ceiling fixtures and disco balls, and walls of gray stone and leafy bamboo lend an organic touch to the chic d?cor.

16670 Royalton Rd.
Cleveland,
OH
US

At Sakura Sushi House, fresh morsels of fish, eel, and octopi nestle into handcrafted rolls, a hibachi grill sears steak, and teriyaki sauce infuses chicken and tofu with savory flavor. Patrons perch at the granite-topped sushi bar and browse a menu brimming with four pages of specialty sushi rolls, or lounge in maroon booths, filling squirt guns from bowls of udon noodles. In the kitchen, chefs season meats ranging from filet mignon to lobster and augment shrimp tempura with teriyaki. After chopsticks ferry the final pieces of maki to tongues, punch their timecards, and head home, diners sip hot or cold sake to finish the evening with a final gustatory flourish.

15040 Pearl Rd
Strongsville,
OH
US

Mizu’s sushi bar is supplemented by a full kitchen, and together create a menu with more than 80 pan-Asian items. From the sushi bar, patrons can begin with appetizers of tuna tartar before ordering one of 22 specialty rolls, such as the Stop Light with tuna, avocado, mango, and a small camera on the side that records anyone who speeds through eating it too fast. The Mexican roll is a spicy blend of tempura shrimp, tuna, jalapenos, chili sauce, and eel sauce in a green soybean wrap. At lunch and dinner, guests can create their own combination meals with nigiri, maki, or sashimi.

In the kitchen, chefs prepare plates of dumplings and veggie tempura to whet appetites for Japanese-style entrees such as teriyaki and udon noodle dishes. Donburi rice bowls are filled with deep-fried chicken or pork, and the traditional nabemono, or hot pot, is filled with a combination of potato noodles, veggies, thinly sliced beef, tofu, and an egg. Asian flavors reappear on the dessert menu, which includes banana tempura with honey and green tea or red bean ice cream.

10219 Brookpark Rd
Cleveland,
OH
US

For more than 25 years, dinners at Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse have come with an impressive fire show. The table-side grills shoot up towers of flame as they sear meats such as filet mignon, scallops, and chicken. To complement the gourmet proteins?served with veggies, fried rice, and steaming bowls of Japanese onion soup?the chefs hand-roll sushi, too. Their creations range from a simple shrimp tempura roll to a california roll topped with five types of fish, from salmon to yellowtail to fillet of Loch Ness Monster.

6901 Rockside Rd.
Independence,
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.

1276 W 6th St
Cleveland,
OH
US

Otani is the perfect place to sample Japanese cuisine in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Otani's history is as impressive as its menu: they were the very first sushi restaurant to open in Cleveland all the way back in 1978! Otani has been so successful that they've since opened a second location, and their sushi is still drawing a crowd after all these years. Their menu is dauntingly big, which means there's something here for everyone, from hibachi, to tempura, to a huge variety of nigiri and sushi. Otani offers a lot of bang for your buck, with half-priced hibachi on Tuesday, half-priced sushi on Wednesday, and half-priced drinks on Thursday. Stop into Otani for some of the best sushi in all of Cleveland!

1625 Golden Gate Plz
Cleveland,
OH
US