Japanese Restaurants in Santa Clara

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People start lining up here 30 minutes before it opens for the signature Orenchi ramen. (The shop closes when it runs out.) Its key features are tender pork and a perfectly soft-boiled egg floating in an opaque broth. Other accoutrements include bamboo shoots, mushroom, sesame, and nori.

3540 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara,
CA
US

"Nothing short of amazing." So gushes The Santa Clara Weekly when writing about Cherry Sushi's spider fantasy roll, whose medley of avocado, cucumber, and crab arrives wrapped in a layer of soft-shell crab. It's is one among 28 specialties handcrafted by the eatery's chefs, whose eye-catching rolls sport everything from deep-fried eel to the house's own spicy creamy sauce. For vegetarian-leaning palates, the sushi squad assembles rolls chock full of cooked mushrooms and wild carrots, who often eerily resemble domesticated carrots. Sushi aside, the culinary team also cooks up other staples of Japanese cuisine, including salmon teriyaki and beef sukiyaki.

2910 El Camino Real
Santa Clara,
CA
US

Inspired by the incredible flavors served at traditional Japanese festivals, Happi House was founded on the belief that dining out should be happy and festive. Happi House?s founders thought that quick-service restaurants had become predictable and boring, so they set out to expand and upgrade fast food options by offering fresh meals to order and one-of-a-kind teriyaki sauces.

The first Happi House restaurant opened in San Jose?s historic Japantown district in 1976, where its fresh take on fast food was an instant sensation. Over the years, Happi House has grown its distinctive menu while maintaining a commitment to using fresh ingredients delivered daily and food that's grilled to order?never held under heat lamps or served up from a steam table.

Today, Happi House has six locations throughout the Silicon Valley. Bay Area folks can pop into the casual eatery for a tasty bite or grab a jumbo-sized Happi Pak with enough chicken salad, rice, and flame broiled teriyaki to feed the whole gang at home. Must-try items include bone-in teriyaki chicken, Asian chicken salad, and homemade teriyaki sauces in original and spicy flavors, which are available by the bottle.

​3015 McKee Rd.
San Jose,
CA
US

Gaku Yakitori is San Jose’s authentic Japanese charcoal grill (yakitori means “charcoal grilled skewers”). The food at Gaku Yakitori gets its distinct flavor from the charcoal over which it is cooked – the finest binchotan (or white charcoal) imported from Japan. Gaku Yakitori is only open for dinner and seating is limited so it helps to make reservations so you’re ensured a seat. Even with the evening-only hours, Gaku Yakitori is a must-see stop on your culinary tour of Silicon Valley. For a unique experience that is sure to please young and old alike, check out Gaku Yakitori today.

5152 Moorpark Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

Santouka originally made its name in Japan, but the chain has made the jump to the American market—this is one of several California locations. Regulars love the thick, creamy pork tonkotsu ramen, as well as the shop’s location. The eatery is nestled in a Mitsuwa market, ideal for picking up imported Japanese groceries or sake.

675 Saratoga Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

If you finish a bowl of ramen here, high-five. The large portions and rich tonkotsu broth make it quite a challenge, especially when you factor in the noodles, available in thick or thin styles. The Halu ramen is especially worth attempting, though—try it with a soft-boiled egg.

375 Saratoga Ave
San Jose,
CA
US