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Our Favourite Go-to Japanese Restaurants in Canberra

Sushi, udon, tempura, sashimi, ramen. The possibilities seem endless and… delicious. Here are our top Japanese restaurant picks in Canberra.

Lazy Su
Lazy Su

Sometimes all life calls for is a really good bowl of miso soup and donburi. And an all-you-can-eat sushi train. Really, any excuse will do when it comes to Japanese food. Check out the best Japanese restaurants Canberra has to offer.

Iori Fine Japanese Dining
Iori Fine Japanese Dining
Iori Fine Japanese Dining

Any true Canberran knows about Iori. This Japanese restaurant is as authentic as they come. You can choose to dine seated on the ground (true Japanese style) or sit up at the sushi bar or tables. From fresh sashimi and seafood tempura to agedashi tofu and beef udon, Iori has nearly every Japanese dish you can think of.

Sydney Building, 41 East Row, Canberra

Inka
Inka
INKA Canberra

INKA, a blend of Japanese/Peruvian fusion, is one of the newest kids on the block. In the 1900s when the Japanese migrated to Peru, the cultures came together and birthed a new cuisine: Nikkei. INKA encompasses just that within the walls of its stunning restaurant. Expect to find dishes like Peruvian sashimi, maguro tataki, Nikkei ceviche and a range of other mouth-watering fusion eats.

148 Bunda Street, Canberra City

Lazy Su
Lazy Su
Lazy Su

Lazy Su is another modern take on Japanese cooking. Located on Canberra’s foodie strip, Lonsdale Street, this restaurant is Hello Kitty meets high-end cuisine. With dishes such as kimchi fried rice, tea-smoked duck pancakes and wagyu cheesesteak spring rolls, expect the unexpected at Lazy Su!

1/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Lilotang
Lilotang
Lilotang

Lilotang is chic and minimalist with an urban vibe. The team at Lilotang has reinvented classic Japanese dishes with a twist. They do a delish bento lunch box and be sure to ask the staff what their ‘sake-tini’ of the week is. Nestled in Barton’s Burbury Hotel, Lilotang is the place to dine if you have a craving for high-quality, fresh Japanese food.

Burbury Hotel, Barton

Raku (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)
Raku (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)
Raku

For some serious Insta-worthy food photos, visit Raku. Chef Hao Chen is a master with the sushi blade and that is evident when your food is placed before you. Located in the heart of the city, stop in at Raku for a cheeky lunch break or take your time with a leisurely dinner. More good news: their Japanese whiskey collection is off the charts.  

148 Bunda Street, Canberra City

Akiba
Akiba
Akiba

Akiba is one of Canberra’s coolest dining destinations. Their famous kingfish sashimi, Japanese fried chicken, gyoza and ramen keep the people flocking. Get a bunch of share plates for the table or indulge in larger plates for yourself (we won’t judge). Their drinks menu is extensive and their cocktails are to die for.

40 Bunda Street, Canberra City


Once you've feasted at all of the delicious Japanese restaurants in Canberra, see a little more of the wonderful city! Check out the best accomodation around Canberra, or if you're after a glass or two, check out the best wine bars in Canberra.