Japanese Restaurants in Istanbul

Japanese cuisine is still growing phenomenon in Istanbul. It is either very much loved or hated by the local population. For many it takes some time to get used to it. Classic jokes still abound about wasabi and ginger, such as "taste it, it is the next best thing after chocolate."

Initially Japanese restaurants were only in the form of sushi restaurants that required dressing up and paying lots. And, they were almost always located inside fancy malls or hotels. It cannot be debated that you pay much less nowadays; but the prices have balanced out somewhat and the cuisine has diversified from "sushi only". Several good restaurants opened in more touristy regions such as Istiklal; but the old town (Sultanahmet) is still more reserved.

There are some authentic restaurants such as Ninja and Udonya that have been serving a loyal clientele for several years now. Others have a plethora of branches around the city and inside the malls such as Sushico. If you are searching for sushi for the love of it, try your luck at one of the more authentic ones. The list below highlights the Top 10 most favorable by this author.

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Itsumi

İş Towers, Levent

Japanese restaurant with more than just sushi -conveniently located... read more

Ninja

Katip Mustafa Çelebi Mah.İstiklal Caddesi Meşelik Sokak No:22 Taksim

One of the oldest and most genuine sushi in the city... read more

Zuma

Salhane Sokak No: 7

Mesmerizing view, drinks, food... read more

Wanna

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Buyukdere Caddesi Kanyon Alisveris Merkezi
Beyoğlu

Clubbing returns! Now @Kanyon, still trendy, still hip... read more

Mori

Cevdet Paşa Mahallesi No:56 Bebek

Very good sushi, although prices a bit hefty...
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Vogue (Le)

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A Block, 13th floor, Akaretler
Spor Caddesi, BJK Plaza

Sleek surroundings, chic atmosphere... read more

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Sunset Grill & Bar

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Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Yol Sokak No:2
Ulus Park

Watch the sunset over Bosphorus with elegance and style... read more

Tokyo

İstiklal Caddesi Meselik Sokak No: 24

Good sushi around Istiklal Street... read more

Udonya

Topcu Caddesi 2

Japanese restaurant famous for its spectacular noodles... read more

Sushico - Nişantaşı

Mü Nişantaşı Kampüsü, Teşvikiye, İstanbul, Turkey

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