Salt Lake City has more Japanese dining options than you can shake a Kushiyaki skewer at. From ramen to precise sashimi to innovative fusion cuisine, our fair city really has it all. But where is the best Japanese restaurant in Salt Lake City? We’ve got a few picks
In our opinion, Naked Fish Japanese Bistro is head and shoulders above the competition. The restaurant is continually striving to evolve, grow and reimagine what Japanese dining can mean in Salt Lake City. Sure, you can order maki sushi here, but the real excitement comes from a diverse menu constantly in change as the chefs both front and back of house. The Omakase at Naked Fish Japanese Bistro is also an incredible steal for quality, variety, creativity and price. Perhaps the best fine dining deal for your dollar in town.
Of course, pictures speak a thousand words, so check out some of these fabulous shots from the creative wizards at Naked Fish:
Hopefully these shot’s give you some idea of the innovation and creativity this wonderful restaurant offers. Don’t be afraid to order up a spicy tuna roll, or edamame appetizer, but do be sure explore the talents of this wonderfully skilled team; for our money, it’s a fine dining experience that would stack up in any city across the country.
67 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
A staple since the 1980s and one of Utah’s first Japanese restaurant’s is Kyoto, located on the East side of town. Focused on authenticate Japanese cuisine, not to mention housed in a traditionally upholstered Japanese space that’s relaxed and bubbling with atmosphere.
One particular specialty at Kyoto Japanese Restaurant are the fabulous tempura shrimp served as part of a complete dinner with salad, soup and rice. They’re the stuff of dreams, epic in both size and terrific crunch.
1080 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
One of the new kids on the block is Sushi Groove located on Highland Drive in the Sugarhouse district. Head on down to the ‘groove and you’ll find a local’s hangout where on any given night you might find a DJ or live band playing; with the graffiti art walls and contemporary approach to sushi rolls you’ll have a blast at this hip eatery.
For the best experience, try to score a seat at the sushi counter and pick your chef’s brains on what’s hot despite the vibe. Beneath all the cool veneer the restaurant harbors some killer fresh seafood – that’s always move quickly due to the $2.50 Tuesdays ($2.50 for two pieces of any nigiri).
2910 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
One of the finest sushi shops in the whole state if not up with the best in the country is Takashi. This fact is anything but a well kept secret, as the nightly crowds ill attest to; keep this in mind if heading on down, the restaurant does not take reservations and it’s exceptionally popular.
Whether you sit at the sushi bar and enjoy traditional nigiri and sashimi or take a table and explore some of the contemporary (Beatles-themed) maki sushi roll – you will be rewarded by some of the most talented sushi chefs in town, handling some of the very finest product.
18 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Still want more? Check out our sister site and their list of the Best SLC Japanese.