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6 of the Best Japanese Restaurants in Dubai

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January 26, 2024

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Get your hands on the very best Japanese food in town.

Embark on a culinary journey through the top 6 Japanese restaurants in Dubai, where you can savour the authentic flavours and immersive cultural experience of Japan.

Each venue presents a diverse array of dishes, paired with captivating atmospheres and unique settings, providing the perfect backdrop for a dinner out with loved ones.  

Best Japanese Restaurants in Dubai

SOON Izakaya

Izakayas are Japan’s post-workday respite, offering refreshing drinks, a social atmosphere, and comforting food; SOON Izakaya in JLT brings this concept to Dubai in a manner befitting the city’s upscale experiences. Behind SOON’s youthful, yet sophisticated air, inspired by retro Japanese anime and pop culture, is head chef Brian Hoang, driving Izakaya’s pursuit of being a social place for catch-ups and decompression. Head over to SOON at JLT Cluster P for Tokyo-inspired nights you won’t forget any time soon.

DJ playing at Soon
Armada Towers 2, JLT,, +971 55 434 0575

KOYO Dubai

A whole new land takes shape at sunset with one of the Marina’s most immersive dining experiences. Koyo is Dubai’s ultimate Japanese atmospheric restaurant and bar, with a bit of a wild side. This unique sensory-driven Japanese restaurant and bar captures your attention from your arrival to dessert with a chic, East Asian-inspired interior, sumptuous dishes, and thirst-quenching drinks. KOYO brings the Japanese highlife to Dubai with an eclectic menu and show-stopping performances, redefining your nightly hangouts.

Dining area at KOYO
InterContinental Dubai Marina,, 04 566 4088


Honouring the Northern Japanese tradition of sharing grilled meals over the Robata as its inspiration, ROKA brings people together with an immersive and intimate experience brought to life by centuries-old traditions. Guests are invited to share award-winning Japanese robatayaki cuisine with amazing views of the Downtown skyline. Such an experience is accompanied by both traditional and contemporary takes on Japanese cuisine. Choose ROKA for your next outing for hearty Japanese dishes served amidst an immersive and vibrant atmosphere. Check out ROKA's offers here!

Outside dining area and view from ROKA
The Opus by Omniyat, Business Bay,, 04 439 7171

OKKU Dubai

Arguably one of the best Japanese fine dining experiences in the city, OKKU, is located on Palm Jumeirah’s West Beach food district. Born from a desire to recreate Japanese culinary excellence in Dubai, OKKU combines their passion for excellence with the artistry behind Japanese dishes, creating a dynamic atmosphere. Prepare yourself for a nightlife experience like no other, with savoury Japanese flavours fusing with lively entertainment. Experience Japanese nightlife at Dubai’s most vibrant district with OKKU.

Bar area at OKKU
Marriott Resort, Palm Jumeirah,, 04 666 1566


Mixing the thrill-seeking attitude of the Middle East with the East’s pursuit of perfection results in Tabu, one of the city’s newest Japanese culinary and nightlife destinations. Heralded as one of Dubai’s premier Japanese culinary destinations, Tabu offers guests contemporary takes on traditional Japanese dishes fuelled by artistry and passion. Immerse yourself in a fusion of the best of the Middle East and the East at Tabu.

Inside dining area at Tabu
St. Regis Dubai Downtown, @tabudubai, 04 456 9455


With vistas of the glistening Dubai Canal, Katsuya offers guests an unadulterated experience of Japanese cuisine in the heart of the city. Much like Tokyo, Dubai is a mixing pot of tradition and modernity, setting the perfect scene for a dining experience provided by Katsuya and their authentic Japanese dishes. Whether you’re a sushi savant or a bento boxer at heart, the creations of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi are sure to satisfy. Read more about Katusya and their offers here.

Chefs cooking at Katsuya
Hyde Hotel Dubai, Business Bay,, 04 871 1010

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