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January 18, 2019 Slideshows » Food & Drink

Where to Find the Best Japanese Food in San Antonio 

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From ramen to sushi and plenty more authentic dishes inbetween, these are just some of the local spots that bring the flavors of Japan to San Antonio.
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Uni’ko Sushi
17803 La Cantera Terrace, (210) 239-6610,
Uni’Ko is a modern Japanese restaurant betraying Mexican influences and featuring elaborate rolls and presentation.
Photo via Instagram / ivskitchen
Fujiya Japanese Garden
9030 Wurzbach Road, (210) 615-7553,
Servers in traditional attire, a long list of sushi rolls to choose from, and a collection of Japanese bites have made this a favorite in the city since 1972.
Photo via Instagram / fitmencook
Tenko Ramen
312 Pearl Parkway Bldg 6, #6112, (210) 267-2996,
Quealy Watson flew the coop and opened up his own ramen shop inside the Bottling Department Food Hall. The karaage is an early hit, as is the chicken katsu atop a bowl of tonkotsu. Slurp!
Photo via Instagram / s.a.vortooth
Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant
4051 Broadway St, (210) 805-8111,
A bright dining space near the San Antonio river is the setting for creative sushi, tasty sashimi and warm katsu don. Noteworthy menu items include the ice green tea and tempura ice cream.
Photo via Instagram / kimberlysarahyf
Yummi Sushi
Multiple locations,
Nigiri, sashimi, and a list of special rolls like the Black Tiger, with shrimp tempura, cucumber, eel and spicy may keep diners happy.
Photo via Instagram / yummisushisa
Ito Ramen
14395 Blanco Road, (210) 843-4230,
A local favorite for a damn good bowl of noodles, Ito Ramen’s pork bone broth will take you to your happy place. Complete your visit with Japanese-style appetizers made in house, such as takoyaki (octopus ball with Japanese sauce), and have some mochi for dessert.
Photo via Instagram / itoramen
152 E Pecan St #102, (210) 444-0702,
Chef Michael Sohocki and company hold it down at Kimura, making delicious bowls of ramen that satisfy your noodle needs. Also serving up beer and wine, Kimura is a small, but trendy spot that makes for a great date night.
Photo via Instagram / kimura_ramen
Kai Japanese & Asian Cuisine
2535 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 340-8888,
Colorful plates with matching taste, this authentic Japanese restaurant serves affordable lunch specials and bento boxes. Oh, and you can’t forget about the sushi bar that will satisfy no matter what type of roll you’re in the mood for.
Photo via Instagram / r._beller
Goro’s Sushi
2619 Mossrock, (210) 349-8117,
Specializing in sushi, obviously, Goro’s offers both traditional rolls as well as inventive creations. So go ahead and order roll of your choice (paired with a bowl of miso) and have a boozy time with your share of sake. We just hope you’re not a lightweight.
Photo via Instagram / localfoodbites
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 W Hildebrand Ave, (210) 736-5471,
Don’t let the outside fool you. Inside is masterful sushi, fresh and simple. Sit at the sushi bar and watch your sushi being delicately formed, Western-style or choose Japanese-style seating.
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Kuriya at Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St,
Replacing the former ramen shop, Kuriya serves as a Japanese izakaya. There’s still ramen on the menu, but the rotating izakaya-style menu focuses on small plates for you to have many flavors of Japan in one place.
Photo via Instagram / kuriyasatx
Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi
4902 Broadway St, (210) 822-0300,
The bright red sign begs a visit to the Broadway or Bandera location. Warm kitchen dinners vary in flavor and price for any diner and sashimi is served fresh.
Photo via Instagram / eat_it_b
Nama Ramen
6565 Babcock Road, (210) 641-2888,
If you are extra hungry or with a group, the okonomiyaki fries are a crowd favorite. Topped with kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki sauce and bonito furikake, they’re truly a must-have. If you don’t feel like sharing, any bowl of ramen is, obviously, a sollid choice.
Photo via Instagram / nama_ramen
Sumo Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
8342 Interstate 10 Frontage Road, (210) 541-8100,
Dinner and a show is done well here with a variety of dinner options, house butchered beef, a pleasing sushi menu at reasonable prices and stellar cocktails.
Photo via Instagram / sumo_sanantonio
Kin Thai & Sushi
22211 W I-10 Frontage Road, (210) 474-0959,
Sure, Thai is in the name, but so is sushi! Kin serves a mix of Thai and, you guessed it, Japanese bites. From sushi variations to other Japanese dishes like ramen and appetizers to match, Kin lets you have the best of both worlds.
Photo via Instagram / kinthaiandsushi
1810 NW Military Hwy, (210) 340-7808,
Appetizers are as simple as edamame or as elegant as seared scallops, but sushi is the real standout here. Don’t forget to check out the sake list.
Photo via Instagram / sushihana_
Godai Sushi Bar and Restaurant
11203 West Ave, (210) 348-6781,
Fusion sushi with a Western flair is the vibe at Godai. Classic sushi rolls, sashimi and yakisoba are all on the menu. Always take a look at the specials board.
Photo via Instagram / caitybeats
Yellowfish Sushi
Multiple locations,
With three locations, SA has made it perfectly clear they love Japamex. Temaki rolls are tacos, and yes, you can enjoy a spicy sushirrito here.
Photo via Instagram / yellowfishsushi
Sushi Seven
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy #507, (210) 496-7777,
With contemporary decor and a seemingly endless menu of sushi rolls galore, your visit to Sushi Seven can be made complete with soups, salads and cocktails. From traditional Japanese ingredients to Mexican influences, exploring the menu here will be an eclectic ride.
Photo via Instagram / sushiseven
Sushishima Japanese Restaurant
1205 N Loop 1604 W #230, (210) 492-2338,
Bento boxes and sushi rolls are what’s hot here – meaning it’s what everybody wants. But if you opt for any of the numerous variations of udon or katsu dishes, your stomach will be pretty dang happy either way.
Photo via Instagram / jasonfdennis
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9921 Frontage Road, (210) 877-2300,
You might stay clear of wasabi for obvious reasons, but Wasabi the restaurant should be an entirely different ordeal. This contemporary sushi spot serves up a number of Japanese dishes such as pork tonkatsu and chicken katsu or udon noodles and yakisoba.
Photo via Instagram / minjeejou
Sake Cafe
19179 Blanco Road #101, (210) 408-6388,
Nestled inside a strip mall, Sake Cafe is all about letting you choose from a bustling sushi menu .There’s warmer dishes on the menu, such as udon or yakisoba. Oh, and you might as well stop by happy hour to truly have the best time (or you can just order the mochi ice cream to leave with a smile on your face).
Photo via Instagram / kell.yeah
Hon Machi Sushi and Steak
Multiple locations,
While cooking your own meal at a restaurant may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Hon Machi lets you get in on the thrill of making your own steaks the way you like them. With a tiny grill situated at your table, you’ll be able to cook all the meat you can eat if you so wish.
Photo via Instagram / jen_m_garcia
Rock San Thai + Sushi Bar
5238 De Zavala Road #124, (210) 561-0011,
Rock San brings something different to the San Antonio sushi scene with “appethaizers,” Thai dishes and a very local USAA roll.
Photo via Yelp / Natalie N.
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Uni’ko Sushi
17803 La Cantera Terrace, (210) 239-6610,
Uni’Ko is a modern Japanese restaurant betraying Mexican influences and featuring elaborate rolls and presentation.
Photo via Instagram / ivskitchen

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