Our humble San Antonio metro might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about Japanese cuisine, but we’ve actually got quite the scene!
Aside from our surprisingly impressive collection of sushi restaurants, we’ve also got a handful of Japanese experiences for every eater.
Whether you’re looking for authentic katsudon or more Americanized Hibachi, these are my picks for the best Japanese restaurants in San Antonio.
Map of the Best Japanese Restaurants in San Antonio
“Sushi” might be in its name, but Kai serves up a lot more than rolls. First of all, I could eat my weight in their stuffed jalapenos if it wouldn’t kill me. I’m also a big fan of their bento box-style dinners, which come with your choice of tempura and lo mein.
If you can’t decide between a main dish or sushi, don’t sweat it. Get the Japanese Bento #2, which comes with rice, sashimi, tempura, and more. The udon noodle soup is also a great pick on a cold day. Mmm.
- Address: 2535 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78230
- Website: Kai Sushi SA
Goro’s has been me and my husband’s cheap date night go-to for years. Sure, they’re tucked away in a random corner of San Antonio and share a small parking lot with a karaoke bar, but you’ve got to go. Seriously.
The katsudon (fried pork cutlet) and tonkatsu (fried chicken) are SO good, and the dipping sauce that comes with them is heavenly. If you want something a little lighter, go with the hamachi kama, a broiled yellowtail served in something called “special sauce.”
P.S. Goro’s has some seriously good lunch specials. If you happen to be in the area, you can score an entire sit-down lunch for $7.
- Address: 2619 Mossrock, San Antonio, TX 78230
- Website: Goro’s Sushi SA
Sumo Japanese Steakhouse
Sumo is a teppanyaki restaurant where you get a cool performance by the chef with your meal. I mean, who doesn’t want to snap a pic of a pillar of fire for Instagram?
The hibachi scallops are hands-down some of the crunchiest, most delicate scallops I’ve had in my life. Of course, you can’t beat the Kobeashi Wagyu steak, either. Whatever you order, all entrees come with rice and veggies to round out the meal. Because of the quality of the ingredients, Sumo is a bit fancier (cough pricier) than the other restaurants on this list, but it’s a great spot to celebrate a special occasion.
By the way, Sumo does dine-in by reservation only. Make sure you call ahead to reserve your spot.
- Address: 8342 W I-10, San Antonio, TX 78230
- Website: Sumo’s San Antonio
Suck It The Restaurant
Yes, the restaurant’s name sounds a little suggestive, but the original Suck It was a boba spot by UTSA. Located in the Medical Center, Suck It The Restaurant still serves boba, but they also sling some mighty fine ramen, too.
It definitely isn’t as fancy as Sumo, but Suck It is the perfect chill lunch spot. Try the ribeye rice bowl, which comes with thinly sliced marinated beef and seasoned rice.
Oh, and if you have kids with you, Suck It also does a kid’s panko chicken strip meal that’s actually pretty good!
- Address: 7220 Louis Pasteur Dr #125, San Antonio, TX 78229
- Website: Suck It Singleplatform
Ichiban Steak & Asian Fusion
Ichiban has a gigantic menu chock-full of not only Japanese delicacies, but other delicious Asian fusion dishes. My husband and I once came here for lunch, where he got the hibachi steak and I ordered the chicken fried rice (I wasn’t feeling adventurous, okay?).
The staff is so friendly here, too! While other restaurants couldn’t give a flip about your food, these folks wanted to make sure everything was perfect. It wasn’t crowded, either, so if you’re looking for a low-key Japanese restaurant that will treat you right, swing by Ichiban.
- Address: 8601 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240
- Website: Ichiban Steak Asian Fusion
Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar
Osaka is one of the nicer Japanese restaurants in San Antonio, and we’ve definitely spent a few payday date nights here! Osaka specializes in teppanyaki-style food. With dishes like the Jalapeno Bomb and Mochi Ice Cream, Osaka isn’t trying to be “authentic Japanese,” but it does Japanese-American right.
You can’t go wrong with their barbecue beef short rib, katsu-cutlet (my go-to), or the yakisoba. Osaka also does a higher-end hibachi grill: you can get a chef’s special for two for around $65. It comes with New York strip steak, chicken, and shrimp, as well as sides like soup, salad, veggies, and rice.
- Address: 4902 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
- Website: Osaka Steak N Sushi
Shinko Hibachi & Boba Tea
My husband and I jokingly call this place “Shinko De Mayo” in a Sean Connery voice and get a big kick out of it. But there’s nothing to laugh at when it comes to the food—it’s really good.
The thing about Shinko is that they do hibachi-style food without all of the glitz and fire of restaurants like Sumo or Osaka. But that means it’s a cheap, fast way to get hibachi—they even have a drive-thru!
- Address: 7531 Bandera Rd Ste 106, San Antonio, TX 78238
- Website: Shinko
Koi Kawa is such an understated restaurant; I have no idea how more people aren’t talking about them. Located in the Boardwalk on Broadway, Koi Kawa overlooks the San Antonio River, making for a really romantic ambiance.
They have a gigantic selection of sake, too, so if you’re hankering for a specific spirit from Japan, Koi Kawa probably has it. Aside from the location and the drinks, they also make a mean ten don (shrimp tempura over rice) and katsu don (chicken or pork over rice).
- Address: 4051 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
- Website: Koi Kawa Sushi
Sapporo Sushi and Asian Fusion
Sapporo is a Japanese-Korean restaurant near UTSA that makes the cutest, most Instagrammable plates of food. Who could say no to an adorable bento box or a delicately-decorated wooden tray with your dinner?
At any rate, their bento boxes, katsu, and donburi dishes are out of this world. They also have vegetarian-friendly options like the tamago bonburi, which comes with a baked egg, rice, cabbage, and onion, too.
- Address: 5638 W Hausman Rd, San Antonio, TX 78249
- Website: Sapporo SA
Well, “ramen” is in its name, so you know these folks are going to sling a serious bowl of noods. Ito serves veggie ramen, miso ramen, spicy pork ramen, seafood ramen, and a lot more. Of course, they’re famous for their Hell Ramen, which is so spicy that it will make you regret taking a single sip.
When these folks say “spicy,” they mean it. I steer clear of any spice here and stick with their mild dishes, which are just as flavorful, sans the gut punishment.
- Address: 14395 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
- Website: Ito Ramen