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Our 5 Favorite Japanese Restaurants in Adelaide Homepage

Our 5 Favorite Japanese Restaurants in Adelaide

Food: We handpicked the best restaurants that offer the most authentic, varied, and top-quality Japanese cuisine.
Variety: Some of the most famous Japanese food offerings are ramen, sushi, wagyu meats, and sake. It’s important to us that the restaurants offer most, if not all of the most sought-after Japanese dishes.
Authenticity: We handpicked restaurants offering the most authentic Japanese cuisine and experience. 
This is because, unlike other cuisines that allow for modern twists and variations, Japanese food focuses more on tradition and decades-long proven practices. 
Value: We selected reasonably priced places for the quality of Japanese food they’re serving. 
Ambience: We chose Japanese restaurants that are reminiscent of Japan or closely resemble Japanese restaurants.
Service: We assessed the quality of their service and their promptness and attentiveness in attending to their customer’s requests. This is because the service in restaurants in Japan is notable for their efficiency and hospitality.

1. Shōbōsho

Shōbōsho Homepage

Products: Braised Beef Brisket Ramen, Blue Swimmer Crab Udon, Raw Tuna, Edamame, Katsu-Sando, and Many More

Website: https://shobosho.com.au/

Address: 17 Leigh Street Adelaide, SA, 5000

Contact Details: (08) 8366 2224

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Google reviews score4.4/5
TripAdvisor reviews score4/5
Total reviews4.2/5
Score consistency4/5


  • Restaurant is open on all days of the week
  • Vegan options available
  • Has a dedicated yakitori bar
  • Prompt service


  • Swift service by wait staff prevents them from connecting with customers
  • Music’s loudness can ruin the ambience
  • Thin walls between booths for groups

Shōbōsho is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in yakitori and all grilled food fare. It has received numerous accolades from renowned food directories like the Good Food Guide, Australian Financial Review, and Gourmet Traveller Restaurant.

They are open seven days a week, which is a huge plus for many foodies and if you feel like eating Japanese food suddenly. They also allow walk-ins, so you won’t need to worry about securing a reservation.

Japanese menus can be overwhelming to skim through for some, given their variety of offerings. Shōbōsho offers Hiruyasumi and Gochiso, which are set course meals or their “long tasting” option. 

This eliminates the hassle of having to pick a la carte items from the menu, and you get a taste of their signature offerings through them.

If you don’t fancy eating a full-course meal, you can’t go wrong with their yakitori offerings.

Moreover, Shōbōsho has a dedicated yakitori bar that offers a premium yakitori BBQ experience for $95 per person. It can be a steep price point for some, but returning customers have always left satisfied.

Shōbōsho also caters to vegans with their vegan “feed me” option that has a wide array of Japanese vegan meals.

The ambience, however, leaves much to be desired. The restaurant claims to offer an intimate experience with dining, but the music is sometimes too loud for some customers’ liking and ruins the ambience of the place.

Some of the customers we interviewed expressed their disappointment about how thin the walls were between booths. This would mean that you can hear what the group adjacent to your spot is talking about and vice versa.

The swift service of their wait staff can be a downside at times, too, because this prevents the staff from connecting with the customers. But if you’re someone who would rather enjoy your food and your company unbothered, this won’t be an issue.

If you’re looking to satisfy your yakitori cravings, Shōbōsho is the place to go. However, if you’re looking to order other Japanese food items like ramen, you may want to find another restaurant that offers a wider selection of Japanese favorites.

2. Ginza Miyako Japanese Restaurant

Ginza Miyako Japanese Restaurant Homepage

Products: Miso Butter Salmon Bento, Miyako Donburi, Dinner Offerings Include Miyako’s Seasonal Omakase, Miyako Signature Blue Fin Tuna Tataki, Stir-Fried Soba, and Many More

Website: https://www.ginzamiyako.com.au/

Address: Level 1 Stamford Plaza Hotel 150 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia

Contact Details: +61 (0)8 8221 6147

Operating Hours: 

Lunch: Wednesday to Friday: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 


  • Monday to Sunday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and public holidays
Google reviews score4.1/5
TripAdvisor reviews score4.5/5
Facebook reviews score4.8/5
Total reviews4.47/5
Score consistency4/5



  • Affordable lunch meals
  • Vegan and gluten-free options available
  • Fresh and good quality sashimi 
  • Aesthetic food presentation


  • Expensive mains and entrées
  • Lackluster table service
  • Lacks authenticity in Japanese food offerings

Ginza Miyako is situated in the five-star Stamford Plaza Hotel, and they offer traditional Japanese flavors using modern techniques and European influences.

Though some would consider mixing up Japanese cuisine with modern techniques and flavors as sacrilegious, Ginza Miyako strives to successfully infuse these foreign influences while maintaining the authenticity and integrity of their dishes.

Unlike more upscale Japanese restaurants that only offer dinner courses, Ginza Miyako offers lunch meals at a reasonable price. This best caters to their customers looking to get a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine without breaking the bank.

We think their lunch menu is a redeeming factor for Ginza Miyako. This is because the reviews for their dinner selection are polarizing; some see it as unreasonably priced.

If you choose from their dinner menu, it would be a safer option for you to go for their omakase course rather than their entrées and mains that are expensive.

Fortunately, their omakase offerings change by the season, so there’s always a unique experience guaranteed every once in a while. You can also pick between a four, six, and their premium eight-course omakase.

However, another issue that customers have is their uninspired table service. Some would even describe it as cold and offering no hospitality at all.

Moreover, its globalized influences and techniques cause the restaurant to deviate from its goal of offering authentic Japanese cuisine. Some have mentioned that their dishes have too much garlicky taste, which is rarely found in Japanese food.

Their choice of middle grain rice rather than the famous short grain rice takes a few points away from their authenticity since short grain rice is essential in making sushi and the majority of Japanese dishes.

But in all of their dishes, their passion for delivering the best food presentation always shines through. This is commendable given that their food is pleasantly quick to come out per table.

On the flip side, Ginza Miyako is also inclusive of special diets. This is because they have quality vegan and gluten-free Japanese meals.

3. Gyoza Gyoza

Gyoza Gyoza Homepage

Products: Various Gyoza Offerings, Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Katsu Stonegrill, Gyu Katsu, Japanese Beers on Tap, and Cocktails

Website: https://gyozagyoza.com.au/

Address: 95 – 97 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Contact Details: 08 7226 8983

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm

Google reviews score4.2/5
TripAdvisor reviews score4/5
Facebook reviews score4.5/5
Total reviews4.23/5
Score consistency4/5


  • Cheap meal offerings
  • Pub-style ambience
  • Membership offerings with perks


  • Underwhelming staff service
  • Small portion sizes

If you fancy some casual Japanese dining, Gyoza Gyoza is the place to be in Adelaide. It’s an Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant that resembles a pub where you can get a few drinks with your meal on a bar stool.

What sets them apart from other Japanese restaurants is how cheap their meal offerings are. Their dishes start at $6.80, which definitely gives you a good bang for your buck!

There is also so much variation in their Japanese food selections with yakitori, katsu, yakisoba, sashimi, oysters, steaks, okonomiyaki, and many more Japanese favorites.

Of course, we can infer from their name that they specialize in gyozas. Customers attest to how delightful and savory their gyozas are. 

Their sake and shochu are some of the drink pairings that go well with their meals.

They also offer memberships that come with numerous perks. These include a welcome gift voucher worth $30, 5% off and a gift on your birth month, 6% off if you pay by cash during lunch hours, and a free hot tea pot per visit during lunch.

This encourages patrons to keep dining at Gyoza Gyoza, and it definitely rewards customers handsomely with cool perks.

However, because it’s a casual Japanese pub, the staff members are often frantically moving around the restaurant. Still surprisingly, customers complain about how long it takes for their food to come.

This shows an immense lack of efficiency for the kitchen staff in preparing food and delivering them to customers.

Their meal portions are also small, which disappointed a lot of customers. We get that affordability comes into play here, but it’s such an unhealthy compromise to limit the size of portions that come with each order.

In our opinion, Gyoza Gyoza is definitely a must-visit if you’re looking for cheap and authentic Japanese food and spirits for after-work dining or casual get-togethers.

4. Yakitori Takumi

Yakitori Takumi Homepage

Product: Yakitori Chicken, Butaniku, Gyuniku, Yakitori Kamo, Yakitori Yasai, Yakitori Gyokai, Soup, Onigiri

Website: https://thepantry.net.au/

Address: 60/55 Melbourne Street North Adelaide South Australia 5006

Contact Details: (08) 8239 2111

Operating Hours: 

  • Wednesday to Saturday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Closed on Sunday to Tuesday 
Google reviews score4.6/5
TripAdvisor reviews score4.5/5
Total reviews4.55/5
Score consistency4/5


  • Authentic yakitori
  • Attentive staff
  • Easy-to-navigate menu with the chef’s favorite items
  • Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free options


  • Minimum order of $35 per person required
  • Long waiting time for meals to be served
  • Noisy and busy ambience
  • Small portions

Another intimate yakitori Japanese grill is Yakitori Takumi. It was founded in 2004, and it’s the first izakaya-style restaurant that specializes in yakitori in Adelaide.

This restaurant offers authentic Japanese gourmet yakitori in a lively and intimate environment. Since this is an izakaya-style restaurant, you get to see the chef grill up the food in front of you.

Something that customers keep coming back to is the authentic Japanese yakitori they have been serving up for nearly two decades. Their grilled eggplant skewers and wagyu skewers are some of the must-trys on their menu.

Their menu is also easy to navigate, specifying all their must-try dishes handpicked by their chef. Along with this, numerous yakitori items on the menu can be made vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free by request.

However, for an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant, Yakitori Takumi is expensive, requiring a minimum order of $35 per person. 

Coupled with their yakitori serving size per order, which is three skewers each, this can be disappointing for those who are looking to spoil themselves with a big meal for the night.

In addition to this, because this is an izakaya-style restaurant, which is like a Japanese-style pub, it can easily get noisy and super busy when the place is packed.

Considering that everything on their menu is mainly yakitori, they can take a long while to serve their dishes. This is something their customers have always complained about, as most of their meals took nearly an hour to be prepared.

A huge upside of the restaurant is the experience with the kitchen staff and service crew is also commendable, as most customers noted how their interactions with them were delightful. The staff overall is attentive, engaging, and hospitable.

All in all, if you’re looking for a specialty yakitori bar in Adelaide, Yakitori Takumi is a place you should have in your Japanese restaurants to visit.

5. Shiki 

Shiki Homepag

Products: Different Offerings of Teppanyaki Cuisine Including Tempura Murray Cod, Kiwami Wagyu, Yellowfin Tuna, Assorted Sashimi, and Many More

Website: https://icadelaide.com.au/dining/

Address: InterContinental Hotel North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia

Contact Details: +61 8 8238 2400

Operating Hours: 

  • Tuesday to Wednesday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Thursday to Saturday: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Google reviews score4.5/5
TripAdvisor reviews score4.5/5
Total reviews4.5/5
Score consistency5/5


  • Exceptional sashimi and red meat quality
  • Entertaining teppanyaki grill experience
  • Excellent Japanese sake


  • Expensive price point
  • Open only at night for dinner reservations
  • Mediocre and poorly seasoned steaks

Shiki is a fine-dining teppanyaki grill conveniently situated at the InterContinental Hotel. Shiki has 34 years of fine dining expertise in Japanese cuisine, and they specialize in teppanyaki cooking.

But their offerings don’t just focus on teppanyaki, as it has one of the most varied Japanese food selections you can find in Adelaide. Offering sushi, sashimi, tempura, teppanyaki, and exquisite wine or sake pairings.

Of course, we cannot speak about teppanyaki without mentioning the theatricality that teppanyaki chefs are known for. Customers are in awe of how much the teppanyaki chefs are able to deliver good food and provide entertainment simultaneously.

According to their frequenters, you can’t go wrong with their sashimi for entrée and their lobster tail, scallops, and wagyu striploin for your mains.

Their Japanese sake is also a fan favorite, with the Atsui sake being the best pairing for their teppanyaki course meals.

However, one downside of this restaurant is the expensive price point. Their set course meal starts at $130 per person excluding the wine pairing. 

Their a la carte menu seems more affordable, but it can definitely add up and cost you the same amount in the end.

On top of this, excluding the wagyu striploin, customers have noted how underwhelming their steak offerings are. Some have even mentioned that their steaks are underseasoned. 

Do note that they’re only open at night for dinner, so you might need to look for another restaurant if you want to have Japanese food for lunch.

Do note also that they also mainly accommodate reservations and have limited availability for walk-ins. Their reservations can only be made through their website or via email.

In our opinion, if you’re celebrating a very special occasion, Shiki is unrivaled at bringing good food and entertainment. But if you’re looking for a casual Japanese dining spot in Adelaide, you may fancy yourself looking for another restaurant.

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