18 "Japanese" Restaurants in Philadelphia.
Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village does the best sushi omakase in the city and has a fun bar up front.
Serpico on South Street is a good date spot with a nice bar and really pretty shared plates.
Cheu is a noodle and dumpling spot in Fishtown where you should start a night out.
Morimoto is a sushi place in Old City that’s super expensive, so you should save it for a special occasion or when someone else is paying.
You have to walk down an alley next to Sampan to get to Graffiti, an outdoor bar with TVs and cheap drinks during Happy Hour.
Nunu is an izakaya and bar in Fishtown that’s great for a casual date or Happy Hour.
Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
Yakitori Boy is a Japanese dinner spot and karaoke bar with private rooms to end your night in.
Da-Wa is a tiny, 16-seat sushi spot under the El on Front Street.
Umai Umai in Fairmount makes affordable, a la carte sushi in a space that’s nice enough for a date, but not overly fancy.
With its purple walls and loungey feel, Sampan may feel a bit outdated, but the pan-Asian food more than makes up for that.
CoZara is a big izakaya near Drexel and Penn that has a large menu and a solid Happy Hour.
Kisso Sushi Bar is a neighborhood spot in Old City that lives up to the hype.