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Cuisine: Japanese
6301 W. Parmer, #505 + 512/297-2758
This place offers tasty, palatable, and inexpensive Japanese food just across the street from Central Market.
3914 N. Lamar + 512/323-2151
206 Colorado +
This place offers a wide variety of fresh, affordable sushi and tempura. Try the pork belly with kimchee and honey-mustard teriyaki.
661 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock + 512/255-6454
The cuisine at Benihana has been influenced by its surroundings, resulting in the Texas Roll – smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, and jalapeño.
9070 Research + 512/451-7505
304 E. Second + 512/469-0000
The sister restaurant to Kome Sushi Kitchen on Airport, this tiny shop serves up delicious broth, made daily, and ramen options to crave. The service is great, and the prices are reasonable, so add another stop to your well-foraged downtown lunch and dinner routine. Read our review.
612-B E. Sixth + 512/369-3897
On Mondays, this sushi joint adds karaoke for those 21 and older, which gives you some idea of the party put on nightly by chef DK Lee. The menu features both Korean and Japanese favorites.
6400-C S. First + 512/326-5807
Austin has so many sushi choices, it sometimes feels like we're living in southwest Japan. Even with all that competition, Dragon Gate's sushi deserves a try for its meticulous attention to the details, especially in the nigiri and gunkan maki sushi categories.
5608 Balcones + 512/459-3341
6519 N. Lamar + 512/614-4974
Serves up Japanese surf and turf with myriad options for sushi and teppanyaki, popular tableside hibachi-grilled meats.
4815 W. Braker #580 + 512/795-8333
Fresh, never-frozen fish is flown in daily for this sophisticated, upscale sushi house.
1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park + 512/986-7176
1019 W. University Ave., Georgetown + 512/868-9686
11150 Research Blvd. #201 + 512/345-9781
Find Korean fare as well as the traditional Japanese items and, of course, sushi, with a focus on taste as well as presentation. You can place delivery or pickup orders by text.
7310 Burnet Rd. + 512/458-3700
2712 Bee Caves Rd. #124 + 512/347-7077
Offers sushi with creative appetizers and entrées in a seductively hip space with an extensive selection of drinks, sake, and wine. Read our review.
10000 Research Ste. 138-A + 512/241-0119
Watching someone toss your meat in the air and then catch it backwards with a spatula never gets old. Steak, seafood, and chicken come in a variety of freshly-grilled combinations with generous servings of appetizers and soup. The sushi menu is pretty substantial for not being their specific specialty, and always fresh.
13492 Research #380 + 512/288-7333
Well-executed Japanese home cooking. The lunch menu features some of the best deals in Austin, like the gorgeous sashimi lunch. The ramen is a treat, too. Read our review.
4917 Airport + 512/712-5700
This nondescript truck sits on a meticulously landscaped multi-level plot with low-tree shade in the back. The miso soup is a platonic ideal, a beautifully crafted version that may out-comfort your mom's chicken noodle. The spring roll-esque Vietnam des' pile of herbs, greens, kanpachi, and lychee, keep the ingredients spare. That means that items that could flatline in their familiarity – the ubiquitous Philly and California rolls – become a reminder of why they achieved popularity in the first place. Read our review.
1211 E. Sixth + 512/888-7559
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