Craving for Sushi in the land of Schnitzel?
Eating out in Vienna can be a culinary adventure around the globe. Although the Austrian capital is the only city in the world to have its cuisine named after it, with incredible restaurants serving the famous Viennese cuisine, you can also discover regional cooking from the all over the world and enjoy some excellent Japanese gastronomy in the former imperial capital.
If you love as we do, a good Sushi and Sashimi and also Tempura and Sukiyaki, you will find many options in Vienna, but considering you will probably be eating raw fish, you should be very picky when selecting where to eat.
Our editors have put together a list with their favourite spots; here are the ten best Japanese restaurants in Vienna:
This restaurant, located in the 8th District, serves a delicious Sunday brunch with a variety of Japanese delicacies. The chef takes you in a gourmet tour of Japan, presenting the culinary specialities of Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, and Sakai's New Year menu is quite fantastic too!
The tiny family-run restaurant on the Wienzeile, Kuishimbo, serves authentic Japanese dishes in a cosy, but a bit claustrophobic, atmosphere; it only seats eight people! It is a big favourite among Viennese food-lovers who go there to have the delicious Udon soup, crunchy seaweed salad or the famous deep-fried eggplant dish, the Nasu no Agebitashi. The service couldn't be nicer too.
This restaurant is the bigger sister of Kuishimbo. Although always crowded, you may actually find a table to seat and enjoy traditional home-made Japanese cuisine at an affordable price. Better make a reservation before.
Located in the heart of Vienna, on the Kärntner Straße, the restaurant serves fantastic sushis, sashimis and typical Japanese sweets. There are a basement sake bar and private karaoke boxes where you can sing your heart out without the embarrassment of doing so in front of strangers ;)
For many, this is where you get the best sushi in Vienna. Otherwise, you should have the chef's special menu that comes with four dishes so that you can try a bit of everything. And the kitchen closes at 11 pm, which is quite late for Vienna!
Although a bit pricey, the small restaurant on the Praterstrasse is always packed because of its delicious Asian fusion food and friendly staff. Better book ahead.
Located in the trendy Karmeliterviertel in the 2nd district, the restaurant's Okra Kobashi sharing food follows the sharing principle by placing the dishes in the centre of the table so that everyone can taste everything. The cuisine is contemporary Japanese, and the chef and staff are super friendly. They also have sake tastings and Japanese cooking classes.
On the 7th floor of the Grand Hotel Wien, in the 1st district, the stylish restaurant with two tatami rooms and two teppanyaki grills serves high-quality classic Japanese cuisine. On the ground floor of the hotel, you can also have fantastic sushi and sashimi at the Unkai Bar and Sushi restaurant.
Also in the 1st district, the one Michelin star restaurant mixes contemporary and authentic Japanese cuisine with a European touch.
A tiny restaurant with only three tables and an open kitchen where the chef prepares all types of meat to be grilled, as in Japan, including belly meat and swine uterus! When you walk by the restaurant, the smell coming from the grills is so delicious it is hard not to be tempted to try. The chef Zaw Zaw Tun worked at Do&Co catering and Mochi for several years before opening his Ganko.