Top Japanese Restaurants in Shanghai

If you’re craving some sushi, a tonkatsu or a bowl of miso soup, here are some excellent choices for you while in Shanghai. Itadakimasu!

01 of 06

The Ultimate: Nadaman at the Shangri-La Hotel, Pudong

nadaman Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai

Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai

Address
Lujiazui, Pudong, China, 200085

Lux surroundings underscore gorgeous food presented beautifully. Pretend you’'re in Tokyo for a night the prices are pretending they'’re in Tokyo too. Expect melt-in-your-mouth sushi, light and crispy tempura and marvelous teppanyaki. The menu is not terribly interesting but it has all the classics that western lovers of Japanese food enjoy.

  • Kids? Older, well-behaved? Yes. Little and squirmy? Maybe not.
02 of 06

California Dreaming: Haiku by Hatsune

Address
8号上海国金中心商场 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Phone
+86 21 3882 0792

When there's cream cheese on the menu, you know you'’re in a California-Japanese establishment. Haiku is the most popular (for expats) casual Japanese in the city. Excellent sushi (amazing rolls, try the Moto-roll-ah or the Clayton), great entrees (love the grilled mackerel) and delicious veggies. The service is a little slow so go with the flow. Make sure you’ve got enough Kirin beer to last you the night.

  • Kids? No problem.
03 of 06

Supercool: Shintori Null II

Address
Julu Lu 803, 静安区 China, 200085
Phone
+86 21 5404 5252

Set back off Julu Road, you wouldn't know it’s there unless you did. Walk through a bamboo forest and step inside a gaping warehouse-like space. The sushi is fab, the rest of the menu is a bit avant-garde and Japanese with a Chinese twist. It's definitely an experience.

  • Kids? Older, well-behaved? Yes. Little and squirmy? Maybe not.
04 of 06

Our Little Secret: Ninsei

Address
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Huaihai Middle Rd, 8号兰生大厦4层 邮政编码: 200003
Phone
+86 21 6431 0270

It doesn't advertise in all the expat magazines so it remains a little unknown to the English speaking universe, but Ninsei is a gem. Their lunch sets are a great value - you have a main dish along with miso soup, rice, pickles, veggies and other treats brought to you in typical Japanese style on a tray with everything nicely separated in wee dishes. It​'s great for kids too, just ask for one of their private rooms and let the kids jump around.

  • Kids? Definitely.
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05 of 06

Old Reliable: Itoya

Address
381 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Phone
+86 21 5382 5777

Itoya is a chain of Japanese restaurants with outlets all over Shanghai. You can expect: good food, their menu is extensive and if you have a Japanese favorite, it's on there, good value and about three Japanese-shrieking-irrashaimase! waitresses to every customer. It's a favorite of Japanese salarymen so you'll likely see some red-faced sake drinkers watching sumo on the flat screen.

  • Kids? Ask for a private room.
06 of 06

Japanese on the Bund: Sun with Aqua

Sun with Aqua Interior

 SUN with AQUA

Address
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, WaiTan, Zhongshan East 1st Rd, 6号外滩六号 2层 邮政编码: 200002
Phone
+86 21 6339 2779

Sun with Aqua is definitely a place to go when you're having a night on the town, you want to be on the Bund, and you’'re in the mood for Japanese. The stunning aquariums are worth a stop in even if just for a drink.

  • Kids? Give it a pass.
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