20 "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.
Da-Wa is a small, casual sushi spot with a solid omakase offering under the El on Front Street.
Hikari is a BYOB sushi spot in Northern Liberties that has solid, classic rolls and a bunch of outdoor seating in the summer.
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.
Hiroki is a dark sushi restaurant in Fishtown with a 10-course omakase menu for $135.
Yakitori Boy is a Japanese dinner spot and karaoke bar with private rooms to end your night in.
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With its purple walls and loungey feel, Sampan may feel a bit outdated, but the pan-Asian food more than makes up for that.