Top Japanese Restaurants in Asheville for Hibachi, Sushi, and Poke

Top Japanese Restaurants in Asheville for Hibachi, Sushi, and Poke

From the sizzling hibachi grill to sushi rolls and poke bowls, Japanese cuisine in Asheville is offered in a variety of ways. Enjoy many traditional options like miso soup, simmering rice dishes, pickled vegetables, fresh fish served tempura-style or raw as sashimi or in sushi. 

Or go for more fast-casual options like Poke. What is Poke? Poke in Asheville is a fusion offering all the characteristics of sushi, served in a bowl or burrito. Components include cubed raw fish with rice, vegetables and a variation of toppings like avocado, mushrooms, pickled veggies, cilantro, crispy onions, pineapple and more. Sauces include sriracha, ponzu, and teriyaki. It’s a fun and fully customizable contemporary dish, using healthy ingredients and characteristics of Japanese cuisine.

So, whether you’re gathering around the grill at a hibachi steakhouse, have a hankering for sushi take-out, or want a colorful poke bowl, below you’ll find our top picks for Japanese restaurants in Asheville.

Japanese Habachi, Sushi and Poke

Heiwa Shokudo Japanese Asheville
Heiwa Shokudo
This casual and cozy bistro serves sushi, stir-fries, dumplings, soups and other Japanese fare with an organic, non-GMO focus. Vegan and gluten-free options available. Enjoy the outdoor patio! 87 N Lexington Ave.
UKIAH Japanese Smokehouse Asheville
This new Japanese smokehouse in downtown Asheville is the work of James Beard-nominated chef/owner Michael Lewis, offering a blend of Japanese street food and Southern BBQ to be enjoyed and shared by friends and family. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. (121 Biltmore Ave)
Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas Asheville
Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas
 Located in West Asheville, Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas features eight signature ramen bowls and multiple tapas, including poké bowls, gyoza, and tempura sweet potato. Find a great selection of sakes, plus many local brews. 630 Haywood Rd
WakuWaku Eatery Sushi Asheville
WakuWaku Eatery
Offering authentic Japanese food known as “washoku,” this casual north Asheville eatery serves a bounty of fresh, home-style dishes in a casual setting. Guests can enjoy complimentary green tea and even a crane folding activity while dining! Try the sushi buffet on Sundays. 674 Merrimon Ave, Suite 105
Green Tea Sushi Asheville
Green Tea Sushi
Serving a variety of traditional Japanese dishes including sushi and sashimi, this restaurant is a local favorite for take-out. Enjoy hibachi dishes (though not cooked in front of guests) and large portions. Try the Fire and Ice roll! 2 Regent Park Blvd
Zen Sushi Asheville
Zen Sushi
Just 2 miles from downtown Asheville, this restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere with a nice selection of sushi, sashimi, hibachi, stir-fried dishes and soups. Try the lunch specials including a sushi bar, miso soup, and salad. 640 Merrimon Ave, Ste 205
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