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

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… read more

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.

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… read more

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

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… read more

 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

UKIAH

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… read more

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)

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… read more

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

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… read more

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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