Japanese Restaurants in Zürich: The ultimate foodie guide

Whether you are after high-end Japanese cuisine, a bowl of ramen on the go or an icy mug of Kirin beer: we have compiled an ultimate list of Japanese restaurants in Zürich.

Once home of Switzerland’s first Japanese restaurant, the Japanese food scene in Zürich has evolved quite a bit. Sure, you could eat your way through jaw-dropping sushi and ramen noodle dishes. But think beyond and you will find restaurants specializing in teppanyaki, kare raisu curries, shabu shabu, udon and more.

Japanese restaurants in Zürich offer expertly crafted traditional dishes as well as modern takes that sometimes fuse Swiss techniques and flavors. We hope that this line-up will satisfy your taste buds for Japanese food in Zürich!

Here is our ultimate foodie guide to Japanese restaurants in Zürich:

 

Sala of Tokyo

This traditional Japanese eatery is located just footsteps from the Zürich main station. Sala of Tokyo was the first Japanese restaurant in Switzerland, and they continue to serve delicious varieties of maki sushi, nigiri sushi, sashimi and udon noodles.

Sala of Tokyo Zurich(Photograph by Cloudia Chen)

Sala of Tokyo
Schützengasse 5
8001 Zürich
Tu to Fr 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Sa 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM.
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Maki Haus Pop-up Japanese

Maki Haus was once touted a “pop-up” restaurant but we are glad that is has become a permanent fixture in Zürich’s sushi scene. The Japanese dishes here are prepared fresh, whether it be sushi rolls, sashimi platters, bento boxes or ramen dishes. The pricing is moderate for Zürich standards, but the lunch menu offers an especially good deal.

Maki Haus Japanese Restaurant Zurich

Maki Haus Pop-up Japanese
Stampfenbachstrasse 12
8001 Zürich
Mo to Fr 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM and 5:30 - 11:00 PM, Sa 5:30 - 11:00 PM, Su closed.
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Sora Sushi Kaiten

Sora Sushi is located inside Zürich’s main station. Convenient accessibility and the conveyer belt sushi are two of the restaurant's main benefits. Unfortunately, the waiting staff lacks knowledge of sushi and food prices are high (even for Zürich standards).

Sora Sushi Zurich(Photograph by Cloudia Chen)

Sora Sushi Kaiten
Bahnhofplatz 15
8001 Zürich
Su to We 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 5:00 - 9:30 PM, Th to Sa 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 5:00 - 10:00 PM
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Miki Ramen

On the other hand, Miki Ramen offers more of a homey atmosphere and does just as fine a job meeting the needs of ramen lovers. Quite honestly, with Switzerland being a landlocked country, I did not expect it to be mind-blowing in terms of sushi. But when it comes to ramen, Zürich is making me perfectly happy.

Miki Ramen Restaurant Zurich

Miki Ramen
Sihlfeldstrasse 63
8003 Zürich
Su to Fr 6:00 - 11:00 PM, Mo to Fr 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM, Sa 12:00 - 11:00 PM
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Ooki Ramen

Our Cloudia recommends gyoza, the restaurant’s signature dish. As for the ramen, she says that the noodles have just the right texture without being too hard or too soft. Also, several of us find the soup to be on the salty side, but it is tasty nonetheless.

Ooki Japanese Restaurant Zürich
Ooki Japanese Restaurant Zürich(Photographs by Cloudia Chen)

Ooki Ramen
Zentralstrasse 53
8003 Zürich
+41 44 461 15 86
Mo to Sa 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM - midnight, Su 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
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Ikoo

The place is very small, so you need to be ready to wait for a table, but the ramen soups with noodles straight from Sapporo, Japan, are delicious and inexpensive. Other than (filling) gyozas and onigiri, there is not much else than ramen soups.

Ikoo
Bäckerstrasse 39
8004 Zürich
+41 44 370 37 76
Mo to Fr 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Sa 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Su 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
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Kokoro

Kokoro offers delicious Japanese varieties from tako to tempura soft shell crab. They have a weekly special menu and we especially enjoy their friendly staff. (Just FYI: Kokoro has no ramen on the menu.)

Kokoro Japanese Restaurant in Zurich, Switzerland(Photograph by Cloudia Chen)

Kokoro
Neufrankengasse 25
8004 Zürich
+41 44 241 37 37
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Restaurant Samurai II

Restaurant Samurai is a lesser known sushi restaurant in Zürich. Despite their two locations in close proximity, it is worth calling in a reservation in advance. When it comes to sushi in Zürich, Samurai is the way to go because it is one of few places that prepares everything fresh.

Samurai II
Kanzleistrasse 15
8004 Zürich
+41 43 477 80 80
Mo to Fr 11:30 AM - 2 PM and 6:30 - 10:30 PM, Sa 6:30 - 10:30 PM, Su closed.
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Yume Ramen

Sala of Tokyo was Switzerland’s first Japanese restaurant some 35 years ago. Apart from their luxury dining restaurant, they have opened a ramen branch as well. Yume Ramen offers a great vibe and, of course, an amazing bowl of ramen. Yume Ramen offers a great vibe and, of course, an amazing bowl of ramen. Homemade noodles complement their soup without MSG perfectly. It is a satisfaction for the palate - "umami", as this harmony is called in Japanese.

With a variety of sake rice wines and Japanese whiskeys on offer, Yume Ramen allows you to experience the vibe of a typical Japanese izakaya - complete with Japanese waiting staff and J-pop playing in the background.

Yume Ramen
Reitergasse 6
8004 Zürich
+41 44 271 72 73
Reservations by email
Mo to Fr 11:30 AM - close, Mo to Sa 6 PM - close.
 

Bimi

Located in the hip Seefeld neighborhood, Bimi has a seasonal menu, a delicious chirashi bowl and a large selection of sake. In our humble opinion, Bimi offers one of the best Japanese restaurant experience in all of Zürich. (It was recognized with 14 Gault Millau points in 2018.)

BIMI Japanese Restaurant Zurich
BIMI Japanese Restaurant Zurich

Bimi
Seefeldstrasse 25
8008 Zürich
+41 43 243 77 77
Mo and Sa 6:00 - 11:00 PM, Tu to Fr 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM and 6:00 - 11:00 PM. Reservations at +41 43 243 77 77 or [email protected]
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Restaurant Samurai VII

This is the sister of Restaurant Samurai II reviewed above.

Samurai VII
Badenerstrasse 651
8048 Zürich Altstetten
Mo to Fr 11:30 AM - 2 PM and 6:00 - 10:30 PM, Sa 6:00 - 10:30 PM, Su closed.
 

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Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Haewon lives and works in Zürich. She is passionate about traveling, enjoys culinary adventures, and loves arts and films.
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