Cleveland Japanese Noms
Last Updated: February 27, 2017
Looking for your trusty spicy tuna roll or a little more adventurous sashimi patter? Look no further than the east or west side of Cleveland. Our favorite recommendation of the list below is Ginko and we take all of our out-of-town guests to the hotspot, to prove Cleveland can stay competitive with larger USA cities. It is THAT good! For a relaxing east side picnic, we recommend Pacific East located in both Cleveland Heights and Beachwood.
Ginko's fish is the best fish we have had in Cleveland and arguably around the US. Their fish is frequently flow in from Toyko's Tskiji Fish Market. This tiny restaurant is nestled in the basement underneath Dante in Tremont. We recommend you make a reservation at least a week in advance because reservations are required to get a table, but the bar is available for walk ins if you wait 20-60 min. If you're an adventurous eater, then you will love their 6 course chef's tasting menu for $79, which is perfect for any special occasion. We have had it 3 times in the past couple of years, and even though it is almost always the same (not the same fish but presentation), we never get sick of it! They also have lots of tasty cocktails, sakes and martinis so make sure you have something to sip on! It is on the expensive side, but it will be one of the memorable meals you will ever have in Cleveland.
Pacific East has two locations: Cleveland Heights/Coventry and Beachwood. This restaurant is the perfect place for a quick lunch. They have a great 2 roll combo with miso soup and ginger salad for less than $13. Their spicy tuna and yellow tail are our favorites! They also have a boat special if you and your friends are very hungry. Trying going to the Beachwood location in the summer and eat on the outside patio near Tiffany's and Barnes and Noble. It makes the perfect picnic! We recommend if you want to save a little extra cash, go to the Coventry location to skip the higher prices plus tax.
Parallax is located in the heart of Tremont. This Zack Bruell's restaurant almost always has people so we recommend you make a reservation. We particularly enjoy going on Monday night because all of their sushi is half off! Our favorite sushi is Sashimi of Yellowtail, White Tuna and Tuna, and their Yellowtail Sashimi with ginger-scallion sauce, jalapeno, cilantro, and Wakame. Their bread is also super yummy, and we always ask for them to keep it coming! This is a great spot fora date night or a night on the town with friends. Parking can be a pain, but there is valet if you absolutely can't find anything else.
SASA is settled right in Shaker Square near the movie theater. It has a very modern vibe, and the bar is very chic. They have lots of delicious cocktails and every evening from 5-6:30PM and all night Mondays they have $6 drinks. There food deserves some attention as well. Some of our favorites include their SASA fries (we don't know what is in the orange sauce, but we love it), and their SASA fire roll which has lobster inside and is actually served on fire to the table. The fire roll has a slight charred taste that has us going back again and again!
This restaurant is located off of Chagrin Boulevard in the eastern suburbs. The restaurant is initially sort of difficult to find since it is in the back of an office building, but once you've been their once, you'll never have any difficultly finding it again (because it is so yummy)! The women staff are all wearing Japanese kimonos which is adorable and they're super friendly. They offer lots of dishes and even ones for non fish lovers! We usually go for their bento boxes which are served all day unlike others in the area and are around $20 for LOTS of food!
Sung's House is tucked right next to Playhouse Square and serves both sushi and Korean food. We love to come here before a play because it is in walking distance, and the price is right for the area! We love their Korean bibimbop, and their ahi tuna. They also have an excellent sake selection, and have other drinks for a slight buzz. We recommend that you go there fairly early because they seem to be super busy and sometimes understaffed. This is probably because of the price point and the location. Overall, we always enjoy our experience at Sung's House, but just allow enough time so you don't miss your show!