Sushi to Noodles: Japanese Restaurants in Metro Detroit

By: Aaron B. Cohen | March 19, 2021
Japanese Restaurants

Detroit is full of exciting options for Japanese cuisine. From sushi to ramen to Kobe beef sliders, check out our picks for Metro Detroit’s best Japanese restaurants.


Located right in the heart of downtown Royal Oak, Ronin offers up some of Metro Detroit’s best sushi in a modern, trendy space. But it’s not just about the sushi menu. Customer favorites include Kobe beef sliders, cod lettuce wraps and crispy rice patties topped with spicy tuna. In wake of the pandemic, they have expanded take-out capacity by installing a pick-up window on the side of the restaurant, so even if you prefer to dine at home, top-level Japanese fare is just a call away.


With locations in Madison Heights, Midtown and Corktown, Ima satisfies any and all Japanese noodle cravings. If you’re not sold on spicy, house-made ramen and udon, then how about one of Detroit’s best fried chicken sandwiches? Or shrimp dumplings? The restaurant also features an extensive list of hot and cold sake options along with a cooler full of brew. At Ima, fast, easy and casual meets superb quality and preparation.

Noble Fish

Located in downtown Clawson, Noble Fish is the gold standard for quality sushi in Metro Detroit. While it may not have the trendy, sit-down appeal of Ronin, you will not find better fish anywhere. Noble Fish is both a sushi bar and Japanese market, so along with standard rolls and sashimi, you can find specialty ingredients for your own cooking at home. When you’re looking for quality above all else, Noble Fish is your go-to.

Mon Jin Lau

Not strictly serving Japanese cuisine, Troy’s Mon Jin Lau has made a name for itself as one of Metro Detroit’s finest restaurants, period. Known for their sushi, but also a multi-national Asian fusion menu, Metro Detroiters make the trip for their Thai sea bass, Chinese chicken specialties (almond boneless, General Tsao’s) and legendary pad thai. Mon Jin Lau also features a full cocktail menu and rotating seasonal specials. It’s the perfect place for date night or to host a large family gathering.