Best Japanese Food In Winston-Salem (2024): Restaurants, Steak Houses, & More

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Winston-Salem offers a decent selection of Japanese restaurants. From hibachi to sushi and steak houses, there’s something for every discerning Japanese culinary fan. The list of sushi rolls at many of these restaurants is extensive, and some offer the experience of hibachi (actually Teppanyaki), where the food is cooked at your table. The chef prepares the food with deft and showman-like movements, even performing tricks to entertain diners. The food, however you get it prepared, is a delicious treat. You will get hungry just by looking over our list and the menus before choosing where to go.

A Japanese Chef is cooking hibachi-style with food on his grill and utensils in his hands. Three people are sitting around the grill waiting for their food.
Japanese chef cooking in front of his patrons in a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant on a large grill similar to teppanyaki.

Arigato Japanese Steak and Seafood House: Hibachi

chicken and shrimp hibachi and white sauce on table jpg
The Shrimp & Chicken Hibachi is one of our favorites!
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Arigato is a steak house and seafood Hibachi style, where your meal is prepared on an iron grill at your table. Expert chefs use their skills to awaken all the senses as they cook. Fillet Mignon, rib eye, scallops, shrimp, lobster, and Arigato uses the finest ingredients. They have been voted Best Japanese Restaurant in the Triad many times. Children’s menu available. Weekday and Weekend Specials.

Arigato Menu

  • 2995 Bethesda Place, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-765-7798
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 5 pm-9:30 pm
    • Fri, 5 pm-10 pm
    • Sat, 3 pm-10 pm
    • Sun, 3 pm-9 pm


Sign of Ichiban in Thruway Center
Ichiban is located in Thruway Shopping Center. Come and try their great sushi!
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

One of the first, if not the first, sushi restaurants in Winston-Salem. Whether you eat at the sushi bar or a table, you’ll enjoy top-quality sushi, although not the most inventive. Teriyaki and hibachi entrees, Udon noodles, and tempura dishes are also available. Any entree on the teriyaki menu will be reasonably affordable and plentiful.

Ichiban Menu

  • 270 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Thruway Shopping Ctr)
  • 336-725-3050
  • Hours
    • Mon, Closed
    • Tue – Thurs, 11 am-2:30 pm; 5 pm-9:30 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-10:30 pm
    • Sun, 11 am-2:30 pm; 5 pm-9:30 pm

ISE Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

ISE specializes in sushi and has an extensive menu of rolls, and all made fresh to your order. Their Banh Mi sandwich, made with freshly baked in-house bread, also seems to be a favorite. Service can be a little slow, but most recent reviews were good.

ISE Menu

  • 2213 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem (Cloverdale Plaza)
  • 336-893-8322
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 11 am-9:30 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-10 pm
    • Sun, Closed

Kanpai Japanese Steak & Seafood House

Kanpai specializes in the Teppanyaki cooking style, commonly known as Hibachi, on an iron grill at your table. They serve fresh seafood, steaks, vegetables, and sides.

Kanpai Menu

  • 1438 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-768-7799
  • Hours
    • Mon-Fri, 5 pm-9 pm
    • Sat & Sun, 4 pm-9 pm

Kimono Japanese Restaurant – Summit Square

Kimono serves hibachi and sushi. They have a very nice menu, and their food is excellent. The atmosphere is pleasant, and the service is fast and friendly. They are very accommodating. Kimono also has a busy take-out business.

Kimono Summit Square Menu

  • 324 Summit Square Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-377-0147
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 11 am-9 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-9:30 pm
    • Sun, 11 am-9 pm

Kimono – Old Country Club Road

Kimono has another location on Old Country Club Road. They have a similar menu, hibachi, and sushi. They have very nice decor and offer outside seating. Their food and service get high reviews.

Kimono Old Country Club Road Menu

  • 4910 Old Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-774-9777
  • Hours
    • Mon-Fri, 11 am-9 pm
    • Sat & Sun, 11 am-9:30 pm


Konnichiwa features sushi, steak, and seafood. This is a newer restaurant, but the reviews are really great. The food and service get high scores. Seems their rolls and hibachi are both delicious.

Konnichiwa Facebook page

  • 386 E. Hanes Mill Rd (Oak Summit Shopping Center), Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-377-7105
  • Hours
    • Mon-Sun, 11 am-10 pm

Kotta Japanese Grill

Kotta specializes in two styles, Hibachi and Teriyaki. You can order salads or entrees with rice or noodles, sweet carrots, and vegetables. They also have a small sushi roll menu. They offer dine-in and take-out and have two locations.

Kotta Reynolda Road Menu | Kotta Hanes Mall Menu

  • 2862 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-842-3269
  • Hours
    • Mon-Sat, 11 am-9 pm
    • Sun, 12 pm-8 pm
  • 1070 Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-768-2333
  • Hours
    • Mon-Sat, 11 am-8 pm
    • Sun, 12 pm-8 pm

Mizu Japanese Cuisine

Mizu provides authentic Japanese cuisine made with the freshest ingredients, like Udon, Hibachi, and sushi. They also offer a unique fusion style. Their chef has over 15 years of experience in New York. The food gets high reviews, and so does the service and ambiance. Lunch specials are offered. Coupons on their specials web page.

Mizu Menu | Mizu Webpage

  • 3374 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-774-9797
  • Hours
    • Sun-Thurs, 11 am-9:30 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-10:30 pm

Sakura Japanese & Sushi

Exterior of Sakura Japanese Steak & Seafood
Sakura’s popular selections include hibachi, tempura, and sushi. What will you try?
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Sakura offers an extensive list of sushi as well as hibachi-style dishes. They also have Bento Box and Soba or Udon noodle soup. They use quality ingredients to create their delicious food. They feature sushi lunch specials every day before 4 pm and a Wed special on select sushi rolls.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant Menu

  • 548 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem
  • 336-777-8744
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 11 am-9:30 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-10 pm
    • Sun, 12 pm-9 pm

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Tokyo Japanese offers hibachi style, where the chef cooks at an iron grill at your table and entertains you as he does so. They have also added a sushi bar, which is available as well. The food and service get high reviews, and they seem to have many regularly returning customers. They feature daily and weekend specials.

Tokyo Japanese Menu

  • 1111 Salisbury Ridge Road, Winston-Salem
  • 336-722-5009
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 5 pm-9 pm
    • Fri, 5 pm-9:30 pm
    • Sat, 4 pm-9:30 pm
    • Sun, 4 pm-9 pm

When You Are Out and About

Japanese food is so good, such a unique meal. I really enjoy a few of the sushi rolls, but not really spicy. The hibachi cooking is delicious and so much fun, though I have yet to catch that little piece of shrimp they toss you. 

There may not be any Japanese restaurants close by when you are out in the city of Winston-Salem, but there are plenty of downtown restaurants! You have your choice of many types and styles; just look and see. You’ll find somewhere that tingles your taste buds!

What is your favorite Japanese sushi roll and is it spicy? Let us know in the comments.

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