In search of a new favorite Japanese spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top such restaurants around Berkeley, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of places that fill the bill.
Topping the list is Kiraku. Located at 2566B Telegraph Ave. (between Blake and Parker streets), it's the most popular Japanese restaurant in Berkeley, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,030 reviews on Yelp.
2. Kirala Restaurant
Next up is Kirala Restaurant, at 2100 Ward St. (between Walker and Adeline streets). With four stars out of 1,673 reviews on Yelp, the Japanese spot and sushi bar has proven to be a local favorite.
3. KoJa Kitchen
KoJa Kitchen, at 2395 Telegraph Ave. (between Channing Way and Durant Avenue), is another top choice. Yelpers give the Japanese, Asian fusion and Korean eatery four stars out of 1,384 reviews.
Ippuku, a bar and izakaya in Downtown Berkeley, is another high-traffic go-to, with four stars out of 1,218 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2130 Center St., Suite 101 (between Oxford and West Entrance streets), to see for yourself.
5. Sumo Roll
Finally, again in Downtown, check out Sumo Roll, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 213 reviews on Yelp. You can find the sushi bar and Hawaiian spot, which offers poke and more, at 2173 Allston Way (between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue).