In search of a new favorite Japanese spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Japanese restaurants around Cleveland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.
1. Ginko Restaurant
Topping the list is Ginko Restaurant. Located at 2247 Professor Ave. in Tremont, the sushi bar and Japanese spot is the highest-rated, high-end Japanese restaurant in Cleveland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 278 reviews on Yelp.
Clevescene.com named Ginko Restaurant the best Japanese restaurant in the city in 2017, and Cleveland Magazine's readers awarded it a Silver Spoon for 2019. Part of chef Dante Boccuzzi's empire, the restaurant offers a five-course tasting menu, a chef's daily selection, a nine-piece nigiri plate and several styles of sushi, including gunkan with roe and an oshi offering that combines eel and foie gras. There are also appetizers, including oysters, and shabu shabu.
2. Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar
Next up is downtown's Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar, situated at 623 Euclid Ave. With four stars out of 242 reviews on Yelp, the steakhouse, sushi bar and seafood spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge.
Singling out the best Cleveland has to offer as the city hosted the 2019 All Star Game, Indians star Francisco Lindor named Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar his favorite, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Occupying an opulent former bank from the 1890s, it offers sushi and sashimi from its raw bar, along with oysters, an Asian-style salad with crispy taro root, rice noodles and daikon radish, a seared yellowfin tuna poke bowl, ginger-sesame-glazed salmon and steaks that include a miyakazi Kobe strip loin.
3. Parallax Restaurant and Lounge
Tremont's Parallax Restaurant and Lounge, located at 2179 W. 11th St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy sushi bar and Asian fusion spot four stars out of 225 reviews.
Cleveland.com praises Parallax Restaurant and Lounge as 'a showcase for precise executions of diverse dishes, reflecting gastronomic influences of Asian cookery.' A creation of Cleveland fusion pioneer Zack Bruell, it offers sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, and combination platters, with specialties including a steak roll, a lobster roll and a surf and turf roll that combines the two. Asian and Asian-influenced dishes also include udon, grilled Thai sausage, tempura, Peking chicken and pork shank pad Thai.