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Cafe Japan

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626 Finchley Road, London NW11 7RR, England
+44 20 8455 3507
Sun 18:00 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 14:30
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158 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really should go it is my favourite and is consistently good. Tempura prawn inside out rolls with a teriyaki salmon bento is heaven

Thank richmou
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I remember dining at this place about Three years back,which was not a pleasant experience at all. However recently a work collegue of mine started raving how good this place is. So on a hunch i stepped in ..and wow this place is completely different now..food delectable, the service friendly and.Michelin Quality experience at a fraction of the price. Best... More 

1 Thank Savio P
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a Sunday (mother's day) and yes, expected that it would be busier than usual but for a fairly small restaurant, the slow and appalling service cannot be excused. We had booked a table for around 1.15pm but still had to wait 30mins before our table was free so we can be seated.  I think this is due to... More 

Thank klkh1
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Cafe Japan went through a change of ownership and management in 2016. Since then it has been updated and the food even better. Judging by the regulars like myself who have returned as well as the stock of Japanese Londoners, this has become a place in NW to go for sashimi and sushi. I don't usually try grilled dishes but... More 

Thank BFung S
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We have been going to cafe japan for about 10 years and it's been wonderful every time whether alone, with children or friends. The food is superbe (try the age rolls) and the staff very friendly. It actually feels like being in japan, miles and miles away from the very posh and very overpriced japanese restaurants of central london. Cafe... More 

Thank p10p
Petoskey, Michigan
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We had supper here after our host booked us a reservation. They have a huge selection from the menu. We had ramen, sashimi, and crab udon & sobo dishes. All were excellent. The crab dishes were so large my teenage son couldn't finish his. You also need to pluck all the meat from the crab. The staff were numerous and... More 

Thank 3liebling
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Used to visit Cafe Japan weekly , went through poor patch . now back on form and great to see . Excellent sushi and great value lunch deals .

Thank StueyE
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have been here two or three times a week, it is that good and still inexpensive for very high quality japanese, anything fish is first class, obviously the sushi but the teriyaki salmon is also a cut above…the wasabi is fresh for example, and the soy is premium

Thank Longman1950
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed eating here in a weeknight relatively quiet ordered the assimilate and chefs nigiri platter. Whilst excellent I can't help but think that the nigiri platter was lacking a level of refinement upon reading other reviews, I put this down to the time of week and chef at the time. Service was attentive and welcoming really enjoyed the tea, it's... More 

Thank theflotograph
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I have not been to this restaurant for a few years. I was surprised that it was not as busy as it used to be. My lunch was a sashimi & tempura set that came with a miso soup £13.50 and green tea £1.50. The same set would cost £20.50 for dinner! The salmon, mackerel and tuna sashimis were fresh.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 626 Finchley Road, London NW11 7RR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8455 3507
Café Japan, situated a stone’s throw from Golders Green tube station, has been a local favourite among residents of north-west London for more than 18 years. Specialising in the freshest sushi, as well as many favourite Japanese hot dishes such as teriyaki and tempura, once you taste our food you’ll soon realise why we’ve remained for so many years a popular destination for authentic Japanese food in London.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?