Restaurant Awards 2022: These Are The Best Japanese Restaurants in Vancouver

The best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, according to the 2022 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.

Best Japanese Restaurants in Vancouver 2022

GOLD: Yuwa2775 W 16th

SILVER: Stem, 5205 Rumble Street

BRONZE: Masayoshi4376 Fraser Street


platters of food at Yuwa
Yuwa, our Japanese Restaurant of the Year.


The battle for best Japanese in our fair city could be a bloodbath—just bring the subject up with your buddies for a guaranteed argument starter—but instead of fostering uncompromising, self-serious chefs, Vancouver is a locus of humble dedication and unshakable creativity. After two second-place standings, in 2019 and 2020, Yuwa deservedly takes the top spot in 2022: from Masahiro Omori’s always-evolving menu to the beautiful room to the superb front-of-house hospitality, it’s a masterclass in elegance.


Stem’s elevated Japanese comfort food (not to mention the impressive specialty sake list) earns them a solid silver.


Masayoshi takes bronze thanks to their delicious omakase-only offerings that are as delightful to watch prep as they are to eat. And we’re awarding the honourable mention to a very honourable spot: the iconic Tojo’s.

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