Here are my choices of great Japanese restaurants to dine at around Atlantic City and in South Jersey:
Souzai Sushi and Sake
Souzai Sushi and Sake is located inside The Pier Shops at Caesars, about midway down the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and in the heart of the Casino District. It’s location makes it easy to get to from any of the casinos and a wonderful reward for a summertime walk along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Souzai offers traditional dishes, creative cocktails, Asian beers and sake. Though the restaurant opened in 2009, it’s quickly becoming a favorite of local critics and a diners choice among local residents. The phone number is (609) 348-4443.
Yama Japanese Restaurant
The Yama Japanese Restaurant, located at 5305 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor, is another gem treasured by locals and Atlantic City visitors.Yama Japanese Restaurant features more than 100 special rolls plus tempera and other coooked specials. The restaurant is open for lunches from noon to 3 p.m., Monday to Saturday and for dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday hours are 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The phone number is (609) 822-4759
Miyako Japanese Sushi & Steakhouse
Miyako Japanese Sushi & Steakhouse is located 9210 Ventnor Ave. in Margate, N.J., just a few blocks South of from Atlantic City. The restaurant has an excellent staff, unmatched selection and reasonable prices. Miyako Japanese Sushi & Steakhouse is open from 1-10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The phone number is (609) 822-4759.
Daily lunch specials are all an affordable $9.95 and 10 selections are offered with various combinations. My favorite is the chicken Yakitori. Miyako offers a full dinner menu with season specials and combination platters as well.
Cape Orient Restaurant
The Cape Orient Restaurant, serving Chinese, Japanese, Sushi and Thai cuisine, has been a favorite of South Jersey residents for 22 years. The restaurant, which was established in 1986, is located at 315 Ocean St., Cape May. Cape Orient is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The phone number is (609) 898-0088.