IRVINE (Hoodline) — Craving Japanese food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top such spots around Irvine, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list. Read on for a rundown.

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Winter is the top season of the year for consumer spending at restaurants across the Irvine area, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of small business marketing software. The average amount spent per customer transaction at Irvine-area restaurants rose to $31 for the metro area in the winter of last year, 2% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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1. Kappo Miyako

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First on the list is Kappo Miyako, at 92 Corporate Park in the Business District. The sushi bar and Asian fusion spot is also the highest-rated Japanese restaurant in Irvine, boasting four stars out of 186 reviews on Yelp.

2. J San Ramen


Next up is J San Ramen, at 13256 Jamboree Road. With 4.5 stars out of 1,247 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score ramen and more has proved to be a local favorite.

3. HiroNori Craft Ramen


Back in the Business District, HiroNori Craft Ramen, at 2222 Michelson Drive, Suite 234, is another top choice. Yelpers give the vegan spot, which offers ramen and noodle dishes, 4.5 stars out of 2,736 reviews.

4. House of Shabu Shabu

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House of Shabu Shabu, a Japanese spot that offers hot pot and more in El Camino Real, is another high-traffic go-to, with four stars out of 2,539 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5394 Walnut Ave., Suite A, to see for yourself.