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Shop 6 180 Toorak Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
+61 3 9827 2968
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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135 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were craving Japanese and found this gem near our hotel. With plain decor, fast service this isn't a dining experience for a special event but this is how the Japanese really do eat out. Japanese dine out frequently in plain restaurants and food is fast. So if you're looking for an elegant experience you won't find it here but... More 

Thank Jessica R
Melbourne, Australia
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

One of the joys of travelling or new places is finding the places that the locals go and if you want quality Japanese (not just sushi) in South Yarra then Jimmy and the team at Japonica are the best. A Japanese master chef hiding out in a local retail strip its just perfect.

Thank Lee T
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

Good menu and food was fine, just nothing too exciting. It's quite expensive for what you get. The sushi was nice but found the main too salty. The drinks list is limited.

Thank Julia6024
Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

I am currently on a personal search for great teriyaki, alas I regret to say that we did not enjoy the so called "best teriyaki". We ordered a variety off the menu. The entrees of tomago - which was by far the best dish out of all,was excellent, salmon nigiri fresh & well executed but the gyoza was average. Mains... More 

1 Thank E M
Perth, Australia
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015

We chose to eat at Japonica on a busy Friday night when we just couldn't face a noisy crowded restaurant. Japonica was not busy, so we had no problem being seated at 7:30pm on a Friday. Staff were helpful and attentive. The restaurant feels like a lunch venue with plastic sleeved menus and non-themed tables and seating. However the menu... More 

Thank Kenley52
Prahran, Australia
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

Japonica seems to have been around forever and is always the same - very reliable, good food, good service and a nice atmosphere. As it is also close to lots of public transport options, it is ideal for those living nearby or travellers. It is both licensed and BYO which gives you lots of options.

Thank Miss_Molly_8
Melbourne Australia
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580 reviews
356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

A group of friends ate here tonight. We shared most dishes and were reasonably happy with what we were served. The sushi-sashimi plate was good, edamame beans ok but needed more salt; fried tofu pleasant enough; a cooked eggplant dish was well received. Reasonably priced wine and sake. I'd imagine this would be a reliable local neighborhood cafe but its... More 

Thank MelbourneOztraveller
Melbourne, Australia
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91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

I always enjoy a Japanese restaurant more when it has more traditional decor. This place is nice with a good menu and reasonable prices. My only criticism is the sea food dishes come with that terrible fake pink crab stick imitation meat. Other than that, lovely!!

Thank jacksunn
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

I always love Japanese food. The sushi is so tasty and fresh. it is quite different from other sushi store, one of the chef's special 'soft shell crab roll ' is fabulous The waitresses are so friendly and the service is quite nice here.

Thank Jamievhu v
Seattle, Washington, United States
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

This seems to be a Chinese or Korean knock off of a Japanese restaurant. The waitress's blank look when I asked for the bento box should have been a warning. The "lunch box" had the items you'd find in a Japanese bento box, but cooked and served haphazardly. Tempura was just "fried stuff" and agedashi tofu, which in the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 6 180 Toorak Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chapel Street
  • Neighbourhood: Chapel Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9827 2968

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chapel Street

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Chapel Street
Seek and ye shall find! Prahran is a treasure hunter’s paradise of vintage stores, upscale boutiques and emporiums. Chapel Street is a one-stop shop with specialty stores selling just about everything. The famous Chapel Street Bazaar has so many curious and vintage knick-knacks that you will feel as if you're in a huge and busy museum. By contrast, at the northern end of Chapel Street, South Yarra and Windsor cater to high-end designer labels and exclusive boutiques. The community flocks to Prahran’s organic markets as a Saturday ritual, while art and film students leaf through vinyl LPs on Greville Street. The gay community also has a strong presence here. Prahran’s heritage buildings like the Reads Emporium and Prahan arcade offer a grand sense of scale and history. No matter your interest, come feel the pulse of one of Melbourne’s most loved precincts.
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