Akira at Japan House London

4.5
459 reviews
£41 and over
Japanese
Please note that from Saturday 17 October, Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions will apply in London. Akira Restaurant is a COVID-19 secure venue, which means that we can continue to operate in line with Government guidance. Our guests are politely reminded that they may only visit with members of their own household or support bubble.




Named after Chef SHIMIZU Akira, the restaurant presents an authentic Japanese dining experience based on Akira’s ‘trinity of cooking’ principles – food, tableware and presentation.

Visit for lunch or dinner to experience Japanese-style omotenashi hospitality and the theatre of cooking as chefs prepare dishes reflecting Japan’s diverse food offer, using seasonal ingredients over roaring robata (charcoal grill) flames.

Highlights of the menu include imaginative sushi specialities and chargrilled kushiyaki skewers made from umami-rich wagyu beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables.

The Japanese staple of rice will be prepared in a donabe, clay pot.
What 459 People Are Saying
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Kristen
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A perfect birthday dinner. I recommend the Omikase

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The afternoon tea was wonderful! We loved all the goodies!

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OpenTable Diner
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch for my boyfriend’s birthday. The food was exquisite as was the service. The unique serving dishes and tableware made it a magical dining experience. The bento boxes contained an array of jewelled rock pools filled with delicious morsels We will certainly be back. ❤️

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JamesP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Can’t wait to go back.
Service was fantastic.
Nice relaxed atmosphere.
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JCDun
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience we've had in the UK by a long long way. Authentic cuisine, fantastic theatre, wonderful service and brilliant cocktails. Would 100% recommend and cannot wait to return.

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Timmy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality settings and food. Lovely table service and beautiful amenities. I really enjoyed my visit.

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LarD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dining experience at Akira! Everything tasted amazing and was so full of flavour! A fab date night, would definitely recommend. Thank you!

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MartinB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner: great food and great service!
We also enjoyed the sake very much!
Thanks to you all

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SandyF
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and responsive service. The waitress and waiter had very pleasant manners. Gorgeous food!

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GalinaL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are outstanding. The safety measures are very good.

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Claire
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff were the stars! We got a counter seat, and could watch the chefs cook. There was lively chatter between the waiters and chefs too, which was unique, welcoming the guests and calling ready orders.
The staff were super friendly and the ambiance was warm. The description about food was also very helpful too!
We really enjoyed our time- they even added a celebratory “Happy Anniversary” to our dessert too (I hadn’t even requested that either!)!

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Carlaa
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to the restaurant since it has opened. The service was the only thing needing improvement and it has. The quality and consistency has been great

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing omakase, great food and presentation is so beautiful!

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Sups
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! We will be back very soon. It’s hard to find this quality.

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Titan
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice quiet place to have lunch or afternoon tea. Staff was friendly and efficient. However food was a little pricey but not unexpected since it was in High street Kensington.

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mauriceV
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under the circumstances we had a very nice meal but it lacked atmosphere.

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paulg
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

an excellent real japanese venue offering stunning food and excellent service

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Monk
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

I came to enjoy Saturday evening with my Miss but unfortunately
we were not impressed by our server who, as we were told later by another waiter, turned out to be a manager Peter. His menu knowledge of food and service skills were extremely poor, not enough even for a waiter.

We are very familiar with Japanese food and sake and noticed how much he lies about food dishes (we had lived in Tokyo for 5 years) and keeps on guessing. On top of everything he was very arrogant, didn’t clean our table at all and was very sarcastic with us. Maybe he thought he was being funny but actually he made us feel very unwelcomed.

His energy was not pleasant at all, and he behaved as if he owns the place.
The food was delicious and we enjoyed tasty cocktails.
We liked Akira restaurant, especially its design and atmosphere, however we really felt uncomfortable with our superstitious server.

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vipDavidH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb sashimi and sushi, the salad starters were fresh, flavourful and generous, the sashimi delicious and delightfully seasoned.

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Brenda
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointed with the heavy use of mayonnaise in so many dishes. Not a traditional Japanese ingredient and rather spoiled the freshness you expect from Japanese dishes.

Service was very good so it’s a shame I won’t be returning any time soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an Amazing Experience here. I came here with two other friends celebrating both my friend and I birthday.

The food was excellent!!
The ambiance was cool.

The service was absolutely amazing!!
The staff who served us (Cristian) displayed excellent customer service and quite knowledgeable of the menu.
The other staff were also excellent!!!

I will definitely recommend this place to my friends and I will be back again!!!

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martinf
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service- so efficient, helpful and friendly. Great staff with very positive attitudes.
Food - beautifully and meticulously created.
Design. The use of individually created dishes enhanced the visual presentation of the excellent food, as did the beautiful sake glass for the drink.
Seating and ambiance. A very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Overall a beautiful and satisfying experience. Japanese elegance.

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CristinaS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very caring and nice to us. It was my mother's birthday and they had a nice details during our tea time. The food was 5 stars quality

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viprita
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had excellent dishes. Each one different and tasty. Super fresh ingredients prepared in interesting ways. Good Covid accommodations (space between tables)

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Simi
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed !!!!! I will come again !!!!!!!!!!!

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vipElviraM
London
17 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The table was ten minutes late and it took talking to the manager to get our table as we were told that “the guests before us were still having dessert” and when they are finished with the desert they would be served the bill. We felt as if we were disturbing someone’s wonderful day and the manager was not even apologetic but slightly aggressive as to why we. Annoy understand we can’t have our table on time for our birthday dinner.

When the cake with the candle was brought I asked for it to be served among our group to which the response was: “I am not really good in serving the cake so please do it yourself”
So can’t grade this experience anything higher than two, although we used to be regulars in this place and deserved at least optimal attention for the special occasion. The level of service and price tag do not match and you are left feeling as if you got into a communist country restaurant by mistake.

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LuciaG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Akira was outstanding as usual. The food was beautiful and delicious and the service was perfect. It is always such a special experience

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was ok. Service was good but not as good as Japanese traditional service.

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JonnyCee
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish everything was spot on. Friendly service. Fantastic food. Nice atmosphere. Overall 10/10

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GemmaK
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful experience, thoroughly joyful and supreme in every way!

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Davistruk
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Akira remains one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in London. I've now had all three styles of the lunchtime bentos, and they are all delicious: visually stunning and outstanding flavours.

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EmilioN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Good Food, service is not being the same as previous visit a year ago.

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ChristopherB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful hospitality and exceptional food. Choosing the Omakase selection ensures you get to try a little of everything, and through very generous portions.

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Zanators
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciosa comida, el Bento box de sushi es espectacular. Las croquetas igual son excelentes y el postre de crepas matcha necesario de probar.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the service!

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vipVV208
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining and sufficient spaces between tables

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vipChampagnelover
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Counter seating - not so many tables. Great food. Not cheap but then it’s sushi! Good for a special treat.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday quiet dinner. Very nice atmosphere despite COVID-19. Service was a bit less than expected but the food was great.

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SanjiS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Being a vegetarian Akira was a dream come true; the bento box was a lavish layout of 15 items presented beautifully and tasting divine. I also order side of asparagus and aubergine which came on a hot stone pot and tasted very good. This was my second visit to Akira and I am already planning to take my kids there.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the place. Always a favourite. Went back in yesterday and food and service are still same high quality, only difference noticed was the robata mushrooms are a different type of mushrooms now, before Covid it used to be a special Asian breed which is thick and juicy, now seems like they changed them into a thinner and smaller type of mushrooms might have been grown locally. Might be it’s not easy to logistics these things due to Covid which would be understandable. This doesn’t hurt the overall rating, still favourite Japanese restaurant in town.

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Akira at Japan House London is rated 4.5 stars by 459 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.