Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

Little Tokyo

Cosy family-owned Japanese restaurant with traditional décor serving sushi, noodles and bento boxes

Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

Fans of quality Japanese food should go to this impressive little spot. There’s plenty of authenticity to affairs here, from the kimonos of the waitresses to the quality knife skills from the Itamae working wonders with sushi.

They were rated “Top 10 restaurant” by the Yorkshire Evening Post in 2000, “Top 100 restaurants in the UK” by the Sunday Observer in 2002, and “Top 5 restaurant” by Galaxy 105 in 2003. They were also included in “The Good Food Guide” from 2003 to 2005.

Throughout the years, Little Tokyo continues to be one of the most favourable Japanese restaurants in Yorkshire, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020

There are gluten free, vegan friendly, and vegetarian friendly food options available.

Location Details

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Take a look around

  • Assorted sushi and sashimi platter with a side of noodles and a drink, showcasing the culinary delights of Little Tokyo.
  • Japanese bento box with rice, teriyaki chicken, tempura, salad, and orange slices served in Little Tokyo.
  • Assorted traditional Japanese dishes on a table in Little Tokyo, including sushi, sashimi, grilled fish, and skewers.
  • Exterior view of Little Tokyo restaurant with signage displaying 'Natural Healthy Organic' food options such as sushi and noodles, and two colorful traditional Japanese-style cutouts of figures in kimonos at the entrance.
  • Tranquil indoor koi pond with large fish and a tiered fountain at a dining venue in Little Tokyo.

The Food

The menu at Little Tokyo includes everything you would expect from a Japanese restaurant. The starters are top notch, and they do a great selection of Bento boxes. From Tofu Steak to Duck to Mango. We would recommend having a try of one of the Sushi meals!

There is an extensive selection of vegetarian and vegan options, with separate cooking equipment used to prepare these. Signature meat-free dishes include deep fried sushi, vegetarian chicken legs made from soy, vegetable yakiudon noodles, veggie tempura, and mushroom bento boxes.

Seafood also features prominently, with dishes like seafood ramen and assorted sushi containing ingredients such as prawns, mussels, fish balls, squid and octopus.

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The Drink

Little Tokyo has a wide selection of drinks to accompany your meal. Soft drinks, as well as alcoholic options like beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails are available. The drinks menu features Japanese beer and spirits like Asahi lager and a range of classic cocktails. There is also a good wine list to choose from.

For non-alcoholic options, the restaurant serves a selection of organic juices and homemade soft drinks.

The Place

Little Tokyo was opened two decades ago in year 2000 as a small family run restaurant, they started eight tables. Being one of the first Japanese restaurants in Western Yorkshire, Little Tokyo became an instant hit in town, their capacity grew significantly within a year to accommodate over 100 customers upstairs and downstairs.

The interior is cosy and intimate. Diners sit on cushions surrounded by candles, fairy lights and cherry blossom trees, with the furniture made from reclaimed wood adding to the traditional Japanese aesthetic.

The cosy atmosphere manages to feel both lively yet intimate at the same time. The restaurant also features a koi pond located at the entrance.

The Location

Little Tokyo is located on Central Road in Leeds city centre, close to the Corn Exchange and Briggate. It is in a prime location for accessing public transport, with various bus routes and train stations nearby.

The restaurant is situated in a vibrant area surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and attractions such as the First Direct Arena, Victoria Quarter and Trinity Leeds shopping centre. It is also not far from popular green spaces like Millennium Square and Park Square.

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Where to Park

The nearest car parking is paid and at Crown Street Car Park.


Access for wheelchairs and prams is very poor. Lots of steps throughout the restaurant and the toilets are up a steep flight of stairs.

Opening Times

Monday: 12:00 - 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 - 10:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 - 10:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 - 10:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 - 10:00 PM

Delivery Options

Collection and delivery are available.

Note from Discover Leeds: Where possible we suggest contacting directly and/or collecting as third party delivery companies take a large cut.

What To Do Next

After your meal you could head down to Call Lane for a couple of drinks and a dance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat in at Little Tokyo?

Unfortunately you are not able to eat in at Little Tokyo.

Does Little Tokyo have an outside seating area?

No unfortunately Little Tokyo does not have an outside seating area.

Does Little Tokyo offer takeaway?

Yes Little Tokyo does offer takeaway for delivery. They also accept collections. Why not pop in and grab it yourself?

How do I order Little Tokyo delivery online in Leeds?

There are a number of ways to order delivery online from Little Tokyo. Take a look at their delivery options to see what works best for you.

Can I order Little Tokyo delivery in Leeds with Deliveroo?

Yes, delivery is available for Little Tokyo on the Deliveroo app. You can find what they offer on the Little Tokyo Deliveroo page.

Can I order Little Tokyo delivery in Leeds with Just Eat?

No, unfortunately delivery is not available for Little Tokyo through Just Eat in Leeds.

Can I order Little Tokyo delivery in Leeds with Uber Eats?

Yes, delivery is available for Little Tokyo on the Uber Eats app. You can find what they offer on the Little Tokyo Uber Eats page.

Is Little Tokyo delivery available near me?

Delivery might not be available completely across Leeds. We would recommend checking their website, or with the particular service that you would be ordering from.


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