The best sushi guide in Miami

An updated list of the best restaurants for sushi right now

May
26
2022

Keep the best sushi guide in Miami handy when dining out. 

It’s always a good day for sushi and this is where we’ve been going lately.

This guide includes where we’d go for sushi rolls, hand rolls, crudos, and an a la carte nigiri experience by the piece. Some are experimental while others stick to more traditional flavors.

What do they all have in common? The restaurants that we chose offer fresh, delicious, premium quality fish and will satisfy your sushi cravings. If we’re missing your favorite sushi stop, get in touch with us HERE.

Oh, and we’ll let you know which ones are informal and which ones you should dress up for.

MATSURI


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 5759 Bird Rd

Matsuri, located inside a casual strip mall off of Bird Road offers top-quality sushi at a reasonable price. This unpretentious spot has an extensive menu of soups, sushi, sashimi, rolls, and Matsuri’s New World (modern dishes with Japanese ingredients). We like to order by the piece. Anything from salmon belly to amaebi nigiri. End the night with an ikura handroll with a quail egg. It’s better than dessert.

If you’re not in the mood for a la carte, they also have some great platter options. Matsuri is one of those local gems that gets packed. Here are some tips on how to score a table.

ITAMAE


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th St #136

Itamae is probably our favorite Nikkei-inspired concept in Miami. And luckily for us, they currently have a nigiri section on their menu that is always evolving and always good. This is an experimental sushi experience incorporating Peruvian flavors, ingredients, and salsitas. You can dress up or dress down, just know that most of their seating is outdoors meaning dress light when it’s hot in Miami.

You can stop by and have a Peruvian/Japanese meal focusing on just the nigiri portion of the menu. Some of our favorites include the madai snapper with acebichado & ají rocoto, the shima aji striped jack with white soy and garlic chive, and the hotate scallop with aji charapita and apple banana.

 

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B-SIDE


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 143 NW 23rd St

B-Side by Itamae is the second concept of Valerie, Nando, and Papa Chang located inside the 1-800 Lucky Asian food hall in Wynwood.

B-Side also focuses on Nikkei cuisine with an emphasis on crispy rice creations and maki sushi rolls.

You can’t go wrong with the crispy shrimp roll wrapped in sesame soy paper, the Lost in Translation roll with tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko, crispy quinoa, and aji amarillo mayo. Oh and don’t skip the thinly sliced octopus tiradito with botija olive, capers, cilantro, and leche de tigre. We also love this B-Side for a takeout option when we want sushi at home.

 

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NAOE


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 661 Brickell Key Dr

NAOE is a hidden gem in Brickell Key and we can honestly say, it’s the best restaurant in Brickell and top 5 in Miami. This cozy Japanese eatery has been around for 13 years and won several well-deserved accolades.

Every night at 5 PM and 9 PM, up to eight guests (4 per seating) can enjoy Chef Kevin Cory’s daily Chef’s Choice menu for $280 per person (plus service charge and sales tax). This is truly a life-changing experience and a rare find in Miami, perfect for a special occasion!

This is a two to three-hour dinner and for parts of it, we were extremely quiet, taking in every moment. The first two courses of the night were hot plates, including a Bento box, followed by the Nigiri-sushi portion of the evening and dessert. Everything was outstanding. Our favorites of the night included the striped jack, the golden eye snapper, the local salmon fermented in koji, the karasumi which melts on your tongue, the ensui uni, and the kasutera honey cake with NAOE ice cream made with soy sauce was the perfect ending.

 

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SUSHI YASU TANAKA


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th St STE 241

At MIA Market, Chef Yasu Tanaka (previously of the Den at Azabu) serves authentic nigiri-focused sushi with Japanese hospitality. Partnering with his lovely wife Michelle, they bring the culture and charisma of Japan right to your feet. In paying homage to his family business the name Masumura was only fitting to carry on the legacy right here in his new home of Miami.

Chef Yasu makes two types of sushi rice fresh every two hours and sources the best quality of fish and dinnerware directly from Japan. The menu features Signature Nigiri, Nigiri a la Carte, and hand rolls. The 10-piece nigiri omakase will fulfill the classic vibes, but for a little extra, throw in some additional o-toro aburi nigiri as well as their uni and Wagyu handroll. Because when we say these are drool-worthy add-ons, we mean it.

Stop by Sushi Yasu Tanaka for an informal nigiri experience with indoor and outdoor seating available. It’s great for dining solo or when you want sushi but your friend wants something else.

UCHI


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 252 NW 25th St

A recent favorite in the last two years, Uchi found its way from Austin, Texas to the great city of Miami. Uchi is one of our favorite reasons to stop by Wynwood. This modern Japanese restaurant with sophisticated design elements introduces you to exactly the dining experience you would expect. With a menu consisting of delicate flavors, modern techniques, and innovative dishes. You will be blown away by the simplest of dishes.

We love the hot and cold dishes off the sushi menu at Uchi. However, if you’re in the mood for a modern take on Japanese sushi and crudo, check out the hama chili, ora king crudo with passion fruit zu, the kinmedai golden eye snapper, and the managatsuo pomfret.

OSAKA


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Dr

Osaka is the first North American location of an internationally acclaimed Nikkei restaurant known for its Japanese techniques and Peruvian flavors. The menu features ceviche, tiraditos, makimono, nigiris, and Peruvian izakaya. The restaurant is sleek and upscale – a great spot for a date or business meal.

You’re dressing up for this one and stopping by for some decadent nigiri selections, we’d get the Inca with cured tuna, aji amarillo, chalaquita, black quinoa; the Katsu with salmon belly, lemon zest, white truffle oil; and the Hotate Truffle with Hokkaido scallop, truffle butter, and lime.

OMAKAI


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2107 NW 2nd Ave

Sticking to the term Omakase “trusting in the chef” or “leaving it up to us” the team collaboration featuring two brothers Diego and Pedro Quijada and their partner Nicolas Sayavedra delivers traditional top-quality fish for the right price! Their Omakase is for all grades of sushi Hungries from soft-fish nigiri to the handrolls covered in crispy nori (seaweed).

You’re going to Omkai for a quick bite after a yoga class or taking it home.

Omakai offers three to-go Omakase that is beautifully presented for takeout. The Oma Bite, The Oma and the Oma Deluxe will cater to all your sushi dreams featuring a blue crab handroll, chef’s choice nigiri, and delicious seasonal sashimi.

 

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HIYAKAWA


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2700 N Miami Ave #5

Elegant, sophisticated, and exceptional hospitality are just a few words we have to describe Hiyakawa. This high-end sushi restaurant serves 50 guests a night and prepares fish that is flown in from Japan daily.

Come ready to eat if you make your way here, they offer a chef’s omakase and an a la carte menu for you to choose from. Off the a la carte menu order yourself some fresh Japanese uni, madai, and a negitoro handroll. Just a heads up you may end up ordering rounds of handrolls because they are just that good.

MR. OMAKASE


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 163 SE 1st St

Mr. Omakase is the sushi counter that you need to know about in Miami’s downtown. We love that it’s casual and unpretentious, yet you’re getting an elevated and intimate sushi experience. The owners of Poke OG, Andrew Mayer and Ryan Leto partnered with master sushi chef Ryo Nato of the former Myumi which previously had one of the first sushi food trucks in Miami and a sushi bar at 1-800-Lucky.

Currently, they are offering three different omakase experiences. Their entry-level menu offers 10 courses priced at $79 per person, 14 courses at $109 per person, and 18 courses at $139 per person. The 18-course menu also features unichu-toro, A5 wagyu, and more. Our favorite dish was the wagyu with uni. Sake, wine, and beer are also available. You can even choose among four different cups to sip your sake.

 

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SUSHI ERIKA


Neighborhood: North Bay Village
Address: 1700 John F Kennedy Causeway #100

Located in North Bay Village, Sushi Erika is worth the drive. It’s super casual and a great stop for lunch on a weekday or a late lunch on the weekend. If you’re looking for a place where you can dine solo and enjoy the background music, we’d go here. They play anything from Elton John, Cat Stevens to Simon and Garfunkel.

We love that Sushi Erika you can have a full sushi roll experience or order by the piece at a good price for the quality you’re getting.

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