Sushi, it is one of the most popular trends in dining. Who would of guessed that raw fish would become such a hot trend! Once a street food in Japan, now there are sushi restaurants in almost every city in America. We searched the country to make you a list of the 11 best sushi restaurants around!
Our top pick for sushi restaurants goes to a restaurant so exclusive you need an invitation from the owner to even set foot in it! Yamakese in Los Angeles, California has seating for only ten people a night. Reservations are months in advance. All meals are prepared by one chef, Yama San. No alcohol is permitted; it is all about the food experience. And you eat for four hours! Go hungry if you get to go at all!
Our runner up for best Sushi is a California restaurant Sushi Ran in Sausalito. Known for importing it's fish daily directly from Tokyo Japan, Sushi Ran is regarded by many to be one of the best in the country. Just make sure that you book well in advance since this Bay Area favorite can be booked out far in the future. It seems that the closer you are to Japan the better the Sushi!
Most people dine at a restaurant for the outstanding food. However, our next restaurant is all about the scenery. Hoku’s in Honolulu, Hawaii boasts to-die-for panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, Diamondhead and Razors surf beach. You can watch surfers hang ten while feasting on exotic dishes that perfectly complement the surroundings. The restaurant features multi levels with views from every table, so there is not a bad seat in the house. What else would you expect in Hawaii?
Sushi is considered to be a great choice for those trying to live a health conscious life. Our next restaurant on our countdown takes health consciousness to the environmental level. Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon prides itself on being the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world! Care for the environment is evident in everything, from the wild caught, sustainably abundant fish, the recycled restaurant products, utilization of renewable energy sources and ethical and community service oriented operations They even compost their trash! Bamboo Sushi is the ultra guilt free dining choice!
There’s something about eating a sushi dinner that makes you feel grown up and sophisticated. At our next sushi spot sophistication is an understatement. Nobu Restaurant and Lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada delivers a true luxurious dining experience. From the posh pillow lighting, metal cage dining tables, custom guided service and culinary masterpieces presented, there is not another sushi restaurant like it. Even a trip to the restroom is impressive. Nobu Restaurant – where the grownups dine!
Everyone loves a food challenge. But food challenges and sushi just don’t mix…until now. Superb Sushi in Boise Idaho offers not one, but three different food challenges! Diners can try the La Bomba Roll Challenge, which is a traditional timed large portion consumption or opt from one of two spice geared challenges. These contests have diners consuming some of the hottest ingredients inside a sushi roll ever created. It’s getting hot in here!
Masterpieces abound at our next sushi restaurant. At Go Fish Japanese Restaurant in Denver, Colorado sushi is sculpted into elaborate presentations utilizing, fresh flowers, fruit and other exotic ingredients. Every dish that is sent out is a feast for the eyes ….and your stomach!
Rooftop dining is all the rage right now. And our next sushi restaurant has the best rooftop deck around. The Cultured Pearl in Rehoboth, Delaware boasts a 15,000 gallon koi pond and boardwalk walkway to amazing curtain lined, wooden pagoda dining nooks. String lights and paper lanterns complete the zen-like atmosphere. How relaxing
Most sushi restaurants pride themselves on their unique and inventive menus. However, our next sushi stop lets their customers do the creating. At One Two Three Sushi in Minneapolis, Minnesota sushi is set up Chipotle style. Customers walk down the line and pick ingredients for their own one of a kind rolls. With tons of delicious ingredients to choose from, the options are endless!
Our next sushi restaurant is quite possibly the most unique sushi restaurant in the United States. Kyoten in Austin, Texas is a permanently located food truck with an amazing outdoor lot. The lot has been converted into dining space, complete with wood picnic benches, string lights and gravel floor. There’s even a fire pit surrounded by tree stumps. But don’t let the primitive digs fool you, Kyoten puts out some of the most delicious sushi in Texas!
We start our list off at the restaurant of one of the most well known Japanese chefs in the world. Morimoto in Philadelphia boasts more than just a great chef. The interior is as unique as it comes. The wavy white walls, color changing booths and low wood ceilings give the impression of being submerged in an underwater aquarium. Tasting menus are the way to go here with several options to choose from. And with a forty-two time Iron Chef winner, Morimoto is a must try!