There's no shortage of seafood in the Boston area, and sushi has carved out quite a niche for itself among the lobster rolls and fried clams and crudos of the region. Want to start a Boston sushi journey? Here's some of the best around, spanning a variety of neighborhoods, prices, and styles. From a basic order of salmon sashimi to an hours-long omakase feast, there's something for every sushi lover.Read More
The 25 Best Sushi Restaurants in the Boston Area
From simple perfection to mountains of gold flakes and truffles
Only open since late 2019, Umami Omakase is a fairly new addition to the Boston area’s high-end omakase scene, but the young spot has been wowing diners since day one. Uni alum Gary Lei is at the helm, and plenty of luxury ingredients come out to play, from wagyu to foie gras. As of publication time, Umami is currently offering only 18-course omakase meals for dine-in customers, no a la carte options. A la carte items are available for takeout, though, which you must preorder at least a day ahead of time.
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Washoku Renaissance at Foundation Kitchen
Chef Youji Iwakura’s outstanding downtown Boston Japanese restaurant Kamakura has sadly closed, but fans can still experience his sushi skills via pickup on certain days at Foundation Kitchen, a shared culinary workspace in Somerville. Keep an eye on the schedule and plan ahead for modern sushi and chirashi takeout boxes.
Open since 2011, Ebi Sushi is a neighborhood favorite in Somerville's Union Square, and it got a really snazzy remodel in 2021, making it a great spot for a date night. Order any of the day's specials, especially if there’s torched salmon belly. The owners are longtime alums of the now-defunct Blue Fin in Cambridge's Porter Exchange. As of late 2017, Ebi also has a Fenway sibling, Sushi Kappo, a counter-service spot that features sushi burritos.
Momi Nonmi opened in late 2017 as a cozy little izakaya in Inman Square with just a few sashimi options among items like grilled meat skewers, rice balls, and hints of Hawaiian cuisine, not to mention an enviable sake list. Over the course of the pandemic, though, the restaurant has doubled down on sushi, offering extensive omakase meals — currently available for dine-in as well as takeout, which you need to preorder at least 24 hours in advance — and some a la carte sashimi, too. Chef and owner Chris Chung is an alum of Uni, as well as his now-defunct Lincoln restaurant, Aka Bistro.
Ask any chef in town: Many will say that Cafe Sushi — open for the better part of four decades — is the best not-so-hidden gem around. In pre-COVID times, the reason to go was the epic omakase, a seemingly endless parade of dishes that alternated between traditional and unusual. Indoor dining is still on hold as of the September 2022 update to this map, so put the omakase on your bucket list but try Cafe Sushi’s takeout and delivery for now, including a variety of chef’s choice samplers, bento boxes, and maki.
It takes some guts to open a sushi restaurant right down the street from a veteran such as Cafe Sushi (see above), but Sakana has found its own niche with a bit more of a casual feel. Delve into the special rolls, such as the Black Forest (tuna, asparagus, jalapeno, cucumber, bacon bits, truffle, micro greens, truffle oil, and soy glaze), and don’t miss the sake toro — seared salmon belly — which comes as sushi or sashimi.
Super Fusion Cuisine II
Seeking to devour giant portions of affordably priced sushi? Look no further than takeout/delivery staple Super Fusion Cuisine II in Watertown. (Note: Though once part of a small local chain, this location is no longer affiliated with the other remaining Super Fusion restaurant, which is in Brookline.)
The Mad Monkfish
Though this restaurant is no longer named Thelonious Monkfish, it retains other music references: Prepare to eat Mood Indigo maki, Gaga's Monster rolls, and Monk's Dream rolls. Plus, there’s live jazz on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Aside from sushi, the Mad Monkfish menu also offers a huge variety of Asian fusion cuisine.
At Ruka — one of the most attractive spaces in Downtown Crossing — it’s all about Nikkei cuisine, the intersection between Peruvian and Japanese food. On the sushi side of the equation, that means rolls made with avocado, aji amarillo mayo, and crispy rock shrimp, for example, as well as yellowfin tuna with cucumber and puffed quinoa.
Fish Market Sushi Bar
Over a decade old, this tiny Allston staple, helmed by a couple of Oishii alums, remains a crowd-pleaser, featuring lovely dishes that push the bounds of tradition (as well as some more classic options). There are some hot dishes from the kitchen, too, for those in the mood for something other than sushi.
The ultimate in special-occasion sushi, O Ya will take your wallet, politely squeeze hundreds of dollars out of it, and hand it back to you, along with hours and hours of gorgeous, high-end dishes. The current offering is 20 perfect little courses for $250 per person. Pay attention to the restaurant's sophisticated sake program as well. (For something a lot more casual, check out O Ya’s energetic little sibling, Hojoko, in Fenway, which serves a variety of fun sushi and sashimi options, not to mention DIY “lazy susan handrolls” and “wasabi roulette.” The group’s Chestnut Hill spot, Bianca, also has traditional nigiri and sashimi as well as some less-conventional options.)
Fish Market doesn’t hold the monopoly on Allston sushi: Oppa, right on bustling Harvard Avenue, is another neighborhood favorite. It debuted in mid-2014 and serves a giant menu of sushi — including plenty of combos and boats — as well as Korean food, including bibimbap and lots more. Keep an eye out for specials.
Tora Japanese Restaurant
The focus at this calming basement hideaway, which went through a little renovation this summer, is kaisen don — rice bowls topped with sashimi — but Tora’s love of raw seafood and rice extends to poke bowls, sushi, and sashimi as well. Sushi lovers can’t go wrong with any of the options. (More of a ramen fan? Check out the sibling spot Tora Ramen on Harrison Avenue.)
Truffles and caviar. Wagyu and quail eggs. At Uni, which expanded into its big sibling Clio's space in early 2016, Ken Oringer and Tony Messina offer beautiful sushi made with luxurious ingredients and a price tag to match. This one’s a worthy special-occasion splurge — or any night you’re feeling a little fancy.
This Back Bay destination has been charming sushi lovers for over a decade, serving up a variety of sushi, sashimi, and special rolls such as the neighborhood homage, the Back Bay: asparagus, cucumber, and avocado with seared tuna and wasabi mayo. It's an easy lunch choice for those in the area thanks to the variety of sushi combos and bento boxes available.
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Fancy London-based chain Zuma arrived in Boston in mid-2019, joining locations from Miami to Bangkok. The pricey restaurant’s Boston location has lived up to expectations, wowing customers with dishes like sea bass sashimi with yuzu, truffle, and salmon roe; torched salmon nigiri; and wagyu beef sushi with daikon and black truffle.
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Tucked away inside tropical cocktail paradise Shore Leave, No Relation is an intimate omakase-only venue; the 14-course menu, which must be prepaid at $150 per person, is always changing. Looking for something a little more casual and less expensive? A la carte nigiri and rolls are available at Shore Leave.
With locations in Brookline (the original, from 2008), Cambridge's Alewife area, downtown Boston, Dedham's Legacy Place, and this one in Somerville’s Davis Square, Genki Ya has been serving sushi all around town for years. Genki Ya's focus is organic ingredients. The menu offers gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options as well, and all sushi can be made with brown or multigrain rice upon request.
Fuji at Ink Block
This swanky addition to the JP Fuji Group is located at the Ink Block development in the South End, where it offers up attractively plated sushi, including four- to six-piece composed sets of "finer maki" (such as toro with caviar and gold flakes). There are also a variety of other combinations and sushi boats available, as well as a la carte ordering. Look for Fuji’s sister spots in Quincy, Cambridge, Somerville, and in downtown Boston food hall High Street Place.
Its tiny older sibling in Chestnut Hill closed in late 2018 after 20 years of accolades, saddening a loyal fan base, but the larger and flashier South End location of Oishii is still going strong, full of sushi, foie gras, and things on fire.
With ties to other nearby hot spots Loco and Lincoln, Fat Baby is a fun, noisy spot for specialty sushi rolls, like the “so beefy” (short rib, spicy queso fresco) although even “traditional” rolls like sushi tempura feature non-traditional flourishes like fried basil. You’ll also find hot dishes influenced by the cuisines of various Asian countries, from spicy miso ramen to kung pao Brussels sprouts.
Laughing Monk Cafe
Laughing Monk Cafe, which also has a location in Wellesley, features two chefs: one specializing in sushi (Nick Korboon), one in Thai food (Noi Karen). This Brigham Circle spot has quietly gained a following for its impressive omakase in particular, which can be ordered for takeout and delivery. There’s plenty of sushi on the regular menu as well, and it’s all made with brown rice.
With locations in Brookline and Malden, this Japanese restaurant duo offers plenty of booze-friendly, snack-y fare (in true izakaya fashion), particularly kushiyaki — skewered and grilled meats and more — but there’s also an extensive selection of sushi. Make room for both.
Chiharu Sushi & Noodle
Open since mid-2017, Chiharu is owned by Mei Pan, of Allston’s now-defunct May’s Cafe, and Qun Li, an alum of Haru and Mix-It. At this Brookline restaurant, the duo is serving up plenty of sushi alongside ramen and more, all the while maintaining stellar ratings across all corners of the internet. Chiharu is the ideal solution when one part of the group is in the mood for sushi and others are looking for noodle-filled soups.
JP Seafood Cafe
A pre-2000 old-timer, JP Seafood Cafe has been pleasing throngs of Jamaica Plain fish lovers for decades. Filled with aquariums and artwork, JP Seafood Cafe offers a large range of sushi, both traditional and a little outside the box, as well as Korean and Japanese snacks and entrees from the kitchen. The team more recently opened a diner, Evergreen Eatery, elsewhere in JP.