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22 Outstanding Boston-Area Sushi Restaurants

From simple perfection to mountains of gold flakes and truffles

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When it comes to raw seafood, sushi lovers want ultimate freshness, whether it's prepared simply or elaborately plated and covered with gold flakes and truffles.

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 that the area offers, spanning a variety of neighborhoods, price points, and styles. From a basic order of salmon sashimi to an hours-long omakase feast, there's something for every sushi lover.

This map was originally published on July 28, 2015. It is updated periodically, and the date of most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ebi Sushi

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290 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 764-5556
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Open since 2011, Ebi Sushi is a neighborhood favorite in Somerville's Union Square. The always-cheerful spot features ample seating, kind servers, and — most importantly — great sushi. Sit at the sushi bar and 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. There are plenty of solid options from the kitchen, too, so feel free to bring friends who don't want to eat raw seafood. As of late 2017, Ebi also has a Fenway sibling, Sushi Kappo, a counter-service spot that features sushi burritos.

Ebi Sushi
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2. Cafe Sushi

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1105 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-0434
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It's common to spot industry folks at this old kid on the block (open since 1984). Ask nearly any chef in town; many will say that Cafe Sushi is the best not-so-hidden gem around. Diners will certainly be satisfied ordering from the menu, but the real reason to go is the epic omakase, a seemingly endless parade of dishes that alternate between traditional and unusual — and at an extremely reasonable price. Depending on the day's catch, the omakase can ring in as low as $75. Want to spend a little bit less? Try a chef's sampler for $15 or $20, smaller arrays of creative sushi and sashimi. Bonus: The place is newly renovated.

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3. Super Fusion Cuisine II

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54 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 926-4164
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Seeking to devour giant portions of affordably priced sushi? Look no further than takeout/delivery staple Super Fusion Cuisine in Watertown. (Note: Though once part of a small local chain, this location is no longer affiliated with the other Super Fusion restaurant in Brookline or the recently shuttered ones in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain.)

Sushi at Super Fusion in Watertown
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4. The Mad Monkfish

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524 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 441-2116
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It's not just the former name (Thelonious Monkfish) that includes a music reference: Prepare to eat Mood Indigo maki, Gaga's monster rolls, and Monk's Dream rolls, not to mention the fairy tale collection — Sleeping Beauty rolls, Red Riding Hood rolls, and beyond. Of course there's frequent live jazz as well. Aside from sushi, the Mad Monkfish menu also offers a huge variety of Asian fusion cuisine.

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5. New Ginza

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65 Galen St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-2100
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Open since 2001, this classic Watertown spot complements its sushi selection — which features a number of non-traditional rolls — with noodle and rice dishes and other entrees, including some that can be grilled by diners right at the table.

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6. Pabu

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3 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
(857) 327-7228
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This elegant San Francisco import opened in late 2016 and is already holding its own among Boston's established high-end sushi scene. Be prepared to spend a lot for the impeccable sushi at Pabu (not to mention fancy steaks and robatayaki — a variety of skewered things). Try the eight-course omakase for $99 per person.

Chirashi at Pabu
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7. Ruka

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505 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 266-0102
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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 Asian pear, avocado, and crispy rock shrimp, or yellowfin tuna with cucumber and puffed quinoa, or spicy salmon with hamachi and coconut. Plus, there’s a killer cocktail list.

Short rib tataki at Ruka
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8. Fish Market Sushi Bar

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170 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-1268
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This nearly decade-old Allston staple, a tiny space helmed by a couple of Oishii alums, is always 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.

A sashimi lunch combo at Fish Market
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9. O Ya

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9 East St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900
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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 and courses and courses of gorgeous, high-end dishes. The biggest splurge, the grand omakase, costs $285 per person (before drinks, tax, and gratuity) — 22 perfect little courses, ending with a chocolate and foie gras creation that is unlike any sushi you've ever seen or tasted. (An a la carte menu is also available if the omakase or grand omakase tastings are too extreme.) Pay some attention to the restaurant's sophisticated sake program as well. Further reading: The Road to the 38: O Ya in Boston by Eater's restaurant editor Bill Addison. (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.”)

O Ya’s “legs and eggs”
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10. Avana Sushi

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42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 818-7782
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Avana provides solid sushi at decent prices — especially when it comes to lunch combos — but the real charm is its location. It's part of a weird little food court in Chinatown, sharing space with a cell phone vendor, an egg puff cart, and a few other options. You'll feel like you've stumbled into a truly secret place, and your reward will be good sushi that won't break the bank. Don't forget to leave them some art on a plate. Or head to Avana's newer, larger location in Downtown Crossing.

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11. Oppa Sushi

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185 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 202-3808
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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.

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12. Tora Japanese Restaurant

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20B Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-6688
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The focus at this calming basement hideaway 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.

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13. Uni

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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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 big price tag to match). Feeling extra spendy? Go for a full caviar service ($125 and up) or omakase ($135 and up). On the opposite end of the price spectrum, Uni has a popular late-night menu (ramen and more) from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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14. Douzo

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131 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 859-8885
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This Back Bay destination has been charming sushi lovers for over a decade, hospitably 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.

Sushi at Douzo
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15. Genki Ya

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398 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-3100
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With locations in Brookline, Cambridge's Alewife area, downtown Boston, Dedham's Legacy Place, and now Somerville’s Davis Square as well, Genki Ya has been serving sushi all around town for years. (The original location opened in Brookline in 2008.) 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.

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16. Fuji at Ink Block

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(617) 936-3282
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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 nigiri" (such as toro with caviar and gold flakes) and omakase that runs from $100 to $200 per person depending on the number of courses. 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, and Somerville.

Fuji at Ink Block
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17. Oishii

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1166 Washington St #110
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 482-8868
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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 gold flakes, foie gras, and things on fire.

Flaming salmon at Oishii Boston
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18. Fat Baby

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118 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 766-3450
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With ties to other nearby hot spots Loco and Lincoln, Fat Baby is a fun, noisy spot for non-traditional sushi (not to mention dishes influenced by the cuisines of several Asian countries, from tonkotsu ramen to kung pao Brussels sprouts). Sushi rolls include the miso Philly (smoked salmon, miso cream cheese, cucumber, and caper dill crema), the sneaky Russian (butter-basted scallops, black garlic aioli, cilantro, avocado, and jicama salsa), the so beefy (short rib, spicy queso fresco, and stout aioli), and more.

Sushi at Fat Baby
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19. Laughing Monk Cafe

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737 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 232-8000
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Laughing Monk Cafe features two chefs named Nick, one of whom specializes in sushi while the other specializes in Thai food. This fairly new Brigham Circle spot has quietly gained a following for its impressive omakase in particular — but good luck getting in for the omakase, as reservations tend to book up pretty far in advance. There’s plenty of sushi on the regular menu as well, and it’s all made with brown rice.

The Golden Naga at Laughing Monk Cafe
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20. Chiharu Sushi & Noodle

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370 Boylston St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 487-8684
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Open since mid-2017, Chiharu is owned by Mei Pan, owner of Allston’s now-defunct May’s Cafe, and Qun Li, an alum of Haru and Mix-It. At Chiharu, the duo is serving up plenty of sushi alongside ramen and more, all the while maintaining stellar ratings across all corners of the internet for the restaurant’s first year in business. 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.

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21. JP Seafood Cafe

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730 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 983-5177
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A pre-2000 old-timer, JP Seafood Cafe has been pleasing throngs of Jamaica Plain fish lovers for over 20 years. Filled with aquariums (charming or creepy?) 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 recently opened a diner, Evergreen Eatery, elsewhere in JP.

JP Seafood Cafe
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22. Oga's Japanese Cuisine

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915 Worcester St
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 653-4338
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An oasis on Route 9, Oga's has been around for over a decade, serving pretty plates of traditional and modern sushi. Try going at lunch, when there are a number of bento boxes and other combos available.

Lobster ceviche at Oga's
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1. Ebi Sushi

290 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Ebi Sushi
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Open since 2011, Ebi Sushi is a neighborhood favorite in Somerville's Union Square. The always-cheerful spot features ample seating, kind servers, and — most importantly — great sushi. Sit at the sushi bar and 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. There are plenty of solid options from the kitchen, too, so feel free to bring friends who don't want to eat raw seafood. As of late 2017, Ebi also has a Fenway sibling, Sushi Kappo, a counter-service spot that features sushi burritos.

290 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

2. Cafe Sushi

1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Cafe Sushi
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It's common to spot industry folks at this old kid on the block (open since 1984). Ask nearly any chef in town; many will say that Cafe Sushi is the best not-so-hidden gem around. Diners will certainly be satisfied ordering from the menu, but the real reason to go is the epic omakase, a seemingly endless parade of dishes that alternate between traditional and unusual — and at an extremely reasonable price. Depending on the day's catch, the omakase can ring in as low as $75. Want to spend a little bit less? Try a chef's sampler for $15 or $20, smaller arrays of creative sushi and sashimi. Bonus: The place is newly renovated.

1105 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Super Fusion Cuisine II

54 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
Sushi at Super Fusion in Watertown
Super Fusion/Facebook

Seeking to devour giant portions of affordably priced sushi? Look no further than takeout/delivery staple Super Fusion Cuisine in Watertown. (Note: Though once part of a small local chain, this location is no longer affiliated with the other Super Fusion restaurant in Brookline or the recently shuttered ones in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain.)

54 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA 02472

4. The Mad Monkfish

524 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Thelonious Monkfish sushi boat
Thelonious Monkfish/Facebook

It's not just the former name (Thelonious Monkfish) that includes a music reference: Prepare to eat Mood Indigo maki, Gaga's monster rolls, and Monk's Dream rolls, not to mention the fairy tale collection — Sleeping Beauty rolls, Red Riding Hood rolls, and beyond. Of course there's frequent live jazz as well. Aside from sushi, the Mad Monkfish menu also offers a huge variety of Asian fusion cuisine.

524 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. New Ginza

65 Galen St, Watertown, MA 02472
New Ginza sashimi
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Open since 2001, this classic Watertown spot complements its sushi selection — which features a number of non-traditional rolls — with noodle and rice dishes and other entrees, including some that can be grilled by diners right at the table.

65 Galen St
Watertown, MA 02472

6. Pabu

3 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110
Chirashi at Pabu
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This elegant San Francisco import opened in late 2016 and is already holding its own among Boston's established high-end sushi scene. Be prepared to spend a lot for the impeccable sushi at Pabu (not to mention fancy steaks and robatayaki — a variety of skewered things). Try the eight-course omakase for $99 per person.

3 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110

7. Ruka

505 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
Short rib tataki at Ruka
Ruka/Facebook

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 Asian pear, avocado, and crispy rock shrimp, or yellowfin tuna with cucumber and puffed quinoa, or spicy salmon with hamachi and coconut. Plus, there’s a killer cocktail list.

505 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

8. Fish Market Sushi Bar

170 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
A sashimi lunch combo at Fish Market
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This nearly decade-old Allston staple, a tiny space helmed by a couple of Oishii alums, is always 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.

170 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

9. O Ya

9 East St, Boston, MA 02111
O Ya’s “legs and eggs”
Bill Addison/Eater

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 and courses and courses of gorgeous, high-end dishes. The biggest splurge, the grand omakase, costs $285 per person (before drinks, tax, and gratuity) — 22 perfect little courses, ending with a chocolate and foie gras creation that is unlike any sushi you've ever seen or tasted. (An a la carte menu is also available if the omakase or grand omakase tastings are too extreme.) Pay some attention to the restaurant's sophisticated sake program as well. Further reading: The Road to the 38: O Ya in Boston by Eater's restaurant editor Bill Addison. (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.”)

9 East St
Boston, MA 02111

10. Avana Sushi

42 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Sushi from Avana Sushi
Avana Sushi/Facebook

Avana provides solid sushi at decent prices — especially when it comes to lunch combos — but the real charm is its location. It's part of a weird little food court in Chinatown, sharing space with a cell phone vendor, an egg puff cart, and a few other options. You'll feel like you've stumbled into a truly secret place, and your reward will be good sushi that won't break the bank. Don't forget to leave them some art on a plate. Or head to Avana's newer, larger location in Downtown Crossing.

42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

11. Oppa Sushi

185 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Sushi at Oppa
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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.

185 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134

12. Tora Japanese Restaurant

20B Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
Tora Japanese Restaurant
Tora Japanese Restaurant/Facebook

The focus at this calming basement hideaway 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.

20B Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

13. Uni

370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Sushi at Uni
Uni/Facebook

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 big price tag to match). Feeling extra spendy? Go for a full caviar service ($125 and up) or omakase ($135 and up). On the opposite end of the price spectrum, Uni has a popular late-night menu (ramen and more) from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

14. Douzo

131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
Sushi at Douzo
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This Back Bay destination has been charming sushi lovers for over a decade, hospitably 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.

131 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

15. Genki Ya

398 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Sushi at Genki Ya
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With locations in Brookline, Cambridge's Alewife area, downtown Boston, Dedham's Legacy Place, and now Somerville’s Davis Square as well, Genki Ya has been serving sushi all around town for years. (The original location opened in Brookline in 2008.) 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.

398 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

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16. Fuji at Ink Block

Boston, MA 02118
Fuji at Ink Block
Fuji at Ink Block/Official Site

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 nigiri" (such as toro with caviar and gold flakes) and omakase that runs from $100 to $200 per person depending on the number of courses. 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, and Somerville.

17. Oishii

1166 Washington St #110, Boston, MA 02118
Flaming salmon at Oishii Boston
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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 gold flakes, foie gras, and things on fire.

1166 Washington St #110
Boston, MA 02118

18. Fat Baby

118 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127
Sushi at Fat Baby
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

With ties to other nearby hot spots Loco and Lincoln, Fat Baby is a fun, noisy spot for non-traditional sushi (not to mention dishes influenced by the cuisines of several Asian countries, from tonkotsu ramen to kung pao Brussels sprouts). Sushi rolls include the miso Philly (smoked salmon, miso cream cheese, cucumber, and caper dill crema), the sneaky Russian (butter-basted scallops, black garlic aioli, cilantro, avocado, and jicama salsa), the so beefy (short rib, spicy queso fresco, and stout aioli), and more.

118 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127

19. Laughing Monk Cafe

737 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
The Golden Naga at Laughing Monk Cafe
Laughing Monk Cafe [Official Photo]

Laughing Monk Cafe features two chefs named Nick, one of whom specializes in sushi while the other specializes in Thai food. This fairly new Brigham Circle spot has quietly gained a following for its impressive omakase in particular — but good luck getting in for the omakase, as reservations tend to book up pretty far in advance. There’s plenty of sushi on the regular menu as well, and it’s all made with brown rice.

737 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

20. Chiharu Sushi & Noodle

370 Boylston St, Brookline, MA 02445