Where To Find The Best Sushi In Miami


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By: Kara Franker

Here’s where to find the best sushi restaurants in Miami and Miami Beach.

There’s no better place to get your roll on than in Miami. Our glittering shores have the freshest fish on the planet and our celebrity chefs are bona fide sushi and sashimi experts. Here are some of the best restaurants serving sushi in Miami.

Miami Beach & Bal Harbour

In the glitzy beach town of Bal Harbour, Makoto is on the top of everyone’s list. Located at the Bal Harbour Shops, Chef Makoto Okuwa serves up his Edomae-style sushi to a bevy of well-heeled guests.

In the heart of Miami Beach, Nobu is located inside the lavish Nobu Hotel and on the same prime oceanfront property as the historic Eden Roc Miami Beach. A name known far and wide, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is the king of a worldwide sushi empire that attracts its fair share of celebrity clientele. Also located inside a luxury hotel, Katsuya is another global restaurant with a list of famous fans. Situated inside the stylish SLS South Beach and helmed by the renowned Chef Katsuya Uechi, the restaurant is always packed. There’s also a location in Brickell.

South Beach’s trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood is home to a trio of stand-alone hotspots with raved-about sushi menus. Pubbelly Sushi (there’s also a location in Brickell) is known for its hip, fresh and consistent sushi rolls and service. Located within walking distance, NaiYaRa serves an impressive sushi menu alongside Chef Bee’s crave-worthy Thai street food. Located inside a completely reimagined car body shop, Sushi Garage serves the classics done really well.

Located within walking distance to all the action in South Beach, these three restaurants offer great sushi in a laid back atmosphere. Located on the pedestrian-only stretch of Lincoln Road, Doraku Izakaya and Sushi also has an outpost in Brickell. This popular sushi hotspot was founded by a father and son team: Rocky Aoki (also the founder of Benihana) and Kevin Aoki. Stroll a few blocks north toward The Bass museum and you’ll find Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, a relaxed sushi spot inside The Plymouth Hotel. The OG of sushi bars in Miami, Toni’s Sushi Bar was established in 1987 and was the first Japanese restaurant in Miami Beach. It’s still going strong and serving excellent sushi.

Downtown & Brickell

The place to see and be seen in Downtown, Chef Rainer Becker’s Zuma is an internationally acclaimed restaurant that attracts the who’s who of sophisticated clientele. Zuma is located inside the posh Kimpton EPIC Hotel on the intersection of the Miami River where it meets Biscayne Bay. With locations in Moscow, London and Dubai, NOVIKOV’s new location in Downtown is a sushi lover’s dream come true. The artfully designed locale offers plenty of outdoor and indoor seating and a delectable menu to match.

Brickell offers a variety of melt-in-your-mouth sushi. For five-star sushi and service at it’s very best, NAOE in Brickell Key is second to none. With only a handful of reservation-only tables, Chef Kevin Cory serves artistic Tokyo-inspired sushi. Forget a traditional menu, it’s always chef’s choice. For high-end Southeast Asian cuisine in a super swanky space, Komodo is the brainchild of nightlife impresario, David Grutman, the powerhouse behind Miami Beach’s LIV and STORY. While Komodo serves much more than sushi, the “rolls/raw/sashimi” menu will not disappoint. And don’t forget about Pubbelly Sushi’s newest location at Brickell City Centre. While the South Beach location has been attracting sushi connoisseurs for years, this hotspot is just heating up.

Wynwood & The Design District

With the food hall craze in full swing, great sushi isn’t hard to find. ITAMAE at St. Roch Market in the Miami Design District packs a one-two punch with Nikkei-inspired cuisine and an impressive sushi counter led by Chef Fernando “Papa” Chang. A former Wynwood gem, MYUMI is a crowd favorite serving food truck-style sushi. It’s opening up at the new Citadel Food Hall in Little River.

For an adventure (if you can find it), Hiden is truly hidden. The secret, fine-dining sushi bar is tucked behind a taco shop in Wynwood.

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