Where To Find The Best Sushi In Miami

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

Miami takes their sushi eating seriously - whether it’s the fact that we’re surrounded by water or the warm weather all year around, a fresh plate of sushi isn’t hard to come by in this town. Traditional omakase experiences, quick refreshing rolls, family style restaurants or haute sashimi dinners are all on the menu when you’re looking for a sushi meal in Miami. Pick which one is right for you with our guide to the best sushi restaurants 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 modern take on Edomae-style sushi and Japanese dishes to the stylist set at this tropical outdoor mall. Look closely and you may notice diners without shopping bags stamped with Paris’s finest ateliers, Makoto’s ramen, robata grill, steaks and, of course, sushi are as much a draw as what’s on the mannequins.

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. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has become a household name for sushi lovers globally as 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 with stylish diners digging into tuna tartare served with nori crisps, o-toro fatty tuna and their signature spicy tuna crispy rice. There’s also a Katsuya location in Brickell for those staying mainland.

South Beach’s trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood is home to a trio of stand-alone hotspots with raved-about sushi menus. Pubbelly Sushi (there are additional locations in Brickell and the Dadeland Mall area and Aventura, Miami Beach is the original) is known for its hip, fresh and consistent sushi rolls and service and locals have been flocking there since 2011 for the innovative take on Miami’s beloved Latin flavors spun smartly into sushi and Japanese favorites. While it’s not traditional, it’s delicious and surprising; try the Butter Crab Roll, Bigeye Tuna and Hamachi Poblano. Located within walking distance, NaiYaRa serves an impressive sushi menu alongside Chef Bee’s crave-worthy Thai street food. Also nearby, and located inside a completely reimagined car body shop, Sushi Garage serves the classics done really well.

Keep exploring the sushi scene on Miami Beach at these three sushi restaurants that serve sushi at various price points. 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. Regulars like it for the happy hour, tasty cocktails that pair perfectly with a fresh sushi platter and the people watching from the outside seats. Stroll a few blocks north toward The Bass Museum and you’ll find Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, a sushi spot from a nationally renowned restaurateur duo, inside The Plymouth Hotel. Blue Ribbon has locations in New York and Los Angeles and sushi lovers celebrated when Miami got its own outpost. The OG of sushi bars in Miami, Toni’s Sushi Bar was established in 1987 and was the first Japanese restaurant in Miami Beach and is the second oldest restaurant in South Beach. It’s still going strong and serving excellent sushi. If you find yourself with a craving for sushi in the Design District, check out their sister restaurant Shokudo, where the setting is trendier and they offer a robust mixology menu.

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. Enjoy your sushi with a view of the water and, make a reservation if you plan on joining them for the buffet style brunch, an absolute must for a sushi lover’s visit to Miami.

With locations in Moscow, London and Dubai, NOVIKOV’s new location in Downtown is another place you can make a sake toast while overlooking the waters of Biscayne Bay. The colorful and design-focused interior is laid back compared to their opulent menu with endless options for a fresh fish dinner.

Brickell offers a variety of melt-in-your-mouth sushi. For five-star sushi and service at its 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 in an omakase setting; meaning it’s always chef’s choice. The experience is memorable at NAOE where you’ll be served course after course of delectable sushi bites, prepared with the utmost care behind the counter and served only with their housesat, imported from Japan.

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.

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 serves Japanese-Peruvian cuisine - a fusion that you’ll find scattered around Miami. This fusion offers the brightness of ceviche mixed with the delicate touch of a sushi chef.

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.

Coral Gables & South Miami

Let’s not forget some of Miami’s more residential neighborhoods where the sushi is served in more family-style restaurants and the glitz and glam may be pared back a bit but the fish is no less delicious. Consider Su Shin Izakaya, a local’s joint favored by the power lunch crowd for the bento lunches in Coral Gables. Try the Porque Mt. Fuji, a rice bowl with steamed salmon, ikura, shaved egg, sprouts and avocado, which may not qualify as sushi but is a house specialty, or stick to the classics and cozy up to the sushi bar for platters of fresh nigiri or sashimi.

Matsuri, just outside Coral Gables and close to the University of Miami, is considered the city’s secretly best sushi restaurant. A beautiful, sparse dining space, located in a strip mall between a grocery store and a pizza place, they’ve been serving both classic and inventive sushi dishes for decades and have a dedicated clientele so be prepared to wait.

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