9 Of The Most Highly Acclaimed Sushi Restaurants In The United States

by: Joseph On  Monday, August 20, 2012


You should definitely treasure a good sushi place, once you find one. The problem is, they can be hard to find – a place with the right mixture of ambiance, atmosphere, and skilfully assembled sushi. These 9 restaurants are some of the most acclaimed sushi establishments in the country. This ain’t no grocery store sushi, folks – this is the good stuff.

Arami (Chicago, IL)

This Chicago sushi restaurant is one of the best in the country. It’s main point of inspiration is the sushi dishes of Hawaii, and the decor and atmosphere of Arami fit in with that Hawaiian theme.

Bamboo Sushi (Portland, OR)

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Like fish? Of course you do! So you should consider Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon, which features all-local fish. There’s also the matter of part of Bamboo Sushi’s proceeds going to aid a nature preserve in the Bahamas.

Brushstroke (New York, NY)

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That succinct and elegant name fits this exclusive sushi establishment in the heart of New York City. And you don’t just get great kampachi sashimi at Brushstroke – you also get unique decor inside, such as a wall made from 25,000 paperback books!

Kome Sushi Kitchen (Austin, TX)

Texas isn’t known for its sushi, but this Austin sushi restaurant is one of the best around. There is, of course, a Texas touch to the offerings – some dishes include ingredients like candied jalapenos and Texas “green sauce.”

Masu Sushi & Robata (Minneapolis, MN)

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This Minneapolis sushi place was founded by Katsuyuki Yamamoto, who is also behind Twin Cities sushi restaurant Origami. The sushi he makes has gotten him attention all over the world.

Miyake (Portland, ME)

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As you can see from the photo, this Portland, Maine establishment takes a lot of pride in presentation. But the Gazi uni and Hamayki are some of the best you can get anywhere, too.

Shunji (Los Angeles, CA)

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This Los Angeles sushi restaurant is located in a building that USED to house a barbecue place (!!!). That weird combination probably lends an unorthodox vibe to everything they do at Shunji. No barbecue on the menu yet, although there is a French influence in dishes like yam stuffed with blue cheese.

Sushi Kappo Tamura (Seattle, WA)

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Seattle sushi place has a wide offering of local fish, given Seattle’s status as the nexus of Pacific seafood. People “in the know” recommend the albacore tuna belly.

Tomo (Atlanta, GA)

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Like Texas, the southern United States isn’t overflowing with great sushi. But this Atlanta restaurant is one of the exceptions to the rule. Tomo recently relocated from a relatively dingy strip mall to a ritzy new location, so now the great sushi found there is in worthy surroundings.