With the help of our painstakingly curated guide, discover the allure of Austin’s sushi scene. Beyond its reputation for barbecue and tacos, Austin has a plethora of excellent sushi restaurants that can compete with those found in coastal cities. From elaborate rolls to nigiri and sashimi, these restaurants highlight the flavors and artistry of traditional Japanese cuisine. Our ranking of the top sushi establishments is based on the standard of their ingredients, technical skill, and overall dining experience. This guide will show you the best raw fish dishes Austin has to offer, whether you’re a sushi connoisseur or a novice.
Komé: Sushi Kitchen
With the pandemic uprooting so much of our everyday routine, some Austin restaurants, like Komé Sushi Kitchen, have pivoted to take out only while the staff eagerly awaits a return to in-person dining. In the meantime, Komé has quickly become the top spot in town for excellent sushi takeout. Komé specializes in family-style meals, and they offer staples such as ramen, kara-age chicken, and of course, sushi and sashimi.
An izakaya-style restaurant helmed by chef/owner Kazu Fukumoto, Fukumoto is like an amusement park for lovers of Japanese cuisine. Here, you’ll find plenty of inventive sushi rolls and sashimi, but also tons of different yakitori and izakaya dishes. Fukumoto is just east of the 6th Street Historic District at the corner of 6th and Medina. Their dining room is open by reservation only, and they also do takeout.
Located in Triangle State in North Austin, Uchiko is a cutting-edge sushi restaurant that constantly pushes the envelope of Japanese cuisine. With James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole at the helm, Uchiko offers a lengthy menu of classic Japanese cuisine that’s peppered with plenty of dishes from the mind of Chef Cole, which push the envelope in exciting new directions.
Inside of the South Congress Hotel in Austin lies one of the most inventive high-end omakase experiences you’ll find in America. Here, chef Yoshi Okai presides over an intimate 12-seat dining room that leverages seasonally available ingredients to blend both Tokyo-style and Kyoto-style omakase for a meal you won’t soon forget.
A stone’s throw away from Tyson Cole’s original restaurant, Uchi, lies a new contender for the throne of the best sushi restaurant in Austin. Along the busy South Lamar Blvd strip of South Austin, Soto serves up inventive Japanese-inspired cocktails, delicious sushi, and even an omakase chef’s tasting that’s among the best values in Austin.
Tucked into an unassuming strip mall in Austin’s Preston Oaks neighborhood, you’ll find Tomodachi Sushi, a beautiful restaurant run by a husband and wife team who have dedicated their lives to refined Japanese cuisine. Head chef Steve Riad honed his craft at Nobu Las Vegas and led the sushi team at Mandalay Bay Casinos before heading to Austin to open Tomodachi.
Not only is Lucky Robot perhaps the coolest-named and hippest Japanese restaurant in the Austin area, but it’s also a place you can feel good about dining. Lucky Robot puts an emphasis on sustainability and is recognized by the James Beard Foundation Smart Catch program. You’ll find Lucky Robot a stone’s throw from the Austin Motel on Congress Avenue.
In quiet East Austin, you’ll find the diminutive Uroko, a small, classic Japanese restaurant with a small menu of delectable classics and plenty of inventive specials that change nightly. Uroko offers dine-in and take-out, but they also offer some exciting experiences you won’t find at other sushi restaurants.
Ichi-Umi Sushi (Haru Sushi)
Tucked inside the expansive Gateway Center, you’ll find Ichi-Umi Sushi, which offers a menu as large as the Gateway Center itself. This quaint spot is ideal for any occasion, and they offer sushi and sashimi along with plenty of hot and cold entrees native to Japan.
Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood
Tucked inside Austin’s massive Oak Hill Shopping Center, you’ll find Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood. This restaurant is in the far corner of the plaza, next to Epic Fun. Eurasia also has two other locations, but those focus more on other types of Japanese cuisine than sushi. The vibe is relaxed and laid back, which provides an ideal backdrop for a delicious meal.
Musashino Sushi Dokoro
Smack dab in the middle of Austin in the Gabriel’s Court shopping center; you’ll find Musashino Sushi Dokoro, a cozy, eclectically decorated space that serves as the perfect backdrop for the chef’s delicious creations. The menu at Musashino is well-curated, with plenty of delicious appetizers, classic and modern sushi rolls, and sashimi, and some larger plates as well.
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
In the corner of the Crescent Shopping Center on Airport Blvd next to Kinokuniya Books, you’ll find a quaint sushi bar that makes you feel as if the whole world is revolving around you. The feeling is understandable, considering everything at Kura comes to you on a revolving conveyor belt as you eat. When you see something you like, take it off the conveyor and enjoy!
Tadashi offers an expansive menu that includes plenty of sushi and sashimi in addition to some tapas-style plates, larger plates, and an excellent selection of ramen and other soups. While it all looks amazing, I find myself coming back for the nigiri and sashimi sampler, which delivers a selection of the finest sushi the chef is preparing that day.
Sushi | Bar ATX
Tucked away inside Austin’s Bento Picnic restaurant, across the street from Juiceland, you’ll find Sushi I Bar. Chef Lee prepares an inventive omakase service nightly, leveraging the freshest ingredients from local and global providers. It’s not easy to snag a table here, but if you’re lucky enough to find a seat, Chef Lee is sure to delight you with his inventive take on omakase.
An Austin staple for over 20 years, Ichiban is located on Burnet Road in the North Austin suburb of Crestview, across the street from the B Spot on Burnett shopping mall. The Japanese-inspired architecture of the restaurant sticks out boldly, so it’s an easy spot to find if you’re in the neighborhood. Inside, Ichiban is a casual spot that’s ideal for all occasions.
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