When you come to San Diego, you’re never short of dining options. And we’re of the opinion that you can find some of the best sushi in San Diego at any of several top-notch restaurants.
Whether you’re a sushi enthusiast or a curious newbie, we’re here to help you find the best sushi in San Diego to satisfy your cravings and sense of adventure! Below we’ve selected several perennial local favorites that all stand out for different reasons — and we’ve told you what makes them special.
If it’s the freshest sashimi you want, or a new take on a traditional roll, or even if you’re not a regular sushi eater but are looking for a great meal in a restaurant with atmosphere, the following restaurants represent the best sushi in San Diego.
We’re not afraid to say it: Zen 5 is our favorite sushi place in town. An icon in the San Diego community, Zen 5 offers only the freshest fish and delicious Japanese style cuisine.
Standout Quality: With nearly 40 different combinations, Zen 5 offers the greatest variety of sushi rolls in San Diego.
1130 Garnet Ave., (858) 490-0212 or zen5sushi.com
Besides the delicious inventive sushi and California cuisine inspired by Pacific Rim influences, this oceanfront restaurant serves up some incredible San Diego views. It’s never been more enjoyable to sip on refreshing beach craft cocktails while soaking up the essence of the beach.
Standout Quality: The Mission Beach rooftop setting.
3105 Ocean Front Walk, (858) 228-9304 or cannonballsd.com
Harney Sushi’s funky, experimental vibe puts it at the top of any list of best sushi in San Deigo.
The creative, exciting menu features some riffs on classic favorites and new takes on what sushi can be. We recommend:
- Miso Harney roll
- Flaming Lip roll, a tempura fried California roll
- Rollz Royce with roll
Standout Quality: Harney is committed to sustainable seafood.
Old Town: 3964 Harney St., Old Town. (619) 295-3272 or harneysushi.com
Oceanside: 301 Mission Ave., Oceanside. (760) 967-1820 or harneysushi.com
Reservations are recommended for Sushi Ota, another candidate for best sushi in San Diego honors. Sushi Ota is way more traditional than, say, Harney Sushi, but the quality of the ingredients makes even the most common rolls and sashimi shine.
Standout Quality: Impressively wide selection of fresh fish
4529 Mission Bay Dr., Pacific Beach. (858) 270-5670 or otasushi.com
HANE SUSHI – BANKER’S HILL
The owners of Sushi Ota have given themselves a run for the money by opening Hane Sushi, equally worthy of best sushi in San Diego status.
Standout Quality: The popular crispy eggplant with spicy tuna.
2760 5th Ave., #105, Banker’s Hill. (619) 260-1411
Located in the Hard Rock Hotel, NOBU is a no-brainer on any list of best sushi in San Diego. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s world-famous dishes include sashimi tacos made with choice or yellowfin tuna or salmon.
Standout Quality: Chef Nobu hasn’t earned international acclaim for nothing.
207 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 814-4124 or noburestaurants.com
Taka Sushi’s food earns it a spot on the best sushi in San Diego lineup, and its location in the Gaslamp offers the perfect contrast to the busy, colorful spots surrounding it. The food is delicious and the atmosphere relaxing. What more could you ask for?
Standout Quality: The atmosphere compliments the cuisine.
555 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 338-0555 or takasushi.com
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