Light, healthy, and made in endless variations, it’s no surprise that sushi is such a popular delicacy.
The only problem is that sushi can be very expensive, and you can’t always tell in advance if your dish will live up to its price tag.
Luckily, Foursquare is here to help, with a list of 14 sushi restaurants in key US cities where you are guaranteed the best bang for your buck. To narrow down the options, the city-guide app looked at price level via menu analysis, and determined the most expensive Japanese restaurants in each city. Then, they looked at user reviews to get a rating of how satisfied customers were out of a possible 10 points.
The result is a guide to some of America’s finest sushi establishments. If you’re ever in the area, these are definitely worth the splurge.
LOS ANGELES: Koi Restaurant
People rave about the sushi, the service, and the back patio, where celebrity sightings are commonplace. Although you can’t seem to go wrong with any item on the menu, try the “She’s So LA” roll that comes topped with gold leaves.
SAN FRANCISCO: Kusakabe
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Location: 584 Washington Street
The Omakase meal (where the chefs present a selection of their own choices) is said to be the way to go, as the chefs are creative, friendly, and accommodating. Make reservations well in advance, and sit by the bar to watch the dishes come to life.
WASHINGTON, DC: Sushi Taro
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Location: 1503 17th Street NW
Praised for high-quality, authentic food and impeccable presentation, Sushi Taro is the place to go for sushi in the nation’s capital. Just ask the members of the Japanese Embassy – apparently, they’re frequent patrons. If it’s good enough for them, it has to be excellent. Customers recommend the fatty tuna rolls and anything tempura.
Location: 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Hailed as the best Japanese place in Miami, Zuma is loved for its trendy atmosphere and fabulous food. Enjoy black cod dumplings that “melt in your mouth” over views of the Miami River.
NEW YORK City: Kura
- Mona W./Foursquare
Location: 130 St. Marks Place
ATLANTA: Miso Izakaya
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Location: 619 Edgewood Avenue SE
“If you don’t Instagram the shoyu tamago or the oshi sushi, then you’re not doing it right,” Spoon University raves. Other favorites include the buns – duck, pork belly, and more, folded into delicately steamed rice flour.
BOSTON: O Ya
- Martin S. / Yelp
Location: 9 East Street
The ultimate sushi experience for a special occasion, diners recommend going for the tasting menus. One features 13 courses with beverage pairings – expensive but worth it, as it allows you to try the delectable dishes one after the other.
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Location: 723 Chestnut Street
“Duck, duck, duck,” says one customer – but everything else is good, too. The decor and service have also received top reviews, making Morimoto the perfect venue for a special meal. To go with your meal, try a variety of unique, cuisine-inspired cocktails.
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Location: 904 Westheimer Road
Leave your meal choice up to the waiter, as everything is delicious and it can be hard to decide. Highlights include the Wagyu beef, foie gras Nigiri, and big eye Tuna with apple, goat cheese, and pumpkin seed oil. For dessert, the fried milk is a must.
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Location: 1522 12th Avenue
Hip and cool, Momiji has a reputation for endless options and a creative take on traditional sushi. Sit at the bar and watch the mesmerizing process of the chefs at work, or sit by the garden in the center of the restaurant for a more relaxing experience. Customers also praise the variety of vegan options and the crafted cocktails.
ORLANDO: Seito Sushi
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Location: 4898 New Broad Street
The Sweetheart roll is as good as it sounds, as is the Distinguished Gentleman roll. Sit outside on the patio if the weather is good, and order the tempura fried cheesecake for dessert.
DENVER: Sushi Den
Location: 1487 South Pearl Street
Fresh ingredients, specialty menu items, and a superb happy hour are just a few of the things that make Sushi Den “the best sushi restaurant in Denver,” according to Foursquare users. How are the seafood ingredients so good, when Denver is totally landlocked? Many are flown in daily from Japan.
MINNEAPOLIS: Masu Sushi & Robata
Location: 330 East Hennepin Avenue
The ramen is a huge hit, as well as the steamed buns. The vegetarian menu offers plenty of delicious, fish-free options, and happy hour is a great time. Don’t see your favorite item on the menu? If you sit at the bar, the chefs will customize a roll for you.
CHICAGO: Kai Zan
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Location: 2557 West Chicago Avenue
This “total hole-in-the-wall” is praised as a “mind blowing experience” by Foursquare users. You can’t go wrong with the eight-course Omakase, but if you’re not quite up for that, at least try the Escolar Pearls.