It’s easy to pick a fight with friends in LA about the best tacos or best Thai food or best kale salad that doesn’t bum you out. But best sushi? That’s on a completely different level. In every neighborhood in this city, ask for the 10 best sushi joints around you - and you’ll get 25 different answers. And then there’s the price point. Sushi is expensive, and sometimes you just can’t drop $105 on a Wednesday night yellowtail nigiri outing. So what affordable places are actually great? And which expensive spots should you drop your entire paycheck on? Should you just give up now? No. Because we’re here.
Below we present the 31 best sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, organized by priced tiers so you know exactly how much you’ll be dishing out on any given night. Here is your complete guide to making sense of LA’s sushi spots.
Everyday Sushi ($50 or less)
For those Tuesday night sushi cravings when there’s a non-zero chance you’re wearing sweatpants.
Kiriko is the Sawtelle Blvd. sushi middle ground - not a cheap conveyer belt place, but also not somewhere you have to sacrifice a month of coffee money for. They do a few lunch combinations, or you can order your sushi a la carte, but omakase is really the way to go. For $48 you’ll get eight or so pieces of sushi, plus miso soup and a hand roll. The fish is fantastic quality, and they don’t just serve the greatest hits - expect Japanese barracuda, house smoked salmon, and your toro to come out seared.
Sushi Time is not one of those affordable places known for its crazy lunch deal that’s only available for 90 minutes out of the day. In fact, it’s not even open for lunch. Located in a stripmall in Beverly Grove, Sushi Time opens at 5:30pm and is easily the best affordable sushi dinner option in the neighborhood. All their daily specials are written on pieces of paper stapled to the wall, and almost all of it runs in the $5-$8 range.
This tiny spot in a Lake Balboa strip mall isn’t strictly a sushi restaurant. They do entree-sized dishes like Japanese-style pasta (which isn’t ramen, but a Japanese version of spaghetti with things like soy sauce thrown in) and fried chicken at lunch, and many small plates for dinner. But they also do sushi, and it’s excellent. At lunch there’s a $16 sushi plate with six pieces of sushi, your choice of spicy cut roll, plus miso soup and a small appetizer. Dinner has a longer a la carte sushi menu, and while you won’t find any unusual types of fish here, the quality is high and the prices are low.
Sushi Spot scores about a two on atmosphere (multiple whiteboards exclaim a four-piece minimum to sit and instructions to not touch your cell phone), but it does a good ($37) omakase. Things start traditionally - sashimi in ponzu, tuna and salmon, etc. - but then you’ll get a stuffed squid and realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. There’s also eel, very tasty snapper with shiso leaf, and a perfectly cooked baked scallop.
Iroha is affordable and accessible sushi at its best. The immensely popular Ventura Blvd. spot has become a mainstay for its fantastic spicy miso soup, spicy crab cakes, and an excellent $18 lunch special. And the icing on the cake? The atmosphere - relaxed and fun, with a covered patio that makes you feel like you’re eating sushi in the jungle. A jungle in the valley, but still.
Lunchtime sushi bargain hunting is a game that is not always won. Unless, of course, your path ends at Sushi Gen. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything about this Little Tokyo institution you’ll dislike, but if you go for lunch and don’t get the $32 sashimi deluxe platter, you’re doing it wrong. Just get there early - lines form well before opening. Come dinner time, said sashimi platter bumps up to $38, but we’d recommend you head right to the bar and go to town on their a la carte sushi options instead.
Sure, there are more Sugarfish locations than there are Trader Joe’s in this city, but if that deters you from going, the joke’s on you. Because despite its rapid expansion, the quality of fish hasn’t faltered. And hovering right around $30 for the nine-course Trust Me meal, you simply won’t get better sushi at those prices in LA.
There’s a sushi bar inside an order-at-the-counter burger spot in Northridge, and it serves some incredible raw fish. Right next door to the CSUN campus, Got Sushi? is a pilgrimage everyone should take solely to realize that it doesn’t take hundreds of dollars or a prime spot on La Cienega to get first-rate sushi. There’s no omakase here, but the menu is large and full of every sashimi plate, cut roll, and daily sushi special you want.
Ichiban Kan breaks the mold of Ventura Blvd. sushi spots. And by that we mean it’s massive. With a long curved bar and enough tables for a rehearsal dinner (this is not us endorsing sushi for a rehearsal dinner), Ichiban’s modern, airy dining room feels palatial. And the sushi? Delicious. The spicy tuna jalapeno plate is a must-order and a meal unto itself, and if you’re looking for some straight-up sushi, just ask what’s fresh that day. OK, maybe you can have your rehearsal dinner here.
So Sushi has all the stereotypes you’d expect from a Valley sushi joint. In a strip mall, locals yelling on their cell phones about how much money they make, and rolls, rolls, rolls. The hand roll trio is both popular and good, and there are all the cut rolls you can imagine. So Sushi knows who they are and embraces it, right down to the techno music pumping out of the speakers. When that’s what you’re in the mood for, this is your place.
Once A Month SUshi ($50 - $100)
For date nights, dinners with friends, and letting your parents take you out for a meal.
Located in that part of Toluca Lake normally reserved for depressed adults on lunch hour or airtight industry dinners, Sushi Yuzu has quickly become one of the standard-bearers for sushi in the valley. Our order is usually any of the sashimi plates (the cilantro salmon is great), the lemon roll, and whatever sushi the chef recommends that day. If you can get a reservation, do so. This place has a line out the door every night of the week.
Sushi Fumi is a place that makes sense for pretty much anyone, at any time, for any occasion. This plain-looking storefront in the heart of La Cienega is no longer the hidden gem that it once was, but despite the crowds, it’s still one of our all-time favorites. While you’re going to want to put a few of their sashimi platters and cut rolls on the table (especially the moon roll), we recommend sticking almost entirely to their daily specials. The amberjack, yellowtail belly, and toro are some of the best you’ll find in the city.
If you are reading this and are currently alive, you have heard of Katsu-Ya. With locations from LA Live to Dubai, Katsu-Ya has become the national emblem of all things “see and be seen” sushi. Despite its somewhat smothering presence throughout LA, its humble original location in Studio City is still a must for all sushi enthusiasts. Crowds are intense, but you can keep your stilettos at home here. This is the stripped-down holy grail of one of the biggest sushi names in the game.
Try as it might, Pasadena can’t totally figure out a way to break into the real LA dining scene. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t places worth the drive. Say hello to Kimagure. In the same complex as the Gold Line stop, Kimagure is easy to get to (something Pasadena is not necessarily known for) and has some of the best sushi on the Eastside. Choose from three different omakase menus (ranging from $68 - $95) and ride the subway home in a peaceful sushi slumber.
Sushi Ike has a dedicated following, and one reason is that it could easily work for many different sushi situations. They have a solid sushi lunch combo that hovers right around $18, an a la carte menu that’ll keep things close to $50, and an exceptional omakase that goes upwards of $100. That’s a lot of money, but it’s fantastic, and their grilled octopus might be the best in town. Just don’t expect much of an atmosphere inside, this Hollywood sushi bar is as bare bones as it gets.
You’ve no doubt stumbled past Jinpachi on a late night out in Weho and wondered what actually goes on there. Well, we can tell you - really, really good sushi goes on there. Jinpachi is one of our favorite sushi spots in Central LA and it starts and ends with their omakase: quality, crowd-pleasing cuts of fish in a calm atmosphere. It’ll run upwards of $100, so if you’re looking for something more affordable, their $32 sashimi special is also excellent.
The atmosphere at Sushi Yotsuya is straight-up strange. There’s an old TV in the corner guaranteed to always be playing something terrible on basic cable, and the interior hasn’t been touched since sometime when Reagan was president. But the head sushi chef is also very nice, and they do a traditional omakase that leans toward the less-common - you might get some live octopus or a needlefish with shiso.
From the outside, Hamasaku looks like one of those uniquely-LA strip mall sushi spots, but inside feels like you might actually be in Japan, not next to a Coffee Bean. Their $65 omakase plays the same trick - you get a pretty high-quality product for a very decent price. On top of all the sushi (including less-common options like cuttlefish and sardine), the omakase includes miso soup, egg custard, and dessert as part of the deal. The fish is fresh, the crowd is Westside low-key, and you’ll leave full.
Tsujita is best known for taking over Sawtelle with their excellent ramen, but a little further along the street, they’re also serving serious sushi. The dinner omakase here will cost you $120, so if you want to spend less, come at lunch when it’s $80. Which is still a lot of money, especially for a nine-piece omakase, but the quality at Tsujita is what sets this place apart. You’ll get a seafood soup to start, a range of fish, a teeny but delicious roe and uni cup, and cut rolls to finish.
One of our favorite spots for straightforward, high-quality omakase, Sasabune is pretty old-school. But in the LA sushi way, not the Japanese sushi way - which means warm rice, stern instructions not to dip in soy sauce, and everything else you’ve experienced at Sugarfish. For around the $90 mark, you get a bunch of tuna, salmon, hot butterfish wrapped in nori, and a crab hand roll to finish things. Sasabune is our classic sushi old reliable - we keep coming back.
Once A Year Sushi ($100 - $200)
For when it’s time ball out, impress that client, or achieve personal sushi glory.
Plain and simple, this is the single best sushi experience you’ll find in Los Angeles. Yes, it’s expensive and yes, you should only do omakase, but even at about $200 a pop (no matter what time of day you go), you will leave with zero regrets. Located on the second floor of a Sunset strip mall, this is old-school sushi with a sign out front making sure that’s understood - no salad, no takeout, no California rolls, and no tempura. Now go get the best red snapper of your life, and keep an eye out for celebrities in flip-flops.
The LA sushi scene is massive. Aside from Ventura Blvd’s sushi row, the best of the best are spread out across every corner of the city. And that is especially true of Go’s Mart. Located next to a dance studio in Canoga Park, you could easily spend two hours round trip getting to this place, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. It’s like eating 5-star sushi in a mop closet: plain orange-painted walls, no real menu, and Whitney Houston blasting over the loudspeaker. But if you’re looking for premium rare sushi and an adventurous experience, Go’s Mart is a pilgrimage you need to take.
There’s a reason Nobu is on our Greatest Hits List, and it’s not the patio. Despite all expectations (it’s essentially a chain restaurant, sits right on the beach in Malibu, and the Kardashians go there), the food here is legitimately excellent. Nobu’s influence is felt in every plate of yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño you’ve ever had, but it probably won’t ever be better than when you’re sitting on their oceanside patio. They don’t do omakase, so let your server do the ordering - you’ll get more than just sushi, but every piece you eat will be fantastic.
Downtown isn’t where you might expect to find one of LA’s best sushi spots, but that was before you met Q. The whole place feels like it was airlifted in from Tokyo, and quite a lot of the fish actually is. Omakase is the only option, and it’s pretty pricey (well over $100), but there’s a more affordable lunch special that involves 11 pieces for $75. The most impressive part of the place is the attention to detail - wasabi is freshly grated in front of you, and individual pieces of nigiri are handed over one by one, with the exact amount of sauce, wasabi, and seasoning the chef wants (no dunking in soy allowed). Fish varieties are unusual too - we’ve had some spectacular ocean trout here that we’d eat over salmon any day.
Sushi Nishi-Ya’s address might read Glendale, but for most people, this tiny sushi gem on Victory Blvd. feels much more like Burbank. Which means everyone at Warner Bros., ABC/Disney, and Universal has one of the top sushi spots right in their backyard and might not even realize it. Most people are here for the omakase (coming in at about $115 per person), but you can also sit at one of the diner booths and order a la carte. The space itself is laid-back and looks more like a highway diner inside than a Valley sushi bar.
Welcome to the heart of sushi row. Ventura Blvd. has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to quality sushi, and Asanebo remains one of its finest. While other places are all about stripped-down, traditional sushi experiences, the sushi at Asanebo is more like something you might find in an art museum. And by that, we mean it’s goddamn beautiful. Choose from one of three menus (ranging from $85-$200) and you’ll get some of the greatest (and prettiest) sushi in LA. White shrimp with gold flakes on top? Flaming conch shell? Don’t worry, it’s just as delicious as it is attractive.
Sushi Zo has now expanded its mini empire to more upscale spots in DTLA and NYC, but they don’t come close to its original, minimalist stripmall location in West LA. One of the first omakase-only sushi spots in the city, Zo still sits comfortably in LA’s set of elite sushi restaurants. And for that alone, it will cost you. Their omakase usually sits around $185 per person, and seeing as that’s the only option served, make sure everyone in your group is ready to throw down.
The original Sushi Nozawa in Studio City inspired Seinfeld’s soup nazi, but luckily this omakase-only space at the back of the Beverly Hills Sugarfish has dialed back a bit on the craziness. You still take what you’re given to eat, and can only eat at one of the two 10-person seatings (god forbid someone is running late), but you probably won’t get kicked out just because the chef doesn’t like the look of you. It’s all worth it for the 22 courses of familiar and unfamiliar, always excellent, sushi.
You started with Sugarfish, graduated to the grown-up version at Sasabune, and have gone super-upscale with Q. Your next move is Shunji. Omakase here is around the $150 mark (although pop in for lunch and you might not have to sacrifice an entire cell phone bill), fish varieties are different, and they do some crazy things with vegetables. Once you’ve conquered the left-of-center Shunji, all that’s left is the paycheck-killing Urusawa.
Once in a lifetime sushi ($200 +)
For when you’re a ruler of a country, won the Powerball, or just sold everything you own to go live in Patagonia.
Mori is one of the throw-down spots we haven’t visited, but had to be included. Their premium omakase is a massive 20-plus courses for $250, and they make everything in-house, down to the soy sauce and tofu. If they could make their fish themselves, they probably would. If you’re looking for the kind of ultra-perfectionist sushi found in the top spots of Tokyo, this is the place to find it in LA.
We’ve never been to Urasawa and neither have you. This isn’t just one of the most expensive meals in LA, it’s one of the most expensive meals in the country. A dinner for two here can easily cross the $1,200 mark and far more if you’re looking to drink. But if you’re looking for a once in a lifetime dining experience (with some of the finest sushi in the world), head to N. Rodeo Dr. to get it. Just leave your phones in your pocket, or prepare to not be at Urasawa anymore.