It’s easy to pick a fight with friends in LA about the best tacos, or Thai food, or kale salads in the city. But best sushi? That’s an entirely different debate. Ask for the ten best sushi joints, and you’ll get 25 different answers. And then there’s the price - sometimes you just can’t drop $150 on a Wednesday night yellowtail nigiri outing. So what affordable places are actually great? And which expensive spots are worth the price of admission? We’ve got the answers.
These are the best sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, organized in priced tiers, ranging from under $50 to over $400, so you know exactly how much you’ll be dishing out on any given night. Consider it your complete guide to making sense of LA’s sushi spots.
$50 OR LESS
For when you get a Tuesday night sushi craving (and are maybe wearing sweatpants).
Come any day of the week (except Mondays when they’re closed) and you’ll find a sizable crowd of parents, hip Gen-Zers, and grandmas running errands waiting in line outside Sakae Sushi. It’s a cash-only, family-run shop that’s been open since the ’60s, hidden behind an office building in Gardena that serves simple handmade sushi. Get a box of six, wrapped up in beautiful white parchment paper and a green bow, so you can try everything on the menu. There are bright yellow tamago maki enveloped in a fluffy, sweet egg blanket and tongue-curdling saba, a bite-sized piece of pickled Atlantic mackerel placed on a mound of vinegared rice.
At Ichijiku, you get the best of both worlds - a casual, neighborhood sushi spot in Highland Park, ideal for both dates and catch-ups with friends and world-class sushi. Almost all the rolls and nigiri here cost less than $10, and our clinical recommendation is to stick with the nigiri and pay extra special attention to the branzino, a light, translucent fish with a peppery kick. Make sure to check out their creative vegan options too: there’s a beet and tofu cream-filled roll, plus ones made with roasted peppers and crispy lotus root that are not to be missed.
Walking into Chiba, the massive sushi restaurant in North Hollywood, is like walking into a sushi social club. No matter what time of day you come, this multi-roomed restaurant will be filled with birthday parties housing specialty rolls, solo lunchers making their way through the omakase, and booths of little old ladies sipping tea and complaining about their husbands. But Chiba is more than just a scene - they serve some of the freshest fish north of Ventura Blvd. If you’re coming in solo or with another person, sit at the bar, where the chefs will gladly inform you which nigiri is especially good that day.
Just when you think you have LA figured out, remember that there’s a sushi bar inside a fast-food burger joint in Northridge, and it serves some incredible raw fish. Right next door to the CSUN campus, Got Sushi? is a pilgrimage everyone should make, 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. Our usual move is to sit at the bar and let the chefs pick their favorite cuts for us.
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. At dinner, 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.
Ventura Blvd. is lined with more casual sushi restaurants than anyone could ever possibly need. So let us narrow the Sherman Oaks section down for you - go to Dojo. The tiny sushi bar has all sorts of lunch specials, ranging from sushi combos to $19 build-your-own bento boxes, but even at night, prices are reasonable. We stick mostly to the nigiri and hand roll sections, but if you want a specialty roll, go for the salmon lime roll. Also, there’s a huge parking lot out front - a true blessing in Sherman Oaks.
With an all-red, windowless exterior, Noshi doesn’t have the greatest curb appeal, but that doesn’t stop half the city from showing up at this Koreatown staple. And it feels like there’s something on the menu for all of them - including a slew of specials. We suggest ordering from the a la carte sushi menu, where prices hover around $4.50 for two pieces of incredibly fresh fish.
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 an array of lunch combination plates for around $30-$40, or you can order your sushi a la carte. They also offer omakase for around $120 where you’ll get about 10 pieces of sushi, plus miso soup and a hand roll. The quality of the fish is fantastic, and they don’t just serve the greatest hits - expect Japanese barracuda, house-smoked salmon, and your toro to come out seared.
The words “affordable omakase” bring one thing to mind in LA, but if you’re nowhere near a Sugarfish, or are able to recite the order of a Trust Me a little too quickly, Sushi Spot is another alternative. This strip mall spot doesn’t have much in the way of atmosphere, but the $45 omakase is more than enough to get you in the door. For the money, it’s a lot of food, and doesn’t just consist of the usual salmon and tuna - you might get a baked scallop, stuffed squid, or eel as well. The premium, market-price omakase isn’t enough of an upgrade to be worth the money, but if you’re looking for good value in the Valley, Sushi Spot is an excellent choice.
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 eight-course Trust Me meal, you simply won’t get better sushi at those prices in LA.
$50 - $100
For date nights, dinners with friends, and whenever your parents want to take you out for a meal.
The phrase “affordable sushi omakase in Beverly Hills” may seem like an oxymoron, but Sushi Tama isn’t here to mess around. Nigiri hovers just under the $4 mark, and for $48, you can order their 10-piece omakase set. It’s a heavenly mix of fish, including ikura that bursts in your mouth, silky scallop hotate, buttery otoro, and uni so creamy, we thought we might need to bust out a Lactaid.
Over in Silver Lake, Sunset Sushi sends out dishes that look like they belong in the MOCA. It’s run by the same team behind Highland Park’s Ichijiku and has proven to be the best sushi option in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for something traditional, we like the seven-piece omakase set (which comes with tuna, tai snapper, mackerel, and more, plus a four-piece cut roll), but if you’re in the mood to mix things up, get the Hokkaido don. It’s a jewelry box of fish, where rows of succulent blue crab, salmon, hotate scallops, and ikura are symmetrically laid over a bed of white rice.
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.
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.
LA’s South Bay has a number of great, affordable sushi places, but the best bang for your buck is at Sushi Chitose, an omakase spot in Redondo Beach. It’s $45 for the 15-piece omakase, which includes high quality cuts of fish, a piece of toro, and a great miso soup appetizer. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation - this place fills up quickly.
One of our favorite spots for straightforward, high-quality omakase, Sasabune is pretty old-school. But in the LA sushi way - which means warm rice, stern instructions not to dip in soy sauce, and everything else you’ve experienced at Sugarfish. For around $90, you get a bunch of tuna, salmon, hot butterfish wrapped in nori, and a crab hand roll to finish things. Sasabune is our sushi old reliable - we keep coming back.
$100 - $200
For when you’re in the mood to ball out, impress a client, or just achieve personal sushi glory.
Sushi I-Naba is like the Rainbow Road of seafood restaurants - simply put, it’s not for beginners. After being closed for a full year, this Manhattan beach sushi counter has returned for dine-in service, where upon entering, you’ll be ushered to the bar and inducted into the Secret Society of Sushi. There are chirashi bowls served in shiny, lacquered boxes, plus an omakase featuring symmetrical cuts of ultra-fatty bluefin toro, golden eye snapper, and 10-day-aged amberjack, all served by the slightly serious, extremely knowledgeable chef waiting for you at the finish line.
When you’re dealing with sushi, a food that’s said to have originated around the second century BC, it’s hard to feel genuinely surprised. But that’s exactly what we discovered at Kinkan, a half-Japanese, half-Thai restaurant in Virgil Village that’s home to one of the most charming sushi experiences in the city. With its beautiful, open space filled with mismatched wooden tables and dried floral bouquets on the walls, Kinkan feels more like an intimate dinner party than anything else. The lunch omakase is conducted like a communal gathering: the entire sushi bar is seated at once and while everyone gets comfortable - finds their chairs, apologizes to their friend for being late (if you’re us) - glasses of free sake and ocha green tea are poured. Then the chef passes out rounds of glimmering hotate scallops, ahi tuna that’s been marinating for 10 days, and uni that tastes honestly a little funky (in a good way) to everyone simultaneously. It’s fun and casual, words we usually don’t use when dropping $150 on lunch.
This high-end sushi bar in Woodland Hills exemplifies dining in the Valley in the best way possible. Although the energy here is laid back and casual (you can almost guarantee there will be a table of small, loud children with their parents), the food coming out of the kitchen is absolutely top-notch. The chirashi is one of our favorites in the city, packed with creamy uni, sweet and succulent scallops, and fatty toro that has so much marbling, it almost feels like butter in your mouth. Combined, it’s a dish that resembles a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, or this scene from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. In other words, an instant classic.
Yes, it’s expensive and yes, you should only do omakase. But even at about $150-$200 a pop, you will leave with zero regrets. Located on the second floor of a Sunset Blvd. strip mall, this is old-school sushi with a sign out front to prove it - no salad, no takeout, no California rolls, and no tempura. Got it? Good. Now go enjoy the best red snapper of your life, and keep an eye out for celebrities in flip-flops.
Some of the best sushi bars along Ventura are stripped-down, casual experiences, but when you’re looking to pretend like you didn’t notice the price of the toro sashimi, go to Asanebo. The high-end strip mall spot has a warm, wooden interior and excellent premium-grade sushi. If you’re a first-timer, we recommend going for the $160 omakase “B” course, which will get you every signature dish on the menu. The smaller “A” course offers 12 pieces of sushi plus appetizers, soup, and dessert for $95.
Getting to Go’s Mart is probably a journey no matter where you’re coming from, but trust us when we say this sushi bar next to a dance studio in Canoga Park is always worth driving the few extra miles. With bright orange walls, fluorescent lighting, and white-tiled floors, eating here feels a bit like you’ve stepped into a janitor’s closet, but one that happens to serve some of the highest-grade sushi in town. There’s not a physical menu to speak of, just a daily specials board hanging in the back, but the real move is to ask for the omakase. Most days, your check will go well above $200, so Go’s certainly isn’t your once-a-week sushi stop, but if you’re looking to experience one of LA’s great omakases, this spot is worth every penny.
Compared to the high-end, once-a-year sushi spots on this list, Matsumoto is probably the one you’ve heard the least about. And that’s exactly why a meal at this tiny strip mall spot in Beverly Grove is so exciting. Matsumoto is one of LA’s premiere sushi experiences and yet it still feels like a complete secret. You don’t need a long-standing reservation or a lengthy IMDb page to get a seat here. Just head to the bar, let Chef Matsumoto know your likes and dislikes, and be whisked off on a tailor-made, 18-ish course omakase. Prices vary based on available fish, but you can generally expect to pay around $180.
Most of the time, ordering the omakase at a sushi restaurant is a no-brainer. One exception is Matsuhisa, where we’d advise you to skip the multi-course set menu and just order a whole bunch of nigiri. Yes, it’s expensive, but the quality of fish you get at Matsuhisa is second to none. This place is best when you sit at the sushi bar, order piece after piece of sushi (preferably off the specials board), and contemplate what life was like before you had golden eye sushi that costs more than a shot of tequila - and seems way more worth it.
Despite all expectations (it’s essentially a chain restaurant, sits right on the beach in Malibu, and the Kardashians go there), the food 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.
Sushi Note is a wine bar/sushi restaurant hybrid - a dream combination that’s somehow still pretty rare. Whether it’s your first time or your 14th, order the Whole Note omakase. At $115, this isn’t the world’s most affordable omakase, but after eating 12 pieces of high-quality sushi, edamame, miso soup, a starter, a hand roll, and dessert, you’ll feel like this meal has more than earned its price point. Then make friends with the sommelier, who will happily course out all the wine you need.
Shin Sushi is exactly what you’re looking for in a once-a-year omakase spot - incredible, hard-to-find fish prepared in interesting ways, and a memorable experience that’ll tide you over until the next time you decide to drop $100-plus on sushi. The chef, Take-san, will chat with you the whole time you’re there, ask you about your favorite football team, and offer his own predictions for the upcoming season. Then he’ll get busy making you a fantastic, fresh meal, including in-season standouts like fresh water trout from Nagano, sea eel, and Mexican uni.
Sushi Zo is a high-end sushi spot with locations in West LA and Downtown. And even though it’s a mini-chain, it still sits comfortably in LA’s set of elite sushi restaurants. Omakase is the only option, so make sure everyone in your group is ready to throw down. For $185, you get 22 courses, including aged toro, applewood-smoked snapper, and a whipped blue crab hand roll - one of the best hand rolls in LA.
At the original Sushi Nozawa in Studio City, Chef Nozawa was such a stickler that he earned the nickname “the Sushi Nazi” (kind of like Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi”), but luckily this omakase-only space at the back of the Beverly Hills Sugarfish has dialed the craziness back a bit. 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.
For when you’re a ruler of a country, a Powerball winner, or just sold everything you own to go live in Patagonia.
Full disclosure, we haven’t had the omakase at Sushi Kaneyoshi yet. Reservations to this hidden Little Tokyo sushi bar are hard to come by, no matter how many times we set an alarm for the first week of the month (and for the month after, and the month after…) We have however, had their excellent premium chirashi bowl, packed with hard-to-find cuts like sea trout, horsehair crab, blackthroat seaperch, and shiro ebi, or white baby shrimp. Are those little gold flakes on the top? Absolutely. What about two types of caviar? You got it. This box should be on every self-respecting raw fish fan’s to-do list.
There’s something for everyone at Morihiro, whether that’s a casual six-piece nigiri set or a $400 personalized omakase at the bar where you’ll be wined and dined on servingware the chef made himself. We prefer something more in the middle, like the 10-piece sushi meal or chirashi bowl. The former is truly the perfect amount of food: 10 pieces of nigiri topped with fish so fresh, you can almost still taste the Pacific Ocean on them (think buttery Hamachi, tuna brushed with soy sauce, and the meatiest shrimps you’ve ever seen), plus a few sides and cut-up fruit for dessert.
At $400 per person, Sushi Ginza Onodera is one of the most expensive dining experiences in LA. We’ll let you decide if you ever need to drop that kind of money on one meal, but what we can say is that every bite of food at this West Hollywood sushi bar is exceptional. And considering the price point, that’s exactly where the bar needs to be. You’ll eat around 23 courses ranging from uni and caviar egg custard to gold-crusted abalone to a green tea dessert served in a martini glass. The service is equally impeccable with the waitstaff moving around the tiny space with the grace and fluidity of a lyrical dance troupe. And yet, there’s also plenty of quirkiness, like when the servers periodically stop by with an iPad and scroll through Google images of the fish that you’re currently eating. It’s charming, but also really helpful and educational. Sushi Ginza Onodera is a complete experience from start to finish, and one that if you’re down to spend money, you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Eating at Sushi Iki is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There’s an enigmatic chef who wears sunglasses and unabashedly proclaims that this is the best sushi spot in California. And while it might not be that good, it’s still great - if you’re the kind of person who can spend $350 on a meal. When we visited, the chef made one course that he compared to the United Nations, because it had halibut from Japan, truffles from Italy, and caviar from Russia, and another that involved him presenting us with a 15-pound live king crab, before he cut off a leg and cooked it for us. If you’re looking for a unique experience in the Valley - and can spend the equivalent of a car payment on a meal - Sushi Iki is your spot.
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 - far more if you’re going 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 North Rodeo Dr. to get it. Just leave your phones in your pocket, or prepare to not be at Urasawa anymore.