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 an entirely different debate. Ask for the 10 best sushi joints in any neighborhood, 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 40 best sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, organized in priced tiers, 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.
Everyday Sushi ($50 or less)
For when you get a Tuesday night sushi craving (and are also wearing sweatpants).
Fish Eight is a casual sushi bar on Melrose from the same people behind one of our other favorite sushi restaurants, Jinpachi. While a meal there can get expensive, Fish Eight’s straightforward menu (it’s basically nigiri, a few hand rolls, and some sashimi plates) is affordable - two pieces of nigiri will set you back about $5 - and the efficient service will get you in and out in under a half hour. In a part of town lacking in good, well-priced sushi, Fish Eight is a godsend.
Walking into Chiba, the massive sushi restaurant on the northern fringe of 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 old ladies sipping tea and complaining about their husbands. Not to mention the 10-car valet line snaking out of the parking lot. But Chiba is more than just a scene - they serve some of the freshest fish in the Valley. Our move is to order as much a la carte nigiri as we can, while still saving room for some hand rolls at the end.
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 $17 sushi combos to $18 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 speciality 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.
Hidden in a strip mall at Sunset and Crescent Heights, Kura isn’t as well-known as other West Hollywood sushi spots, but when you’re looking for something quick and affordable, you won’t find better quality fish for the price in the area. At lunchtime, their menu is stacked with specials ranging from $9 donburi bowls to sushi combo boxes that all fall under $13, but you’re here for one thing - the nigiri omakase. For $45, you get 10 pieces of premium nigiri sushi (everything from cherry blossom salmon to firefly squid), a hand roll, miso soup, and salad. It’s an incredible value for any part of town, but particularly for the Sunset Strip.
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 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.
Sushi Time is not one of those affordable places known for their 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 strip mall 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.
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.
Iroha is affordable and accessible sushi at its best. The immensely popular Ventura Blvd. spot has become a mainstay thanks to its fantastic spicy miso soup, spicy crab cakes, and an excellent $18 lunch special. And the icing on the cake? The atmosphere - it’s 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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Katsu-Ya is one of the most recognizable sushi brands in the world, with locations from LA Live to Dubai. Most of those locations, however, are owned by a global nightlife corporation and cater to a stiletto-wearing club crowd. That’s not the case at the original location in Studio City. This strip mall spot is independently-owned, meaning prices are lower, quality is higher, and the low-key space is filled with people who are actually there to eat good sushi. You should order the crispy rice with spicy tuna and a few baked crab hand rolls, but always flip the menu over to see what’s recommended that day.
Once-A-Month SUshi ($50 - $100)
For date nights, dinners with friends, and whenever your parents want to take you out for a meal.
Sushi One has one of the best omakases for the price in LA. At $65, you get two substantial appetizers (including a seared sea bass and uni rice dish that wouldn’t be out of place at Nobu), eight pieces of premium sushi, salmon roe, and a pot of steamed eggs with clams at the end. You can certainly order a la carte nigiri and random specialty rolls at this bare bones Koreatown spot, but considering “Sushi Omakase Bar” is printed on their front awning, your priorities should be clear.
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.
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.
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.
It’s in Pasadena, but it’s worth the trip. Located 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 works for many different sushi situations. They have a solid 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.
From the outside, Hamasaku looks like one of those uniquely-LA strip mall sushi spots, but inside, it 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.
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.
Once-A-Year Sushi ($100 - $200)
For when it’s time ball out, impress a client, or achieve personal sushi glory.
This is the single best sushi experience you’ll have 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 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.
Located on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, Sushi Note is a wine bar/sushi restaurant hybrid - a dream combination that’s weirdly pretty rare. Whether it’s your first time or your 14th, order the Whole Note omakase. At $80, this isn’t the world’s most affordable omakase, but after eating 10 pieces of high-quality sushi, edamame, miso soup, a starter, and a hand roll, you’ll feel like this meal has earned its price point. Then make friends with the sommelier, who will happily course out all the wine you need.
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-course omakase. Prices vary based on available fish, but you can generally expect to pay $150 or more.
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.
A speakeasy sushi spot in the back of Encino’s Scratch Bar, Sushi Bar is half-meal, half-show, with a stand-up comedian bartender narrating your meal and introducing each of the 17 courses. Our favorites were a Peruvian scallop with leche de tigre, uni and scallop wrapped in a shiso leaf like a taco, and a fantastic roast bone marrow over rice. It’s $125, with an optional $55 cocktail and sake pairing we’d highly recommend. If you’re looking for a traditional omakase, this is definitely not your place, but for something adjacent to that, Sushi Bar is a great choice.
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 oysters with firefly shrimp, sea eel, and baby barracuda.
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 five-star sushi in a mop closet, 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 this 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 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.
Q Sushi 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 already added (no dunking in soy allowed). The fish varieties are unusual, too - we’ve had some spectacular ocean trout here that we’d take 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 experiences, the sushi at Asanebo is more like something you might find in an art museum. And by that, we mean it’s beautiful. Choose from one of three omakase 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 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.
Shunji is located a strange round building with an old-timey sign, but don’t let that fool you - this place serves up some extremely good sushi. On your first visit, go for the premium omakase (they’ll text you to ask your preference before you arrive). It’s around $160 and mixes some great vegetable dishes, an appetizer plate that might have monkfish liver, or firefly squid, or in-season bamboo shoots, and a decent amount of nigiri that goes beyond the usual yellowtail and snapper.
Once-in-a-lifetime sushi ($200 +)
For when you’re a ruler of a country, a Powerball winner, or just sold everything you own to go live in Patagonia.
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.