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 cheap 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 28 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 pajama pants are necessary.
Sushi Spot19658 Ventura Blvd
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 sure does a good ($37) omakase. Things start traditionally - sashimi in ponzu, tuna and salmon, etc - but then you’ll get a spicy tuna on crispy rice dish and realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. There’s also stuffed squid and eel, as well as very tasty snapper with shiso leaf and a perfectly cooked baked scallop.
Finding affordable and accessible sushi that’s actually worth your time is nearly impossible. But we found it at Iroha. The immensely popular Ventura Blvd. spot has become a mainstay for it’s spicy miso soup (seriously fantastic), spicy crab cakes, and an excellent $18 lunch special. And the icing on the cake? The atmosphere - relaxed and fun, with an aggressively rustic interior that feels like you’re eating sushi in the jungle. And we’re into it.
Lunchtime sushi bargain hunting is a whole game unto itself, but as far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t always lead to success. 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 $17 sashimi platter, you’re doing it wrong. Just get there early - lines form well before opening.
When most people think about the Valley’s best sushi, they think about sushi row in Studio City. And while that’s definitely a fine place to start, it’s not where you always have to stay. Go west a bit to Woodland Hills, and you’ll find just as quality of fish (and at much lower prices). Case in point: Akari sushi, the squeaky clean little sushi spot dishing out fantastic sashimi and rolls that beat out almost anybody in town. The Magic Tuna Sushi is a must.
You better believe Sugarfish is on this list. Sure, there’s more locations than there are Trader Joe’s in this city, but if that deters you from going, the joke’s on you. Because despite it’s 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.
This is not a drill. There’s a sushi restaurant attached to a fast food burger chain in Northridge, and it has a sushi situation we can’t stop thinking about. Nothing Got Sushi has going for it should work, but instead, it all does. Right next door to the CSUN campus, Got Sushi is a pilgrimage everyone should take solely to realize it doesn’t take hundreds of dollars or a prime spot on La Cienega to get first rate sushi. There’s no official omakase here, so just post up at the bar, tell the chef what you like, and go to town.
Ichiban Kan breaks the mold a bit in terms 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 condoning sushi for a rehearsal dinner), Ichiban’s modern, airy dining room feels downright 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 particularly popular, and there’s 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.
Once A Month SUshi ($50 - $100)
For sexy date nights, dinner with friends, and convincing your Midwest parents that raw fish won’t kill you.
Sushi Fumi is a place that could make sense for multiple occasions, and that’s what makes it so great. This plain-looking storefront in the heart of La Cienega flies relatively under the radar for most LA sushi eaters, but it’s one of our all-time favorites. They have a $65 omakase, a yellowtail belly that’s straight up addictive, and rolls good enough to make any level of sushi eater happy.
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 it’s somewhat smothering presence in LA though, it’s humble, original location in Studio City is still a must for all sushi enthusiasts. Crowds are still intense, but you can keep your stilettos and sugar daddies at home here. This is the stripped-down holy grail of one of the biggest 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 go to town.
One of the worst kept secrets around is that the sushi situation in Hollywood is terrible. Save for Sushi Ike, of course. The cultish strip mall spot is another place that could easily fit into several categories depending on what you’re going for. 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.
You’ve no doubt stumbled past Jinpachi on a late night out in Weho and wondered what actually goes on in there. Well, we can confirm - really, really good sushi goes on there. Curb appeal aside, Jinpachi is one of our favorite sushi spots in Central LA and it starts and ends with their omasake. Quality, accessible cuts in a calm atmosphere. It’ll run upwards of $100, so if you’re looking for something slightly tamer, their $32 sashimi special is also excellent.
The vibe at Sushi Yotsuya is straight out weird. There’s an old TV in the corner guaranteed to be playing something terrible on basic cable. But the head sushi chef is also really sweet 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 joints, but inside feels like you might actually be in Japan, not next to a Coffee Bean. Their $55 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), you get 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 up the street, they’re also serving up some serious sushi. Dinner gets down to business with $120 and up omakase, but the real secret is to head here for lunch. The chirashi bowls get a lot of attention, but there’s also a pretty stellar omakase to be had for $80. You’ll get a smooth seafood soup to start, a range of fish, a teeny but delicious roe and uni cup and cut rolls to finish. At nine pieces of sushi, it’s not the best value in town, but the quality is right up there.
One of our favorite spots for straightforward, high-quality omakase, Sasabune feels kind of like the original Sushi Nozawa, without the threat of being kicked out on a whim. For around the $70 mark, there’s hot rice, well-selected fish, and pretty much the same lineup every time you go. The menu will include a bunch of tuna, salmon, hot butterfish wrapped in nori, and a crab hand roll to finish things. Sasabune is basically our sushi old reliable - we keep coming back.
Once A Year Sushi ($100 - $200)
For when it’s time ball out, impress that client from NYC, or achieve personal sushi glory.
Plain and simple, this is one of the best sushi experiences you’ll find in Los Angeles. Yes, it’s expensive and yes, you should only do omakase, but even at about $175 a pop, you will leave with zero regret. Residing on the second floor of a Sunset strip mall, this is old school, no frills sushi with a sign out front making sure that’s understood. 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 through every corner of the city. But none is perhaps more of a journey than Go’s Mart. Located next to a dance studio in Canoga Park, it’s not uncommon to 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 make this one of the most unique sushi experiences in LA. Time to get involved.
There’s a reason Nobu is on our Greatest Hits List, and it’s not just the patio. Despite all expectations (it’s essentially a chain restaurant, sits right on the beach in Malibu, 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, but our move here is always to let the server do the ordering - you’ll get more than just sushi, but every piece you get will be up there with the city’s best.
Downtown isn’t exactly where you 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 the lunch special of 11 pieces for $75 is a good way to go. The attention to detail here is key - wasabi is freshly grated in front of you, but you won’t get any of your own to mix in soy sauce. 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 looking on a map, this tiny sushi gem feels much more like Burbank. Which means everyone over at Warner Bros., ABC/Disney, and Universal has one of the top sushi spots right in their backyard and don’t even realize it. The move here is definitely omakase (and at about $115 per person, it’s not cheap), but you can also sit at one of the Jersey Turnpike diner booths, and order a la carte. The vibe is cool and far more laid-back than any of the Ventura Blvd. mainstays.
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 art museum. And by that, we mean it’s godd*mn beautiful. Choose from one of three menus (ranging from $85-$200) and treat yourself to some of the best (and prettiest) sushi in LA. White shrimp with gold flakes on top? Flaming conch shell? Don’t worry, it’s all delicious too.
Sushi Zo has now expanded its mini empire to more upscale digs in DTLA and NYC, but there’s no beating it’s original, minimalist stripmall location in West LA. One of the first omakase-only sushi spots in the city, Zo sits comfortably in LA’s pantheon 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 down 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 dialled back a bit on the craziness. You still take what you’re given to eat, and can only eat at one of the two ten-person seatings (god forbid someone is running late, then you’re in serious trouble), 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 clearly Shunji. Omakase here is not cheap (although pop in for lunch and you might not have to sacrifice an entire cell phone bill), and it’s not for the fainthearted. The fish varieties are different, and they do some crazy things with vegetables. Once you’ve conquered Shunji, all that’s left is the paycheck bursting 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 baller spots we haven’t visited, but had to be included. Their premium omakase is a massive twenty-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 do it in LA.
Let’s get real here - 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 get boozy. But if you’re looking for that once in a lifetime dining experience (with some of the finest prepared sushi in the world), head to N. Rodeo Dr. to get it. And leave your phones in your pocket - OR ELSE!! (At the minute it seems like Urasawa is closed? But rumor is they could be back, so stay tuned.)
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