We’ll get right to the point - LA has the best sushi in America, and whatever city has the second-best doesn’t even come close. While we’ll always prefer sitting at the bar and getting perfectly cut nigiri handed to us right from the chef, the next-best option right now is ordering takeout or delivery. And rest assured, there are some truly incredible LA sushi bars doing just that. From neighborhood spots selling lunchtime bento boxes to high-end omakase bars finally getting into the sushi combo game, it’s still an excellent time to be eating fresh fish in LA.
Akuma Ramen & Sushi Bar
No one will tell you that Akuma has the best sushi in West Hollywood, but at price like this, we’ll take pretty good. The nigiri is solid enough, but we recommend concentrating on their specialty rolls like the tuna-filled Ocean Drive and the behemoth Superman Burrito. Takeout and delivery are available via their website.
Asanebo serves some of the highest quality fish in LA, and under regular circumstances, that meant you had to pay quite a bit to eat it. Not during quarantine. The upscale sushi bar in Studio City is currently offering $45 sushi combinations and bento boxes, as well as higher priced omakase sets. Available for takeout only.
This neighborhood sushi restaurant in Lake Balboa is offering a limited takeout menu, as well as a weekly Okazu set for $119. That might seem like a pretty steep price point, but considering it’s a set of Japanese comfort dishes meant to last for five days, it’s a complete steal. Available Friday and Saturday only - head to their website for more details.
What does it say about a sushi restaurant when the best thing on the menu is fried chicken? It tells you that fried chicken is absolutely incredible. And luckily, at Blue Ribbon, the sushi is very much worth ordering as well. The upscale restaurant inside The Grove has a large menu that features tons of nigiri, sashimi, specialty rolls, and hot plates, and though prices are steep, you generally get what you pay for here - particularly with the $18 chicken wings. Both takeout and delivery are available.
The high-end sushi bar in Woodland Hills has completely revamped their menu to include giant sushi platters (ranging from 20-30 pieces), three different DIY hand roll kits, as well as plenty of a la carte rolls and sashimi. Takeout and delivery ($75 minimum, seven-mile radius only) available. Call (818) 456-4509 or order via Tock.
Located in an industrial stretch of North Hollywood, this massive sushi restaurant feels worlds away from Ventura Blvd’s sushi row, but don’t let that fool you - Chiba’s fish is tremendous. Currently open for takeout only (lunch and dinner), we recommend sticking to a la carte nigiri and then loading up on their excellent hand rolls. Call (818) 765-9119 or order or through their website.
Dojo is one of our favorite affordable sushi bars on Ventura Blvd., and the kind of place you can order from once a week and not really feel the heat on your wallet. Currently offering their entire menu for takeout and delivery.
Home to some of our favorite sushi in the entire city, Go’s Mart is an LA institution that is now offering takeout and delivery for the very first time. You can order specific nigiri if you’d like, but our move is to just tell the chef what kind of fish you’re in the mood for and he’ll cater to your taste. You can also order by calling (818) 704-1459.
Located right outside the Japanese Village Plaza mall, Hama Sushi is offering fresh, no-frills sushi at extremely affordable prices. Almost all the a la carte fish is priced between $5-7, and their excellent hand rolls will only set you back around $4. Takeout only, call (213) 680-3454 to order.
Hara isn’t where you go for premium nigiri and fresh-cut sashimi, but if you’re in the mood for giant, sauce-covered specialty rolls, this popular spot in Brentwood can’t be beat. Available for both takeout and delivery, our go-to order always includes a Philadelphia roll and more than one spicy tuna-covered Bundy roll.
Ichijiku is an affordable neighborhood sushi bar in Highland Park with a smooth takeout system. We recommend concentrating mostly on nigiri (the branzino and salmon are both standouts), but don’t shy away from the vegan offerings, either. From a beet roll with creamy tofu to roasted red pepper with lotus root, these rolls are as inventive as they are delicious. Takeout and delivery are available.
This hidden sushi bar in Manhattan Beach flies their fish in daily from Japan and is currently offering everything from $75 sashimi trays to pre-order omakase. Order by calling (310) 545-3345 or DM their Instagram to see what is on the menu today.
Located in Studio City, Iroha is a Valley institution and has been our go-to for quick, affordable sushi in the neighborhood for years. Right now, their entire menu - which is quite expansive - is available for both takeout and delivery. You can’t go wrong with any of the sushi combos, but you can go wrong if you don’t get at least one order of the spicy tuna crispy rice cakes.
One of the best-kept sushi secrets in West Hollywood, Jinpachi is offering a modified menu that includes select nigiri, sashimi, rolls, and combo platters. Takeout and delivery are both available, Monday-Saturday 5-9:30pm (10pm weekends).
As Katsu-Ya has grown into a global empire, it’s a shock to no one that its quality of fish has decreased. The good news is that its original location in Studio City has been left untouched and is still serving excellent sushi. Open seven days a week, both takeout and delivery is available.
The popular hand roll specialist from the Sugarfish folks currently has all four LA locations open for both takeout and delivery. Set menus range from $15-22, or you can always order a la carte.
Plain and simple, this sushi bar/fast food burger spot in Northridge is one of the most unique places to eat in LA. And despite the fact that you can’t currently sit at the counter eating perfectly cut yellowtail while burgers are being flipped in front of you, you should definitely still be ordering takeout or curbside pick-up from them.
One of our favorite pop-ups of the year, Kinkan operates out of a house in Silver Lake, and turns out beautiful chirashi bowls and sashimi boxes. But don’t worry, it’s not just about looks here - the fish tastes incredible as well. Pick-up only, available Wednesday-Sunday. DM to order.
Popular for its tremendous omakase, Kiriko in Sawtelle Japantown has a giant temporary takeout menu that’ll scratch any sushi-craving itch. Think bento boxes, rolls, sashimi platters, sushi combos, as well as both hot and cold dishes. Open Tuesday-Sunday 12-7pm, call (310) 478-7769 to order.
This legendary Beverly Hills spot is one of LA’s true sushi standard-bearers and is currently offering a limited menu for either takeout or delivery. They have affordable options like bento boxes and donburi, but if you’re looking for a quarantine splurge, they’ve got big-ticket omakases and signature sushi boxes, too.
Matsumoto is one of LA’s best-kept omakase secrets, and it’s currently available for takeout. At $150, it’s certainly not a cheap affair, but considering you’re getting 18 pieces of premium fish, it’s still a pretty good value. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, they also have a la carte nigiri, chirashi, bento boxes, and rolls. Check their Instagram for the day’s menu, or call (323) 653-0470.
Morihiro is a new, high-end sushi spot in Atwater Village serving chirashi bowls, bento boxes, and two different omakase menus ranging from six-to-ten courses. Every slice of fish is excellent, and the rice (the chef grows his own in Uruguay) is a standout. Available for takeout only.
When it comes to affordable, quality sushi bowls, Murakami is still our favorite spot in town. The tiny restaurant on Melrose has a full menu of solid offerings, but it’s their giant bowls (ranging from $17-25 if you order directly from the restaurant) that will keep you coming back. Open only for dinner, call (323) 692-1450 , or order takeout and delivery online.
Both the Malibu and West Hollywood locations of Nobu are currently open for takeout and delivery. The upscale sushi restaurant is offering set omakase and sushi platters ranging from $135-185, as well as a la carte versions of their classic dishes like yellowtail jalapeno sashimi and miso black cod.
Noma is a Santa Monica standby and a great option when you want solid fish without breaking the bank. They’re currently offering the entire menu for takeout only, and while there’s a lot to choose from, we go for the tempura rolls and Garlic Lover’s albacore sashimi.
With an all-brick, windowless exterior, this Koreatown sushi spot isn’t exactly bursting with curb appear - but rest assured, the sushi coming out of the kitchen is some of the best in the neighborhood. Available for both takeout and delivery, Noshi is offering their full menu which includes chirashi bowls, combination platters, and two-piece nigiri for under $6. Be sure to pick up some sake and beer as well.
Whether it’s fresh amberjack and hamachi nigiri or a big platter of rolls, Okumura is a crowd-pleaser and offers both delivery and takeout from their Encino location. Call the restaurant directly at (818) 986-9712 or order via their website.
Izakaya Osen is the most underrated sushi spot on the Eastside. From chirashi bowls to nigiri to premium omakase, this tiny Silver Lake spot serves excellent fresh fish across the board, plus delicious hot plates and yakitori as well. Both takeout and delivery are available.
If you’re looking for a fancy at-home sushi experience, head immediately to Q Sushi. The high-end restaurant in Downtown is offering takeout boxes for two for the first time ever, but just know, it’ll set you back about $400. That said, each box comes with about 20 pieces premium nigiri and sushi per person, so you definitely won’t be walking away from the table hungry. Takeout only.
Sasabune has several locations throughout LA, but ordering can be a little tricky as each location uses different platforms. Glendale and West LA are both available on Tock, while Beverly Hills is doing takeout and delivery through Postmates. Either way, expect excellent sashimi omakase, party trays, and plenty of combo platters. Call your specific location to check daily hours.
There are plenty of good sushi options in Beverly Hills, but if you’re looking for something more affordable, things get a bit trickier. Enter Seabutter on Olympic Blvd. The casual sushi bar has a solid selection of fresh fish and reasonable prices (when you consider the neighborhood). Almost all hand rolls and nigiri fall under $10, and combo platters range from $18-75. Takeout and delivery both available.
Shojin has two locations (Little Tokyo and Culver City) and is your option for vegan sushi in LA. Right now, they’re offering their regular menu a la carte - as well as brand new sushi combination plates, bento boxes, and party platters that feed up to nine people. Call (213) 617-0305 (Little Tokyo) or (310) 390-0033 (Culver) for delivery and takeout.
Shunji Japanese Cuisine
If you know one thing about Shunji, it’s that this West LA sushi bar is one of the most expensive in LA. If you know two things about Shunji, it’s that it’s also home to some of the freshest fish around. Here’s what you need to know right now, though - they’re offering a special sushi box (ten pieces of nigiri plus a roll) for only $48. Order takeout online.
Operating currently from both their Woodland Hills and Tarzana locations, So Sushi sells solid nigiri and sashimi, but we tend to always go for a bunch of their excellent rolls instead. Takeout and delivery available online, or by calling (818) 279-8089 for Woodland Hills, and (818) 609-0993 for Tarzana.
SUGARFISH | La Brea
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the sushi delivery king of LA is still the delivery king of quarantine. Right now, all 11 LA locations are still open and offering the entire menu for both takeout and delivery, but let’s be honest, you’re obviously getting the “Trust Me.”
Opened as the more affordable option to the original Sasabune, this casual sushi and donburi spot in Studio City has become just as legendary in its own right. Open daily from 12-7pm, both takeout and delivery available.
This popular sushi restaurant has four locations (Little Tokyo, Pasadena, MDR, and Beverly Grove) and they’re all open for takeout. Everything from sashimi to hand rolls to rice bowls are available.
To be honest, Sushi Fumi isn’t always the easiest place to get a hold of. They don’t have a website, you can’t find them on any delivery platforms, and they only sporadically pick up the phone. Tip - keep calling, because the sushi is simply that good. Open for lunch and dinner, their entire menu is available, but always ask what their daily special board looks like too. Call (310) 855-0006 to order.
The classic Little Tokyo spot has re-opened for takeout only. Almost the entire menu is available, including their famous $35 sashimi deluxe platter at lunch, plus plenty of other combinations and a la carte sushi. Call (213) 617-0552 to order.
Sushi Go 55
Sushi Go 55 has been open since 1929, making it one of the true godfathers of LA sushi. They’re open for both takeout and delivery and are offering everything from chirashi bowls to tempura boxes to nigiri combination platters.
The affordable Koreatown sushi bar is currently offering their entire menu for both takeout and delivery, plus special sushi-sake combo packages that range from $15-50. Available on most major platforms.
If you’re looking for excellent raw fish in the heart of Hollywood, look no further than Sushi Ike. While the bare-bones sushi bar is best known for its omakase, its takeout menu includes a la carte nigiri, specialty rolls, and several different combination platters. Available for both takeout and delivery.
Plain and simple, Sushi Note is one of our favorite spots to eat fresh fish in the city. The upscale sushi/wine bar in Sherman Oaks is offering a takeout menu filled with almost all of their best dishes. You can order rolls, sushi, and appetizers (including their incredible kinoko itame mushroom dish) a la carte, but we recommend going for the Half Note omakase. Eight pieces of premium sushi, two appetizers, and one roll for a very reasonable $50. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 5:30-9pm. Call (818) 802-3443 or order online for takeout and delivery.
Operating under new hours (Tuesday-Saturday 4-8:30pm), this Tarzana standby is currently offering takeout only, with a menu filled with rolls, nigiri, and omakase platters. Call (818) 345-8651 to order and see what the daily specials are.
Sushi Tama has some of the best sushi for the price in Beverly Hills. While they have a full menu of different nigiri, sashimi, and donburi, your move is the $45 ten-piece omakase nigiri set that features buttery cuts of toro, ikura, and uni that’s been shipped in fresh from either Mexico or Japan. Available for takeout and delivery.
Prior to quarantine, Sushi Yuzu would have lines out the door filled with every studio worker within a half-mile radius. While we definitely miss the chaotic hustle, we also love being able to order takeout any time we want from this Toluca Lake sushi bar. Almost their entire menu is available, and while you can’t really order wrong, the cilantro salmon sashimi and lemon roll are musts. Call (818) 763-8355.
Culver City is one of the few areas in LA without a Sugarfish, but luckily, Uzumaki has your local affordable sushi needs taken care of. Open Tuesday-Sunday 4:15-8:45pm, they’re currently offering takeout only with a la carte sushi, sashimi, and rolls. If you’re in the mood for an omakase box, be sure to call first and see what’s available that day. (310) 425-8904
The name of the game at Yume, a casual sushi bar in Studio City, is the Yume Box. At just $30, it comes with six pieces of premium nigiri, truffle edamame, and a Yume roll (spicy tuna and mushrooms, topped with avocado and more tuna). Considering the quality of sushi and the sheer amount of food that you get, this is one of the best-priced boxes of sushi in town. Call (818) 747-2051 for takeout, delivery is available on most apps.