Sushi in Miami can vary wildly, depending on whether you’re looking for a $200-plus omakase, a casual spot where you can wear flip-flops, or just some rolls and nigiri for takeout. All of the above are represented in this guide, and whether you want to drop $300 or $30—you’ll have options. But, whichever sushi adventure you end up choosing, you can rest assured that these places will deliver a great experience.
Sushi Erika is a Miami classic. It’s operated by chef/owner Erika Kushi, whose father used to run Sushi Deli, a beloved Miami sushi spot. But when that closed, Kushi picked up where her father left off with her casual, yet consistently delicious, Sushi Erika. At the time of this writing, their dining room is still closed and they’re doing takeout-only. But as long as there’s a way to get our hands on Sushi Erika’s ultra-fresh sashimi, nigiri, and (our personal favorite) the Marie roll with spicy tuna, shiso, and roasted garlic—we’re happy.
Sushi Yasu Tanaka will surprise you. Or, at least it surprised us. We weren’t expecting to find some of the best sushi we’ve ever had inside a shiny, casual food hall in the Design District. And yet, before we were even halfway through the 8-piece nigiri platter, we wanted to mail a letter to every resident of Miami-Dade County begging them to try this spot. And after we finished the meal with a wagyu hand roll, we Googled the cost of 2.7 million stamps. Turns out, it’s more than we can afford, so we decided to save our money so we can eat here again. Sushi Yasu is not a cheap meal (the 8-piece platter is $38)—but it is a ridiculously delicious one.
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Speaking of food hall sushi you should be eating: B-Side. It’s run by the phenomenal team from Itamae (who you’ll meet in exactly five sentences), and it is the perfect call for a casual weekday dinner, or for sake and rolls before bar-hopping around Wynwood. You’ll find B-Side smack in the center of Wynwood’s 1-800-Lucky, a lively indoor/outdoor space with no shortage of alcohol options. But you don’t have to be in a party mood to appreciate B-Side. They have simple rolls like spicy tuna or salmon-avocado, but there are also plenty of creative options, like the Miami-influenced guava island roll with tuna, salmon, avocado, and mango/guava sauce. One thing they all have in common, though: they taste amazing.
There are so many incredible dishes on the menu at Itamae, a Design District Nikkei spot. But—along with tiraditos, ceviche, and more—sushi is one of them. They mostly do rolls, although they usually also have a sashimi and handroll special from the sushi bar. But their rolls are outstanding, and we think back on eating the Kirby’s Dream Land (salmon, avocado, cucumber, ají amarillo, salmon tartare, crispy nori, and cilantro-huacatay aioli) more fondly than 30 percent of our birthdays.
Hiden is not a last-minute decision kind of restaurant. The Wynwood omakase starts at $175 per person (not including alcohol and additional courses), and reservations (especially for the weekend) are usually fully booked for at least a month out. Is all this trouble worth it? Yes, if you are either a massive sushi fan or love a truly unique dining experience. Hiden is located in the back of a taco restaurant, and only accessible if you have a secret code to punch into the door (they’ll email it to you on the day of your reservation). And once you make it inside, you’re in for 18-courses of otoro, uni, wagyu, and more sushi that will reward all the effort and money it took to eat here.
Katana is a blast, even if it can be a restaurant that requires some patience. There is almost always (especially on weekends) a long wait to eat here because the restaurant is small and it’s a sushi boat experience, in which you slowly graze on passing nigiri and sashimi while sipping sake. Also, they don’t take reservations. But the novelty of floating sushi boats isn’t what makes Katana great. It’s because the sushi floating by on those boats is actually really good—and you can eat a decent amount of it without blowing through your annual restaurant budget. Starting at $2.50 each, different color plates cost different amounts, so if you see something you like (which will happen a lot), just reach out and grab it.
It took us approximately one bite to decide we really liked Uchi. The hype behind this Austin-born sushi spot is well-deserved, because—in addition to other great dishes—they’re making some of the best sushi in Miami. There are several “market price” omakase options, and you can expect to probably spend at least $100 per person if you go that route. But you can also just order a la carte. The menu is quite large, but, really, anything here is going to be great, from the spicy hama chili to the unagi and bluefin akami. Uchi is more of a special occasion spot, good for romantic and business celebrations of all kinds. Just know that portions here aren’t designed to get you stuffed, so don’t fast for 24 hours before your reservation.
An outstanding sushi spot that’s casual, affordable, and consistently excellent is rare in Miami. But Matsuri is exactly that kind of restaurant, which is probably why you will absolutely have to wait for a table at this classic Bird Road spot. It will, however, be very worth it. If you’re here with a friend, get the masa special for two. It’s a platter of over 30 pieces of the day’s best sashimi, nigiri, and maki for $44.
Like Goldilocks and her porridge, it can be hard to find an omakase that’s “just right”—one that hits that sweet spot between formal and informal, suspiciously cheap and give-your-accountant-a-heart-attack expensive. But Mr. Omakase in Downtown walks that line perfectly. To be clear, this isn’t cheap. But both the 10 and 14-course options come in under $100 (at least before service, taxes, and sake), which is better than most upscale omakase options in the city. The space has a dozen or so counter seats, and the service is attentive—but never suffocating. Every piece of fish, uni, or beef that is put in front of you will get better and better and better, like a well-paced action movie. And at the end of the two-hour meal, you’ll be begging for a sequel.
If Mr. Omakase sounds like just a little more effort/money than you’re looking to spend tonight, then pay a visit to Poke OG. It’s right next door to Mr. Omakase, and run by the same team. And while the price point is much different, the attention to quality is obvious after just a bite. It’s also a fantastic takeout option. They have several sushi box options, which are packaged perfectly and even include a little paintbrush so you can distribute your soy sauce with the precision of Bob Ross. They also, as the name implies, offer poke bowls—but there is nothing wrong with coming here just for a roll or nigiri.
Most folks know Wabi Sabi, an excellent Japanese restaurant in the Upper East Side, for its donburi bowls. But their menu has expanded over the years, and now they offer maki, nigiri, and sashimi—all perfectly prepared. You can order nigiri and handrolls by the piece, but they also have several omakase options. The nigiri omakase ($100) comes with 14 pieces and one maki. The $75 sashimi omakase also comes with 14 pieces, and they also have a $41 chirashi omakase with 12 pieces of sashimi over rice. You can enjoy all of the above in Wabi Sabi’s quiet, lowkey dining room, but they’re all available for takeout as well.
Also run by the Wabi Sabi team, Hiyakawa is a Wynwood sushi spot that wins the award we just made up for “Most Interesting Ceiling In Miami.” But beyond the architecture of this place (which kind of makes you feel like you’re eating inside a fancy cave), there are some very good things to eat here—including sushi. There are definitely differences between Wabi Sabi and this place. First, you’re going to spend more money here. You can order sushi by the piece or go for one of the platter options, which range from around $60 for seven nigiri and one cut roll to just over $100 for six sashimi, six nigiri, and one cut roll. It’s also more of a “going out” restaurant, so keep this place in mind when you want to put on nice clothes and happen to have a surplus in your dining budget.
Omakai in Wynwood is a good choice if you want to have an omakase experience without paying $200 and going somewhere that requires weeks of reservation hunting. A seat at this casual Wynwood restaurant is much easier to nab (although making a reservation isn’t a bad idea). They offer a few different omakase options ranging from $24 for six courses to $74 for over ten courses. Don’t expect to sit at a sushi counter and receive your pieces of sushi directly from the chef. It’s table service here, and you can’t even see the kitchen. But the sushi is very good and the $48 Oma Deluxe menu—which comes with 10 pieces of sushi, sashimi, an appetizer, and a couple hand rolls—should be more than enough to fill you up.
Ahi Sushi is right in the busiest part of Calle Ocho, and approximately the size of Tyler Herro’s walk-in closet (we’re guessing, but it feels right). The sushi counter, run by the Lung Yai team, seats six to eight people comfortably, and they have a small a la carte menu as well as omakase ranging from $90 to $130. This place is BYOB, and the omakase isn’t a bad idea if you’re looking for only a slightly formal experience that also happens to be BYOB. And if you forgot your bottle of sake at home, just walk across the street to Union Beer Store to pick up some beer for dinner.
This casual North Miami spot has a big menu, and even though it’s got “Thai” in its name, sushi—and really anything with raw fish—is what you want to eat here. Start with the white fish truffle, served in little spoons of lychee, yuzu, truffle oil, and white fish that you get to slurp like an oyster. Then take your pick of any of the hand rolls, which will all taste as good as they sound. This is a great low-stress weekday dinner because it’s walk-in friendly and also has a massive parking lot that pretty much guarantees you won’t have to spend 45-minutes circling the block for street parking.
Blue Ribbon is a South Beach sushi spot inside a very cute hotel, but unlike so many South Beach sushi spots inside hotels, it’s not insufferably formal or exclusive or ridiculously expensive. We like this place a lot for a date, because it’s laid back, but still nice enough to show you’re trying. You can certainly spend some money here if you want. There’s a $150 sushi platter and some expensive rolls, if you’re trying to ball out. But you can also keep things under $100 with some of their sushi platters and maybe even some fried chicken, which is also very good here.
But if you’re looking for something even more casual in South Beach, go to Toni’s Sushi. Will every piece of sushi here make you want to stand up and sing? No. But it’s a fun, casual, refreshingly un-sceney spot where you can drink sake, sit criss-cross on the floor, and enjoy some really good, affordable sushi. The Toni’s Choice platter is what we get when we come here. It costs $67 and comes with more than enough of the chef’s choice of nigiri, sashimi, and maki for two.
Yakko-San is a big Japanese restaurant in North Miami Beach, and this place can be a life-saver. You don’t need a reservation to eat here, they have a huge parking lot where you’ll have no trouble finding a spot, and the giant menu has enough options for even the pickiest of your relatives. Sushi is one of those options, and it’s reliably good and reasonably priced, with rolls ranging from $9 to $19. They also have one of our favorite seaweed salads in town.
You’ll find Azabu inside The Stanton hotel, and if you’re looking for a fancy night out in South Beach involving raw fish, it’s a solid choice. Azabu isn’t cheap, but it is delicious. It’s cozy and dim, with indoor and outdoor seating—as well as a special private dining room called The Den, which is where Azabu’s omakase takes place. A meal there will cost somewhere around $150-220 per person, but you can still have a great dinner just ordering things like thinly-sliced sliced hamachi jalapeño and the nigiri platter a la carte.