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The 17 Hottest Sushi Restaurants in America Right Now

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Here are seventeen of the most buzzed-about sushi restaurants across the United States. What follows is a list of restaurants that have, for the most part, opened over the last twelve months. These include Nobu Matsuhisa's largest restaurant in the world (Nobu Restaurant & Lounge in Las Vegas), a Philippe Starck-designed dining room in Miami (Katsuya by Starck), and New York City restaurateur David Bouley's three-star collaboration with sushi chef Eiji Ichimura (Ichimura at Brushstroke). Plus, a British sushi conveyor belt chain made its first incursion onto US soil in Washington, DC last year (Yo! Sushi), and Los Angeles has a "secret" sushi restaurant whose buzz is picking up steam (Yamakase).

Many thanks to the Eater city editors for their nominations. And please remember, these are ordered geographically and not by any other ranking. To the map:


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1. SugarFish

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11288 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 508-7017
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The fifth location of Kazunomi Nozawa's casual sushi restaurant sugarFISH opened last May in Studio City, replacing what had been Sushi Nozawa for 25 years. SugarFISH shies away from American-ized sushi rolls, offering only traditional sushi and a simplified menu. Nozawa makes his own soy sauce and ponzu, and has a serious sushi-eating philosophy explained right there on the menu.

2. Yamakase Sushi

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10422 National
Culver City, CA 90034

Though it's a bit more than a year old, Yamakase gets some heatmap love as most Los Angelenos have only discovered it in recent months. This eight-seat invitation-only sushi bar offers traditional omakase prepared by chef Yama. Those who have been able to get into Yamakase just rave about it, and Eater LA has named the little sushi bar among the best in LA. Now is probably the time to go before even more people hear about this so-called "secret" restaurant.[Photo]

3. Kabuto

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5040 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Kabuto was so hot when it opened last May that Eater Vegas wrote, "You'll never get in to the 18-seat Kabuto, so don't even try." That said, somehow the critics locally and nationwide managed to get in through the hard-to-find doors at this sign-less sushi bar. Bon Appétit included Kabuto on its long list of the 50 best new restaurants of 2012, and it's a mainstay on the Eater Vegas heatmap.[Photo: Chelsea McManus/Eater Vegas]

4. Nobu Restaurant Caesars Palace

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3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7110
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It's not even been two months since Nobu Matsuhisa opened his Nobu Restaurant & Lounge in Las Vegas. At 12,775 square feet, it is the largest Nobu restaurant in the world with 325 seats, a sushi bar, three teppanaki tables and more. Oh, and it's located inside the Nobu Tower hotel at Caesars Palace — the boutique hotel being another first for the famous chef. Robert DeNiro is among the investors and plenty of VIPs were on hand at the opening.[Photo: Erik Kabik/Eater Vegas]

5. Bamboo Sushi NW

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310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 229-1925
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Sushi lovers of Portland waited with bated breath for beloved staple Bamboo Sushi to open its second location in the city's NW quadrant. Bamboo Sushi NW finally made its debut in June with less buzz than the original, but still plenty of excitement. Eater PDX reports that this location — twice as large as the original — "lays claim to being the world's first certified-sustainable sushi restaurant." [Photo: Dina Avila/Eater PDX]

6. Hokusei

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Matsuhisa alum and Tokyo native Kaoru Ishii opened Hokusei Sushi in Portland last spring, offering 47 seats and a long list of nigiri and sashimi. Eater PDX also notes that the newcomer's omakase menus are available at a range of price points: $15, $25 and $50. Hokusei has already won plenty of local love, from chefs as well as the likes of Citysearch, which named it Best New Restaurant.[Photo]

7. One Two Three Sushi

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80 South Eighth Street #228
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 354-3040
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Local sushi empire Sushi Avenue opened their first fast-casual sushi restaurant One Two Three Sushi in the Minneapolis skyway back in February. According to Eater Minneapolis, One Two Three Sushi is a Chipotle-style sushi restaurant where diners can select their ingredients as they move down the line. There's also ramen and steamed buns on the menu here and pre-made sushi for grab-and-go needs.[Photo: Facebook]

8. Jellyfish

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1009 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 660-3111
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Chefs Harold Jurado and Andy Galsan opened Jellyfish in the Gold Coast back in September, a second-floor restaurant that Eater Chicago notes makes you "almost feel like you've stepped inside an aquarium" with its white-and-blue hues and fluorescent lighting. This is a pan-Asian sushi restaurant with a variety of classic and signature rolls, nigiri and sashimi, and sushi combos meant to be shared. Most of the critics have already made their way in, and the verdict is rather mixed.[Photo]

9. Dragon Kings Daughter

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202 East Elm Street
New Albany, IN 47150

People fell in love with Dragon King's Daughter when the restaurant opened its first location in Louisville a few years ago, and Eater Louisville points out that success meant expectations were high for its second location in New Albany, Indiana. Dragon King's Daughter bills itself as "contemporary Asian-fusion" and serves a variety of sushi bento boxes and a menu of maki divided into uncooked, veggie, meat and cooked categories.[Photo]

10. Little Lilly Sushi

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6100 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 989-8886
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Little Lilly Sushi was an exciting addition to the Fort Worth restaurant scene when it opened this past fall, offering a little more authenticity from chef Jesus Garcia. There's a raw and a cooked bento box, traditional entrees such as yakisoba and stirfry, plus an extended list of sushi, sashimi and sushi rolls. As Eater Dallas writes, "Pray that you're there when [Garcia is] doing his duck and oyster okonomiyaki."[Photo]

11. MF Sushi

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5887 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77057
(832) 530-4321
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Hot in Houston right now is chef Chris Kinjo's Atlanta import MF Sushi, which offers a $75 omakase at the sushi counter in addition to the regular menu. Earlier this year, the Sushi Club of Houston ranked MF Sushi fifth on its list of the city's top sushi restaurants for its "rice temperature and flavor, adherence to authenticity" and more — which only further ratcheted up the buzz.[Photo]

12. Katsuya at the SLS Hotel

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1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-1701
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Opened last summer at the SLS on South Beach, Katsuya by Starck is another wonder of a dining room from none other than famous designer Philippe Starck and sushi chef Katsuya Uechi. Eater Miami reports that the restaurant offers a $75 tasting menu, plus a $25 prix fixe that includes miso soup, salad, a teriyaki entree and dessert.[Photo: Rolando Diaz]

13. NAOE

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661 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131

NAOE has been a Miami favorite for a long time, but buzz resurged last year when its original location closed and the restaurant reopened in Brickell Key. And, of course, NAOE remains just as difficult to get into as the original location with just eight chairs and two seatings, plus a five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide.[Photo]

14. Yo! Sushi!

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50 Massachusetts Ave
Washington, DC 20002
(310) 463-5200
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British conveyor belt sushi chain Yo! Sushi first invaded US soil at Washington, DC's Union Station last summer, and it already has plans for another location nearby. This open theater-style kitchen and dining room is Japanese kitsch at its finest, with lucky cats all over the place, bright colors and a mural that fuses American icons with scenes from Japanese contemporary culture.[Photo: Ben Droz/Eater DC]

15. Izakaya Seki

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1117 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-5841
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Already a critical darling, Izakaya Seki quietly announced its DC opening last summer with the lighting of a red lantern outside its door. Diners continue to pack the seats in this minimalist restaurant that is perhaps most popular for its non-sushi items but also has some killer sashimi from chef/owner Hiroshi Seki. Though the restaurant doesn't usually offer an omakase menu, Eater DC reports that they will do omakase given some advance notice.[Photo: Food Nomad/Eater DC Flickr Pool]

16. Neta

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61 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 505-2610
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Opened in March of last year, Neta is run by Masa and Bar Masa alums Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau. The omakase menu at this 40-seat restaurant (20 of those at the sushi bar) has been praised all over New York City by critics, diners and restaurateurs alike. New York Times critic Pete Wells awarded the restaurant two stars, and Union Square Hospitality group's Danny Meyer endorsed the omakase writing, "Every bite and sip a reward."[Photo: Daniel Krieger/Eater NY]

17. Ichimura at Brushstroke

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30 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 513-7141
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Restaurateur David Bouley added an eight-seat sushi counter to his New York City restaurant Brushstroke last spring under the direction of sushi chef Eiji Ichimura. Ichimura at Brushstroke offers an a la carte menu, plus an omakase that starts at $150 and is reservations only. Last fall, New York Times critic Pete Wells filed a three-star review of the restaurant within a restaurant and things continue to be slamming.[Photo: Daniel Krieger/Eater NY]

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1. SugarFish

11288 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

The fifth location of Kazunomi Nozawa's casual sushi restaurant sugarFISH opened last May in Studio City, replacing what had been Sushi Nozawa for 25 years. SugarFISH shies away from American-ized sushi rolls, offering only traditional sushi and a simplified menu. Nozawa makes his own soy sauce and ponzu, and has a serious sushi-eating philosophy explained right there on the menu.

11288 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

2. Yamakase Sushi

10422 National, Culver City, CA 90034

Though it's a bit more than a year old, Yamakase gets some heatmap love as most Los Angelenos have only discovered it in recent months. This eight-seat invitation-only sushi bar offers traditional omakase prepared by chef Yama. Those who have been able to get into Yamakase just rave about it, and Eater LA has named the little sushi bar among the best in LA. Now is probably the time to go before even more people hear about this so-called "secret" restaurant.[Photo]

10422 National
Culver City, CA 90034

3. Kabuto

5040 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Kabuto was so hot when it opened last May that Eater Vegas wrote, "You'll never get in to the 18-seat Kabuto, so don't even try." That said, somehow the critics locally and nationwide managed to get in through the hard-to-find doors at this sign-less sushi bar. Bon Appétit included Kabuto on its long list of the 50 best new restaurants of 2012, and it's a mainstay on the Eater Vegas heatmap.[Photo: Chelsea McManus/Eater Vegas]

5040 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146

4. Nobu Restaurant Caesars Palace

3570 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

It's not even been two months since Nobu Matsuhisa opened his Nobu Restaurant & Lounge in Las Vegas. At 12,775 square feet, it is the largest Nobu restaurant in the world with 325 seats, a sushi bar, three teppanaki tables and more. Oh, and it's located inside the Nobu Tower hotel at Caesars Palace — the boutique hotel being another first for the famous chef. Robert DeNiro is among the investors and plenty of VIPs were on hand at the opening.[Photo: Erik Kabik/Eater Vegas]

3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

5. Bamboo Sushi NW

310 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Sushi lovers of Portland waited with bated breath for beloved staple Bamboo Sushi to open its second location in the city's NW quadrant. Bamboo Sushi NW finally made its debut in June with less buzz than the original, but still plenty of excitement. Eater PDX reports that this location — twice as large as the original — "lays claim to being the world's first certified-sustainable sushi restaurant." [Photo: Dina Avila/Eater PDX]

310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

6. Hokusei

Portland, OR 97215

Matsuhisa alum and Tokyo native Kaoru Ishii opened Hokusei Sushi in Portland last spring, offering 47 seats and a long list of nigiri and sashimi. Eater PDX also notes that the newcomer's omakase menus are available at a range of price points: $15, $25 and $50. Hokusei has already won plenty of local love, from chefs as well as the likes of Citysearch, which named it Best New Restaurant.[Photo]

7. One Two Three Sushi

80 South Eighth Street #228, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Local sushi empire Sushi Avenue opened their first fast-casual sushi restaurant One Two Three Sushi in the Minneapolis skyway back in February. According to Eater Minneapolis, One Two Three Sushi is a Chipotle-style sushi restaurant where diners can select their ingredients as they move down the line. There's also ramen and steamed buns on the menu here and pre-made sushi for grab-and-go needs.[Photo: Facebook]

80 South Eighth Street #228
Minneapolis, MN 55402

8. Jellyfish

1009 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Chefs Harold Jurado and Andy Galsan opened Jellyfish in the Gold Coast back in September, a second-floor restaurant that Eater Chicago notes makes you "almost feel like you've stepped inside an aquarium" with its white-and-blue hues and fluorescent lighting. This is a pan-Asian sushi restaurant with a variety of classic and signature rolls, nigiri and sashimi, and sushi combos meant to be shared. Most of the critics have already made their way in, and the verdict is rather mixed.[Photo]

1009 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Dragon Kings Daughter

202 East Elm Street, New Albany, IN 47150

People fell in love with Dragon King's Daughter when the restaurant opened its first location in Louisville a few years ago, and Eater Louisville points out that success meant expectations were high for its second location in New Albany, Indiana. Dragon King's Daughter bills itself as "contemporary Asian-fusion" and serves a variety of sushi bento boxes and a menu of maki divided into uncooked, veggie, meat and cooked categories.[Photo]

202 East Elm Street
New Albany, IN 47150

10. Little Lilly Sushi

6100 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Little Lilly Sushi was an exciting addition to the Fort Worth restaurant scene when it opened this past fall, offering a little more authenticity from chef Jesus Garcia. There's a raw and a cooked bento box, traditional entrees such as yakisoba and stirfry, plus an extended list of sushi, sashimi and sushi rolls. As Eater Dallas writes, "Pray that you're there when [Garcia is] doing his duck and oyster okonomiyaki."[Photo]

6100 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76116

11. MF Sushi

5887 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77057

Hot in Houston right now is chef Chris Kinjo's Atlanta import MF Sushi, which offers a $75 omakase at the sushi counter in addition to the regular menu. Earlier this year, the Sushi Club of Houston ranked MF Sushi fifth on its list of the city's top sushi restaurants for its "rice temperature and flavor, adherence to authenticity" and more — which only further ratcheted up the buzz.[Photo]

5887 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77057

12. Katsuya at the SLS Hotel

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Opened last summer at the SLS on South Beach, Katsuya by Starck is another wonder of a dining room from none other than famous designer Philippe Starck and sushi chef Katsuya Uechi. Eater Miami reports that the restaurant offers a $75 tasting menu, plus a $25 prix fixe that includes miso soup, salad, a teriyaki entree and dessert.[Photo: Rolando Diaz]

1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. NAOE

661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131

NAOE has been a Miami favorite for a long time, but buzz resurged last year when its original location closed and the restaurant reopened in Brickell Key. And, of course, NAOE remains just as difficult to get into as the original location with just eight chairs and two seatings, plus a five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide.[Photo]

661 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131

14. Yo! Sushi!

50 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC 20002

British conveyor belt sushi chain Yo! Sushi first invaded US soil at Washington, DC's Union Station last summer, and it already has plans for another location nearby. This open theater-style kitchen and dining room is Japanese kitsch at its finest, with lucky cats all over the place, bright colors and a mural that fuses American icons with scenes from Japanese contemporary culture.[Photo: Ben Droz/Eater DC]

50 Massachusetts Ave
Washington, DC 20002

15. Izakaya Seki

1117 V St, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Already a critical darling, Izakaya Seki quietly announced its DC opening last summer with the lighting of a red lantern outside its door. Diners continue to pack the seats in this minimalist restaurant that is perhaps most popular for its non-sushi items but also has some killer sashimi from chef/owner Hiroshi Seki. Though the restaurant doesn't usually offer an omakase menu, Eater DC reports that they will do omakase given some advance notice.[Photo: Food Nomad/Eater DC Flickr Pool]

1117 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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16. Neta

61 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

Opened in March of last year, Neta is run by Masa and Bar Masa alums Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau. The omakase menu at this 40-seat restaurant (20 of those at the sushi bar) has been praised all over New York City by critics, diners and restaurateurs alike. New York Times critic Pete Wells awarded the restaurant two stars, and Union Square Hospitality group's Danny Meyer endorsed the omakase writing, "Every bite and sip a reward."[Photo: Daniel Krieger/Eater NY]

61 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

17. Ichimura at Brushstroke

30 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013

Restaurateur David Bouley added an eight-seat sushi counter to his New York City restaurant Brushstroke last spring under the direction of sushi chef Eiji Ichimura. Ichimura at Brushstroke offers an a la carte menu, plus an omakase that starts at $150 and is reservations only. Last fall, New York Times critic Pete Wells filed a three-star review of the restaurant within a restaurant and things continue to be slamming.[Photo: Daniel Krieger/Eater NY]

30 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10013

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