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The 18 Hottest Sushi Restaurants in the US Right Now

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It's been more than a year since the last Eater Sushi Heatmap, meaning it is absolutely time to take a look at 19 of the most buzzed-about sushi restaurants across the United States. These restaurants — listed alphabetically, please note — have all opened over the last twelve months and are garnering some serious acclaim for their fresh fish and omakase menus.

These include a four-starred omakase temple in New York City from a former Jiro Ono apprentice (Sushi Nakazawa), as well as a pricey import from Tokyo itself that is defying expectations in Honolulu (Sushi Ginza Onodera). Chicago's beloved Mike "Sushi Mike" Ham opened a new sushi restaurant in the West Loop (Tanoshii), while Sushi Zo's Keizo Seki opened a downtown offshoot of his LA restaurant (Zo), and Yellowtail's Akira Back also opened a sophomore effort in Las Vegas (Kumi). Meanwhile, one beloved San Francisco sushi restaurant recently relocated into a new and improved space (ICHI Sushi + NI Bar). Here now, the full map:


UPDATE 4/18: Eater has removed Koi of Greenville, SC, from this map per a tip from a reader. Andrew Huang, assistant editor of TOWN Magazine and Eater contributor confirms the restaurant has somewhat mysteriously shuttered; unclear whether it will reopen in the future.

Tried any of the places on the list or feel there are any glaring omissions? You know what to do.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Butterfish

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550 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 729-1819
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Owner Hitoshi Fujita opened Butterfish just last month in Midtown East with a handful of omakase-style menus that range in price from $18 to $38, as well as a variety of a la carte options, starters, and specials. Robert Sietsema reported in a First Glimpse for Eater NY that Butterfish is "a maverick operation, but a welcome one that adds much to the city's sushi terrain." [Photo: Robert Sietsema]

2. Blue Ocean

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2958 Madison Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad has a hot new sushi restaurant in Blue Ocean, with owners who run th local Love Boat Sushi chain and chef Andy Halvorsen in the kitchen. Eater San Diego writes that the restaurant "is meant to evoke a modernist aquarium" and that, beyond the extensive sushi menu, Blue Ocean offers small plates and yakitori. [Photo: Bradley Schweit]

3. ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

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3282 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 525-4750
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Already a favorite on San Francisco's sushi scene, ICHI Sushi only got better earlier this year when it reopened in a new, bigger space. Eater SF took a look inside the new 30-seat sushi bar with an omakase counter, table seating, and an izakaya named Ni Bar serving booze and other izakaya-style plates. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

4. Izakaya Den

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1487 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210
Denver's beloved Izakaya Den closed last May and subsequently reopened in much larger digs just across the street. Though, as an izakaya, it has a more expansive menu than its sister restaurant Sushi Den, Izakaya Den also offers a considerable menu of sashimi, nigiri, and rolls. [Photo: Adam Larkey]

5. Japonais by Morimoto

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600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 822-9600
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After a decade in Chicago, Japonais announced last Summer that it was teaming up with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to reopen as Japonais by Morimoto. The revamped restaurant opened this past February with a shochu bar and a new sushi bar as well as omakase menus that range in price from $40 to $160. [Photo: Facebook]

6. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar

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3950 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV
Yellowtail chef Akira Back opened his Vegas restaurant back in July at Mandalay Bay. Eater Vegas took a look inside this "cherry-blossom festooned" restaurant that offers sushi, sashimi, rolls, and signature rolls like the "007 Octopussy" with crab salad, spicy octopus, and crispy potatoes. [Photo: Chelsea McManus]

7. Kyatchi

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3758 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 236-4429
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Kyatchi opened its doors back in February, and, as Eater Minneapolis notes, well-known Twin Cities restaurateur Kim Bartmann is a consultant on the team that includes chef Hide Tozawa and co-owners Samuel Peterson and Sarah Peterson. Kyatchi focuses on keeping its sushi offerings sustainable. The menu also offers things like "Japanese hot dogs." [Photo: Facebook]

8. Kyoten

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1211 East 6th.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 888-7559
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Newcomer Kyoten describes itself as a "traileraunt" given that this food trailer has its own lot filled with picnic tables. Chefs Otto Phan and Leo Rodriguez trained in renowned sushi kitchens such as Masa, Nobu, and Uchiko, and offers menu of sushi as well as rice bowls. [Photo: Facebook]

9. Lure Fishbar

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1601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-4550
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John McDonald and Josh Capon opened a Miami offshoot of their popular New York seafood restaurant back into December as Eater Miami reports. Though, like a couple others on this list, it's not strictly a sushi bar, Lure does have a serious offering of traditional sushi, sashimi, and maki in addition to its sizable raw bar. [Photo: Official Site]

10. Maruya

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2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 503-0702
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Last Fall, chef Masaki Sasaki opened Maruya in The Mission with limited seating and a traditional sushi menu upon which Eater SF reports that fish is only available according to seasonality. There are a couple of omakase options here, ranging from $40 to $85. [Photo: Rose Garrett]

11. Nara

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2800 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(281) 249-5944
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Though it's technically a modern Korean restaurant, chef Donald Chang's newcomer Nara has gotten a lot of buzz in Houston for its extensive sushi menu. There's a wide range of nigiri — as well as "nigiri with toppings" — plus specialty rolls such as the Nara roll, made with prime rib bulgogi, pickled radish, spinach, carrot, and egg omelet. [Photo: Max Burkhalter]
521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 225-6285
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Sushi chef Hiroyuki Naruke is behind the counter at Q, an omakase restaurant in downtown LA. Eater LA reports that Q's Edo-style sushi and sashimi includes bonito flown in from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, abalone cooked in sake, and miso-marinated sea urchin. LA Times critic Jonathan Gold calls it "connoisseur's sushi, dazzling in its simplicity." [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

13. Sushi Ginza Onodera

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808 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-2375
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Tokyo's Sushi Ginza Onodera recently opened in Honolulu, the first of a few planned expansions that also include locations in Paris and Hong Kong. This tiny sushi counter lies at the higher end of the spectrum, offering three omakase menus: a $160, a $200, and a $250 option. Sushi is nothing new in Honolulu but the Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's largest daily paper, calls Sushi Ginza Onodera "a game-changer — nothing else is comparable." [Photo: Chris K./Foursquare]

14. Sushi Nakazawa

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23 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-2212
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Former Jiro Ono apprentice Daisuke Nakazawa's 10-seat sushi bar in the West Village was booked up right from opening, according to Eater NY. And, as one might imagine, Sushi Nakazawa only got hotter when New York Times critic Pete Wells appointed the omakase restaurant to the hallowed ranks of four-star New York restaurants. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]

15. Tanoshii

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720 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
Tanoshii opened in Chicago's West Loop earlier this year, bringing with it the sashimi, nigiri, makimono and more that have been a hit since owner Mike Ham — also known as Sushi Mike — opened his first restaurant in Andersonville 10 years ago. [Photo: Facebook]

16. Tsubaki Sushi & Hibachi

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Tsubaki Sushi & Hibachi arrived in Oklahoma City this past Fall and has made some waves by defying expectations. The Oklahoman's food editor Dave Cathey tells Eater that the sushi here is "extremely fresh" and writes in an early review that the sushi-sashimi sampler "was as lovely to look at as eat." [Photo: Dena B./Foursquare]

17. Umi Sushi

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3050 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 841-0040
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Atlanta diners have been mad for Umi Sushi since it opened in Buckhead less than a year ago. Atlanta Journal-Constitution critic John Kessler approves, calling it " a stunning new spot" from former MF Sushibar chef Fuyuhiko Ito. [Photo: Official]
334 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 935-8409
The well-reputed Palms restaurant Sushi Zo opened an offshoot in downtown LA this past Fall, an omakase operation that Eater LA writes involves about 25+ courses for up to $150 without booze. Zo is one of Eater LA's best sushi restaurants and LA Times critic Jonathan Gold writes approvingly that sushi chef Keizo Seki "is as much of a purist as anyone in town." [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

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1. Butterfish

550 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
Owner Hitoshi Fujita opened Butterfish just last month in Midtown East with a handful of omakase-style menus that range in price from $18 to $38, as well as a variety of a la carte options, starters, and specials. Robert Sietsema reported in a First Glimpse for Eater NY that Butterfish is "a maverick operation, but a welcome one that adds much to the city's sushi terrain." [Photo: Robert Sietsema]
550 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

2. Blue Ocean

2958 Madison Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad has a hot new sushi restaurant in Blue Ocean, with owners who run th local Love Boat Sushi chain and chef Andy Halvorsen in the kitchen. Eater San Diego writes that the restaurant "is meant to evoke a modernist aquarium" and that, beyond the extensive sushi menu, Blue Ocean offers small plates and yakitori. [Photo: Bradley Schweit]
2958 Madison Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008

3. ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

3282 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Already a favorite on San Francisco's sushi scene, ICHI Sushi only got better earlier this year when it reopened in a new, bigger space. Eater SF took a look inside the new 30-seat sushi bar with an omakase counter, table seating, and an izakaya named Ni Bar serving booze and other izakaya-style plates. [Photo: Patricia Chang]
3282 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. Izakaya Den

1487 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210
Denver's beloved Izakaya Den closed last May and subsequently reopened in much larger digs just across the street. Though, as an izakaya, it has a more expansive menu than its sister restaurant Sushi Den, Izakaya Den also offers a considerable menu of sashimi, nigiri, and rolls. [Photo: Adam Larkey]
1487 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210

5. Japonais by Morimoto

600 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
After a decade in Chicago, Japonais announced last Summer that it was teaming up with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to reopen as Japonais by Morimoto. The revamped restaurant opened this past February with a shochu bar and a new sushi bar as well as omakase menus that range in price from $40 to $160. [Photo: Facebook]
600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

6. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar

3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Yellowtail chef Akira Back opened his Vegas restaurant back in July at Mandalay Bay. Eater Vegas took a look inside this "cherry-blossom festooned" restaurant that offers sushi, sashimi, rolls, and signature rolls like the "007 Octopussy" with crab salad, spicy octopus, and crispy potatoes. [Photo: Chelsea McManus]
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

7. Kyatchi

3758 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Kyatchi opened its doors back in February, and, as Eater Minneapolis notes, well-known Twin Cities restaurateur Kim Bartmann is a consultant on the team that includes chef Hide Tozawa and co-owners Samuel Peterson and Sarah Peterson. Kyatchi focuses on keeping its sushi offerings sustainable. The menu also offers things like "Japanese hot dogs." [Photo: Facebook]
3758 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

8. Kyoten

1211 East 6th., Austin, TX 78702
Newcomer Kyoten describes itself as a "traileraunt" given that this food trailer has its own lot filled with picnic tables. Chefs Otto Phan and Leo Rodriguez trained in renowned sushi kitchens such as Masa, Nobu, and Uchiko, and offers menu of sushi as well as rice bowls. [Photo: Facebook]
1211 East 6th.
Austin, TX 78702

9. Lure Fishbar

1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
John McDonald and Josh Capon opened a Miami offshoot of their popular New York seafood restaurant back into December as Eater Miami reports. Though, like a couple others on this list, it's not strictly a sushi bar, Lure does have a serious offering of traditional sushi, sashimi, and maki in addition to its sizable raw bar. [Photo: Official Site]
1601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Maruya

2931 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Last Fall, chef Masaki Sasaki opened Maruya in The Mission with limited seating and a traditional sushi menu upon which Eater SF reports that fish is only available according to seasonality. There are a couple of omakase options here, ranging from $40 to $85. [Photo: Rose Garrett]
2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Nara

2800 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Though it's technically a modern Korean restaurant, chef Donald Chang's newcomer Nara has gotten a lot of buzz in Houston for its extensive sushi menu. There's a wide range of nigiri — as well as "nigiri with toppings" — plus specialty rolls such as the Nara roll, made with prime rib bulgogi, pickled radish, spinach, carrot, and egg omelet. [Photo: Max Burkhalter]
2800 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

12. Q

521 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Sushi chef Hiroyuki Naruke is behind the counter at Q, an omakase restaurant in downtown LA. Eater LA reports that Q's Edo-style sushi and sashimi includes bonito flown in from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, abalone cooked in sake, and miso-marinated sea urchin. LA Times critic Jonathan Gold calls it "connoisseur's sushi, dazzling in its simplicity." [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]
521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

13. Sushi Ginza Onodera

808 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Tokyo's Sushi Ginza Onodera recently opened in Honolulu, the first of a few planned expansions that also include locations in Paris and Hong Kong. This tiny sushi counter lies at the higher end of the spectrum, offering three omakase menus: a $160, a $200, and a $250 option. Sushi is nothing new in Honolulu but the Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's largest daily paper, calls Sushi Ginza Onodera "a game-changer — nothing else is comparable." [Photo: Chris K./Foursquare]
808 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

14. Sushi Nakazawa

23 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014
Former Jiro Ono apprentice Daisuke Nakazawa's 10-seat sushi bar in the West Village was booked up right from opening, according to Eater NY. And, as one might imagine, Sushi Nakazawa only got hotter when New York Times critic Pete Wells appointed the omakase restaurant to the hallowed ranks of four-star New York restaurants. [Photo: Marguerite Preston]
23 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014

15. Tanoshii

720 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Tanoshii opened in Chicago's West Loop earlier this year, bringing with it the sashimi, nigiri, makimono and more that have been a hit since owner Mike Ham — also known as Sushi Mike — opened his first restaurant in Andersonville 10 years ago. [Photo: Facebook]
720 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

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16. Tsubaki Sushi & Hibachi

Oklahoma City, OK
Tsubaki Sushi & Hibachi arrived in Oklahoma City this past Fall and has made some waves by defying expectations. The Oklahoman's food editor Dave Cathey tells Eater that the sushi here is "extremely fresh" and writes in an early review that the sushi-sashimi sampler "was as lovely to look at as eat." [Photo: Dena B./Foursquare]

17. Umi Sushi

3050 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30305
Atlanta diners have been mad for Umi Sushi since it opened in Buckhead less than a year ago. Atlanta Journal-Constitution critic John Kessler approves, calling it " a stunning new spot" from former MF Sushibar chef Fuyuhiko Ito. [Photo: Official]
3050 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30305

18. Zo

334 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The well-reputed Palms restaurant Sushi Zo opened an offshoot in downtown LA this past Fall, an omakase operation that Eater LA writes involves about 25+ courses for up to $150 without booze. Zo is one of Eater LA's best sushi restaurants and LA Times critic Jonathan Gold writes approvingly that sushi chef Keizo Seki "is as much of a purist as anyone in town." [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]
334 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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