The 11 best sushi restaurants in Boston

Find fresh, innovative maki, nigiri, and sashimi at these top Boston area sushi restaurants
Oishii
Photograph: Elan Fleisher Oishii
By Gerrish Lopez |
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Boston is not lacking in choices for fresh, delicious sushi. You’ll find it at tiny takeout joints and high-end Japanese restaurants. Whether you’re looking for the “wow factor” of creative rolls with exotic flavors or simple, expertly-prepared sashimi, these sushi spots will fill the bill with exceptional ingredients and skilled chefs. Check out a lunch special or go all out at one of the expensive options—when you’re craving sushi, this guide will help you find the best in Boston. If youre not feeling like sushi but want to keep it light, check out the best restaurants for vegans in Boston, the best restaurants for vegetarians in Boston, or the best seafood restaurants in Boston

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Best sushi in Boston

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O Ya
Photograph: Courtesy Gentl and Hyers
Restaurants, Japanese

O Ya

icon-location-pin Leather District

Boston’s most expensive Japanese restaurant offers a thrilling dining experience. Expertly assembled nigiri and sashimi wow with exotic flavors and ingredients like bluefin chutoro with charred Korean longpepper and grapefruit ponzu, Maine lobster legs with white sturgeon caviar and tomalley aïoli, or smoked carrot with ito togarashi, togarashi mayo, and dill. Sommelier Nancy Cushman elevates the cuisine further with an excellent saké list.  

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Oishii
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Oishii Boston
Restaurants, Japanese

Oishii

icon-location-pin South End

Oishii’s South End location and swank interior suits the luxe sushi served within. High-concept and high-priced, each piece is like a work of art. Toro, hamachi, wagyu—all fish and other ingredients are exceptionally fresh. Creative rolls feature truffle and caviar, microgreens, and delicate sauces. Seared, torched, or tempura fried, you can’t go wrong when your sushi is the hands of Oishii’s highly-skilled chefs.

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Uni
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/May D.
Restaurants, Japanese

Uni

icon-location-pin Back Bay

Uni built its reputation on incredible sashimi offerings, and the sushi menu still shines. Creative sushi rolls like the lobster BLT roll and whitefish taco roll are worth a try. More traditional sashimi and nigiri also feature innovative twists, like sea bream with watermelon aguachile soda, pickled rind, and coconut furikake or striped jack with yellow chive and crispy kale. The saké list is impressive as well, with unfiltered and unpasteurized options.

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Cafe Sushi
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Rosie Q.
Restaurants, Japanese

Cafe Sushi

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Cafe Sushi has produced high-quality, reasonably-priced sushi since the 80s. Maki and nigiri are fresh and beautifully assembled. Signature rolls keep things interesting—check out the ceviche maki (tako and shrimp topped with tomato and lime juice), hamachi ssam jang temaki (a handroll of yellowtail, oshinko, iced onion, shiso, korean miso), summer vegetable (marinated eggplant, oshinko, avocado, wasabi oil, grape tomato, balsamic, truffle salt), or oshi-zushi (pressed sushi). With perfectly-prepared standards, innovative specials, and reasonable prices, it’s no wonder this spot still has a loyal following of regulars.

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5
Fugakyu
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Bruce K.
Restaurants, Japanese

FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

This Brookline standby is always packed for good reason. Sit in a booth, a table, the tatami room, or the sushi bar and choose from an extensive menu of standard and creative sushi offerings. Go traditional with rich salmon sashimi, daring with foie gras nigiri (foie gras with spicy daikon radish, scallion, sesame, ponzu sauce), or cute with ladybug maki (spicy seafood salad and sweet potato tempura inside, cherry tomato and black tobiko outside). Everything is well-prepared, and a menu of cooked appetizers and entrees is available for sushi-averse dining companions.

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Basho Japanese Brasserie
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Basho Japanese Brasserie
Restaurants, Japanese

Basho Japanese Brasserie

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

Basho serves up super fresh sushi in a sleek and modern setting. Make friends at a communal table, eat privately in the “cocoon,” or watch the sushi artists at work at the sushi bar. The sushi offerings are fairly straightforward—traditional sashimi and rolls alongside creative rolls like the Fenway, honoring the neighborhood—but with high-quality ingredients and slick decor, Basho stands out.

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7
Douzo
Photograph: Courtesy Douzo
Restaurants, Japanese

Douzo

icon-location-pin South End

Combining sushi bar fare with a cocktail lounge vibe, Duozo is a popular date spot. Elegant nooks and sleek lighting set the stage for standout sushi. The sashimi, sushi, and maki menu is straightforward; classic special rolls like the rainbow and the spider don’t disappoint, while unique specials like the Back Bay (asparagus, cucumber, and avocado wrapped with seared tuna) and the Douzo Special (shrimp tempura, seafood salad, tobiko, eel sauce, sriracha, and avocado, wrapped with tuna and soy paper) offer a tasty change of pace.

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New Ginza
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/New Ginza
Restaurants, Japanese

New Ginza

New Ginza offers a truly unique dining experience in Watertown Square, serving the finest in traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. Come and sit at our sushi bar to chat with Masaki-San, a Japanese native and professionally trained sushi chef. With his expertise, New Ginza is able to provide daily sushi specials that arrive directly from his home town of Kyushu. If you are in the mood for something from our kitchen, let our executive chef Chen-San, of both Ginza Boston and Brookline fame, delight you with one of his original creations, including our sake and soy marinated lamb chops. Complete your meal with a selection from our full bar. Established in 2001, New Ginza has been in business for well over a decade and continues to provide the utmost best in food quality and service. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Pabu Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Pabu Boston
Restaurants, Japanese

PABU Boston

icon-location-pin Downtown

This Downtown Crossing spot—courtesy of the celeb chef Michael Mina—is an elegant spot for impressive, izakaya-style Japanese cuisine, but the high-end sushi menu alone is worth a date-night visit. The sashimi and nigiri list includes more exotic options like horse mackerel, cuttlefish, bigeye tuna, and wagyu beef. Rolls feature the same fresh fish delicately assembled with burdock, kanpyo, ikura, and other quality ingredients.

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Fuji at Ink Block
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Fuji at Ink Block
Restaurants, Japanese

Fuji at Ink Block

icon-location-pin South End

Sleek but accessible, the sushi menu at Fuji is refined and innovative. The “Finer Nigiri” section of the menu features composed bites like mackerel with scallions, ginger, and beet truffle oil or tuna with mustard ponzu, black truffle, fresh wasabi, and scallions. “Finer Maki” selections include luxurious options like the the Queen’s roll (spicy tuna and popcorn shoots inside, Wagyu beef, caviar, and jalapeno outside) or the Shogun maki (seared calamari, cucumber, scallion inside, uni, ikura, and gold flakes outside, topped with a sweet pepper sauce). For groups, Fuji offers elaborate boats with up to 64 pieces of sashimi, nigiri, and maki.

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11
Empire
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge
Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Empire

icon-location-pin Seaport District

This Seaport stalwart offers specialty nigiri and signature maki with interesting ingredients including marinated chinese celery, Wild Sockeye salmon, and yellow pepper sauce. A highlight for sushi-lovers is the unlimited sushi menu available on Wednesdays starting at 5pm. Get more than your fill of some of the most popular rolls plus some smaller bites from the regular menu. For those who can’t get enough sushi, this is the spot.

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