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25 restaurants serving the best and freshest sushi in Montreal

This is the best sushi in Montreal, from omakase services to casual spots and every delivery and all-you-can-eat option in between

Written by
JP Karwacki
Amie Watson
Tommy Dion

UPDATE, winter 2023: Thanks to a steady line of imports straight from Japan as well as a rich province full of regional delicacies, the best sushi in Montreal never disappoints. It’s the top jewel in a crown of the best Japanese restaurants in Montreal, and while places serving the best ramen in Montreal or our booming izakaya scene shouldn’t go unrecognized for their contributions to the city’s best bars and restaurants, sushi here is absolutely top notch. We've got variety and then some, with options ranging from the inexpensive and casual to the high-end and posh, all of which sport skillful chefs making both traditional and unconventional dishes. Elaborate tasting menus, sake for two with some rolls or just some good cheap eats—it’s all right here.

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It’s all about the flash of a knife, a steady hand and the heat of an open flame that’s on Le Blossom’s menu for Time Out Market. Expect a greatest-hits selection from this local favourite in the city’s Village, including platters of pressed and torched oshizushi, fresh sashimi and savory maki, loaded-to-burst poke bowls and endless plates of Japanese yatai-style street food with Montreal twists. Whether it’s their plating or their palate, everything pops with colour here and has the taste to match.


Best sushi in Montreal

Take a seat at Kyoto-born chef Junichi Ikematsu’s eponymous sushi bar on Laurier Avenue and it won’t take long to become accustomed to locals’ admiration for the way he handcrafts every yellowtail, botan shrimp and organic salmon nigiri. There’s plenty for non-sushi purists, too, including Cajun-spiced softshell crab, avocado, cucumber and soy caramel maki and plates of green tea-smoked Arctic char with shiso, apples and matcha cream.

For a more intimate experience, Ikematsu’s next-door Japanese grocery store, Ôkini (a fish counter, pastry counter, prepared foods and home-fermented soy sauce make for a unique olfactory experience), occasionally hosts super high-end omakase sushi dinners at its eight seat bar as well as the odd sake 5à7 and cooking workshop next to Jun I—something to look forward to when gathering in restaurants can be permitted. Don't skip on ordering pastry chef Tomoko Watanabe's delightful desserts as well.


Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to the best fish in Japan? Much of chef Antonio Park’s fish, like his acupunctured kaimin tai snapper, comes directly from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. Luxuries like that help to make a meal at his sushi bar the most high-end and varied omakase option in Quebec. For something more low-key (and easier on the pocketbook), don’t miss the lunchtime bento boxes or hand-made noodle soup for brunches.

Chinatown got another trendy notch in its belt when this Japanese snack bar opened, where work of chef Tetsuya Shimizu’s kaiseki skills are on full display. What began with ornate bento is now a menu with solid slices of sashimi and sushi menus with pressed, chirashi and temaki options. Choice natural sakes and wines are available here as well.


What’s that? Certified sustainable sushi in Montreal? Now you can feel good about ordering platters of King salmon, wild striped bass, yellowtail, albacore, scallop sea bream, cho-toro, o-toro and red snapper. With multiple locations, you’ll have your choice of ambiance or convenience, from the lofty stone-metal-wood combination in Westmount to the airport’s departure areas.

This longstanding restaurant is the only place in Montreal offering a by-reservation-only kaiseki experience: A meal of up to 15 courses with sake, where the sequence of dishes and choice of dinnerware are as important as the quality and seasonality of the ingredients. If you don’t remember to book it a week in advance, you’ll still be able to order from one the city’s most extensive nigiri and sashimi menus.


Chef Trì Dư's much-loved fusion maki wouldn’t exist if in 1979 the chef and four friends hadn’t stolen a military boat in Vietnam and escaped to Canada via the Philippines. Dư then worked his way up the Montreal sushi restaurant ladder, eventually launching this eponymous upscale restaurant on Laurier Avenue. It’s a vibrant interior heavy on wood elements and doubly beautiful food. Now his son has continued in the business with takeout-centric Le P’Tit Tri further north in La Petite Patrie.

Located on de la Montagne street in downtown Montreal, Okeya is the theatrical omakase offering of its kind in Montreal. It is around a counter of about fifteen seats that you will be able to taste some quintessential sushi, nigiri, sashimi and other Japanese specialties, all prepared and served in front of you one after another through a choreography like no other. An experience to live only once in a lifetime!


Saiko Bistrot is definitely among the most underrated sushi restaurants in town. Not only does the chef Shin Ichi-san have incredible know-how, but he uses only the cream of the crop of fish and seafood for his dishes. You can order them or take them to go, but that would be missing the show that the chef offers every night of activity. Our advice: Take the Omakaze menu!

Maiko is the West Island destination of choice for upscale nigiri, sashimi and maki fusion. The restaurant has been making artfully plated dishes that are heavy on umami for more than 20 years, including torched royal scallops draped across avocado maki with truffled mayo and sea urchin sauce; lobster sashimi with jalapeño, yuzu, pomelo, tobiko, raspberries and crispy rice; and pan-seared foie gras maki wrapped in soy paper rolls with grapes and crispy greens.


First opened in 1987, Mikado was one of the original sushi restaurants in Montreal. Since then, it’s expanded to three locations, each with its own perks: The Laurier spot has a tatami room, the Saint-Denis location has two private rooms and the Monkland outpost has a 12-seat summer patio. No matter which you pick, each of worth visiting to enjoy chef and owner Kimio Nguyen’s six course omakase and sushi platters.

Ask most Plateau dwellers where they go for affordable sushi, and they’ll say Saint Sushi. That’s because since 2013, former Tri Express sous chef Saeng Outhipvongxay has been at its helm offering a more casual experience with the same focus on fusion rolls. He even honours his former teacher with a maki roll called the Sensei. Fun fact: It’s the only roll not named after musicians. The other menu quirk? There’s a whole lot of yogurt sauce involved. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.


Officially opened in the spring of 2021, Sushi Dept. is the little brother of Ryu, which is also well known for its sushi, sashimi and other Japanese specialties. Even if the brand image is more "young and trendy", this does not prevent the team from following in the footsteps of its predecessor by offering only sustainably caught fish in fully recyclable and compostable packaging. Last but not least, Sushi Dept. is a take-out or delivery only counter.

Before opening Ohana Sushi Vegan on Mont-Royal Avenue, chef Minh Tran worked for several years with Tri Du of the popular Tri Express restaurant. If the know-how remains (almost) the same, she had to work very hard to come up with a (delicious) entirely vegan menu, which will confuse and satisfy the most skeptical of diners. We love the Black Angel, the Sunrise, or the fake tuna tataki. Also note that several options are gluten-free.


Who says vegan sushi is less exciting than its aquatic counterpart? Definitely not Sushi Momo owner Christian Ventura, who proves that maki rolls stuffed with sweet potato, mango, avocado, maple and yuzu can be just as delectable as fishier fare, especially when it comes in such pretty wrapping—both in terms of a zen brick and wood décor and the sushi itself—and with lists of natural wines, cocktails and sakés to boot.

Opening in Saint-Henri at the beginning of December 2018, Le Kioko's gained a considerable amount of attention for its get-it-before-it's-gone fresh sushi. In the Before Times, the restaurant set itself apart for its range of traditional maki that were served alongside poke bowls, tartares and specialties like seal and skate. Now, the focus falls on sushi for the time being, but an increase in focus only means an increase in quality. 


Come for the sushi, stay for the saké. That should be the motto of Kyo, where you can get everything from by-the-glass Toji No Banshaku honjozo (what the brewmasters of this Niigata brewery like to drink at the end of the day) to affordable bottles of Dassai 50 nigori (a high quality, cloudy sake) and Konteki “Pearls of Simplicity” Junmai Dai Ginjo. Whatever your poison, it all gets paired perfectly with a plate of their house specialty of fried maki.

Located at one of the far ends of the orange line, this neighbourhood sushi restaurant fits right in with the motley crew of restaurants on Decarie Boulevard. There’s tons of options around here, but this is where you go in the area for quality sushi at a fraction of the cost you’ll find elsewhere. Make a reservation or plan to take your order of thick cut chu-toro, kamikaze rolls and tamago omelette nigiri to go.


This gorgeous vegan sushi restaurant in the Old Port is the brainchild of Sushi Momo owner Christian Ventura and Dominic Bujold of Sushi Shop and vegetarian restaurants LOV. The zen-inspired design courtesy of Jacinthe Piotte makes Bloom Sushi the most romantic vegetarian restaurant in the city, thanks to wood and foliage adorning the wraparound bar and adjacent dining room. The menu is an extensive list of creative appetizers, maki, cocktails and sake, from the Kamikaze roll with heart of palm and avocado to the Bollywood with vegan shrimp, sweet potato and curry aioli. There’s even marinated enoki mushroom nigiri and a trademarked tomato “Tunato” nigiri with green onion garnish and balsamic glaze.

This restaurant is the brainchild of owner Madonna Bailey and her friends from downtown restaurant Shô-Dan, who figured that the West Island needed its first upscale sushi restaurant back in 2003. Ever since, people have been travelling for the ambiance—wood-panelled walls lined with art and a sushi counter coloured royal blue by the lights above—as much as they have for fusion rolls.


This 15-seater is BYOB, but most opt for delivery and take-out anyway, which is really still BYOB since the owner encourages you to bring-your-own-bag. Besides, you can have whatever beer, wine or sake you want at home, but are you really going to make your own deep-fried smoked meat roll (pickles included)?

It’s all the usual suspects at this tiny sushi shop and Asian convenience store; California rolls, sushi pizzas and some of the cheapest nigiri around make up the eat-in menu. For better ambiance, though, join the line for takeout and don’t forget to grab some pocky and mochi ice cream on your way out.


Those who know this downtown sushi spot from chef Haruo Ogrura and Jack Roko know it delivers, and those that try it are immediately romanced. The chef’s thirty years of experience are on full display, working with both imports from Japan as well as regional fish as well to form its long menu of sashimi, nigiri, temaki, hosomaki, and chumaki.

Priding itself on having the largest selection of sashimi this side of the Saint-Lawrence River, this sushi restaurant in Saint-Lambert ’s Shoji is perfect for those looking to explore new flavours alongside all the classics. From ‘new style’ sashimi with butterfish in truffle sauce, sea bass with micro greens, and sea bream in ponzu sauce to foie gras maki and expansive omakase menus—plus an à la carte sushi menu—it’s some of the best and freshest in the city.


Platters on platters of colourful displays of sushi make up this Mile End restaurant’s menu, where there’s just as much maki and omakase plates as there are curiosities like the ‘exotic salmon’ where it’s artfully served carpaccio style or the salmon tartare ‘Mount Fuji’ that comes served on a fried shiso leaf. Better still, the menu shifts items now and then, leaving you guessing with every fulfilling return visit.

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