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Miami’s 18 Essential Sushi Restaurants

Where to find pristine nigiri, inventive rolls, and plentiful omakase menus

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With Miami’s close proximity to the water, there’s no question that Miami has access to some of the freshest fish in town — making the sushi some of the best around. Here are the top spots to get that sushi fix, from the traditional izakaya-style experience to over-the-top meals.

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1. Makoto

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9700 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33154
(305) 864-8600
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A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half-off sale at Gucci, but thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa’s pristine sushi menu Makoto does just that. In addition to the raw stuff, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes, bincho charcoal robata, and surprisingly affordable lunch bento boxes have hungry shoppers making this a staple in their rotation.

2. Sushi Erika

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7859-7901 Hispanola Ave
North Bay Village, FL 33141
(786) 216-7216
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Those missing their Sushi Deli and Japanese Market fix can now get a taste of both at Sushi Erika. Operated by the daughter of Sushi Deli’s owner Michio Kushi, Erika Kushi, it features a similar feel and menu as its predecessor housing just four tables and a small no-frills sushi bar. Favorites from Sushi Deli like the sweet shrimp, macadamia, and love rolls make an appearance on the menu, along with well-priced sashimi options while newcomers like octopus salad also be found.

3. Wabi Sabi

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851 NE 79th St
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 890-7228
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While Wabi Sabi may be known for its pristine donburi bowls, sushi lovers can indulge in a la carte pieces of fish or opt for the Wabi Sabi Omakase with 12 pieces of nigiri and one maki of the chef’s choice. 

4. Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

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5241 NW 87th Ave
Doral, FL 33178
(305) 222-7447
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Inspired by traditional izakayas, Dragonfly features a bevy of Japanese comfort food dishes like Japanese seafood pancakes with shrimp, octopus, and squid; garlic blue crab fried rice; neck-to-tail chicken tasting menu; and plenty of seafood and traditional sushi rolls.

5. Itamae

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140 NE 39th St #136
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 631-2664
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From its days inside the former St. Roch Market, this Japanese-Peruvian restaurant has grown into a larger space all its own in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court. Led by a brother, sister, and father team lovingly referred to as the “Chang Gang,” Itamae is an ode to combining their Peruvian heritage with Japanese classics. Think: a curated selection of maki and rolls, sashimi, and rice bowls served alongside tiraditos and ceviches. It’s sister sushi restaurant, B-Side by Itamae, located just a few blocks away in Wynwood is worth a visit too.

6. Hiyakawa Miami

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2700 N Miami Ave #5
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 333-2417
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This stunning Wynwood restaurant is an ode to Japanese cuisine with a variety of a la carte fried dishes, soups, appetizers, and seasonal sushi, nigiri, and hand rolls offered by the piece. But the highlight of the menu is the omakase meal, which rings in at $175 per person, and offers three appetizers, 12 pieces of nigiri, one maki, miso soup, and dessert.

7. Hiden

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313 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

This aptly named omakase restaurant is literally “hidden” behind a taco shop in Wynwood. Once guests enter with a numeric code (provided when the reservation is made), they encounter an intimate, eight-seat restaurant serving up an 18-dish menu featuring small Japanese appetizers, sashimi, and nigiri, all made with seasonal ingredients brought in from Japan. The meal is paired with sake, shochu, beer, and wine to wash it down with. Make sure to reserve early as seats book out months in advance. 

8. Uchi

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252 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 995-0915
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This Austin import — which is described by Brett Anderson of the New York Times as “altering the city’s culinary identity” — has made its much anticipated debut in Miami. Located in the heart of Wynwood, it features creative sushi and sashimi made with fish flown in daily from the Tsukiji market, as well as makimono, yakimono, agemono, and other Japanese dishes in a chic and serene atmosphere. Those who want to give the entire menu a try, can opt for the 10-course chef’s tasting, a six-course signature tasting, and a six-course vegetarian tasting.

9. Omakai Sushi

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2107 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 579-9995
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Who says that well priced sushi can’t be found in Miami? Omakai Sushi offers a a proper omakase experience starting at just $17 a person, and running up to $38 for its deluxe, multi-course meal filled with seasonal fish. A variety of hand rolls, nigiri, and sashimi can also be ordered a la carte.

10. Pubbelly Sushi (Multiple Locations)

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1424 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-9282
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This sushi comes from the award-winning Pubbelly boys, so guests can expect a menu of classic sushi dishes with their signature twist. Items like tuna pizza, bigeye tuna rolls, and miso bread pudding fill the menu, while the can’t-miss crab roll served with yuzu butter is as delicious as it is Instagram-worthy.

11. Doraku Izakaya and Sushi

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1104 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-8383
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This Gainesville import made a name for itself by serving up inventive rolls like the Cobra Kai filled with red onion, tomato, imitation crab, tempura flakes, lemon, Loch Duart salmon, garlic-shiso pesto, and aged balsamic or the Black Dragon made with soft shell tempura, mascarpone, cucumber, scallion, topped with avocado, smoked eel, eel sauce, spicy mayo. Its daily happy hour is also a can’t miss, make this restaurant a go-to spot for many.

12. Nossa Omakase

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1600 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 539-9711
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Hidden behind Koa Restaurant on South Beach, guests are escorted through a dark corridor that opens up into a theater-like den dining room where they’ll dine on a 16- to 18-course dinner created by executive chef Max Kamakura. The menu rotates often with show-stopping dishes highlighting Kamakura’s Brazilian roots and Japanese training like lobster sashimi, uni with black truffle on crispy rice, A5 wagyu nigiri, and otoro uni truffle temaki. Reservations are required, and once booked, guests will receive special instructions on how to access the restaurant.

13. Zuma

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270 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 577-0277
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A chic, minimalist hotspot overlooking the Miami River, Zuma offers internationally acclaimed modern Japanese cuisine in the heart of Downtown. This decade-old restaurant was the first U.S. location from this Japanese chain, but it’s still going strong. Whether diners are looking to scope out the celeb scene at the lounge, hang out at the always buzzy bar, or indulge in a massive sushi spread, there’s a vibe for everyone at this fan-favorite restaurant. Pro tip: its over-the-top weekend brunch gives guests an unlimited sampling of all of its best dishes at one price.

14. Azabu Miami Beach

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161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 276-0520
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This New York City import boasts a “hidden” sushi counter inside its main restaurant, which serves omakase using local and imported seafood from the top fish markets in Japan. Wash it back with one of the 40 imported whiskeys on hand. Keep an eye on its social media channels for announcements about a wide variety of interesting collaboration dinners with local chefs and purveyors.

15. NAOE

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661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 947-6263
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After shutting down his spot on Sunny Isles, sushi chef Kevin Cory relocated his acclaimed Name to Brickell Key, and he hasn’t missed a beat. While not an inexpensive meal by any means, the tiny, eight-seat Naoe offers one of the best sushi experiences in Miami, always fresh and never disappointing. The meticulous meal rotates daily, with no substitutions permitted, with dishes like stone crab nigiri, fresh uni marinated in salt water, unagi two ways, and a mystery ice cream served at the end of the meal. And to drink? Sake from the Cory’s family brewery in their Japanese hometown.

16. Osaka Miami

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1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 627-4800
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This South American Nikkei import has garnered a following for its raw items like nigiri sushi and creative rolls, alongside a vast array of ceviche, omakase platters, and larger dishes like bone-in ribeye, seafood rice skillets, served with an extensive cocktail menu and see-and-be-scene clientele. Those who want Osaka to-go, can opt for its deluxe omakase box meant for two that can be picked up from the restaurant with just two hours notice.

17. Akashi Japanese Restaurant (Multiple locations)

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5830 S. Dixie Highway
South Miami, FL 33143
(305) 665-6261
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This classic Japanese spot off U.S. 1 offers rolls, sushi, and Japanese sides has kept the crowds coming back for more than 20 years. The well-priced menu has something for everyone, from the classics like a Dragon Roll and fried pork gyoza, to rolls like the Mermaid Roll filled with spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, topped with masago, seaweed salad, and spicy mayo, making it a popular spot for people of all ages.

18. Shibui Japanese Restaurant

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10139 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 274-5578
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Those looking for their sushi fix in the ‘burbs will find the answer at Shibui. The Japanese restaurant serves a huge variety of fresh sushi, sashimi, and rolls that have been a hit for more than 40 years, complete with tatami seating on the floor — just like it’s done in Japan. 

1. Makoto

9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154

A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half-off sale at Gucci, but thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa’s pristine sushi menu Makoto does just that. In addition to the raw stuff, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes, bincho charcoal robata, and surprisingly affordable lunch bento boxes have hungry shoppers making this a staple in their rotation.

9700 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33154

2. Sushi Erika

7859-7901 Hispanola Ave, North Bay Village, FL 33141

Those missing their Sushi Deli and Japanese Market fix can now get a taste of both at Sushi Erika. Operated by the daughter of Sushi Deli’s owner Michio Kushi, Erika Kushi, it features a similar feel and menu as its predecessor housing just four tables and a small no-frills sushi bar. Favorites from Sushi Deli like the sweet shrimp, macadamia, and love rolls make an appearance on the menu, along with well-priced sashimi options while newcomers like octopus salad also be found.

7859-7901 Hispanola Ave
North Bay Village, FL 33141

3. Wabi Sabi

851 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138

While Wabi Sabi may be known for its pristine donburi bowls, sushi lovers can indulge in a la carte pieces of fish or opt for the Wabi Sabi Omakase with 12 pieces of nigiri and one maki of the chef’s choice. 

851 NE 79th St
Miami, FL 33138

4. Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

5241 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33178

Inspired by traditional izakayas, Dragonfly features a bevy of Japanese comfort food dishes like Japanese seafood pancakes with shrimp, octopus, and squid; garlic blue crab fried rice; neck-to-tail chicken tasting menu; and plenty of seafood and traditional sushi rolls.

5241 NW 87th Ave
Doral, FL 33178

5. Itamae

140 NE 39th St #136, Miami, FL 33137

From its days inside the former St. Roch Market, this Japanese-Peruvian restaurant has grown into a larger space all its own in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court. Led by a brother, sister, and father team lovingly referred to as the “Chang Gang,” Itamae is an ode to combining their Peruvian heritage with Japanese classics. Think: a curated selection of maki and rolls, sashimi, and rice bowls served alongside tiraditos and ceviches. It’s sister sushi restaurant, B-Side by Itamae, located just a few blocks away in Wynwood is worth a visit too.

140 NE 39th St #136
Miami, FL 33137

6. Hiyakawa Miami

2700 N Miami Ave #5, Miami, FL 33127

This stunning Wynwood restaurant is an ode to Japanese cuisine with a variety of a la carte fried dishes, soups, appetizers, and seasonal sushi, nigiri, and hand rolls offered by the piece. But the highlight of the menu is the omakase meal, which rings in at $175 per person, and offers three appetizers, 12 pieces of nigiri, one maki, miso soup, and dessert.

2700 N Miami Ave #5
Miami, FL 33127

7. Hiden

313 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

This aptly named omakase restaurant is literally “hidden” behind a taco shop in Wynwood. Once guests enter with a numeric code (provided when the reservation is made), they encounter an intimate, eight-seat restaurant serving up an 18-dish menu featuring small Japanese appetizers, sashimi, and nigiri, all made with seasonal ingredients brought in from Japan. The meal is paired with sake, shochu, beer, and wine to wash it down with. Make sure to reserve early as seats book out months in advance. 

313 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

8. Uchi

252 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

This Austin import — which is described by Brett Anderson of the New York Times as “altering the city’s culinary identity” — has made its much anticipated debut in Miami. Located in the heart of Wynwood, it features creative sushi and sashimi made with fish flown in daily from the Tsukiji market, as well as makimono, yakimono, agemono, and other Japanese dishes in a chic and serene atmosphere. Those who want to give the entire menu a try, can opt for the 10-course chef’s tasting, a six-course signature tasting, and a six-course vegetarian tasting.

252 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

9. Omakai Sushi

2107 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Who says that well priced sushi can’t be found in Miami? Omakai Sushi offers a a proper omakase experience starting at just $17 a person, and running up to $38 for its deluxe, multi-course meal filled with seasonal fish. A variety of hand rolls, nigiri, and sashimi can also be ordered a la carte.

2107 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

10. Pubbelly Sushi (Multiple Locations)

1424 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This sushi comes from the award-winning Pubbelly boys, so guests can expect a menu of classic sushi dishes with their signature twist. Items like tuna pizza, bigeye tuna rolls, and miso bread pudding fill the menu, while the can’t-miss crab roll served with yuzu butter is as delicious as it is Instagram-worthy.

1424 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Doraku Izakaya and Sushi

1104 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This Gainesville import made a name for itself by serving up inventive rolls like the Cobra Kai filled with red onion, tomato, imitation crab, tempura flakes, lemon, Loch Duart salmon, garlic-shiso pesto, and aged balsamic or the Black Dragon made with soft shell tempura, mascarpone, cucumber, scallion, topped with avocado, smoked eel, eel sauce, spicy mayo. Its daily happy hour is also a can’t miss, make this restaurant a go-to spot for many.

1104 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Nossa Omakase

1600 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hidden behind Koa Restaurant on South Beach, guests are escorted through a dark corridor that opens up into a theater-like den dining room where they’ll dine on a 16- to 18-course dinner created by executive chef Max Kamakura. The menu rotates often with show-stopping dishes highlighting Kamakura’s Brazilian roots and Japanese training like lobster sashimi, uni with black truffle on crispy rice, A5 wagyu nigiri, and otoro uni truffle temaki. Reservations are required, and once booked, guests will receive special instructions on how to access the restaurant.

1600 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Zuma

270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

A chic, minimalist hotspot overlooking the Miami River, Zuma offers internationally acclaimed modern Japanese cuisine in the heart of Downtown. This decade-old restaurant was the first U.S. location from this Japanese chain, but it’s still going strong. Whether diners are looking to scope out the celeb scene at the lounge, hang out at the always buzzy bar, or indulge in a massive sushi spread, there’s a vibe for everyone at this fan-favorite restaurant. Pro tip: its over-the-top weekend brunch gives guests an unlimited sampling of all of its best dishes at one price.

270 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

14. Azabu Miami Beach

161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This New York City import boasts a “hidden” sushi counter inside its main restaurant, which serves omakase using local and imported seafood from the top fish markets in Japan. Wash it back with one of the 40 imported whiskeys on hand. Keep an eye on its social media channels for announcements about a wide variety of interesting collaboration dinners with local chefs and purveyors.

161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. NAOE

661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

After shutting down his spot on Sunny Isles, sushi chef Kevin Cory relocated his acclaimed Name to Brickell Key, and he hasn’t missed a beat. While not an inexpensive meal by any means, the tiny, eight-seat Naoe offers one of the best sushi experiences in Miami, always fresh and never disappointing. The meticulous meal rotates daily, with no substitutions permitted, with dishes like stone crab nigiri, fresh uni marinated in salt water, unagi two ways, and a mystery ice cream served at the end of the meal. And to drink? Sake from the Cory’s family brewery in their Japanese hometown.

661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

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16. Osaka Miami

1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131

This South American Nikkei import has garnered a following for its raw items like nigiri sushi and creative rolls, alongside a vast array of ceviche, omakase platters, and larger dishes like bone-in ribeye, seafood rice skillets, served with an extensive cocktail menu and see-and-be-scene clientele. Those who want Osaka to-go, can opt for its deluxe omakase box meant for two that can be picked up from the restaurant with just two hours notice.

1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami, FL 33131

17. Akashi Japanese Restaurant (Multiple locations)

5830 S. Dixie Highway, South Miami, FL 33143

This classic Japanese spot off U.S. 1 offers rolls, sushi, and Japanese sides has kept the crowds coming back for more than 20 years. The well-priced menu has something for everyone, from the classics like a Dragon Roll and fried pork gyoza, to rolls like the Mermaid Roll filled with spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, topped with masago, seaweed salad, and spicy mayo, making it a popular spot for people of all ages.

5830 S. Dixie Highway
South Miami, FL 33143

18. Shibui Japanese Restaurant

10139 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173

Those looking for their sushi fix in the ‘burbs will find the answer at Shibui. The Japanese restaurant serves a huge variety of fresh sushi, sashimi, and rolls that have been a hit for more than 40 years, complete with tatami seating on the floor — just like it’s done in Japan. 

10139 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL 33173

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