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14 Standout Sushi Restaurants in Orlando

From over-the-top omakases to family-run neighborhood gems

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Orlando’s sushi scene has swelled over the past decade with eating houses offering superior cuts of sashimi, nigiri and maki in practically every corner of the city. Indulging in luxe, extravagant omakases is now as common as enjoying a studied and traditional preparation inside a neighborhood hideaway. This list below presents the very best spots to satisfy that sushi fix.

Editor’s Note: Most Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jimotti's Restaurant

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2545 S French Ave
Sanford, FL 32773
(407) 952-3329
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Former Morimoto Asia head sushi chef Junichi Takazoe made the ballsy move to open his izakaya in an old barbecue shack in the middle of Sanford, but after five years of wowing folks in the Bokey, he’s showing no signs of stopping. They come for Japanese cuisine rooted in tradition and authenticity as well as Takazoe’s focus on quality ingredients and technical precision. Nigiri of silvery-skinned gizzard shad is as eye-rollingly good as albacore dressed with sesame, ponzu and crispy wonton skins. Seemingly pedestrian rolls are anything but. The spicy tuna is anointed with sesame oil, layered with smelt roe and spiked with a secret blend of chili peppers. The wasabi here, by the way, is real and freshly grated.

2. Sushi Pop Restaurant (Multiple locations)

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310 W Mitchell Hammock Rd
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 542-5975
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A conversation about the best sushi restaurants in town will eventually turn to chef Chau Trinh’s creative and pristine cuts at Sushi Pop. The talented chef, whose done stints at Le Bernardin and Atera in New York City, carved out a niche in Oviedo with his spirited and sophisticated anime-themed eatery, then brought his game to Winter Park with an outpost off Lyman Avenue. Trinh is never one to rest on his laurels and is constantly experimenting with ideas and techniques to fuel Sushi Pop’s progression.

3. Wa Sushi

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908 Semoran Blvd
Casselberry, FL 32707
(407) 636-3251
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Wa exposed the sleepy bedroom community of Casselberry to a refined sushi-going experience and the rest of Orlando quickly took notice. Wa closed in February of 2020, but reopened in a new locale in Casselberry serving the same high-end ingredients from bluefin toro tartare and deep-fried Hiroshima oysters to A5 wagyu and hotaru ika, the seasonal firefly squid. At $42, the 16-piece grand sashimi moriawase is an absolute steal.

4. Boku Sushi & Grill

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140 Independence Ln
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 960-5577
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Chef Tim Liu has thrown his hat into the high-end (and high-stakes) sushi ring with this slick little restaurant oozing with Japanese modernism. Liu, whose Mikado Sushi & Grill introduced quality cuts of fish from Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Markets to MetroWest, brings much of the same to the Maitland City Centre, and the outdoor space fronting picturesque Independence Lane makes it the place to see and be see in this suburban enclave.

5. Jade Sushi & New Asian

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2425 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 422-7968
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Amid the glut of pizza and pasta joints dotting College Park’s main thoroughfare sits this gem of a restaurant that makes an effort to raise the level, and add a little diversity, to the neighborhood’s homogenous dining scene. Owners Lewis Lin and Stephanie Huang serve stellar cuts including aburi sushi – lightly torched nigiri served with seasonal omakase toppings. The menu features more than a few rolls as well as a sizeable veg offering.

6. Kadence

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1809 Winter Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

The trio of Jennifer Bañagale, Mark Berdin, and Lordfer Lalicon are a studied lot with impressive credentials and their minimalist Japanese restaurant offers one of the finest dining experiences in the city. Semi-regular trips to Japan spawn inspiration in their traditional – and impeccably presented – omakases, while the sake program is, unquestionably, second to none.

7. Seito Sushi (Multiple locations)

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4898 New Broad St #32814
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 898-8801
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Sushi of the highest order can be had at either of Seito’s locations – the slick sushi house in Baldwin Park run by Jason and Sue Chin (Reyes Mezcaleria, The Osprey) or the swish Sand Lake spot run by Jason’s sister Jennifer and husband Eric Springer. Both restaurants are equally dedicated to impeccable service, quality sourcing, and gorgeous plating. There’s a “Roll-O-Dex” of signature rolls as well as a bevy of pièces de resistance ranging from wahoo to ora king salmon to shima aji. Lavish omakases are also offered. 

8. Shin Japanese Cuisine

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803 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 648-8000
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A stalwart of the city’s sushi landscape, this urbane sushi house has always reflected a commitment to sourcing and artistry while respecting tradition. That it’s entering its 15th year should be no surprise to anyone, least of all the regulars who come to the airy North Quarter digs to indulge in a spate of rolls (more than 50 are offered) like the notable “Maine,” featuring a whole tempura lobster tail, and the “Aloha” with a mix of unagi and snow crab.

9. Kabooki Sushi (Multiple locations)

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3122 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 228-3839
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From humble beginnings helping his parents run two restaurants at the age of 15 to opening Kabooki Sushi at the age of 22 and quickly becoming one of Orlando’s most creative sushi chefs says a lot about the drive and passion of Henry Moso. His extravagant, free-for-all omakases are legendary and the ingredients he sources from local waters and those in the Pacific are unparalleled. After opening a second Kabooki Sushi in Dr. Phillips, Moso expanded and completely renovated the original restaurant on East Colonial Drive as the pandemic raged. The result: one of the sexiest sushi spots in town.

10. Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

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7972 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 370-3359
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With its glossy wraparound bar and angled bento-box ceiling, Dragonfly set the bar pretty high for modern izakayas and sushi houses in this city when it opened back in 2010. While its robata game is strong, Dragonfly’s servings of sushi and sashimi certainly have wings. Of note are the Hokkaido scallops dressed in garlic-jalapeno, the bigeye tuna kobachi tossed in a spicy sesame oil blend and the indulgent sashimi passion, available in composed 7- and 21-piece platters. The impressive selection of Japanese beer, sake, whisky, and shōchū is nothing to scoff at.

11. Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant

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8255 International Dr #136
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 363-7200
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Another in a line of fiercely authentic Japanese restaurants, this OG of Orlando’s sushi scene is as good now as it was when it opened way back in 1996. Yes, it’s situated in the tourist sector, but the all-Japanese staff and the minimalist interior – which hasn’t changed much since its opening – make for a transportive experience. Rolls are segmented into “American” and “Japanese Traditional” categories, and sashimi and nigiri are plated without all the flash, panache, and fuss of more modern sushi houses in town. There a nice sake selection too.

12. Sushi Tomi

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8463 S John Young Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 352-8635
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Itamae Hidehiko Ochiai has been at it for more than a quarter century having served as head sushi chef at Ran-Getsu before opening this humble strip-mall sushi joint with wife Akiko nearly 20 years ago. The Japanese clientele is a tip-off to the restaurant’s authenticity while the Japanese waitstaff are as quick as they are cordial. Ochiaisan’s former apprentice Henry Lai is killing it in Japan but he’s groomed other savvy slicers and dicers to ready Sushi Tomi’s menu of pristine, no-fuss rolls, nigiri and sashimi – the 18-piece sashimi dinner for $28.95 is one of the best deals in town. A daily list of specials usually comprises intriguing options be it whelk, baby snow crab, iwashi, spot prawns, or geoduck. 

13. Morimoto Asia

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1600 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-6686
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It’s clear that Morimoto Asia executive chef Yuhi Fujinaga and executive sushi chef Alex Munkhbilguun are bent on offering the absolute finest cuts of fish and seafood procured from Toyosu Fish Market and around the world inside their sprawling, two-story Disney Springs behemoth. The relationships the restaurant (and the Morimoto empire) has forged over the years have clearly placed them in an advantageous position as far as sourcing is concerned. Preferential treatment? Maybe, but either way the consumer is the ultimate beneficiary of these prized ingredients and the respect and deference with which the chefs and their discriminating kitchen staff present them. The omakase is a refined and mind-blowing experience for the cuts alone – baby barracuda, butterfish and beltfish from Kanagawa; whole firefly squid from Hyogo; line-caught horse mackerel from Kagoshima; Alaskan sea urchin and on it goes. Add to that the creativity, precision and adherence to tradition the chefs possess (not to mention the 110 pounds of brown rice milled in house daily), and the sushi program here may very well be the most “polished” in the region.

14. Takumi-Tei

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1780 N Ave of the Stars
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-3463
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Epcot’s dinner-only Japanese restaurant is aimed at deep-pocketed patrons in search of a high-end dining experience, and boy is Takumi-Tei high end. Kimono-garbed servers and hosts straight from Japan stealthily amble about the zen-soaked rooms tending to guests indulging in pricey seven-course omakases and nine-course kaisekis. Chef Ty Schmitt’s creations – like a square mozaiku roll with bluefin tuna, yellowtail and red shiso rice – aren’t just appetizing, but they’re works of art. The pandemic forced a temporary closure of the restaurant, so call before you go.  

1. Jimotti's Restaurant

2545 S French Ave, Sanford, FL 32773

Former Morimoto Asia head sushi chef Junichi Takazoe made the ballsy move to open his izakaya in an old barbecue shack in the middle of Sanford, but after five years of wowing folks in the Bokey, he’s showing no signs of stopping. They come for Japanese cuisine rooted in tradition and authenticity as well as Takazoe’s focus on quality ingredients and technical precision. Nigiri of silvery-skinned gizzard shad is as eye-rollingly good as albacore dressed with sesame, ponzu and crispy wonton skins. Seemingly pedestrian rolls are anything but. The spicy tuna is anointed with sesame oil, layered with smelt roe and spiked with a secret blend of chili peppers. The wasabi here, by the way, is real and freshly grated.

2545 S French Ave
Sanford, FL 32773

2. Sushi Pop Restaurant (Multiple locations)

310 W Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765

A conversation about the best sushi restaurants in town will eventually turn to chef Chau Trinh’s creative and pristine cuts at Sushi Pop. The talented chef, whose done stints at Le Bernardin and Atera in New York City, carved out a niche in Oviedo with his spirited and sophisticated anime-themed eatery, then brought his game to Winter Park with an outpost off Lyman Avenue. Trinh is never one to rest on his laurels and is constantly experimenting with ideas and techniques to fuel Sushi Pop’s progression.

310 W Mitchell Hammock Rd
Oviedo, FL 32765

3. Wa Sushi

908 Semoran Blvd, Casselberry, FL 32707

Wa exposed the sleepy bedroom community of Casselberry to a refined sushi-going experience and the rest of Orlando quickly took notice. Wa closed in February of 2020, but reopened in a new locale in Casselberry serving the same high-end ingredients from bluefin toro tartare and deep-fried Hiroshima oysters to A5 wagyu and hotaru ika, the seasonal firefly squid. At $42, the 16-piece grand sashimi moriawase is an absolute steal.

908 Semoran Blvd
Casselberry, FL 32707

4. Boku Sushi & Grill

140 Independence Ln, Maitland, FL 32751

Chef Tim Liu has thrown his hat into the high-end (and high-stakes) sushi ring with this slick little restaurant oozing with Japanese modernism. Liu, whose Mikado Sushi & Grill introduced quality cuts of fish from Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Markets to MetroWest, brings much of the same to the Maitland City Centre, and the outdoor space fronting picturesque Independence Lane makes it the place to see and be see in this suburban enclave.

140 Independence Ln
Maitland, FL 32751

5. Jade Sushi & New Asian

2425 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

Amid the glut of pizza and pasta joints dotting College Park’s main thoroughfare sits this gem of a restaurant that makes an effort to raise the level, and add a little diversity, to the neighborhood’s homogenous dining scene. Owners Lewis Lin and Stephanie Huang serve stellar cuts including aburi sushi – lightly torched nigiri served with seasonal omakase toppings. The menu features more than a few rolls as well as a sizeable veg offering.

2425 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804

6. Kadence

1809 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32803

The trio of Jennifer Bañagale, Mark Berdin, and Lordfer Lalicon are a studied lot with impressive credentials and their minimalist Japanese restaurant offers one of the finest dining experiences in the city. Semi-regular trips to Japan spawn inspiration in their traditional – and impeccably presented – omakases, while the sake program is, unquestionably, second to none.

1809 Winter Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

7. Seito Sushi (Multiple locations)

4898 New Broad St #32814, Orlando, FL 32814

Sushi of the highest order can be had at either of Seito’s locations – the slick sushi house in Baldwin Park run by Jason and Sue Chin (Reyes Mezcaleria, The Osprey) or the swish Sand Lake spot run by Jason’s sister Jennifer and husband Eric Springer. Both restaurants are equally dedicated to impeccable service, quality sourcing, and gorgeous plating. There’s a “Roll-O-Dex” of signature rolls as well as a bevy of pièces de resistance ranging from wahoo to ora king salmon to shima aji. Lavish omakases are also offered. 

4898 New Broad St #32814
Orlando, FL 32814

8. Shin Japanese Cuisine

803 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

A stalwart of the city’s sushi landscape, this urbane sushi house has always reflected a commitment to sourcing and artistry while respecting tradition. That it’s entering its 15th year should be no surprise to anyone, least of all the regulars who come to the airy North Quarter digs to indulge in a spate of rolls (more than 50 are offered) like the notable “Maine,” featuring a whole tempura lobster tail, and the “Aloha” with a mix of unagi and snow crab.

803 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801

9. Kabooki Sushi (Multiple locations)

3122 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

From humble beginnings helping his parents run two restaurants at the age of 15 to opening Kabooki Sushi at the age of 22 and quickly becoming one of Orlando’s most creative sushi chefs says a lot about the drive and passion of Henry Moso. His extravagant, free-for-all omakases are legendary and the ingredients he sources from local waters and those in the Pacific are unparalleled. After opening a second Kabooki Sushi in Dr. Phillips, Moso expanded and completely renovated the original restaurant on East Colonial Drive as the pandemic raged. The result: one of the sexiest sushi spots in town.

3122 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803

10. Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL 32819

With its glossy wraparound bar and angled bento-box ceiling, Dragonfly set the bar pretty high for modern izakayas and sushi houses in this city when it opened back in 2010. While its robata game is strong, Dragonfly’s servings of sushi and sashimi certainly have wings. Of note are the Hokkaido scallops dressed in garlic-jalapeno, the bigeye tuna kobachi tossed in a spicy sesame oil blend and the indulgent sashimi passion, available in composed 7- and 21-piece platters. The impressive selection of Japanese beer, sake, whisky, and shōchū is nothing to scoff at.

7972 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819

11. Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant

8255 International Dr #136, Orlando, FL 32819

Another in a line of fiercely authentic Japanese restaurants, this OG of Orlando’s sushi scene is as good now as it was when it opened way back in 1996. Yes, it’s situated in the tourist sector, but the all-Japanese staff and the minimalist interior – which hasn’t changed much since its opening – make for a transportive experience. Rolls are segmented into “American” and “Japanese Traditional” categories, and sashimi and nigiri are plated without all the flash, panache, and fuss of more modern sushi houses in town. There a nice sake selection too.

8255 International Dr #136
Orlando, FL 32819

12. Sushi Tomi

8463 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819

Itamae Hidehiko Ochiai has been at it for more than a quarter century having served as head sushi chef at Ran-Getsu before opening this humble strip-mall sushi joint with wife Akiko nearly 20 years ago. The Japanese clientele is a tip-off to the restaurant’s authenticity while the Japanese waitstaff are as quick as they are cordial. Ochiaisan’s former apprentice Henry Lai is killing it in Japan but he’s groomed other savvy slicers and dicers to ready Sushi Tomi’s menu of pristine, no-fuss rolls, nigiri and sashimi – the 18-piece sashimi dinner for $28.95 is one of the best deals in town. A daily list of specials usually comprises intriguing options be it whelk, baby snow crab, iwashi, spot prawns, or geoduck. 

8463 S John Young Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32819

13. Morimoto Asia

1600 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

It’s clear that Morimoto Asia executive chef Yuhi Fujinaga and executive sushi chef Alex Munkhbilguun are bent on offering the absolute finest cuts of fish and seafood procured from Toyosu Fish Market and around the world inside their sprawling, two-story Disney Springs behemoth. The relationships the restaurant (and the Morimoto empire) has forged over the years have clearly placed them in an advantageous position as far as sourcing is concerned. Preferential treatment? Maybe, but either way the consumer is the ultimate beneficiary of these prized ingredients and the respect and deference with which the chefs and their discriminating kitchen staff present them. The omakase is a refined and mind-blowing experience for the cuts alone – baby barracuda, butterfish and beltfish from Kanagawa; whole firefly squid from Hyogo; line-caught horse mackerel from Kagoshima; Alaskan sea urchin and on it goes. Add to that the creativity, precision and adherence to tradition the chefs possess (not to mention the 110 pounds of brown rice milled in house daily), and the sushi program here may very well be the most “polished” in the region.

1600 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

14. Takumi-Tei

1780 N Ave of the Stars, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Epcot’s dinner-only Japanese restaurant is aimed at deep-pocketed patrons in search of a high-end dining experience, and boy is Takumi-Tei high end. Kimono-garbed servers and hosts straight from Japan stealthily amble about the zen-soaked rooms tending to guests indulging in pricey seven-course omakases and nine-course kaisekis. Chef Ty Schmitt’s creations – like a square mozaiku roll with bluefin tuna, yellowtail and red shiso rice – aren’t just appetizing, but they’re works of art. The pandemic forced a temporary closure of the restaurant, so call before you go.  

1780 N Ave of the Stars
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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