Food & Drink

The 8 Best Sushi Spots in Atlanta

Published On 05/26/2015 Published On 05/26/2015
Alexa Lampasona

In a landlocked town like Atlanta, you really don't want to make a bad decision about where to get your sushi, but with all the raw fish options out here, it can be impossible to pick the right spot. If you only you had the people at a sweet lifestyle site that rhymes with "illest" to make the decision for you... Oh, wait!

Tomo Buckhead

Tomo

Buckhead
Tomo is short for Tomohiro Naito, the mastermind behind this Buckhead jewel. His is the kind of sushi that makes you rethink all other sushi you’ve eaten; if you can, pony up the cash for a seat at the counter with Tomo himself.

UMI- Sushi Buckhead

Umi

Buckhead
The former executive chef of sorely missed MF Buckhead opened this swank restaurant, which throws tradition out the door (think lychee fruit in your tuna) while retaining high quality. Don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity at Umi -- it’s a common occurrence, thanks to its proximity to the St. Regis.

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Craft Izakaya

Inman Park
Before Krog Street Market opened, Inman Park had almost no Japanese food. Now, it’s home to some of Atlanta’s most delicate sushi, not to mention lunchtime ramen, complimentary cotton candy, and yakitori, aka delicious charcoal-grilled skewers.

Sushi-Huku Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Huku

Sandy Springs
Sushi Huku might be almost-OTP, but if you’re a purist, it’s destination-worthy for fish that is so fresh (and so clean, clean), you'll think about moving to the 'burbs.

Sushi House Hayakawa

Sushi House Hayakawa

Doraville
Buford Highway may not be the place you’d expect to find a high-end sushi bar. But really, it makes perfect sense: it’s tucked away from the hordes of Midtown and Buckhead, mostly frequented by Japanese families seeking authenticity. Go here for the real deal.

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Katana

Buckhead
If you have friends who won’t eat real sushi, Katana is the perfect group spot; it has an extensive teppanyaki menu, which is basically a fancy word for hibachi. Think filet mignon, sea bass, and organic chicken cooked tableside.

Taka Sushi Atlanta

Taka Sushi and Passion

Buckhead
The only thing better than great sushi is great sushi and a show... Which you won’t quite get at Taka, but Chef Taka’s larger-than-life personality does make for a unique experience.

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The One Sushi Plus

Brookhaven
The One Sushi + doesn’t take itself too seriously: it has menu items like the O.M.G and the #Selfie roll. But it sources its fish from the famed Tsukiji Market in Japan, so you can take a #selfie with fresh sea urchin, Japanese snapper, and more.

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1. Tomo 3630 Peachtree Rd #140, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

Tomo is short for Tomohiro Naito, the mastermind behind this Buckhead jewel. His is the kind of sushi that makes you rethink all other sushi you’ve eaten; if you can, pony up the cash for a seat at the counter with Tomo himself.

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2. Umi 3050 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste 1, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

In the heart of Buckhead, Umi features a 23ft sushi bar where Fuyuhiko Ito -- formerly of sushi house MF Buckhead -- slices and dices denizens of the sea for the citizens of Atlanta. Its white oak walls give the space a warm feel, as do the charred wood walls, which were hand-burned using the ancient Japanese application of Shou Sugi Ban. That kind of attention to detail is evident in the dishes, too, like the the assorted nigiri, spider and shrimp tempura rolls, and changing desserts that have included a Yuzu lemon meringue with blackberries and creme anglaise.

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3. Craft Izakaya 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

Krog Street Market's huge sushi, yakatori, and sake spot slings upgrades on your usual raw seafood, exotic eats like baby octopus, and a slew of sochu and sake cocktails that will keep you warm in the fall weather.

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4. Sushi Huku 6300 Powers Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339 (Sandy Springs)

Sushi Huku might be almost-OTP, but if you’re a purist, it’s destination-worthy for fish that is so fresh (and so clean, clean), you'll think about moving to the 'burbs.

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5. Katana 3345 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

If you have friends who won’t eat real sushi, Katana is the perfect group spot; it has an extensive teppanyaki menu, which is basically a fancy word for hibachi. Think filet mignon, sea bass, and organic chicken cooked tableside.

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6. Taka Sushi and Passion 385 Pharr Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

You have limited windows during which you can hit this swanky wooden Buckhead food dojo -- between 11:30am-2pm for lunch during the week, and 5:30-10pm on the weekends for dinner -- but the shoyu and miso broth varieties are well-worth the effort.

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7. The One Sushi Plus 2523 Caldwell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 (Brookhaven)

The One Sushi Plus, located in Atlanta's Brookhaven neighborhood, wants you to know it's not a one-trick pony, its small plates, like its braised pork belly to its entrees assure you'll be praising many more than its acclaimed sushi rolls. Imported Japanese beers and handmade cocktails means the drinks are up to par as well.

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8. Sushi House Hayakawa 5979 Buford Hwy NE, Ste A10, Atlanta, GA 30340

Owner Atsushi "Art" Hayakawa will happily show you some of the best sushi knife skills in the city, assuming you can follow his blazing speed. Pro tip: avoid the weekend rush and go early during the week, sit at the bar, and eat whatever Chef Art tells you to.

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