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The Best Sushi Spots in Austin

Published On 10/08/2015 Published On 10/08/2015

Austin This town may be landlocked, but there is no shortage of quality sushi in the capital city, because, well, this is Austin. We take our food seriously. Here are the eight best spots in town where you’re guaranteed not to get a raw deal...

DK Sushi

Brentwood (North Austin) What you're getting: Seared escolar (and a sake bomb with DK) If you’re looking for top-notch sushi in a house party-type atmosphere, DK Sushi is your spot. Go on a Thursday night and enjoy the owner himself (DK) performing crass stand-up, karaoke, and encouraging everyone in the restaurant to enjoy sake bombs with him. This is Austin-does-sushi. More Stuff You Will Like

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Piranha Killer Sushi

  Downtown   What you're getting: Latino roll Piranha is by far the best bang for your buck in Austin. Located in the center of Downtown, it has a happy hour from 4-7pm where you can fill up on sushi for the cost of rolls at other places (cough... Uchi). Great cocktail and beer pairings make Piranha your new go-to for Downtown lunch. Continue Reading

Ky?ten

Kyōten

  East Austin   What you're getting: Masu-zushi No matter the category, the best type of food in East Austin comes out of a trailer and is BYOB. Kyōten is no exception. The food truck is surrounded by a zen garden, plenty of picnic tables, and fairy lights to complete the atmosphere.

Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen

Lucky Robot

  South Congress   What you're getting: Mechazilla roll Whatever your reason for being on South Congress (mom's in town or you’re on a date), Lucky Robot is your next stop. Enjoy one of the many sake cocktails while entertaining yourself in the swinging chair seating arrangements. Add some of the Robot’s famous Brussels sprouts, and everyone will be applauding your great dining choice.

Uchi Austin

Uchi

  South Lamar   What you're getting: Machi Cure The unconqured king of Austin sushi spots -- if you’re looking to class it up for a night in an otherwise casual city, Uchi is your spot. The quality matches the price (high), and any sushi snob would agree the restaurant has some of the finest sushi available, anywhere on the planet. Plan ahead, as reservations are typically booked weeks in advance.

Fukumoto

  East Austin   What you're getting: Hama toro While Fukumoto the restaurant is a relative newcomer to the scene, Chef Kazu Fukumoto is no stranger in Austin food circles. The former chef at Musashino recently opened this location as one of the most anticipated openings of 2015, and he did not disappoint. Try to get in as many trips now as you can, before the line is wrapped around the block.

Kome

Kome Sushi Kitchen

  North Austin   What you're getting: Spooky roll One of the smallest (in physical size) sushi spots in Austin, Kome fills up fast, but is always worth the wait. Starting with the warm towels given to you on arrival, this place is pure class and somewhere you’d be remiss to miss if you’re ever in North Austin. Tip: ask for extra “go-go sauce” and put it on everything you can.

Sushi Junai

Sushi Junai

  Downtown   What you're getting: All you can eat When your sushi cravings outmatch your bank account, there is always an option. Sushi Junai is that option in Austin and is a place to get down and dirty with a $20 all-you-can-eat sushi feast. It makes its rolls to order however, so make sure you put in 10 or 20 when you first arrive, as downtime is the enemy in your race to fill up on as much sushi as possible. Sign up here for our daily Austin email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town. Brent Underwood is the founder of HK Austin, a 16-bed co-living and co-working space in the heart of Austin. He can most often be found roaming the streets of East Austin with a variety of foreigners in tow.

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1. DK Sushi 5610 N Lamar Blvd Ste B, Austin, TX 78751

This sushi spot is always up to party. On Thursdays the owner, DK, performs stand up and karaoke. Get a sake bomb and Seared Escolar.

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2. Piranha Killer Sushi 207 San Jacinto Blvd Ste 202, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Piranha Killer Sushi is one of the cheaper sushi options in Austin. Try their Happy Hour from 4 - 7 for the best deals on rolls and drinks.

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3. Kyōten 1211 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

This stable food truck has a seating area and garden around it for all your sushi eating needs. Make sure to try the Masu-Zushi.

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4. Lucky Robot 1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

The SoCo Zen is now a higher-tech Japanese concept in which each table's equipped with an iPad for ordering sushi rolls like the R2D2 (grilled hangar steak, green onions, avocado, crispy shallot, sesame, yuzu miso sauce), upgraded entrees like a 24hr-marinated Karaage Chicken, and drinks from a full bar boasting 10+ rice wines creatively mixed in concoctions like the Japanese Devil's Tail: habanero-infused sake served in a hollowed cucumber, thus making it very difficult for you to keep your cool.

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5. Uchi 801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Serving up sushi and Japanese cuisine in South Austin, Uchi does have a larger price tag and you may encounter a wait -- but there's good reason for that in the deliciously fresh ingredients and bold flavors that you'll find inside. Grab a seat and order away, or put your trust in your servers and chefs and let them pick for you.

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6. Fukumoto 514 Medina St, Austin, 78702 (East Austin)

This place serves traditional sushi from renowned Chef Kasu Fukumoto. You are going to want to try the Hama Toro.

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7. Kome 4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

Designed by Japanese craftsmen, Kome has a modern atmosphere that compliments its homestyle Japanese comfort food. An extensive menu of Izakaya style meals and sushi rolls have influences from the owners' travels to other parts of Asia, with an added Austin flare.

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8. Sushi Junai 1612 Lavaca S, Austin, UT 78701 (Downtown)

A great sushi option when you really want a good portion, and don't have a ton of cash. Sushi Junai does a $20 all-you-can-eat sushi feast.

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