Food & Drink

The Best Sushi Restaurants in Miami, Right Now

Published On 10/22/2015 Published On 10/22/2015
Courtesy of Makoto
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1. Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

Izakaya-inspired restaurant Zuma in Downtown Miami combines a bright, modern setting with exquisite presentation of its ocean-fresh sushi dishes, like the Dynamite Spider Roll with soft-shell crab, chili, and wasabi tobiko sauce. From the robata grill, opt for tender beef and shishito pepper skewers with smoked chili soy, or baby artichoke with truffle wafu dressing. If it’s something crispy you’re craving, crunch on rock shrimp tempura with lime and chili mayonnaise, lobster tempura with spicy ponzu, or grouper tempura with chili onions. Brunch offerings include a selection of premium sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls.

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2. Pubbelly Sushi 1424 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Because there can't be too much of a good thing, unless that thing is named Charlotte, the Pubbelly dudes are opening Pubbelly Sushi today. Right next door to the original, it's also nailed the classed-up watering hole feel via exposed brick, massive multicolored chalkboard menus, and a sweet bright yellow/red graffiti mural featuring some sushi, Asian lettering, and Karate-chopping pigs, not to be confused with those Cobra Kai guys.

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3. Nobu 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

From master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, the Miami branch of world renowned restaurant Nobu brings A-List dining to Miami Beach. From its post in the Eden Roc Hotel, the restaurant serves Matushisa‚Äôs signature Japanese fusion dishes like black cod miso, rock shrimp tempura, and yellowtail sashimi with jalape√Īo. It‚Äôs the place to see and be seen on the beach, and even with a 350-seat dining room, a table is hard to come by -- plan accordingly.

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4. Katsuya 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

While Katsuya doles out unsurprising Japanese dishes (like crispy rice w/ spicy tuna, Kobe sliders, Yellowtail sashimi with jalape√Īo, and rock shrimp tempura), it's atmosphere is quite a treat for the eyes. It's set inside SLS and definitely holds true to Miami hotel flare.

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5. Matsuri Japanese Restaurant 5759 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

This place may be in a shopping center, but their sushi is too good to pass up.

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6. Fung Ku 1720 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This restaurant is disguised as a tourist trap, but is actually a favorite sushi spot among locals.

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7. Sushi House 15911 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33160

You can't walk into this place without ordering the Pink Dragon.

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8. Makoto 9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154

Situated in Bal Harbour, this refined, modern restaurant offers elevated Japanese entrees, sushi, and robata. Pretty much everything on the menu is worth ordering (hello, matcha tiramisu and cauliflower robata!) when you hit up this Miami Beach spot, so bring a large menu and get to sampling the goods. Service here is friendly and thoughtful; we won't be surprised if you make this your regular place.

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9. Sushi Chef Japanese Restaurant 3100 Coral Way, Miami-Dade, FL 33145

What started as a small Japanese market in Miami has grown into one of SoFal's best kept sushi secrets. Try something from the original menu, like the Tataki or Dynamite Au Gratin.

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10. Japanese Market & Deli 1412 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33141

This tiny deli counter in this almost-unmarked storefront on the 79th Street causeway boasts some of the best sushi in Miami, curtesy of Chef Michio Kushi.

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11. Toni's Sushi Bar 1208 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Toni‚Äôs serves high-quality, no-flash sushi. Any South Beach sushi aficionado will list of a bunch of fancy, hotel-based spots as the best for nigiri and maki in SoBe, then back up and say ‚Äú... but you know what's just as good? Toni‚Äôs.‚ÄĚ Plus, you can eat here for about half the price. Or in your living room, because the Washington Ave restaurant also delivers.

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12. NAOE 661 Brickell Key Dr, , 33131

This eight-seat sushi temple on Brickell Key is the best of the best for Tokyo-quality sushi in Miami. Crafted by Chef Kevin Cory, Naoe is an omakase-only experience that begins with a bento box before graduating to individual pieces of art-like nigiri. Even if you aren't a sake fan, be sure to order some with your dinner -- it's sourced from the chef's family's brewery in Japan.

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13. Red Ginger 736 First ST., Miami, FL 33130

Red Ginger has the best selection of Japanese whiskey in the city. It's a perfect place to start expanding your whiskey knowledge.

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14. Kuro 1 Seminole Wy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

Located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Kuro is a true success. The fish is up there with any yacht-up restaurant on the Miami River that may or may not rhyme with "puma," and the decor is as opulent as you'd find in any international casino.