Food & Drink

The 12 Best Sushi Spots in Portland

Published On 04/20/2015 Published On 04/20/2015
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1. Departure Restaurant & Lounge 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

Located in the Nines Hotel, The Departure serves authentic pan-Asian cuisine -- such as sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki, along with vegan and gluten-free items-- and creative cocktails in a scenic, double balconied setting with a great outdoor seating area and sweeping views of downtown PDX. Try the Tasho Macho, the venue's longest-surviving drink, which is an Asian fusion take on the Moscow mule.

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2. Masu Sushi 406 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

One of the pricier options in town, Masu is an upscale spot on the edge of the Pearl. The sushi, as well as the cocktails, are top notch. Most of the rolls are eight pieces so if you want to try a few things, bring a friend.

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3. Bamboo Sushi NW 836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

This place is all about sustainable sushi, using responsibly-sourced ingredients while also supporting marine stewardship organizations such as Salmon Nation, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute. But, as important as wildlife conservancy is, Bamboo Sushi's green initiative extends beyond sourcing and advocacy to include close monitoring of power and water use, as well as the use of biodegradable containers. This commitment has garnered Bamboo Sushi "Certified Green Restaurant" status with the Green Restaurant Association, which is pretty darn impressive in our book.

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4. Hokusei 4246 SE Belmont st, Portland, OR 97215

This restaurant saves you the trouble of hopping a cargo ship to Hokkaido by serving up fresh, authentic Japanese sushi right in South Portland. The full bar features a host of specialty cocktails and enough saki to make a samurai weep, and there are also a number of Japanese and locally-brewed beers available on tap.

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5. nodoguro 3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

A wildly popular Japanese pop-up experience went brick-and-mortar in Hawthorne's Nodoguro, but that doesn't mean things are getting predictable. Ticketed themed omakase feasts are full of surprises, with frequently changing menus that cater to the truest of hardcore sushi fans. There are three central types of experiences: Sousaka, Hardcore (19 courses), and SupaHardcore (21 courses), where diners should expect both traditional sushi and out-there experimental plates.

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6. Saburo's Sushi House 1667 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

If you want to be part of the first seating at this intimate sushi spot you can’t be afraid to be a door buster, because raw-fish-lovers are often lined up an hour before opening (even in the pouring rain).

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7. Mirakutei 536 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97214

Just opened on lower Burnside, slickly modern, tiny Mirakutei's a late night noodle/sushi spot from the owner of NW PDX's famed Hiroshi, rocking a brief but impressive menu of Asian imbibables like shochu, and eats like octopus carpaccio, spicy scallop ro

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8. Daruma 3520 NE 42nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97213

This teensy raw-fishery serves up good sushi, but your best bet is the omakase, at an unbelievably low $30.

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9. Yoko’s Japanese Restaurant 2878 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202

Yoko’s has built a great neighborhood following with fresh sashimi and wildly creative rolls.

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10. Yataimura Maru 3810 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97214

Yataimura Mura is set up to look like a Tokyo alleyway, adorned with paper doors, flags, and paper lanters. The sushi restaurant lends an izakaya pub vibe to the ever-growing Division, offering up small plates, ramen, and a ton of roll options.

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11. Sushi Mazi 2126 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

This place has some of the brightest, most flavorful sushi in the city. And yes, those are fried grasshoppers. And don’t think your eyes are deceiving you, those are Pop Rocks perched atop the roll at the next table.