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Best sushi

Sashimi platter at MF Sushibar in Midtown. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Sashimi platter at MF Sushibar in Midtown. Photo: Becky Stein / Special


1) MF Sushi in Buckhead and Midtown

You say, “Hands down the best sushi is at MF Sushi, The sushi there tastes fresh in comparison to other places I even eaten in Atlanta. I prefer the location on Ponce. The Buckhead location is a nice place to take a gathering of friends.”

2) Sushi House Hayakawa in Doraville

3) Taka Sushi Café in Buckhead

4) Tomo in Vinings

5) Circle Sushi in Sandy Springs

6) Sushi Huku on Powers Ferry Road

Executive chef and owner Chris Kinjo preparing sushi in the omakase room at MF Buckhead.

Executive chef and owner Chris Kinjo preparing sushi in the omakase room at MF Buckhead.


1) MF Buckhead

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “MF Buckhead has done something that no other restaurant in Atlanta has ever done on such a grand scale. Its 8,000 square feet of jaw-dropping space has finally combined the big, bold Buckhead look that Atlanta loves with an absolutely incomparable dining experience. No detail — from the perfect thickness of the wooden chopsticks to the amazing sake list — has been ignored. But it is the sushi bar — and incredibly fresh fish cut perfectly — that is the beating heart of this restaurant.”

2) MF Sushibar in Midtown

3) Taka Sushi Café

4) Tomo Japanese Restaurant

5) Sushi House Hayakawa

For more on each of these sushi spots, take a look at Goldman’s latest In Search of….

303 comments Add your comment

Chad Shearer

April 5th, 2010
12:17 pm

While I mostly go to Genki for the noodle bowls (which I easily the best in the city), the sushi is great too. The new location, at the Prado, has a wonderful vibe… and Buckhead is pretty much an Atlanta institution.


April 5th, 2010
1:10 pm

Rise is my Favorite down by Stats, downtown!!! Strip in Atlantic Station is good too!!


April 5th, 2010
1:38 pm

I always go to Genki when I crave sushi. It’s simply the best. I love their supercrunch, evil salmon and starcrunch. Their appetizer menu is over the top!


April 5th, 2010
2:21 pm


April 5th, 2010
3:43 pm

Best sushi is at Taka. MF is great but way overpriced. Have not been to Tomo but I hear it’s awesome. Genki? Really? What’s next RuSan’s?


April 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Blue Fin on Peachtree- Amazing sushi and a great atmosphere


April 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

Sushi House on peachtree across from Houstons, RA isn’t bad especially if you get there early and get the half off sushi.

Atlanta Sushi

April 5th, 2010
4:00 pm

I would vote for Haru Ichiban on Satellite Blvd in Gwinnett. Sushi is oustanding and is complimented with a full Japanese menu.


April 5th, 2010
4:11 pm


April 5th, 2010
4:23 pm

I love MF even though it’s expensive. RA?? Worst I’ve had since RuSans…Mayo and cream cheese do not belong in sushi.

ready for spring!

April 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

Harry and Son’s in Highlands!


April 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

Strips @ Atlantic Station…of course!


April 5th, 2010
4:44 pm

MF Sushibar on Ponce. I know the Buckhead spot is the flagship, but the Ponce location delivers stellar sushi every the time. When Kinjo is there, sitting at the bar is like having front row tickets to a Broadway show. Tomo also is awesome.

Pugs not Drugs

April 5th, 2010
4:44 pm

Starfish, hands down.


April 5th, 2010
6:24 pm

Jory S.

April 5th, 2010
8:26 pm

Kenyobee on Pleasant Hill. Ask for the “Protein Bomb”. You won’t believe how much sushi you get for that little money.


April 5th, 2010
8:46 pm

I’ve been looking for good Sushi since I moved to Atlanta. Nori Nori is down the street, are they good?


April 5th, 2010
9:55 pm

For price, consistencey and freshness, Harry and Son’s in the Highlands. I order a new roll or sashimi every visit and have never been disappointed trying something new.

Chiko Badruddin

April 5th, 2010
10:09 pm

RA has some of the best Sushi for the price. If you paying more MF Sushi is pretty good.


April 5th, 2010
10:14 pm

My favorites are: Sushi Kiku (on Lenox Rd in Buckhead), Steel in Midtown, Circle Sushi (Roswell Road in Sandy Springs), Ma Li (Highlands) and Sweet Lime (Little Five Points)


April 5th, 2010
11:12 pm

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April 5th, 2010
11:14 pm

Enter your comments here MF over priced rude service


April 5th, 2010
11:25 pm

Orient Express in Vinings

Steven Josovitz

April 6th, 2010
12:47 am

here to serve restaurants i.e. twist, prime, goldfish strip, and so on has a really strong sushi program headed up and started years ago by the original Sushi Master from the original Nikkemoto’s….


April 6th, 2010
12:55 am

Oriennt Express….Sushi Ave…Harry and Sons..


April 6th, 2010
1:45 am

Umezono in Cobb has really good sushi! very good entres.


April 6th, 2010
5:46 am

Rise Sushi Lounge on Marietta Street, Downtown.
Sit at the bar and watch Master Sushi Chef Tony; quite the show!


April 6th, 2010
6:35 am

Zuma is the best in the city, by far!


April 6th, 2010
6:37 am

It is definitely Blue Fin. If you are in the castleberry hill area, you will be delighted by sushi at Wasabi. I love sushi!


April 6th, 2010
6:50 am

It is defintely Minato’s in Smyrna. Kevin, Ming, Pat, Phillip, Tony and Paul all do an awesome job and food is awesome. It is our verison of Cheers!


April 6th, 2010
7:01 am

Hands down it is MF Sushi. Ru San’s is nasty.

Kenny Ron

April 6th, 2010
7:15 am

Umezomo’s for value, Blue Fin for quality


April 6th, 2010
7:24 am

Blue Fin has some amazing sushi.. Loves it..


April 6th, 2010
7:27 am

Hashiguchi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar‎ near 3000 Windy Hill Rd in Marietta – It’s the ‘Real Deal’. It’s where all the Japanese businessmen go when they come to Atlanta.


April 6th, 2010
7:32 am

Nori Nori, Buford… no doubt.

Genki is Terrible

April 6th, 2010
7:35 am

It was the first sushi I ate after going to Japan for three weeks and it was disgusting. I thought it was good before I knew what sushi was, like most of the novices in the first three posts. They insisted that a smoked salmon nigiri was toro, and even charged me for the latter. As far as I’m concerned, Genki is for buckhead folk who have never even had decent sushi. The same thing can be said for RA (for midtown residents). The fish quality is atrocious but they do an ample job covering it up by smothering the sushi in various sauces.

The original MF is good, but the new one sacrificed good food for ambiance. The Sake menu at the new one (if you can afford it) is fantastic though. The most underrated gems in the city are Sushi-Huku on Powers Ferry and Taka on Pharr. Huku has the best fish by far, but it’s not cheap. For those buckhead people who only go to Genki, I’d strongly recommend Taka. You won’t like it because you won’t see or be seen, but you should try good sushi at least once. I also like Starfish on Peachtree a lot too, especially because they dedicate part of the menu to creating your own roll. Blue Fin down the road is ok, but the trendy decor overshadows the modest fish quality. The nearby Sushi-House used to be good, but their old sushi chef disappeared or left (not sure which and don’t want to ask!) about 3-4 years ago and the food and service haven’t been up to snuff since. Geisha House in Atlantic Station is remarkably overpriced, but they used to do a half-price Sunday where their markup would balance out.

Last, I will always remember Ru-Sans as the first place I ate sushi. I probably won’t eat it again. But if you are a 15-23 year old it’s great for edible, affordable sushi and a fun young atmosphere.


April 6th, 2010
7:43 am

Tomo in Vinings is the best! Small, quaint atmosphere- where they remember what we loke every time we go in there! Great sushi


April 6th, 2010
8:00 am

Zuma on Highland Avenue.


April 6th, 2010
8:03 am

Kenyobee is the best kept secret in the southeast. They keep it simple and fresh always. Being from Southern California I know whats good , bad and overpriced. Best bet in Atlanta.

Adam Brantley

April 6th, 2010
8:08 am

Publix (Just Kidding), Twist has good sushi and so does aja.


April 6th, 2010
8:09 am

Tanaka on Hwy 9 in Roswell. Small, intimate, lots of Japanese customers, and the food is consistently excellent.


April 6th, 2010
8:16 am

Kuroshio’s in Kennesaw has amazing sushi….I’m never disappointed when I go there!!

Bob Rock and Roll

April 6th, 2010
8:24 am

Circle Sushi just south of the river on 9. Tanaka is okay, tastes great but, I always get sick afterwards. Ru-San’s is disgusting and overpriced.


April 6th, 2010
8:25 am

Hamada Japanese Grill & Sushi in Kennesaw….wonderful atmosphere, great specials, and most importantly, high quality sushi…


April 6th, 2010
8:25 am

Minato Sushi 2697 Spring Road SE in Smyrna 770-432-6012 has the Best sushi. Try the Super Crunch and you will never go any place else to have it.


April 6th, 2010
8:27 am

Nobody mentioned Hashi Gushi yet off of Windy Hill.


April 6th, 2010
8:30 am

Best experience ever was at Taka in Buckhead…already named, here are a few that are close in the running: both MFs (Ponce & Buckhead). The Buckhead experience is phenomenal but definitely save it for special, special occasions. Both MFs offer a great sake selection as well. Sushi Mio in Sandt Springs has not been mentioned, what a surprise! And if you want a cheap buffet fix…try the Lobster House in Alpharetta (sashimi for days).


April 6th, 2010
8:40 am

Genki’s Sushi/Sashimi plate is big and great. The chef’s specialty selections like the one tuna roll are fantastic and not found elsewhere. Sit at the bar, enjoy a cold beverage and eat some great sushi.

I really like Sushi Meito near the corner of Holcomb Bridge Road and Spalding Drive. Across the street from the Publix shopping center on Spalding. They have nice, fresh, large portions and the best green tea. They also have a full Japanese menu as well. Very authentic. Enjoy. Go Dogs!!


April 6th, 2010
8:40 am

Sushi Huku on Powers Ferry!


April 6th, 2010
8:42 am

Best kept secret is Wasabi in Castleberry Hill. My second go to place is Miso in Inman Park.