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

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

YOUR PICKS

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.

OUR PICKS

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

Lester

April 6th, 2010
10:00 am

For terrific chicken sushi, try The Pickwick.

bubba

April 6th, 2010
10:01 am

publix has the best sushi

Kei

April 6th, 2010
10:02 am

Sushi Avenue in Decatur has the freshest fish and the best texture & flavor of rice. Sushi is skillfully made. The price is reasonable and the service is good. Seeking a quality sushi, I’ve been to most of the highly rated sushi places in Atlanta (except MF Sushibar) and this one is by far the best.

Laurie

April 6th, 2010
10:03 am

ITP- MF or Blue Fin, Sushi Avenue
OTP- Nagoya in Roswell. Food art at it’s finest. Fun atmosphere.

JT

April 6th, 2010
10:04 am

Thrive in the 101 building…best UPSCALE sushi period!!! (Esp. “The Dragon” Roll)

Charlie

April 6th, 2010
10:05 am

No question it is Haru Ichiban if you want authentic Sushi and Japanese food. If you are looking for Americanized Japanese food, then this will not be your eatery. You know it is authentic when Japanese people come from other states to eat here!

Lou

April 6th, 2010
10:07 am

My wife and I have two favorites: Genki and Sushi Nami. We’ve lived in the ATL for 20+ years and Genki is as good, or better, now than ever. We found Sushi Nami after moving OTP and it rocks. Either way, ITP at Genki or OTP at Sushi Nami, you can’t go wrong.

Vince

April 6th, 2010
10:08 am

Sushi Nami on the north side. I like Goldfish, but after I got food poisoning there, I’ve never been back.

Hashiguchi Jr!

April 6th, 2010
10:08 am

Hashiguchi Jr. – Everyone speaks Japanese, including the majority of the patrons. It’s the only place in Atlanta where I feel confident saying “Omakase” and leaving my fate in the sushi chef’s hands, and if you’re lucky enough to get toro on your plate there… it’s beautiful.

Emily

April 6th, 2010
10:09 am

Circle Sushi in Sandy Springs is by far the best!!! Melt in your mouth good and always fresh.

Cheapoooooo

April 6th, 2010
10:11 am

Ru San’s is like McDonald’s…a Big Mac is not quality food, but sometimes it just hits the spot.

Daniel

April 6th, 2010
10:12 am

The best authentic sushi in Atlanta is at Sushi House Hayakawa on Buford Highway. This restaurant is great not only for its sushi, but all of its Japanese food. It’s as authentic as you can get. The ingredients are high quality and fresh and each dish is carefully and well prepared. Japanese owned and operated and most of the patrons are Japanese. That says something. Forget all the hype and gimmicky rolls at those “stylish” Americanized sushi restaurants. Sushi House Hayakawa is the real deal.

Sushimama

April 6th, 2010
10:13 am

what makes good sushi? how do u know if its good or not???

Bob Rock and Roll

April 6th, 2010
10:16 am

Why do people keep thinking that just because the place is full of Japanese that it must be great? Caucasian americans eat at all sort of dumps… I guess the Japanese are above all of that?

@Genki? Yuck!

April 6th, 2010
9:29 am

Please spare us with your ITP snobbery. It might do you good to venture out sometime.

Claire

April 6th, 2010
10:17 am

Love Nagaoya in Roswell! The worst…RuSan, seriously 5000 choices? What a stupid menu!

Kim

April 6th, 2010
10:17 am

Hashiguchi Jr. Fresh and authentic, it’s the real deal.

SH

April 6th, 2010
10:18 am

Kinyobee in Duluth. Looks like a hole in the wall, but the sushi is excellent and the staff very friendly.

jennifer

April 6th, 2010
10:20 am

Nakato on Cheshire Bridge has fresh, delvcately prepared sushi without all of the Americanized clutter of places like Genki and Ra. Starfish, Taka and Circle Sushi are good as well, especially given their price range. MF is the gold standard in Atlanta now that Soto is gone, but so expensive.

Dan

April 6th, 2010
10:21 am

Minato’s in Smyrna on Spring Rd. just past Lexus. Have been to many of the above and Minato’s is the best.

Andrea

April 6th, 2010
10:25 am

Zuma (the new location in Toco Hills)

Their sashimi comes in really thick cuts.

Chris

April 6th, 2010
10:35 am

Sushi House located on Peachtree in South Buckhead is my fave

Matt C.

April 6th, 2010
10:40 am

Wasabi in Castleberry Hill is my favorite. It’s very fresh and chef/owner Nahn is passionate about it. Never been disappointed.

mrj

April 6th, 2010
10:40 am

I live near Circle Sushi, which is good but way over priced. Just down the street is Enzo, newly opened and equivalent quality at better $$. My favorite is Happy Sumo, Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall. The staff is awesome, they have hibachi also and the presentation is great.
I’m OTP all the way and can’t compare most listed by others on this blog.

Freedog

April 6th, 2010
10:43 am

Takka in Buckhead and Tomo in Smyrna are my faves but Genki is our default b/c of convenience and the fact that it’s consistently good.

Calvin

April 6th, 2010
10:45 am

I heard Thaicoon in downtown Marietta has excellent sushi. I went there for Thai food and that was excellent.

mrj

April 6th, 2010
10:45 am

Had a bad experience at Nagoya in Roswell, where the sushi was too warm. We were off sushi for awhile after that.

Carri

April 6th, 2010
10:46 am

ITP – Sushi Huku. Great sushi, but a little expensive. OTP – Yoon Sushi in Canton/Holly Springs. My husband and I are regulars on Friday night. Fresh, delicious, affordable. Larger pieces of fish than other sushi places I have been. Wide variety of Saki. Yoon’s is the best!

Charles Stevens

April 6th, 2010
10:52 am

I would have to say Harry & Sons, Aqua Bistro and Taka – in no particular order. Dont bother posting if you think Genki is anywhere near the top of the list…

George

April 6th, 2010
10:53 am

Seriously, people. Get out of Atlanta. There’s a thriving Asian community outside the perimeter, and they eat better than you do.

The vote, my friends, goes to Sushi Yoko, off of Peachtree Industrial Road, near Norcross and Doraville. The sushi is superior, because the family built their sushi practice on the bones of a fresh fish import business. They run a grocery store next to the restaurant. It’s in a hole-in-the-wall building, and hard to find unless you’re looking for it. Which, come to think of it, is kind of how I like it.

Sushi Yoku!

ATL Native

April 6th, 2010
10:55 am

MF is good, but expensive. Harry & Sons is def. the best for quality, price, location and experience (and strong drinks).

Zuma is ok, but only worth going to for convenience sake.

Sushi House Harakawa just OTP is very good and affordable, with a great chef. Unfortunately, it isn’t very nice inside and it is a hike to reach.

Ru San’s is nasty. If you’re buying your sushi there, you might as well eat Gordon’s Fish Sticks.

Hirohito

April 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Sushi Huku on Powers Ferry and Haru Ichiban in Duluth. Both have the freshest fish, the best quality and are authentic.

ATL Native

April 6th, 2010
11:00 am

Sushi Avenue in Dacatur is terrible. I know there are two locations and the one the Square is worse than the other location, but they’re both sub par fare.

Jenny L.

April 6th, 2010
11:07 am

Hashiguchi Jr. or Sushi Huku!!

Sushi Fan

April 6th, 2010
11:10 am

Harry & Sons in VA Highlands is my favorite but I hope they got their health score up… :(

LC

April 6th, 2010
11:13 am

Minato in Cobb County. HANDS DOWN. This place is the freshest I’ve ever tasted and they know most of their customers by name. I go once a week…. yummm!!!

Brock

April 6th, 2010
11:14 am

Genki is trash. Was solid maybe ten or twelve years ago.

Bluepointe actually has great sushi in the bar area and is surprisingly not all that expensive.

Elmer

April 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Me and Maw like the sushi bar at Dynastic Buffet on Canton Rd. Canton is in China ain’t it? Canton Rd………sushi……..goes hand in hand!!

Alpharetta

April 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Have tried all the ones listed by everyone so far (MF, RuSan, Genki, etc.) and they are no where in comparison to the BEST sushi in the ATL area which is at Sushi Nami on Windward Pkey in Alpharetta. Have eaten sushi all over ATL and the country, and Sushi Nami has the best selection and freshest sushi hands down in the ATL area. Give it a try if you haven’t been.

Genki? Yuck!

April 6th, 2010
11:16 am

@Bob Rock and Roll

I have ventued OTP many times. There are tons of varieties of food OTP that are phenomenal, for example meat and threes, BBQ, fried catfish.

Sushi just isn’t one of those things, though. Part of it is the logistics of fish transportation. Part of it is the demand for fish. In places where the population density isn’t high (i.e., OTP), the demand isn’t great enough to keep a steady supply of the freshest fish. That’s why most, if not all, of the sushi I’ve had OTP, including at most places that have been mentioned, has been subpar – often the texture is off and the food fishier than most. I’ve been to Japan and seen the real thing; as far as I’m concerned there is no tuna in this country that comes close to what you get over there. But I digress…

It’s not ITP snobbery to think that most OTP places are bad because, well, they are. It’s not a personal insult to anyone who lives there. Circle Sushi is decent, that’s about it. If Huku were located 400 yards it would be OTP and I’d still say it’s among the best.

doc

April 6th, 2010
11:18 am

RAIN at tara is excellent, great price, attentive service, good quality. huge place to go for lunch almost too much to eat for under 10 bucks.

Sun Rae

April 6th, 2010
11:18 am

YOON SUSHI in Canton is by far the BEST sushi. I have been to several places in downtown Atlanta including Genki and MF. This is not a place you would expect in Canton for sure, atmosphere makes you feel as though you are downtown and the price and friendliness make you feel as though you are in a smaller town. They have a great sake menu to!

SW Atl

April 6th, 2010
11:20 am

Taka!!!!! on Pharr Rd. Check it out if you haven’t. Harry & Sons as well. For those that don’t understand all the Rusans fans, look at all the winners that are chosen for polls like this. Atlanta is a chain restaurant/franchisers dream!

eastside

April 6th, 2010
11:21 am

wasabi by far. one of the coolest places in town.

B.R

April 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Circle Sushi is best in Sandy Springs/Roswell Area.

Marina

April 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Orient Express, Rise Sushi Lounge, and Strip

Scarab

April 6th, 2010
11:31 am

Prime (Lenox Mall) hands down!

ziza

April 6th, 2010
11:33 am

wasabi in castleberry hill is the best! i’ve been going there since they opened and have never had a bad experience. my other faves are tomo, minato and strip. mf’s is overpriced and i have had 1 rude experience at the one on ponce. i will agree that if you’re at the bar, you will have a great experience. ate at ru-sans once and thought it was awful. wont be going back there. i will have to venture ITP and try some these recommendations… i love sushi!

ziza

April 6th, 2010
11:33 am

oops sorry meant i will have to venture OTP!

Monica

April 6th, 2010
11:40 am

Sushi Huku on Powers Ferry. Ahhhhh, I can’t even believe how good it is!

Matt

April 6th, 2010
11:41 am

Sushi Nami in Alpharetta, Yoon in Canton