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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….

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April 6th, 2010
11:47 am

Haru Ichiban!! We drive almost 40 miles one-way almost every weekend for their wonderful food–sushi, sashimi, tempura, soba–all of it is great!


April 6th, 2010
11:50 am

Goldfish in Perimeter


April 6th, 2010
11:51 am

Sushi Mania in Brookhaven.

gem dawg

April 6th, 2010
11:52 am

Currently Circle Sushi on Roswell Road OTP is my favorite……some places start fresh and after a year or two the fish gets a little “long in the tooth” tasting. Have several friends who recommend Kinyobee off Pleasant Hill, but haven’t made it up there yet.
Does anyone know where Koji, sushi chef at House of Sushi in Buckhead a couple of years ago went?

Amy T

April 6th, 2010
12:05 pm

TAKA is my absolute Atlanta favorite. Taka himself is super friendly and he takes pride in his restaurant and food and it shows in taste. If you haven’t checked it out, you definitely need to.


April 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

The Bluepointe


April 6th, 2010
12:09 pm


April 6th, 2010
12:09 pm

i have eaten sushi all over the world, including Japan. My ATL favorites are:

1) MF Ponce
2) MF Buckhead
3) Tomo
4) Taka
5) Sushi House Hayakawa
6) Zuma

Travis Lanier

April 6th, 2010
12:16 pm

Waraku in Suwanee.


April 6th, 2010
12:16 pm

Rama 5 of Thailand – Great Sushi and Thai cuisine.


April 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

Sushi Nami on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta. Nothing else, ITP or OTP even comes close.

Velvet Elvis

April 6th, 2010
12:21 pm

Ninja at Hamilton Mill and also in Cumming at Cruse shopping center.

OTP girl

April 6th, 2010
12:26 pm

We strive to find GOOD sushi in Atlanta and keep going back to our old favorites:

Thai Basil Sushi Zen in Acworth (yes, OTP) is the most consistent and fresh sushi
Zuma is our treat when we go into the city for sushi
Taka was very good
we’ve had bad experiences at the following “they think they’re great” sushi places in Atlanta:
MF – overrated
Genki – ordered one roll to try, it was AWFUL, left and went to Sushi Zen (see above)
Nori Nori – not bad for buffet but not sushi lovers sushi

The crushing thing is that the BEST sushi in Atlanta was at Splash in Alpharetta, Santo was the sushi chef/owner – he is the most creative sushi chef I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and he always insisted on the freshest fish.

Sushi Haru is an off-the-beaten-path sushi restaurant in the Smyrna/Vinings restaurant, very good, very consistent

Starfish was pricey for what you got


April 6th, 2010
12:34 pm

East Atlanta Thai & Sushi. The “I Hate You” roll is the best!


April 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

It’s not pricey but I love RuSans in Buckhead and Ansley. Order the Maraging Power Maki — comes on a bed of crispy spinach and is the best roll I’ve ever had anywhere.


April 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

Wasabi on Walker St. next to No Mas in Castleberry Hill. Really excellent


April 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

Genki….Really??? What a terrible place. Blue Fin is great and MF is great but steep.


April 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

@ mrj, I had the same experience there a few years back. They may be fine now, but once you get sick from a sushi restaurant, you seldom return.


April 6th, 2010
12:56 pm

Tanaka, in Roswell. That man knows sushi!


April 6th, 2010
1:04 pm

Zuma in Inman Park.


April 6th, 2010
1:20 pm

MF is good but expensive
If/when in Gwinnett try
Haru Ichiban on Satellite Blvd
or Ninja near Hamilton Mill


April 6th, 2010
1:23 pm

Sushi House Hayakawa on Buford Hwy (OTP) has wonderful sushi. Very unique items on the menu.


April 6th, 2010
1:28 pm

Sushi KIKU (Lenox Rd), Nakato (Chesire), Nori Nori, and Sushi Mania are the best….so much great sushi!!


April 6th, 2010
1:29 pm

I know 8 people, including myself, who have gotten sick – as in, go to the hospital sick, from eating sushi at Genki. Don’t go there.


April 6th, 2010
1:36 pm

Nakato on Cheshire Bridge is the best. Fresh with lots of variety, authenticity and extremely friendly staff. Taka is also very good.

Fresh fish has nothing to do with ITP/OTP. I don’t think an extra 30 miles will make a difference. It’s about who lives there and the expectations they have for fresh sushi. Also, I can guarantee you that where there are consistently lots of Japanese customers, that the fish will be fresh. The Japanese are notoriously finicky about freshness.

OTP, I would say Tanaka and Sushi Nami. Tanaka, while small has very fresh fish and the man knows what he’s doing. Sushi Nami has a lot of variety and the fish is about as fresh as Tanaka’s.

Marietta Girl

April 6th, 2010
1:39 pm

Thaicoon on the Marietta Square is by far THE BEST sushi around!


April 6th, 2010
1:44 pm

Bangkok Thyme on Roswell Rd. has the best sushi! There is a sushi special everyday from 5-7pm with special-priced sushi and appetizers. We LOVE Bangkok Thyme!


April 6th, 2010
1:45 pm

Ma Li in the Highlands is quite good. Sushi Ave. in Decatur has been good at times, but relatively inconsistent. Harry & Sons provides good sushi value, but last time I was there is tasted like the rolls was dipped in water–the single worst sushi I’ve ever had. Ru Sans is an absolute joke. MF Ponce is also quite good, but like most, I agree it’s pricey. Wasabi in Castleberry Hill is close to my house, but my only experience there was not good–will have to try it again. Will have to try Taka and Huku–thansk for the recommendations.

Elvis Prez

April 6th, 2010
2:14 pm

Ma Li beats Harry and Sons, hands down. Budget sushi, East Atlanta Thai Sushi. MF over priced, Zuma over priced. The place that closed on Roswell Road was good, Kampai.


April 6th, 2010
2:15 pm

MF’s the best!!!


April 6th, 2010
2:17 pm

I’ve at maaaany sushi spots in Atlanta. I really like STEEL restaurant.


April 6th, 2010
2:19 pm


April 6th, 2010
2:26 pm

Miso in Inman Park (on Edgewood near Krog) is delightful. I love Harry and Son’s too but Miso is my new top fave. Sushi Ave in Decatur and MF Midtown are both great too. But seriously, check out Miso. You won’t be disappointed…

It's Good On the Southside

April 6th, 2010
2:27 pm

Royal Stix in Fayetteville and then KIKUS in Fayetteville as a 2nd Choice…..


April 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

I’ve had sushi all over the country and keep returning to the Orient Garden in Suwanee. Chefs are friendly and helpful. Fave is the Mexican Roll. The Squid Salad is off the chain.

For something different, try Sushi Niko Niko across from Mall of Georgia. They have some very original selections such as alfredo or tomato basil. Don’t over-order at Niko… the rolls are huge.


April 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

raw fish?! just head down to the chattahoochee and dive in and grab one! also, the tennesse river is offering octopus and shark….yum.


April 6th, 2010
2:35 pm

You have got to try the “Cumming Roll” at Ninja in Cumming.


April 6th, 2010
2:39 pm

It’s hard to fine “great” Sushi in a city that’s pretty much landlocked…can’t compare to sushi places in San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, or even NYC.
However, beggars can’t be choosers..and my vote is Nakato for quality and freshness(ambience is a little dull) but we are rating quality of food and not scene. RA sushi is also pretty decent. IF $$ isn’t an issue, MF SUSHI tends to deliver every time I’ve gone.


April 6th, 2010
2:44 pm

Yami Sushi in Decatur


April 6th, 2010
2:45 pm

Iszumi’s in Woodstock is incredible. Hands down the best sushi our family has ever had. We go there at least once a week to get our ‘fix’. Blows Kani House and Fuji Hana away. They have excellent Pho as well.


April 6th, 2010
2:48 pm

best kept secret in atlanta, SAKURA on johnson ferry and lower roswell in east cobb. Freshest fish in Atlanta and most creative rolls. When the new chef came in a few years ago I was very skeptical because I was loyal to old management but this is THE best kept secret in Atlanta…people drive in from all over for it


April 6th, 2010
2:50 pm

LOVE Ru Sans!!!! Best sushi for the price! I should say I hate it so I’ll always be able to get in!


April 6th, 2010
2:58 pm

Genki? Yuck – do they only have good fish in Atlanta?


April 6th, 2010
3:03 pm

Minato’s in Smyrna. DELICIOUS!


April 6th, 2010
3:08 pm

STRIP – Atlantic Station


April 6th, 2010
3:11 pm

I have not been to all of the Sushi houses in Atlanta but I have been to most of them and I think Starfish is easily the best Sushi. They have some fantastic house rolls (all named after movies, hence the name) as well as the more traditional items. Easily the best white tuna in the city. If you go you have got to try the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (no chocolate I promise)


April 6th, 2010
3:15 pm

There are three places I like in Kennesaw, Kuroshio’s, Sushi Bites, and Yellow Tail they are all wonderful.


April 6th, 2010
3:20 pm

I second @ATLien on Miso! Great Sushi, but one small correction, it is in the Old Fourth Ward, not Inman Park (it is on Edgewood, west of Krog St…)


April 6th, 2010
3:29 pm

Taka. Best sushi I’ve ever had.


April 6th, 2010
3:30 pm

Love Hashiguchi and Hashiguchi Jr.. Used to go to the main one for lunch sometimes.

RuSans has an impressive vegetarian roll selection. The miso at BlueFin is quite yummy and the sushi is pretty good.

Aqua Bistro is good but mainly because they let me make my own sushi.

Went to the Buckhead Genki last week and was also not impressed. Tried to go there on a Friday when gave my car to the valet he left it sitting there running with the key in it while he was doing something else. Luckily we decided not to stay that night after seeing the wait. When we went back during the week I parked myself a few blocks away. Wasn’t going to risk having my car stolen again.