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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

kds

April 6th, 2010
3:33 pm

Bluefin in Vinings is always my top pick for great quality at a moderate price.

jc_atl

April 6th, 2010
3:33 pm

Sushi Hayakawa since Soto split town. Go at like 9:30 – 10:00pm and sit at the bar so you can talk to Art. Don’t look at the prices, just eat.

jc_atl

April 6th, 2010
3:35 pm

If RuSan is your concept of “good sushi” you need to get out more. More often than not I’ve felt ill after eating there, so I don’t.

Jeff

April 6th, 2010
3:38 pm

It’s not even close. SUSHI HOUSE HAYAKAWA. Check out on Yelp or AccessAtlanta. It’s not your Americanized deep fried and rolled, it’s the good stuff. Haru Ichiban is good general purpose Japanese food, and Shoya is an outstanding overall experience, but Hayakawa is the best sushi.

Scott

April 6th, 2010
3:45 pm

Starfish is great. Also, Yami Sushi in Decatur is amazing! The service there is always good and it’s not very expensive for what you get.

Chris

April 6th, 2010
3:46 pm

The best sushi is an authentic sushi bar where you sit down WITHOUT a menu and allow the chef to make what he wants. That’s when you get the best sushi. The best sushi I have ever had is not even in Atlanta but in Las Vegas. You go in and sit down and the chef just starts serving different kinds of sushi and sashimi and you don’t kill it with dang soy sauce!

Get rid of Cynthia Tucker ASAP!

April 6th, 2010
3:53 pm

You can’t call your favorite sushi restaurant in your neighborhood the “best in the ATL” when you’ve tried only a few others.

Mr. Roboto

April 6th, 2010
3:54 pm

Get rid of Cynthia Tucker ASAP!

April 6th, 2010
3:54 pm

Just because you know the chef’s name or the waitress knows yours, doesn’t make it the best in the ATL. It just means you go there all the time because you are too lazy to drive anywhere else.

Mr. Roboto

April 6th, 2010
3:56 pm

Please don’t say Kroger Deli or Rusan’s. What a joke.

Get rid of Cynthia Tucker ASAP!

April 6th, 2010
3:56 pm

Most of the Sushi restaurants are Americanized. Kind of like when we lived in Texas and ate Mexican… it was TexMex. It was not authentic. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, just not authentic.

Get rid of Cynthia Tucker ASAP!

April 6th, 2010
3:59 pm

I get a kick out of the patrons at the Sushi bar I got to. They think they’re best friends with the chef.

Get rid of Cynthia Tucker ASAP!

April 6th, 2010
4:02 pm

What’s up with all of the “goo” that is plastered all over the entree’s at Ru Sans?

Sushi lover

April 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

Sushi Huku off Powers Ferry and Nagoya across from the Roswell Square are by far the best sushi places in and around Metro-Atlanta.

Mary Anne

April 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

I used to think Genki’s was good before I had real sushi @ Tanaka’s, but then Circle Sushi takes home the prize.Tanaka’s in Roswell is good, but Circle Sushi – the best! Very fresh, great service, reasonable prices.

G

April 6th, 2010
4:09 pm

NoriNori, ’nuff said. True “Flavor Country”, my mouth exploded with tastiness.

Urban Cowman

April 6th, 2010
4:26 pm

I like me some King Buffet California and Sammon Rolls! It’s in Roswell iffin yous want to know.

AMIE D.

April 6th, 2010
4:43 pm

Sushi Huku off Powers Ferry, hands down

JOHN CRUCE

April 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

sushi craver from walton county .I know what you mean! Let me know if you run up on any place worthwhile. tThanks. J.C.

Lauren

April 6th, 2010
9:12 pm

Harry and Sons

Beth

April 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

Shoya off Buford Hwy next to Brand Smart. Its a completly authentic atmospherre. They have floor seating too! Its def worth the drive out there!

MDawg

April 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

There’s a place in smyrnas that has a place near it that is by krogers called tommys or something . They have goo d sushi. But one time I got some stuff called milt and then after I eat it my acwaintence tell me that milt really mean fish stuff like the stuff tha tonly boys can produce if you no what I mean. I got so gross out i had to go to Shanes kind of across the street to wash out the tast. Then that just make me sicker so I got sick out in front of Doc Green then someone in there sawed me and they got sick like that movie Stan by Me with the Phoenix boy, but not the one from Johnny Cash that went crazy. So if you go to tommys just stick to sushi and soup and tell them I said hey.

LS

April 6th, 2010
10:50 pm

Niko Niko!!! Buford, GA…..This is the best sushi I have EVER had in my life! My favorite is the Baked Shrimp Killer Roll. Over 30 rolls to choose from, large portions, reasonable prices. Will CONVERT any non sushi person, I have tried and it works! This place is definitely sush “gone southern”!

KB

April 6th, 2010
11:46 pm

Sushi Nami on Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. Always 100% good. (And I have eaten sushi all over the world, including Japan.)

C.R.

April 6th, 2010
11:47 pm

Sushi Aveune in Snellville!

Jurnee

April 7th, 2010
2:04 am

You have to check out Nori Nori the seafood/sushi buffet. Amazing, after eating there you will not want to go anywhere else!

RhewBear

April 7th, 2010
2:58 am

It’s a toss-up between Harry & Sons and Nickiemoto’s

Gene

April 7th, 2010
8:32 am

Sushi Mio on Roswell Rd just outside the perimeter. Simply the best I’ve had anywhere. The chef’s are magnificent and the fish is fresh.

Paddy

April 7th, 2010
8:41 am

Kelly…….No I really was born in Ohio. No, I am not a hater but it sounds like you might be with that remark about good southern folks. You just can’t stop stepping in it can you? Pls reply, you are fun and oh so easy! I also like Starish.

esa

April 7th, 2010
9:21 am

The answer is quite simply Taka. Suhi Yu-Ka is good too. MF is great, but way overpriced. Hashiguchi Jr. used to be my go-to, but after years of patronizing them I recently became convinced that they are serving the older fish to the non-Japanese patrons. Sushi Mania has some creative dishes, but I once saw them with a really really low health inspection score. Genki should not enter the discussion. I’d rather buy the premade stuff at Publix.

Atlanta Sushi

April 7th, 2010
11:24 am

Sushi House Hayakawa! After reading the nominations, I visited for the first time. Hayakawa was outstanding, with welcoming service and quality that exceeds any expectations. I enjoy sushi frequently, and have not experienced this level of quality in Atlanta since Soto. I have also not spent as much since Soto, but the quality is worth it. Highly recommended.

Rockindiner

April 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

Sushi House Hayakawa, Sushi Huku, and Taka are the best I had in town. Have yet to try Tomo.
Genki?……puuuuuuuleeze, you gotsta be kidding!

Picky Gaijin

April 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

I love Nakato on Cheshire Bridge – right next to the standard hibachi showroom, they actually have a gorgeous sushi bar with authentic nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, as well as some Americanized rolls and menu options. I take no issue with having a “yumyum” roll to please the masses so long as there is high-quality sashimi available with fresh, excellent fish.

Honky Talkin'

April 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Gwinnett amd Kennesaw don’t count.

Adam

April 7th, 2010
3:29 pm

Genki is awesome, but gotta go with Wasabi House in Dunwoody

Andrew Watkins

April 7th, 2010
3:31 pm

The absolute best sushi in Atlanta is Tomo.

RedSoxFan

April 7th, 2010
3:33 pm

OTP, Rice in Cumming and ITP, Genki!

Jim

April 7th, 2010
3:39 pm

The only good sushi is that eaten by others.

Kev

April 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

I’m actually kind of happy that so few have mentioned Zuma sushi, in Inman Park. But that’s only because of the location, I’m sure. Great neighborhood (now), great fresh fish, not TOO Americanized, wonderful decor & ambiance, and reasonably priced. How in the world anyone would pay the king’s ransom that MF Sushi asks for a meal is beyond me.

Daniel

April 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

Wasabi is the best sushi in atlanta. Genki is the most disgusting sushi i’ve ever eaten. The rice tasted bitter and each roll is half of the size you’d get anywhere else. Does anyone have a good suggestion for an actual good sushi place in sandy springs?

Joseph

April 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

SushiMio, Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. The best bang for the buck.

Gashrink

April 7th, 2010
7:22 pm

Sushi craver in Walton Co wanted a place near to them. In Athens Shokitini is the best of the few places that serves sushi. Not up to Atlanta quality and the food varies from night to night but over all the best choice in the Athens area if you don’t mind a giant projection TV behind the sushi bar. Nice sake choices if a bit over priced.

Robbie

April 7th, 2010
8:20 pm

MF Buckhead is definitely the best if you sit at the sushi bar and order omekase style…. The sushi is chosen by the chef based on your tastes and what is currently in season…. Very pricy, so save it for a special occasion. Taka is a better choice for a limited budget or routine meal out.

Maria

April 7th, 2010
10:21 pm

Haru Ichiban on Satellite Blvd in Gwinnett. Excellent Sushi and the avocado dome salad is the best.

Amber

April 8th, 2010
8:06 am

Hayakawa is habds down the BEST sushi spot in ATL. I have taken many friends who frequent the other spots, after one time at Hayakawa they never go back to those other places. I think this is the site: http://www.atlantasushibar.com

Paddy

April 8th, 2010
8:34 am

robbie, what is omekase style ordering? Thanks

marie 'haitian sensation"

April 8th, 2010
9:50 pm

minato’s sushi in smyrna has the best sushi not only in atlanta but in the world. The seabass roll is to die for!!!

Stinky Fishies

April 9th, 2010
6:23 am

Just because a sushi place is filled with Japanese people doesn’t make it wonderful sushi. That’s like saying because millions of Americans go to McDonald’s that makes it a 5-star restaurant.

Natalie

April 9th, 2010
10:05 am

Goldfish.. amazing sushi.. try the Crunchee Roll. I could eat it every day.

Dani

April 9th, 2010
3:30 pm

I liked viewing these comments but I’ve never had authentic sushi so I wouldn’t know what the taste is supposed to be. What is MF? I’ve had sushi at Twist and I loved it BUT I only tried the items that are cooked then rolled, Im working up to the raw fish.