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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

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.

Cmoore

April 5th, 2010
1:10 pm

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

Charlottec

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!

koko

April 5th, 2010
2:21 pm

D-Ra

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?

Martin

April 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Blue Fin on Peachtree- Amazing sushi and a great atmosphere

Duke

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.

Anne

April 5th, 2010
4:11 pm

Ande

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!

Salisia

April 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

Strips @ Atlantic Station…of course!

M.Johnson

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.

MochaDLyte

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.

BeenLookinSinceIGotHere

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?

Stephanie

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.

Jenna

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)

TOM

April 5th, 2010
11:12 pm

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TOM

April 5th, 2010
11:14 pm

Enter your comments here MF over priced rude service

Allison

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….

Tom

April 6th, 2010
12:55 am

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

joejoe

April 6th, 2010
1:45 am

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

Bruce

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!

ReneeC

April 6th, 2010
6:35 am

Zuma is the best in the city, by far!

ahighclassman

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!

EricP

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!

David

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

trinigal78

April 6th, 2010
7:24 am

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

Lex

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.

Jerry

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.

cindy

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

CC

April 6th, 2010
8:00 am

Zuma on Highland Avenue.

Kelly

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.

Sandra

April 6th, 2010
8:09 am

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

missy

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.

J.A.

April 6th, 2010
8:25 am

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

Kalvin

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.

dood

April 6th, 2010
8:27 am

Nobody mentioned Hashi Gushi yet off of Windy Hill.

Cann

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).

RedandBlack

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!!

Julia

April 6th, 2010
8:40 am

Sushi Huku on Powers Ferry!

ATLien

April 6th, 2010
8:42 am

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

Bob from Accounttemps

April 6th, 2010
8:47 am

@Genki is Terrible: I couldn’t agree more, except I prefer Taka over Huku. Taka is near to what the old Soto used to be. The quality is outstanding and the fish is the freshest I’ve tasted (I hadn’t “tasted” Mackerel until I had it at Taka). But bring a biiiiig wallet – it’s gotten very expensive (although all sushi has of late). I took my teen daughter there for a treat and the bill for the 2 of us was over $100!! Unfortunately, I haven’t been back since – I miss it.

sushi craver

April 6th, 2010
8:48 am

i live in walton county and have had a hard time getting good sushi anywhere near me. anyone know of good places in athens maybe?…or at least gwinnett. hate to think i have to drive over an hour into the city to get decent sushi!

atlnyer

April 6th, 2010
8:48 am

Definitely Sushi House on Peachtree and Twist!

Paddy

April 6th, 2010
8:54 am

Kelly, I know sushi, because I am from California is like me saying, I was born in Ohio, I know corn. Give us a break. SUSHI HUKU for me is the best and I have not lived in Japan!

Yasmine E

April 6th, 2010
8:56 am

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…

2nd place award goes to Steel on W. Peachtree

I go to Strip for Sushi once a week – it’s pretty decent – Plus, they have 1/2 Off Sushi on Tues & Thurs afterwork for an hour or so…

& Ru Sans is a joke! They are like the McDonald’s of Sushi – you end up there because they’re located every few miles & it’s cheaply priced…but, it’s horrible – I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a health hazard…

Richard Rhodes

April 6th, 2010
8:56 am

Yasmine E

April 6th, 2010
8:57 am

even = ever (typo)

Kelly

April 6th, 2010
9:00 am

Ma Li in Virginia Highlands!

RogersParkRob

April 6th, 2010
9:00 am

Sushi Haru, Atlanta Rd in Smyrna.

Kelly

April 6th, 2010
9:04 am

Paddy you are from the south and your comments prove it. Hate on

Chuck

April 6th, 2010
9:04 am

Sushi Yoko off Peachtree Industrial, one of the oldest Japanese establishments in the Atlanta area. Tomato the Japanese grocery next door is great as well.

MH

April 6th, 2010
9:04 am

Hashiguchi Jr. near Lenox.

Michelle

April 6th, 2010
9:05 am

Circle Sushi!!!! By far the best in Atlanta. Tanaka is bland. Genki is sub-par. Ru-Sans is gross. The only other place that even comes close to Circle Sushi is a little sushi restaurant in the old Stein Mart shopping Center at the corner of Jones Bridge and State Bridge (Cant remember the name). And to whomever mentioned the Lobster House near North Point Mall, they do a fab job as far as buffet sushi goes! But hands down, Circle Sushi is the BEST!!!

Tom

April 6th, 2010
9:07 am

Well I’m glad no one has mentioned the best ITP sushi place, near Lenox. It’s small and generally quiet and filled with Japanese people and I’d like to keep it that way. Anyone who knows, knows!

Brian Griffin

April 6th, 2010
9:09 am

Zuma in Inman Park

Stacey

April 6th, 2010
9:09 am

Tomo on Cobb Parkway (Vinings). Best sushi I’ve ever had. It’s expensive, but worth every penny. For a less extravagant (but delicious) meal, Umezono on Cobb Parkway (Smyrna). Also, the Strawberry Fields Roll and the Tuna Tower at Slate (Midtown) are absolutely amazing.

Yasha

April 6th, 2010
9:09 am

Without a doubt, STEEL in Midtown. I’ve been to every joint in Atlanta. Try Steel’s volcano roll and Mt. Fuji roll. They are simply outstanding.

Richard

April 6th, 2010
9:11 am

Tanaka in Roswell is the best I have had in Atlanta. I would put Tomo and Taka up there too.

RG

April 6th, 2010
9:11 am

Mori House, Suwanee

Nicole

April 6th, 2010
9:12 am

Sushi Mito on Spaulding Drive, Norcross. Crispy Roll is the BEST!!!!

Bryan

April 6th, 2010
9:12 am

Wasabi in Castleberry is awesome. Sushi chef Nan knows what he is doing and fish is fresh always.

Matt

April 6th, 2010
9:12 am

Sushi Nami on Windward Parkway is excellent for those that live up in the Alpharetta area.

Dave

April 6th, 2010
9:13 am

I like either MF location. I also like Sushi Huku. Huku is more of a traditional neighborhood place, full of Japanese people. The quality is outstanding, it is no less expensive than MF, just a different atmosphere.

TiffanyC

April 6th, 2010
9:16 am

Miyako on the East-West Connector in Cobb Cty. The sushi is is amazing. Beautiful presentation with fresh flowers and fruit. I always feel like I’m eating a work of art. The seaweed salad is the best, too.

momosakura

April 6th, 2010
9:16 am

Sushi Huku, Hashiguchi, and Tomo offer the best AUTHENTIC Japanerse-style sushi in Atlanta. MF, of course is wonderful, but I prefer the Izakaya feel and price point of the others. The “sushi” on the menu at places like Genki, Ru-san’s and Aja is completely westernized does not even begin to resemble anything I EVER saw during my years living in Japan.

Brian

April 6th, 2010
9:17 am

Mori House at the corner of Peachtree Ind. and Suwanee Dam Road is my choice! The volcano roll is insane.

For the poster talking about Walton Co. sushi places, Suki is the only choice over there in Loganville. To my knowledge, there is nothing in Monroe except for the Japanese steakhouse at 138 near 78. As far as Athens is concerned, I heard that Shokitini is good.

J-man

April 6th, 2010
9:17 am

Sushi House Hiyakawa is the best. I cannot believe nobody has mentioned it yet. Shogun Japanese Steakhouse in Duluth is excellent for sushi, but often overlooked due to it being mostly a steakhouse.

CW

April 6th, 2010
9:19 am

Orient Express in Vinings. I dont live there anymore and thats the one thing I miss the most. Great sushi

mimi

April 6th, 2010
9:24 am

Haru Ichiban in Duluth is good, as is MF on Ponce.

TAP

April 6th, 2010
9:25 am

I second Haru Ichiban in Gwinnett. It was voted Atlanta’s Best New Restaurant in Bon Appetit magazine sometime in 2005. Outstanding all around!

Leggs

April 6th, 2010
9:26 am

Harry and Sons is the best bang for your buck by far. MF has the freshest fish but is pricey even for generic cheap maki, i.e. california rolls, tuna rolls, etc. Chin Chin on Howell Mill is pretty decent if you’re in the mood for Chinese and a roll or two on the side.

Weenz

April 6th, 2010
9:27 am

phew i kept scrolling to see if someone mentioned sushi house hayakawa and couldn’t find it til the very end! they def have my vote- pricey but well worth it!

Genki? Yuck!

April 6th, 2010
9:29 am

Just to reiterate all that has been said, if you like MF Buckhead, Steel, Aja or any other places like that you are superficially basing how good you think your sushi is on how much it costs. I’ve eaten at MF Buckhead half a dozen times now, and have not been impressed by anything on the menu.except for the price. It’s good, and certainly among the best in Atlanta, but you can get much better at half the price.

The consensus of people “in the know” on here is that Tomo, Taka, Huku, and MF Ponce are the best places ITP. Can’t say I trust the fish once you get outside the city (i.e. Roswell, Alpharetta, etc.).

DG

April 6th, 2010
9:29 am

Sakura on Lower Roswell is the best. It’s worth the drive to try.

RKS

April 6th, 2010
9:33 am

Make a trip to Morrow and go to MoMoYa….you won’t regret it…amazing sushi and japanese food – ALWAYS.

sushi

April 6th, 2010
9:36 am

for freshness and best price it is not even close TAKA TAKA TAKA

Mel

April 6th, 2010
9:37 am

Harry & Son’s. Hands down.

bugman

April 6th, 2010
9:38 am

My vote goes to Sri Thai in Snellville. Although they are a Thai restaurant, their sushi quality is fantastic. Some of the freshest fish in the southeast.

Where else can you get your sushi made by a monk (the owner is a Buddhist monk)? 8-)

David

April 6th, 2010
9:40 am

Harry & Son’s, Taka, Umezono (Cobb Parkway)

Mishi

April 6th, 2010
9:47 am

Sushi Bites in Kennesaw is awesome! Plus they have a 100 on the health score. Love it!

Amanda

April 6th, 2010
9:47 am

Circle Sushi in Sandy Springs, hands down. They keep it simple – great quality sushi at very reasonable prices. Plus, excellent service. We are there EVERY Friday night. Love, love, love this place!!!!

Amy W.

April 6th, 2010
9:50 am

Hashiguchi Jr. behind Dantanna’s on Peachtree Rd. at Around Lenox shopping center and Nakato on Cheshire Bridge. Sushi Ave. in Decatur is also not bad.

ali

April 6th, 2010
9:51 am

Blondie

April 6th, 2010
9:52 am

Kuroshio’s in Kennesaw is hands down the best sushi I’ve had in and around Atlanta.

Brad & Amy

April 6th, 2010
9:52 am

Starish on Peachtree is my favorite. The fish is always fresh and they have a great selection. You can either go with the intent of spending a lot on some creative rolls or you can spend just a little by ordering some basic rolls. The greatest thing about Starfish is the people. They are very friendly and genuine. I actually feel a little guilty when I eat sushi somewhere else!

Brad & Amy

April 6th, 2010
9:52 am

Typo… I meant “starfish”

Terry

April 6th, 2010
9:55 am

Minatos n Spring Road, Smyrna without a doubt. Kevin is an artist and always something new.

Summit Dawg

April 6th, 2010
9:57 am

Hashiguchi Jr. across from Lenox, and Sushi Mania in Cherokee Plaza on Peachtree!!

J.B.

April 6th, 2010
9:59 am

I LOVE Strip!! It never disappoints!

Whitney

April 6th, 2010
10:00 am

Shoya Izakaya or Haru Ichiban

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

Susan

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!

PJ

April 6th, 2010
11:50 am

Goldfish in Perimeter

Lou

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.

NJ

April 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

The Bluepointe

Petey

April 6th, 2010
12:09 pm

bill

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.

LA

April 6th, 2010
12:16 pm

Rama 5 of Thailand – Great Sushi and Thai cuisine.

Tom

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

Amy

April 6th, 2010
12:34 pm

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

SP

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.

Brandon

April 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

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

JohnnyHS

April 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

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

IBS

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.

Caren

April 6th, 2010
12:56 pm

Tanaka, in Roswell. That man knows sushi!

Matt

April 6th, 2010
1:04 pm

Zuma in Inman Park.

M

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

th

April 6th, 2010
1:23 pm

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

Steve

April 6th, 2010
1:28 pm

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

Meredith

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.

LG

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!

Heather

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!

kevin

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.

Bev

April 6th, 2010
2:15 pm

MF’s the best!!!

Chris

April 6th, 2010
2:17 pm

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

TJB

April 6th, 2010
2:19 pm

Tg

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…..

Mark

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.

future-dwight

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.

Armorup

April 6th, 2010
2:35 pm

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

Sobe0328

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.

Lisa

April 6th, 2010
2:44 pm

Yami Sushi in Decatur

Tony

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.

david

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

Shannon

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!

Melinda

April 6th, 2010
2:58 pm

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

Frosty

April 6th, 2010
3:03 pm

Minato’s in Smyrna. DELICIOUS!

Desmond

April 6th, 2010
3:08 pm

STRIP – Atlantic Station

Scott

April 6th, 2010
3:11 pm

STARfish
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)

Val

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.

Todd

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…)

KurtF

April 6th, 2010
3:29 pm

Taka. Best sushi I’ve ever had.

Susan

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.

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.

jenlea

April 9th, 2010
5:56 pm

Sakura – small gem located in east Cobb; fabulous sashimi

Kate

April 9th, 2010
11:35 pm

It’s amazing how many people not mentioned about SUSHI HUKU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I went there after I found this blog.

http://eatdrinkman.blogspot.com/2009/01/sushi-huku-itamae-san-and-i.html

check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!

JA

April 10th, 2010
8:00 am

TWIST, GOLDFISH, and AJA…always fresh and yummy!

B.E.Gizzel

April 10th, 2010
9:25 am

Haru Ichiban, must have when I lived in Duluth! Sushi Mio, Sandy Springs now!

Nakatos!

April 10th, 2010
6:07 pm

Nakatos off Cheshire Bridge road is my favorite. I have dined at Gengki and RuSans and was not impressed. Nakatos has fresh fish delivered twice a week from the japanese fish market and they are always having new sashimi to choose from (although you may have to ask the sushi chef what new in season fish have arrived). It is not overpriced, the service is always good, and it is reliable.

JPM

April 10th, 2010
6:24 pm

For the true sushi afficionado Tomo, hands down the best in Atlanta.! Soto quality and creativity with great, friendly service. No drama. Taka, on Pharr Road, a close second.

Jenn

April 10th, 2010
6:44 pm

By far the best place to get Sushi is at Sapporo’s in Roswell. Their Head Sushi Chef “Mark” is a master at his art. I have brought friends from all over who are known for bashing bad sushi bars and each one of them have left Sapporo’s praising the sushi they devoured. If you ever stop by, make sure to have the Dragon Tail Roll and prepare yourself for a foodgasm-extraordinaire! My husband, who is a chef, was so impressed by the food he even went so far as to ask if he could become Marks apprentice. If that isn’t a compliment, I don’t know what is.

mimiaaali

April 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

GoDOGS1

April 10th, 2010
9:11 pm

Of course a “Chad” and a “Charlotte” think Genki is actually sushi…..classic!

Alf

April 10th, 2010
9:22 pm

Since when are “rolls” considered sushi? What a bunch of uneducated, unknowing shallow morons some of you are. Jeez!

E.Cobb

April 10th, 2010
9:26 pm

Soba has excellent sushi, a great atmosphere and wonderful service. It’s located at E. Piedmont and Roswell Road in Marietta.

Sam Bhenchod

April 10th, 2010
10:15 pm

Yami Yami in the Peachtree Plaza food court is tres exquisite!

stuart partee

April 10th, 2010
10:48 pm

Thaicoon on the Marietta Square. Perfect ambience, excellent sushi, and a wonderful Thai/Japanese menu for non-sushi people. I honestly think they could double their prices and no one would care.

Mikey

April 10th, 2010
11:00 pm

Nobody mentioned Nakato on Cheshire Bridge.

tcb30134

April 10th, 2010
11:15 pm

Orient Express in Vinings

Daryl

April 10th, 2010
11:19 pm

Sushi House Hayakawa 5979 Buford Highway…….It is the best of the best without a doubt.

A

April 11th, 2010
1:14 am

Tanaka on Highway 9 in Roswell. The real deal.

is30303

April 11th, 2010
2:21 am

Sushi Hayakawa is the only place in atlanta worth anything since Soto’s closed.

There are many authentic Japanese restaurants in atlanta. many are good. Circle Sushi, Shoyo, MF in midtown, Sushi Passion dude in buckhead (sorry forgot his name), Nakato, Huku. These are all fine establishments. But the category is sushi. not japanese restaurants.

With all due respect to the ’sushi’ chefs in atlanta, most of them could get a job washing dishes in Japan. It takes ten years of training before they let you touch the rice much less cut fish. After spending five years as an apprentice, most become disillusioned by the proliferation and wide acceptance of substandard and often dangerously disgusting quality of sushi by most consumers. Why put in the work when so many people can’t tell the difference?

Before you criticize this comment, please visit the place and see if you can distinguish the taste of fish and rice without soy sauce or wasabi. (if something is truly good, should you have to add things to it?). Soy sauce has a strong flavor and wasabi only adds to it thus can mask mediocre quality sushi. good sushi, properly made, can be eaten sans all the condiments. Please try it. If this thought scares you, then your sushi place is no good. Hayakawa is that good.

No offense but don’t put raw fish on rice and call it sushi. it insults an entire nation and culture of professionals. just cause i can change my car’s oil doesn’t mean i’m a mechanic.

Thats like saying Olive Garden or Fazoli’s has the best Italian in Atlanta.

Yalanda

April 11th, 2010
2:43 am

I love Thai Heaven on Virginia Ave

MDvine

April 11th, 2010
2:20 pm

It is so funny to read so many of these “opinionated” comments…especially about RuSan’s…funny how Ru’s won so many best of the ATL recoginitions in the past…and he did start a sushi revolution in the ATL.

Food, like many other cultural experiences, melds from one cultural point to another and mixes “palates” to evolve into a new experience of mixed cultures…so much of what we know now as sushi is a blended palate…new ideas with an old, established concept…so no, I do not have a problem with “sushi” made with cream cheese…any more than I do a lasagna made with spinach and no meat or pizza with no pepperoni…it is creative ethnic cuisine…but that does not mean it isn’t good…maybe not “traditional” or “authentic” but still “good”.

There have been many great, good and decent sushi places in the ATL since I have lived here…I have yet to eat any INDECENT sushi in 25 years living in the ATL…but I have enjoyed some places more that others….everybody does not fry chicken the same either.

SO yes, I like RuSan’s , Harry and Son’s, Genki, House of Korea…and so many other places where I did not know the name…but the best sushi I EVER ate was in Virginia Beach…Lobster sushi…oh yeah.

Kelly

April 11th, 2010
2:26 pm

Mori House in Suwanee. They’re always busy (so always fresh fish), always kind, and simply the best. Mori House is the BEST sushi in metro Atlanta.

Arnold

April 11th, 2010
2:32 pm

Yeah you are right…..you can eat a McDonald’s Hamburger (RuSans) or you can eat a Bone’s hamburger (MF)

JB

April 11th, 2010
3:01 pm

Sushi House on Peachtree Street

MDvine

April 11th, 2010
3:09 pm

@Arnold…yeah…and I can make my own sushi too….I do not have to be “Asian” to make sushi…how many ppl who EAT sushi know that sushi is a TYPE of rice used…or that you can make “sushi” with hot dogs as my one-time Korean housemate did…you can use egg, spam, tofu, or anything else to make sushi…as long as you use the right type of rice.

PhoenixSpirit

April 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

Hands down it is GOLDFISH at Perimeter Mall…!!!!!!!!!!

Pedro

April 11th, 2010
3:42 pm

Beyond a shadow of doubt the best sushi may be purchased at Publix right off of I85 & Hamilton Mill. I’ve been all over the world and have tasted sushi in many, many Asian restaurants but nothing comes close to what Publix offers. I buy sushi right there in the store about 2 to 3 times a week and never been disappointed. Best in the metro ATL area!!!!

Mo Co

April 11th, 2010
3:46 pm

The Strip at Atlantic Station =D

Steve Thomas

April 11th, 2010
3:51 pm

MF of course. Sure they are expensive, so are BMW’s, but the best does not come cheap. AJC asked which was best, not which was best on a budget.

Taylor

April 11th, 2010
4:15 pm

Nagoya Sushi in Roswell… The best, freshest around!

and1and1

April 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

Kuru Kuru Sushi in Pearl Kai Shopping Center, Aiea, Hawaii. Always a long waiting line but so worth it! Way, Way better than Genki and the prices are fantastic ^__^

Cyndi

April 11th, 2010
4:56 pm

Miyako on East/West Connector. It’s less than 3 minutes from the Bike Shop on the Silver Comet for those that love to run or ride. Hibachi tables are fun and sushi is always great.

newcomb

April 11th, 2010
7:43 pm

China Buffet in Riverdale

S.D.

April 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

Sushi House Hayakawa …. a plus.

Dana Blankenhorn

April 11th, 2010
8:30 pm

Strange no shout-out for Miso Isokaya on Edgewood. They don’t use the usual ingredients. They use different providers. And they have a wonderful sake selection.

Our local is Sushi Ave. in Decatur, and I just want to say that having a local you trust will give you a better time than driving all over the metro area looking for the “one great” sushi bar. Sushi is really about comfort, not knife work.

Brandi

April 11th, 2010
8:46 pm

Yuuch – no sushi for me.

Amy

April 11th, 2010
8:49 pm

MF sushi is SO overpriced. I spent $50 and left hungry, and that was just lunch! Yes, it was good sushi, but I don’t need 5 servers taking care of me. I guess if I was a millionaire I would eat at MF though. Taka was good sushi, but again, I spent so much money and left hungry. And slowwwwwww service. Circle Sushi is reasonable, fresh, never a long wait. Make fun of RuSans all you want but I never get sick, they have lots of variety from classic authentic sushi to “americanized” sushi and affordable. Not everyone can afford to spend $100 for a sushi dinner. Many of the other restaurants are clubs so it is a “be seen” place with all the club kids. Boring.

dave

April 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

Honestly, if you cannot afford the best fish (such as you find at MF, something flown in from Tokyo that day), please do not bash the ones who can. When you eat what they serve at Kroger or Ru San’s, you should expect to get a parasite or something like this. Please do not eat sushi if it is a low grade…… Go get some McFish that has been well fried.

Mr. Roboto

April 13th, 2010
7:12 am

1. MF
2. Nakato
3. Taka
4. Zuma
5. Hashiguchi Jr.

Abby

April 13th, 2010
8:27 am

Rama 5 in Buckhead has the best sushi for sure. Rain also has great sushi their snow white crab roll is scrumptious!

sullivan

April 13th, 2010
8:28 am

sushi mania in brookhaven is over the top. better than mf. the hot night roll is the best roll i have ever eaten (and i have has my share)

Kat

April 13th, 2010
8:48 am

Ru San’s is great for lunch. All you can eat sushi for about seven or eight bucks.

Kristie

April 13th, 2010
9:11 am

Thai Diner at Discover Mills in Lawrenceville. Outstanding sushi. Also, Whole Foods makes great sushi too!

Desiree

April 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

Kuma at exit 216 in McDonough. $1.00 sushi, sake, beer on Mondays and Tuesdays! We try to go every week. They give big and fresh pieces. The staff is also fantastic! Been a regular for 2 years.

John

April 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

Li’s Asian Cuisine – Dallas Hwy. Cobb

Lily

April 13th, 2010
6:31 pm

Sushi Yoko at the Peachtree Industrial exit of I-285. This little gem, tucked away in a breeze-block building that used to be a day care, has THE best, most authentic, most delicious sushi ever! The almost exclusively Japanese clientele, the Japanese-language television programs, and the menus in two languages speak to Yoko’s authenticity and the value and taste can’t be found anywhere else in Atlanta.

wjm

April 13th, 2010
7:33 pm

OK….REALLY don’t wanna let the secret out, but by far the BEST sushi in ATL IS TANAKA!! Been my spot for almost 15yrs and have yet to have a complaint. The freshest, sweetest, melt in your mouth sushi in town! Have met numerous folks that travel from in-town to experience Tanaka and on numerous occasions rubbed elbows with sushi chefs from around town……SO if u wanna experience the REAL thing make the trip and you will NOT be disappointed. If you want authentic Japanese, served by a Japanese, and yes to many Japanese…THIS IS IT!!! ENJOY

Lisa

April 13th, 2010
8:24 pm

Fuji Ya has great sushi for $1 on Thursdays…also $1 daily between 5:00-6:00p.m. Happy Sumo on 141 is great, too. $2 for two pieces of nigiri.

J D M

April 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

Sushi house HAYAKAWA is the Best of the Best Sushi at Buford Hwy ATL !!
Japanese people call us SuShi Dokoro HAYAKAWA. Dokoro meaning, high end Sushi House in Japan for food. Everybody try once!

sushilover

April 14th, 2010
7:57 pm

If really want to taste real sushi…you have to go to HAYAKAWA! this is real!!! never disappointed you! I been eat lot of a plase to call sushi they just make me feel bad…because never eat like sushi in japan but! here is they have real japanese style sushi and they are really beautiful dish!!! dont talk about sushi before you go to HAYAKAWA lololol for real!!!!!

Paul

April 15th, 2010
12:18 pm

Hashiguchi. It’s located in the small strip mall across from the Lenox shopping mall.

crackbaby

April 15th, 2010
10:25 pm

On a scale of 1 to 10, the best sushi in Atlanta may rate a 7. Maybe on a good day. Most Atlanta sushi blows (Mazui!). Haru Ichiban and Nakato are the best in the metro area. If the sushi man doesn’t speak Japanese, you aren’t eating top quality sushi. Atlanta’s lack of plentiful fresh seafood exacerbates the problem.

Best sushi in the world? Not Nobu or any of those high tone joints. In my opinion, Hibiki, an old timey place in Kagurazaka – a hilly, centuries old neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. Indescribably delicious, super fresh and made with the best ingredients available to mankind. Take a native speaker with you and have the best meal of your life.

Albert Lee

April 18th, 2010
10:58 am

I discovered the BEST, FRESHEST sushi in Doraville – Sushi House Hayakawa. This restaurant serves the freshest & the tastiest sushi in Atlanta. It replaces the Soto Sushi restaurant in Buckhead 2 years ago. You will know how good a Japanese restaurant is by watching how much Japanese are in there. Plus you will see a bunch of familiar gourmet food customers in this restaurant. Good are excellent & is beyond written descriptions. You have to taste the creations from this chef.

Amber

April 18th, 2010
10:13 pm

HAYAKAWA!!! I have taken several sushi lovers there and they cant eat anywhere else after having Haya-sans remarkably fresh sushi, which is flown in from the fish market in JAPAN!!! It doesnt get any better than that. Check out Jayakawa in Doraville. http://www.atlantasushibar.com