Best Sushi in Boston

2015 Best Sushi

Café Sushi

Cambridge

Here, you can have it all: delicate nigiri crafted from local and Japanese seafood; imaginative omakase with treats like raw octopus and monkfish-liver torchon; and, last but not least, plenty…Read More

2014 Best Sushi

Café Sushi

Cambridge

Time was, getting sushi in Boston was a black-and-white proposition: You either went for the simple and efficient or the luxurious and, ahem, pricey. Chef Seizi Imura’s unassuming Cambridge spot,…Read More

2013 Best Sushi, High-Brow

Cafe Sushi

Cambridge

This haven for transcendent sushi is nestled in a strip-mall-style building on Mass. Ave. We’re most fond of the creatively dressed, impeccably fresh nigiri, ordered á la carte…Read More

2013 Best Sushi, Low-Brow

Avana Sushi

Boston

It was while dining at a rickety card table at this tiny Chinatown spot that we learned to cast aside our fear of cheap sushi. Pro tip: Ask the chef…Read More

2012 Best Sushi

Oishii

Boston

With a sultry, gilded interior and a menu filled with lavish ingredients—shaved truffle, caviar, foie gras—Oishii is certainly VIP-worthy. But oddly enough, it’s the simplest dishes we return again and…Read More

2011 Best Sushi

Oishii

Boston

After a few years of flirtation with more-is-more sashimi decadence, we’ve come back around to sushi that’s simple, delicate, and pure. No gold-flaked lacquer, please. And hold the foie gras…Read More

2010 Best Sushi, Upscale

O Ya

Boston

Yes, $21 for two or three pieces of sashimi is pricey. But less is far more at O Ya, where chef Tim Cushman’s top-tier ingredients and meticulous layering of flavors…Read More

2010 Best Sushi, Affordable

Douzo

Boston

Surveying the city’s sushi bars, there’s a big distinction between ‘not expensive’ and ‘cheap.’ Douzo is a delight, with ultra-fresh fish and prices that stay weeknight low. The daily catch…Read More

2009 Best Sushi

Uni

Boston

O Ya may have the most incomparable raw-fish dinner in town, but the reality of its special-occasion status is that we tend to reserve it for exactly that: a special…Read More

2009 Best Sushi, Affordable

Douzo

Boston

Like laser eye surgery and brake repairs, raw fish is something we’re loath to cheap out on. Rather than risk gastric distress—or merely off-tasting nigiri—we get our budget-sushi fix at…Read More

2009 Best Sushi Bar

O Ya

Boston

O Ya may have the most incomparable raw-fish dinner in town, but the reality of its special-occasion status is that we tend to reserve it for exactly that: a special…Read More

2007 Best Sushi

O Ya

Boston

As sushi has gone mainstream, it’s become increasingly run-of-the-mill: rolls, rolls, and more rolls, with too much rice and tasteless (and, frequently, cooked) fish. O Ya doesn’t even offer rolls,…Read More

2007 Best Sushi, North

Sushi Island

Wakefield

Those who make frequent worshipful visits to this midsize sushi joint know it doesn’t take much to coax chef-owner Junji Aoki out of his seemingly forbidding silence behind the bar….Read More

2007 Best Sushi, Cape Cod

Inaho

Yarmouth Port

Sushi aficionados know they’ve stumbled onto authenticity when there’s a certain something missing. Namely, silverware. There’s not a fork in sight at Inaho, where owners Yuji and Alda Watanabe have…Read More

2007 Best Sushi, Berkshires

Bizen

Great Barrington

Spending his spare time leading sushi-making seminars and crafting his restaurant’s ceramic dinnerware in an on-site kiln, Bizen’s Michael Marcus may come off a touch fanatical. That’s all right by…Read More

2007 Best Sushi, West

Oga’s

Natick

Oga’s is the kind of place that breeds fanatics: Die-hards go once a week, sometimes more. If the joint doesn’t look like much at first, one bite of the spicy…Read More

2006 Best Sushi, West

Oishii

Chestnut Hill

Sushi restaurants these days often look like futuristic temples, and the newfangled rolls they serve are themselves elaborate works of architecture. So it may seem surprising that a cramped 13-seat…Read More

2006 Best Sushi

Fugakyu

Brookline

The old-school Japanese-themed décor may be a bit hokey, but this Brookline institution still offers adventurous eaters an unrivaled selection of creative rolls, such as spicy cod roe with squid…Read More

2005 Best Sushi, West

Oishii

Chestnut Hill

Faithful followers suggest that perennial Best of Boston winner Oishii serves the best sushi in New England. Rare (and delectably dangerous) options such as blowfish hold court with traditional rolls…Read More

2005 Best Sushi

Osushi

Boston

Think of it as a love letter to raw fish. Traditionalists will savor the thick, buttery cuts of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail. The more adventurous will relish the yellowtail roll,…Read More

2004 Best Sushi, West

Oishii

Chestnut Hill

Bragging rights for best sushi in the western suburbs (or all of the greater Boston area, for that matter) may just have to be laid permanently at this tiny spot….Read More

2004 Best Sushi

Ginza Restaurant

Boston

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the same standard sushi, meal in and meal out: tuna maki, salmon sushi, tuna sushi, salmon maki. We’re tired of it, too, which…Read More

2003 Best Sushi, West

Oishii Sushi Bar

Chestnut Hill

You’ll likely be saying “oishii” (Japanese for “delicious”) after one bite of the fresh, flavorful sushi from this Chestnut Hill hot spot. The restaurant may have barely a dozen seats,…Read More

2003 Best Sushi

Ginza, Brookline location

Brookline

When you’re craving sushi but can’t bear waiting in line for hours for a table while being barked at by harried hostesses (an all-too-common occurrence at other sushi restaurants around…Read More

2002 Best Sushi

Fugakyu

Brookline

In a town with a few serious contenders, Fugakyu is the closest East Coasters can come to West Coast-level sushi bliss. Bypass the always-epic wait for a table (and, we…Read More

2001 Best Sushi

Fugakyu

Brookline

This giant temple to raw fish may look like a Zen sanctuary, but don’t expect any peace or quiet. Between the circular sushi bar’s clamor and the bustle of waitresses…Read More

2000 Best Sushi

Oishii

Chestnut Hill

The name means “delicious,” and the food delivers on the promise at this new addition to Boston’s sushi scene. (Move over, Ginza.) Hidden away off Route 9 in Chestnut Hill,…Read More

1999 Best Sushi

Ginza Japanese Restaurant

Boston

If you knew sushi like Ginza knows sushi—well, you’d never go anywhere else for sushi again. No other place offers such subtle and succulent yellowtail, melt-in-your-mouth tuna, tasty scorpion, and…Read More

1997 Best Sushi

Ginza

Boston

This is where Boston’s other sushi chefs eat on their nights off. Memorable maki comes with ingredients ranging from burdock root to Japanese basil. The fish is unbelievably fresh, the…Read More

1989 Best Sushi

Gyuhama of Japan

Boston

This subterranean oasis is the only place in Boston that satisfies our craving for great sushi as well as our need for a real Tokyo sushi bar…Read More

1985 Best Sushi

Gyuhama

Boston

Very California, with lots of blond wood, white paint, and creative sushi chefs…Read More

1982 Best Sushi

Tatsukichi-Boston

Boston

The sushi-bar revolution on the West Coast hasn’t struck here yet, but when it does we suspect that Tatsukichi will handle the competition…Read More

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