Top 21 East Coast Sushi Bars


1. Sticky Rice; Richmond, VA

2232 W. Main St, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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With its charming atmosphere and bad attitude you won’t find anything quite like it. Their specialty is the fresh sushi bar. With rolls like g.i.jane, shiitake happens and Godzirra, how could you go wrong? Their huge bowls of noodles will satisfy big and small. Sandwiches, large salads, and a selection of other entrees round out the menu.

2. The Cowfish; Charlotte, NC

4310 Sharon Rd Suite X05, Charlotte, North Carolina
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The Cowfish is a completely unique fusion of American and Japanese cuisine. You can order sushi and a burger or burgushi, which is a burger prepared like a sushi roll.


3. Virago; Nashville, TN

1126 Mcgavock St, Nashville, Tennessee
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Virago is an exciting Asian fusion restaurant with creative rolls and appetizers.

4. Nama Sushi; Knoxville, TN

506 S Gay St, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Nama Sushi has great specials, fish tacos and authentic sushi.

5. Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse; Roanoke, VA

3503 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, Virginia
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Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse has fresh sushi and excellent tempura.

6. O-Ku; Charleston, SC

463-A King St, Charleston, South Carolina
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O-Ku has fantastically unique dishes like sashimi tacos and beef nigiri.

7. Masa 14, DC

1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia
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Masa 14 has exciting sushi rolls like the Rainbow Tropico Roll with mango salsa and their rooftop Happy Hour is stellar.

8. Morimoto; Philadelphia, PA

723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Morimoto serves fish in chic and modern ways to bring you contemporary and unusual dishes.

9. Tamari; Pittsburgh, PA

3519 Butler St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Tamari is an Asian and Latin restaurant with sushi ingredients like scallops, ponzu and oshinko.

10. Blue Water Grill, NYC

31 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003
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Blue Water Grill’s former bank digs separate the front bar area, main dining room and jazz room, making it well suited to take all types, from nearby NYU overachievers to Grill regulars. This New York seafood & sushi restaurant is perfect for jazz resonance, outdoor seating & people-watching in Union Square.
The menu highlights the freshest seafood daily, with innovative offerings at the Sushi Bar and coming out of the kitchen, helmed by BR Guest Veteran Eric Woods. Blue Water Grill is also known for Sunday Brunch overlooking the Union Square Park Farmer’s Market.

11. Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse; Lynchburg, VA

3700 Candlers Mountain Rd Suite Z, Lynchburg, Virginia
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Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse has wonderful vegetarian options as well as specialty rolls.


12. Sono; Raleigh, NC

319 Fayetteville St Suite 101, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Sono is an Asian fusion restaurant with dishes like sushi tacos and pan seared scallop bruschetta.

13. FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine; Brookline, MA

1280 Beacon St, Brookline, Massachusetts
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FuGaKyu is a beautiful, traditional Japanese restaurant that strives to immerse diners in Japanese culture.

14. Now & Zen; Charlottesville, VA

202 Second Street NW, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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Now & Zen is fine dining with reasonable prices and generous portions. Their wonderfully fresh and inventive rolls earn them the top spot on this list. If you’re not a fan of raw fish, the Aburi Salmon is a must try. It’s made with seared salmon, cracked black pepper and dill aioli.

15. Atlantic Grill, NYC

1341 Third Avenue at 77th Street, New York, NY 10021 | 49 West 64th Street at Broadway, New York, NY 10023
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With 2 restaurants in New York City, Atlantic Grill is a luxury liner on land, an urban seafood brasserie where nautical décor meets old world charm. Atlantic Grill masters American seafood and showcases a refined raw bar, sushi and signature BR Guest Hospitality.

16. Kyushu Japanese Sushi, Virginia Beach

400 Newtown Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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Kyushu Japanese Restaurant offers authentic Japanese food to the Virginia Beach area. The restaurant is owned and operated by Japanese serving the finest in traditional Japanese meals.

17. Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro; Durham, NC

207 W Nc Highway 54, Durham, North Carolina
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Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro is a modern Japanese restaurant with sushi like green mussel, blue crab and toro.

18. Shiso Tavern; Baltimore, Maryland

2933 Odonnell St, Baltimore, Maryland
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Shiso Tavern has sushi platters to go and makes sushi rolls with exciting ingredients like hot sauce, sun dried tomato aioli and Old Bay.

19. Sushi House Hayakawa; Atlanta, GA

5979 Buford Hwy NE Suite A10, Atlanta, Georgia
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Sushi House Hayakawa has a large selection of sushi to choose from like midai, kohada and even sea urchin.

20. Miso Asian Grill & Sushi Bar; Fredericksburg, VA

1305 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Miso Sushi Bar brings a modern look into age old, great Asian Cuisine. While they offer Thai, Japanese, and Chinese style food, the fresh sushi, and extraordinary chefs highlight some of the tastiest sushi the Fredericksburg area has to offer!

21. Koto Grill; Lynchburg, VA

4758 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, Virginia 24572
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Stop by Koto Grill for Authentic Japanese hibachi and sushi. They have frequently updated specials and are owned and operated by Lynchburg’s first Hibachi Master, Chef George, who has been serving the area for over 20 years!

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