The Best Sushi in Austin

Until recently, sushi was a slow-growth industry here in the of Tex-Mex and barbecue. With the influx of new people and new money, however, the quality and quantity of sushi in Austin is accelerating at a rapid pace. These are our top For anyone concerned about eating sushi so far from the ocean, fear not. The focus on freshness is a fundamental part of the DNA at Austin’s top sushi restaurants. 

01 of 07

Lucky Robot

Artfully arranged salmon sashimi on a black circular plate with charred corn, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, purple potatoes, and thinly sliced radish with a creamy sauce

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Address
1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Phone
+1 512-444-8081

Located on trendy South Congress Avenue, Lucky Robot is a bright, cheerful space, ideal for an afternoon lunch with friends. The maki rolls have a surprisingly long lists of ingredients, but it all comes together in an incredible mix of flavors. A prime example is the Kona Kona, with Hawaiian amberjack, avocado, green onion, crispy shallot, yuzu miso, lemongrass soy, and sesame. For a simpler but still delicious combo, try the Japanese sea urchin with English cucumber. Happy hour is a great time to sample several items at reduced prices. For drinks, try the Peach Blossom, made with peach-infused sake, cranberry, and prosecco.

02 of 07

Fukumoto

Address
514 Medina St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Phone
+1 512-770-6880

The Ora Toro (King salmon belly) and Kampachi (Hawaiian amberjack) are the two most popular sushi dishes at this sleek restaurant in East Austin. The Sashimi Teaser is a beautifully presented plate featuring the chef’s picks for the day. The fish is so fresh and flavorful that the soy sauce and wasabi often go untouched. You can order a bottle of sake from their extensive selection to enjoy with your meal. For non-sushi eaters, the restaurant also has other Asian-inspired dishes, ranging from red curry chicken to miso soup. 

03 of 07

Musashino Sushi Dokoro

Rectangular plate with 16 pieces of nigiri and four pieces of tobiko.

Courtesy of Musashino

Address
2905 San Gabriel St #200, Austin, TX 78705-3532, USA
Phone
+1 512-795-8593

Centrally located just northwest of the University of Texas campus, Musashino Sushi Dokoro is an excellent choice for a special date night. The small plates are beautifully arranged, with a mix of colors, shapes, and textures. The chef’s tasting menu is a good place to start if you’re not sure what to order. There are always several variations on fatty tuna, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Regulars routinely praise the generous fish-to-rice ratio. Of the traditional rolls, the Beni Toro is a standout, featuring salmon with ooba leaf and scallions. 

04 of 07

DK Sushi

Address
6400 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745, USA
Phone
+1 512-326-5807

Though it looks like a dive bar from the outside, DK Sushi serves delicious and gorgeously executed sushi creations. The hearty Rainbow Roll is a California roll topped with yellowtail, escolar, tuna, and salmon. For a spicy kick, try the Jalapeño Roll, with octopus, avocado, jalapeño, and Japanese mayo. Even more adventurous? Go for the 69’er Roll, which is a California roll topped with salmon, green onion, masago, and spicy mayonnaise. After a good meal and some sake, you might be ready to step up on the restaurant’s karaoke stage and belt out a tune. 

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05 of 07

Uchi

Salmon sashimi on a gray ceramic plate with green sauce

Logan Crable / Uchi 

Address
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-1509, USA
Phone
+1 512-916-4808

Uchi, Austin’s most well-known sushi restaurant, is led by chef Tyson Cole, who has won a slew of national and international awards. Located in a remodeled old bungalow in South Austin, the restaurant manages to be fancy and relaxing at the same time. The salmon roll and salmon belly are guaranteed crowd pleasers. For an unforgettable sweet and savory blend of tastes and textures, try the machi cure, with yellowtail, yuca crisps, Marcona almonds and Asian pears. Leave room for the unusual and delicious coconut tapioca, with lychee sorbet, pickled blueberries and hazelnuts.

06 of 07

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

Address
6929 Airport Blvd Suite 125, Austin, TX 78752, USA
Phone
+1 737-209-8799

A fun place to go with friends or on a casual date, Kura serves up sushi on a conveyor belt. Once you get used to the ordering system and picking up your food before it gets away, you can start enjoying the incredible variety of tasty small dishes. The restaurant makes an excellent blue crab California roll, and the salmon skin and eel hand rolls come wrapped in soy paper studded with sesame seeds. Another favorite is the spicy garlic tempura Philadelphia roll. After you order 15 small plates, you get a free prize from a dispenser at the table. It’s a little gimmicky but a great way to get little ones to try something new. 

07 of 07

Komé Sushi Kitchen

Sushi room with spicy krab and avocado, and topped with seared hama toro, candied jalapeño, and kizami wasabi

 Courtesy of Komé Sushi Kitchen

Address
5301 Airport Blvd #100, Austin, TX 78751, USA
Phone
+1 512-712-5700

A casual sushi restaurant with lively decor, Komé Sushi Kitchen is known for creative rolls such as Love for Sale, with salmon, mango, avocado, and spinach. The Crunchy Dynamite is packed with spicy tuna, avocado, sesame seeds, and crunchy tempura. The Fat Samurai is about three times the size of a typical roll, with salmon, yellowtail, tuna, shrimp, avocado, and cucumber. For a crisp sake accompaniment, order a bottle of Drunken Whale. 

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