The Best Sushi in Atlanta

From airport cocktail lounges to upscale restaurants, the best spots in the city

Five rectangular plates of different sushi from O-Ku photographed from above

O-Ku / Heidi Harris

Yes, Atlanta has its share of Southern food and award-winning restaurants, but it also has a thriving sushi scene. You wouldn't know the city's half a world away from Tokyo given the variety of sushi-focused spots in the city. Whether you have a craving during a layover at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport or want stunning city views or a celebrity sighting with your sashimi, here is where to get the best sushi in Atlanta.

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O-Ku Atlanta

Sushi roll on a plate from O-Ku filled with fried soft shell crab, asaparagus, avocado, red tobiko, squid ink rice andmasago aioli

O-Ku / Heidi Harris 

Address
Westside Ironworks, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Phone
+1 404-500-2383

Want your sushi with a view? Head to the rooftop of O-Ku Atlanta, located in the bustling Westside neighborhood, for skyline views and traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine using seafood sourced from Tokyo and Hawaii’s finest fish markets. Get the black widow — fried soft shell crab, asparagus, avocado, red tobiko, squid ink rice and masago aioli — and don't miss half off rolls during Monday and Wednesday happy hours (5 to 7 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday late nights (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

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Umi

Spicy tuna on crispy rice at Umi

 Umi

Address
Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtreet St NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
Phone
+1 404-841-0040

Mingle with A-listers (like Jennifer Lawrence, Drake and Elton John) and locals alike at this upscale sushi den (with an enforced dress code) in the popular Buckhead dining and shopping district. Must-order dishes include the spicy tuna crispy rice and assorted sashimi, and while you're there, try and snag a reservation to the restaurant's super secret swanky sister lounge, Himitsu, which specializes in Japanese whisky and Asian-inspired cocktails.

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One Flew South

Hamachi crudo with julienned scallions, sesame seeds, pickled daikon, sun-dried tomato vinaigrette and serrano

 One Flew South

Address
6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320, USA
Phone
+1 404-209-8209

World class sushi? In an airport lounge? That's exactly what you'll find at the award-winning One Flew South, an elegant bar and upscale restaurant located in Terminal E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Watch as chefs prepare your rolls and nigiri at the sushi bar while sipping on a handcrafted cocktail or glass of wine while leaving the chaos of the airport and your travel day behind.

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District M

Three lemon slices with uni on top on a rectangular, metal plate

 Jeff Moore

Address
6125 Roswell Rd Ste 900, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
Phone
+1 678-974-2820

This Sandy Springs restaurant from chef and O-Ku and Uni alum Jackie Chang boasts the largest sushi bar in metro Atlanta. With premium fish flown in daily from Japan, Spain and other destinations around the globe, this sleek 140 seat spot with an expansive outdoor patio offers three omakase (chef's choice) experiences, ranging from a four-course meal for $60 to a "freestyle" option at market price.

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Brush Sushi Izakaya

a bowl of raw fish, shrimp and fish eggs with a pair of black chopsticks on a chopstick rest next to it

 Brush Sushi Izakaya

Address
316 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030-3331, USA
Phone
+1 678-949-9412

Located in downtown Decatur, this gem feels like a neighborhood pub, but one that just happens to specialize in quality sushi and sake, not burgers and pints. Stop by on Friday or Saturday nights from 7 p.m. on for the omakase service, which includes small bites plus 15 pieces of nigiri and an optional wine or sake pairing. You can also order takeout uni to assemble and play sushi chef at home.

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Sushi Hayakawa

Grilled black cod with two, cut bamboo leaves, three half-slices of lotus root and lemon sliceson a red, wooden plate

Sushi Hayakawa / Andrew Thomas Lee

Address
5979 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340, USA
Phone
+1 770-986-0010

Congrats if you're able to reservations at this tiny traditional Buford Highway spot, which seats less than 30 people and fills up weeks in advance. Pro tip: reserve the special "Honkaku Omakase" tasting, a 14-course meal limited to two guests per night prepared by Chef Atsushi Hayakawa himself.

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MF Sushi Atlanta

Address
Suite K, 299 North Highland Avenue Northeast Suite K, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Phone
+1 678-575-7890

The city's third incarnation of MF Sushi (the original Midtown and Buckhead spots closed in 2012) re-opened in the trendy Inman Park neighborhood in 2015. Though it's in a new location MF Sushi is still offering the same high quality, signature sushi like the o-toro nigiri, a fatty tuna served with serrano pepper, dijon mustard and caviar with truffle soy.

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Tomo Japanese Restaurant

Assorted sashimi pairs on a clear, glass plate with wasabi and small purple flowers for garnish

Tomo Japanese Restaurant 

Address
3630 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA
Phone
+1 404-835-2708

With most of its fish coming from Tokyo's storied Tsukiji Fish Market, you know you're in for at top-notch experience at this sleek Buckhead spot. Go for the nigiri or the intimate 10-course extravagance tasting menu, limited to five guests per evening.

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Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

Address
6035 Peachtree Rd Unit A107-A110, Doraville, GA 30360, USA
Phone
+1 470-255-2071

The Atlanta outpost of this Japanese conveyor belt-powered sushi spot on Buford Highway is fast, casual and fun for the whole family. Signature dishes include the sesame hamachi and the dashi olive sweet shrimp.

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Nori Nori

Address
6690 Roswell Rd NE #2110, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
Phone
+1 404-257-1288

What's better than a buffet? A sushi buffet, which you can find at this Sandy Springs spot named for the edible seafood wraps surrounding traditional sushi. To save on this all-you-can-eat experience, try the weekday lunch service (Monday to Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), which is just $18.25/adult for classics like California rolls and hot and cold traditional Japanese dishes like chicken, salmon or shrimp Yakitori.

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