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.
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.)
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.
One Flew South
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.
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.
Brush Sushi Izakaya
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.
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.
MF Sushi Atlanta
AddressSuite K, 299 North Highland Avenue Northeast Suite K, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
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.
Tomo Japanese Restaurant
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.
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
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.
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.