Top Five Sushi Bars in Denver

Sushi with Altitude

While Denver is far from Japan geographically, both cultures have a love for the mountains, and also for delicious food. So whether the view from the sushi bar is Mt. Evans or Mt. Fuji, settle in with a platter of sushi and sashimi. One caveat: sushi in Colorado tends to be more expensive because fresh fish needs to be flown into this landlocked state.

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Domo Restaurant

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1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Phone +1 303-595-3666

Domo's picturesque patio and generous portions of sushi put this restaurant at the head of the class. Domo also shares space with Denver's largest Aikido school, and the restaurant features country-style Japanese food. The sushi arrives in individual bowls with wasabi on the side, but no soy sauce. Adding soy sauce to sushi is considered poor taste in Japan. Domo also serves other Japanese specialties such as teriyaki, udon noodles and soba noodles.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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Banzai Sushi

6655 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224-1520, USA
Phone +1 303-329-3366

If variety is the spice of sushi, then Banzai is the restaurant for adventurous sushi lovers. Banzai, located next to Monaco Lanes Bowling Center, features more than 100 varieties of sushi rolls. Banzai features inside-out rolls with fish on the outside, as well as low-carb rolls with no rice. The crunchy tempura rolls also hit the spot, with tempura crumbles on the outside of the rolls. Banzai also has teriyaki, tempura, and hibachi items on the menu.

Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.

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Sushi Den

9 different kinds of nigiri on a wooden board with a chef placing a 10th on it

 Courtesy of Sushi Den

1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210-2226, USA
Phone +1 303-777-0826

Sushi Den is definitely Denver's trendiest sushi scene, but it can be difficult to find a table at the perpetually-crowded restaurant. Reservations are recommended for the Pearl Street institution, especially on weekends. The Sushi Den features several caviar rolls, as well as inventive vegetarian rolls such as eggplant and portobello mushroom. Don't miss happy hour sushi at discounted prices from Monday to Saturday, as well as late-night happy hours on Friday and Saturday. Call the restaurant for current happy hour times.

Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.

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Bara Sushi + Thai

8000 E Belleview Ave D50, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, USA
Phone +1 303-221-8880

The Denver Tech Center restaurant caters to the after-work crowd in this intimate space next to Cool River Cafe. Local favorites include sushi named after Denver neighborhoods, from the Belleview (shrimp tempura, mango and eel) to the Centennial (spicy crab meat, cooked eggs and spicy tuna.) Dinner entrees such as grilled thyme swordfish and rib-eye beef steak are also available.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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John Holly's Sushi

9232 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124-6711, USA
Phone +1 303-768-9088

Don't worry, the all-American moniker John Holly is only an alias for Denver chef John Ye, who also helms Little Ollie's in Cherry Creek. Look for original sushi creations such as the Heartburn Roll at the upscale location near Park Meadows Mall.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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