The Best Sushi Spots in Washington, D.C.

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nobu - seared salmon karashi sumiso

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If a taste of the sea is what you’re craving, D.C. has what you need. There is truly no shortage of excellent sushi delivery in the D.C. area, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the most buzzworthy. These are the restaurants with the reservations that are hardest to score, the ones that those in the know are talking about the most. But you don’t have to wait in line or eat at an unreasonable hour to check out these hippest of spots. We can bring dinner straight to your door. Here are some of the most talked-about sushi spots in and around D.C. 

Sushi Hachi

Located in the Eastern Market neighborhood, owner Steve Yoon’s sushi haven opened in 2017 and continues to draw a sushi-loving crowd. Nigiri is creative and fresh. Opt for the sweet shrimp nigiri (spot prawn, rice, and wasabi tobiko), or the scallop (served over rice with charcoal salt). A cucumber and avocado roll served with an onion jam makes an ordinary vegetarian roll feel revelatory.

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Shaw brings the party with this late-night go-to that offers delicious food and a scene-y vibe (feel free to recreate it at home with your own theatrics). But don’t be fooled by the scene; this is a serious sushi restaurant with serious food, helmed by chef Minoru Ogawa. The delectable sushi shumai, with whitefish, scallion, soy sauce, and vinegar, are an absolute must, as is the delicate negitoro roll, a maki roll filled with fatty tuna belly and scallion.


In Chevy Chase, Maryland’s Sushiko, which opened in 2007, continues to rank high with locals. Fish is consistently fresh, and the food is delicious. Sushi and sashimi bento boxes are one of the draws when it comes to delivery. They come with miso soup, a seaweed salad, pickled radishes, three pieces of tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi, four pieces of chef’s choice nigiri, and a choice of a crunchy spicy tuna roll, salmon avocado roll, blue crab California roll, or crunchy avocado cucumber roll.

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Wok and Roll

The 21-year-old Wok and Roll in D.C.’s Chinatown is legendary both for its food and its karaoke scene. Combining both Chinese and Japanese offerings, guests can find classics from both cultures, including a compelling Chinese-style barbecue roast pork appetizer and a Japanese-style squid tempura. In the sushi department, specifically, the magnificent Spicy Crunchy Shrimp Roll truly delivers, so don’t skip it.

Poke Papa

With locations in both Chinatown and Foggy Bottom, this Hawaiian-inflected restaurant offers a window into the soul of poke, the raw fish delicacy attributed to the fish markets of the Hawaiian islands. Although poke is not technically sushi, it deserves a spot on this list (the influence of Japanese culture on the islands has resulted in such culinary bright spots as Spam musubi). At Poke Papa, you’ll find that Spam musubi, as well as a menu dedicated to bowls of fresh fish. Spice addicts should try the Volcano: spicy tuna, jalapeño, cilantro, scallions, cucumber, sesame seeds, and a “molten lava sauce.” Those looking for a walk on the tamer side can opt for the Lomi Homey, salmon marinated with red onion, tomatoes, scallions, sea salt, and fresh lime.

poke papa - lomi homi

Kusshi Sushi

North Bethesda’s Kusshi Sushi opened in 2018, offering everything from traditional rolls and nigiri to ramen and udon dishes. Feed a crowd of any size at home with an assortment of nigiri and maki rolls you choose yourself, or leave it up to the chefs; Kusshi offers samplers ranging from a 12-piece sashimi sampler to a vegetarian roll sampler to a 108-piece sashimi platter for delivery.

Maki Bar

Maki Bar opened in Bethesda in 2015, and the passion for this sushi restaurant remains. In addition to rolls, noodle entrees, and á la carte options, the restaurant offers a selection of curated sushi entrees, like the Sashimi Deluxe, which includes 20 pieces of sushi: yellowtail, tuna, salmon, white tuna, and red snapper. They also offer an unusual take on a Hawaiian staple, tuna poke, marinated with diced onion and served with avocado and seaweed salad over sushi rice.

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D.C. finally welcomed its own arm of Nobu, chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s acclaimed sushi restaurant, in Georgetown in 2017. The high-end concept continues to draw crowds — and delivery orders. Among the restaurant’s most famous dishes: the yellowtail jalapeño appetizer, six pieces of razor-thin fish topped with yuzu and soy and garnished with jalapeño and cilantro; the black cod miso, a filet of Alaskan fish marinated in a sweet miso; and seared salmon karashi, six pieces of seared Scottish salmon set atop Japanese sweet mustard.

Umi Japanese Cuisine

In Woodley Park, this top-rated Japanese restaurant offers guests reliable and delicious sushi and bento boxes for both lunch and dinner. Standouts include the hulking rolls, including the Godzilla roll (shrimp tempura, crab stick, and cream cheese deep-fried and topped with tobiko) and the equally crisp tempura sweet potato roll. Twelve different bento boxes, served at lunch, include a choice of California roll or spring roll, a choice of soup or salad, and an option to add on steamed, brown, or fried rice.


With several D.C. outposts, this noodles and sushi restaurant offers up the best of all worlds when it comes to delivery. The menu is nearly overflowing with options, even if sushi doesn’t happen to be your bag. Some great picks: the Singapore stir-fried noodles, the luscious crab meat–filled wontons, the spice-inflected Sichuan Dragon Dumplings, and the Seven Spices Tofu “Fries.” There are tons of rolls to choose from, too, including a roll featuring spicy kimchi tuna — and all rolls can be customized. You can specify whether you prefer the seaweed outside or inside, whether you prefer low-sodium soy or regular, and whether you’d like your roll gluten-free.

Sushi Ogawa

Chef Minoru Ogawa’s Dupont Circle ode to the practice of sushi, Sushi Ogawa, opened in 2016 and remains among the city’s most serious sushi restaurants with omakase-style service. At home, Sushi Ogawa delivers high-quality selections of its superlative fish, including an outrageous 30-piece assortment (chef’s choice), and fish not often seen at other sushi spots, including Arctic char, oo toro (very fatty tuna), anago (sea eel), and Kona Kampachi amberjack from Hawaii.

Sushi AOI

This Penn Quarter spot is much beloved, and it’s not hard to see why. With a comprehensive menu that won’t break the bank, AOI delivers exactly what sushi lovers need. The soft-shell crab tempura roll is a crowd fave with avocado, mayo, and masago adding texture and flavor. The Hawaiian roll, with spicy crunchy yellowtail, is another necessary order from this popular spot.

Sushi Moto

Vegetarian, vegan, and traditional sushi meet in harmony at this H Street Corridor restaurant with a young, fresh vibe. The restaurant actually offers at-home sushi-making kits (for fish eaters: spicy tuna, California roll, spicy salmon roll; for vegetarians and vegans: avocado roll, cucumber roll, G.I. Jane roll). There are a host of other exceptional options, too, from lettuce wraps to tofu bites to an entire category dedicated to noodles and rice.

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Perry’s Restaurant

Open since 1984, this Adams Morgan stalwart is a favorite among locals, both for the food and the vibe. The Japanese menu includes both sushi and yakitori specialities, including tasty bites like chicken thigh yakitori with housemade tare and green tea salt, and shishito pepper kushiyaki with yuzu salt and lemon. The sushi and sashimi platter for two, which includes a veritable seafood feast, is both affordable and delicious — it includes sushi, nigiri, and maki rolls.

Kaz Sushi Bistro

Considered a downtown classic, Kaz Sushi Bistro opened its doors in 1999 and remains an unparalleled favorite when it comes to D.C.-area sushi. Chef Kaz Okochi offers a broad selection of options for guests, including omakase menus, ever-changing specials, and more. You can’t go wrong with the restaurant’s signature pieces of nigiri (lobster with wasabi, salmon with mango; tuna with olive). For an understated gift of a dish, try the clam miso soup.

Yosaku Japanese Restaurant

Tenleytown’s Yosaku opened in 2003, and, nearly two decades later, it continues to draw a crowd. Takahiro Sato’s restaurant offers ocean-fresh seafood and traditional Japanese fare. In addition to sushi, nigiri, and maki, diners can enjoy delicacies like grilled yellowtail jaw, shime saba (marinated mackerel), and grilled fish teriyaki. The California roll, exceptionally, is made with fresh crab meat rather than crab stick, a testament to the restaurant’s reliance on high-quality products.

Shibuya Eatery

In the summer of 2020, Adams Morgan welcomed Shibuya Eatery, a casual Japanese restaurant serving skewers, soba, and, yes, sushi. Restaurateur Darren Norris’ most recent venture offers small plates and specialties grilled over binchotan charcoal that reaches 975 degrees. The cold-water lobster tail maki roll comes with cucumber and kimchi. And signature cocktails, like the Teenage Wildlife (vodka, local yellow watermelon juice, elderflower liqueur, and Scarborough bitters), can also be delivered straight to your door.

Nama Sushi Bar

On K Street, in the City Vista complex, chef Michael Schlow’s casual sushi restaurant — which opened in 2018 — remains a go-to for neighborhood fish lovers. While it’s not sushi per se, the heritage pork gyoza (Japanese-style dumplings filled with pork and served in a pork and truffle broth) should definitely be on your must-try list. So, too, should the vegetarian shiitake mushroom, jalapeño-ponzu, lime, and truffle sushi. For those looking for a more fish-centric experience, dive right into the Florida roll, featuring tuna, avocado, and a regional specialty: Maryland crab.

Nama Sushi Bar - hamachi tiradito


This arm of the popular PLANTA brand — a plant-based restaurant serving sushi and much more — opened in 2021 to much acclaim. Fan favorites include the “ahi” watermelon nigiri served with ginger and citrus soya. Mushrooms are cleverly converted into “bacon” in the mushroom bacon inari served with yuzu kosho. And the Dragon roll, made with tempura broccoli, spinach, and spicy unagi sauce, will make you forget that you ever required fish in your maki rolls at all.

Sushi Gakyu

You’ll find this impressive sushi spot a stone’s throw from the White House, where it has drawn crowds since 2017. The menu here offers something for everyone: traditional maki rolls like the impossibly fresh tuna jalapeño, a long roster of two-piece nigiri sets, and deluxe sashimi platters that will inspire drooling in the true fish lover. There are also jewel-toned chirashi bowls, aburi-style dishes (nigiri that has been seared with a blowtorch), and a handful of salads for those in the mood for something green.