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7 Excellent Sushi Restaurants in Phoenix

The freshest sushi options for at-home dining

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Quarantine changed our dining experiences from a special occasion to another night at home and, for a while, it seemed as though certain dishes, like sushi, were off the table — both literally and figuratively. The freshness of the fish, the precise cook of the rice, and the knife work of the itamae (sushi chef) didn’t seem like a delivery guarantee. Luckily, some of Phoenix’s best sushi spots have found a way to pivot successfully with takeout, including a newcomer who opened during the pandemic. Check out the best sushi spots in Phoenix right now — all with excellent to-go options.

A number of Phoenix restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Arizona Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hiro Sushi

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9393 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 314-4215
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You may not be able to sit at the counter to see chef and owner Hiro Nakano’s impressive knife skills, but you’ll be in good hands nonetheless when you order one of his daily specials. Despite a sizable lunch and dinner menu, just about anything you order will do the job, whether it’s the more traditional California roll or something a bit more unique, such as deep-fried tofu rolls. 

2. Roka Akor - Scottsdale

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7299 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 306-8800
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Yes, it’s a fancy pants restaurant chain, but Roka Akor is one of the few places in the Phoenix area where you’ll get real wasabi instead of the green-tinted horseradish. If you can justify the price point (even though you’re doing takeout), try the Hamachi Serrano Chili Roll, which balances the the subtle bite of serrano pepper with yellowtail. 

3. Hana Japanese Eatery

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5524 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 973-1238
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Chef Lori Hashimoto’s Hana Japanese Eatery has become a staple of the central Phoenix dining scene since it opened a decade ago, and the pandemic has not changed its reputation in the least. The house specialty (and general recommendation from diners) is the Hana Pride, made with yellowtail, tuna, salmon, crab, albacore, and white fish. Since the roll is wrapped in cucumber, you won’t have to worry about the risk of stale rice once you bring it home. 

4. Sushi Sonora

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3555 W McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 278-9355
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People who say there’s no good sushi in Phoenix have never had Mexican sushi. It’s an advantage of US states that share the border with Mexico, and around here, the recommended stop is Sushi Sonora. The Mexican-Japanese fusion features favorites like the Cielo Mar y Tierra, made with chicken, beef, shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, wrapped in rice, covered in panko, then fried.

5. Harumi Sushi & Sake

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114 W Adams St c101
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 258-0131
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When dining in downtown Phoenix, Harumi Sushi is almost always the preferred location. The small restaurant has your tried-and-true sushi favorites, but the differentiator is its signature purple rice: Forbidden black rice that gets a aubergine color once cooked, thanks to its wealth of nutrients. Ask for the $35 omasake, a selection of the chef’s favorites, and be thankful you don’t have to wait for a table in the normally packed space. 

6. Kaizen PHX

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515 E Grant St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 432-0752
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Conceptually Social has a decent legacy in downtown Phoenix dining, with spots like The Larry, The Dressing Room, and Be Coffee, but Kaizen PHX is especially noteworthy. Despite opening during the pandemic, owners Kyu Utsunomiya, Troy Watkins, and chef Gustavo Muñoz have made the Latin-Japanese spot work. Rice done right is hard to come by with sushi, especially when it comes to takeout, but you’ll find it here. 

7. Sushi Nakano

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4025 E Chandler Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85044
(602) 603-2129
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If Hiro Sushi is just a bit too far north for takeout, you can always opt for Sushi Nakano in Ahwatukee, owned and operated by Hiro Nakano’s son Leo. While there are several similarities between this strip mall spot and the elder Nakano’s restaurant, you can find some specialties worth trying here, like the Mt. Fuji, made with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber. 

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1. Hiro Sushi

9393 N 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

You may not be able to sit at the counter to see chef and owner Hiro Nakano’s impressive knife skills, but you’ll be in good hands nonetheless when you order one of his daily specials. Despite a sizable lunch and dinner menu, just about anything you order will do the job, whether it’s the more traditional California roll or something a bit more unique, such as deep-fried tofu rolls. 

9393 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

2. Roka Akor - Scottsdale

7299 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Yes, it’s a fancy pants restaurant chain, but Roka Akor is one of the few places in the Phoenix area where you’ll get real wasabi instead of the green-tinted horseradish. If you can justify the price point (even though you’re doing takeout), try the Hamachi Serrano Chili Roll, which balances the the subtle bite of serrano pepper with yellowtail. 

7299 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

3. Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Chef Lori Hashimoto’s Hana Japanese Eatery has become a staple of the central Phoenix dining scene since it opened a decade ago, and the pandemic has not changed its reputation in the least. The house specialty (and general recommendation from diners) is the Hana Pride, made with yellowtail, tuna, salmon, crab, albacore, and white fish. Since the roll is wrapped in cucumber, you won’t have to worry about the risk of stale rice once you bring it home. 

5524 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013

4. Sushi Sonora

3555 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85009

People who say there’s no good sushi in Phoenix have never had Mexican sushi. It’s an advantage of US states that share the border with Mexico, and around here, the recommended stop is Sushi Sonora. The Mexican-Japanese fusion features favorites like the Cielo Mar y Tierra, made with chicken, beef, shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, wrapped in rice, covered in panko, then fried.

3555 W McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85009

5. Harumi Sushi & Sake

114 W Adams St c101, Phoenix, AZ 85003

When dining in downtown Phoenix, Harumi Sushi is almost always the preferred location. The small restaurant has your tried-and-true sushi favorites, but the differentiator is its signature purple rice: Forbidden black rice that gets a aubergine color once cooked, thanks to its wealth of nutrients. Ask for the $35 omasake, a selection of the chef’s favorites, and be thankful you don’t have to wait for a table in the normally packed space. 

114 W Adams St c101
Phoenix, AZ 85003

6. Kaizen PHX

515 E Grant St #100, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Conceptually Social has a decent legacy in downtown Phoenix dining, with spots like The Larry, The Dressing Room, and Be Coffee, but Kaizen PHX is especially noteworthy. Despite opening during the pandemic, owners Kyu Utsunomiya, Troy Watkins, and chef Gustavo Muñoz have made the Latin-Japanese spot work. Rice done right is hard to come by with sushi, especially when it comes to takeout, but you’ll find it here. 

515 E Grant St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85004

7. Sushi Nakano

4025 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85044

If Hiro Sushi is just a bit too far north for takeout, you can always opt for Sushi Nakano in Ahwatukee, owned and operated by Hiro Nakano’s son Leo. While there are several similarities between this strip mall spot and the elder Nakano’s restaurant, you can find some specialties worth trying here, like the Mt. Fuji, made with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber. 

4025 E Chandler Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85044

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