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An assortment of sushi at Chandler’s Shimogamo.
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10 Excellent Sushi Restaurants in the Phoenix Area

Where to find all-you-can-eat sushi, perfect date night sushi, and Mexican sushi spots that count gooey cheese among sushi ingredients

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An assortment of sushi at Chandler’s Shimogamo.
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Despite being a desert town, this first-rate food city has plenty of spots serving excellent sushi. From polished sushi bars serving tuna poke stuffed into little sesame-encrusted cones to restaurants getting creative with gooey, yellow cheese, this desert town has plenty to offer.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Squid Ink Sushi Bar - Peoria

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Peoria’s reliable, 12-year-old sushi spot incorporates an eclectic roster of flavors and ingredients, including pico de gallo, marinated onion, chicken tempura, and shiso ranch. Happy hour lands from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Roka Akor - Scottsdale

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The flagship location of this upscale Japanese chain is one one of the few places in the Phoenix area with real wasabi instead of green-tinted horseradish. Try the hamachi serrano chile roll, which balances the subtle bite of serrano peppers with fresh yellowtail. 

Sushi Sen

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Locals know this affordable spot in Scottsdale for its quality sushi at good prices. Take, for example, the $5 sushi roll menu, which includes chunky spicy tuna, crunchy onion, white tuna tataki, and more: Just two or three rolls satisfies most diners.

Hana Japanese Eatery

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This decade-old, family-run central Phoenix dining staple consistently turns out some of the best sushi the area has to offer. The Hana Pride, made with yellowtail, tuna, salmon, crab, albacore, and white fish, and wrapped in fresh cucumber, is a favorite.

Across The Pond

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As much a cocktail bar as a sushi bar, Clever Koi’s sister spot serves it all in a sexy, modern space. It’s a favorite for date night, and hours stretch until midnight on the weekends.

Sushi Sonora

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People who say there’s no good sushi in Phoenix have never had Mexican sushi at Sushi Sonora. Its hallmarks are deep-fried rolls and ingredients that strut far away from the usual: Gooey yellow cheese, carne asada, and more all find their way into sushi rolls. The family-owned spot has multiple locations, and it’s open until midnight on the weekends.

Harumi Sushi & Sake

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Downtown Phoenix’s dark, petite Harumi sets itself apart with maki rolled in black rice, known for its power punch of antioxidants and an aubergine hue after it’s cooked. The bustling spot doesn’t take reservations, so be sure to “waitlist” on Yelp.

Trapper's Sushi - Phoenix

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In downtown Phoenix’s Cityscape area, Trapper’s hits the spot pre- or post-game. It’s all-you-can-eat sushi menus are pretty hard to beat any time though. In fact, the stuff-your-face-silly offering has a menu so vast that it would be hard to hit all the items in one sitting.

Kaizen PHX

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Despite debuting during the pandemic, owners Kyu Utsunomiya, Troy Watkins, and chef Gustavo Muñoz have made their polished, Latin-Japanese sushi restaurant a favorite for casual dinner or a night out. Embracing its location in the Warehouse District, the interior features all the design elements common to industrial spaces (soaring ceilings, exposed brick, and cement floors), providing a perfect, simple backdrop to the colorful bites coming out of the kitchen, like tuna poke spooned into a tiny cone bedazzled with black and white sesame seeds; perfectly cooked and seasoned rice; and twists on papas fritas. Happy hour, which runs Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is the real treat, with half off the entire menu .

Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant

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This minimalist sushi restaurant in Chandler is detail-oriented when it comes to sushi — with precise cuts, hard-to-find fish, and plates that are edited into a perfect presentation — each element playing an essential role. Be sure to take a peek at the specials board, which often features sought-after treats like monk fish liver. Meanwhile, one-time special Ozaki beef is now a permanent fixture on the menu. It’s served on a hot stone next to a side of house-made wagyu fat yuzu butter.

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Squid Ink Sushi Bar - Peoria

Peoria’s reliable, 12-year-old sushi spot incorporates an eclectic roster of flavors and ingredients, including pico de gallo, marinated onion, chicken tempura, and shiso ranch. Happy hour lands from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Roka Akor - Scottsdale

The flagship location of this upscale Japanese chain is one one of the few places in the Phoenix area with real wasabi instead of green-tinted horseradish. Try the hamachi serrano chile roll, which balances the subtle bite of serrano peppers with fresh yellowtail. 

Sushi Sen

Locals know this affordable spot in Scottsdale for its quality sushi at good prices. Take, for example, the $5 sushi roll menu, which includes chunky spicy tuna, crunchy onion, white tuna tataki, and more: Just two or three rolls satisfies most diners.

Hana Japanese Eatery

This decade-old, family-run central Phoenix dining staple consistently turns out some of the best sushi the area has to offer. The Hana Pride, made with yellowtail, tuna, salmon, crab, albacore, and white fish, and wrapped in fresh cucumber, is a favorite.

Across The Pond

As much a cocktail bar as a sushi bar, Clever Koi’s sister spot serves it all in a sexy, modern space. It’s a favorite for date night, and hours stretch until midnight on the weekends.

Sushi Sonora

People who say there’s no good sushi in Phoenix have never had Mexican sushi at Sushi Sonora. Its hallmarks are deep-fried rolls and ingredients that strut far away from the usual: Gooey yellow cheese, carne asada, and more all find their way into sushi rolls. The family-owned spot has multiple locations, and it’s open until midnight on the weekends.

Harumi Sushi & Sake

Downtown Phoenix’s dark, petite Harumi sets itself apart with maki rolled in black rice, known for its power punch of antioxidants and an aubergine hue after it’s cooked. The bustling spot doesn’t take reservations, so be sure to “waitlist” on Yelp.

Trapper's Sushi - Phoenix

In downtown Phoenix’s Cityscape area, Trapper’s hits the spot pre- or post-game. It’s all-you-can-eat sushi menus are pretty hard to beat any time though. In fact, the stuff-your-face-silly offering has a menu so vast that it would be hard to hit all the items in one sitting.

Kaizen PHX

Despite debuting during the pandemic, owners Kyu Utsunomiya, Troy Watkins, and chef Gustavo Muñoz have made their polished, Latin-Japanese sushi restaurant a favorite for casual dinner or a night out. Embracing its location in the Warehouse District, the interior features all the design elements common to industrial spaces (soaring ceilings, exposed brick, and cement floors), providing a perfect, simple backdrop to the colorful bites coming out of the kitchen, like tuna poke spooned into a tiny cone bedazzled with black and white sesame seeds; perfectly cooked and seasoned rice; and twists on papas fritas. Happy hour, which runs Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is the real treat, with half off the entire menu .

Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant

This minimalist sushi restaurant in Chandler is detail-oriented when it comes to sushi — with precise cuts, hard-to-find fish, and plates that are edited into a perfect presentation — each element playing an essential role. Be sure to take a peek at the specials board, which often features sought-after treats like monk fish liver. Meanwhile, one-time special Ozaki beef is now a permanent fixture on the menu. It’s served on a hot stone next to a side of house-made wagyu fat yuzu butter.

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