While the appeal of fried arepas and croquetas is strong when traveling through Miami–and, surely, must be sampled while you are in town–we advise trading the treats of one island (read: Cuba) to ones from another much further away (Japan). Yes, we’re talking about sushi. Though not native to these Atlantic shores, a bit of fresh, expertly sliced fish is the perfect companion for a beachside vacation, Light, delicious, and utterly satisfying, here are the best places in Miami to get that sushi fix.
Nobu. The name is practically synonymous with outstanding sushi. Like all their other locations, the Nobu Miami outpost delivers excellent fare in a gorgeous setting. It should goes without saying, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the raw menu. If you’re interested in trying something cooked, the black cod with miso is a crowd-pleaser all around.
4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Toni’s Sushi Bar
No muss, no fuss. What Toni’s Sushi Bar lacks in ambiance, it more than makes up for in basically everything else. Opened in 1987 as the first Japanese restaurant in Miami Beach, Toni’s has long secured its place as the go-to for authentic and fresh sushi. We recommend skipping the rolls and getting straight to the point: paper-thin pieces of fish delivered on lovingly shaped platforms of rice.
1208 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
If you’re familiar with SIXTY Hotels, you’ll know that we are big fans of Blue Ribbon Sushi. (Our 6 Columbus and SIXTY LES properties both have Blue Ribbon restaurants on-site.) Though not under our purview down south, we cannot recommend Blue Ribbon Miami more. The crispy rice with tuna is impossible to order just one of, and, for those looking to trade in some fish for fowl, make sure you get the fried chicken with honey drizzle.
336 21st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Doraku Izakaya and Sushi
The name of the game here is inventiveness. Doraku Izakaya and Sushi is the kind of place where the perfect order includes a coconut shrimp roll and lychee martini. Because sometimes authenticity is too constricting, right? This Lincoln Road spot is ideal for a quick and delicious lunch. Grab a seat on the sidewalk patio if you can.
1104 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Like Doraku, Pubbelly Sushi pushes the limits of what sushi can be. While obviously rooted in Japanese traditions, Pubbelly borrows from local Miami and American flavors with dishes like tostones con ceviche and a soft-shell crab BLT. The theme continues through dessert, with a miso bread pudding that is, strangely, an absolute must.
1424 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A reliable staple staple since it was a hole-in-the-wall on West Dixie Highway, Yakko-San has continued to win over travelers and locals alike with its menu of 100+ dishes cooked with care. In addition to sushi, there’s tempura, noodles, soups, and grilled meats. What’s even better? It’s open until 3 a.m. Instead of late-night pizza, there’s something a little more elegant in a few orders of sashimi. At least we think so.
3881 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160