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Sushi Erika - Best Sushi Restaurants in Miami
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The 6 Best Sushi Restaurants in Miami

When a sushi craving strikes, where should you go? Our handy list of best sushi restaurants in Miami has all the answers. The Magic City has no shortage of sushi spots, and we’ve hand-picked the top places for rolls and other Japanese delights. Whether you’re looking for traditional options or something a little more out-of-the-box, these six eateries will hit the spot. Just a reminder: Hours and menus are subject to change due to the current pandemic, so always contact the restaurant directly for the latest details.

B-Side/Itamae

Over in Wynwood and the Design District, there are two names you need to know for anything sushi-related: B-Side and Itamae. Both locales are run by the Chang Gang, a family trio comprised of James Beard-nominated chefs Nando and Valerie and their dad Fernando “Papa” Chang. Regardless of which concept you visit, you can expect quality rolls and much more.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, B-Side at Wynwood’s 1-800-Lucky food hall is the only concept open right now. Itamae, which was originally located in the Politan Row food hall, is hard at work at a permanent location in the District; it’s scheduled to open later this summer in the former Ella Pop-Up Café space. Until then, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds at B-Side.

On the menu at B-Side: fun selections galore. Whimsical names like Hypnotize (tuna, salmon, avocado, spicy mayo) and I Am the Walrus (crispy soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, sprouts) are certainly playful, but you’ll find nothing but serious flavors behind each option. For a little heat, we suggest the Just Blaze with spicy tuna, cucumber, crispy shallots, avocado and special sauce; it lives up to its name — and then some.

Rotating specials include fan favorites from Itamae like the Lost in Translation and Pulpo Al Olivo rolls, both of which perfectly balance their Peruvian and Japanese influences. Feeling simple? There’s an entire classic roll section with familiar faces like the California roll and salmon roll. As you can see, B-Side covers all the bases.

B-Side is located inside 1-800-Lucky at 143 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127. You can place your order online or call 305-768-9826. Itamae is currently closed but will reopen later this summer in the Design District at 140 NE 39th Street, Suite 136, Miami, FL 33137. For the latest update, follow them on Instagram at @itamaemiami.

Makoto

For a more upscale sushi experience, head on over to Makoto inside the Bal Harbour Shops. The luxurious surroundings should give you an idea of the price point at this concept from celebrated restauranteur Stephen Starr. When it comes to the menu, you should also know that sushi is just one part of the cuisine here. There’s a wide variety of items to choose from, including bites like crispy chicken dumplings, whole cauliflower and shrimp tempura. There’s also a section for robata offerings like wagyu short rib and king crab.

Sushi and sashimi, however, make up most of the offerings at Makoto. At two pieces per order, your check can add up fast, but you get what you pay for — and what you’re paying for is excellence. You’ll encounter all the usual suspects like yellowtail and fatty tuna, along with less common sights like live scallop, wahoo and tiger prawn. If you’re not sure what to order, let the chef take care of everything by ordering one of the samplers.

If you’re watching your budget, consider loading up on the more affordable maki options. Most — like the spicy salmon and spicy tuna — are priced in the mid-teens, and some even come in at single digits. Order a few, and you’ll leave with a full stomach (and wallet).  The $20 Bento Box — which is only available for lunch — is another budget-friendly option that comes with a sushi roll (or your choice of protein), miso soup and wasabi rice.

Makoto is located inside the Bal Harbour Shops at 9700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154. Visit their official website for more information, including menus and reservations.

Pubbelly Sushi

The Pubbelly brand is known for putting their unique Latin twist on things, and their take on sushi is no different. At Pubbelly Sushi — arguably their most popular concept — sushi rolls are as unique as they are abundant. The Yellowtail with its truffled yuzu is a crowd favorite, along with the Bigeye Tuna and its “arroz pegao” (sticky rice). But it’s the Butter Krab Roll that should be a part of every customer’s order. The sizeable roll is served with a warm clarified butter for dipping, and there’s only one word to truly describe the combination: divine.

In addition to sushi, Pubbelly provides guests with a range of hot and cold options to complete their meal. Pubbelly’s creativity shines in novel offerings like a French onion miso soup, short rib and truffle dumplings, and tuna pizza (yes, you read that correctly). There are also bao buns and an assortment of nigiri and sashimi. With multiple locations throughout South Florida, you’re never too far away from Pubbelly’s one-of-a-kind fusion of Latin and Asian influences.

One more thing: Desserts are a must, even if you’re not hungry. Pastry chef Mario Orantes has put together a list of fun sweets that range from light and refreshing to downright decadent. In the former category, guests can cap their meal with seasonal mochi ice cream and sorbets like ube, green tea and mango. In the latter category, the miso bread pudding with banana, peanuts and goma ice cream will make your cardiologist cringe (and your taste buds sing). A nice balance between light and rich is the Coco Loco, a pineapple blondie creation. No matter what you choose, the gym can wait.

Pubbelly Sushi has locations in Aventura, Brickell, Dadeland and Miami Beach. To find a location near you, click here.

Osaka

Thanks to its exceptional execution of Nikkei cuisine, Osaka has been at the forefront of Miami’s diner lists since its opening. Those dining-in can enjoy the cozy, yet upscale vibe, which remains warm despite social distancing regulations. The sushi fare includes colorful renditions of specialty rolls and nigiri, many of which are perfected before your eyes. The scent of that torched Japanese Wagyu beef— irresistible! Diners looking to savor warm meals can take a peek at the tokusen menu. It features an abundance of prime grilled fish and meat dishes paired with Peruvian specialties. 

The acclaimed restaurant chain with eleven restaurants worldwide has recently launched a state-of-the-art take-out menu at their Miami branch. Dishes are tastefully plated in omakase-style. There’s no shortage of items to choose from, and those yearning for a feast for the eyes and soul can enjoy the experience of creating their own bento box. Choose from a wide variety of the freshest sashimi, nigiri, and maki, like the explosive Nikkei roll — shrimp furai, avocado, white fish, ceviche sauce, and their signature furikake. Every mouthful is a burst of zesty tropical produce and prime cut fish. 

One of the best things about Osaka Nikkei’s omakase take-out is its flawless presentation. The executive chefs have shown superb effort, marrying the enjoyment of eating a 10-course tasting meal with living-room comfort. And for a fraction of the price. Bring in the complete izakaya vibe with an Amai Shio, Osaka’s craft cocktail. Vida Mezcal, Toki Whisky, liquid salt, curuba, honey tangerine, and togarashi. We can’t think of a better way to spend an evening in. 

Osaka is located at 1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL. To learn more give them a call at (786) 627-4800 or visit their website.

Su-Shin Izakaya

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Su-Shin Izakaya in Coral Gables is one of those “If you know, you know” places. It doesn’t really promote itself, and the place has barely any social media presence; we found out about it through word of mouth. Despite the lack of modern marketing practices, the restaurant is constantly full. There are multiple reasons for that: It’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s great. You can’t really ask for more from your local sushi joint.

The best part about Su-Shin Izakaya is its big menu — think Cheesecake-Factory size; it’s pages and pages of food. In our experience, places with a menu of this size only excel at a few things. That’s not the case here; my wife and I have been loyal patrons for years and have ordered from different sections every time — it’s always been good. Blackboard specials change regularly, which helps keep things interesting. If you’ve been thinking about a certain Asian food, you’ll likely find it here. Ramen, udon, hot pots … just ask.  The star of the show, however, is sushi.

Su-Shin Izakaya also provides some of the best value on this list. Most sushi rolls cost less than $10, and the more expensive ones cost just a few bucks more. For example, a California roll is just $6, a spicy tuna roll is $8 and their Bird roll (chicken teriyaki) is $6.50; those are quite the deal. Their $12 lunch special with sushi or sashimi is a great way to try their food without breaking the bank, but honestly, your regular sushi order won’t cost much more than that anyway.  

Su-Shin Izakaya is located at 159 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. To learn more, visit their official website.

Sushi Erika

Sushi Erika - Best Sushi Restaurants in Miami
Sushi Erika – Photo Credit: Miami Food Pug

You might not see North Bay Village on many local food lists, but the neighborhood is full of hidden culinary gems. One of those is Sushi Erika, which filled a big hole left by the area’s beloved Sushi Deli. For decades, Sushi Deli was the go-to spot in NBV for the namesake item; patrons would gladly wait hours to get a taste of some of the best sushi in town.

Sadly, it closed in 2017, but the late owner’s daughter — Erika Kushi — opened Sushi Erika a year later less than a mile away. The crowds have followed, and for good reason: You’ll be hard pressed to find better flavors or a larger menu anywhere else nearby. Want a traditional roll? Sushi Erika has a ton. Looking for vegetarian options? Sushi Erika has plenty. Craving something creative? Try one of the restaurant’s signature rolls with BBQ Eel, white fish ceviche or other uncommon proteins. There’s so much going on in the menu that you’ll quickly start thinking about repeat visits.  

Like Pubbelly Sushi, don’t skip on dessert here. Lychee sherbet, mochi ice cream and green tea cheesecake are all ideal ways to finish your meal, and they all cost less than $5. At that price, ordering one is a no brainer.

Sushi Erika is located at 1700 John F. Kennedy Causeway #100, North Bay Village, FL 33134. Contact the restaurant at (786) 216-7216 for more information.  

While indeed some restaurants listed on our website are in paid partnership with Dish Miami, not all are. Read more about how we choose the restaurants we write about here.

Geoffrey Anderson
Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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