The best spots in Miami to celebrate International Sushi Day

Sushi Garage / Photo by Creative Collective Miami

From traditional omakase to tropical Latin-Asian fusion, there’s no wrong way to enjoy sushi. On Saturday, June 18, get your sushi on your way in honor of International Sushi Day by heading to one of these Yelp-acclaimed restaurants. Each was given an average rating of at least 4 stars, and each has a long list of rave reviews backing it. 

Naoe

1. NAOE

With a $$$$ price rating, don’t expect a cheap dinner at NAOE. Don’t expect a bad dinner, either. Rated 4.5 stars, this intimate omakase-style restaurant in Brickell is for the adventurous eater. The restaurant’s tag line, “It’s not fresh, it’s alive,” should give you the hint. Out of 223 reviews, though, 203 are 4 or 5 stars (which should also give you a hint).

Where: 661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami

sushi-corner

2. Sushi Corner

With a price raiting of just $, Sushi Corner is an option for those looking to gorge themselves on quality rolls without breaking the bank. Out of 115 reviews, 110 are 4 or 5 stars. The meals come prepared on plastic plates, but reviewers swear by the quality in this cozy West Kendall eatery. Oh, and they also deliver.

Where: 15066 SW 56th Street, Miami

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3. Zen Sai

If you’re looking to get your sushi on by the beach, head to Zen Sai on Collins Avenue. Located within the iconic Essex Hotel, the restaurant and bar has a price rating of $$$ and a 4- and 5-star rating of over 84%.

Where: 1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 

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4. Bali Cafe

Blending Indonesian and Asian fusion, Bali may not be your typical sushi joint, but Yelpers continue to rave about its rolls. Located a couple blocks off Biscayne, it has a price rating of $$. Out of 231 reviews, 201 give it 4 and 5 stars. 

Where: 109 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami

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5. Nikko By Sunshine

This cozy and casual, yet sophisticated, Brickell eatery scores high on both food quality and atmosphere. With a price rating of $$, it serves Asian fusion, Thai and, of course, sushi. 78% of reviewers (202 in total) gave it 4 or 5 stars. 

Where: 186 SE 12th Terrace, Unit CU-2, Miami

doraku

6. Doraku Sushi

As much a staple of Miami as nightclubs and overpriced drinks, Doraku Sushi continues to draw droves of sushi fans to both its Miami Beach and Brickell locations. Close to 70% of its near 300 reviewers have given it 4 or 5 stars, and with a price rating of $$ it won’t leave a hole in your wallet. 

Where: 900 S Miami Avenue, Miami and 1104 Lincoln Road Miami Beach

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7. Sushi Garage

If you’re looking for great sushi and a great mixology program, celebrate International Sushi Day at Sushi Garage. Nestled in Miami Beach’s locally-driven Sunset Harbour area, the spot has a 4-star average Yelp rating and a price point of $$. Casual yet sophisticated, it hits the sweet spot between upscale and laid back. 

Where: 1784 West Avenue, Miami Beach

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8. SUGARCANE raw bar grill 

With a stellar 76% 4- and 5-star rating out of 1,316 reviews, SUGARCANE raw bar grill should definitely be on your short list for International Sushi Day. Helmed by the same team behind SushiSamba (another good spot to hit), the Midtown hot spot has a refined yet casual atmosphere to match its $$$ price rating. If the weather isn’t swealtering, enjoy some Crunchy Tuna Rolls in the front patio. 

Where: 3252 NE 1st Avenue, Miami

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9. Sushi 2 Mee Cafe

If you’re thinking of spending International Sushi Day at home, order delivery from Sushi 2 Mee. In addition to being a favorite among the FIU student population, 82% of reviewers gave the spot 4 or 5 stars. While the price rating is $$, reviews say the food is totally worth it. 

Where: 11865 SW 26th Street, Miami

The list was created based on Yelp user ratings. 

makoto

10. Makoto

Located in Miami’s ritzy Bal Harbour Shops, Makoto is the answer if you need some fresh rolls to go with your retail therapy. It has a price rating of $$$ (which should be expected given its location), and has the culinary cred and presentation points to back up those numbers. Out of 322 Yelp reviews, Makoto rece ived 257 4- and 5-star ratings.

Where: 9700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

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11. Sushisamba Miami Beach

Another Miami mainstay, this South Beach hot spot is as known for its rolls as it is for the bright orange umbrellas that beckon hungry passersby walking up and down Lincoln Road. With 517 4- and 5- star reviews, the restaurant offers over 30 unique hand-crafted rolls to choose from as well as a 5- and 7-course omakase menu. The best part? In celebration of Sushi Day, Sushisamba Miami Beach will offer a hands on interactive experience where guests will have the opportunity to make their own sushi and donburi bowls under the guidance of an expert. This DIY special will run from June 17-19 and costs $19 per person. A 2 person minimum is required. 

Where: 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

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