There’s some serious sushi talent in Philly, with restaurants serving Japanese cuisine and fusion dishes, whether it be intimate omakase tastings at the chef’s counter, extravagant rolls packed with fresh fish and slathered in sauces, and even travel-friendly to-go sets. From simple roll combos to elaborate experiences, these are the best bets for sushi takeout, delivery, and indoor dining in Philly.Read More
Where to Find the Freshest Sushi in Philly
Philly’s top sushi restaurants serve everything from exquisite omakase with aged fish to cream cheese–filled Philly rolls
Manayunk’s go-to sushi BYOB with moody wood paneling is satisfying the neighborhood’s cravings for tuna tataki, customizable sushi dinners, and East Falls rolls loaded with eel, asparagus, avocado, spicy tuna, and tempura flakes. In a move that’s somewhat rare in these days of apps, Yanako takes orders for delivery and pickup via its own website, avoiding inflated delivery fees.
As the name suggests, the cool, casual restaurant’s menu includes more than just sushi — classic Japanese pub fare like ramen, gyoza, and bao, for example — but the move is the sashimi bar and one of Izakaya’s excellent cocktails. For an even grander experience, you can also book a 25-course tasting at the eight-seat omakase bar ($195 per person). Make reservations for the different areas on the restaurant’s website.
The intimate, peaceful space that houses Hiroki at the corner of Master and Lee is one that will immediately lower your heart rate. Calming effect aside, chef Hiroki Fujiyama’s omakase menu ($155 per person) — with optional sake pairing — is a must, featuring seasonal sushi rolls inspired by Fujiyama’s hometown of Kyoto. Reservations are required; make them at Hiroki’s website.
After working in the kitchens at Morimoto and Hiroki, Andy Bernard launched his sushi delivery service — named for a traditional, seasonal Japanese multi-course meal — with co-founder Crystal Gurin in the middle of the pandemic shutdown, and the business is still taking pickup and delivery orders several days a week. The chirashi, with a changing cadre of fish, roe, and vegetables atop seasoned rice, is a good place to start. In a more recent development, you can also dine in person — the sushi bar here counts as one of the city’s most exclusive, seating only four people as it does.
This cozy Logan Square favorite with a long menu of Japanese and Korean dishes never disappoints. Try the bibimbap roll; the smoked salmon, cream cheese, and avocado roll; or stick to the classics. You can make reservations for indoor and outdoor dining or order pickup and delivery on Doma’s website. FYI: This one is BYOB.
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Chef Kenneth Sze, who learned the sushi biz at his family's Yokahama in Maple Shade, brought his skills to Old City with Tuna Bar. Along with wonderful sushi, gyoza, and a few noodle and rice dishes, the restaurant serves a wonton soup based on Sze's grandmother's recipe.
The full bar and amazing selection of sakes are part of the draw at Fuji Mountain, and the food menu offers plenty of options for those who want more than just excellent sushi. Want to try their finest selection? Order the Fuji royal that’s an grand assortment of their top salmon and tempura rolls. Order pickup or delivery online, or make reservations at Fuji Mountain’s website.
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
At the casual Philly location of international chain Kura, a revolving belt conveys an endless selection of fresh sushi combos and other Japanese-style dishes right to your seat while a robot brings the drinks. Thanks to seasonal menu updates, at any given time you can order over 90 fresh items, including seaweed hand rolls and pieces of nigiri or gunkan (a small oval ball of sushi rice wrapped around with nori seaweed and topped with other ingredients). In the mood for something warm? Kura also offers bowls of udon or ramen noodles like a tonkotsu ramen with braised pork, boiled egg, green onion, and garlic chips.
With a prime Rittenhouse Square location, chef Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka's home base is a stylish staple for classic sushi as well as more inventive dishes and special rolls, including cheesesteak-inspired maki. Zama also has a number of platters built for sharing, like an oversized chirashi and a 90-piece sushi combo. Call for pickup, get delivery via Caviar, or make reservations on OpenTable.
Philly sushi fans unite — say hello to king salmon and blue fin tuna and sushi topped with gold glitter and shaved black summer truffle. With an omakase that’s impressively under $100, there’s no excuse for you to enjoy a more affordable sushi extravaganza.
There's a lot to choose from at Morimoto — Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s long-running Japanese destination under the Starr Restaurants umbrella — including hot entrees, standout desserts, and a la carte sushi, but if ever there were a time to go the omakase route ($165 per person), this is it. You can make reservations on Morimoto’s website.
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Most of the rolls at Bleu Sushi are named for local places or colleges, like the crispy Temple roll made with spicy yellowtail topped with torched white tuna. The BYOB restaurant in Center City made news when owner Hendra Yong set up a robotic arm to hand orders over to customers in a contactless way during the pandemic. You can order that contactless pickup on Bleu Sushi’s online or make reservations through Yelp.
Sakana Omakase Sushi
Chef Xiang Yu “Sam” Lin’s BYOB restaurant in Queen Village offers one thing and one thing only: a stellar omakase menu ($148 per person) that changes regularly. Over 20 courses, you’ll get fresh fish, cooked dishes, and even aged fish — Sakana devotes an entire page on its website to explaining the art of aging certain raw fish for sushi as you might do with beef to improve flavor and texture. Book your dinner on Resy.
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Royal Sushi & Izakaya
James Beard award-nominated chef Jesse Ito’s Queen Village destination is a two-in-one deal. In the front, you’ll find a hip izakaya with skewers, sushi, and Japanese beer, but Ito’s coveted omakase experience ($230 per person), which helped launch the omakase mini-renaissance the city is currently enjoying, is an intimate affair — just eight seats — where chefs lavish you with impeccable seasonal seafood. The izakaya doesn’t take reservations, but you can order takeout and delivery online; the omakase bar accepts reservations on Resy.
Sagami Japanese Restaurant
Collingswood’s favorite sushi restaurant, Sagami, is open for dining in, though takeout is still a great option, too. One of their most impressive sushi rolls is the hamachi maki — a tasty yellowtail roll with scallion. Make reservations or order a la carte rolls, sushi dinners, or hot apps and entrees by phone. Reminder: It’s BYOB.
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