There’s some serious sushi talent in Philly, and while changing regulations surrounding the delta variant of the coronavirus mean grabbing a seat at the sushi bar isn’t exactly what it used to be, these chefs make some truly outstanding to-go options. Happily, maki, nigiri and chirashi are built to travel well. From simple roll combos to hands-on sushi making kits, these are the bets for sushi takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.Read More
Where to Find the Freshest Sushi in Philly
Here are the sushi restaurants in Philly with everything from at-home omakase to cream cheese–filled Philly rolls
Glenside, PA 19038
In the Philly ‘burbs, Nagomi offers perfect takeout, with a dinner special that will fill you up for dinner and lunch the next day. For $18, you can get three delicious fish rolls — the yellowtail and jalapeno and spicy crunch tuna roll are highlights — and a side of the requisite miso soup. Live in the Northwest part of the city? Despite being located in Glenside, Nagomi is usually within delivery range. Orders for delivery must be made on Grubhub.
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2. Yanako Restaurant
Manayunk’s go-to sushi BYO is satisfying the neighborhood’s cravings for tuna tataki, East Falls rolls, and customizable sushi dinners. Yanako has cut out the middleman (and inflated delivery fees) and is taking orders for delivery and pickup via their website.
Nunu’s menu ranges from relatively tame takes on familiar rolls — think a California roll featuring blue crab and an only-in-Philly chirashi hoagie i.e. a panko crusted mega maki stuffed with avocado, yellowtail, salmon, and big eye salmon topped off with tobiko and seaweed salad. Order pickup or delivery on Toast, or make reservations for outdoor or indoor dining on Resy.
After working in the kitchens at Morimoto and Hiroki, Andy Bernard launched his sushi delivery service with co-founder Crystal Gurin in the middle of the shutdown, taking pickup and delivery orders via Caviar, Wednesday through Saturday. The chirashi, with fish, roe, vegetables, and seasoned rice, is a good place to start.
5. Doma Sushi
This cozy Fairmount 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. Reservations for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as pickup and delivery orders, can be made on Doma’s website. FYI: It’s BYOB.
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6. Tuna Bar
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 sushi, gyoza, and a few noodle and rice dishes, the restaurant serves a wonton soup based off Sze's grandmother's recipe. Call to order pickup from a limited takeout menu that includes cocktails, beer, and wine. Tables can be booked for outdoor and indoor dining through OpenTable.
7. Fuji Mountain
The full bar and amazing selection of sakes are part of the draw at Fuji Mountain, but the menu options for dinner and lunch offer plenty of options for those who don’t only want sushi. Order pickup or delivery online, or make reservations at Fuji Mountain’s website.
8. Vic Sushi Bar
Vic ranks up there as a perennial favorite for getting the most bang for your buck. The menu is larger than might be expected given the small space but those who prefer to keep it simple should go with Vic’s combo platters and three-roll deals. Call to order pickup or delivery within 10 blocks of Rittenhouse Square. Walk in or call for reservations.
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 has a number of platters built for sharing, like an oversized chirashi and a 90-piece sushi combo. Call to order pickup or get delivery on Caviar. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
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10. Double Knot
The menu at Michael Schulson’s underground Double Knot features robatayaki, chicken katsu, tataki, and, of course, sushi. Here, the pearly rice is warmed, then topped with slices of shimmering fish and enhanced with a spritz of lemon, soy, or ponzu. Reservations are available on Resy.
There's a lot to choose from besides sushi at Starr Restaurants’ long-running Morimoto, including hot entrees and standout desserts, but if ever there was a time to go the omakase route, this is it. A la carte sushi are available as well. Call for pickup or order delivery on Caviar or DoorDash. Reservation can be made online.
This Washington Square West BYOB serves creative rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, colorful chirashi, and tuna over crispy rice cakes. Call for pickup or order delivery from GrubHub. Reservations can be made online.
13. Bleu Sushi
Bleu Sushi made news when owner Hendra Yong set up a robotic arm to hand orders over to customers in a contactless way. Most of the rolls here are named for local places or colleges, like the crispy Temple Roll made with spicy yellowtail topped with torched white tuna. Order pickup
by calling or get delivery via most delivery services. Outdoor and indoor dining are also options by reservation.
Chef Xiang Yu “Sam” Lin’s Sakana is worth coming to for the fresh sushi and sashimi. Sakana is BYOB and reservations for two different omakase tastings — one small and one large — can be made on Resy.
15. Royal Sushi & Izakaya
James Beard award-winning chef Jesse Ito's Queen Village destination is a two-in-one deal. Diners can walk in for Ito's coveted omakase experience that helped launched the omakase mini-renaissance the city is currently enjoying. In the front, there is a hip izakaya with skewers, sushi, and Japanese beer. Ito has been continued a takeout menu of Izakaya classics, alongside more experiential offerings. No reservations.
16. Ginza Sushi and Ramen
At one time, this Pennsport location housed an old school Italian joint, but today it’s a sleek neighborhood sushi spot that’s also a good delivery option. Ginza is known for its colorful signature rolls, chirashi, and ramen. Call for pickup or order delivery on Caviar, Grubhub, or UberEats.
17. Sagami Japanese Restaurant
Collingswood’s favorite sushi restaurant, Sagami, is open again for limited indoor dining, and the takeout is still a great option, too. Make reservations or order a la carte rolls, sushi dinners, or hot apps and entrees by phone. Reminder: it’s BYOB.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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 — for $155 a person — is a not-to-miss experience, with sushi rolls inspired by Fujiyama’s hometown of Kyoto. There’s also a sake pairing. Reservations are required and can be made at Hiroki’s website.
19. Izakaya By Yanaga
The latest edition to Philly’s sushi scene is Izakaya by Yanaga, run by Kevin Yanaga, who formerly worked at Morimoto and Zama. There are more dishes than just sushi — ramen, gyoza, and bao, for example — but the move is the sashimi bar and one of Izakaya’s excellent cocktails. Reservations can be made online.