Plate of Sushi
May 7, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

Oahu Restaurants: 5 Top Sushi Restaurants in Oahu

Almost everyone loves great Sushi and Oahu is home to some great Sushi restaurants. This article in our Oahu Visitors Blog presents a list of, ‘5 Top Sushi Restaurants in Oahu.’

Let’s do Sushi!  Oahu is home to many great restaurants and perhaps among the top choices for locals and visitors alike is a great Sushi Restaurant.

The best restaurants in the Hawaiian islands have access to an amazing abundance of the freshest produce, fish and seafood to help create some memorable dishes and among them is Sushi…great Sushi.

The following Oahu Visitors Blog article, ‘Oahu Restaurants: 5 Top Sushi Restaurants in Oahu’ is not a ranking of the 5 ‘Best Sushi Restaurants in Oahu’ – because there are many factors for ranking ‘the Best’ – this article simply presents you with 5 top choices for great tasting, sometimes affordable, sometimes not so affordable, but in all cases these Sushi Restaurants are worthy of your visit.

Here’s the list: 5 Top Sushi Restaurants in Oahu:

Doraku Sushi
Location: 2233 Kalakaua Ave., Ste 304, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-922-3323
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: .5 Miles

Doraku is located directly across from Waikiki Beach in Waikiki. In addition to their envious location, their Sushi is top notch.  

Doraku’s small bar and comfortable seating is ideal for a lunch seating or a more intimate dinner choice. Doraku is not ‘only Sushi’- this is a fantastic Japanese restaurant that invites you to come and enjoy the true joy of Japanese food, hospitality and drink.

They are committed to using the very best of ingredients in their Sushi and Japanese dishes as well as their popular fusion meals.  They believe that a good drink, like Sake, is avital part of any great Sushi meal, and we agree.  

The team at Doraku is committed to bringing the best Sake to their guests and so they visit Japan to select the very best selections of Sake.  Doraku also has one of the largest selections of Sake in the U.S.

Sushi Bay
Location: 590 Farrington Hwy., Ste 130, Kapolei, HI 96707
Phone: 808-693-9922
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 23 Miles

This is a fun place for Sushi but do not let this conveyor-belt Sushi Restaurant fool you–Sushi Bay     is serious about quality Sushi and complementary dishes. This informal Sushi Restaurant is a very popular spot for locals and tourists alike.  

Great Sushi, Japanese dishes, Sake and Beer selections are just what you would expect from a Sushi Restaurant that will not break your wallet.

Come by Sushi Bay, there may be a wait, but it is worth it.  Take a seat at the Sushi conveyor-belt and begin enjoying some great Sushi.

Plate of Sushi
The best restaurants in the Hawaiian islands have access to an amazing abundance of the freshest produce, fish and seafood to help create some memorable dishes and among them is Sushi…great Sushi.

Yanagi Sushi
Location: 762 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-597-1525
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 2.4 Miles

Yanagi Sushi is another option for a great Sushi Restaurant in Oahu.  This is a beautiful Japanese restaurant that specializes in inventive Sushi Rolls, Sashimi, Kal Bi, fusion dishes and other authentic Japanese fare.  

Yanagi Sushi has been serving tasty dishes using local ingredients, vegetables and seafood to visitors and locals since 1978.  The walls of Yanagi Sushi are covered with photos of celebrities, actors and athletes who have enjoyed a meal at this great Sushi Restaurant. 

Nobu Honolulu
Location: 1118 Ala Moana Blvd # 100, Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-237-6999  
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 2 Miles

If Sushi had an official Church, this would be the place for worship.  Nobu just does Sushi and complementary Japanese fare to the highest degree.  Nobu is pricy to be sure so be prepared, but if you know about Nobu, you know this too.

This location for Nobu is a minimalist, chic and environment that celebrates everything ‘Sushi and Japanese-Peruvian’ dishes.  

In addition to a vast selection of incredible Sushi, Nobu offers a large collection of the best Sake, Beers and Japanese spirits to complement their memorable food.

Sushi coated with black sesame seeds
Sushi Izakaya Gaku is a very traditional Japanese style restaurant serving up incredibly tasty Sushi, Sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes.

Sushi Izakaya Gaku
Location: 1329 S King St., Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-589-1329
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 1.5 Miles

If you love Sushi, and we know you do, otherwise why would you be reading this article, then you must put Sushi Izakaya Gaku on your list of ‘must visit’ Sushi Restaurants in Oahu.

Sushi Izakaya Gaku is a very traditional Japanese style restaurant serving up incredibly tasty Sushi, Sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes. Be sure to try their thick Salmon Sashimi, Omakase, Blue Fin Toro even their Alaskan King Crab is delicious.

Every dish at Sushi Izakaya Gaku is well plated. The portions are a bit surprising and small like fine dining, but the taste and experience make it all worth it.

Yes, we know, there are many GREAT Sushi Restaurants in Oahu…and we could create a list 100 worthy Sushi Restaurants, but for now this Oahu Visitors Blog article, ‘5 Top Sushi Restaurants in Oahu’ – and we will definitely create at least one more follow up article to include more top selections.

Be sure to visit our Oahu Visitors Blog and Oahu Visitors Guide for more articles and recommendations for all there is to do, see and experience during your next visit to the island.

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