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13 top sushi restaurants in the top 13 West Coast Cities

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1999

The best sushi restaurants in the top 13 west coast cities.


Azuki Sushi Lounge

Azuki is a contemporary sushi lounge with a serene atmosphere. The restaurant's main dining room features a big door full of azuki beans and a trendy sushi bar with colorful light effects. Their modern patio has lovely Japanese maple trees and warm lighting giving it a very calming effect. Azuki serves delicious small plates and the menu is inspired by the seasons, hence it is organic, bursting with flavor and fresh. They also offer catering services.

San Diego, CA, United States
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Kusakabe

Owned by an experienced chef who has won the World Sushi Award, KUSAKABE is a Kaiseki-style sushi restaurant that serves excellent omakase experience.Customers can watch the sushi executed elaborately by the owner and then enjoy it. Aside from food, the restaurant is well decorated in traditional Japanese style with brick wall and wood bar.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Kansai

Kansai is located in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood, very close to the Macarthur BART station. This popular restaurant offers an extensive Japanese and sushi menu, and has Happy Hour specials on sushi rolls. Another popular aspect of Kansai is that it's open past midnight, which is always a nice find. The service is attentive, but if you need something, all tables feature little buttons that can summon your server for you.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Otomisan

This little nondescript sushi shop in Boyle Heights may quite be the oldest Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. It opened in 1956, a long time before the sushi craze in the 80s, and for that reason alone most Angelenos love this place. The meals are always prepared perfectly, from the comforting Chirashi bowl to delicately sliced Sashimi, visitors will notice the care taken in the kitchen. There are only a few booths and several bar stools at the counter, but the trip to the East Side is worth it, even if you have to wait for a table.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Arigato Sushi

Adorned with hip art, a brick-wall interior and decorative fabrics draped from the ceilings, Arigato Sushi is a modern take on the traditional sushi bar. The restaurant offers a wide variety of rolls, with ingredients such as jalapeno masago, mango relish, yamaimo yam, chive oil, pine nuts and white truffle oil combined with those more typically found in Japanese cuisine, like crab, tuna, eel and yellowtail. Arigato also serves nigiri and sashimi, as well as soups, salads and meat dishes, all with its own creative take. Be sure not to miss the drink menu, which features a long list of sake, soju, beer and wine options to accompany the fresh, delicious food.

Santa Barbara, CA, United States
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Fuji Sushi

If you're hankering for a decent sushi meal at pocket friendly prices in Downtown San Jose, head to Fuji Sushi on Santa Clara. Offering a range of hand rolls along with Sashimi, Nigiri, Temaki and ramen preparations, this joint also offers a good selection of veggie dishes for its vegetarian patrons. There are several a la cart options to choose from as well as set menus for lunches and dinners such as Beef Teriyaki Dinner and Chicken Katsu Dinner. The offerings here are delightful and scrumptious, while the service is attentive and effective, all in all, this place has a lot going for it; drop in to see why.

San Jose, CA, United States
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Sushi House

Sushi House is a nice Japanese restaurant in Palo Alto. As the name claims, they offer a wide variety of sushi. They also have Bento boxes, salads and noodle dishes and other traditional Japanese food. You can eat there or take out. They provide catering services as well. Cold "party trays" are available if you come in with a group or if you want to host a Japanese food party at home.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Mikuni Japanese Restaurant, located in the heart of midtown, has been a popular choice amongst Sacramento sushi connoisseurs for years. The restaurant's interior is cosmopolitan chic and the intricate sushi rolls are anything but standard. Some of the more-famous rolls include the Marilyn Monroll and the Train Wreck. There is also a cocktail bar within the restaurant and flat-screen TVs adorning some of the walls. Check the website for complete lunch and dinner menus.

Sacramento, CA, United States
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Oishi Japanese Restaurant

Redmond, OR, United States
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Yuki Sushi & Sake Bar

Located in the Orenco Station development in Hillsboro, Oregon, just west of Portland, Yuki Japanese Restaurant offers a great selection of fresh Japanese cuisine. Specializing in sushi and sake, the restaurant boasts of an extensive menu. The appetizers, lunch items, dinner items, drinks and desserts are so numerous and varied that deciding what to eat can be nearly impossible. As is characteristic of Japanese style food, expect extreme and beautiful presentations, especially among the sushi rolls. Dinner items can be a bit on the pricy side, so make sure someone else is treating.

Hillsboro, OR, United States
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Tsukushinbo

Tsukushinbo is a quintessential Japanese sushi bar and restaurant in the International district. On the menu you will find the classic Japanese dishes but their use of fresh seasonal fish is the reason for immense popularity. You can order from their regular menu or choose to have the daily special. Wednesdays tend to get really crowded because of the daily special- Miso Ramen that is prepared with Ramen noodles in soup topped with cabbage, corn, carrots, ground pork & snow peas. It is a great diner to get authentic Japanese meals with family and friends!

Seattle, WA, United States
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Suki Yaki Inn Japanese Restaurant

Sushi restaurants are hard to come by in the town of Spokane but do not fret because Suki Yaki is a first class Japanese haven. Made and served directly to you by the chef, you can watch the master at work and revel in the art that is sushi-making. Rolls are relatively inexpensive and there is a variety of other Japanese options if sushi is not your thing.

Spokane, WA, United States
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