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O-Ku Sushi has locations in Nashville, Charleston, D.C., Atlanta, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
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Where to Eat Sushi in Nashville

For sushi in Nashville, these are the nine best bets

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O-Ku Sushi has locations in Nashville, Charleston, D.C., Atlanta, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
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While Nashville certainly has a handle on biscuits, hot chicken, burgers, and the like, many of the sushi options can be less compelling. But there are some restaurants bringing fresh fish and perspectives to Nashville. Charleston-based O-Ku Sushi serves rule-bending rolls filled with offbeat items like goat cheese, while fancy Jell-O shots sharing menu space with high-end sake. Meanwhile, the family-run, Japanese-owned market Sonobana serves harder-to-find bites alongside classic preparations using fresh, high-quality fish.

Here are a handful of restaurants offering sushi, sashimi, and over-the-top rolls to quench a craving right now in Nashville.

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O-Ku Sushi Nashville

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The Nashville outpost of this Charleston-based family of restaurants makes believers out of those who don’t think Nashville has a grip on Japanese cuisine — A-5 wagyu beef prepared tableside; head-turning rolls like the NashVegas with crab, goat cheese mousse, spicy salmon, sweet soy glaze, and spicy aioli; and pristine nigiri. Next to a sake menu split by flavor profile are fun cocktails and fancy jello shots.

Two Ten Jack

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A run-of-the-mill sushi restaurant Two Ten Jack is not, but some of Nashville natives’ favorite sashimi is found at the popular little East Nashville izakaya and ramen house. There are sections on the menu with dressed-up specialty sashimi, nigiri options, and crowd-pleasing maki (plus plenty of hot dishes for non-sushi lovers).

Dear Sushi

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Sort of a sushi oasis on the Donelson side of town, there are no frills at Dear Sushi — just a selection of standard rolls that are well-executed. The menu offers nigiri, traditional rolls, and a section they’ve dubbed “fancy sushi” including plenty of fully cooked rolls for the most raw-averse of diners.

Serving contemporary sushi rolls and sashimi in swanky surroundings since 2000, M Street’s sushi-focused restaurant is what many locals call their go-to sushi spot. A wide menu of nigirizushi (composed sushi), sashimi, and sushi rolls gives plenty of options — or just trust the chef and go with the omakase option (dine-in only). Be sure and ask if they have any toro, a buttery off-menu delight.

Sunda’s Pan-Asian menu covers a lot of ground, but the sushi options alone make it worth a visit. Fan favorites include the chili albacore sashimi served with crispy leeks, and the spicy “tail of two tunas” roll.

An assortment of rolls at Sunda.
An assortment of rolls at Sunda.
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Samurai Sushi

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The cozy Japanese restaurant has a lot of loyal followers. Beyond the raw fish options, plenty of cooked rolls fill out the menu including an entire menu section of deep-fried rolls.

Sonobana

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Hidden in a strip mall on White Bridge Road, this family-run, Japanese-owned restaurant with an adjacent market wins with quality, value, and fresh sashimi. The menu offers a long list of classic sushi rolls, nigiri, and bento boxes, plus harder-to-find bites like fermented soybean dish natto, kaki fry, otoro ochazuke, negima, and umeshiso maki. Sushi chef and owner Tsuyoshi Kajisa was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and the family has set up a gofundme account to help cover medical bills and related expenses.

Hai's Sushi & Pho

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The 8th Avenue strip mall sushi sleeper is one many people haven’t heard of before. The family-run restaurant serves Japanese and Vietnamese dishes, but sitting at the sushi bar and letting the chef bring out whatever is freshest is the only way to go.

The Eastern Peak

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With a trio of locations on Thompson Lane, in Bellevue, and the newest outpost in the Gulch, the Eastern Peak serves both Thai food and sushi like several other spots around town. The Eastern Peak is a favorite of many for its sashimi and sushi rolls. Menus vary by location, and the newer Gulch outpost includesludes everything from classic spicy tuna rolls to Nashville-named Titan Roll, uni, and octopus.

O-Ku Sushi Nashville

The Nashville outpost of this Charleston-based family of restaurants makes believers out of those who don’t think Nashville has a grip on Japanese cuisine — A-5 wagyu beef prepared tableside; head-turning rolls like the NashVegas with crab, goat cheese mousse, spicy salmon, sweet soy glaze, and spicy aioli; and pristine nigiri. Next to a sake menu split by flavor profile are fun cocktails and fancy jello shots.

Two Ten Jack

A run-of-the-mill sushi restaurant Two Ten Jack is not, but some of Nashville natives’ favorite sashimi is found at the popular little East Nashville izakaya and ramen house. There are sections on the menu with dressed-up specialty sashimi, nigiri options, and crowd-pleasing maki (plus plenty of hot dishes for non-sushi lovers).

Dear Sushi

Sort of a sushi oasis on the Donelson side of town, there are no frills at Dear Sushi — just a selection of standard rolls that are well-executed. The menu offers nigiri, traditional rolls, and a section they’ve dubbed “fancy sushi” including plenty of fully cooked rolls for the most raw-averse of diners.

Virago

Serving contemporary sushi rolls and sashimi in swanky surroundings since 2000, M Street’s sushi-focused restaurant is what many locals call their go-to sushi spot. A wide menu of nigirizushi (composed sushi), sashimi, and sushi rolls gives plenty of options — or just trust the chef and go with the omakase option (dine-in only). Be sure and ask if they have any toro, a buttery off-menu delight.

Sunda

An assortment of rolls at Sunda.
An assortment of rolls at Sunda.
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Sunda’s Pan-Asian menu covers a lot of ground, but the sushi options alone make it worth a visit. Fan favorites include the chili albacore sashimi served with crispy leeks, and the spicy “tail of two tunas” roll.

An assortment of rolls at Sunda.
An assortment of rolls at Sunda.
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Samurai Sushi

The cozy Japanese restaurant has a lot of loyal followers. Beyond the raw fish options, plenty of cooked rolls fill out the menu including an entire menu section of deep-fried rolls.

Sonobana

Hidden in a strip mall on White Bridge Road, this family-run, Japanese-owned restaurant with an adjacent market wins with quality, value, and fresh sashimi. The menu offers a long list of classic sushi rolls, nigiri, and bento boxes, plus harder-to-find bites like fermented soybean dish natto, kaki fry, otoro ochazuke, negima, and umeshiso maki. Sushi chef and owner Tsuyoshi Kajisa was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and the family has set up a gofundme account to help cover medical bills and related expenses.

Hai's Sushi & Pho

The 8th Avenue strip mall sushi sleeper is one many people haven’t heard of before. The family-run restaurant serves Japanese and Vietnamese dishes, but sitting at the sushi bar and letting the chef bring out whatever is freshest is the only way to go.

The Eastern Peak

With a trio of locations on Thompson Lane, in Bellevue, and the newest outpost in the Gulch, the Eastern Peak serves both Thai food and sushi like several other spots around town. The Eastern Peak is a favorite of many for its sashimi and sushi rolls. Menus vary by location, and the newer Gulch outpost includesludes everything from classic spicy tuna rolls to Nashville-named Titan Roll, uni, and octopus.

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