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Sushi couldn’t be more mainstream. What used to be exotic back in the day is now rolled at supermarkets and offered at Asian restaurants all over town. But the best sushi still matters: the freshest fish, the creamiest mouthfeel, the umami combination of flavors. And these spots fill the bill.

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1. Good Time Sushi

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5315 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 265-0721
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Don’t let the plain Jane sign outside this Gentilly BYOB scare you away. Good Time sushi and hibachi is a cute little neighborhood sushi place with fresh options and good service. The lunch menu is cheap, cheap, and specialty rolls, like the “good time” and “the tiger,” are generous of portion and fresh. Popular for the hibachi experience as well, Good Time sushi is a sleeper that’s perfect for satisfying a craving on a budget.

2. Kanno

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3517 20th St
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 455-5730
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Flouting “California style sushi,” Metairie’s Kanno proffers the usual, along with an entire section of skinny rolls sans rice and soy paper. Available in half and full roll portions, these pared down rolls include the likes of the Elvis roll (named for the chef), made with salmon, avocado, and both snow and blue crab, and the protein roll, with spicy tuna, snow crab, avocado and salmon. A hefty sake menu includes sparkling sake, though it’s not always featured. Too bad about the Barefoot house wine.

Kanno has a few off-the-menu specials, like the Ricky roll and the lobster roll
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3. Daiwa Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine

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4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd Suite200
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 281-4646
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Low key West Bank sushi spot Daiwa, known for its uni, karaoke rooms, and Hello Kitty aesthetic, opened a second location in Metairie a few months ago. The Vets Boulevard restaurant in a former World of Beer location ups the ante in space and menu, with the option of omakase (chef’s choice) dinners and new specialties featuring less common fish like Japanese striped jack and sardines. Lunch was also just added in August.

4. Shogun

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2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 833-7477
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The Crescent City’s oldest sushi bar’s shine has not tarnished with age. Since 1982, Shogun has been serving a wide variety of fresh sushi. Plus, there large eatery is outfitted with hibachi grills.

5. Conola Grill & Sushi

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619 Pink St
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 837-0055
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Don’t order sushi for lunch at Conola, only because it isn’t on the menu. But come dinnertime, and the sushi bar is rolling. It’s a bit of a disconnect, since this place is mostly a Creole/American restaurant, but co-chef/owners/spouses Will and Kinsey Varas make it happen. By the way, the name is a reference to their shared experiences cooking in New Orleans and Colorado. Do try the beet cured salmon roll.

6. Kyoto 2

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A-B, 5608 Citrus Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70123
(504) 818-0228
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Located near the AMC Elmwood Palace movie theater in an inconspicuous strip mall, the casual and colorful Kyoto 2 delivers consistently fresh seafood in generous servings. The best deal of all is the chirashi lunch special — a heaping bowl of fresh fish over fresh daikon radish and sushi rice for under $15. It’s big enough to split.

7. Royal Sushi & Bar

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1913 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-827-1900 
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This Marigny storefront is light and airy with lighting that changes between colors like purple and green, friendly servers, and consistently good raw seafood offerings. It’s hard not to love Royal’s generous portion of tuna tataki and the “geisha kiss” roll stuffed with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, snow crab, asparagus, avocado, cucumber, and masago. There’s also an extensive array of ramen bowls, with pick-your-own protein, broth, and veg for a bowl of custom noodle love. Soy wrapped and rice free rolls also available.

White ninja, crouching tiger, G6, and king cake rolls
Yelp/Marcia W.

8. Taste of Tokyo

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10160 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123
(504) 737-0688

Plan a little extra time to navigate Taste of Tokyo’s behemoth of a menu with a list of special rolls that spans pages. While New Orleans metro area has plenty of sushi restaurants, this spot in River Ridge has some rolls that make it worth a drive, like the pookie roll (snow crab and wasabi tobiko inside with yellowtail, ponzu, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and green onions). Do know that the owner is proud of his menu and doesn’t want anyone copying his rolls, so no descriptions are available online.

9. Asuka Sushi & Hibachi

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7912 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 862-5555
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Mid-City is lucky to have Asuka Sushi, a contemporary-meets-traditional, no-frills sushi shack tucked away on a busy stretch of Earhart Boulevard. Compact inside and out (not a ton of parking, but persevere), Asuka sports funky roll options like the Saints go go with tempura crab, cream cheese and salmon atop eel and spicy sauce, and the el diablo, a mix of spicy salmon, tuna and yellowtail spiked with jalapeño, chile, and ponzu sauce. There are also plenty of deep fried rolls — a good fit for this decadent city. But purists will be happy too, with the likes of sashimi deluxe, a killer mix of 16 pieces of fresh fish for $19.95. Reserve a place at a hibachi grill for a floor show.

Asuka roll is stuffed with snow crab, crawfish, avocado, masago, and cream cheese, deep-fried; and topped with “special sauce”
Yelp/Tim C.

10. Tsunami

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Pan American Life Center, 601 Poydras St Suite B
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 608-3474
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This Baton Rouge-born newcomer to the New Orleans sushi scene unleashed a playful menu of rolls (like the Dorito-encrusted “munchie” roll) and other Japanese fare when it opened in the Pan American Life Center in the CBD last year. Tsunami keeps in the theme of its business district home with an upscale, corporate vibe including panels of material the color of a gray suit on the walls. It’s expansive with high ceilings and an open kitchen with a menu to match: loads of over-the-top, super-size rolls.

Dorito-dusted sushi at Tsunami
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11. Chiba

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8312 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 826-9119
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Chiba’s sleek and spacious spot on Oak Street feels more upscale than many sushi eateries in town with clean white walls, warm wood, pops of red, and almost zero tchotchkes, but it also has one of the top happy hours with rolls and sashimi from $3 to $13 Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Chiba entices the rest of the time too with cooked items like short rib tempura and pan roasted mussels with miso. Interesting fact: The owner is a huge fan of motor sports, which is good to know for anyone looking for a spot to watch.

12. Rock-n-Sake (multiple locations)

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823 Fulton St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-7253
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Rock-n-Sake’s raucous interior energizes with loud music and and lots of colored panel-covered lights. There’s nothing minimalist about it, least of all the menu. In addition to precision-perfect classic sushi staples, the restaurant serves sushi deviled eggs (truffle and spicy sesame deviled eggs with topped with tuna tartar and black tobiko), tuna nachos, and creative special rolls like the salmon zest roll, zingy with ponzu and lemon zest.

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13. Origami Restaurant

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5130 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-6532
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Set in a renovated home with an outdoor deck on funky Freret Street, Origami has line-up of specialty rolls with topical (and dated?) names like FEMA roll, chocolate city roll, and bye-bye Katrina roll, the latter including layers of smelt roe, cucumber, eel, and shrimp tempura wrapped in tender soy paper, and garnished with snow crab and a drizzle of sweet and salty eel sauce. The fish is pristine and chopped with the kind of expertise that comes from years of experience. Six oyster shooters with spicy ponzu sauce for $6.95 is a deal.

The special tabo roll includes scallops and yellowtail inside, albacore on top with ponzu, chili sauce, and scallions
Yelp/Tam M.

14. Sake Cafe Uptown

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2830 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 894-0033
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Sake Cafe Uptown is swanky sushi at its best. The place, in a former K & B drug store, is pretty in a 1990s sort of way with design wows like bright, multi-colored, Chihuly-esque blown glass chandeliers and bi-level white tablecloth dining (the top level is reserved for private parties). The sushi menu melds traditional Japanese dishes and New Orleans ingredients (see jazz roll, Uptown roll, and New Orleans roll on the menu) along with bento box lunch specials and a full bar including an extensive sake list and specialty cocktails. Happy hour happens daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with cheap drink specials and apps for $3 to $5. The po-boy roll is a clever approximation of the real thing with both mayo-based and sweet sauces standing in for the usual spreads, black sesame soy paper on the outside, and lettuce and fried seafood on the inside. Try an apple banana spring roll for dessert.

1. Good Time Sushi

5315 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Don’t let the plain Jane sign outside this Gentilly BYOB scare you away. Good Time sushi and hibachi is a cute little neighborhood sushi place with fresh options and good service. The lunch menu is cheap, cheap, and specialty rolls, like the “good time” and “the tiger,” are generous of portion and fresh. Popular for the hibachi experience as well, Good Time sushi is a sleeper that’s perfect for satisfying a craving on a budget.

5315 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

2. Kanno

3517 20th St, Metairie, LA 70002
Kanno has a few off-the-menu specials, like the Ricky roll and the lobster roll
Yelp/Kim P.

Flouting “California style sushi,” Metairie’s Kanno proffers the usual, along with an entire section of skinny rolls sans rice and soy paper. Available in half and full roll portions, these pared down rolls include the likes of the Elvis roll (named for the chef), made with salmon, avocado, and both snow and blue crab, and the protein roll, with spicy tuna, snow crab, avocado and salmon. A hefty sake menu includes sparkling sake, though it’s not always featured. Too bad about the Barefoot house wine.

3517 20th St
Metairie, LA 70002

3. Daiwa Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine

4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd Suite200, Metairie, LA 70002

Low key West Bank sushi spot Daiwa, known for its uni, karaoke rooms, and Hello Kitty aesthetic, opened a second location in Metairie a few months ago. The Vets Boulevard restaurant in a former World of Beer location ups the ante in space and menu, with the option of omakase (chef’s choice) dinners and new specialties featuring less common fish like Japanese striped jack and sardines. Lunch was also just added in August.

4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd Suite200
Metairie, LA 70002

4. Shogun

2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

The Crescent City’s oldest sushi bar’s shine has not tarnished with age. Since 1982, Shogun has been serving a wide variety of fresh sushi. Plus, there large eatery is outfitted with hibachi grills.

2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002

5. Conola Grill & Sushi

619 Pink St, Metairie, LA 70005

Don’t order sushi for lunch at Conola, only because it isn’t on the menu. But come dinnertime, and the sushi bar is rolling. It’s a bit of a disconnect, since this place is mostly a Creole/American restaurant, but co-chef/owners/spouses Will and Kinsey Varas make it happen. By the way, the name is a reference to their shared experiences cooking in New Orleans and Colorado. Do try the beet cured salmon roll.

619 Pink St
Metairie, LA 70005

6. Kyoto 2

A-B, 5608 Citrus Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70123

Located near the AMC Elmwood Palace movie theater in an inconspicuous strip mall, the casual and colorful Kyoto 2 delivers consistently fresh seafood in generous servings. The best deal of all is the chirashi lunch special — a heaping bowl of fresh fish over fresh daikon radish and sushi rice for under $15. It’s big enough to split.

A-B, 5608 Citrus Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70123

7. Royal Sushi & Bar

1913 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
White ninja, crouching tiger, G6, and king cake rolls
Yelp/Marcia W.

This Marigny storefront is light and airy with lighting that changes between colors like purple and green, friendly servers, and consistently good raw seafood offerings. It’s hard not to love Royal’s generous portion of tuna tataki and the “geisha kiss” roll stuffed with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, snow crab, asparagus, avocado, cucumber, and masago. There’s also an extensive array of ramen bowls, with pick-your-own protein, broth, and veg for a bowl of custom noodle love. Soy wrapped and rice free rolls also available.

1913 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Taste of Tokyo

10160 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, LA 70123

Plan a little extra time to navigate Taste of Tokyo’s behemoth of a menu with a list of special rolls that spans pages. While New Orleans metro area has plenty of sushi restaurants, this spot in River Ridge has some rolls that make it worth a drive, like the pookie roll (snow crab and wasabi tobiko inside with yellowtail, ponzu, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and green onions). Do know that the owner is proud of his menu and doesn’t want anyone copying his rolls, so no descriptions are available online.

10160 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123

9. Asuka Sushi & Hibachi

7912 Earhart Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70125
Asuka roll is stuffed with snow crab, crawfish, avocado, masago, and cream cheese, deep-fried; and topped with “special sauce”
Yelp/Tim C.

Mid-City is lucky to have Asuka Sushi, a contemporary-meets-traditional, no-frills sushi shack tucked away on a busy stretch of Earhart Boulevard. Compact inside and out (not a ton of parking, but persevere), Asuka sports funky roll options like the Saints go go with tempura crab, cream cheese and salmon atop eel and spicy sauce, and the el diablo, a mix of spicy salmon, tuna and yellowtail spiked with jalapeño, chile, and ponzu sauce. There are also plenty of deep fried rolls — a good fit for this decadent city. But purists will be happy too, with the likes of sashimi deluxe, a killer mix of 16 pieces of fresh fish for $19.95. Reserve a place at a hibachi grill for a floor show.

7912 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125

10. Tsunami

Pan American Life Center, 601 Poydras St Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70130
Dorito-dusted sushi at Tsunami
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This Baton Rouge-born newcomer to the New Orleans sushi scene unleashed a playful menu of rolls (like the Dorito-encrusted “munchie” roll) and other Japanese fare when it opened in the Pan American Life Center in the CBD last year. Tsunami keeps in the theme of its business district home with an upscale, corporate vibe including panels of material the color of a gray suit on the walls. It’s expansive with high ceilings and an open kitchen with a menu to match: loads of over-the-top, super-size rolls.

Pan American Life Center, 601 Poydras St Suite B
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Chiba

8312 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Chiba’s sleek and spacious spot on Oak Street feels more upscale than many sushi eateries in town with clean white walls, warm wood, pops of red, and almost zero tchotchkes, but it also has one of the top happy hours with rolls and sashimi from $3 to $13 Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Chiba entices the rest of the time too with cooked items like short rib tempura and pan roasted mussels with miso. Interesting fact: The owner is a huge fan of motor sports, which is good to know for anyone looking for a spot to watch.

8312 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

12. Rock-n-Sake (multiple locations)

823 Fulton St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sushi deviled eggs
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Rock-n-Sake’s raucous interior energizes with loud music and and lots of colored panel-covered lights. There’s nothing minimalist about it, least of all the menu. In addition to precision-perfect classic sushi staples, the restaurant serves sushi deviled eggs (truffle and spicy sesame deviled eggs with topped with tuna tartar and black tobiko), tuna nachos, and creative special rolls like the salmon zest roll, zingy with ponzu and lemon zest.

823 Fulton St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Origami Restaurant

5130 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
The special tabo roll includes scallops and yellowtail inside, albacore on top with ponzu, chili sauce, and scallions
Yelp/Tam M.

Set in a renovated home with an outdoor deck on funky Freret Street, Origami has line-up of specialty rolls with topical (and dated?) names like FEMA roll, chocolate city roll, and bye-bye Katrina roll, the latter including layers of smelt roe, cucumber, eel, and shrimp tempura wrapped in tender soy paper, and garnished with snow crab and a drizzle of sweet and salty eel sauce. The fish is pristine and chopped with the kind of expertise that comes from years of experience. Six oyster shooters with spicy ponzu sauce for $6.95 is a deal.

5130 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. Sake Cafe Uptown

2830 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Sake Cafe Uptown is swanky sushi at its best. The place, in a former K & B drug store, is pretty in a 1990s sort of way with design wows like bright, multi-colored, Chihuly-esque blown glass chandeliers and bi-level white tablecloth dining (the top level is reserved for private parties). The sushi menu melds traditional Japanese dishes and New Orleans ingredients (see jazz roll, Uptown roll, and New Orleans roll on the menu) along with bento box lunch specials and a full bar including an extensive sake list and specialty cocktails. Happy hour happens daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with cheap drink specials and apps for $3 to $5. The po-boy roll is a clever approximation of the real thing with both mayo-based and sweet sauces standing in for the usual spreads, black sesame soy paper on the outside, and lettuce and fried seafood on the inside. Try an apple banana spring roll for dessert.

2830 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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