Denver's ten best sushi restaurants

Categories: Best of Denver

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Jim Wills
A sushi chef at work at Taki Sushi in Washington Park.
For obvious reasons, we don't make New Year's resolutions here at Cafe Society that involve cutting delicious morsels out of our diet. But since we used the holidays as an excuse to go on even more of a gastronomic bender than usual this year, we are thinking about switching our binge eating tendencies to lighter fare for a few days. Namely, sushi.

If you're on board with that sentiment -- and in want of a great spot -- we've compiled our favorite joints in Denver and its surrounding area that serve up raw fish. And we realized that, for a land-locked state, we've got quite a few sushi joints doing it right. Here are the ten best:

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Sushi Tora
10. Sushi Tora
This Boulder sushi joint set the standard for sushi in Boulder when it first swam onto the scene. Since then, the sunny spot just off the Pearl Street Mall has had its ups and downs, but after landing chef Ray Srisamer -- an alum of acclaimed Austin sushi spot Uchi -- Tora is definitely up. Srisamer brings in high quality fish and cuts it with exacting precision -- and while his menu includes old standbys and favorites, he's also incorporated some new, delightful twists.

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Jim Wills
9. Kassai Sushi
The dining room at this east Denver joint is not exactly opulent, but its richly appointed and colorful, and absolutely comfortable for a lingering meal over dozens of bite-sized bits of fish. And you'll want to linger, ordering round after round. Kassai serves up fresh cuts of what you'd expect as well as some surprises, plus well-crafted rolls and hand rolls, all beautifully displayed and humbly delivered.

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Jim Wills
8. Namiko's
Namiko's has held down its Arvada strip mall address for 21 years, and the small neighborhood joint -- aquatically decorated down to the glowing fish tank in the center of the dining room -- has only gotten better with age. Owner Yuri Chandonnet, a native of Sapporo, insists on top quality fish, and the sushi chefs turn slick slices of tuna, albacore, mackerel, scallops and numerous forms of fish roe into sashimi, nigiri and rolls.



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8 comments
Eddie Walker
Eddie Walker

Thank you for highlighting Sushi Yoshi.  We go here regularly, and the food is always good, fresh, simple and tasty.  

Stephanspas
Stephanspas

We all see who paid Westword for the good word. LMAO. This list is a joke.This comes from a native of Denver and a nightly dine-outer/sushi snob. lol.

Christopher Cina
Christopher Cina

I have to agree on Banzai, maybe not Top 10 but definitely top 20.  Also surprised to see Japon left off the list, although I have to admit I haven't been there in a while so not sure it's still as good as I remember.

Eurythmic
Eurythmic

quite surprised to see so many non-japanese operated restaurants on this list.

HighPlainsDrifter
HighPlainsDrifter

Namiko's should be higher on the list!  While the service can be hit or miss, the sushi and sashimi are always excellent.

Laurasaffioti
Laurasaffioti

Dear Westword, check out Sushi Leo in Longmont. The owner is a Sushi Tora alumni and it's quickly becoming a favorite.

Michael Patrick
Michael Patrick

I have never had an enjoyable experience at Namiko's. If the service is OK than the rolls suck and fall apart the second you try to pick them up. If the rolls are OK - no one comes by your table after they drop them off to ask if you want another drink or bring you the check. You have to go hunt down a waiter to get a drink or the bill. The owner makes the excuse that they are so busy and it's a good thing - if you're so busy hire some more people!

I'm surprised that Banzai didn't make the list - it has been rated in the top two by many of the Denver surveys several times in years past. It isn't fancy but they have a ton of delicious rolls and there is almost never a long wait. 

David Jones
David Jones

Banzai is near where I live. Love the place. I'm not sure if it belongs in a "Top 10" kind of a list, but I've never had a bad experience, the food has been great, and the owner is a really nice guy. 

My wife and I usually make it a social event with a group of friends. It's become a bit of a favorite for our little crew.

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