Denver's ten best sushi restaurants

Categories: Best of Denver

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Jim Wills
7. Taki Sushi
This Washington Park spot doesn't look like much from the outside, where a sign bills it as Japanese fusion cuisine -- slightly off-putting when you're after good sushi. But don't let that deter you, because inside this small, neighborhood spot, the sushi chefs serve up stellar cuts of fish, handrolls brimming with things like spicy tuna and yellowtail with jalapeño, one of our favorite chirashi bowls in town and fresh specials shipped in that day, which are usually worth considering.

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Jim Wills
6. Osaka Sushi
Despite its gimmick-less facade and sparse interior -- not to mention its location in a hard-to-access Colorado Boulevard strip mall -- Osaka Sushi has commanded what could be called a cult following, a loyal cadre of sushi fanatics to whom this joint is the only one in town. That's because the place boasts damn fine cuts of pretension-free fish alongside a long list of rolls that span everything from traditional maki to wild combinations tucked into rice -- including the nuclear roll, a spicy tuna roll made with chile oil and habañero peppers that's so hot, it's spawned its own eating challenge.

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Mark Manger
5. Sachi Sushi
One of the best sushi spots in the state is easy to miss if you're not looking. Sachi Sushi is tucked into a corner of the Niwot Market, and it consists of a handful of tables flanking a sushi counter. But from that unlikely location, Tsukasa Hibini, a native of Japan who spent three decades in the sushi business in this country, turns out impressive Japanese specials, as well as sushi that's basic in concept but excellent in cut and quality. On Sundays, you can side your fish with top-notch ramen, too.

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Jim Wills
4. Sushi Yoshi
The chefs at this strip-mall sushi bar go to great lengths to follow traditional Japanese recipes and cooking techniques, and to do it in a surprisingly serene setting, complete with tatami mats. Each dish is made to order from scratch, resulting in some of the most delicious, authentic Japanese fare available in Superior. Sushi is taken seriously here, and carefully chosen, precisely sliced and artfully plated fish is featured in both the bento boxes that reign at lunch and the traditional izakaya offerings at dinner.


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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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