Where to Get the Best Sushi in Raleigh


Are you craving that perfect combination of wasabi, soy sauce, rice, seafood and veggies? We’ve got you covered, and luckily Raleigh is home to a number of great sushi restaurants. Whether you prefer traditional rolls or are looking for something exciting and new, these eight local eateries are serving some of the best sushi in Raleigh.


Ajisai Japanese Fusion

Ajisai is a modern restaurant featuring a variety of sushi rolls and other Japanese dishes. The low-lit atmosphere and trendy decor set the tone for a romantic evening, and there’s an outdoor area where you and your friends can kickstart a fun night out. The shrimp tempura roll and spicy crunchy salmon roll are two Raleigh favorites. All of the food is delicious, but what really sets this swanky restaurant apart from the rest is its presentation. The dishes look almost too beautiful to eat… almost! Remember to check in on Yelp for a free appetizer!


Kai Sushi and Sake Bar

Kai is a low-key restaurant serving specialty sushi rolls and a variety of Japanese and Korean entrees.The Screaming “O” Roll gets a lot of praise from regulars, as does the spicy tuna roll filled with shrimp tempura and topped with seared tuna, chives, masago and sweet soy glaze. If you like spice, order the Diablo Roll, which has spicy crab fried with panko, pimento cheese, pickled jalapeno and avocado.


Waraji Japanese Restaurant

If you’re looking for delicious sushi and an authentic oriental dining experience, Waraji is the place to go. Diners sit at chabudai tables, which are low-to-the-ground tables where you sit on a mat on the floor to eat. Here you’ll find sushi and traditional cooked dishes served in a minimalist setting. Their famously creative sushi rolls include hard-to-find toro nigiri (fatty tuna) that melts in your mouth. Sake lovers will be pleased with the selection of over 60 sake varieties!


City Market Sushi

Bring a date to City Market Sushi for an intimate dinner at one of the hottest sushi bars in Downtown Raleigh. The restaurant has a dozen or so tables with a seven-seat sushi bar, and the decor is a blend of contemporary and traditional Japanese styles. The food is clearly the star of the show, featuring specialty rolls like the Dragon Tuna, made up of panko, soft shell crab and avocado wrapped in soy paper with dragon fruit, tuna, tobiko and sweet ponzu on the side. Don’t forget to save room for the mochi ice cream!


The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar


Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar plate with sushi and a burger, Raleigh NC


When all you want is raw fish, and your dinner mates want a nice juicy burger, there’s The Cowfish! This pioneering eatery serves gourmet burgers alongside traditional sushi, and even offers ‘burgushi,’ a unique fusion of burgers and sushi. Traditional sushi lovers won’t be disappointed with the classic fresh tuna, salmon and yellowtail rolls. However, if you’re feeling adventurous and craving something a little different, try the burgushi rolls. The Deliverance Roll features pulled pork, caramelized onion and BBQ sauce, wrapped in soy paper and potato strings then flash fried. The All-American Bacon Double Cheeseburgooshi is basically a bacon cheeseburger wrapped as a sushi roll and flash fried, served with seasoned fries. The bar serves up beer and spirits to complement whatever you choose to munch on.


Sono Sushi Restaurant Bar

If you’re looking for sushi for lunch, Sono Sushi offers inexpensive bento boxes and lunch specials on their delicious rolls. Choose from classic rolls, sashimi, nigiri and their specialty rolls, such as the Sono Roll with panko-fried spicy tuna, cream cheese, pickled jalapeno, sweet soy, chili mayo and green onion. The restaurant is also home to arguably the best ramen in Raleigh. If you dine in, there are comfy chairs you can sink into while you sip on your favorite sake, beer or cocktail from the bar.


Tokyo House

Tokyo House takes to heart the art of sushi. The interior is cozy and welcoming and has a tatami room that’s perfect for special occasions or business meetings. The experienced sushi chefs serve up delicious and beautiful sushi rolls that keep many regulars coming back time and time again. The Minwoo Roll is a notable choice, featuring a mixture of spicy tuna, salmon and yellowtail with avocado and tempura bits inside. Save space for the Green Tea Tempura Ice Cream!



Mura specializes in flavorful Japanese cuisine and one-of-a-kind sushi rolls. Start with the spicy edamame or avocado salad and sip on their craft brews or Asian-inspired cocktails while you wait. The Sin City Roll is made of spicy tuna, cream cheese, avocado, salmon, yellowfin tuna, masago, black tobiko, eel sauce and drizzled with spicy mayo. The Mother Earth Roll offers veggie lovers a mouthful of yum, featuring asparagus, yamagobo, sweet potato, cucumber, roasted red pepper and kanpyo rolled with fried potato and a sweet soy vinaigrette.


We hope that you find some delicious sushi in Raleigh at one of these restaurants! Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know! If you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we hope you’ll stop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills.  Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (844) 816-7095.

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