Where to Find the Best Sushi on Oahu

Ahi (yellowfin tuna), aku (skipjack tuna), and tako (octopus) are just a few kinds of fresh seafood caught daily in the beautiful blue waters around Hawaii. So while you’re visiting, why not enjoy locally caught fish rolled up with some nori and sushi rice? Oahu’s best sushi restaurants are numerous, but here’s a hand-picked list of restaurants that are rolling up some of Oahu’s finest sushi.

Featured Photo: Nobu Waikiki, by Edmond Ho

Sushi in Waikiki and Honolulu

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Doraku Sushi

The first concept of restaurateur Kevin Aoki, this is a very popular spot — as in lines out the door. It’s also one of our favorite happy hour destinations with an extensive menu featuring hot food, sushi dishes, as well as alcoholic beverages. Doraku’s complex menu consists of both traditional and fusion creations that satisfy both sushi beginners and connoisseurs. Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm. Happy hour is every day 4pm to 6pm. dorakusushi.com

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Eating House 1849

We LOVE the reason this behind this restaurant name — it’s an homage to one of the first restaurants on Oahu. Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi honors Hawaii’s history by using the simple flavors of the past in bold modern dishes. Open daily from 4pm to 9pm. Happy hour is daily 4pm to 6pm. eatinghouse1849.com

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Furusato Sushi

This stylish sushi restaurant is front and center in Waikiki. There’s a wide selection of sushi but if you’re dining with a partner, opt for the Waikiki Bridge or the Hawaiian Bridge. Both offer a delicioys assortment of fresh sashimi and sushi for two to share. Open daily from 11am to 10:30pm.  furusatosushi.net

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Izakaya Matsuri

Chef Yoshi moved to Hawaii from his native Japan back in 1998, and opened his first restaurant here in 2002. Yoshi and wife Julie – Izakaya’s sommelier — launched this place in 2017 and are committed to serving the best sashimi and sushi paired with wine and sake. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5pm to 9:15pm.Closed Sunday and Monday. matsurihawaii.com

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Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar

The best sushi in Honolulu (according to their website) and we just might agree. Be sure to go early as this casual space is tiny and seating is limited. Open daily 11am to 7:45pm and would be grateful for your business. mitchssushi.com

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Nobu Honolulu

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If you have to choose your last meal — this would be a good choice. Just saying. It’s not cheap, and we can’t say it’s better than any of the others on the list, but… noburestaurants.com

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Sushi Ginza Onodera

Let’s start with the fact that here they call the chefs “sushi craftsmen” … and these craftsmen aim to dazzle the most sophisticated tastebuds by delivering authentic Edomae style sushi. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday 5pm to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 10pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. sushiginzaonoderahawaii.com

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Sushi ii

This is one of Honolulu’s best kept secrets. Hidden in a back alley location, the small space of Sushi ii is usually filled with Hawaii restaurateurs and foodies. It’s rumored that the chef is the tempora master on island. Open Sunday 5pm to 10pm, and Monday 5:30pm to 11pm. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch 11am to 1:15pm and for dinner 5:30pm to 11pm. facebook.com

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Sushi Sasabune

Chef-owned and -operated since 1997, Sushi Sasabune brings authentic omakase-style sushi to Honolulu. This means no menu and no soy sauce served at the table — each course is prepared to be eaten as is, already dressed and seasoned accordingly. Sushi Sasabune’s “Omakase” is designed to be flexible and unique to each customer, as there is no set price or fixed options to choose from. They specialize in nigiri made with hot sushi rice and cold fish. Open Tuesday through Saturday 12pm to 1pm and 5:30pm to 10pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. sasabuneh.com

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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

This popular restaurant group does not disappoint! Centrally located in Waikiki, it’s an easy walk from most hotels. dkrestaurants.com

Sushi on Oahu's North Shore

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BANZAI Sushi Bar

Voted one of Oʻahu’s best by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser four years in a row, BANZAI prides itself in offering some of the finest sushi the islands have to offer. They’ve partnered with local fishermen and North Shore organic farmers to procure the best ingredients (according to season) for their unique sushi. Open daily from 12pm to 9:30pm. Happy hour is Monday to Thursday 4pm to 5pm. banzaisushibarhawaii.com

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Poke for the People

Small business in North Shore — delicious poke, absolutely worth your business. Open Monday through Thursday 11am to 5pm and Friday through Sunday 11am to 6pm. pokeforthepeople.com

Sushi on Oahu's Windward Side

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Local Boy Sushi

If you find yourself on the windward side of Oahu (in other words, off the beaten path), make sure you stop at Local Boy Sushi. Founded by the Pantastico brothers in 2009, their motto is “simple, classy, affordable.” Local Boy serves unparalleled ’ono grinds and local favorites with a mouth-watering twist. Just ask Siri for directions and you can thank us later. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday. localboysushi.com

Did we miss your favorite restaurant? 
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