Where to Find the Best Sushi on Oahu

Where to Find the Best Sushi on Oahu

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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.

But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes

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Featured Photo: Doraku Waikiki

Sushi in Waikiki and Honolulu

Doraku Sushi
Photo: @dorakusushi

Doraku Sushi

From the accomplished 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 sushi beginners and connoisseurs alike. Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4pm to 5pm. 

A close-up shot of a plated dish featuring the best sushi Oahu has to offer, topped with chopped green onions, crunchy tempura flakes, and a drizzle of creamy orange sauce. The sushi is neatly arranged on a rectangular, speckled ceramic plate.
Photo: @eatinghouse1849

Eating House 1849

We LOVE the story behind this restaurant’s 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. Eating House 1849 is open daily from 4pm to 9pm. Happy hour daily from 4pm to 5pm. Weekend brunch from 10:30am to 2 pm. 

A platter of assorted sushi, including nigiri with various types of fish, shrimp, and tamago, as well as maki rolls filled with vegetables and seafood. The sushi is arranged on rectangular black plates, accompanied by wasabi, pickled ginger, and a cup of tea in the foreground—truly the best sushi Oahu has to offer.
Photo: STIX ASIA

STIX ASIA

A sprawling gourmet food hall in the heart of Waikiki, STIX ASIA is the only place in Hawai’i where you can taste a diverse selection of Asian cuisines from countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea, all in one place. Dip your chopsticks into dishes like ramen from Baikohken, Taiwanese soups from Honolulu Noodle Company, freshly made noodles from Udon Yama and remarkably fresh sushi from Sushi Matsuri, reminiscent of Tokyo’s fish auctions in Tsukiji and Toyosu. STIX ASIA is open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m

A boat-shaped wooden platter filled with an assortment of sushi, including nigiri, sashimi, and rolls. In the center, a garnish of green leaves and a decorative flower made from thinly sliced white radish. The sushi features various seafood, rice, and colorful toppings—truly the Best Sushi Oahu offers.
Photo: @furusatosushihawaii

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 delicious assortment of fresh sashimi and sushi for two to share. Furusato is open daily from 11am to 10:00pm.  

A beautifully presented sashimi platter featuring slices of salmon, tuna, and other fish, garnished with lemon slices, fresh green leaves, and wasabi, set on a green leaf with a blue-patterned background. Experience the Best Sushi Oahu has to offer with this exquisite dish.
Photo: @matsurihawaii

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 10:00pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 

A black plate featuring a Japanese cuisine assortment: two salmon sushi rolls, three slices of fresh salmon sashimi garnished with lemon, a piece of grilled salmon with crispy skin, and a dollop of wasabi, all presented on a green shiso leaf—truly the Best Sushi Oahu offers.
Photo: Courtesy of Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar​

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. Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar is open daily 11:30am to 8:30pm and would be grateful for your business. 

A meticulously arranged platter of the best sushi Oahu has to offer, featuring assorted nigiri topped with shrimp, tuna, salmon, and unidentified fish. Accompanied by uni (sea urchin) and a touch of wasabi on a dark serving board adorned with a green leaf.
Photo: Courtesy of Sushi Ginza Onodera

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 taste buds by delivering authentic Edomae style sushi. Sushi Ginza Onodera is open Monday, Thursday, Friday 5pm to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 10pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Close-up of various sashimi pieces on a white plate. Arranged in four clusters, the slices include red tuna, pinkish-yellowtail, orange salmon, and a creamy white fish, all garnished with green shiso leaves and some shredded white daikon radish—truly the Best Sushi Oahu has to offer.
Photo: @hawaiiwalker808

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 tempura master on island. Open Sunday 5pm to 10pm, and Monday 5:30pm to 11pm. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch 11am to 2:30pm and for dinner 5:30pm to 11pm.

An assortment of sushi is neatly arranged on a tray, showcasing the best sushi Oahu has to offer. Featuring various types such as nigiri and maki rolls, the selection includes tuna, salmon, and other seafood pieces garnished with wasabi and decorative toppings. The background reveals a blurred view of a restaurant interior.
Photo: @sushi-sasabune

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 Friday 5:30pm to 10pm. Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

A long plate of sushi rolls is arranged on a light wooden surface. The rolls, highlighting the best sushi Oahu has to offer, are topped with avocado slices, spicy tuna, microgreens, and vibrant orange roe. The overhanging sides of some rolls feature a slice of red tuna with a drizzle of spicy mayo underneath.
Photo: @sansei.hawaii

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

This popular restaurant group does not disappoint! Centrally located in Waikiki, Sansei is an easy walk from most hotels. Open Sunday through Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm. Friday and Saturday 5:30pm to 1am.

Sushi on Oahu's North Shore

A bowl of assorted sashimi, including slices of raw fish, octopus, and lemon wedges, presented on a bed of shredded radish and garnished with green leaves. This attractive dish is arranged in a black and white ceramic bowl—truly embodying the Best Sushi Oahu has to offer.
Photo: @banzaisushibar

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 Wednesday through Sunday 4pm to 9pm.

Three trays of colorful sushi are arranged in rows, featuring a variety of ingredients including diced fish, mango cubes, chopped green onions, and grated orange garnish. The vibrant sushi pieces sit on a bed of rice, making for a visually appealing presentation — the Best Sushi Oahu has to offer.
Photo: @pokeforthepeople

Poke for the People

Small business in North Shore — delicious poke, absolutely worth your business. Poke for the People open Monday through Thursday 11am to 5pm. Friday and Saturday 11am to 6pm. 

Sushi on Oahu's Windward Side

A tray of assorted sushi, featuring nigiri with vibrant red and orange fish slices, topped with garnishes like thinly sliced onions and green onions. Some pieces have creamy or saucy toppings, showcasing a variety of textures and colors—truly the best sushi Oahu has to offer.
Photo: @localboysushi

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 Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm. Closed Sunday. 

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