Craving sushi? Here’s a list of Charlotte’s top 15 sushi restaurants and what to order at each spot.
As our city grows, so does our sushi scene. From new hotspots like O-Ku to neighborhood hidden gems like New Zealand Cafe, Charlotte is becoming a better spot for sushi lovers one restaurant at a time.
Vibe: Upscale restaurant in the heart of South End known for its dancing owner.
What to order: Dragon Roll ($15) — shrimp tempura rolled in rice; avocado, eel on top. Eel, shrimp tempura, cucumber, tuna avocado and spicy eel sauce.
Vibe: Modern, clean design located near SouthPark mall. Excellent patio and lovely fish tank.
What to order: Mark’s Roll ($15) — fresh tuna, jalapeño, cream cheese, kani, scallions inside, coated with panko and flash fried. Topped with Japanese mayo and sriracha. Served with ponzu dipping sauce.
Vibe: Lounge feel with black leather seats in the Metropolitan.
What to order: Screaming “O” Roll ($14) — spicy tuna, shrimp tempura roll, topped with seared tuna, jalapeño and spicy screaming “O” sauce.
Deal: $11 all-you-can-eat sushi lunch special.
Vibe: Upscale and stylish Japanese restaurant across from SouthPark mall. Excellent sake selection as well.
What to order: Baku Signature Ice Bowl ($55) — chef’s selection of seasonal sashimi and nigiri.
11. Ru San’s
Vibe: No-frills restaurant in Dilworth.
What to order: Fire Cracker Maki Roll ($9.25) — Fresh tuna and salmon rolled with sushi rice. It’s flash fried until crispy brown. The salmon is slightly cooked, and the tuna remains rare. Served with a kimchi mayo sauce on the side.
Deal: $11.75 all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. It’s popular, very popular.
Vibe: Casual and cozy spot near YAFO in SouthPark.
What to order: H&M Roll ($14) — tuna, avocado, topped with tuna, tempura flakes, masago, spring onions and spicy aioli.
Vibe: Trendy two-story new spot in the heart of Plaza Midwood with a patio out front.
What to order: Guru Roll ($15) — tuna, lump crab and avocado drizzled with their signature spicy aioli, flash baked and topped with fried garlic and shallots.
Vibe: Fast-casual sushi restaurant in the heart of Uptown for the grab and go crowd.
What roll to order: Tuna “Wrap It Up” roll ($13) — big eye tuna, spicy tuna, cucumber, sweet soy and Sriracha aioli.
Sushi burrito order: “The Big Eye” ($15) which includes tuna, mano, asian pear, masao, seaweed salad, ika salad and wasabi soy.
Daily Deal: To get rid of the day’s sushi and keep everything fresh, Sukoshi offers 50 percent off any remaining sushi in their grab-and-go coolers from 5-7 p.m. daily.
Vibe: Newly built spot in South End’s Gold District with a casual feel but commitment to quality (and the price points to match).
What to order: Sakura ($13) – flower shaped roll with salmon, tuna, avocado and tobiko.
Fun order: Sora Box Sushi (it’s literally box shaped) — tuna, ungagi and avocado.
Background: Husband-and-wife owners Tony Yum (chef) and Rosena Tong (manager) were both born in Hong Kong and ran a restaurant in San Francisco before moving to Charlotte.
Vibe: Low-key neighborhood restaurant in an old Pizza Hut located in the heart of Cotswold.
What roll to order: Cherry Blossom ($11.95) — tempura shrimp, spicy tuna and avocado in soy paper, with special sauce.
Vibe: Simple space inside of Uptown’s 7th Street Public Market.
What to order: Tuna Poke Bowl ($8 small/$14 large) – diced tuna and avocado, edamame, tossed in a ginger soy sauce with masago, shallots, green peppers and scallion served over rice and topped with finely cut scallions.
Sushi burrito order: The OG Hulk — spicy tuna, edamame hummus, spring mix, carrots, beets, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado and a little chipotle honey sauce.
Vibe: Cozy, intimate spot with reasonable prices near Sycamore Brewing in South End
What to order: Hamachi Lover Roll ($14) – Negi hamachi with kimchi aioli, crunchy hamachi wrap, jalapeño, ikura and wasabi yuzu sauce.
3. Clean Catch
Vibe: Upscale takeout-only seafood market in Myers Park. It’s expensive.
What to order: Mint-To-Be Roll ($18) – spicy king crab salad, avocado, topped with salmon, olive oil, yuzu kosho, mint leaf and yuzu tobiko.
Quote: “It’s about the fish. No other sushi bar uses our quality fish.” – Bill Ryan, owner of Clean Catch.
Vibe: Small, neighborhood restaurant in an unsexy shopping center off Sardis Road.
What to order: Rainbow Roll ($8.95) — California roll draped with tuna, salmon, white fish, shrimp and smelt roe.
Vibe: Modern elegant interior space in South End’s Atherton Mill. It’s definitely the most upscale and beautiful of all our sushi restaurants.
What to order: Red Dragon Roll ($14) — tempura shrimp, avocado, spicy crab mix, eel sauce and crunch. Their other two most popular rolls are the Salmon & Lemon Roll and the Spicy Rainbow Roll.
Deal: Half-priced sushi from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday.