2015 Guide to Sushi in Austin

 http://austinfoodbloggers.org/2015-city-guide-best-places-to-eat-in-austin/
This is my contribution for the 2015 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide. Sushi is my favorite food group and luckily there are some exceptional sushi restaurants in Austin. 
East Austin

Masu-Zushi Roll at Kyoten

Kyoten
1211 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Wed-Sun 12 pm -3 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm
Pets Allowed
Kyoten food trailer serves box-style sushi, traditional rolls and rice bowls. They pride themselves in using high quality and sustainable ingredients.  The zen food park is BYOB and dog friendly.
Mackerel at Fukumoto Popup Dinner
Coming Soon.. 
Fukumoto Izakaya and Sushi
514 Medina St, Austin, TX 78702
Fukomoto did a round of popup dinners at Qui in February and March 2015 showcasing their yakitori and sustainable sushi. Chef Fukumoto anticipates opening spring of 2015.
WuWu Sushi

WuWu Sushi
1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Sun-Fri 5 pm -12 am, Sat 5 pm – 1 am
Pets Allowed
WuWu is a late night hot spot located in east Austin. They recently revamped their cocktail and appetizer menu and have a full service sushi bar. The casual patio is dog friendly. 
Downtown

Finn and Porter
500 East 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 
Hours: Mon-Thu 5 pm – 10 pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm – 11 pm
Happy hour:
Mon-Fri 5 pm – 7 pm
Finn and Porter is a high end restaurant located in the Hilton downtown. Checkout the chef\’s signature dishes on the menu for their contemporary sushi offerings.

Maiko
311 West 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Hours: 
Mon-Thurs 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Sat 11 am -2:30 pm and 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 11 pm
Happy hour:
Mon-Fri 3 pm – close
Sat-Sun 5 pm – close
Maiko has a notable happy hour which runs daily from dinner time until close. In addition to serving fresh sushi the kitchen also prepares yakitori and their sake mac n cheese is a must try.
Salmon and Tuna Nigiri at Piranha Killer Sushi

Piranha Killer Sushi
207 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701
Hours: 
Mon – Wed 11 am – 10 pm
Thurs 11 am – 11 pm
Fri 11 am – Extended Hours

Sat 12 pm – Extended Hours
Sun 12 pm – 10 pm

Happy Hour:

Mon-Thu 4 pm – 7 pm

Fri-Sat the last hour of business
Sun Noon-5pm

Piranha Killer Sushi serves classic Japanese cuisine with a twist by fusing flavors of the Pacific Asian Rim.  Feeling adventurous? Sit at the sushi bar and order the chefs menu.

Ex-Girlfriend Roll at Sushi Junai

Sushi Junai
1612 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am – 10 pm
Sushi Junai is known for their all-you-can eat sushi menu. The expansive menu allows guests to get their fill of sushi for a mere $19.99 during lunch and $26.95 for dinner service.
Pro tip: The restaurant is BYOB and conveniently there is a liquor store on the same block.

Sushi Roll at Sushi Zushi

Sushi Zushi
1611 West 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

Hours:

Mon-Thu: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Happy Hour:
Daily 3 pm – 7 pm
Pets Allowed

Sushi Zushi boasts both an extensive sushi roll menu and sake menu. Sushi Zushi is one of few sushi restaurants that provide nutritional information making it easy to choose healthier menu items. Pets are allowed on that patio at both locations.

Central

D K Sushi and Seoul Asian Food Market
5610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Hours: Tue-Sat 11 am – 9 pm, Sun 12 pm – 8 pm
D K Sushi is situated in a small Asian market off of North Lamar. Their signature dish is seared escolar which usually accompanies the check at the end of the meal compliments of the chef. I dare you to come by on a Thursday night for drunken karaoke with D K. You will be rewarded handsomely with a plethora of insults and likely sake bombs, but it is all in good fun.
Ahi Tuna Tower at Hanabi


Hanabi

2525 W Anderson Ln Bldg 3, Ste120, AustinTX 78757
Hours:
Mon-Wed 11 am – 10 pm
Thu-Sat 11 am – 10:30 pm
Sun 12 pm – 10 pm
Happy Hour:
Daily 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hanabi has an extensive happy hour menu making it a dining hot spot in central Austin. Their executive chef is Chef Choo formerly the executive chef at Beluga, Osaka and Afin. Owners Sunny Kim and John Yoo are hands on and usually can be found greeting guests and working alongside their employees at the restaurant. The 72 hour miso salmon and the ahi tuna tower are two of their popular menu items. 

Ichiban
7310 Burnet Rd, AustinTX 78757

Hours:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 10:30 pm
Happy hour:
Mon-Sat 2:30 pm – 6 pm

The sushi menu at Ichiban is completely straight forward sectioning their menu items by categories such as \”fresh\”, \”vegetarian\” and \”fried\” accompanied by pictures of each roll. They have a beautiful koi pond and they provide food if you would like to feed the fish.

Endo in NY Roll at Kome Sushi and Kitchen

Kome Sushi and Kitchen
4917 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751

Hours:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm
Fri 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm
Sat 11 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm
Sun 12 pm -3 pm, 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Happy hour:
Mon-Thu 5 pm – 6 pm

What started off as the first sushi food trailer in Austin has turned into a popular neighborhood izakaya and sushi bar. Kome has fresh fish flown in from the Tsukiji market, noodle dishes at lunchtime and izakaya in the evenings.

Musashino Sushi Dokoro
3407 Greystone Drive, Austin, TX 78731

Hours:
Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30 am -2 pm
Dinner Sun-Thu 5:30 pm – 10 pm , Fri-Sat 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Musashino is one of the most well respected sushi restaurants in Austin. As a testament many of Austin\’s finest sushi chefs have worked behind the sushi bar at Musashino. They bring Edomae zushi (Tokyo style sushi) to the heart of Austin Texas. Musashino is a popular option for fine dining and date night.

Philly Roll at Roll on Sushi Diner

Roll on Sushi Diner
5350 Burnet Rd #2, Austin, TX 78756

Hours:
Mon – Thurs 11 am – 9 pm
Fri 11 am – 10 pm
Sat 12 pm – 10 pm
Sun 4 pm – 9 pm
Happy Hour:
Mon – Fri 4 pm – 7 pm
Sat 8 pm – 10 pm

Roll in Sushi Diner is a casual restaurant serving sushi with a diner style twist. The diner atmosphere and approachable menu offerings make it a great restaurant for the sushi novice and connoisseur alike. Fun tip: I helped name the \”fruity vegan\” roll.

Pacific Rim Sushi and Yakitori Lounge
9070 Research Blvd. Suite 305, Austin, TX 78758

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11 am – 11 pm
Friday 11 am – 12 am
Saturday 4:30 pm -1 am
Sunday 11 am – 10 pm 

Happy hour:
Mon-Fri 3 pm – close
Sat-Sun 5 pm – close

Pacific Rim has an incredible happy hour offered late afternoon until close. The focal point of the restaurant is the full bar serving up Japanese whiskeys, fine wines and both local and Japanese beers. The owner/chef of Pacific Rim worked at Maiko downtown (hint: order the sake mac n cheese).

Uchiko
4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Hours:
Sun-Thu 5 pm – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 5 pm – 11 pm
Happy Hour:
Daily 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Uchiko is Uchi\’s handsome brother, both of which are owned by Chef Tyson Cole. While the menu has some similarities the two restaurants have their own unique atmosphere. Dining in during the daily social sake hour provides guests an opportunity to try many of the dishes for the fraction of the price.

Sushi Niichi
705 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78705

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11 am – 10 pm
Fri 11 am – 11 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10 pm
Happy hour:
Daily 4 pm – 6 pm

Sushi Niichi is a campus favorite for reasonably priced sushi. If you are looking for a bargain sushi dinner on campus look no further than Sushi Niichi\’s coveted happy hour. Parking can be difficult but it is worth it.


North

Ceviche at How Do You Roll

How Do You Roll?

10515 N Mopac Expy, Suite 125A, Austin, TX 78759

Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am – 9 pm
How Do You Roll? has become wildly popular since their debut on Shark Tank. HDYR? offers guests a unique dining experience by offering a build your own roll option and variety of inventive dishes.

Midori Sushi
13435 Research Blvd., Ste 301, Austin, TX 78750
Hours:
Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 pm -10:30 pm
Sat 12 pm – 10 pm

Midori is very busy during lunch so you will want to arrive when they open. Midori uses high quality fish, has great presentation, friendly service and a casual atmosphere.

Mikado Ryotei 
9033 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758
Hours:
Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 10pm
Fri 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sat 5 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun 12 pm -10 pm
Happy hour:
Mon-Fri 3 pm – 6 pm
Sun all day

Mikado has an approachable wine list, friendly chefs and excellent sushi. The prices are steep but they do have a great happy hour. The food presentation and quality are top notch.

Ryu of Japan

11101 Burnet Road Suite B-100. Austin, TX 78758

Hours:

Mon-Sat 11:30 am – 3 pm lunch, Mon-Thu 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm dinner
Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30 pm
Happy Hour: 

Mon-Sat 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Ryu of Japan serves izakaya-style Japanese cuisine in north Austin. Ryu has a great variety of offerings to include both traditional and contemporary sushi, udon noodles, curry and teriyaki dishes. The lunch items are reasonably priced with $2 sides such as 4 count rolls (spicy tuna or California roll), edamame and seaweed salad.

San Antonio Roll at Sushi Zushi

Sushi Zushi
3221 Feathergrass Ct.
Hours:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 10 pm
Friday: 11 am – 11 pm
Sat: 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 10 pm
Happy Hour:
Daily 3 pm – 6 pm
Pets Allowed

This is Sushi Zushi\’s second location in Austin. Sushi Zushi boasts both an extensive sushi roll menu and sake menu. They have one of the best daily happy hours at the Domain II. Pets are allowed on the patio at both locations.

Tomodachi Sushi
4101 W. Parmer Ln Ste E Austin, TX 78727 
Hours:

Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dinner Mon – Fri 5:30 pm – 10 pm 
Sat 12 pm – 10 pm

Tomodachi is an elegant and intimate restaurant in north Austin. Tomodachi prides themselves in using seasonal ingredients and flying in quality fish from the famous Tsukiji market and Honolulu.

Ruby Tuna at Xian Sushi

Xian Sushi and Noodle 2
13201 Ranch Road 620 N, Ste U208, Austin, TX 78717
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11:30 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm
Sun 12 pm – 9 pm
Happy hour:
Mon – Sat: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Sun All Day
Reverse happy hour:
8:30 pm – 10 pm

Xian Sushi and Noodle serves a variety of hand-pulled noodles and creative sushi offerings. Dine in for happy hour and enjoy $4 drinks, $5 appetizers and $4 sushi rolls, sushi and sashimi.

West (Bee Caves, Westlake and Lakeway)

Cho Sushi Japanese Fusion
2422 620 South Suite A100, Austin, TX 78738
Hours:
Mon-Fri 11 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 12 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 4 pm – 9:00 pm

Happy hour:

Mon-Sat 4:30 pm to 7 pm
Sun 4 pm  to 9 pm

This Cho Sushi is their second location in west Austin. The menu pays tribute to their neighborhood with rolls named Lakeway and Bentely.

West Lake Roll at Izumi

Izumi

701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746

Hours:
Lunch Mon – Fri 11 am – 2:30 pm 
Dinner Mon – Thurs 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Fri 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Izumi is a lunchtime hot spot in the Westlake Hills shopping Center. The bento boxes and lunch specials will fill your sushi belly at a reasonable price.

Salmon Tartare at Tadashi

Tadashi
12820 Hill Country Blvd #105, Bee Cave, TX 78738
Hours:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 9:30 pm
Fri 11 am – 10 pm
Sat 12 pm – 11 pm
Sun 12 pm – 9:30 pm
Happy Hour:
3 pm – 6 pm

Tadashi is an upscale restaurant located in the Hill Country Galleria. Chef Sun has developed an exceptional sushi menu with incredible daily specials. They fly in fish from around the world to use in their innovative sushi offerings.

South

Lucky Robot
1303 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 am – 10 pm, Fri-Say 10 am – 10 pm
Happy hour:
Daily 4pm – 6:30 pm
Tokyo brunch and house-infused sakes are the highlights at Lucky Robot. Tokyo brunch is served Saturday and Sundays from 10am-3pm. During Tokyo brunch customers can indulge in heavy fusion dishes that go well with their sake punch.

Marker 10 
Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
(Sushi) Hours: Daily 5 pm – 10 pm
Happy Hour:
Sun-Thu 4 pm – 7 pm
Marker 10 is located inside the Hyatt Regency hotel on Barton Springs. The upscale sushi bar serves high-end quality sushi. At Marker 10 you can satisfy your sushi craving while sitting on the lakeside patio with views of downtown.
Uchi
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11
Happy hour:
Daily 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Uchi offers a sophisticate menu combining traditional offerings with fresh local flavors. Tyson Cole has crafted signature dishes that are renowned in the Austin food community. Uchi has set the standard for fine dining in Austin.

Umi Sushi Bar and Grill
5510 S IH 35 Frontage Rd #400, Austin, TX 78745

Hours:
Mon–Wed 11:30 am – 10 pm
Thursday 11:30 am – 11 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 12 am
Saturday 12 am –12 am
Sunday 12 pm –10 pm
Happy hour:
Daily 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Reverse Happy Hour:
Thu 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri-Sat 9:30 pm – 12:00 am
Umi Sushi has a full bar with three screens making it a great place to both eat sushi and watch a game. Their restaurant serves up both traditional and innovative rolls along with other traditional offerings to include Ton Katsu, Nabe Yaki Udon. Umi is well known for their late night reverse happy hour.
Cedar Park

Jalapeno Hamachi at Daichi

Daichi
2051 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Hours: Tue-Thu 11 am – 9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am – 10 pm, Sun 12 pm – 9 pm
Happy hour:
Daily 4 pm – 7 pm

Daichi is a hidden gem located in a strip mall in Cedar Park. The small family owned and operated restaurant serves an impressive izakaya menu along with wonderful sushi dishes. If you are lucky enough to stop by during lunch while they are serving ramen then you are in for a real treat!

Uni Pasta with Truffle at Soto

Soto Contemporary Cuisine
11066 Pecan Park Blvd, Suite 402, Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Hours:
Lunch Mon-Sun 11 am – 3pm
Dinner Mon-Thu 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 3 pm – 11 pm, Sun 3 pm – 9 pm
Happy hour:
Monday all night
Tue – Fri  5 pm -6:30 pm 
Sat 3 pm – 5 pm 
Sun 3 pm – 6:30 pm
The cuisine at Soto takes on the senses with menu items like fire salmon, sakura smoked hamachi sashimi and hamachi toro tartare with caviar served on a block of ice. Soto adds a hint of French influences to their wildly imaginative dishes. During lunch they serve their special Kawasaki lunch with many small dishes offering a well rounded taste of what Chef Andy and his team has to offer.

Sashimi Roll and Jalapeno Hamachi Sashimi

Sushi Fever
905 E Whitestone Blvd., Ste F, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Hours:
Lunch Tue-Fri 11 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 4:30 pm – 1- pm
Happy hour:
Daily 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Chef Bruce Lee and his wife Eunmi opened Sushi Fever in the spring of 2014. Their menu offerings incorporate their house-made sauces with Vegas flare. Make sure to checkout the chalkboard menu items for specialty fish. Sushi Fever is as place of fun and good times so let loose and challenge Chef Bruce to a sake bomb.

Takara Spring Roll



Takara Sushi and Asian Bistro
1335 E Whitestone Blvd. Suite T-140, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm
Happy hour:

Monday, Wed-Friday 3 pm – 7 pm

Tuesday all night

Takara is an elegant restaurant located in the 1890 Ranch in Cedar Park. Dine in on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm for live jazz music.

Umiya
1540 Cypress Creek Road #113, Cedar Park, TX 78603

Hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9:30 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am to 9 pm

Umiya serves both Japanese and Korean cuisine. They recently added ramen to the menu. The restaurant recently expanded and now has outdoor dining.

Did I miss your favorite sushi restaurant in Austin? If so please share your sushi hot spots in the comments and I will be sure to include them in my 2016 guide.

12 thoughts on “2015 Guide to Sushi in Austin

  1. This was a great review – giving lots of info and options, not to mention great photos. I'll be sure and give credit to Sushigirl when I eat at these restaurants – well deserved credit!

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  2. This is great information! We are always looking for Sushi restaurants in Austin. Some of these we have been to, but of course we want to know what a food expert has to say of & where the others are. I have forward this to The Hubby. Shared on my Social pages. You are the best! Lots of love, Princess Mousey/Lisa

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