South Beach offers sun, sand, and supreme sushi spots to keep any nigiri lover happy. From casual pan-Asian eateries to modern omakase menus, we rounded up the best of the best sushi spots in sultry South Beach.
Tanuki prides itself on its all-star line-up of nigiri and sashimi sourced from local and international waters, but its menu goes beyond the tried-and-true. If you’re the kind of sushi lover that prefers to precede your maki rolls with a Japanese-inspired burger, Tanuki delivers. Their warm Tanuki Burger with spicy tuna, masago (fish roe), sesame aioli, jalapeño, cilantro, and creamy avocado is nestled inside a crispy rice bun. After you’ve sampled the Japanese fare (truffled yellowtail!), leave room for this pan-Asian eatery’s super-succulent Peking duck.
Helmed by third-generation sushi chef Executive Chef Max Kamakura, South Beach newcomer Nossa Omakase is already wowing diners. The unique, multi-course experience combines traditional Japanese flavors with accents from Chef Kamakura’s Brazilian heritage. A few inventive dishes include smoked lobster sashimi; black truffle and uni on crispy rice; and chutoro (a fatty tuna) nigiri topped with caviar. Access to the restaurant is super-secretive with directions to the 14-seat sushi bar provided in an envelope (including a nightly rotating password). Intrigued? Reservations are available Thursday – Saturday with just one seating per night.
Los Angeles-export Katsuya, housed inside the SLS, features the restaurant’s signature Southern California-inspired Japanese cuisine. But what Katsuya may be most well-known for is their sautéed crispy rice topped with a blend of fresh tuna with spicy mayo, adorned with a lone jalapeno slice. This iconic bite, which many have credited to original founder and master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi, is the primary focus of spinoff restaurant, Krispy Rice. In addition to this new classic, indulge in other iterations (like spicy Hamachi and wasabi) as well as their always fresh hand rolls, maki, and nigiri—all of which are available to be delivered right to your door.