Sushi lovers in the Tampa, Brandon area are much like wine lovers when it comes to their favorite sushi restaurants.  It has to be good, creative and an enjoyable experience!  And like wine lovers, every sushi lover knows where to find accomplished chefs dishing up creative, tasty sushi.  This is a quick guide to some of the best sushi restaurants in Tampa, but there is always room to add another sushi star so be sure to let us know in comments below where you find the BEST Sushi in Tampa, Brandon and more. It's time to dish!

SoHo Sushi

This trendy, upscale sushi bar made its' mark in Tampa offering fresh, innovative sushi. Over time they created a truly loyal following. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Tampa SoHo Sushi gives you many options. Find a regular and you will hear, "SoHo is the best of the best when it comes to fresh, creative,  awesome sushi!"   With a newly expanded menu including new appetizers like Jalapeno Tuna (a must try), and the best crab Rangoon you'll find anywhere it is time you tried Soho!  Their signature rolls include Candy Cane, Red Devil, Atomic Tuna, and oh, their Volcano Roll is unbeatable!  First-time visitors quickly become repeat customers, and despite their subtle and nondescript location, they constantly attract new sushi lovers by offering a menu including other Asian-inspired entrees for those non-sushi lovers out there!

3218 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa FL Phone 813-873-7646

Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar

You will find Samurai Blue Sushi and Sake Bar in Centro Ybor, in the heart of historic Ybor City.  Samurai serves lunch and dinner and features a HUGE 30ft Sushi Bar.  They are located in a historic building and are the perfect place if you like a little history with your exceptionally good sushi and sake choices!

1600 E 8th Ave., Tampa FL Phone 813-242-6688

Yoko's Japanese Restaurant

Declared the best sushi in South Tampa in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Yoko's, near the original Shell's Seafood on South Dale Mabry and Walter's press Box, is tucked away on the end of a small strip center, noticeable for its famous entryway.  Behind Yoko's door, you will find exquisitely fresh, delectable sushi, rolled by creative, expert chefs! Consistently providing the best of the best in Tampa Bay Yoko's is the place to stop for sushi in South Tampa! Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday from noon - 2:30 pm, dinner starts at 5:00, they are closed Mondays. We recommend the Quail Eggs and Scallop Special! Not in the mood for sushi, their menu is classic Japanese!

3217 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa FL Phone 813-835-4311

Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill

Hot Tuna, you may remember them from Channelside, well they've moved to Oldsmar and if you are in Downtown of South Tampa you know they are #roadtripworthy!  Serving fresh and delicious Sushi, Sashimi and traditional Japanese cuisine pictured below is a sampling of their sushi rolls, The Centipede Roll, Volcano Roll, The Conch Republic Roll, Spider Roll, and two Freshwater Eel Rolls. Mouth watering yet?

3689 Tampa Road #302B, Oldsmar FL Phone 813-443-4785

Sushi Alive

Located in Carrollwood for years, Sushi Alive made the move to Bruce B Down in Northwest Tampa months back.  The new digs are stunning, the place is HUGE with an outdoor patio and bar, very zen, and the food is just as good as it always was at their Carrollwood location. This premier, contemporary, and affordable sushi destination in the Westchase area is the place to enjoy lunch or dinner over a variety of signature sushi selections, entrees, appetizers, bento plates, teriyaki and more.

13234 Race Track Rd., Tampa FL Phone 813-341-5483

Sushi Maru

Conveniently located across from the Westfield Brandon Mall if you like traditional, authentic sushi made from the freshest seafood flown in daily Sushi Maru is a definite MUST TRY!  For years I worked with a group of Filipino venture capitalists. They'd receive a phone call and the race was on to get to Maru! There was no other sushi house they preferred more than Sushi Maru.  The work they do speaks for itself, you gotta try this place!

2020 W Brandon Blvd Suite 160, Brandon FL Phone (813) 657-6278

Sakana Tampa

One of the littlest known yet one of the best.  From Downtown you drive the famous Bayshore Boulevard along the waterfront to Gandy Boulevard, head west a few blocks and you will find great sushi merging the best of many worlds from Thai, Japanese, Chinese and more.  Eric San, from Sushi on 7th, manages Sakana.  I love their Twilight Special pricing from 4:30-7 pm with 2 For 1 wells, and wine selections. Here you will find traditional entrees, Teriyaki & Stir-fry starting at $8.99 or you can pick 2 sushi rolls from a selected menu for $10.99.  The Sushi & Sashimi Combos start at $10.99.  Affordable and delicious, Sakana is a great escape!

2908 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa FL Phone 813-837-8744

Crazy Cafe

A new Japanese restaurant serving the Brandon/Riverview area they are crazy good when it comes to sushi!  Though they have many Japanese specialties on the menu their sushi is what keeps people on the South Shore coming back for more!.

3883 US Hwy 301 S, Riverview FL Phone 8138982839

Noble Rice

Tampa's First American Izakaya, this highly recommended Sushi restaurant serves American inspired Japanese comfort food. Besides Sushi Noble Rice is also favored as a Ramen-Yakitori-Pub! Stop in today to taste the difference!

807 W Platt St, Tampa FL Phone (813) 284-7423
Have we tempted your tastebuds? If you are looking for the BEST Sushi in Tampa, Brandon and the Bay area you can not go wrong with any one of the fine establishments found on this list! Did we leave your fave place out?  If so, let us in know!  Connect by registering and leaving your comment below!