Sushi lovers in the Tampa, Brandon area are much like wine lovers when it comes to their favorite sushi restaurants.  It has to be a good, creative and 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 the comments below where you find the BEST Sushi in Tampa, Brandon, and more. It's time to dish!

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SoHo Sushi
4.6  5 Rating (3)
3218 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa FL, 33609
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!

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!
Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar
4.3  5 Rating (13)
1600 E 8th Ave. C-208, Tampa FL, 33605
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!
Yoko's Japanese Restaurant
5.0  5 Rating (1)
3217 S. MacDill Ave 33629, Tampa FL
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!
Sushi Alive
13234 Race Track Rd., Tampa FL, 33626
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.
Sushi Maru
Restaurant $$
2020 W Brandon Blvd Suite 160, Brandon FL, 33511
Conveniently located across from the Westfield Brandon Mall if you like traditional, authentic sushi made from the freshest seafood flown in daily Sushi Maru is a definite MUST TRY! For years I worked with a group of Filipino venture capitalists. They'd receive a phone call and the race was on to get to Maru! There was no other sushi house they preferred more than Sushi Maru. The work they do speaks for itself, you gotta try this place!
Sakana Tampa
Restaurant $$$
2908 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa FL, 33611
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!
Crazy Cafe
4.6  5 Rating (4)
3883 US Hwy 301 S, Riverview FL, 33578
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!
Noble Rice
807 W Platt St, Tampa FL, 33606
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!
Sushi Ushi
Restaurant $$
1713 State Rd 60 E, Valrico FL, 33594
Located in Brandon and down the street from Sushi Maru, Sushi Ushi serves authentic Japanese food including hibachi-grilled fare, teriyaki, sashimi, roll, small plates, and beer and sake. I love having lunch here every time I am in Brandon. Food is just so fresh, good, authentic, and worth every penny.
KELP Sushi Joint
5.0  5 Rating (4)
3401 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa FL, 33629
Located on the corner of Macdill and Bay to Bay in South Tampa, Kelp Sushi Joint has become one of my favorite go-to sushi spots in town. I first heard about them through an Instagram promotion for their happy hour deals which includes getting a second cocktail for just a $1 more and a second classic roll for just $2 more. For the summer happy hour is everyday from 2 pm - 6pm. They also have an everyday special of picking two classic rolls and a starter for just $12.95. The restaurant is small but filled with flavor. Enjoy fresh sushi, seaweed salad, sashimi, fresh poke bowls, sushi burritos, and more at Kelp Sushi Joint. I encourage you to check out their menu online.
Umami Sushi
Restaurant $$
17677 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz FL, 33548
Located in a small shopping center on N Dale Mabry Hwy in Lutz, Umami Sushi is amazingly delicious. I enjoying going here to enjoy their sushi roll lunch special after a day of shopping at the Tampa Premium Outlets. Umami Sushi offers fresh, delicious, and well presented sushi at a reasonable price. It really is some of the best sushi North Tampa has to offer.
Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi
4.3  5 Rating (37)
601 S Harbour Island Blvd Suite 100, Tampa FL, 33602
Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi opened on Harbour Island in 1997 and is one of the only waterfront venues in Tampa. Because it is locally owned and independently...
Koizi Endless Hibachi & Sushi Eatery
3.7  4 Rating (5)
17012 Palm Pointe Dr., Tampa FL, 33647
Koizi offers endless all-you-can-eat hibachi and sushi with full-service.

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 know! Connect by registering and leaving your comment below! You can also check out other restaurants in your local area at