Best Sushi in Sydney

These sushi hubs are soy awesome it would be a sin not to share them with you.

It’s always exciting sitting down at a sushi train: you never know what’s going to pass your eye – whether it be a well presented plate or an intriguing concoction of flavours.

Surprise is around every corner and like any good tapas place, the best part is that you can taste a whole slew of dishes without getting too full. Or too poor. Which is exactly what these sushi places offer.

They’re our favourite go-tos for great sushi. That’s right, not GOOD sushi, great. Not all of them are sushi trains but all come highly recommended by the food hounds at So roll on up sushi-lovers because it’s time to snap those chopsticks and dig in.

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Top sushi places in Sydney


1. Sushi Tei

One of the most unique offerings on the Sydney sushi scene is Sushi Tei. Its 20-year history as a Japanese restaurant only gives it that much more clout. Not that it needs it. It’s fair to say that the sushi speaks for itself, with a menu that changes so often that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

Address: 1 Chifley Square, Sydney

Opening times: Weekdays 11:30am-9:30pm, Weekends 12pm-9:30pm

Recommended dish: Any of the special rolls

Website: Sushi Tei


2. Makoto Sushi Bar

Authentic and fresh are the two best words to describe this Chatswood favourite. Every morning the team at Makoto handpicks the freshest fare from the fish market and every evening they serve it to you freshly chopped and freshly rolled into morsels of deliciousness.

Like many other sushi bars, Makoto has a humble 57 seats in its venue. That’s OK though, so long as one of them is yours, amirite?

Address: 336 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Opening times: Weekdays 11:30am-2:30pm (lunch) 5:30pm-9pm (dinner), Weekends 11:30am-9:30pm

Recommended dish: Tuna Toro

Website: Makoto Sushi Bar


3. Sushi-e

For a sushi joint that’s all class, you can’t pass up the chance to wine and dine sushi-e. Housed inside the same building as establishment and owned by Merivale, you’ll be well treated at this hatted restaurant.

Every dish (and there are many) is a piece of art. As is the venue, which features a huge open marble bar where you can marvel at the chefs in action.

Address: Level 4 Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney

Opening times: Weekdays 12pm-3pm, Monday-Saturday 6:30pm-10:30pm

Recommended dish: Dragon Ash Roll

Website: sushi-e


4. Sushi Hotaru

Inside the Galeries Victoria sits this bustling favourite. It’s rare for Sushi Hotaru to not be busy and during peak hour you will be waiting outside for your name to be called. Stand and wait – there’s hype around this place for a reason. That’s because it’s good and it’s cheap. When it comes to choosing between the booth or the train, the train is a no-brainer. But you know, beggars can’t be choosers…

Address: Level 1, Galeries Victoria

Opening times: Daily 11:30am-9pm

Recommended dish: Any of the nigiri

Website: Sushi Hotaru


5. Sake

Adventurous, modern, delectable, classy, fresh and delicious. Whatever gastronomic adventure you’re searching for, it starts at Sake. The much heralded restaurant – which has venues in Double Bay and Eagle Street Pier in Sydney, plus two locations in Melbourne and one in Brisbane – is all about top-notch modern Japanese cuisine.

Naturally, that includes its sushi, which toys with the traditional and the experimental. Stray from the sushi menu for a sec and choose the popcorn shrimp tempura. It’ll blow your mind.

Address: 12 Argyle Street, The Rocks

Opening times: Lunch: Monday-Sunday 12pm-3pm. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm, Sunday 5pm-10pm

Recommended dish: Alaskan King Crab

Website: Sake


6. Sushi Hiro

This Northern Beaches sushi chain is a favourite amongst locals as it doesn’t scrimp on anything, especially the fillings. Avo, carrot, cucumber – all of it goes into the rolls, making each a fulfilling meal.

With a relaxed atmosphere and new house menus and specials offered weekly, this is the kind of place that’ll quickly become your local haunt.

Address: 19 Lawrence Street, Freshwater

Opening times: Lunch 11:30am-4pm, Dinner 4:30pm-10pm

Recommended dish: Teriyaki chicken rolls

Website: Sushi Hero


7. Kanzo Fresh Sushi

Unpretentious and relaxed, this Japanese sushi bar/cafe is in the heart of the Parramatta CBD, and it’s one that matches quality with quantity.

If yours is a big hunger, Kanzo can appease it with rolls that only get bigger as you dig deeper into the menu.

Address: 6/55-67 George Street, Parramatta

Opening times: Daily 11am-9pm

Recommended dish: Inside out cooked tuna and avocado, salmon nigiri

Website: None. It doesn’t need it.


8. Sushi-Ya, Artarmon

For super fresh fare (a must when it comes to sushi anyway) Sushi-Ya will take care of ya.

What it lacks in sushi train novelty it makes up for in quality service, which is one many things that wins diners over.

Address: 10 Wilkes Avenue, Artarmon

Opening hours: Daily for lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm, dinner 5pm-9:30pm

Recommended dish: Chicken katsu roll

Website: None. It doesn’t need it.


9. Hikaru

Locals to the Inner West are no strangers to Hikaru. Tucked away off the side of King Street, visitors to the area could easily miss this gem. But look closely and you’ll see the signature black and white sign.

Inside is an oasis of calm. The space is small, the menu is cheap and the service is fast, making it a great option for those doing a lunchtime dash. Of course, if you want to stay longer, nothing’s stopping you.

Address: 134 King Street, Newtown

Opening hours: Daily 12pm-10pm

Recommended dish: Teriyaki salmon and the miso eggplant

Website: None. It doesn’t need it.


10. Sushi Tengoku

This outfit says that it’s famous for its fresh tasty sushi, its sashimi and its big portions. It’s not wrong. The bento boxes here aren’t large, they’re HUGE.

Couple that with freshness, all the flavour you could ever want and a bevy of mouthwatering side dishes and you know that you won’t be leaving Sushi Tengoku unsatisfied.

Address: 121 Anzac Parade, Kensington

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-10pm

Recommended dish: Any of the sushi nigiri

Website: Sushi Tengoku


11. Japone Sushi

Head down King Street enroute to St Peters station and you’ll chance upon this lovely stranger. Riddled with graffitied walls, it’s a sushi stop which looks small but opens up into something larger and completely inviting.

Sit at the front with the sushi train at your beck and call, or head down the back to the open dining area where you can personally order anything on the sushi train list. Whichever you choose, expect great food. It won’t disappoint.

Address: 381 King Street, Newtown

Opening hours: Weekdays 6pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm

Recommended dish: Japone Spicy Salmon or Sashimi Tacos

Website: Japone Sushi


12. Kanji Fresh Sushi

With two outfits under its belt (Sylvania and Caringbah), Kanji Sushi is making a name for itself – especially in the south of Sydney. It’s fresh and it’s cheap, and that’s really all you could ever want from a sushi place. Amirite?

Address: Shop 1, Crest Hotel, 114 Princess Highway, Sylvania / 2229 New South Wales, Caringbah

Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Sylvania)10:30am-9pm (Caringbah)

Recommended dish: Any of the large rolls (the teriyaki chicken is super good!)

Website: Kanji Fresh Sushi

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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