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The 5 Best Sushi Restaurants in Portland

The 5 Best Sushi Restaurants in Portland

How We Picked

Dining experience

Based on the restaurant’s ambiance as well as food handling and safety of the dishes.

Variety of sushi

Based on the range of serving options, plus additional sides and drinks for every meal.

Costs

Based on the average costs of meals per individual.

Customer service

Based on the overall customer care and attentiveness of the staff.

Location and availability

Based on the restaurant’s operating hours and accessibility of the location.

1. Kazumi

Kazumi Homepage

Services: Sushi restaurant

Website: https://www.kazumisushi.com/

Address: 7316 N Lombard St #3210, Portland, OR 97203

Contact Details: (503) 309-2548 | Kazumisushipdx@gmail.com

Operating Hours: Tuesday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Wednesday – Saturday: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Google Reviews4/5
Yelp5/5
Total reviews4/5
Score consistency4/5
Dining experience4/5
Ambiance5/5
Food handling and safety5/5
Variety of sushi4/5
Serving options5/5
Additional sides and drinks4/5
Costs5/5
Customer service5/5
Location and availability 4/5

Pros

  • Versatile sushi menu (maki, nigiri, umeboshi)
  • Uses sustainably sourced fish
  • Gratuity offered for orders of $45 or more
  • Friendly prices along with customer service 
  • Provides perfect outdoor seating for dine-in customers
  • 30-minute waiting time

Cons

  • Often too crowded for dine in
  • Expensive specials

Kazumi, the owner of the Kazumi sushi cart in Portland, is quite known in the area for her versatile sushi options. Of course, this is just one of the many reasons they made our list, on top of the company’s commitment to sustainability.

Let’s tell you about their operation and food sourcing before we get to the sushi menu. 

For starters, they only use sustainably sourced fish, giving their customers the assurance that what they order from Kazumi is fresh and gathered without harm (plus a factor from us!).

Did we already mention how diverse their sushi menu is? Customers can order maki with fried oysters or kabocha squash, nigiri with meticulously sliced Hokkaido scallops, and umeboshi with shiso and a pop of bright cucumber.

Speaking of customers, reviews argue that Kazumi’s not your typical go-to sushi restaurant when you crave one. Well, we learned that, aside from a fantastic menu, they serve it in perfect outdoor seating when you visit their place and pick your order.

There’s just a tiny hiccup, as this sushi place is just a cart per se, the dining is quite crowded, and there’s a long customer line waiting for their orders. To avoid boredom, we recommend calling in your order ahead of time, as they frequently have a 30-minute wait.

Well, there’s a bit of good news, their pricing is fair (reviews say so) and a 15% gratuity is automatically added to any order of $45 or more. However, their specials may be too expensive, which is understandable given that we’ve heard they’re truly out-of-this-world in taste.

2. SHO

SHO Homepage

Services: Japanese restaurant

Website: https://www.shorestaurant.com/

Address: 10100 Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR. 97219

Contact Details: +1 (503.977.3100)

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Saturday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Google Reviews4/5
Yelp4/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency4/5
Dining experience4/5
Ambiance5/5
Food handling and safety4/5
Variety of sushi5/5
Serving options5/5
Additional sides and drinks4/5
Costs4/5
Customer service4/5
Location and availability 4/5

Pros

  • Family-owned Japanese and sushi restaurant
  • Uses locally sourced ingredients
  • High-end sushi menu (nigiri sushi, roll sushi, assorted)
  • Separate menu for lunch and dinner, plus kid’s menu
  • Best seller signature roll
  • Online ordering available

Cons

  • Minor poor reviewed on customer service
  • Often downed online system

This one right here is a family-owned restaurant dedicated to creating truly authentic Japanese cuisine and, of course, the Portland food scene. While Sho has an extensive menu of Japanese comfort foods, sushi is not to be overlooked.

We know how important it is for you, as a customer, to know where your food comes from, and Sho uses high-quality ingredients. For instance, their dashi (base for any type of simmering liquid) is not pre-mixed or powdered, as they make it the traditional way instead.

Now, going back to things regarding sushi, their menu is kind of a high-end one – at least that’s what they call it. We like the fact that there’s a separate menu for lunch and dinner alongside their sushi so there are more diverse options to see.

The extensive menu of nigiri and sushi rolls is likely to be a favorite of any diner. However, despite their popularity, their signature roll, as we’ve heard, is their best seller (yokozuna, hanabi, yellowstone, buono, etc.). 

Oh and by the way, keep an eye out for bluefin rolls when they’re in season. They’re quite popular here!

Unfortunately, we’ve also learned of negative customer service reviews. Although this is most likely a one-time occurrence, learning about their slow pacing in serving on a non-busy day is a bit unsettling for our impatient stomachs.

It’s a good thing they have online ordering so you can enjoy their sushi from the comfort of your own home. Just be patient when placing an order online because we personally experienced a slow system when we did so.

3. Yoshi’s Sushi

Yoshi's Sushi Homepage

Services: Sushi takeaway

Website: https://www.yoshispdx.com/

Address: 3530 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97219

Contact Details: (503) 833-2940 | HELLO@YOSHISPDX.COM

Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Google Reviews4/5
Yelp5/5
Total reviews4/5
Score consistency5/5
Dining experience4/5
Ambiance4/5
Food handling and safety5/5
Variety of sushi4/5
Serving options4/5
Additional sides and drinks4/5
Costs4/5
Customer service5/5
Location and availability 4/5

Pros

  • Over 20 years of experience in the industry
  • Highly-praised sushi menu (innovative rolls and rotating nigiri)
  • Made-to-order
  • Gift cards available
  • Also available for private events and catering
  • Competitive pricing

Cons

  • Currently slinging takeout via phone orders only
  • Limited menu
  • Small place

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wait just to get your favorite bite of sushi, give Yoshi’s Sushi a ring. Well, this sushi cart only takes orders by phone, and then you just have to pick up your order at their onsite dining at the Multnomah Village French Quarter pod.

What’s great about Yoshi is that, despite having a small cart, customers can’t stop praising them for serving high-quality sushi. It’s not totally a surprise to us knowing that the owner does have over 20 years of experience in this business.

However, their menu is somewhat limited –  there are rolls and rotating nigiri, as well as sporadic omakase dinners and the occasional hand roll. Some of the specials and desserts aren’t available every day, so that’s it.

If you must try (and we recommend you do, given how highly rated their sushi is), start with their meticulously seared scallop nigiri with yuzu pepper marmalade. It’s the dish that drove a lot of customers (including us!) back to the place.

On the other hand, we found conflicting feedback on their pricing. Some argue that their sushi is quite expensive despite its high quality, while others argue that it’s only acceptable to pay at least $25 for a single order (we think both insights are valid, actually).

Now, none of that matters as long as their sushi meets our standards (which it did) and you’re willing to pay the price. Anyway, apart from taking sushi orders, Yoshi is also available for private events or catering.

4. Fish & Rice

Fish & Rice Homepage

Services: Sushi restaurant

Website: https://www.fishnrice.com/

Address: 2332 NW Westover Rd, Portland, OR 97210

Contact Details: 503-954-1270 | eat@fishnrice.com

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 NN – 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Google Reviews4/5
Yelp4/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency4/5
Dining experience5/5
Ambiance5/5
Food handling and safety4/5
Variety of sushi5/5
Serving options5/5
Additional sides and drinks4/5
Costs4/5
Customer service4/5
Location and availability 5/5

Pros

  • Top notch sushi menu of all types (sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi, plus poke bowls)
  • Portland vibe ambiance
  • Offers indoor seating and weather-dependent outdoor seating
  • Reasonable pricing system
  • Takes payment with credit cards and cash in-person.
  • Available daily

Cons

  • No reservations
  • First come, first serve to seats available inside and outside
  • Often long waiting time

If we’re being honest, it was Fish & Rice’s intriguing atmosphere that drew us in. Even for a casual Japanese-inspired counter service restaurant, they get an A+ from us for making their space comfortable.

To begin with, the shop is designed to feel more like a cafe than a traditional sushi restaurant, giving you a true Portland vibe. We were personally wowed by the garden’s worth of gorgeous plants at their place during our visits.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this isn’t a traditional Japanese sushi shop – their sushi is excellent. The fish was fresh and flavorful – from yellowtail collar to Miyazaki wagyu nigiri, their menu offers a diverse range of sushi options.

To add to the list of positives, Fish & Rice has a reasonable pricing system. Simple rolls and an order of one nigiri and one sashimi can be had for as little as $7, while their special rolls start at $17 – if you know sushi prices, these ones are truly affordable.

The waiting time with them, on the other hand, is a turn-off. One reviewer, for example, complained about being kept waiting for an hour after they had already paid the bill, which is, honestly speaking, kind of a major drawback for us.

For what it’s worth, in comparison to other sushi restaurants we know, their availability is quite impressive, as they are open every day. If you want to go, get there as soon as possible because they are a first come, first served establishment.

5. Masu Sushi

Masu Sushi Homepage

Services: Sushi restaurant

Website: https://masusushi.com/

Address: 406 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Contact Details: +1 503-221-6278 

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Google Reviews4/5
Yelp4/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency4/5
Dining experience4/5
Ambiance4/5
Food handling and safety5/5
Variety of sushi5/5
Serving options5/5
Additional sides and drinks4/5
Costs4/5
Customer service4/5
Location and availability 5/5

Pros

  • Over 15 years in the business
  • Refined sushi menu (maki, vegan sushi, nigiri, sashimi)
  • Provides modern space
  • Showy options like tempura-fried rolls available
  • Delivery and takeout service available
  • Reservation of seats available online

Cons

  • Limited seating and hours for dine-in service
  • Comments on having a loud atmosphere

Masu Sushi has been serving sushi to Portland residents and tourists for over 15 years. And, despite being an older establishment, Masu maintains a modern touch, particularly on their sushi menu – and we’re here to highlight those.

Their menu, for example, has an extensive selection of sushi, including some stellar vegetarian rolls. It’s kind of convenient, actually. 

Personally, our attention was drawn to their “chef’s plate” selection, specifically the chef’s style bincho, which is albacore sashimi with a twist.

If you get tired of sushi, the restaurant also has showy options like tempura-fried rolls, which are simpler. On top of it all, their cuisine is beautifully presented (much like a five-star Michelin restaurant), which is a huge plus in our book.

Top-notch food, checked. However, Masu has a limited dine-in capacity, much to our dismay. 

Fortunately, delivery and takeout services are available, which certainly has its own advantages when you think about it.

Now, speaking of limited seating, the restaurant actually takes reservations online (on their website), where you can set the number of guests and the time. Plus, you can choose whichever table you want.

On a side note, we’ve heard their establishment has a loud atmosphere (whether too crowded or literally high volume music). Nonetheless, as previously stated, delivery and takeout are available, so you’re good to go.

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