In a city brimming with cultural diversity and enough exotic restaurants to make most diners reach for a global map, tackling Portland’s best sushi eateries is no small task. Despite the fact the city is teeming with plentiful selections, narrowing down the best of the best can be daunting. Fortunately, with all the fresh bounty of the Pacific Northwest, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong. Have no fear! Sushi lovers can find their place here in this bustling city alongside food cart enthusiasts, organic paleo lovers and craft coffee nerds. All it takes is a little digging (and some chopsticks.)

Portland’s 7 Best Sushi Restaurants

Bamboo Sushi

In typical Portland fashion, Bamboo Sushi is thoroughly, wholesomely sustainable. But don’t let the buzzword fool you – this is the first certified sushi restaurant in the world. They’ve racked up titles for their environmental and marine stewardship, but the proof is in the food, which is delicious. Not only do they take the utmost care in sourcing food well, they know how to handle their products. With exotic menu items like sea urchin crème brulee, Bamboo Sushi knows how to practice what they preach. Although the prices are a little steeper than typical conveyor sushi restaurants, there is distinct feeling that dining here is a little less about the sushi and a little more about the global impact of every bite.

Bamboo Sushi
Four Portland Locations
Daily 4:30-10pm

 

Ichidai

Serving Portland for over 20 years, Ichidai’s greatest charm is its hidden, hole-in-the-wall location in Southeast Portland. Housed at ground level of an unassuming building alongside insurance agencies and a chiropractor’s office, the lines here are never too long and the sushi is satisfying. The prices are reasonable and the sushi is good, made with quality ingredients. Sitting at the chef’s bar is highly recommended, giving diners an eye on the action and the ability to strike up conversation with the friendly staff.

Ichidai
5714 SE Powell Blvd
Wed-Sun 5-9pm

 

Murata

Traditional, old-school sushi can be found at Murata, the no-frills restaurant in Southwest Portland. Rolls here are flawlessly executed and fresh, the selection best left in the hands of their experienced staff. Offering live raw shrimp rather than frozen, Murata is known and praised for their quality execution, seasonally rotating fish and highly knowledgeable staff. Traditional tatame rooms are available alongside the bar and dining room. Noveu, PDX-trendy sushi is nowhere to be found here. If you’re looking for authentic Japanese sushi done right, Murata is for you.

Murata
200 SW Market St
M-F 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9pm, Sat 5:30-9pm

 

Saburo’s

Quantity is king at Saburo’s in Southeast Portland, though luckily they don’t sacrifice quality to get there. With a bustling turnover, getting a seat is particularly difficult on the weekends, and waiters will stop for your order only once. Ordering is a tough balance between wanting to try a little of everything and then realizing upon delivery that the sushi here is particularly massive, able to fill up most diners with just a roll or two. Luckily, Saburo is more than prepared to send diners home with a to-go box, so err on the side of too much rather than too little. With great prices and generous, American-style portions, you’ll go home full and happy every time.

Saburo’s
1667 SE Bybee Blvd
M-Th 5-9:30pm, F 5-10:30pm, Sat 4:30-10pm, Sun 4:30-9pm

 

Sushi Ichiban

With its unpretentious location near Chinatown in downtown Portland, Sushi Ichiban offers a simple, fresh, well-prepared menu. Offering a ‘sushi train’ rather than a typical sushi conveyor belt, Sushi Ichiban brings novelty to its location with items that are delicious and fresh, whether plucked off the train or ordered from the menu. Deciding what to eat is easy with their small menu, recognizable selections and helpful wait staff. At the end of the day, Sushi Ichiban offers a deliciously affordable experience. Pro tip: try the oyster hand roll in between selecting items from the train. 

Sushi Ichiban
24 NW Broadway 
Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-9pm, Sat 12-3pm and 5-9pm, Sun-Mon 5-9pm 

Syun Izakaya

Friendly and delicious, Syun Izakaya’s focus on shareable meals makes dining here open, friendly and fun. Traditionally, a Japanese izakaya is along the lines of a Japanese gastropub, and ‘the Izakaya style,’ as they say, is to order throughout your experience, dining on a whim. Eating here is best experienced with a handful of close, hungry friends. Their fish is seasonal, highlighted simply to allow the best, freshest experience possible. Syun Izakaya also houses an impressive selection of sake. Located in the basement of an old library in Hillsboro, you won’t find a cozier, tastier spot for Japanese cuisine in the entirety of the Pacific Northwest.

Syun Izakaya
209 NE Lincoln St
M-Th 11:30am-10pm, F 11:30am-11pm, Sat 12-3pm and 5-10p, Sun 5-10pm

 

Yama

The claim to fame for Yama and its fans is definitely the Tuna Tower, which is exactly what you would expect from the name. Arriving elegantly at the table in all of its tuna and sushi rice glory, it is essentially all of your favorite sushi components in their own dish. Fortunately, they also offer classic sushi rolls alongside dishes like pan-seared razor clams, which are incredible. It’s hard to go wrong with their intuitive menu. With a warm, modern interior and attentive staff, it’s easy to tell that Yama is a labor of love.

Yama Sushi and Sake Bar
926 NW 10th Ave
M-Th 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-10pm, F 11:30am-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-9:30pm

Yama Sushi and Izakaya
2038 SE Clinton St
M-Th 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-10pm, F 11:30am-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-9:30pm

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