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Credit: Sushi ii
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Let the Good Times Roll at These 9 Sushi Spots in Newport Beach

Where to Go, What to Order and What to Expect From Newport Beach’s Sushi Scene

Coastal living means fresh seafood, and fresh seafood means SUSHI! After a day of cruising the bay or biking along the beach, sushi always seems to be the best option to satisfy that craving for something fresh and filling. Whether you prefer choosing your own or letting the chef choose (omakase-style), we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best, high-quality sushi establishments in Newport Beach. Best Sushi Newport Beach


Sushi ii

For a traditional Japanese sushi experience, you’ll want to visit Sushi ii for their omakase-style courses. Chef Susumu Ii started his training in Japanese cuisine at the age of 18 and now has the reputation as one of the finest sushi chefs in Southern California. Attention to detail is one of the key ingredients to this fine dining experience, from the way the fish is cut to the artful presentation of each plate. Dassai sake and wine pairings are also available!

Buddha’s Favorite

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If eating sushi while enjoying an ocean breeze sounds like your kind of dining, you’re in good company at Buddha’s Favorite. Founded by Japanese couple Masaki “Yoshi” Yoshitsuka and his wife Miko, Buddha’s Favorite was purchased by patrons Nicole and Matt Paskerian with a promise to continue the founders’ legacy after their return to Japan. Because this eatery is located along the bay, you can reserve a dock, place an order to go and enjoy your sushi on your boat. 


San Shi Go

San Shi Go is a vibrant sushi restaurant on the Balboa Pier, constantly buzzing with guests, even on weeknights. Here’s why: amazing chefs, friendly staff and the freshest sushi! San Shi Go serves omakase sushi as well as the option to order from their menu. Known for making the omakase experience educational and interactive, San Shi Go is a fan favorite for those new to the experience. Reservations are highly recommended.

Best Sushi Newport Beach

Sushi Roku

The beautiful Sushi Roku is the spot for those who enjoy a little adventure and innovation when it comes to their sushi. The chefs here aren’t afraid to mix in Latin-American flavors or drizzle a little olive oil to add a special touch. This modern take on sushi is also apparent by the interior, highlighting the paper lantern and bonsai trees within a modern contemporary design.



Cafe Sakana

Tucked away in a shopping plaza, you’ll be drawn to Café Sakana with its charming outdoor patio and string lights. The family-owned Japanese restaurant has become the go-to sushi spot for casual dining with high-quality ingredients. Their omakase is very affordable and can be served to-go in a bento-style box. If omakase isn’t your thing, just be sure to add the Blue Crab Hand Roll to your order for a taste of one of their most popular items. 

Best Sushi Newport Beach


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Nobu is a place we all know but maybe haven’t tried because we’re afraid it’s just “celebrity hype.” Well, we’re here to tell you it’s not just famous because of its guests; the sushi here is top tier. Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is known for his unique incorporation of Peruvian ingredients into traditional Japanese dishes, which began when he had to improvise at one of his first restaurant ventures in Peru. Dine along the harbor at this beautiful Lido Marina Village location, and don’t forget to try his signature dish: the black cod with miso. 

Sushi Shunka

With over 30 years of experience, owner and chef Yuki Takishima brings top quality and authentic Japanese dining to Sushi Shunka. The menu features specialty seasonal fish and the classics—they even import some of their items from Japan! When you have such a knowledgeable chef, the omakase is always the best option for a special meal. They also have an extensive sake list to pair it with!

Best Sushi Newport Beach

SOTA Sushi

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Chef Sota has been mentored by some of the best in the sushi business and now has a place of his own. SOTA prides itself on combining fresh local ingredients with traditional Japanese cuisine–much like Sota’s own story. The restaurant is set to seat smaller parties, making it a more intimate dining experience. The menu includes omakase dining as well as omakase rolls upon request.


Hana Re

Neighboring Newport Beach, Costa Mesa’s Hana Re offers a unique semi-private omakase sushi experience that will blow you away. Disguised as a colorful shipping container at the LAB Anti-Mall, this Michelin-starred restaurant is perfect for small groups or a special date night. If you choose to reserve a spot at the sushi bar, you’ll have one of the eight seats that allow you to watch and chat with the chef as he prepares each dish. This dinner consists of 15 specialty Japanese items, each beautifully plated.

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Reyes is a graduate of Hope International University with degrees in General Management (BA) and Marketing Management (MBA). She loves visiting new and trendy restaurants, pop-ups, lounges, etc. Exploring Southern California keeps her busy!

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