Culver has all the sushi game we could ask for. Little Tokyo, you’ve been warned.
Written By: Justin Sedgwick Roll Up to the Best Sushi in Culver City and Silicon Beach
Sushi is an LA pastime—a sport, really. The vast amount of quality sushi in the greater LA area is astounding, but we wanted to look into the Culver City and Silicon Beach area. And the sushi sphere is thriving here, to say the least.
Don’t expect to see any California rolls when you stroll through the door at Sunny Blue. The fast-casual Japanese spot specializes in Omsubi, Japanese rice balls that are stuffed with different fillings. There’s no shortage of meat or vegetable options at Sunny Blue, catering to every palette imaginable. And starting at $3.15, their dishes can make for a hearty meal or a savory and affordable Japanese snack.
Make sure to bring your own container too when visiting. The restaurant prides itself in being green, and will give 10 cents off each time you bring a reusable container for your food.
2728 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405 | 310.399.9030
Eastern-style cuisine dishes meets Western pop culture references in this not-so-hidden sushi gem. Diners love Shikibu’s use of brown rice and the inventive, “Star Wars”-inspired names for their rolls (you’ll have to use the force to figure out what’s in the delicious but secretive Darth Vader roll). Make sure to say hi to the friendly and personable Chef Thomas, who’s worked under sushi maestros like Nobu Matsuhisa (yes, that Nobu) and the Iron Chef himself Masaharu Morimoto.
10834 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232 | 310.837.3733
A restaurant specializing in both French and Japanese cuisine might seem like an odd combination, even in an experimental culinary mecca like Los Angeles. But Chef Keizo Ishiba brings both of those foreign flavors to life at his innovative and delectable K-Zo. Very few places can one order traditional French Ratatouille alongside Shrimp Tempura rolls. While the dishes vary in origin and ingredient, everything prepared at K-ZO is just as appealing to the eye as it is to the tongue, promising great memories for your stomach and Instagram feed.
9240 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232 | 310.202.8890
If you’re the type of diner who constantly asks for more to choose what to eat, then Sushi Zo is the place for you. The ingredients are handpicked each day by chef Keizo Seki, who then crafts that day’s creative offerings. Meals are served in a multi-course tasting format, allowing diners to experience the full diversity and color of this authentic restaurant.
9824 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064 | 310.842.3977
Don’t be intimidated by the “Invitation Only” policy at Yamakase. Just fill out your request online and hopefully a few weeks later you’ll find yourself dining on some of the best Omakaze dishes in the city. The setting is small and intimate, almost looking like a closed restaurant from the outside. But the diverse selection, exotic ingredients and friendly persona from chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto makes Yamakase a must visit.
10422 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Sushi fans and kale lovers will not have any trouble falling in love with the food at this organic, Vegan-inspired sushi-joint. While there are no meat ingredients to be found at Shojin, that hasn’t limited the restaurant in any manner with their menu full of green and options from executive chef Jun Matoshiro. The setting is elegant and promises for a great meal for full time vegans or just typical carnivores who are looking to try something new.
12406 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066 | 310.390.0033