Food & Drink

Top Sushi In Philadelphia

January 17, 2011 9:59 AM

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There are countless options to get your toro on, or your otoro, as there are now sushiyakis all over this city. Douzo meshiagare!

Some might want to keep it simple with maki rolls, others like to go more homeland-authentic and order sashimi, but who doesn’t like sushi nowadays? There are countless options to get your toro on, or your otoro, as there are now sushiyakis all over this city. Those that have an affinity for it but want more of an education can download the “Sushi Guru” app off their iPhone. Douzo meshiagare! 

See an updated version ofPhiladelphia’s Top Sushi.


116 East Kings Highway
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
(856) 354-8200

Perhaps the best sushi in the Philadelphia area isn’t in city proper. A 15 minute ride on a PATCO train will bring you to Japanese native, Matt Ito, and his East-meets-West style in the Fuji kitchen. This is where philebrities sneak away to savor Ito’s omakase. It’s a miniature shopping mall, which might throw some off, but his sashimi platter, branzino and banana tempura will be right on.


723 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-9070

Matsaharu Morimoto turned on the ever-changing neon lights for the first time in 2001. Since then, Morimoto has become a mandatory special event dining experience, whether you live in Philadelphia or are just visiting. Omakase is the way to go, although many complain about letting go of their money. Still, if you’re going to spend it on something, it might as well be cuisine conjured up by an original Iron Chef.


3636 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-1803

For the longest time, the most contemporary restaurant in University City was Stephen Starr’s POD, with the city’s only sushi conveyor belt, modern lighting and general space odyssey sexiness. Once you get past the aesthetics, the sushi and Japanese cuisine are still worth the trip west of the Walnut St. Bridge. Tuesday is all-you-can-eat after 9 p.m.


533 N. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3130
(267) 493-4130

Located among Fairmount residences, you have to really look for Umai or you’ll miss it. The Godzilla roll is the mandatory chopstick grab. Bring a bottle of champers (it’s a BYO) and get ready for the pairing of Alexander McCoy’s Godzilla Roll–shrimp tempura, sliced avocado and honey drizzled strawberries, topped with crushed macadamia nuts as the perfect top-off!


2035 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-4339

Vic is known for affordable rolls with creative flair. The tiny eatery is in a great location, by Helium comedy club and the Adrienne Theatre. They have sweet deals, like a 3-roll special for $10.95. There are 15 rolls you can choose from–any day, any time–but you may have to wait due to the restaurant’s small size.


128 S. 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4646
(215) 568-1027

Chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka, who was at the helm of both the POD and Morimoto kitchens, opened his namesake Izakaya in 2011. The space, a block north of Rittenhouse Square, has more character than it ever had as Loie. When local Philly chefs aren’t wearing their whites, Zama’s sushi bar is where they want to sit. A signature roll includes the Inside-out California roll, with wasabi tobiko and topped with lobster salad and a jalapeno that’s been pickled in soy sauce for 24 hours. On a bar note, since it is an Izakaya, management has brought in beers from Echigo, a Japanese craft brewery that had yet to be imported to the States. The pilsner would pair best, but they also carry a porter and a stout.

Suzanne Woods has resided in Philadelphia since 2001. She’s freelance writer, craft beer enthusiast, and is president/founder of the Philadelphia Women’s Beer Club. She eats out two meals a day, churns out exotic ice creams as often as she can, and has her records spinning more often than not. You can follow her drinking and dining adventures at

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  • Chip Murphy

    Kisso FTW

  • Annie

    Zento on Chestnut St. Get their square roll, you won’t regret it.

  • Ron Coe

    Simply, Yokoham in Maple Shade, NJ is the best sushi I have eaten anywhere. I travel a lot and am always trying to find better sushi than Yokohama but have not, yet.

    No reason to trash the other pics but I certainly don’t agree. Will have to try Zama since it is the only place I have not been to.

    Cherry Hill Sushi Lover

  • kevin23610

    Bluefin in Plymouth Meeting smokes all of these. Its not just “Philly”. Every other list they do it spans all over the south east area. Their lists are horrible. Its always the same main stream garbage that they recommend because they dont know how to actually do real investigative journalism. They go for quantity of articles, not quality.

  • Tony rim

    Thanks L.. Not sure who you are but come in for free dinner on me. My name is Tony rim .. One of the owners. Please send me your info..

  • Michael

    No Sagami in Collingswood? I’d put their sushi against any of these places.

    • Bababooey

      It says “in Philly”?

  • mike mcready

    suzy, suzy suzy–

    vic? i mean really!!! its garbage you know better than that.. superfresh has better sushi..

    their fish is frozen!!! FROZEN!!!! and their rice is unseasoned and sucks.. come on just cause its rated good on yelp, doesnt mean you should write about it. im appalled. it wouldnt be good in flint michigan.. its a travesty..

    and zama is great but is not an izakaya.. you must know that too. NOT AN IZAKAYA..

    zento is great too.

    i hate to say this because you usually have good insight, but stick to beer..

  • charles

    they left out Raw lounge on Sansom street,

    • J

      who cares

      • L

        I care! How could they leave out Raw Lounge??? That place is awesome. great food, great service, and great atmosphere/decor!

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