10 Best Sushi Restaurants in the Denver Area

Sushi continues to be popular in the United States and for good reason. Today’s sushi restaurants are getting access to high quality, fresh ingredients much quicker than in previous years.  Another reason for the popularity is the creativity of sushi chefs, who continue to fuse traditional sushi recipes with new ingredients to create delicious specialty rolls.

The Denver Metro region has a number of options for great tasting, high quality sushi. We put together 10 of the top sushi restaurants in the Denver area based off media critiques, professional ratings, online reviews & our own opinions.  We aggregated the results of previously published top ten lists from Westword, CityVoter.com & USAToday Online and compared them to online user reviews from Yelp, Urban Spoon & TripAdvisor to attempt to uncover the best sushi places in Denver. Below are the results.

Runner-Ups:

Banzai Sushi (6655 Leetsdale Dr, Denver) – Banzai Sushi made 2 of the top 10 lists (#3 in CityVoter.com & #6 in 10Best.com). However, of the sushi restaurants considered, it was the lowest reviewed on Yelp, with only 62% of reviewers giving the Banzai Sushi a 4 or 5 star rating.

Sushi Yoshi (406 Center Dr, Superior) – Sushi Yoshi received high praise from Westword, making its 2012 Top Ten List at #4.  89% of Yelp Reviewers gave their experience a 4 or 5 star rating.  While it had a high number of positive reviews, it lacked the quantity of reviews when compared to other restaurants on the list. But Sushi Yoshi is a restaurant worth watching in the future.

10. Hana Matsuri Sushi
Hana-Sushi-Westminster2821 120th Ave #300, Westminster
Yelp Ratings:  208 4 & 5 star reviews. 79% of their total Yelp.com reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Cost: $18 – $28.

While it lacks notoriety from the local press, Hana Matsuri Sushi in Westminster delivers solid food that the locals love.  Over 79% of the Yelp reviews for Hana Matsuri Sushi are either 4 or 5 stars. It is also one of the most affordable restaurants on the list with the average price of about $20 per person, thus delivering high quality sushi at a great value.

What to Get
Don’t miss out on their “Big Daddy Roll”, which is a baked roll containing shrimp tempura, crab mix, cucumber, & avocado on the  inside, and topped with Scottish salmon & spicy mayonnaise.  Their “Twister Roll”, which has tempura fried lobster tail, crab mix and avocado, is also a favorite

9. Izakaya Den 
1487A S Pearl St, Denver
Accolades:  CityVoter.com (#6 Rated)
Yelp Ratings:   93 4 & 5 star reviews. 88% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $30-$40 

Meaning “Sake house with small plates,” Izakaya Den is a spin-off of Sushi Den located on Old South Pearl in Platt Park.  The building and decor are beautiful.  In addition to sushi, there are over 100 varieties of sake on the menu as well as some tasty Japanese tapas.

What to Get
The albacore tuna sashimi is one of my favorite dishes at Izakaya Den.  I’m also a fan of their Rock-n-Roll which has smoked salmon, cream cheese & sesame seeds. All of their tempora rolls are good, but a bit pricey.
8. Land of Sushi 
Land of Sushi in Centennial, CO.2412 E Arapahoe Rd, Centennial
Accolades:  Westword.com (#3 Rated 2012 Report, 2014 Best Sushi Bar)
Yelp Ratings:   129 4 & 5 star reviews. 82% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $20-$30

If you’re looking for great sushi in the South Denver Metro area, then Land of Sushi is your best bet.  Their modest exterior & location may fool you into thinking this is another run-of-the-mill restaurant, but looks can be deceiving. Land of Sushi packs some big flavor in its fresh, high quality sushi. Co-Owner Steve Lin trained with some of the best sushi chefs in New York before making his way to Colorado.

What to Get
The crazy tuna roll is on top of the list for Land of Sushi. It is stuffed with tuna & avocado inside & topped with spicy tuna & crunchy tempura flakes. Their Mango Roll is another favorite, a modification of their crazy tuna roll with mango. 

7. Sushi Tora 
Sushi-Tora-Boulder2014 10th St, Boulder
Accolades:  Westword.com (#10 Rated 2012 Report), Thrillist.com (named one of 21 best places for sushi in the USA)
Yelp Ratings:   123 4 & 5 star reviews. 78% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $35-$50
For the best sushi in Boulder and the west Denver metro area, look no further than Sushi Tora.  Sushi Tora uses only the highest quality, freshest ingredients available, including organic vegetables & herbs from small local farms.

What to Get
If you’re a fan of spicy sushi, then you have to try the White Hot Roll.  It is stuffed with tempura fried salmon, avocado, gobo & spicy mayo. It is then topped with lightly seared white fish w jalapenos, habanero sauce & tobiko.  

6. Osaka Sushi 

Osaka Sushi Denver 3940 E Exposition Ave, Denver
Accolades:  10Best.com (#5 Rated), Westword.com (#6 Rated 2012 Report)
Yelp Ratings:   132 4 & 5 star reviews. 80% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Cost: $25 – $35

Located in the Belcaro Shopping Center on the corner of Colorado Blvd & Exposition, Osaka Sushi is an out-of-the-way sushi restaurant that serves up some great food.  With 25 specialty rolls in addition to their Maki, Sushi & Sashimi selections, Osaka Sushi offers a diverse menu that has something for everyone.

What to Get
The Denver Roll & Playboy Roll are two must try items on the Osaka Sushi menu.  The Denver Roll is filled with yellowtail tuna, crab, cucumber, and radish sprouts.  The Playboy Roll is shrimp tempura & spicy tuna topped with salmon, avocado & a rich sauce. On the lighter side, their tuna sashimi is very flavorful. 

5. Taki Sushi 
420 E Bayaud Ave, Denver
Accolades:  10Best.com (#7 Rated), Westword.com (#7 Rated 2012 Report)
Yelp Ratings:   Over 280 4 & 5 star reviews. 84% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $25-$35

Taki Sushi is a staple in Wash Park, known for its fresh seafood offering, solid service & unpretentious atmosphere. The chefs at Taki Sushi are not afraid to push the envelope, trying new specialty rolls and new combinations that their customers really appreciate.

What to Get
The Yellowtail Jalapeno appetizer is marvelous, as is the Tuna Poke. You also should try the “Sex on the Beach” roll, which comes with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna & white tuna.  We also enjoyed their “New York” roll with Tuna, Salmon & plenty of avocado. 

4. Namikos Sushi Bar
Namikos-Sushi-Bar7310 W 52nd Ave, Arvada
Accolades:  10Best.com (#4 Rated), CityVoter.com (#1 Rated), Westword.com (#8 Rated 2012 Report)
Yelp Ratings:   105 4 & 5 star reviews. 71% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $20 – $30

“Fresher sushi, bigger portions, better price” is the motto of Arvada’s best sushi restaurant, Namikos Sushi Bar. If the food doesn’t impress you, Owner Yuri Chandonnet amazing success story will, as she went from being abandoned to running this profitable establishment. Namikos is well regarded for its friendly service, quick seating and ample parking, which makes it a more desirable destination than some of its downtown competition.

What to Get
You won’t find some of the inventive specialty rolls at Namikos, but you will find fresh, delicious sushi. Their spicy tuna roll & lobster rolls are both very tasty. Their Mixed Sashimi dinner is well worth the price and great for sharing.

3. Domo Restaurant
1365 Osage St, Denver
Accolades:  10Best.com (#2 Rated), CityVoter.com (#7 Rated), 5280.com (2014 Top of the Town – Japanese Restaurant)
Yelp Ratings:  Over 350 4 & 5 star reviews. 71% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $30-$40 

If you’re looking for a beautiful, authentic, and delicious dining experience, then Domo is a fantastic choice. The restaurant is committed to high quality food and has fresh ingredients routinely flown in from northern Japan.  In addition to the great food, the atmosphere at Domo is unique. Stone tables, tree stump stools, a back patio zen garden & authentic Japanese decor make for an unparalleled dining experience.

What to Get
The Avocado Tataki Hamachi, which consists of yellow tail & spiced avocado, was very flavorful. All of their tuna sushi rolls were good, but the Aotou Maguro (tuna & jalapeno sauce) &  Shoga Maguro (tuna with ginger sauce) stood out.
2. Sushi Sasa
Sushi-Sasa-Denver2401 15th St, Denver
Accolades:  Westword (#1 Rated 2012 report, 2014 Best Japanese Restaurant), CityVoter.com (#4 Rated)
Yelp Ratings:  Over 400 4 & 5 star reviews. 77% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $30-40 

High Quality food from a highly skilled, highly trained chef is usually a winning combination, and that’s what Sushi Sasa brings.  Chef Wayne Conwell (who trained with Iron Chef Morimoto) is daring & inventive with his menu.  Chef Conwell is a master with fresh ingredients & quality fish. You will also be welcomed by a courteous and well mannered staff that adds to the dining experience.

What to Get
The Diablo roll, which comes with spicy & seared tuna on top, ponzu, and a generous sprinkling of jalapenos and cilantro, is a can’t miss choice on their sushi menu. Another popular item is the saffron snow crab stuffed with Scottish salmon & yuzu crème fraîche.

1. Sushi Den
Sushi Den Denver - The Best Sushi Restaurant in Denver.1487 S Pearl St, Denver
Accolades:  10Best.com (#1 Rated), Westword (#2 Rated in 2012 report, 2015 Best Sushi Bar), CityVoter.com (#2 Rated), 5280.com (2014 Readers Choice Best Sushi)
Yelp Ratings:  Over 600 4 & 5 star reviews. 81% of their total reviews are 4 or 5 star.
Average Price: $40-45 

When it comes to the best sushi restaurant in Denver, it’s hard to argue against Sushi Den. Their dishes are pleasing to both the eye and the taste buds. You can really taste the high quality of the fish that they have flown in daily.  Its on the expensive side (average person should expect to pay $40), but it is worth it.

What to Get
The Baked Spicy Roll, which comes with Yellowtail & Salmon was fresh & delicious. Their Tuna Firecracker roll was another winner. Most of their selection is strong, so its hard to choose a favorite.

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