Dallas' Five Best Sushi Restaurants

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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This was only the start.
I've destroyed a lot of sashimi in the last year, and I've come to believe that Dallas is an exceptional city for sushi eaters. While I wish there were a bit more innovation and culinary artistry -- I've not had anything here in Dallas that tops the meal I had at Uchi last summer -- the quality of the fish I've encountered is often phenomenal, and the prices are reasonable, compared to larger, more metropolitan cities.

Here are my five favorites.

Sushi Sake (pictured above)
I fell in love with Sushi Sake a few weeks ago; it was the omakase that did me in. This large sushi restaurant in Richardson doesn't typically offer chef-guided dining, but when I asked, one of the sushi chefs said he'd take care of me. The dance started with a plate of sashimi that was actually a bit of a bore, but then things picked up nicely.

The subsequent bites came out in pairs. One slice of scallop sashimi would get a cold treatment, the next would be lightly charred by a blow torch. The procession continued through bonito, toro, snapper and other cuts. The customers sitting beside me took notice of my endless procession of curiosities. Soon they joined in too.

I ate until I felt ready to split and waved the chef off. My bill was $75, a steal given the quality, presentation and amount of sushi I shoveled into my face area.

*****

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Yutaka
I love Yutaka for its one-two combo punch with Sharaku, the izakaya located two doors down in this small Uptown strip mall. You can make reservations if you want, but I prefer to walk up, put my name in and wait next door. That way I have plenty of time to sip Sapporo and nibble on tiny grilled things skewered on sticks.

When your table is ready, the folks at Yutaka will come get you. Do your best to convince them you're not a spicy tuna roll novice and find out what's fresh. I've had amazing mackerel, uni and toro here.

*****

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Katie Womack
Teppo
There are two reasons for sitting at the bar at Teppo. If you're a conversationalist, the guys working the knives behind the counter are fun to talk with. And if you love baseball, it's always on the TV at the end of the bar.

Something tells me if a shokunin, or master sushi chef, caught these guys stealing glances at Yu Darvish, he'd unsheathe a katana sword. Thankfully this isn't that kind of sushi restaurant. Grab a beer and ask the guy rolling your maki which team he's pulling for, and then eat and drink through the final out and beyond.

Teppo gets a bonus for having the best mackerel that's ever graced my palate. If you live anywhere near East Dallas, make this your neighborhood spot.


Location Info

Sushi-Sake Japanese Restaurant

2150 N. Collins Blvd., Richardson, TX

Category: Restaurant

Teppo Yakitori Sushi Bar

2014 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tei-An

1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tei Tei Robata Bar

2906 N. Henderson, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Yutaka Sushi Bistro

2633 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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35 comments
tomjensen
tomjensen

Sushi Yokohama is about the best sushi I've had since I moved to Dallas from LA. Fresh fish, always great. 19009 Preston Rd #115, Dallas. Not pretentious, nice people. First time I ate there the guy was a crab and then he sold it so if you had a bad experience before, it's under new ownership.

mavery1
mavery1

If you can stand to travel way north west rather than way north east, Keiichi in Denton is exceptional.

Colin1
Colin1

Sushi Ya! in downtown is still my favorite sushi restaurant. It's like a down home sushi experience. No pretentiousness, fresh food, and great price for quality sushi.

Stephanie Grimes Masters
Stephanie Grimes Masters

On you recommendation, I used yutaka for a dinner party of 12. Absolutely fabulous. I was concerned as it was very expensive and I had not been there. It was a tremendous hit! Other than a few of rolls being smushed, everything was awesome. Everyone said it was the best party and best food. Thanks.

whareagle
whareagle

Katana? C'mon - they're awesome!!!!!!

J_A_
J_A_

I love Sushi Robata and they're reasonably priced. Sharaku Lounge next door to Yutaka is such a good find, it's never too busy because people are waiting to be seated next door, but you can order food from Yutaka as well.

juanitofutbol
juanitofutbol

Sum Ting Wong here, Densetsu in Plano is worth a mention.

djlpjr
djlpjr

Masami's in Richardson! We like it better than Sushi Sake!

vent
vent

Sushi Robata should be on the list.

City of Ate
City of Ate

They weren't meant to be ranked. You'd never go to Tei-An if you were looking for a Teppo type experience. Each of the places is great in its own right.

cyrrndr
cyrrndr

Man, so 3 on the list are or were owned by Teiichi Sakurai? Says a lot about him for certain. If you ever make it up Frisco way Edoku sushi is great.

Lacy Kate McDonald
Lacy Kate McDonald

Firebox on Plano road. Big portions, made fresh, delicious and CHEAP

David Ellefsen
David Ellefsen

What about Mr. Sushi in Addison? Simply the best for price, selection and service!

Chase Rushing
Chase Rushing

Wait until Uchi Dallas opens. There will most definitely be a new #1

NewsDog
NewsDog

The food at Sushi Sake is great but the original location was a hoot to people watch at back in the Telecom Corridor days. Small, strip center, storefront operation and the customers were mostly Japanese men dining with tall, blonde, well endowed, American women.  

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

Here's a question: How long does Tei-An last? Because I was there at 7:30 on a Friday night recently when there was nothing going on in the District, and it was dead -- significantly more dead than anything I ate that night. I just feel like that plaza is destined to become a ghost town/office cafeteria for that office building.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Yutaka is my favorite sushi restaurant and I visit it frequently. I was there two Mondays ago with a friend, after a quick stop at Tei An. Tei An had no uni ("out of season"?; true or false?) so we went to Yutaka.

We sat at the bar and I performed my usual survey of the fish. It all looked too tired for my palate but I asked my usual fish question: "which fish arrived today?"

The owner was not there so an employee informed me all the fish arrived on Thursday, noting usually deliveries were made on Wed and uni ariived on Thursdays.

I found this difficult to believe because I have never had tired fish at Yutaka in many previous visits. Maybe it was a language problem, but this seems like a job for an intrepid food reporter. Maybe even some takeout for bacterial and DNA analysis.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Mmm, Sushi Sake. My personal favorite for many years. 

Lauren Oxford
Lauren Oxford

If you should venture to FW, try Shinjuku Station for the live scallop beside a salad of its own frill.

jaque1911
jaque1911

@vent Shhhhhh!!! Sushi Robata is my secret Sushi spot! 

jsweatertoy
jsweatertoy

@Jake Rasmussen Kindly disagree. Split the check many times, and party of 8 have sat at the tatami table near the window.  However with such a small space, I doubt they could line up the tables along the wall for one big party. That would leave only the sushi bar and the tatami table left.


scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Kevin Andrew Kunreuther I love that little place.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Chase Rushing I'm excited to see if the experience transfers. Dallas is a whole new market, and hours away from Austin. If they pull it off we'll be all the better for it.

jsweatertoy
jsweatertoy

@primi_timpano that's standard in the industry. Deliveries are typically on Tuesday and Thursday. Fresh does not mean when it is caught or shipped. It's how it is harvested and packed. Sushi chefs won't serve Tuna right out of the water. It need to "age" for the texture to be right.  On the Uni note, if the seas where they harvest it have been rough, it will be very bitter, and they won't harvest or ship it until it's been calm for a few days. If one place does not have uni, typically many more will not.

cyrrndr
cyrrndr

@primi_timpano RE: Uni, going from when I worked in the business years ago, there is a kind of uni season but that really just means how abundant it is. Doesn't mean there is nothing available. It truly is the early bird gets the worm.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@primi_timpano I have experienced similar problems at Yutaka. I know they have a very loyal following but, I'm not one of them. I love "giant clam" but when I've tried to order it, they always say, "sorry, not today".

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@scott.reitz @Twinwillow Scott, I know the owner, Soda for well over 35 years. He knows exactly what I like. I just sit down as close as possible to him and he brings my sashimi plate without my saying anything.

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