Like Cuban coffee and hookah, sushi has found its way onto most menus anywhere tourists flock. But, like Cuban coffee and hookah, not all rolls are created equal (and a bad one will leave you with more than a lingering foul taste in your mouth). So we went on a quest to find the best sushi in Miami. Raw, cooked, classic and creative — we left no roll untouched. These are the ones we think should be on your radar.
1. NaiYaRa's Sushi Doughnut
Here’s a treat that’s on NaiYaRa’s secret menu. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays during brunch, and nightly during dinner service, the Sushi Doughnut is actually a bed of rice and seaweed shaped to resemble the classic treat and decorated with wasabi, ginger, avocado, spicy mayo, and edible flowers. You can top it with just about anything, from salmon or caviar to crisp rice balls or truffle flakes.
NaiYaRa, 1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach
2. Pubbelly Sushi's Rockshrimp Tempura Roll
Head to any Pubbelly Sushi location (you’ll find them in Miami Beach, Brickell City Centre, Downtown Dadeland and Aventura Mall) and dig into a Rockshrimp Tempura Roll, made with avocado, mango, spicy tuna tartare and spicy mayo.
Pubbelly Sushi, multiple locations
Newly-opened Novikov in Brickell serves a heavenly Okhotsk Maki Roll made with King Crab, salmon, and seared scallops.
Novikov Miami, 300 S Biscayne Blvd., Miami
4. The Rusty Pelican's Deco Maki Roll
As pretty to look at as it is delicious, The Rusty Pelican’s Deco Maki Roll spotlights tempura shrimp, mango, cream cheese, red onion and eel sauce on a bed of pink sticky rice. We also love their Spider Roll, made with crispy soft-shell crab, avocado, Asian pear, cucumber and soy paper.
The Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne
5. Azabu's Omakase Experience
Feeling adventurous? Try Azabu’s omakase experience at The Den, where you can choose between two multi-course culinary journeys that include sashimi, ten pieces of the chef’s selected sushi of the day, a roll, and more. Make sure you work up an appetite beforehand.
Azabu Miami Beach, 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
6. Lure Fishbar's Hellfire Spicy Tuna Roll
Don’t let the name intimidate you — Lure Fishbar’s Hellfire Spicy Tuna Roll packs a mighty punch that will make you want to savor every bite. It’s made with spicy brûléed tuna, cucumber, avocado, and kimchi sauce.
Lure Fishbar, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
7. Zuma Miami
When it comes to sushi, nothing at Zuma disappoints. We’re feeling their Dynamite Spider Roll, made with softshell crab, chili, and wasabi tobiko mayo.
Zuma Miami, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami
8. ETARU's Sushi Platter
Now you can choose from two ETARU locations — one in Hallandale Beach and one in Fort Lauderdale. We recommend ordering a sushi platter and trying a bit of everything, but especially the Black Kampachi roll, made with spring onion, crispy garlic, and yuzu kosho mayo.
ETARU, multiple locations
9. Just about everything at Kuro
We love all the rolls off Kuro’s farm-fresh Japanese menu. Order a-la-carte or get the full experience in Kuro’s omakase room, where you can enjoy one roll and 12 pieces of sushi for $50.
Kuro, 1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale
10. Ra Sushi's Viva Las Vegas Roll
Made with rolled crab and cream cheese, lightly battered in tempura and topped with spicy tuna, crab and lotus root, RA Sushi’s Viva Las Vegas Roll is a sweet and spicy hit.
11. Nikki Beach
At Nikki Beach, you can savor diced tuna, avocado, asparagus, sriracha, and togarashi by way of their Marbella Spicy Tuna Roll. It’s divine.
12. SuViche's Perfect Roll
At SuViche, you can’t go wrong with The Perfection Roll.
13. Sushi Garage
Sushi Garage, 1784 West Ave., Miami Beach
14. Chotto Matte
The recently opened Nikkei cuisine hot spot Chotto Matte serves up heaven wrapped in rice in the form of their Sato Maki Roll. Order one and thank us later.
Chotto Matte, 1664 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach
15. MO Bar + Lounge’s Ceviche Roll
Inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s La Mar by Gaston Acurio, this delicious gluten-free roll comes features shrimp, tuna, avocado, red onion, ají Amarillo sauce, micro cilantro, and dazzling views of the bay.
MO Bar + Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami
16. Komodo’s signature Komodo Roll
Roll like a celebrity in David Grutman’s star-studded Pan Asian restaurant and lounge. Make sure you order the signature Komodo Roll, made with tempura enoki, shimeji, shiitake, white soy and truffle oil.
Komodo, 801 Brickell Ave., Miami