12 of the Best Places to Eat Sushi in Kansas City

December 1, 2022
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
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Kansas City, Missouri— not to be confused with Kansas City in Kansas, the state that Missouri shares a border with —is a beautiful metropolitan area full of both plenty of buildings and green spaces.

You’ll want to stop and visit a lot of spots within the city, but you’ll also want to look into the places you’ll be stopping to eat so that you can carefully plan your day! 

Whether you’re choosing something close to your hotel or a restaurant within walking distance to a specific destination, you’ll also want to make sure that the meals themselves are something to look forward to and not just what’s convenient!

In this article we’re going to cover:

So, if you’re a sushi fan, consider one or more of the amazing sushi places on this list, and consider purchasing a GiftYa, too! GiftYa is a virtual gift card company with an app you can use to send gift cards for participating locations to someone you know!

1. Prime Sushi Bar

An amazing sushi place on Main Street in Kansas City, MO!

The sushi here doesn’t just taste delicious, it looks absolutely gorgeous, too! The restaurant looks welcoming, sure, but nothing’s more inviting than a full plate! Image courtesy of Instagram.

4980 Main St | Kansas City | primesushikc.com 

As the name might suggest, this restaurant doesn’t just have an impressive selection of sushi, but they also have a very extensive drink menu, including cocktails, sake, wine, and beer. You can be sure, coming here, that you won’t only have delicious sushi, but a great beverage, too!

But sushi is hardly the only thing on the dinner and lunch menus here. They also serve both hot and cold appetizers, salads, sides, and hot dishes such as bento, noodles, fried rice, and korean bibimbap. There’s desserts, too, and a kid’s menu— this place has something for everyone, but of course the countless sushi rolls are the star of the show.

Lunch hours at Prime Sushi are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays while dinner hours are from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On weekends the hours are uninterrupted— 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays, noon until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

They’re open for takeout— delivery or pick-up —as well as both indoor and outdoor sit-down dining.

“I've been a frequent flyer at Prime Sushi KC since moving to the area... Highlights are the roll size, menu variety, pleasant “zen” atmosphere, creative names for rolls, and consistent stand-out, top-tier rolls that we order every time we visit.” - Yelp Review

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2. Kona Grill

Located within Country Club Plaza and right beside Bush Creek, central spots in Kansas City!

Even if Kona Grill isn’t just a sushi place, there’s a reason why their sushi is one of the most popular items on the menu. Image courtesy of Instagram.

444 Ward Pkwy | Kansas City | www.konagrill.com 

There are lots of Kona Grill locations across the country, but this one in particular is in a fairly popular area of Kansas City, MO, so it could be a great place to stop for sushi during your trip. Kona Grill is incredibly popular both for its sushi and its legendary happy hour.

The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and indoor sit-down dining. Kona Grill has a selection of specialty rolls as well as classic rolls and many other menu options, such as starters and sides. And of course the drinks here are great, too— margaritas, cocktails, sake, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Hours are from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

“We've been here many times, we like their happy hour. The food has always been consistently delicious. Sometimes the wait is a little long because of how popular they are.” - Yelp Review

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3. Drunken Fish

Great sushi in multiple locations in Missouri!

If you want sushi that looks just as good as it tastes, you’ve found it here! Don’t worry about running the beautiful plating, though— it’s meant to be in your stomach! Image courtesy of Instagram.

14 E 14th St | Kansas City | drunkenfish.com

Drunken Fish has five locations in Missouri, one of which is in Kansas City, and each one is incredibly popular for the delicious sushi served there. They have sashimi and nigiri as well as both classic and signature rolls. However, you can also order sides, salads, appetizers, entrees, or combination plates here.

It’s open for both pick-up and delivery takeout, as well as indoor and outdoor dining, but they also cater for parties and events. They’ve taken a lot of precautions as a result of COVID to make customers feel safe, including social distancing, temperature checks, and contactless payment.

Drunken Fish is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and on Sundays they’re open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“I had a great time here despite COVID. Tables are distanced, all orders are placed in an app, and even though you order all your food at once they still stagger appetizers and entrees. Everything was delicious.” - Yelp Review

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4. Friends’ Sushi & Bento Place

A very popular Japanese style sushi place that sells a lot of other good food, too!

Sushi is often plated beautifully, but Friends’ Sushi and Bento Place takes it up to a completely different level! Image courtesy of Instagram.

1808 W 39th St | Kansas City | friendssushikc.com

Friends’ Sushi and Bento Place certainly has brought on popularity with its delicious sushi and bento, but there are plenty of other options on the menu. These include sides, salads, starters, soup, ramen, sides, and entrees.

When it comes to sushi, though, this restaurant has countless choices. There are maki rolls, specialty rolls, and vegetarian rolls. They also have a great selection of drinks and desserts! Whether you want sushi or not, Friends’ Sushi and Bento Place has something you would enjoy!

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, but it serves lunch and dinner every other day of the week!

“Great affordable sushi place! They are doing carry out and delivery during COVID. Carry out was super easy - they have a table right up against the door, so you just step inside, and they hand you your food.” - Yelp Review

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5. Kabuki Sushi

A family owned restaurant dedicated to bringing Japanese cuisine to Missouri!

“Omakase” is a phrase commonly used in Japan that means “I’ll leave it up to you!” It can often be used in ordering sushi, and so Kabuki Sushi has named a dish after it! Image courtesy of Instagram.

333 W Meyer Blvd Ste 102 | Kansas City | kabukikc.com

Kabuki Sushi is a restaurant that prides itself on authenticity, bringing traditional Japanese cuisine to Kansas City. It’s also a family owned restaurant, and it’s open for takeout and curbside pick-up as well as sit-down dining indoors with all the proper precautions in place.

You can make reservations at Kabuki Sushi on their website! They have an incredibly extensive sushi menu, serving house specialties, classic, vegetarian, and spicy makimono rolls, nigiri, and sashimi.

Weekday hours are perfect for dinnertime— from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. On Saturdays Kabuki Sushi is open from noon until 9 p.m. and on Sunday hours are from noon until 6 p.m. 

“Small quaint unassuming place with very good sushi and friendly staff. Could totally see becoming a regular here if we lived in the area. Everything tasted fresh and delicious.”  - Yelp Review

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6. Kokoro Maki House

Both Japanese and Korean dishes— the best of both worlds!

If you want authentic sushi, you’ll find it here— and plenty of it! You won’t be disappointed by Kokoro Maki House’s Japanese and Korean style cuisine.  + Image courtesy of Instagram.

340 W 75th St | Kansas City | kokoromaki.com 

Kokoro Maki House serves many authentic Japanese and Korean dishes, not just sushi, such as tempura, udon, sushi, bibimbap, fried rice, and more. There are a range of specials, appetizers, sides, desserts, and drinks as well!

As for the sushi choices, you’ll find regular, special, and vegetarian rolls as well as nigiri sushi on the menu at Kokoro Maki House. During happy hour— from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays —all rolls are a $1 off, as are drinks and appetizers!  

Hours at Kokoro Maki House are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays lunch hours are from noon until 2:30 p.m. and dinner hours are unchanged. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, unfortunately.

“It's a small place but it's definitely worth the visit. There's so many sushi, bento boxes, and vegetarian options. I went with a friend that's vegetarian so this was a happy surprise for her.” - Yelp Review

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7. Mr. Le’s Sushi

Sushi in northeast Kansas City that’s worth going out of your way for!

A full plate means a full stomach, and you can find both at Mr. Le’s Sushi in Kansas City! Image courtesy of Instagram.

5024 NE Parvin Rd | Kansas City | 816-454-5112

This sushi place located in northeast Kansas City is very popular, and for good reason! While it’s not in the most central location, their sushi rolls keep the customers coming back! With classic and specialty rolls, nigiri, as well as sushi combo plates, you’ll definitely want to dine here.

And even if sushi isn’t for you, don’t let the name of the restaurant deceive you! They also serve teriyaki, noodles, fried rice, soups, and salads, so there’s plenty of different dishes for you to enjoy at Kokoro Maki House!

Hours are from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day of the week except for Sundays, when the restaurant is closed. You can come in for your sushi fix for lunch or dinner!

“From walking in you get the feel that this is a very unassuming family joint, and then when you receive your food you can immediately tell it's made with a whole lot of love and fínese.” - Yelp Review

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So, if you’re a big fan of sushi and you’ve found yourself in Kansas City, MO, you should consider all of the options on this list as great options for a meal! After all, unless you live in the area, you’ll need to eat during your trip, and who wants to worry about what to eat when it’s already dinner time?

Forget the hassle and grab some sushi at one of these wonderful restaurants! And, if you want to make it even easier on someone you know to get some sushi, consider buying them a GiftYa to treat them to a meal! 

All of the restaurants on this list are supported by GiftYa, and all of them serve delicious sushi. If you or someone you know loves sushi, it’s a no-brainer!

8. Sayachi Sushi 

6322 Brookside Plz | Kansas City | sayachikc.com

Sayachi Sushi introduced the concept of Omaske dining to Kansas City. “Omaske” means to “fully entrust.” When you eat at an Omaske restaurant, you don’t get to choose your meal options the way you would at the average restaurant. You have to trust the chef to choose your meals for you. At Sayachi, the chef will serve you a meal filled with seasonal and artistic dishes made with the finest of ingredients. 

You will need to make a reservation in advance to eat at this restaurant. Your meal will likely include a few small plates along with 10 nigiri, soup, and dessert. This restaurant offers a really full and interesting experience. 

“Sayachi is a place you go for the highest quality nigiri and sashimi in KC.  Fish are flown from Japan, this is the same owner as Jarocho.  The authentic raw dishes are not decorative nor have tons of sauce to cover up the true freshness of the fish.  .”–Yelp Review

9. Sama Zama

Japanese restaurant that offers a wide variety of meals. 

These menus appear to offer lots of choices. Image courtesy of Female Foodie

3906 Central St | Kansas City | samakc.com

Sama Zama is a Japanese term that means variety. And it’s named that way because it is anything but the typical restaurant. They offer an Izakaya style of dining, which is simple and casual. This is a great place to visit if you want a unique dining experience that still feels casual. They make authentic Japanese comfort food based on family recipes and the owner’s own creations. 

The dishes served at Sama Zama are the perfect size to share with your friends and family. On the menu, you’ll find noodles, bento boxes, onigiri, potstickers, and much more. The decor is also modeled after the Tokyo streets, so you’ll be sitting inside of a cool environment. 

“I love this place! The onigiri rice balls are so yummy and the spicy miso ramen with tofu is one of my favorites! The noodles are always al dente and I love how they try the tofu. Also, it is quite spicy, but you get what you ask for. Get the cheesecake dessert, too. Yum.”–Yelp Review

10. Kobi-Q

Korean restaurant with various types of sushi. 

1531 Grand Blvd | Kansas City | kobi-q.com

Kobi-Q is a Korean restaurant with an extensive sushi bar. The menu features 6 very popular entrees along with Korean comfort food, street food, and food from other Asian cultures. They serve bibimbap, Korean fried chicken, green curry, and more. Their sushi bar menu includes classic rolls, traditional nigiri and sashimi platters, as well as new and innovative rolls. 

This restaurant has great drink options to pair with the food. They offer both local and imported wines, beers, sake, and non-alcoholic beverages. They have enough varied options to please everyone you’re there with!

“Had a fantastic lunch here on a Saturday. I got beef dumplings, and the Spicy Chicken BBQ w/ Rice cakes. Both were fantastic and fresh. The dumplings were light and crisp, you could tell they were fresh. ”–Yelp Review

11. KC Sushi

Contemporary restaurant where everything is made fresh.

This is a great and varied spread. Image courtesy of KC Sushi

7753 NW Prairie View Rd | Kansas City | kcsushi.com

KC Sushi is a contemporary sushi and grill restaurant that will have you wanting to come back for more. Their talented sushi chef offers guests an inventive sushi selection along with an amazing presentation. All the dishes are also made with fresh ingredients and prepared with high quality methods. The sushi menu is really extensive and has just about every kind of roll you can think of. 

You can get spicy tuna rolls, spider rolls, rainbow rolls, and many other classics. They also have some creatively named rolls on the menu. You can try the Pink Panther roll, the Steve roll, and the caterpillar roll. You can also try their nigiri or sashimi. They have salmon, tuna, yellowtail, scallops, and more. They even have a happy hour menu where they offer you great deals on their sushi and nigiri!

“This was a great find in the Tiffany springs area! We had a few hours before our flight and wanted an excellent meal. We found it here with the hibachi grill. Food was cooked excellently and service was good. I recommend the filet cooked medium rare. It was amazing. Can't wait to go back!”–Yelp Review

12. Sushi Haru

Asian fusion food in a casual environment. 

This presentation is super fun. Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

13133 State Line Rd | Kansas City | sushiharukc.com

Sushi Haru is an Asian fusion restaurant that sells foods from various Asian countries. They serve tonkotsu, seaweed salad, chicken teriyaki, sushi, and much more. They offer soup, noodles, steak, and seafood. They also offer a casual environment that feels comfortable for all kinds of people. They even have a full bar and a happy hour menu where you can get some great deals! 

“"This place is beautiful!" I exclaimed as we walked in last night for date night. The decor is fun, traditional, tasteful and cheery. We will be back for more!”–Yelp Review

So, if you’re a big fan of sushi and you’ve found yourself in Kansas City, MO, you should consider all of the options on this list as great options for a meal! After all, unless you live in the area, you’ll need to eat during your trip, and who wants to worry about what to eat when it’s already dinner time?

Forget the hassle and grab some sushi at one of these wonderful restaurants! And, if you want to make it even easier on someone you know to get some sushi, consider buying them a GiftYa to treat them to a meal! 

All of the restaurants on this list are supported by GiftYa, and all of them serve delicious sushi. If you or someone you know loves sushi, it’s a no-brainer!


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