7 Places Where You Can Find the Best Sushi in Charlotte, NC

September 29, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

The Best Sushi in Charlotte, NC

What better way to celebrate after a long day of work than with some fresh sushi? The city of Charlotte offers a wide selection of sushi restaurants perfect for unwinding and relaxing with friends. From traditional salmon rolls to creative sushi burritos, there is something for every sushi fan in Charlotte, NC. 

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1. Akahana Asian Bistro Bar & Sushi

Lively and vibrant Asian restaurant serving Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese food

Treat yourself to a platter of delicious sushi. Image courtesy of Yelp


1308 The Plaza, Plaza Midwood

Located in the center of Plaza Midwood, Akahana Asian Bistro serves as a popular hub for authentic and inventive sushi. Everything from Baby Octopus to White Tuna is featured on the menu. In addition to its fine selection of sushi rolls, Akahana Asian Bistro also serves savory appetizers and spirits. Akahana offers a wide selection of specials, such as the Cheesy Crab Stick appetizer and the Ocarina Roll. 

Not sure what to get? Start your meal off with a Sushi Sampler. This small dish includes cucumber, tuna, salmon, and shrimp rolls. You can then treat yourself to a Sake Flight, which features any three sakes from the menu. As for the entree, you can choose a combination of any of the restaurant’s fine selection of sushi or its hot dishes such as the Pepper Steak or the Seafood Hot Pot. 

“Service is always fast and friendly and sushi is always on point, if you’re looking for good sushi at a great price this is it! Also, During the week they have NC draft specials and offer a good selection of beer.” - Yelp Review

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2. Koi Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Elegant sushi bar that offers an eclectic variety of dishes

Take a look at the Tamago, Maguro, Unagi, and Ichiban rolls. Image courtesy of Yelp.


120 N Sharon Amity Rd, Cotswold

If you are on the hunt for fresh and inventive sushi, you’re in luck. Maki rolls, nigiri sushi, and more traditional Asian meals await you at the Koi Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Cotswold. For some creative maki rolls, try the Koishi Signature. This sushi roll is filled with deep-fried spicy tuna, avocado, and special sauce. If you’re a vegetarian, we recommend trying the A.C.A.C. Roll, which features asparagus, cucumber, avocado, and carrots. Hand rolls and nigiri are also served at this popular sushi destination. 

“Delicious sushi and the best veggie spring rolls in town — perfectly cooked and seasoned. Excellent miso soup, spicy salmon roll, spicy tuna roll, and hot lover roll are all favorites.” - Yelp Review

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3. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

A unique bar that serves fresh sushi alongside custom-made burgers

Check out The Cowfish’s strange, yet tasty dish called the Burgushi®. Image courtesy of The Cowfish. 


4310 Sharon Rd, Suite x05, SouthPark

At The Cowfish, guests are treated to a unique restaurant concept that offers both sushi and burger dishes under the same roof. While most burger and sushi ingredients remain separate from each other, the Burgushi® presents an innovative and fascinating concept to guests. These mini burger rolls are stuffed with all-natural beef, cheese, and bacon. The chef then wraps this unique concoction in soy paper and potato strings before flash frying it. 

If you aren’t quite ready to mix your burgers and sushi together quite yet, don’t worry. The Cowfish offers a wide selection of sushi trays and burgers that remain in their respective lanes. Spiked shakes, handcrafted cocktails, and soft drinks are also available to enjoy alongside your unique dishes! 

“Been coming here for several years now, but haven't written a review. Always good experiences when dining in, usually with a party of 5 or more. Service is good and the food has always been excellent. Great vibe in the restaurant and well worth a wait.” - Yelp Review

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4. Sushiya Japan

Popular sushi destination that serves creative and savory dishes

Treat yourself to the Yellowtail Jalapeno Sashimi. Image courtesy of Yelp


8200 Providence Rd, Suite 500, Arboretum

Located inside the Arboretum Shopping Center, Sushiya Japan serves as a popular sushi bar for hungry residents in Charlotte, NC. Its hand cut sushi and classic Japanese dishes attract visitors from around the city. 

Have you ever tried sake? This popular Japanese rice wine is served in a special bottle at Sushiya. Japanese beer such as Sapporo and Kirin Ichiban are also perfect for enjoying alongside a dish of fresh sushi. 

“My go-to order is the Charlotte roll, and since I'm extra, I order a side of shrimp (yum yum) sauce to put on top. It's a great fried roll both dine-in and for takeout, surprisingly. My boyfriend's favorite is the Panther roll.  He also likes trying different things though and he's never been disappointed.” - Yelp Review

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5. O-Ku Sushi

Chic sushi spot in Charlotte known for its creative options

Check out the Aji Hamachi, Tai, and Sake Nigiri. Image courtesy of Yelp


2000 South Blvd, Suite 510, South End

O-Ku Sushi serves delicious, handmade sushi using a southern approach. Chef Michael Chanthavong collects only the freshest sushi from countries around the work including Norway, Hawaii, and New Zealand. O-Ku Sushi offers a number of different Chef Specialties such as the South End Shrimp and the Dumpling Dim Sum. Rolled sushi, nigiri, and sashimi are also served. If you’re in the mood for something hot, try the Chicken Teriyaki or the Blue Crab Fried Rice. No matter what dish you choose, you are sure to be impressed by its savory and authentic taste. 

“I will say I've been to a few sushi spots in Charlotte and the fish is great quality. Even my friend who doesn't typically eat raw fish enjoyed it. The menu is on the pricier side but It's a great spot for a date night or girls night. Overall service was excellent, food was great and I'll be back again.” - Yelp Review

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6. Yama Asian Fusion

Expert-made sushi served in an upscale environment

Check out the Red Hot Roll served alongside Kappa, Tekka, and Spicy Tekka rolls. Image courtesy of Yelp


720 Governor Morrison St, Suite 130, SouthPark

Yama Asian Fusion is a popular sushi bar located in the neighborhood of SouthPark. Its filling Bento Boxes are a popular lunch selection among customers. Their Lunch Hibachi specials are another popular option, and are served alongside fried rice, ginger salad, and sauteed vegetables. Yama also offers a wide selection of specialty sushi, like their Crispy Bagel and Red Hot rolls. Want a hot entree? Try the Salmon Teriyaki or the Unagi Don. 

“For a sushi obsessed person like myself going to Yama for National Sushi Day was the best day EVERRRRR. And for the first time, I had Uni which is something I have been wanting to try forever. We had the Sushi love boat and a soup and salad. We had so much sushi and sashimi that we were both happy and full.” - Yelp Review

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7. Sabaidee Thai & Sushi

Delicious Thai and Sushi cuisine served in an upscale atmosphere

Enjoy a light sushi dinner. Image courtesy of Sabaidee Thai & Sushi


1048 Copperfield Blvd NE, Concord

Sabaidee is a popular Thai food and sushi destination in Concord. Each of its dishes are made with the freshest ingredients. Not sure where to start? Try the Edamame as a light appetizer. The Sushi Appetizer is also great if you want a combination of sushi and Thai food for your meal. Popular Thai dishes such as Pad See-Eiw, Basil Duck, Choo Chee Salmon, and more are also offered on the menu. If you’re just interested in sushi, you can order a number of different rolls a la carte. 

“Had an afternoon appointment and went early, so I decided to stop into Sabaidee Thai & Sushi. I am so glad that I did.  This place has a great authentic feel and ambiance that makes you feel like you're in modern Thai.” - Yelp Review

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As you can see, there is no shortage of delightful sushi places to visit in Charlotte, North Carolina. What’s your go-to sushi order? Let us know!


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