What is the best sushi place in Berkeley

The top 10 sushi restaurants in East Bay, California

Between Oakland and Berkeley, there are many delicious sushi restaurants in the East Bay that rival those in the larger neighboring city of San Francisco. Check out our 10 best sushi restaurants to get your nigiri down.


Kirala is so popular that people line up here half an hour before it opens and it's easy to see why. The menu at this Berkeley restaurant features top notch sushi and robata grilled dishes, as well as interesting desserts like tempura ice cream and sizzling udon that will keep you warm on the coldest of days. But where Kirala really shines, are his roles. Try the Rainbow Roll, with crab, avocado and four types of fish, or the Dragon Roll, with shrimp tempura and eel.

Kirala, 2100 Ward Street, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 (510) 549-3486

Sushi in Kirala © Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Joshu-Ya Brasserie

If you're looking for a crowd-pleaser, head to Joshu-Ya Brasserie. This restaurant has a large menu that includes both sea and land. People who don't feel so confident with raw fish will love the Korean-style honey garlic wings with kimchi aioli or the grilled pork belly tacos with red cabbage salad and coriander jalapeño pesto. Those looking for great sushi will also love the Joshu-Ya Brasserie, nigiri and rolls. Try the paparazzi roll with yellowtail, tuna, salmon and avocado or the boulevard roll with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and garlic aioli.

Joshy-Ya Brasserie, 2441 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 (510) 848-5260

Sashimi in the Joshu-Ya Brasserie © Sharon Hahn Darlin / Flickr

Judoku sushi

Jodoku Sushi on popular Piedmont Avenue in Oakland is ideal for people who like to try new and original combinations. The menu offers almost 50 unique rolls, from the fire cracker with deep-fried, spicy tuna, eel, avocado and jalapeño to the Mexican roll with spicy crab, avocado and cucumber. The nigiri at Jodoku Sushi is also a tasty and inexpensive way to fix sushi. A nine-piece sushi combo that includes options like smoked sake salmon and sea urchins will cost you around $ 20.

Judoku Sushi, 3314 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA +1 (510) 645-1912

Bar at Jodoku Sushi © PunkToad / Flickr

Shimizu Japanese cuisine

Shimizu Japanese cuisine has its fish delivered daily and all food here is MSG free. You will taste this promise in what you order. Try the ladybug roll with salmon and scallop or the Liberty roll with tuna, salmon, avocado and blueberry sauce. More traditional buns, such as California Rolls and Spicy Tuna Buns, are also available. Vegetarians will also enjoy a trip to Shimizu Japanese Cuisine, as the restaurant offers a vegetable tempura roll and a veggie lover roll with cucumber, avocado, fried tofu and mushrooms.

Shimizu Japanese Cuisine, 4290 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA +1 (510) 653-7672

Sashimi at Shimizu Japanese cuisine © Elsie Hui / Flickr

Kiku sushi

If you're looking for simple sushi, try Berkeley's Kiku Sushi. Here you will find a classic menu, which includes salmon skin rolls, dragon rolls and shrimp tempura rolls as well as high-quality nigiri and sashimi. For the best value for money, come during lunch and order the Sushi Lunch Special, which includes six pieces of nigiri, a roll and a bowl of miso soup for under $ 15. Or try the equally affordable Moriawase Box, which contains four pieces of sashimi, four pieces of nigiri, a roll and miso soup.

Kiku Sushi, 1316 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA, United States +1 (510) 525-5458

Sushi rolls at Kiku-Sushi © Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr


Vegetarians, often frustrated by their limited options in other Japanese restaurants, will fall in love with Cha-Ya. This restaurant has an all vegetarian menu and all non-vegetarians should give it a try. Order the vegetable tempura roll, which is filled with pumpkin, carrots, yam and green beans, or the vegan roll with spinach, tofu, cucumber, broccoli, shiitake mushrooms and pickled ginger. Make sure you save space for dessert; The vegan sundae with pineapple, green tea sauce, azuki bean sauce and soy vanilla ice cream is so good that it rivals most traditional sundae.

Cha-Ya, 1686 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 (510) 981-1213

Vegetarian buns at Cha-Ya © Sharon / Flickr

SUMO roll

SUMO Roll is Berkeley's answer to San Francisco's popular sushi dish. This Berkeley restaurant offers burrito-sized sushi rolls, all filled with delicious, high-quality ingredients. Try the shinsen with long-fin tuna, pecked daikon, paprika and ginger-soy aioli or upstream with ginger-lemon wild salmon, romaine lettuce, crunchy noodles and green beans. All menu items can be made gluten free, and vegetarians and vegans also have plenty of options to ensure everyone can have a SUMO roll experience.

SUMO Roll, 2173 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 (510) 841-9000

Crustacean roll at SUMO Roll © Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Musashi Japanese restaurant

Musashi Japanese Restaurant offers a wide variety of nigiri and rolls at very affordable prices. Here you can get a Shrimp Tempura Roll or a California Roll made with real crabs for under $ 10. This restaurant also has many interesting robata grill options, such as rib eye, duck, and chilli pepper. Musashi Japanese Restaurant also offers a whole grilled squid; try if you are daring but if not you will be more than satisfied with a classic spicy salmon roll or salmon skin roll.

Musashi Japanese Restaurant, 2126 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 (510) 843-2017

Shrimp Tempura Roll at Musashi Japanese Restaurant © rick / Flickr


Located in Oakland's bustling Uptown District, Ozumo is the trendiest Japanese restaurant in town. The modern space houses Oakland's largest sushi bar, a robata grill, a sake lounge and three private rooms. Some nights, local DJs add to Ozumo's contemporary vibe, but the upbeat music doesn't beat the main event: the food. The menu includes nigiri and rolls with cooked meat and fish dishes, and they are all delicious. Sushi lovers should try the gosho roll with salmon, poached langoustin and plum wine-braised apple or the bucho with tempura shrimp, snow crab, avocado and tobiko.

Ozumo, 2251 Broadway, Oakland, CA, USA +1 (510) 286-9866

Sushi © EHRENBERG Kommunikation / Wikipedia


Located on Oakland's popular College Avenue, Uzen offers some of the most authentic Japanese dishes you can find on this side of the Pacific Ocean. All of the dishes are plated so nicely it seems a shame to dig, but once you take a bite you will be glad you did. You can't go wrong with a simple sashimi or nigiri selection, but if you're looking for something a little different, go for the deep fried soft shell crab or the miso marinated black cod.

Uzen, 5415 College Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA +1 (510) 654-7753

Sushi selection © J RAWLS / Wikipedia

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