Hawaii Spots Named Among Best Sushi Bars in America

Nobu Las Vegas via The Daily Meal

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Sushi Paradise, and Sansei Sushi are among the “Best Sushi Bars in America” this year, according to The Daily Meal.

Sansei Seafood Restaurants has four locations across the state, Sushi Paradise is located in Kihei on Maui, and Sansei Sushi is located in Honolulu.

Described as “the world’s largest food and drink lifestyle site,” The Daily Meal named 35 sushi bars across 12 states in its latest annual rankings.

“It’s hard to believe that as recently as 25 years ago, sushi was still considered by many to be an exotic delicacy,” said Dan Myers, Senior Eat/Dine Editor at The Daily Meal. “Today, however, there are sushi restaurants across America of just about every stripe, from holes-in-the-wall turning out serviceable California rolls and tuna sashimi to sprawling emporiums run by internationally renowned chefs.”

To compile the list, The Daily Meal reached out to leading culinary authorities to identify their favorite sushi restaurants. Their suggestions were supplemented with sushi restaurants featured in local reviews and pre-existing regional and local rankings, as well as the many restaurants considered for last year’s ranking. The Daily Meal then graded more than 150 restaurants from across the country on qualities including freshness of fish, variety of offerings, reviews from both professionals and everyday diners, and level of recognition both local and national.

“Some of the top restaurants were easy to identify,” said Myers. “Temples to the craft like Matsuhisa, Sushi Yasuda, and Masa naturally rose to the top, but we were also able to feature some lesser-known places that have yet to be discovered by legions of sushi fans and that deserve attention.”

Here are the top 35 sushi bars in the U.S., according to The Daily Meal:


Rank Name of Restaurant Location 
35 Hide Sushi Los Angeles, California
34 Sansei Multiple Locations, Hawaii
33 Japanese Market North Bay Village, Florida
32 Arami Chicago
31 Sushi Paradise Kihei, Hawaii
30 Sakedokoro Makoto Washington, D.C.
29 Bamboo Sushi Portland, Oregon
28 Zuma Miami
27 Tomo Atlanta
26 Arigato Santa Barbara, California
25 Sushi Sasabune Honolulu
24 Shuko New York City
23 Kabuto Las Vegas
22 Uchi Austin
21 Akiko’s San Francisco
20 Sushi of Gari New York City
19 Ichimura at Brushstroke New York City
18 Matsuhisa Los Angeles
17 15 East New York City
16 Asanebo Los Angeles
15 Makoto Bal Harbour, Florida
14 Kiriko Los Angeles
13 Nobu New York City
12 Katsu Chicago
11 Mori Los Angeles
10 Naoe Miami
9 Oishii Boston
8 Sushi Zen New York City
7 Sushi Zo Los Angeles
6 Nobu Las Vegas
5 Sushi Nakazawa New York City
4 Urasawa Los Angeles
3 O-Ya Boston and New York City
2 Sushi Yasuda New York City
1 Masa New York City

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Highway Inn Powers Bishop Museum Cafe

Bishop Museum is proud to announce the opening of Bishop Museum Café by Highway Inn, offering selections from the Hawaiian food favorite on the historic grounds of the museum. Bishop Museum Café is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily to both museum visitors and the general public.

Highway Inn began offering select favorites from its menu at the Bishop Museum Café on Sept. 10, 2015. Eventually, the plan is for the restaurant to offer an expanded menu once the museum completes renovations on a nearby space in 2016.

“Bishop Museum was reexamining how it can improve its visitor experience through food service, and Highway Inn came up as the clear choice for a partnership,” said Bishop Museum president and CEO Blair D. Collis. “This is a partnership that we are proud of. Highway Inn not only delivers a top-notch food experience, but it’s a local institution that is in alignment with the museum’s mission and goal to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture,” he added.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” said Monica Toguchi, president and CEO of Highway Inn. “It’s really a great opportunity for us to bring people and food together as well as perpetuate Hawaiian and Hawaii’s food history and culture in the perfect place, Bishop Museum,” she added.

Bishop Museum Café currently offers a scaled down experience in both menu and facility from other Highway Inn locations on O‘ahu. Among the current offerings are a Hawaiian plate complete with kalua pork and lomi salmon, beef stew, shoyu pineapple chicken, poke bowls, sandwiches and grab-n-go items like musubis. The café also serves breakfast options and house-made desserts and snacks.

While visitors can immediately enjoy having a dining option on the museum grounds, they can also look forward to a greatly enhanced experience in the near future. Plans for a $500,000 renovation are underway to create a new space for the eatery. At its completion, the new dining space will feature indoor and outdoor seating with vistas of Hawaiian Hall and the Great Lawn. On top of an expanded menu and alcoholic beverage options, the experience will be an enriching one, as visitors will be able to learn about Hawaiian Culture and their natural surroundings as they dine.

Construction of the new space is estimated to begin sometime between the end of this year and the beginning of 2016. The estimated opening of the new dining space is spring of 2016.