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Denver’s Freshest Guide to Sushi

Where to find the finest fish and most creative rolls

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They say a rising tide lifts all boats, but what about the fish? Swollen with sushi joints, Denver — though landlocked — loves its raw fish. From the stunning Matsuhisa to the irresistible Sushi Ronin, the sustainability focused Bamboo Sushi, and the quirky Sushi Rama, the Japanese restaurant scene has grown tremendously in the city and beyond. Here are the 14 sushi spots that are worth visiting now.

Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order. Add a missing favorite to the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sushi Den

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1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0826
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Out-of-towners make specific stops to this sushi spot, knowing fish is flown in daily from Tokyo and the finest preparation and artistry can be found here. With two nearby sister restaurants, Izakaya Den and Ototo, the Kazaki brothers practically own the block, but that doesn't mean you won't find a line wrapped around the corner from this hopping, traditional Japanese eatery.
Andra Zeppelin

2. Sushi Sasa

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2401 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 433-7272
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Wayne Conwell's modern minimalist LoHi restaurant, Sushi Sasa introduces Denver to Japanese soul food with inspiration and infusion from various other cultures around the world.
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3. Izakaya Den

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1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0691
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Upon moving across the street in 2013, chef-owner Toshi Kizaki raised the bar on a setting and menu that had a fan following. The south Denver restaurant on quaint Pearl Street derives its name from izakaya, the name for a Japanese restaurant that serves small plates alongside varieties of sake. Kizaki’s cuisine is firmly planted in Japan, including ramen and udon noodle dishes, sushi and sashimi.
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4. Sushi Ronin

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2930 Umatilla St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 955-8741
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Modern in its aesthetic and creative in the crafting of its fresh fish combos, this LoHi sushi bar is intimate and eager to educate diners. Corey Baker spent years perfecting the cuisine at Sushi Sasa, Sushi Hai, Sushi Yoshi and a seven-year stint at Sushi Den.
Sushi Ronin Andra Zeppelin

5. Matsuhisa Denver

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98 Steele St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 329-6628
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The posh Cherry Creek outpost of Matsuhisa opened to great reviews and brought chef Nobu's upscale Japanese cuisine to Denver. Lunch service is expected to be added in July.
Adam Larkey

6. Sushi-Rama

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2615 Larimer St
Denver, CO
(720) 476-4643
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From chef-restauranteur Jeff Osaka, the RiNo sushi park that delivers rolls and more to diners via conveyor belt, is in the process of launching three more locations of the popular business throughout the Denver Metro area.
Pop Art–inspired sushi bar with conveyor belt Andra Zeppelin

7. Tokio

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2907 Huron St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 639-2911
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This classic Japanese restaurant owned by chef Miki Hashimoto offers a variety of ramen and small plates but also a full sushi selection with traditional nigiri and a variety of rolls.
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8. Bamboo Sushi

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3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
So, this address is somewhat of a lie – because the new location one-third of a mile west at 2715 17th St – is opening this fall and comes with great expectations after posting up in food collective, Avanti F&B. Dubbing itself the “world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant,” Bamboo Sushi works with naturally grown and humanely raised ingredients and a philosophy of “no compromise.” Meanwhile, QuickFish Poke Bar, a sibling project from Bamboo’s creator Kristofor Lofgren, will take over Bamboo Sushi’s top-floor space, still bringing fresh fish to hungry visitors.
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9. Osaka Sushi

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3940 E Exposition Ave
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 698-9919
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All-you-can-eat sushi deals are sometimes too good to be true. But not at this strip mall surprise, where, for lunch on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can eat all the sushi you would like for just $15.95.
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10. Sakana Restaurant

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7520 Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80003
(303) 429-6646
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Sakana is a dressed-down, family-owned, authentic Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi and sashimi, along with popular traditional dishes like ramen, and a chef’s-choice nigiri platter.
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11. Sushi Cup

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208 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-8008
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This tiny, takeout-friendly counter-serve slot specializes in fusion-style sushi rolls, nigiri and bowls. As the poke trend has struck Denver, Sushi Cup's bowls start with rice and then venture in creative and unexpected directions.
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12. Sushi Hai

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3600 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 855-0888
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This 3,000-square-foot sushi-meets-martini bar is a LoHi staple, decorated with local artists' works. Offering three Tatami Rooms, these private spaces accommodate eight to 12 diners in traditional Japanese floor-seating. This place also takes $2 to $3 off per roll for happy hour, and on Broncos Sundays, happy hour lasts all day.
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13. Sushi Katsu

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2222 S Havana St
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 368-8778
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This is easy sushi done right. With two locations – the other on Arapahoe Road – a full bar and screaming deals, the service is stellar and the interior is warm and inviting. A line of sushi chefs meticulously work the line, churning out plates so fast you won't stay hungry for long.
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14. Udon Kaisha

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191 W South Boulder Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 665-1712
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This casual Japanese joint is a true ma-and-pop shop that’s friendly and relatively cheap. The team churns out creative sushi and sashimi, noodle bowls and other Japanese fare.
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1. Sushi Den

1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Andra Zeppelin
Out-of-towners make specific stops to this sushi spot, knowing fish is flown in daily from Tokyo and the finest preparation and artistry can be found here. With two nearby sister restaurants, Izakaya Den and Ototo, the Kazaki brothers practically own the block, but that doesn't mean you won't find a line wrapped around the corner from this hopping, traditional Japanese eatery.
1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

2. Sushi Sasa

2401 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
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Wayne Conwell's modern minimalist LoHi restaurant, Sushi Sasa introduces Denver to Japanese soul food with inspiration and infusion from various other cultures around the world.
2401 15th St
Denver, CO 80202

3. Izakaya Den

1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Facebook
Upon moving across the street in 2013, chef-owner Toshi Kizaki raised the bar on a setting and menu that had a fan following. The south Denver restaurant on quaint Pearl Street derives its name from izakaya, the name for a Japanese restaurant that serves small plates alongside varieties of sake. Kizaki’s cuisine is firmly planted in Japan, including ramen and udon noodle dishes, sushi and sashimi.
1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

4. Sushi Ronin

2930 Umatilla St, Denver, CO 80211
Sushi Ronin Andra Zeppelin
Modern in its aesthetic and creative in the crafting of its fresh fish combos, this LoHi sushi bar is intimate and eager to educate diners. Corey Baker spent years perfecting the cuisine at Sushi Sasa, Sushi Hai, Sushi Yoshi and a seven-year stint at Sushi Den.
2930 Umatilla St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Matsuhisa Denver

98 Steele St, Denver, CO 80206
Adam Larkey
The posh Cherry Creek outpost of Matsuhisa opened to great reviews and brought chef Nobu's upscale Japanese cuisine to Denver. Lunch service is expected to be added in July.
98 Steele St
Denver, CO 80206

6. Sushi-Rama

2615 Larimer St, Denver, CO
Pop Art–inspired sushi bar with conveyor belt Andra Zeppelin
From chef-restauranteur Jeff Osaka, the RiNo sushi park that delivers rolls and more to diners via conveyor belt, is in the process of launching three more locations of the popular business throughout the Denver Metro area.
2615 Larimer St
Denver, CO

7. Tokio

2907 Huron St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
This classic Japanese restaurant owned by chef Miki Hashimoto offers a variety of ramen and small plates but also a full sushi selection with traditional nigiri and a variety of rolls.
2907 Huron St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Bamboo Sushi

3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook
So, this address is somewhat of a lie – because the new location one-third of a mile west at 2715 17th St – is opening this fall and comes with great expectations after posting up in food collective, Avanti F&B. Dubbing itself the “world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant,” Bamboo Sushi works with naturally grown and humanely raised ingredients and a philosophy of “no compromise.” Meanwhile, QuickFish Poke Bar, a sibling project from Bamboo’s creator Kristofor Lofgren, will take over Bamboo Sushi’s top-floor space, still bringing fresh fish to hungry visitors.
3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

9. Osaka Sushi

3940 E Exposition Ave, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
All-you-can-eat sushi deals are sometimes too good to be true. But not at this strip mall surprise, where, for lunch on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can eat all the sushi you would like for just $15.95.
3940 E Exposition Ave
Denver, CO 80209

10. Sakana Restaurant

7520 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO 80003
Facebook
Sakana is a dressed-down, family-owned, authentic Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi and sashimi, along with popular traditional dishes like ramen, and a chef’s-choice nigiri platter.
7520 Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80003

11. Sushi Cup

208 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
This tiny, takeout-friendly counter-serve slot specializes in fusion-style sushi rolls, nigiri and bowls. As the poke trend has struck Denver, Sushi Cup's bowls start with rice and then venture in creative and unexpected directions.
208 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

12. Sushi Hai

3600 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Sushi
This 3,000-square-foot sushi-meets-martini bar is a LoHi staple, decorated with local artists' works. Offering three Tatami Rooms, these private spaces accommodate eight to 12 diners in traditional Japanese floor-seating. This place also takes $2 to $3 off per roll for happy hour, and on Broncos Sundays, happy hour lasts all day.
3600 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

13. Sushi Katsu

2222 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80014
Sushi Katsu
This is easy sushi done right. With two locations – the other on Arapahoe Road – a full bar and screaming deals, the service is stellar and the interior is warm and inviting. A line of sushi chefs meticulously work the line, churning out plates so fast you won't stay hungry for long.
2222 S Havana St
Aurora, CO 80014

14. Udon Kaisha

191 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026
Facebook
This casual Japanese joint is a true ma-and-pop shop that’s friendly and relatively cheap. The team churns out creative sushi and sashimi, noodle bowls and other Japanese fare.
191 W South Boulder Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026

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