Sushi is one of the most popular dishes here in Dubai, and happily for residents and visitors Dubai has loads of top places for sushi. From the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai (for a full list click here) to smaller more casual sushi restaurants, we bring you our top pick of the best sushi restaurants in Dubai.
A multiple winner at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, this cool Asian seafood spot at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour launched in 2017 and is well worth a visit. It’s a petite restaurant that gets busy, so arrive in good time to sample spectacular sushi. Sushi is fresh, delicious and good value – with everything from spicy tuna and crispy eel to asparagus tempura. Staff are friendly, while the food is top-notch and creative. For a top low-key sushi restaurant in Dubai 3 Fils should be top of your list.
Open Mon-Sat, noon-midnight. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, www.3fils.com (056 273 0030).
For sushi at one of the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai, head to Akira Back. From Michelin-starred chef Akira Back, this restaurant at Palm Jumeirah’s W Dubai – The Palm is a top choice for sushi. The rolls are fantastic, our top pick is the Pop Rockin’ stuffed with spicy crab, cucumber and asparagus. The Japanese restaurant in Dubai also serves up excellent vegan dishes, including vegan sushi such as the vegan rainbow roll with marinated tomato, smoked mango, grilled asparagus, kombucha ponzu. The views across to Dubai Marina are stunning, and it’s also one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai so ideal for a date night.
W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.akirabackdubai.com (04 245 5800).
If you haven’t visited this Asian restaurant in Dubai Marina, it’s time to make a date. Not only is it top for sushi, but it’s a romantic restaurant too. With sweeping views across the Marina and twinkling waters below it’s a top spot for visitors – but make a booking as the terrace is always packed in winter. Tuesdays there’s a popular ladies’ night too. Dishes are inventive and tasty – we love the sushi, especially the spicy tuna rolls with yellowfin tuna, kappazuke, cucumber and spicy mayo. If you’re veggie the caterpillar rolls with shiitake mushroom, cucumber and avocado are worth trying too. Looking for sushi deals in Dubai? Check out Sushi Saturdays at Asia Asia where you’ll get a platter of maki and nigiri, plus dim sum for Dhs330 per couple.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, www.pier7.ae (04 276 5900).
A more low-key spot than some Japanese restaurants in Dubai on this list, Chez Sushi has branches around the city, with the newest in Al Wasl. It’s a family-friendly Japanese restaurant, and as the name suggests rolls some splendid sushi. When it comes to the sushi, the eatery is true to its ‘let’s roll’ motto with an impressive list of maki and temaki. The prawn tempura maki, with a secret tangy pink sauce, is by far our favourite and deserves a second helping. Every Wednesday the casual Jumeirah spot offers 50 percent off all food and that brings in the Asian food-lovers until there are queues outside the door for this super sushi deal in Dubai.
Al Wasl Road (800 78744).
Fujiya Japanese Restaurant
This traditional izakaya-style Japanese restaurant in Dubai's Garhoud is as authentic as they come. Slurp up ramen, dig into a hot pot, try the sushi and enjoy tasty authentic Japanese food in Dubai. The sushi is super-fresh, we suggest you don’t miss the sashimi.
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud, www.fujiyarestaurantuae.com (04 702 8846).
If you're looking for the best authentic sushi in Dubai, there’s no better place that this traditional Japanese restaurant in Bvlgari Resort. Hoseki is a truly intimate experience, there are only nine seats in this restaurant. You’ll be pushing the boat out here, and it’s one for special occasions, but the sushi is top-notch. The sushi is totally authentic – you won’t find any mayo-laden California rolls here. Japanese sardine, sea eel, horse mackerel – fish is unusual and interesting. There’s no menu so to speak of, you’ll dine on whatever sushi the chef chooses to make given what ingredients come fresh that day. Take your seat and prepare to make your way through whatever fish and seafood is fresh that day – flounder, yellow jack, blue fin, squid – it’s all exquisitely prepared and super-fresh.
Bvlgari Resort Dubai, Jumeirah (04 777 5433).
For one of the most authentic sushi restaurants in Dubai, Kiku in Garhoud is one to try. Paired-back and low-key, service is friendly and food is fresh. The teppanyaki table is loads of fun, but we’re here to talk sushi, and you should certainly try the sashimi for the freshest catch.
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, www.kiku-dubai.com (04 702 2455).
A constant name on the best Japanese restaurant in Dubai list (click here for a full list), Nobu is a world-famous name for good reason. And it’s not all about the black cod (though if you haven’t tried it you should, and pronto). The sushi is some of the best in Dubai, as you’d imagine from such a globally-renowned name. From salmon to tuna, scallop to eel, sweet shrimp to sea urchin and even Japanese beef tataki, there’s sushi for all palates. Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa is famed for his super sushi, and this sushi restaurant in Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm is well-worth the visit for a special occasion.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.noburestaurants.com/dubai (04 426 2626).
This chain has outposts across Dubai including in Dubai Media City and The Beach, JBR. Sushi is light and refreshing, and is perfect for lunch or a snack. The veggie options are fantastic, while there are also box options if you’re after a sushi deal for lunch or to share. Our top pick is the spring roll with prawn and avocado, or the yellowtail ponzu maki. If you’re looking for quick, creative Japanese eats make a date here.
The Beach, JBR, www.sushiart.ae (800 220)
A former winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Japanese Restaurant in Dubai, TOMO serves up utterly super dishes, especially the sushi. You can sit and eat it overlooking Downtown Dubai and the views are as spectacular as the sushi. There’s a top selection of super-fresh nigiri (TOMO flies its fish in fresh from the Japanese markets) but the rolls are cracking too. Our pick is the wonderful rainbow roll brimming with colour and flavour. A top platter of sushi in Dubai, this is packed with crisp, light prawn tempura, topped with tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi.
Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, www.tomo.ae (04 357 7888).
The best Japanese restaurant in Dubai, Zuma is a total knock-out. The Japanese food is delicious, whether you’re after main courses such as the famed black cod or a snack on perfectly-grilled robata. And for the best sushi in Dubai, you’ve come to the right place. The maki rolls are top-notch but don’t miss the Zuma nigiri – our pick is the sake aburi (salmon), it’s stunning. Every type of sushi you could imagine is here, fresh water eel, squid, shrimp, sea urchin, yellowtail – even wagyu beef with oscietra caviar, so everyone will be covered. Want to try a massive selection of super-fresh sushi? Check out Zuma’s brunch, the Japanese restaurant is also the current holder of Time Out Dubai's best à la carte brunch 2020.
Gate Village 6, DIFC, www.zumarestaurant.com (04 425 5660).