Best of Boston

BEST Sushi

2005 BEST Sushi, West

Oishii

Chestnut Hill

Faithful followers suggest that perennial Best of Boston winner Oishii serves the best sushi in New England. Rare (and delectably dangerous) options such as blowfish hold court with traditional rolls and sashimi creations. Don’t miss the toro tata, Kumamoto oyster… read more»

2004 BEST Sushi, West

Oishii

Chestnut Hill

Bragging rights for best sushi in the western suburbs (or all of the greater Boston area, for that matter) may just have to be laid permanently at this tiny spot. Tender, delicate hamachi, hard-to-find otoro (fatty tuna belly), and succulent… read more»

2004 BEST Sushi

Ginza Restaurant

Boston

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the same standard sushi, meal in and meal out: tuna maki, salmon sushi, tuna sushi, salmon maki. We’re tired of it, too, which is why we thank our lucky stars for the Chinatown… read more»

2003 BEST Sushi, West

Oishii Sushi Bar

Chestnut Hill

You’ll likely be saying “oishii” (Japanese for “delicious”) after one bite of the fresh, flavorful sushi from this Chestnut Hill hot spot. The restaurant may have barely a dozen seats, but the long waits for a table here are quickly… read more»

2003 BEST Sushi

Ginza, Brookline location

Brookline

When you’re craving sushi but can’t bear waiting in line for hours for a table while being barked at by harried hostesses (an all-too-common occurrence at other sushi restaurants around town), head to the Brookline outpost of Ginza. To be… read more»

2002 BEST Sushi

Fugakyu

Brookline

In a town with a few serious contenders, Fugakyu is the closest East Coasters can come to West Coast-level sushi bliss. Bypass the always-epic wait for a table (and, we regret to report, the often snappish hostesses) by heading to… read more»

2001 BEST Sushi

Fugakyu

Brookline

This giant temple to raw fish may look like a Zen sanctuary, but don’t expect any peace or quiet. Between the circular sushi bar’s clamor and the bustle of waitresses trying to keep up with the relentless demand for maki,… read more»

2000 BEST Sushi

Oishii

Chestnut Hill

The name means “delicious,” and the food delivers on the promise at this new addition to Boston’s sushi scene. (Move over, Ginza.) Hidden away off Route 9 in Chestnut Hill, Oishii was opened by brother-in-law chefs Ting San and Kung… read more»

1999 BEST Sushi

Ginza Japanese Restaurant

Boston

If you knew sushi like Ginza knows sushi—well, you’d never go anywhere else for sushi again. No other place offers such subtle and succulent yellowtail, melt-in-your-mouth tuna, tasty scorpion, and scrumptious salmon roe—and such a wise selection (with more than… read more»

1997 BEST Sushi

Ginza

Boston

This is where Boston’s other sushi chefs eat on their nights off. Memorable maki comes with ingredients ranging from burdock root to Japanese basil. The fish is unbelievably fresh, the presentation stunning, the extra-long hours (’til 4 a.m., Tuesday-Saturday) convenient. read more»