Where in Boston to Order the Best Sushi for Takeout or Delivery
Plus, patios and dining rooms open right now for all your spicy tuna and sake cravings.
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Incredible sushi is not generally in the repertoire of most amateur home cooks, given that super-fresh seafood and precise knife work are the main ingredients. Luckily, though, Boston is swimming with sushi places that are open this summer for takeout, delivery, and on-site dining, as patio and indoor seating ramps up in June. Below, we’ve curated a list of the best spots in Boston to order dependably delicious sushi: Five current favorites for the takeout era, as well as an update to our more-comprehensive guide to the 15 best sushi restaurants in Boston, indicating whether or not they’ve reopened for takeout or limited on-site dining. (Good news; many have!) We’ll continue to refresh with new information, as available.
Whether you’re seeking a cheap and easy spicy tuna roll, or have a hankering for sturgeon caviar on a Saturday night, here’s where to order the best sushi in Boston right now. [Updated June 22, 2020]
Chiharu Sushi & Noodle
There’s a reason why this Route 9 restaurant has become a local favorite in recent years around Brookline and beyond: Chef Qun Li’s consistently creative, well-balanced sushi rolls. Since 2017, he’s been serving up maki like the mango and gold leaf-topped house tuna roll; a Boylston Roll, with tamago (Japanese omelet) and lobster salad; and the Kiss of Fire spicy tuna roll. Always fresh and reasonably priced, Chiharu is open for takeout every day but Tuesday, from 3 until 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and from noon-9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
370 Boylston St, Brookline, 617-487-8684, chiharusushi.com.
JP Seafood Cafe
A reliable neighborhood favorite in Jamaica Plain, this Korean restaurant-slash-sushi spot has been a takeout mainstay throughout the pandemic. The Sunshine maki is a menu staple and a bright taste of summer, with salmon, lemon, cilantro, and cucumber; that said, there’s a huge menu with something for every craving, from surf clams to sashimi to a selection of vegetarian maki rolls. In addition to daily takeout, JP Seafood also delivers locally.
730 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-983-5177, jpseafoodcafe.com.
Along with a robust selection of specialty sushi, this Seaport restaurant serves up a wide-ranging bistro menu, too—all for takeout and waterfront dining outdoors. An offshoot of Nantucket’s Lola 41, the global menu pulls inspiration from countries along the 42nd parallel—think: gnocchi Bolognese from Italy, Portuguese-style grilled octopus, and izakaya fare like poke “nachos” and specialty maki like Hoka Sake, with a maki roll of hamachi and avocado, topped with torched salmon, unagi sauce, and scallions. LoLa 42 is open daily for takeout and patio dining, from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Reservations are recommended for patio dining.
22 Liberty Drive, Seaport, Boston, 617-951-4002, lola42.com.
If you’ve been missing the spontaneous revelations of an omakase experience—when bite after bite of fresh, finessed seafood heads right from the sushi chef to your table, no al la carte order required—call in an order from Momi Nonmi. Chef Chris Chung is offering omakase to go with a 24-hour advance order. Pro tip: Ask about the reserve bottles of sake also available for takeout. Even without planning ahead, you can still bring home izakaya-style dishes like Chung’s signature gluten-free tempura; Spam musubi; and seafood directly from Japan’s lauded Tsukiji Market. Call between 3-5 p.m. to schedule a pickup order from 5-10 p.m. any night besides Wednesdays; on Wednesdays, the restaurant is closed while Chung offers his omakase by delivery.
1128 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7328, mominonmi.com
In the fall of 2019, the longtime home of Hana Sushi became a new, dream restaurant by chef Gary Lei (formerly of Uni): Umami Omakase is an intimate spot offering progressive, set menus driven by the freshest ingredients. For the takeout era, Lei has a few different options: A mini omakase complete with nine nigiri and a chef’s-choice maki roll, plus appetizers; a seasonal bento box of sashimi and specials; and rice bowls for takeout. Umami Omakase is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Pre-orders are welcome 24 hours in advance online or on the phone, while delivery is possible through Grubhub.
2372 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 617-868-2121, umamiomakase.com.
The 15 Best Restaurants for Sushi in Boston Right Now
You know ’em, you love ’em—and many of them are back in action. Here’s our recap of the best sushi restaurants in Boston, with details on the availability of takeout, delivery, and on-site dining. Watch this space for more updates!
Status: Open Wednesday through Saturday for takeout. Order online or call between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for scheduled pickup between 4-8 p.m.
Strip malls are hardly correlated with quality sushi dining, or an acclaimed omakase for that matter. But Café Sushi exists in defiance of its location’s stereotype. Chef Seizi Imura, who inherited the restaurant from his parents in 2007, has transformed the menu (and, more recently, the interior) of this longstanding Cambridge sushi spot, amassing a dedicated following of sushi aficionados and earning a handful of Best of Boston awards along the way. The secret to Imura’s success? No frills. Imura’s simple nigiri allows the freshness of each cut of fish to shine through.
1105 Mass Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-492-0434, cafesushicambridge.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday). App delivery is also available.
If the modern, chic lounge of Douzo’s dining space doesn’t promptly set an izakaya tone, your first bites here will, with appetizers like sweet pepper octopus ceviche and smoked hamachi mozzarella in grapefruit sauce. At Jack Huang’s Back Bay sushi restaurant, indulge in the toro jalapeño roll, filled with asparagus and layered with torched toro, or the sweet miso yellowtail roll with mango and fried onion. And if it’s a special occasion, start with the XO toro—slices of fatty tuna on a flaming stone, spattered with sturgeon caviar and a spicy sauce.
131 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-859-8886, douzosushi.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and from 5-9:30 p.m. (Open all day on weekends).
Somerville’s bustling Union Square attracts new diners every day, and they’ve taken notice of a local darling: Ebi Sushi. Stuck on what to order? Try the raved-about torched salmon belly, a 10-piece omakase for $38, or the box-molded Somerville roll, topped with sesame-sprinkled tuna tartare and scallions. Stuck on the other side of the river? Ebi Sushi owner Jose Garcia opened a takeout-friendly spot called Sushi Kappo in the Fenway neighborhood in 2017.
290 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-764-5556, ebisushi.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout from 4-8 p.m. and for indoor and outdoor dining from 3-10 p.m.
A sleek wood-paneled interior, yellowtail crudo, larger-than-life powdery portraiture on the walls, and sake sangria—what more could you ask for from an über-mod Asian fusion restaurant? Along with pan-Asian plates like dumplings and noodles, expect unexpected sushi rolls like Tiki Maki, with torched salmon, eel, pineapple, mango, and aji amarillo; and Everything Bagel, filled with lox, miso cream cheese, and pickled red onion. The vibrant atmosphere is also a prime place for fun drinks like frozen daiquiris and the Ghost Tequila-spiked Cry Baby.
118 Dorchester St., South Boston, 617-766-3450, fatbabysouthboston.com.
Fish Market Sushi Bar
Status: Open daily for takeout and delivery. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; 1-10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1-9:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Though the name may deceive you, this budget-friendly Allston sushi spot is a restaurant, not a retailer. The menu is chock-full of sushi joint staples like caterpillar and rainbow rolls, as well as a host of fancier menu items. If the $30 chef’s choice selection of 16 pieces of fresh nigiri doesn’t reel you in, the foie gras nigiri with truffle just might.
170 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-783-1268, fishmarketsushibar.com.
Fuji at Ink Block and WoC
Status: Fuji at Ink Block reopens for takeout and delivery on June 24. Fuji at WoC is open for takeout and delivery Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
In 2016, the opening of Fuji at Ink Block marked the transformation of the formerly industrial-commercial South End strip into a hot scene for day and night dining, shopping, and gathering. As the 10th restaurant opened by chef Jimmy Liang’s JP Fuji Group, Fuji at Ink Block stands out for graceful service and elegant plating, enticing both experts and novices alike for omakase and approachable a la carte menus. The JP Fuji Group’s flagship Fuji at WoC in Quincy Center, meanwhile, is also revered for its fine touch, with specialty maki-menu items like the honey-drizzled Siren’s Kiss, filled with katsu-style tempura shrimp, avocado, and cucumber and topped with spicy honey-grilled kanikama, scallops, and black tobiko.
352B Harrison Ave., South Boston, 617-936-3282, fujiatinkblock.com.
Status: Currently closed.
At O Ya’s free-spirited sister restaurant, funky cocktails and hip decor abound—which explains why Hojoko has turned into one of the trendiest watering holes in the Fenway. Stylish drinks like a sesame-tinged Mai Tai accompany create-your-own sushi handrolls, shiitake mushroom tempura, and okonomiyaki, a traditional Japanese savory pancake made with cabbage. For the extra adventurous, order the wasabi roulette: an ordinary plate of sushi with a secret—one of the nearly identical bites is laden with a powerful wallop of wasabi.
1271 Boylston St., Fenway, 617-670-0507, hojokoboston.com.
Laughing Monk Cafe
Status: Open for takeout and delivery Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (noon-9 p.m. Saturdays). Outdoor and indoor dining begins by reservation only on July 8.
Sushi chef Nick Korboon’s strictly brown rice rolls buck conventional sushi norms, and may perplex traditionalists. Yet his particularly artful constructions, which invoke microgreens and flowers grown in his personal greenhouse, nonetheless entice hungry diners. Though Laughing Monk Cafe also offers a large and authentic Thai food menu, Korboon’s creative maki is a highlight, thanks to selections like the spider roll, comprised of soft-shell crab and shiso leaf, with sauce spiked on the plate in the shape of a gauzy spider’s web.
737 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-232-8000, laughingmonkcafe.com.
Status: Open Thursday through Saturday night for takeout via sister restaurant Bar Mezzana. Pre-order from noon-4 p.m. to schedule pickup between 5-8 p.m.
Reservations at this nine-seat sushi counter typically book out well in advance, but chef Colin Lynch’s omakase experience can be had at home thanks to a special $55 takeout option available Friday and Saturday nights. The chef might be best known for coastal Italian crudo and pastas at his first restaurant, Bar Mezzana, but he’s a talented sushi chef, too, having honed his slicing and ricing skills with a stint at O Ya. His distinctive, nightly creations, like hamachi nigiri with soy, onion, and black truffles, and sunomono-style aji sashimi with sesame and dashi, showcase the same mastery of flavor combinations that’s earned Bar Mezzana’s crudo so much praise. Bonus: The unexpected selection of unique wines and sake, curated by general manager Kevyn Ashton.
11 William E. Mullins Way (located within Shore Leave), South End, Boston, 617-530-1772, norelationboston.com.
Status: Open Monday through Saturday for takeout. Reopening Tuesday, June 23, for dining indoors. Reservations suggested.
As a kid, chef Ting Yen’s father put him to work in his restaurant, fostering a respect for the culinary arts that has persisted to this day. Of particular importance to Yen and his father was the freshness of their fish, which he picked up from the market each morning. Yen devotes the same careful attention to his own restaurant, which has earned multiple Best of Boston awards. Experience Yen’s mastery of the craft with creations like savory seared hamachi and truffle maki, or a California roll elevated with real snow crab.
1166 Washington St., South End, 617-482-8868, oishiiboston.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout from 5-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; and from 1-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays.
This tiny restaurant stowed in a basement on Harvard Ave. continuously exceeds expectations. When in need of affordable, fresh sushi in Allston, pop in for impressive rolls like the Fire Bruins Maki, a shrimp tempura roll tucked in an aluminum foil boat and served flaming hot—literally. Even with folding chair-style seating and eclectic decorations, this humble sushi restaurant has earned its spot as an Allston staple.
185 Harvard Ave., Allston, 617-202-3808, facebook.com.
Status: Currently closed.
When newbie restaurateurs Tim and Nancy Cushman opened their first eatery in the Leather District in 2007, they could never have imagined it would be named the best new restaurant in the U.S. As their company continues to grow with New York City restaurants, Hojoko, a forthcoming, new concept in Chestnut Hill, and O Ya Mexico City, their original sushi bar is still the crown jewel. With an extensive sake menu and a hefty price tag (the grand omakase will run you $285), chef Tim Cushman’s sushi menu is packed with opulent bites like house-smoked wagyu nigiri, scallop sashimi with burgundy truffle, and the renowned “legs & eggs” nigiri with Maine lobster legs, white sturgeon caviar, and tomalley aioli.
9 East St., South Boston, 617-654-9900, o-ya.restaurant.
Status: Currently closed.
This voguish izakaya at Millenium Tower is run by internationally known chefs Ken Tominaga and Michael Mina. It boasts some of the freshest seafood in Boston—and is a popular date-night draw. As are the impressive Japanese whiskey and sake lists, featuring the blue-bottled Tsujizenbei Tobingakoi, which isn’t available at any other restaurant in the country. If you’re in the mood to try something new, Pabu’s luxury sushi platter features rare cuts like ishidai (spotted knifejaw), kinmedai (golden-eyed snapper) or kamasu (Japanese barracuda).
3 Franklin St., Boston, 857-327-7228, michaelmina.net.
Status: Currently closed.
The ultra-modern yet earthy decor of Ruka dining room creates a compelling contrast, just like the Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine, or nikkei menu. Dishes like blackened octopus skewers in a spicy harissa mayo are sure to ignite the sense. The sushi menu, initially designed by chef Ting Yen of Oishii, features rolls distinctive for their South American touch, like the Phoenix Sunrise, with spicy surimi crab hot from chili oil, and Hawaiian salmon ceviche sweetened with tropical passion fruit.
505 Washington St., Boston, 617-266-0102, rukarestobar.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout, app delivery, and patio dining from 5-9 p.m. Reservations are required for patio dining.
Since expanding their small, basement sushi bar into this chic izakaya in 2016, chefs Ken Oringer and Tony Messina have earned multiple Best of Boston awards and national accolades—including Messina’s 2019 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast. Just steps from the Hynes Convention Center MBTA station, it boasts a Massachusetts Avenue-side patio, where you can take a seat and sample innovative rolls like the Lobster BLT, arced with crunchy pieces of just-burnt bacon. Try some of the gorgeous sashimi, like the wordly lubina with with green chermoula; and slurp a luxurious spoonful of fresh uni nestled next to a creamy quail egg yolk and sprinkled with inky ossetra caviar. Messina has amped up his takeout menu, too, with make-your-own ramen kits and nigiri omakase to go with 8 or 12 pieces.
370A Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, 617-536-7200, uni-boston.com.