In the Know: Restaurants & Bars
Best Bets for Sushi in the Salt Lake Valley
By Marsha Maxwell
Sushi is not as exotic as it may have been a decade ago - it's easy to find passable ready-made sushi in many grocery stores. But the best sushi is still made by trained chefs in sushi restaurants, and there are plenty of places in the Salt Lake area to get fresh, beautiful, creative sushi. Here are a few of my favorites in different parts of the Salt Lake Valley.
* = Highly recommended.
Widely regarded as the best sushi restaurant, and one of the best restaurants overall, in SLC. Absolutely gorgeous sushi, elegant atmosphere. It's expensive and usually crowded.
Recommended: TNT roll, Strawberry Fields roll.
18 W Market St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101, 801-519-9595.
Naked Fish Japanese Bistro*
Naked Fish serves a lot more than sushi - as of fall 2013 they switched their lunch menu to only ramen (amazing, homemade ramen, not the kind you ate in college). Tonkotsu ramen is their claim to fame, but Naked Fish serves excellent sushi, tending toward fresh, clean, simple flavors. They are committed to getting their fish from sustainable sources.
67 W. 100 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101, 801-595-8888.
Dojo Asian Inspired Cuisine and Lounge*
Dojo is open for both lunch and dinner and has developed a reputation for fresh, top-quality sushi, killer ramen, and creative Asian appetizers, salads and entrees. I'm a bit of a sushi traditionalist and not a huge fan of fancy rolls, but at Dojo I've found that risk has its rewards, and that their specialty rolls offer tasteful and well balanced flavor combinations.
423 W. 300 S., Ste 150, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, 801-328-3333
Sapa Sushi Bar and Asian Grill*
Sapa doesn't impress from the outside, but the interior is gorgeous, with eye-popping blown glass chandeliers and beautiful detail everywhere you look. The spacious courtyard is even more impressive, with 300 year-old Vietnamese carved wood huts that were imported and meticulously reassembled at the site. The food at Sapa is creative, tasty and moderately priced.
Recommended: Baja California Roll, Volcano Roll.
722 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, 801-363-7272
Food and entertainment all in one - Benihana offers the classic Teppanyaki experience, with knife-juggling chefs who slice and grill simple meats and vegetables before your eyes. The sushi is well executed and tasty. Check the website for specials and a discount program.
165 S. West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84101, 801-322-2421
Ichiban Sushi and Asian Grill
Ichiban, one of Salt Lake City's oldest sushi restaurants, is housed in a historic former Lutheran church. Its impressive interior is matched by beautifully prepared sushi, along with a large menu of classic and creative Asian dishes. Check the website for specials.
336 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, 801-532-7522
Sugar House and East Central
Kyoto in Sugar house is one of Salt Lake City's oldest and most beloved Japanese restaurants. It's also one of my personal favorites. Kyoto focuses on traditional, well-prepared sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi as well as tempura, teriyaki and other popular Japanese dishes.
1080 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, 801-487-3525
Tsunami's Sugar House location is not their fanciest, but it serves consistently good sushi. Folks like the Honey Badger Roll (does not contain badger). Happy hour specials from 2-5 p.m.
2223 S. Highland Dr. (1100 E.) Salt Lake City, UT, 801-467-5545
Sushi Groove is indeed groovy, with a laid back vibe, graffiti wall and live music. Prices are not bad - specialty rolls start at $7.50.
Recommended: Groove Roll, $2.50 Tuesdays.
2910 Highland Drive SLC UT 84106 801-467-7420
Suehiro is a longtime mid-valley favorite for Japanese cuisine in a comfortable neighborhood setting.
6933 S. 1300 E., Midvale, UT 84047, 801-255-1089
Tsunami Union Heights
Like Tsunami Sugarhouse, Tsunami Union Heights is right next to a movie theater, so it's a great mid-valley choice for date night. "Happy hour" specials from 2-5 p.m.
7628 S. Union Park Ave. (1300 E.), Midvale, UT, 84047, 801-676-6466
Sushi Monster serves creative modern sushi, artfully presented.
Recommended: Key West, Dragon and Dynamite rolls.
3567 S 2700 W Suite # 100, West Valley City, UT 84119, 801-966-8889
Banzai Teppan Yaki
Banzai Teppan Yaki serves Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine as well as sushi. The lunch and dinner combinations are recommended.
3356 S. 5600 W., West Valley City, UT 84120, 801-969-5219
Ginza in Draper is chic and sleek, serving consistently good sushi and Japanese specialties.
715 E. 12300 S., Draper, UT 84020
Wasabi is a welcome addition to the Draper dining scene, serving quality sushi in an appealing setting. Rolls are half price Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
121 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020, 801-727-8787
Water Moon has sushi, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, so it's a good place to go with a group. For couples, I recommend a private booth.
129 E. 13800 S., Draper, UT 84020, 801-619-3889
Blue Fish Asian Cuisine
Blue Fish at The District in South Jordan serves Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar.
Recommended: Southern Comfort, Snow White and Ecstasy rolls.
11587 District Dr. South Jordan, UT 84095, 801-727-1912
Tsunami River Park
Tsunami's River Park location brings sophisticated sushi to the south valley.
Recommended: Fire Breathing Dragon roll, Mussell Shooters or Tsunami baby back ribs. All of Tsunami's locations have a gluten-free menu.
10722 River Front Pkwy., South Jordan, UT 84095, 801-748-1178
Sakana at Jordan Landing brings Japanese flair to West Jordan.
Recommended: Try the Rock 'n' Roll, Mars or Playboy.
7626 Campus View Dr., West Jordan, UT 84084, 801-282-0670
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