Sushi is one of the most perfect meals for dining out in hot weather. It is also delicious, high in protein, soaks up flavor, is fun to eat, and looks eye-catching when plated. Thus, sushi is an excellent fit for Dubai life. But the competition is fierce, and not every roll is as good as the next.
So if you are craving sashimi, nigiri, or even a California roll, read on for the best sushi restaurants in Dubai.
3Fils doesn’t just attract the tourist trade; they are a local favorite. So much so, we might be loathed for telling you about the place. But given all the awards they’ve won, the fish has already jumped out of the net. This place does Asian fusion so well that, as they say on their website, it doesn’t need to hide behind soy sauce. They believe this so much that they don’t serve it. You get what the chef deemed appropriate.
3Fils modern wood and metal decor ooze sophistication. But the chefs are confident enough in their art that they have a sense of humor. Perusing the menu, they urge customers to “use them hands.” This is serious food, expertly plated, but made to be enjoyed.
There is the sushi, of course, including the decadent Wagyu with caviar. Their crispy eel is another rich must-try. A fun one to eat with friends is their volcano: salmon teriyaki, flying fish roe, and gochujang.
But don’t limit yourself to sushi at 3Fils. Their Fremantle octopus set on a potato and leek puree is a true find. Likewise, the “Indomie, Yes Indomie” with beef chorizo, asparagus, and snow peas is addictively good. Even their light seaweed salad, with granny smith and walnut, has you reaching for another bite.
However, you must save room for dessert. It is here 3Fils switches gears and reaches to Africa for its treats. The African Powerhouse made of Ghana dark chocolate and Madagascar vanilla ice cream, is sinfully divine. Also, you may not have realized you needed black tea ice cream, served along with butterscotch and cardamom, but you most definitely do.
3Fils doesn’t take reservations. They know people who appreciate good food will wait for it. Therefore, getting to the restaurant early is highly recommended, although 3Fils uses an effective system that virtually updates the waiting list. The atmosphere is exceptional, and you will quickly understand why 3Fils is so popular.
- Opening times: 12 pm-11.30 pm
- Contact: +971 4 333 4003 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shop 02, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour – 1 Al Urouba St
Asia Asia offers divine food and an exquisite atmosphere. Situated on Pier 7, it is ideal for romantic dates, families, and group dining alike. The outdoor terrace overlooks the Dubai Marina and is quite popular during the winter months, as it is cool enough to enjoy a meal outside. However, making a booking is essential.
Thankfully the innovative menu is as good as the views, catering to both vegetarians and vegans, and has gluten-free options. The dim sum basket is worth a visit all on its own, but don’t fill up because there is more to enjoy. Their rib-eye teriyaki is a well know hit, with roasted kabocha.
Of course, there is also the sushi, leading off with their vegan dynamite, an oyster mushroom, avocado, and spicy mayo maki (thankfully, you do not have to be vegan to love this). Other unique temptations include the truffle bluefin tuna roll with avocado, ginger soya, truffle mayo, truffle tapenade, and gold leaf. The Kamichiku Wagyu with foie gras, fresh truffle, and eel sauce is another unforgettable roll.
Women can enjoy a ladies’ night on Tuesday nights, and everyone can enjoy the drink special on Saturday nights. The atmosphere is raved about, and almost everyone will enjoy a night out at Asia Asia.
- Opening times: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 6 pm-1 am
Tuesday & Friday 6 pm-2 am
Saturday 2 pm – 2 am
Sunday 2 pm- 1am
Tomo is a multi-award-winning restaurant respected throughout the world. Set 17 stories up, it has stunning cityscape views, including the Burj Khalifa. Patrons sit in low cushion chairs framed by lanterns that blend into the skyline. This sophisticated setting has equally fabulous food.
If sushi is truly your heart’s desire, you can’t go wrong with their “Sushi boat,” which will slide onto your table, heaving with a delicious array of rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, all featuring expertly sliced fish. Their bean curd is also worth respect, and if you get the chance to try their thinly sliced cuttlefish, say yes, yes, yes. But save some room for their delectable Wagyu beef and desserts.
- Opening times: 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm; 6.30 pm-12 am
- Contact: +971 4 357 7888
- Wafi City Shk Rashid Rd Raffles Hotel
4. Akira Back
Owned and run by Michelin-star chef Akira Back, who the restaurant is named after, this restaurant is known for its “adrenaline-fueled Japanese cuisine.” It begins by making your way through the glowing vortex of an entrance, then into the main room, where art created by his mother hangs on the walls. This place oozes slick Vegas cool, right here in Dubai.
The first item on the menu is the tuna pizza which thankfully tastes nothing like pizza. Instead, it’s raw tuna topping a cracker adorned with an addictively tangy sauce. The AB tacos are another reinvention, where the result is nothing like the original. Both the vegan, Wagyu, and duck tacos are worth trying. However, the lobster tempura is my personal favorite.
The sushi selection is expansive and expertly made. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the options, try one of the combo platters. Although if you do, be sure to toss in a signature roll or two.
Akira Back is incredibly popular, and it will be to your advantage to make a booking ahead of time.
- Opening times: Friday & Saturday 7 pm – 1 am
Sunday – Thursday 7 pm-11.30 pm
Minato has been located inside the Radisson Blu, Dubai Deira Creek, for over a decade and is a well-trusted sushi restaurant. Minato is highly recommended and features gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options among a variety of divine meals on their menu.
The restaurant has a minimalistic interior, and there are specials and coupons available to take advantage of. Minato is perfect for friends and family dining together, intimate dinners, and eating solo.
- Opening time: Saturday & Sunday 12 pm-4 pm ; 6 pm – 11 pm
Monday – Friday 6 pm – 11 pm
- Contact +971 4 205 7033
- Bani Yas Road Radisson Blu Hotel,
Hōseki is an exclusive experience, with only nine seats. The chefs have no set menu and prepare each unique meal based on the ingredients that freshly arrived that day. Upon arrival, guests will have limited choice, often between only two set menus-of-th-day. Even then, most of the meal follows the omakase way, essentially meaning, “I’ll leave it up to you.” The “you,” of course, being the chefs.
Understandably, this type of experience comes at a high price. But the quality of the fish and other ingredients are of the exceptional. So regardless if you are biting into Shanghai Hairy Crab, eel, or scallops, the taste will be long remembered.
Reservations are essential; recommended to make a week in advance. Then, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience to brag about for years to come after you have dined out at Hōseki.
- Opening times 12 pm-11 pm
- Contact: +971 4 777 5433
- Jumeira Bay Island,
Good music and excellent food – AKA Restaurant has everything you could ask for if you’re looking for an exciting night out. There are trapeze artists, dancers, performers, and incredible singers to witness during their nightly performances. You are on The Palm, after all.
But the chefs don’t use the entertainment as an excuse to serve low-quality cuisine. Regardless if you are eating tenderloin or sushi, the meal deserves your attention. The miso black cod is truly a must-eat. But there is plenty more, including fantastic vegetarian and vegan fare. Also, with the fun comes the cocktails, which are excellent. Give Aka’s signature a spin.
Making a reservation is highly recommended to experience a spectacular night.
- Opening times: 6 pm – 1 am
- Contact: +971 55 934 2093
- West Side, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah First floor,
8. Fujiya Japanese Restaurant
Fujiya Japanese Restaurant is a Dubai treasure for its food and its stories. They love their customers, and the customers love them back. The chefs even share their journeys, such as the former Sumo wrestler that has become an artist of food.
Thus, Fujiya is almost always packed, making a reservation is highly recommended. When visiting, be sure to try out the sashimi. But if you are willing to eat more than sushi, the must-try is takoyaki, a popular Japanese street food. These octopus balls are addictive.
- Opening times: 12 pm – 1 am
- Contact: +971 4 702 8846
- Casablanca Street Millennium Airport Hotel,
For over ten decades, Miyako has been serving its customers. The chefs prepare each tantalizing dish in front of the patrons, making movements as graceful as a dancer and entertaining as jugglers.
Delicious sushi, a teppanyaki bar, and an interactive kitchen create an immersive dining experience. The menu includes vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free options. Don’t miss your chance to try their poached salmon, too.
The restaurant is divided into three sections to meet various guests’ needs. They won the Travelers Choice Award in 2020. Miyako caters to quiet dinners, group reservations, and business meetings. It is a great restaurant to try out fresh sushi. You can take advantage of daily lunch specials between 12.30 pm – and 3 pm.
- Opening times 12.30 pm-3 pm ; 6 pm – 11.30 pm
- Contact: +971 4 209 6911
- Al Khaleej Road, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori is not a sushi restaurant you want to miss. The service is impeccable, and their menu has a modern and hip twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. But in one issue, they remain traditional: no soy sauce on the table. The chef knows best.
The sushi is good and makes a fine starter, but don’t leave that as the only thing you try. They have enticing mains, from delicious skewers, charcoal grill yellowtail, and Wagyu striploin. But always check the latest menu, as offerings change with the season.
Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori is a casual restaurant in an easy-to-access location, so you won’t need to spend hours finding Goldish Sushi & Yakitori after a long day of exploring Dubai. But you might want to book reservations to avoid disappointment.
- Opening times: 12 pm-12 am
- Contact: +971 4 886 4966
- Galleria Mall, Al Wasl 403
11. Nobu Dubai
Nobu is world-renowned for a good reason, and you will leave feeling like a celebrity. The restaurant has a chic design and an incredible Japanese-inspired menu. There is no shortage of selections, including its well-known sushi and black cod. But for a truly gastronomic experience, go “Omakase” and let the chef lead the way.”
It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience both for your tastebuds and your Instagram account.
- Opening time: Sunday-Friday 6 pm-11 pm
Saturday 12 pm – 3 pm; 6 pm – 11 pm
Salmontini Sushi Bar has been feeding Dubai since 2005. It serves up an array of sushi, from salmon to vegetarian. But salmon is the favorite, be it smoked, grilled, cured, or crispy with a whole lot of spice. They turn salmon into ricotta, miso, and couscous or smothering it in fresh herbs. But there is feta, lentils, quinoa, and even tuna for those that would prefer to give salmon a break.
The restaurant isn’t large, but it is nicely laid out, with clean lines and lots of light. It is situated over Ski Dubai, which provides a unique view. Staff are attentive, and overall, it is a darling place to have a meal.
- Opening times: 10 am-10 pm
- Contact +971 4 570 7361
- Nakheel Mall The Palm, Depachika Food Hall
Kyo Restaurant & Lounge is inspired by the concept of making the most of each day. It is a stylish restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. A free shuttle drops passengers off nearby, making it incredibly accessible and easy to find.
Ordering takeout and booking a reservation is easy to do on the website – KYO is child friendly. You can even arrange special occasions and corporate dinners through services that KYO. The menu is inclusive and has vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and halal options available, so everyone will find something delicious to eat.
Their Black Dragon rolls are a fun choice, with tempura shrimp, mango, tofu, and sweet water eel. The spicy tuna tataki is another good choice. If you are searching for mains, the marinated octopus in a spicy citrus sauce is a tasty pick. The black cod and coriander miso is another that won’t disappoint.
- Opening times: Sunday – Wednesday 12 pm-12 am
Thursday – Saturday 12 pm – 1 am
Izakaya caters to just about everyone with a range of Japanese cuisine and sushi. They serve alcohol, and the dress code is strictly smart casual. The service is fast and customer-focused, and it is a wonderful dining experience.
There are gluten-free, halal, vegetarian, and vegan options available, and the menu offers a great variety. As well as this, the atmosphere is vibrant, and the teppanyaki chefs are incredible to watch. The interior is stylish, upbeat, and modeled with Japanese traditions influences.
Izakaya uniquely presents its food, and each meal is prepared as artwork. You will be enthralled with Izakaya.
- Opening times: Sunday-Friday 6 pm -12 am
Saturday 6.30 pm – 12 am
- Contact: +971 4 414 3000
- Sheikh Zayed Road,
SushiArt is a trendy restaurant in Dubai with several different locations to choose from. It is vegetarian-friendly, and there is a variety of meals to eat on the menu. You can dine at SushiArt for both lunch and dinner.
The food is freshly prepared, and the customer service is incredible. You can dine in at SushiArt, or order delivery from their website if you are craving a quiet dinner. You will want to try the new Paul Pairet box, which is a unique way to experience world-class cuisine created by a well-known chef.
- Opening times: Sunday – Thursday 11 am-12 am
Friday & Saturday 11 am- 1 am (varies by location)
- Contact: +971 800 220
- Dubai Marina, JBR, The Beach Unit 2204
With locations across the globe, Zuma is a sushi restaurant you will want to experience. The founders designed Zuma with a modern and sophisticated twist on the traditional style of Japanese eating.
Zuma has a diverse menu that caters to vegans, vegetarians and has multiple healthy options to choose from. The ambiance of Zuma gives diners a private dining experience, and they do serve alcohol if you are craving a glass of wine.
It is suggested that you call early to make a reservation as Zuma fills up quickly.
- Opening times: Sunday – Wednesday 12 pm – 3.30 pm ; 7 pm – 12 am
Thursday – Saturday 12 pm – 3.30 pm ; 7 pm – 1 am
- Contact number +971 4 425 5660
- Gate Village 06, DIFC,