In the past 50 years, the popularity of Japanese cuisine has exploded across the United States. Today, there are nearly 4,000 sushi restaurants in the country, making it one of our most beloved international cuisines.
As the oppressive, humid summer heat settles over Middle Tennessee, many of us want to avoid standing over a hot stove, so we turn to takeout, fast food, and restaurant dining. If you’re seeking a healthy—but still delectable—alternative to many of these options, look no further! Whether you enjoy your sushi with sake, wine, or a virgin cocktail, you’ll fall in love with the outstanding offerings from the following list of the best sushi places in Middle Tennessee.
Virago opened in 2000, making it one of the first sushi restaurants on the Nashville scene. Virago’s upscale atmosphere is perfect for a date night or celebration meal, but if you’re looking for a last stop before you head home, their late-night bite pricing of no more than $10 is hard to beat.
Virago offers sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigirizushi for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. If you’re dining in, omakase makes for a truly memorable meal.
This family-owned Brentwood gem serves an eclectic blend of Pan-Asian, South American, and Western dishes. The first of its kind in Middle Tennessee, Wild Ginger is almost guaranteed to be busy anytime you arrive—which speaks volumes about its rapidly growing popularity! Wild Ginger’s fine dining atmosphere is certainly upscale, yet equally inviting. The sushi offerings here are beautiful and delicious, but the diverse Asian fusion menu has options to please any palate.
Sunda features a massive Pan-Asian fusion menu, but the sushi alone deserves your patronage. This Chicago-based concept restaurant features Michelin-rated dishes alongside nigiri, sashimi, and sushi rolls. If you fall in love with the offerings here—and how could you not—consider signing up for the sake tasting or sushi rolling classes Sunda hosts on a bi-monthly basis.
Oishiya Hibachi & Sushi
Oishiya has brought authentic, mouthwatering sushi, nigiri, and sashimi to Murfreesboro, all made with solid dedication to traditional Japanese artistic sensibilities. The atmosphere is ornate yet relaxing, and the staff is patient with those who are venturing into Japanese sushi for the first time, making this an excellent choice for long-time sushi lovers and newbies alike.
Fin Fusion Sushi Bar
Fin Fusion just might be the most popular Asian fusion restaurant in Murfreesboro, which is reflected in the throngs of enthusiastic diners who are sure to be here every weekend evening. Don’t be fooled by the strip mall exterior; trust the reviews and prepare to be delighted. Choose from fruit-studded rolls, broiled rolls, fried rolls, vegetarian rolls, or traditional sushi rolls— according to all who have been there – you simply can’t make a wrong choice at Fin Fusion!
O-Ku sushi specializes in authentic Asian dishes with an emphasis on rare ingredients. When you’re craving a unique, memorable sushi experience, we recommend O-Ku. Expect the fish to be the star of the show here, with melt-in-your-mouth offerings from the premier fish sources in New Zealand and Norway.
Osaka is a family-owned and operated hidden gem in Gallatin. Locals are quick to declare this the best Asian restaurant in town, with the sushi rolls earning especially high praise, both for their exquisite flavor and the staff’s willingness to customize them on request. Despite Osaka’s unassuming exterior, the interior is fresh and welcoming, making it a great lunch spot as well as a unique and memorable date night destination.
Sonobana is an authentic Japanese grocery store and restaurant, beloved for creating some of Nashville’s best sushi. The menu is categorized by type, which helps pare down their huge array of rolls. Choose from veggie, spicy, partially-fried, and fully deep-fried, available for dine-in or take-out. Prepare to battle crowds on the weekends; the meals are worth the wait. Devoted customers also rave about Sonobana’s stuffed-to-the-max bento boxes if you’re looking for a delicious lunch for the next day (or anytime, really)!
Despite its humble location within a strip mall, Fujiyama has handily earned its reputation as one of Tennessee’s best sushi spots. Choose from bar seating or comfortable booths, and prepare to be impressed by their affordable yet simply out-of-this-world sushi, sashimi, and nigiri, served by friendly and helpful staff. If members of your party aren’t sushi fans, they still have much to be excited about. Have them check out one of the hibachi, teriyaki, or gyoza dishes.
Inspired by the conveyer belt sushi experiences of Japan, Sushi Train offers two levels of all-you-can-eat sushi for those of us who simply can’t get enough anywhere else. Beloved for the high quality of their fish, diverse menu, and friendly staff, Sushi Train’s affordability is only one of the factors that make this a can’t-miss destination.
Despite its well-earned popularity as a Thai restaurant, Jasmine also creates delicious sushi that has an equally devoted following. Like several of our other favorite sushi destinations, Jasmine is located within a strip mall—but don’t let that hold you back! This family-friendly spot’s wide range of cuisines ensures that everyone who joins you will be pleased with their meal, even if sushi is a bit too adventurous for their palate. Locals who have been patronizing Jasmine for 15+ years have said that the dishes here started above expectations and have only gotten better as the years have gone by. This Brentwood gem is not to be missed when you’re in the area!
We hope our mouth-watering list of favorite Japanese restaurants has whetted your appetite for a plate of cool, refreshing sushi, sashimi, and nigiri. Do you have a favorite from our list, or perhaps one we didn’t mention? Do leave us a comment below; we love hearing from our readers.
From all of us at Parks Realty, stay cool this summer, and bon appétit!