The 10 Best Sushi Bars in St. Louis

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Assorted rolls at Blue Ocean. | Mabel Suen

As the temperatures rise and the kitchen becomes just too hot for cooking, what's a more perfect dinner than sushi? For those a little squeamish about raw fish, many restaurants also serve vegetarian and smoked or cooked fish variations -- plenty of reason to get out of the kitchen and belly up to one of our favorite sushi bars.

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Blue Ocean Sushi (6335 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6477)

Our happy-hour critic recently gave Blue Ocean four out of five stars for this Delmar Loop spot's tasty rolls, serious happy-hour discounts on both sushi and drinks, and its "nerd paradise" atmosphere:

Play your cards right to get the most bang for your buck here, and save up to $3 on regular rolls and $5 on special rolls. With more than 50 different types ranging from simple (California) to exaggerated ("Take A Chance," served on fire), Blue Ocean doesn't skimp on options. To coincide the restaurant's theme, the names of several rolls reference nerdy themes: "Klingon Roll" and "Naruto Roll," for instance.... Our sushi came out quickly, artfully presented on a large platter for sharing. The restaurant uniquely utilizes sweet potato in several of its rolls, and the soft, sugary spud strikes an interesting note inside rice. The "Cardinal Roll" comes loaded, stuffed and topped with seafood and creamy sauce. -- Mabel Suen

Read the original review of Blue Ocean here.

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Central Table Food Hall | Neeraj Uttamchandani

Central Table (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595)
This 10,000-square-foot gorgeous reincarnation of the classic food hall offers an exquisitely diverse menu, running the gamut from wood-fired pizzas to bone marrow, imperial wagyu steak to seafood, and raw oysters to a beautiful sushi bar located in the center of the dining area. The thirty sushi options include some not-often-seen treats, such as octopus and sea urchin nigiri and sashimi. Specialty maki include the "Kamikaze" (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, yamagobo, kaiware sprouts, topped with albacore and ginger-garlic) and the "Magic Mushroom" (salmon, crab, avocado, yamagobo, enoki mushrooms, topped with chile mayonnaise, and lightly baked).

Tani Sushi Bistro and Area 14 Lounge (16 South Bemiston Avenue; 314-727-8264)
Tani Sushi Bistro offers an extensive selection of sushi (there are currently 24 maki rolls on the menu) for lunch and dinner in Clayton. Dining here is an artistic experience, the tone set by a unique display of original Asian art curated by Heejeong Jung. For the late-night crowd, Area 14 Lounge, located just next door, offers an impressive sake selection and delicious Tani sushi for those in the know (there is no sign indicating the venue). Here, the dark space is populated with white furniture, overshadowed by a large, striking, back-lit image of a geisha in the main room.

Wasabi (1228 Washington Avenue; 314-421-3500)
Wasabi now boasts four locations in St. Louis (Washington Avenue, Clayton, Town & Country and Warson Woods) and three more locations in Illinois, Kansas and Colorado. Yet the restaurant is decidedly not "chain-y." Each location meticulously handcrafts more than 50 sushi rolls, offering copious nigiri, maki, specialty hand rolls, gunkan, low-carb and vegetarian options. A full menu of authentic Japanese cuisine includes signature dishes, such as unagi don (smoked eel) and "Kani Salad" (spring mix topped with snow crab, avocado, tobiko and housemade dressing).


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DeAnna King
DeAnna King

Blue Ocean is complete trash. Makes Asian people look bad. Sub Zero & Drunken Fish are over priced and overrated. Drunken Fish serves this 'fried Calamari' which basically looks like mozzarella sticks

stephinstl
stephinstl

I quit reading after Blue Ocean sushi...yeah, it is cheap...but so are the ingredients...cheap imitation crab salad in a lot of rolls...service is way under par on the 4 different times I was here (because everyone kept telling me how wonderful it was) Before it moved locations it was decent, but this incarnation leaves me feeling stabby

Jamie M. George
Jamie M. George

Thank you from the Hostess @ Tani Sushi Bistro. We Love St. Louis!

lindalafs1
lindalafs1

Nobus is my choice. Loved the coffee jello for dessert, too!


Dimitri Joerger
Dimitri Joerger

Huh, seems a little far from the ocean for fresh seafood. Just sayin!

Sherry Melson
Sherry Melson

Chi is one of my favorites. Last time I was in about a month ago, I was told I it closing and being reopened by one of the owners family members.

LEAH Osborne
LEAH Osborne

Definitely missed Chi Bar! Hands down my favorite and drunken fish??? Really? They pre roll their rolls haha

Kelly Towne
Kelly Towne

this is great for a non-local but relatively frequent visitor to STL, such as myself.

Bridgett Huitt
Bridgett Huitt

Blue ocean is disgusting, drunken fish is overrated and too expensive, why isn't sushi ai on this list?

Bill Long
Bill Long

Drunken Douche is more like it..Doesn't that exemplify St. Louis in a nut shell? None the less, all lists will leave someone unhappy.

johnjgoddard
johnjgoddard

As we all know, it's the mayonnaise-based sauce covering the fish and rice that defines good sushi. My favorite is the St. Louis Roll, which substitutes a blunt wrapper for the nori and includes Provel cheese with the raw minced catfish. Make mine a bukkake! Extra Appletini mayonnaise all over the plate, please!

Andrea Wolk
Andrea Wolk

I take my kids to Cafe Mochi often. They have awesome sushi and great service too.

Julia Rose Vogel
Julia Rose Vogel

Maybe its because I go during their lunch hour. Because I've heard other people say they had bad service during lunch too. Riverfront Times ahh should've realized there were only 7 names in the tags

Nathan Ernst
Nathan Ernst

I've been to Blue Ocean a dozen times, with different people almost every time, and have never once heard a complaint. Weird.

jcthelilly
jcthelilly topcommenter

Nobu should have been listed.  Surprised the Sushi counter at Dierberg's didn't make your list.  Funny stuff. 


Andy Crossett
Andy Crossett

Where is Mizu? They have great sushi and friendly staff!

Chad DeVries
Chad DeVries

Sake in Fairview Heights is still the best in the area.

Snapper Knowlton
Snapper Knowlton

They should put drunken fishes health department scores in the article.

Victoria Warmaster
Victoria Warmaster

all my fav sushi joints closed down :( the only one left is blue ocean. i'm surprised hiro didn't make the list.

Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers

How is Fin not part of this list?!

Nick Bretz
Nick Bretz

Cafe Mochi- hands down! Especially during half price happy hour

Rory Flynn
Rory Flynn

Kampai and Cafe Mochi are my favorites by far. Happy to see they made the list.

Fallon Lott
Fallon Lott

Ethan Wells we have new places to try!

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