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Bishoku

5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA, 30328

404-252-7998

The quality of sushi and sashimi impresses at this tranquil Sandy Springs restaurant, but the cooks really put their hearts into the menu’s flurry of small plates.

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Haru Ichiban

3646 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth, GA, 30096

770-622-4060

A Japanese standard-bearer for the metro area, Haru Ichiban offers consistently high-quality sushi.

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Mega Mart

2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA, 30096

770-495-0345

This two-story Korean-owned supermarket hosts a makeup counter, a sit-down, conveyor-belt sushi restaurant, a magnificent dumpling counter, and a fresh bakery.

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Miso Izakaya

619 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

678-701-0128

Chef-owner Guy Wong brings a restless innovation to his Old Fourth Ward restaurant. He constantly experiments with his take on national culinary trends and welcomes a steady shuffle of sharp talent on his payroll.

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Nakato

1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324

404-873-6582

Since 1972, generations of Atlantans have celebrated their birthdays around Nakato’s family-owned teppanyaki tables, more widely recognized as the sizzling stage for the circus chefs of Benihana.

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Shoya

6035 Peachtree Road, Doraville, GA, 30360

770-457-5555

Shoya was the first Atlanta-area establishment to truly epitomize the Japanese izakaya model, a tavern at which patrons are meant to linger over drinks and interesting small plates.

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Sushi Avenue – Sycamore Street

131 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-378-0228

Serving the best and freshest sushi on this side of town, this Decatur Square spot is a great place to introduce kids and first-timers to sushi.

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Sushi Avenue – West Ponce de Leon Avenue

308 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-381-1280

Along with its sister on the Square, this Decatur spot serves the best and freshest sushi on this side of town. It’s a great place to introduce kids and first-timers to sushi. Cozy dining room.

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Sushi House Hayakawa

5979 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA, 30340

770-986-0010

What a relief to sit in a plain room and savor simple dishes like ikura don—salmon roe marinated in homemade soy sauce, gilded with sea urchin, and served over rice and seaweed—or a plate of sashimi arranged so meticulously you wonder if the staff moonlight as photo stylists.

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Sushi House Hayakawa

5979 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA, 30340

770-986-0010

Among his many fine raw and cooked dishes, Art’s salmon roe—marinated in soy, sake, and mirin, though it’s also savored plain—is the finest in town.

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Sushi Huku

6300 Powers Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, GA, 30339

770-956-9559

The staff serves typical Japanese dishes such as hamachi kama (grilled yellowtail collar filled with sweet meat) and also concocts psychedelic rolls like the Lambada, filled with spicy tuna and salmon and then draped with avocado and dotted with eel sauce.

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Taka

385 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-869-2802

This classy sushi spot targets a young, upscale clientele.

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TJ House

3780 Old Norcross Road, Duluth, GA, 30096

470-545-0431

The owners of popular Cantonese spot Bo Bo Garden are reaching for a new audience in this Taiwanese-Japanese fusion cafe tailored to the fast-casual needs of the young Asians of Duluth.

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Tomo

3630 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326

404-835-2708

Tomohiro Naito’s Buckhead show palace juggles two personalities. One indulges in flash and draws beautiful crowds. But the quieter side of Tomo lures the chowhounds.

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Tomo

3630 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326

404-835-2708

Tomohiro Naito’s Buckhead show palace juggles two personalities. One indulges in flash and draws beautiful crowds. But the quieter side of Tomo lures the chowhounds.

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Umaido

2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suwanee, GA, 30024

678-318-8568

Koreans beat Americans to the current Japanese ramen craze raging in the U.S., as evidenced by this edgy storefront. Korean-owned Umaido throws out way more options and garnishes than would be traditional in Japan.

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Umi

3050 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-841-0040

Is that Sir Anthony Hopkins at the other end of the long banquette? No surprise. Buckhead’s newest sushi palace flaunts a stunning room of contrasting woods and a corps of cooks manning the eleven-seat, white-oak sushi bar bathed in buttery light along the back wall.

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Yakitori Jinbei

2421 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna, GA, 30080

770-818-9215

This Japanese grill fixes great chicken skewers (skin, wings, gizzards, etc.), stuffed vegetables, and a solid bowl of ramen.

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