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Best sushi in melbourne

16 Best Sushi Spots in Melbourne


You can’t go wrong with sushi – lunch, dinner, a light snack, even breakfast – it always hits the spot. And outside of Japan, Melbourne is a shoo-in for the top selection of all things sushi, but then again, we’re a little biased. Food that’s so simple, satisfying and healthy, sushi is nothing short of a godsend. And with sushi restaurants now commonly adopting a vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu, there’s no excuse for anyone to miss out on this Japanese delight.

Best Sushi in Melbourne at a Glance

Highlights from our list include the following venues.

Now we’ve had a look at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.

RELATED: These are the best Japanese restaurants you should visit in Melbourne.

Exterior of Wabi Sabi Salon restaurant with traditional Japanese decor
Wabi Sabi Salon | Image: Wabi Sabi Salon

1. Wabi Sabi Salon

Sashimi and bento boxes in a chill setting with traditional decor and a green alfresco setting – what more could you want? The Wabi Sabi Salon is a pescatarian and vegetarian-forward eatery and we love its Collingwood location and delicious menu. Word of advice: order the vegan ramen or prawn dashi ramen, brewed with prawn heads, with 20 secret herbs and spices. It’ll hit the spot. Or try some warm sake from the expanded drinks menu, and a plate of teishoku, a sort of Japanese set-menu deal.

Address: Level 1/94 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Mon-Tues & Thur-Fri 12-3pm & 5.30-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-9:30pm
Phone: (03) 9417 6119

Hinoki Japanese Pantry menu sushi platter
Hinoki Japanese Pantry | Image: Hinoki Japanese Pantry

2. Hinoki Japanese Pantry

In the heart of Fitzroy, you will find Hinoki; a local Japanese grocery and a gem of Melbourne’s sushi scene. The eatery purveys a selection of authentic Japanese ingredients, snacks, drinks and pantry basics, and the ingredients are even sought after by chefs and gourmet home cooks. This is one of the best sashimi and sushi restaurants in Melbourne’s CBD; think Nigir packs, Hoso Maki packs, Nose Maki packs and many other sushi platters await to be devoured.

Address: 279 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Hours: Tue-Sun 10-6pm
Phone: (03) 9417 4531

Interior of Kisumé Japanese restaurant with dark colour scheme showing tables, chairs and liquor cabinet display
Kisumé | Image: Kisumé

3. Kisumé

At Kisumé, you can experience three types of quality dining; the sushi counter, the Chablis bar, and the Chef’s Table. We love the way this restaurant draws on the art of Japanese cuisine while infusing it with Australian zests. Discover dishes both familiar and unknown, drawing on a vein of local produce from land and sea. You can relish scallop nigiri, beef tenderloin, spicy tuna, beef tartare, and kingfish sashimi all in the ritzy seating area with a pristine atmosphere.

Address: 175 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon 5-11pm, Tues-Sun 12-3pm & 5-11pm
Phone: (03) 9671 4444

Interior of Saké Restaurant and Bar with long table, chairs and traditional Japanese fabric ceiling decor
Saké Restaurant and Bar | Image: Saké Restaurant and Bar

4. Saké Restaurant and Bar

Saké Restaurant & Bar blends traditional Japanese cuisine with novel flavours. This award-winning eatery offers a terrific dining experience with a selection of classic and bespoke dishes made from qualityproduce. The menu is packed with super-fresh seafood and is sliced and diced by sushi masters into delicate sashimi, artful sushi, intricate starters and main courses. So, no matter what seafood you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Saké.

Located in: Hamer Hall
Address: 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank VIC 3004
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri-Sun 12-2:30pm & 5-10pm
Phone: (03) 9119 4799

Interior of Nobu Japanese restaurant with red and wood colour scheme showing bar are, tables and chairs
Nobu | Image: Nobu

5. Nobu

Surprisingly, Nobu is a sushi restaurant in Melbourne that is part of an empire of Japanese culinary excellence. You’ll find this place in all corners of the globe. Anticipate Peruvian tastes that are mingled with old-age Japanese cuisine. The result? Avant-garde food. Tiradito is among the signature dishes, a Peruvian dish of marinated fish sliced paper-thin. We especially love their sushi cups that are filled with sweet prawn, roe, caviar, uni and freshly grated wasabi.

Located in: Crown Melbourne
Address: Crown Riverwalk, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
Hours: Sun-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm
Phone: (03) 9292 5777

Interior of Mr. Ryu showing tables, chairs and wide glass windows
Mr. Ryu | Image: Mr. Ryu

6. Mr. Ryu

In the renowned food haven of Carlisle Street in Balaclava, you’ll find MR. RYU. The restaurant’s ethos of drawing people together through food and culture comes through their menu. For a start, try the spicy tan-tan ramen with a creamy and nutty broth, and sesame chilli that’s accompanied by customary soft-boiled egg, mustard leaf, and nori. Or for a more classic sushi option, ask for the coconut kingfish sashimi that comes with red nam jim, jalapeno, kafir lime leaf and coriander.

Address: 294 Carlisle St, Balaclava VIC 3183
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
Phone: 0430 790 789

Interior of Izakaya Den with staff behind sushi bar
Izakaya Den | Image: Izakaya Den

7. Izakaya Den

If you want a little bit of everything, look no further than this basement venue. Serving up Japanese izakaya-style tapas, classic mains and plenty of drinks, this is the perfect spot to come for a fun night out coupled with delicious food. From the menu, we can’t go past the Rainbow carrot tempura with sansho paired with the sake mojito.

Located in: Hero Apartments
Address: BASEMENT/118 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Tues-Sat 5pm-10pm
Phone: 0476 208 573

Interior of Minamishima Japanese restaurant showing chef behind sushi bar
Minamishima | Image: Minamishima

8. Minamishima

When stepping through the doors at Minamishima you’ll immediately realise that this is one of the best sushi restaurants in Melbourne. Why? The style of sushi is omakase– meaning you leave it up to the chef. Minamishima features an impressive 15 types of sushi, with extras – various starters and desserts pad the meal. This is essentially a Japanese sushi degustation, and we’re obsessed.

Address: 4 Lord St, Richmond VIC 3121
Hours: Tue-Sat 6-10.30pm
Phone: (03) 9429 5180

Gaijin Japanese Fusion menu sushi platter
Gaijin Japanese Fusion | Image: Gaijin Japanese Fusion

9. Gaijin Japanese Fusion

Gaijin Japanese Fusion offers a refreshing contemporary Japanese cuisine with a sophisticated twist from traditional Japanese sushi. At Gaijin, enjoy the miso, soup, spicy salmon sushi and sashimi, or delve into the Tasmanian, Spider vs Dragon and Baked Dynamite rolls. And if you’re up for a light dish, it has a Cheesy Gyoza, Gaijin Special Salmon Salad, Salmon Tartare, Crispy Soft Shell Crab. This restaurant is a great example of fusion and an outstanding dessert, plus they also do brunch!

Address: 135 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Hours: Mon-Sat 6-10 pm
Phone: (03) 9804 8873

Tokui Sushi store sign
Tokui Sushi | Image: Live To Eat

10. Tokui Sushi

One of the best-kept secrets in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD is Tokui Sushi. Whether you’re in a hurry to grab a quick bite or seeking a seat inside to devour a delicious meal, they have you covered. Expect to be served superb sushi rolls, but be sure to have cash on hand when there. The sushi rolls are huge, taste great and come at just over $2. Their Tamago, spicy tuna and cucumber, avocado and unagi sushi rolls are unforgettable.

Located in: RMIT University
Address: 260 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6:30 pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6 pm
Phone: (03) 9663 9966

Interior of Suzuran Japanese restaurant showing counter area and menu
Suzuran | Image: Suzuran

11. Suzuran

Without a doubt, Suzuran is a godsend. As one of the leading purveyors of the finest sashimi and sushi restaurants in Melbourne, it also sells Japanese groceries. So, whether you’re cooking up a Japanese feast or a simple meal, you will find a range of Japanese ingredients. Suzuran’s sushi bar uses only the freshest fish and top-quality ingredients. The adept chefs take great pride in preparing the best sushi and sashimi for clientele. There are also complimentary vegetarian meals and platters.

Address: 1025-1027 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6 pm, Sun 10am-3:30 pm
Phone: (03) 9882 2349

Interior of Komeyui Japanese Restaurant with wooden tables, chairs and staff behind sushi bar
Komeyui Japanese Restaurant | Image: Komeyui Japanese Restaurant

12. Komeyui Japanese Restaurant

Wanting a sleek space for a classy traditional Japanese menu with à la carte? Komeyui is your spot. Many people reserve a seat in this restaurant to order their seven-course sushi omakase weeks in advance, and we can see why. The à la carte menu includes sushi and sashimi as well as larger dishes such as hitsumabushi, a grilled eel rice bowl served with green tea broth. The Komeyui Shokado Bento Box is the crowning glory, featuring sashimi, tempura spicy tuna, nori crunch, miso-marinated black cod, rice and miso soup.

Address: 181 Ferrars St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30-10pm
Phone: (03) 9645 5420

Interior of Sakura Kaiten Sushi Japanese restaurant with sushi bar and chairs
Sakura Kaiten Sushi | Image: Sakura Kaiten Sushi

13. Sakura Kaiten Sushi

When at Sakura Kaiten Sushi, you’ll get nothing less than the best of the classics: mixed sushi and sashimi plates come with salmon, tuna and kingfish; and the grilled snapper with basil nigiri. The sushi menu is comprised of an unprecedented 15 pack which has all your seafood favourites. Their sashimi menu is also king-tier, but the nigiri sushi is something else; it comes with grilled yellowtail with miso sauce and fluke fin with wasabi.

Located in: Wesley Place
Address: Tenancy 3/130 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm & 5-9:30pm
Phone: (03) 9077 1167

Shira Nui Japanese restaurant menu sushi platter
Shira Nui | Image: Shira Nui

14. Shira Nui

With an open kitchen crafting sushi, sashimi delicacies and noodles, Shira Nui is a Japanese restaurant where you feel part of the action. An authentic savour of sushi that has price-point value for a quick lunch, or a special occasion dinner. Get a seat at the sushi bar and watch the chefs in action, creating favourite sashimi specials of delicious salad, miso and super fresh sashimi of Kingfish, tuna and salmon — these menu options are our top picks.

Address: 247 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
Hours: Weds-Sat 12-2pm & 6-9pm
Phone: (03) 9886 7755

Tsukiji Restaurant menu sushi platter
Tsukiji Restaurant | Image: Tsukiji Restaurant

15. Tsukiji Restaurant

Tsukiji is one of the best places in Melbourne to enjoy Japanese seafood and sushi if you’re after unpretentious vibes and simple, delicious sushi. This eatery is renowned for its deft chefs, fine service and friendly ambience. We recommend the Bento Box: Sashimi, Chicken teriyaki, beef teriyaki or sushi bento. And when done, binge on the Mochi dessert— that’s a red bean rice ball. An experience that can’t be missed.

Address: 237 High St, Prahran VIC 3181
Hours: Thurs-Tues 12-4pm & 6-9pm
Phone: (03) 9510 2318

Interior of Bincho Boss Japanese restaurant with traditional decor
Bincho Boss | Image: Bincho Boss

16. Bincho Boss

Things at Bincho Boss are done a bit differently. This modern Japanese restaurant cooks on a konro grill and allows guests to taste popular Japanese dishes with a European undercurrent. Relish drunken tofu noodles, sushi, yakitori, tempura and many hot and soft drinks. You will be amazed by the perfect mix of East and West cuisines, fast and attentive service and a relaxed atmosphere.

Address: 383-385 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Thur 12-2:30pm & 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12-2:30pm & 5-10pm
Phone: 0466 555 123

Interior of Kenzan Japanese Restaurant showing sushi bar and dark colour scheme
Kenzan Japanese Restaurant | Image: Kenzan Japanese Restaurant

Kenzan Japanese Restaurant (Closed for Renovations 1/02/2024)

Sushi bar, tatami room and One Chef Hat under its belt — it doesn’t get any better than Kenzan. Lunch and dinners are a traditional affair at this eatery, serving up sushi and sashimi staples to sukiyaki that is served amongst Japanese aesthetics with attentive service. The eatery has a 12-seat sushi bar, a private room as well as the main restaurant. Chirashi, sukiyaki, unagi, Tempura and sushi are among the many menu items of this stalwart that we love.

Address: Collins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-10pm, Sat 5.30pm-10pm
Phone: (03) 9654 8933

Why You Should Trust Our List

This list was compiled through online research, commentary and expert reviews. Moreover, we leaned on author Aimee O’Keefe’s expertise – as a North Melbourne resident with a penchant for Japanese food and more than 10 years of experience writing about Australia’s best restaurants, she knows a thing or two about where to go for top-quality sushi in and around Melbourne.

Alternatives to Sushi in Melbourne

If you’re looking for other things to do in and around Melbourne, we’ve got you covered. You can check out our list of fun things to do in Melbourne, or If you’re hungry for more Japanese cuisine, check out our list of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne. If you’re full, we can also help you with your search for the best live music venues in Melbourne.

Your FAQs Answered

Where is the best place for sushi in Melbourne CBD?

Minamishima is the best place for sushi in Melbourne’s CBD. Other top sushi spots include WaKenbo and Mr. Ryu.

What is the best sushi train in Melbourne CBD?

Sakura Kaiten Sushi is the best sushi train restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD.

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