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Craving the best sushi restaurants in Berlin? This BFS guide takes you on a delicious journey through Berlin's top sushi and sashimi spots. From trendy Mitte to charming Prenzlauer Berg, and all the way to vibrant Charlottenburg, we've got you covered.

Unlike London, Copenhagen and the mayor Spanish cities, Berlin lacks a true premium, edomae sushi experience, but the last years have seen a significant rise in sushi and sashimi quality and there are a few places worth talking about.

Unlike other lists, we avoid rankings – because each restaurant on this curated list offers a unique and unforgettable sushi experience. Dive into the descriptions to discover your perfect match, whether you crave melt-in-your-mouth sashimi or innovative maki creations.

So grab your chopsticks, soy and ginger and get ready to embark on a Berlin sushi odyssey. Remember, the freshest fish and expert technique deserve the highest recognition and if you keep raising the sushi bar, one day we might just get a premium sushi omakase restaurant in Berlin!

  • Ishin

    The undisputable champion of value-for-money sushi in Berlin. A restaurant power house with two massive locations (Mittelstrasse und Bundesallee are the only real Ishin locations), whose popularity and size puts them in a position to buy high quality seafood. This especially applies to tuna, where Ishin is really the only restaurant in Berlin who can buy whole tunas and therefore offer all the different cuts from the tuna. Rice quality is always very solid and reliable and apart from classical salmon and tuna nigiri and makis, don't forget to check if they have any O-toro tuna belly and Uni. Nothing beats Ishin in terms of value for money and among chefs and business lunch guests alike, Ishin is a shared happy place.

    Come for early or late lunch to avoid lines and order the Tuna Toro Sashimi, the Salmon Ikura Rice Bowl, the Uni Maki plus all your favourite nigiris

  • Sasaya

    Right form the start we're going to say that the Sushi at Sasaya, one of Berlin's oldest and most popular Japanese restaurants, isn't the best thing to eat here (yes, that's a strange statement for a Sushi Top List, but hear us out). I'm saying this because the smaller, Izakaya-style dishes are really the pro move at this place (the inconsistent sushi rice quality somehow makes the sushi surprisingly underwhelming). However, one of the best value-for-money Japanese sushi/sashimi dishes you can have in Berlin is the Chirashi Sushi Don at Sasaya, a serving of rice with Sashimi off-cuts and for 8 EUR you will enjoy a tremendous and unparalleled Chirashi Don experience.

    One of the best places in Berlin for Monday lunch - you need to be there at 12:00 the latest or be one of the lucky few who gets them on the phone.

  • Smart Deli

    Another budget tip is Smart Deli in Mitte, this gem of a restaurant is owned by the legendary Yuki and is a very popular lunch spot in the area. While the seafood quality here won't blow any pro sushi eaters away, the rice really is top of the game and the value for money for the food is out of this world. The pro move here are the sushi dons, the maki rolls are great but regulars here always order the Chirashi Sushi Don or the Unagi Eel Don. Pro tip is to stock up on Japanese groceries while you are here, Yuki has a fantastic offering of dried and frozen goods for your pantry.

    Go for the Lunch Specials and snag a instant ramen for later.

  • Gingi's Izakaya

    Savor the flavors of Japan, Gingi's Izakaya is one of the best destinations for sushi and sashimi in Berlin. With his dedication to traditional Japanese cuisine, Turkish sushi master Gingi offers a great food experience that has managed to stay consistent over many years. Indulge in an array of offerins, from fresh sushi and sashimi. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, Gingi's Izakaya provides the perfect setting to enjoy a casual meal on Prenzlauer Berg's beautiful Rykestrasse.

    Stick to the sushi, nigiri, and sashimi

  • The Catch

    The Catch is a modern Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Charlottenburg and a sister restaurant of the The Catch in Riga. Its sleek and stylish atmosphere sets the stage for a dining experience that is both elegant and intimate. The menu features a range of beautifully crafted dishes that showcase a modern version of a Japanese Izakaya. While The Catch is not exclusively a sushi bar, its creative sushi rolls and sashimi plated are the standout items, made with the impeccably fresh seafood. With its prime location and exceptional food, The Catch is a must-visit spot for anyone looking for a entertaining dinner.

    Go for the crab sushi rolls and the Tuna Belly Sashimi

  • San

    San Restaurant in Berlin Mitte is one of the most acclaimed sushi destinations in Berlin, offering a unique dining experience for locals and tourists alike. The minimalist decor and open kitchen create a welcoming atmosphere and the menu features a wide range of sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese delicacies, with a particular focus on fresh seafood. The knowledgeable staff is happy to offer recommendations and suggestions, making it easy to explore new flavors and dishes. With its central location and excellent reputation, San is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for great Japanese cuisine in Berlin.

    Go for the Chef's Omakase selection and definitely order a portion of the Karaage Chicken

  • 893 Ryotei

    If you're in Berlin and looking for a high-end Japanese sushi restaurant, look no further than 893 Ryotei. This restaurant offers an upscale dining experience, with a twist: the exterior is covered in graffiti. A brainchild of renowned restaurateur Duc Ngo, 893 Ryotei is a must-visit for those who appreciate the finer things in life. While the prices are on the high side, the quality of the food and the atmosphere make it well worth it. Especially ths sushi offering belongs to the finest in all off Germany. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or simply looking for a memorable meal, 893 Ryotei is an excellent choice.

    Reserve your table well in advance and ask for a seat at the bar. Order from the sushi and raw seafood menu, skip the Nikkei menu items and also get the steak.

  • November Brasserie

    November Brasserie is a distinguished dining destination in Berlin focusing on elegant and creative sushi, sashimi, and nigiri preparations. Discover a fusion of Japanese tradition and contemporary elegance as you step into an enchanting ambiance. Indulge in an exceptional dining experience as you savor meticulously crafted sushi creations, showcasing the freshest and highest quality ingredients, expertly prepared by skilled artisans. With its refined atmosphere, impeccable service, and an unwavering commitment to culinary excellence, November Brasserie is a haven for sushi enthusiasts and discerning diners seeking an playful gastronomic adventure in the heart of Berlin.

    A Katsu sandwich for dessert is fair play.

  • Otsuka

    Forget fancy storefronts, Otsuka is where it's at! Tucked inside a Denn's Bio Supermarket near Nordbahnhof, sushi master Daisuke offers an intimate dining experience that's worth the secret entrance. Chef Daisuke, a presents a daily-changing lunch platter that's a guaranteed win, but the real star is the Omakase Sushi menu.

    This isn't just lunch, it's an adventure. Think melt-in-your-mouth sashimi, an array of nigiri that'll tantalize your taste buds, a playful maki roll and even a touch of sweetness with tamago (a Japanese omelette) and dessert.

    And here's the best part: the fish is as fresh as it gets. We're talking top-tier European catches like Spanish tuna, Atlantic turbot, sea bream, and mackerel. Every bite is a symphony of flavors, further elevated by perfectly cooked, expertly seasoned, and unbelievably tempered rice.

    Daisuke's passion is contagious, the vibe is intimate, and the food is nothing short of phenomenal. Don't miss out on this hidden gem – it's a sushi experience you won't forget!

    No alcohol is served and you can't bring your own bottles, so enjoy your tea. And don't forget to reserve your seats via Instagram!

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