For those fond of sushi, you know there’s an art form to preparing these Japanese delicacies. If sushi is not prepared correctly, a foodie could find themselves chowing down on disgusting, fishy mush. While Denver is many miles away from an ocean or sea, sushi lovers can still dine on this delicacy right here in the Mile High City. Don’t miss these top Denver sushi restaurants.
3940 E. Exposition Ave.
Denver, CO 80209
Open for lunch Monday through Saturday and for dinner every night of the week, Osaka Sushi is an inexpensive but high quality option for Denver sushi fiends. This restaurant is a hidden gem right off of Colorado Boulevard. One of the restaurant’s unique offerings is a Colorado Roll, which is a California Roll topped with baked salmon. Their fresh, handmade sushi menu includes sashimi, tempura rolls, maki, and a vast selection of rolls.
731 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80220
Kassai hosts a sushi happy hour every day from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. where diners can pay one dollar per piece of their choice of sushi. Some of the chef’s special rolls include Spices Girl – a spicy salmon and spicy crab meat with jalapenos wrapped in soy paper, Godzilla – spicy salmon, cucumber and peanut inside, spicy tuna & seaweed salad outside, and Spider Man – a soft shell crab, spicy tuna, mango, wrapped in soy paper with chef special sauce. Classic sushi and sashimi dishes are available and made-to-order. This restaurant also serves a large variety of Japanese cuisine including Miso soup, Yaki Soba, and Tempura.
420 E. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO 80209
This tiny restaurant in West Wash Park serves up big flavor when it comes to sushi. You can choose from eating sushi and sashimi a la carte or as a plate served with soup or salad. Some of their most popular rolls include the Tokyo, made of spicy tuna, yellowtail and avocado, Happy made of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cucumber, tobiko, and wasabi, and Mango which includes eel, tobiko, avocado, and mango. There is also the fusion-style sushi section of their menu that offers tuna with spicy tofu, yellowtail jalapeno with caviar, and red snapper with seaweed salad.
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2401 15th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Make reservations at Sushi Sasa in the Lower Highlands if you are going on a date with a sushi snob you’d like to impress. This intimate, high-end restaurant serves a large selection of sakis to accompany your sushi and sashimi. Customers can choose from sushi and sashimi combos or order individual rolls. Their super fresh selection of Uni, a sea urchin, Toro, a fatty tuna and many other fishes will absolutely satisfy your sushi craving.
1487 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
For nearly three decades, Sushi Den has been lauded as one of the finest sushi restaurants in the country. Not only can you dine on some of the most scrumptious sushi in the nation at this South Pearl restaurant, you can also enroll in of their sushi making classes to learn the secrets of this Japanese cuisine. A great date night spot for a sushi-loving couple, Sushi Den loyalists recommend Crispy Bincho Roll, Veggie Tempura Roll, Salmon Nigiri, Red Dragon Roll, and Toro. You really can’t go wrong with anything you order at Sushi Den but be sure to ask for the chef’s daily recommendations before ordering.
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A Denver native, Alli Andress has been a writer for over a decade. Over the course of her career, Andress has written about topics ranging from indie music, animals, health issues and the best of the Mile High City. Her work can be found on Examiner.com