The 8 Best Sushi Restaurants in Akron, OH

Living in Ohio my whole life, you would think I would know every sushi restaurant from Toledo to Cincinnati. Now, I haven’t been that blessed, but I will say I know the best places in my hometown of Akron, Ohio, and that’s a fact.

Sushi is that rare oddity that once you find a place you love, you never forget it. High quality sushi is also a bit hard to find in the Midwest, but Akron has quite a few gems to be proud of.

Based on my extensive research (A.K.A. dragging my girlfriend to at least one sushi spot a week), here is my list of the best 8 sushi restaurants Akron has to offer.

Map of My Favorite Sushi Restaurants in Akron, OH

My Personal Favorite: Kasai

First up: Kasai. This place has a very special place in my heart, as it is the first restaurant that I ever had sushi in. I have come to love the calming atmosphere, friendly staff, and most importantly the sushi that hits the spot every. single. time.

My recommendation? Get the Maki combo. It is the best deal, and honestly the soup and salad are quite delicious. Another tip? Sit out on the patio on a warm summer evening, with a cocktail in hand. There isn’t anything like it.

This place truly is the full picture. Even if the sushi was only sub-par, I’d still venture the 15 minutes from downtown each month for the atmosphere and staff. But we are in luck, because the sushi is some of the best around!

  • Address: 3875 Massillon Rd #300 Uniontown, OH 44685
  • Website: Kasai Sushi

City favorite: Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant

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Cilantro is by far the most popular place to get sushi in Downtown Akron. With its beautiful building and perfect mix of traditional and modern décor, you feel the appeal right when you walk in. Every time you know you’re at least getting one thing: fresh food. Not only do they have one of the most extensive and interesting sushi menus around, but the Thai food is off the charts as well.

Now, they are a more middle to high-end place in downtown, but every penny is worth it here.

This place has won several awards, which explains why you’ll probably need to act quick on those reservations. (Finding an open table, especially on the weekends, might have you waiting for weeks to get in.)

Best Bang for your Buck: Boiling House Seafood & Sushi Bar

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Now on the other side of things, we have Boiling House. Literally right around the corner from Cilantro, this Seafood and Sushi joint offers some of the best you can get, without taking a heavy shot to your wallet.

Merging quality steamed and fried seafood with their authentic sushi, Boiling House really is the best of both worlds. My personal favorite to get here? California roll, spicy tuna roll, and a side of fries. Sounds weird, but just wait until you try it.

The friendly staff and snazzy décor will be enough to keep you there, the sushi and entrees will be enough to make you come back, and the price will make Boiling House one of your new go-to spots.

  • Address: 1 W Exchange Street, Suite 150 Downtown Akron, OH 44308
  • Website: Boiling House

Best Dine-In Experience: Wasabi

Every town has (or should have, come on) their very own rendition of a Hibachi Steakhouse. Akron’s most famous? Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse. Now I know this article is not about Hibachi, but the true hidden gem of Wasabi is their fresh and always delicious sushi and shashimi.

A short ten-minute drive out of downtown takes you to this truly traditional set up of modern Japanese décor. Not only is it beautiful, the chefs give you dinner AND a show. But don’t forget the most important part: order the sushi, you won’t regret it.

This is the perfect place for a full family gathering, as it really is entertainment and dinner wrapped in one. And what sushi-lover is going to turn down some of the best in town? Not me.

  • Address: 150 Montrose West Ave Copley, OH 44321
  • Website: Wasabi

Best Take-Out: Hyde Out

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Listen, I know what you are thinking after looking this place up. Why would I recommend you get sushi at a local bar? The answer is simple: your taste buds need it. If you’re not in the mood for the classic bar dining experience, order it to-go and indulge at home. To top it all off? They offer BOGO 50% on their classic sushi rolls. Here’s my go to order:

  1. California Roll
  2. Tuna and Avocado Roll (2nd roll 50% off!!)
  3. Salmon roll
  4. Sweet Potato Roll (4th roll 50% off!!)
  5. Edamame (best in town…seriously.)

Go home, put on your favorite binge-worthy show or movie, and fill up with some Hyde Out. You’ll be glad you did.

  • Address: 491 E Waterloo Rd Akron, OH 44319
  • Website: Hyde Out

Best Authentic Sushi Experience: Sushi Katsu

From their fresh sashimi to all-natural sushi rolls, Sushi Katsu is the place to go if you want a try an authentic sushi spot. The small and quaint restaurant demonstrates genuine care for each dish they put out.

The perfect scenario here? Sit at the sushi bar and watch the chef create their art. This is a place that you want to engage with the staff, they are half the reason the trip is worth it. Ask for the chef’s recommendation of the day, and please: get the Spiderman Roll.

Hidden in the center of Merriman valley, Sushi Katsu is worth the 10-minute drive from the normal hustle and bustle of downtown.

  • Address: 1446 North Portage path, Akron, Ohio
  • Website: Sushi Katsu

Hidden Sushi Gem of Akron: Taste of Bangkok

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Taste of Bangkok is a perfect example of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” In a stand-alone, somewhat rundown building just outside of the University of Akron’s campus, you’ll find some incredible tasting sushi (and Thai food) for a good price.

I frequented this place in college and would find that sometimes the sushi chef wouldn’t be in on certain days. Though it has been a while, I’d still recommend calling to assure one of the sushi chefs is in. If they are, you’re in for some mouth-watering sushi.

Best Reviews: Sakura Sushi

Last but not least as far as online reviews go: Sakura Sushi. This elegant looking restaurant has you feeling like you are in the right place from the moment you step through their doors. From its top tier fresh ingredients to reasonable prices and friendly staff, it is no wonder they are rated with 4.5 stars on Google.

One recommendation I have? If you are going on the weekend, make a reservation because they will be busy. About a 20-minute drive out of downtown, Sakura (and each plate’s beautiful presentation) makes for the ultimate date night. From their mouth-watering sushi, to handcrafted drinks at the bar, this is the place to be to impress that special someone.

  • Address: 3900 Medina Rd., Akron OH 44333
  • Website: Sakura Sushi