The 9 Best Sushi Restaurants in Grand Rapids

There was a time in my life when I didn’t like sushi. I know. Sacrilege.

Eventually, I discovered it wasn’t that I didn’t like sushi. I just didn’t like bad sushi. You know, the stuff at the supermarket that’s been sitting out for who knows how long. The uninspired roll from the strip mall sushi joint.

Tell supermarket sushi to take a hike. I’m going to take you on a trip across Grand Rapids, and we’re going to eat the good stuff.

Pssst. Guess what?

As an added bonus, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. If you’re ordering takeout, sushi is the unrivaled, absolute G.O.A.T. for takeout. It’s room temperature, so it travels well. You’ll thank me later.

Ok, onto the best sushi spots in Grand Rapids. Dine-in optional.

Map of the Best Sushi Restaurants in Grand Rapids, MI

My personal favorite: Maru

Every time we go to Maru, my wife orders the same thing. The papa crema signature roll. The roll is tempura fried and packed with smoked salmon, crab salad, and avocado. It comes with a side of deep-fried sweet potatoes.

If Maru ever takes the papa crema off the menu, I’m afraid she will rally the townspeople and arm them with pitchforks and flaming torches (I’m joking. I think).

I like to mix up my orders at Maru, so I’ve ordered almost every signature roll and can say they are universally delicious. Great appetizers, too – the firecracker shrimp, edamame, and crab rangoon dip are all staples at my table.

The O.G. Maru location is 927 Cherry St, and it’s nestled in a hip part of the city. Some of the best and trendiest places to eat and drink are a short walk away.

The Bridge St. location (formerly called Ando Sushi) is the best sushi in downtown Grand Rapids. It’s next door to The Knickerbocker, by all the fun places on Bridge Street.

  • Address 1: 927 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Address 2: 415 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Website: Maru

The best sushi and sandwich spot: Rockwell Republic

Are you hitting the town with someone who isn’t a sushi fan? Rockwell/Republic is the spot for you.

Rockwell Republic has an excellent lineup of sushi rolls. But they also offer burgers, chicken sandwiches, and other American fares. It’s the perfect spot for compromising with that person in your life who thinks raw fish is cringe.

Rockwell Republic is smack dab in the heart of downtown GR, so it’s a prime candidate if you’ve got a show or an event to get to after dining.

  • Address: 45 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Rockwell Republic

Best of both worlds: Ginza Sushi & Ramen Bar

Sushi and ramen go together like peanut butter and jelly. Get the best of both worlds at Ginza Sushi & Ramen Bar.

I love ramen in the summer, but when Michigan’s weather is brisk, ramen hits different. Ginza is my go-to ramen spot. Order a bowl of ramen and a sushi roll. Treat yo self.

Everything at Ginza is plated beautifully, as well. Try pairing the Tonkatsu ramen bowl with the dancing fish specialty roll. *chef’s kiss*

The best sushi in a strip mall: Tokyo Grill & Sushi

I have friends who have lived in big cities on both coasts, and they say that Tokyo Grill & Sushi is the best sushi they’ve ever had. High praise for a sushi joint in a Kentwood strip mall.

I’ve gone to Tokyo Grill & Sushi with a large group of friends, and I gotta say, it’s the best way to experience the place. Share your soosh with your friends, and grab a few bites off their plates.

Dinner and a movie: Jaku Sushi

Both Jaku locations are near Celebration Cinemas, so you can catch a movie after dinner. Their sushi is so tasty, you won’t even have room for popcorn.

You have to order the Las Vegas roll and the Iceland Volcano roll. So good.

  • Address 1: 2289 E Beltline Ave NE Suite B, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Address 2: 1671 SE Marketplace Dr, Caledonia, MI 49316
  • Website: Jaku Sushi

Best all-you-can-eat sushi: Nagoya Japanese Restaurant

best sushi in grand rapids

Can’t get enough sushi? I know how you feel. Sushi is one of those foods I want to keep eating, even after I’m full.

Nagoya has you covered. They offer all-you-can-eat sushi for a very reasonable price (18 bucks for lunch, 28 for dinner). Yes, there are people in this world who want all-you-can-eat sushi for lunch, and we demand to be heard.

I’ve often found that all-you-can-eat places compromise quality for quantity. Fortunately, this is not the case at Nagoya, as every bite of sushi is top-notch.

For big city vibes: Ju Sushi and Lounge

Owned by the Ju family, the plush interior at Ju Sushi and Lounge will make you feel like you’re eating sashimi in New York or San Francisco.

Ju’s menu is the size of a phonebook, so you’re bound to find something that sounds good. (A note to younger readers – a phonebook was a massive book listing the telephone numbers of every home and business in your entire city. These phone numbers were called “landlines”).

I’ve tried a handful of sushi rolls at Ju, and they were all tasty.

The best lunch spot: Ato Sushi

Ato sushi is in a small space on Monroe center. Monroe is one of the nicest streets in town, so make sure you take a stroll to or from dinner. The cozy size of Ato makes it the perfect spot for lunch.

They have excellent sashimi if that’s your thing, and the sushi is top-notch.

As of this writing, Ato sushi does not sell alcohol. No sake for you! (How did we get this far without bringing up sake?)

  • Address: 180 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Ato Sushi

The best sushi for takeout: Sushi Kuni

Confession: Sushi Kuni is pretty close to my house. But I swear I’m not biased. If I’m getting takeout sushi, I’m usually getting it from Sushi Kuni.

Really great, fresh fish. And lots of vegetarian options for our friends who keep their diets plant-based.

  • Address: 2901 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Website: Sushi Kuni