Best Sushi in St. Louis: One Local’s 5 Favorites

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The very first thing my roommate or I do when celebrating something — a raise at work, a great thrifted find, a new episode of Survivor that Jeff promos as unbelievable on his Twitter — is order sushi.

It’s not even a question in my house anymore. Just one of us lingering in the doorway, phone already loaded with half the order, saying: “I was thinking…” in a singsong tone. The other one responds immediately: “Yes, of course. Do you wanna split the yellowtail jalapeno roll or get one each?”

Sushi has the ability to feel both healthy and luxurious — affordable yet undeniably bougie. It’s delicious, it’s versatile, it’s a staple.

You might be thinking, okay, sure. But in the Midwest?

Hell yeah, in the Midwest. Though I’ve had sushi all over the world — from London to Paris to Los Angeles — there’s no denying that the sushi here in St. Louis, Missouri is absolutely delicious.

Still, I’m the first to admit that there is a certain amount of trial and error in finding the best sushi. Since I have already done this — after all, there are forty-one seasons of Survivor — I’m going to share my tried and true list of the best Sushi places in all of the Greater STL Area.

Map of the best sushi in St. Louis

Best Bang For Your Buck: Sushi Ai

Listen, you and I both know that sushi can get pricey. And as cheap as I am, I cannot help but insist that raw fish isn’t the place to skimp out and save a few bucks. (The grocery store California rolls might only be five dollars, but praying to higher powers can only do so much.)

So if you’re leaning towards the affordable, you have got to try Sushi Ai.

With one location in STL proper and two others not that far, this is probably a place that you’ve heard of before. There’s a variety of options on the menu and, most importantly, an all you can eat option for just over thirteen dollars. The serving staff is great, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the sushi is delicious. It’s a must.

*Note: You can get the Obama’s Choice Roll, which is both hilarious and delicious.

  • Address (Downtown): 910 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
  • Website: Sushi Ai

Best for ordering delivery: Drunken Fish

Sometimes you just gotta eat sushi in your pajamas while binge watching a new Netflix show. It’s just part of a healthy life — ordering a boat of sushi and having it delivered to your door is a luxurious part of modernity and I insist upon it at least every other month.

Now, Drunken Fish in CWE is probably not known for its take out. It’s got a great location on the corner, two floors of dining, and is packed literally every time I stop by. However, they are my go to delivery sushi, and I can’t change that this late in the game. I’m in their rewards program. I’m part of the team.

Given the title of Best Sushi in STL by the Riverfront Times Reader’s Choice in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020, along with three locations in the area, it’s no wonder that Drunken Fish is synonymous with sushi in STL. Their signature rolls are great, their prices are reasonable, and the food holds up when it’s out for delivery.

Pro-tip: get their signature Drunken Fish roll. It will make it absolutely clear why you need to order from them every time.

  • Address (STL Central West End): 1 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Address (STL Ballpark Village): 601 Clark Avenue, Suite 104, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Address (STL Westport Plaza): 639 Westport Plaza Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63146
  • Website: Drunken Fish

Best for your sushi-hating pals: Midtown Sushi and Ramen

Midtown Sushi and Ramen holds a special place in my heart because it is delicious and the waiters always tell me they think my outfit is cool — I’m not saying this makes the food taste better, but it certainly puts me in a great mood.

Not only is this place family run and has reasonable parking — two things that the St. Louis community both covets and cherishes — but the food is excellent. The sushi is great, and it’s extremely affordable with their most expensive roll topping out at eleven dollars.

Another great thing about this place, though, is their non-sushi options. The ramen, as you can imagine from the name, is incredible. There’s a variety of options for carnivores, pescatarians, and vegetarians to all enjoy. I, personally, would go to war over the Nabe Yaki Udon, as well.

If you’re craving sushi but need to accommodate for non-sushi eaters, Midtown Sushi and Ramen is definitely the way to go.

  • Address: 3674 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Website: Midtown-Sushi

Best for dates: Nippon Tei

Now that you know where you can get yummy sushi for eleven dollars, here’s where you can get yummy sushi for three times that — and, hand to God, it’s worth it.

Sometimes, you just want decadence. Nippon Tei delivers that in spades.

Chef Nick Bognar is a James Beard “Rising Star” and the owner/chef of three restaurants in the Greater STL area. Bognar claims an immersive American-Japanese experience that allows restaurant-goers to “find a dish off the beaten path”.

Colloquially, at least in my group chat, this place is called The Good Fancy Sushi Place. There’s no other way to look at it — it’s a fancy, fancy place, pals. The food is incredible, of course, with carefully selected small plates and a variety of options that all work well together no matter what you order. There’s specialty cocktails, mouth watering appetizers, and sushi that makes you want to lie in the grass contemplating the divinity of taste buds. If you’re looking to impress, this is definitely the place to go.

  • Address: 14025 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011
  • Website: Nippon-Tei

Honorable mention: iNDO

Okay, so there’s no sushi at Chef Nick Bognar’s second restaurant, iNDO, but I am not about to disrespect the best sashimi of my life by not pitching it to whomever will listen. iNDO was listed as a Best New Restaurant in GQ Magazine. Equally importantly, my friends and I all described it as “Tasty!” and declared it to have a “Cool atmosphere!”.

There’s some truly outstanding cocktails, appetizers that made my entire table fall silent despite the birthday celebrations we were meant to be focused on, and marinated sashimi that makes me think that Bognar and I exist on two separate astral planes because I cannot marinate fish like that.

I must insist that you all go there immediately — you can thank me later.

  • Address: 1641D Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
  • Website: iNDO

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