8 Must-Try Sushi Spots in Charlotte

And which roll you have to try at each one
Sushi is all about the sourcing, and you can taste that it’s done well at South End’s O-Ku. Photo by Peter Taylor.

YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar
1508 S. Mint St. 
The excellence of this spot’s ramen and sushi thankfully carry over to the to-go format, with Yume’s In-Home Ramen and Gyoza Kit among its innovations.
Try This: The Sakura Roll


Red Sake
8410 Rea Rd., Ste. 100 
This is sushi for true sushi aficionados. The Luke Lobster roll is a delectable mouthful of lobster meat, spicy tuna, avocado, and eel sauce topped with sweet potato strings.
Try This: Black Jack Roll


New Zealand Café
1717 N. Sardis Rd.
This small, 40-seat seafood grill and sushi bar specialized in takeout before the pandemic; the bulk of its business came from residents in nearby apartment complexes on Sardis Road.
Try This: Philly Roll


Nikko
325 Arlington Ave., Ste. 108
Artistic sushi, a moody interior, and thumping sound system bring in dinner and late-night crowds, but quick service makes it a great lunch spot.
Try This: Dilworth Roll (salmon, kani, masago, and breaded, fried, and re-rolled in rice)


Baku
4515 Sharon Rd.
Black and red decor, delicious sushi, techno beats, and a large pair of geisha eyes staring out at the crowd make for a dramatic setting in this shared-plates restaurant.
Try This: Blue Fin Tuna Roll


O-Ku
2000 South Blvd., Ste. 510
Sushi is all about the sourcing, and you can taste that it’s done well at South End’s O-Ku. Michael Chanthavong is the executive chef at this Charleston import, and his enthusiasm radiates from the people behind the sushi bar to the front-of-house staff, who will help you navigate the sushi and sake selections.
Try This: Hot & Heavy Roll


Blacow
Multiple locations
This concept, combining burger and sushi, extended to South End in September. Its University location also has sushi, but the Fort Mill spot only does burgers.
Try This: Tempura Crab Stick Roll


Yamarazu
2173 Hawkins St., Ste. A
This sushi spot opened in South End in 2017, offering a stylish backdrop and an extensive list of rolls, including the beloved titular one.
Try This: Crazy Horse (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cucumber, avocado, masago, and soy paper)

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