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10 Great Sushi Restaurants in Orange County

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Edwin Goei
You don't put out a Top Ten list of sushi joints in OC and not inspire some discussion. I'd be disappointed if this one didn't. So the comment board is open for objections, inclusions and even agreement on the ten we've chosen.

Without further ado, the list:

10. Kaisen Sushi
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Edwin Goei

Sushi purists should not regard the revolving sushi bar as a threat against tradition. Rather, places like Kaisen Sushi should be considered as stepping stones to eventual sushi enlightenment. Kaisen will familiarize you with the basics before you sit in front of a master. There are morsels here that you don't often find on a revolving belt joint. Take these lessons not just as a sushi primer, but as Japanese Cuisine 101. You are liable to see a sea urchin roe gunkan maki as you are likely to encounter a seaweed salad, inching you ever closer to someday attempting omakase. 3855 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, CA 92704, 714-444-2161.

9. Yosuke Sushi
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Meranda Carter

Yosuke's clients prefer to feast on teriyaki, tempura and California roll combination dinners, which are simultaneously economical and comical given the size of the gigantic bowl-like serving vessels that come with lids as big as hubcaps. Also popular are rolls such as a so-called Mitsy #2, for which a soy-paper-covered tube is filled with shrimp tempura, crab, avocado and cucumber, with an outer spackling of spicy tuna, is bent into an upside-down-U-shaped bridge. But the thing to get is the amaebi, which comes with deep-fried shrimp heads and, sometimes, their roasted egg sacks. 136 S. Fairmont Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92808, 714-921-4002.

8. O Fine Japanese Cuisine
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Todd Barnes

O Fine Japanese Cuisine operates on the assumption you really like California rolls. In fact, it counts on it. Rolls make up more than half the menu. The California is just a start; there are some that don't employ a single grain of rice, a single sheet of nori, nor a single drop of soy sauce. There are also teriyaki combos, tempura this, sesame that, dishes that come with names involving the words "dynamite" and "volcano." 30872 S. Coast Highway., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-5551.

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23 comments
thom23420031
thom23420031

No mention of Abe in Crystal Court?  And the best sushi bar in OC (hands down) is Kappo Honda in Fountain Valley-it routinely tops "Best Of" lists.

-paulc-
-paulc-

Ive always been a fan of Kaori in Fullerton...even though you need a reservation to get a table...

Huy H
Huy H

Sushi Wasabi is really good. Shut Up and Take My Money.

Wendy
Wendy

Sushi Koto in Fountain Valley and Angotei in Costa Mesa are also fabulous options.

KG
KG

You missed Shinkou Sushi!

Joeblowww
Joeblowww

This list fails without any mention of Nana-San.

CaraCara
CaraCara

Sushi Sho is fo sho a little hidden gem in Costa Mesa. 

Maynard Ramirez
Maynard Ramirez

Unless you don't consider all you can eat sushi spots great, you should really check out Zenko Sushi in Mission Viejo. 

DL
DL

Did you miss Nana-San or did I?! I also hear good things about Murasaki.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Fortunately for my wallet, that's outside our purview.

1000Steps
1000Steps

Good selection. Only on I love left off is Angotei

OCLibrarian
OCLibrarian

Yea! You got Maki Zushi in there...this has been our favorite place for quite a few years. As semi sushi snobs, we definitely take advantage of their plentiful live options, including live lobster, amaebi and uni. Yoshi is not only a sushi master - he is also very friendly and personable, qualities that are not always present in sushi chefs. :)

Polar
Polar

Just don't ask for wasabi @ Sushi Shibucho.  I got the stare-o-death and haven't been back because of it.

Johnny T
Johnny T

I can't believe you left out Taiko in Irvine!

Joe Martin
Joe Martin

yup, nana san is amazing...sit down and chat with the owner at the sushi bar and be amazed at the fresh sushi you eat there.

CaraCara
CaraCara

2263 Fairview RoadCosta Mesa, CA 92627

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