The 20 Best Sushi Restaurants in Cape Town

The 20 Best Sushi Restaurants in Cape Town Nobu One&Only Cape Town

From tempura to tataki, we’re on a roll!

It’s hard to believe there was a time when the mention of sushi elicited blank stares or looks of horror (raw fish – with seaweed!). Three decades on, and it seems like every neighbourhood in Cape Town has a sushi spot. Not only a veritable menu staple, it’s become the food of choice for health-conscious foodies wanting their daily dose of protein and omega-3s without the kilojoules. For many others, it’s an addiction.

This is our list of the best sushi makers in Cape Town. Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Cape Town CBD
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
Durbanville + Northern Suburbs
Deep South

Cape Town CBD

Obi Restaurant

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Obi Restaurant Sushi

Co-owned by chef Hatsushiro Muraoka (Papa San of Takumi, Minato and Tokyo fame) and chef Ben Bettendorf, this no-frills eatery on lower Long Street is where you’ll find sushi, ramen and tempura prepared the authentic way.
If you’re here for lunch between 12pm and 2pm order the Bento Box (salmon nigiri, tuna nigiri, salmon roses, four prawn California rolls, and four pieces of vegetable tempura, served with tentsuyu dipping sauce and miso soup). Or try Chirashizushi, one of Obi’s specialities: sushi rice, garnished with sashimi selections and vegetables. The tempura is also some of the best in town – feather-light, with a flaky batter and mouth-watering dipping sauce.
Good to know The restaurant is closed for winter break from 29 May 2022 to Monday 20 June 2022.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm (lunch) and 6pm – 9.30pm (dinner)
Contact 021 418 4040, info@obirestaurant.co.za
Where to find it 14 Long Street, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Yu Asian Tapas and Bar

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: YU Asian Tapas and Bar

For a contemporary take on traditional Asian cuisine, Yu Asian Tapas and Bar on the Foreshore does a variety of sushi, dim sum and small plates. The signature Lightly Tempura Soft Shell Crab with avo, sweet teriyaki and caviar is scrumptious and there are vegetarian options that are equally tasty, such as the Tempura Veg with sweet butternut mash and burnt mayonnaise.
The decor is cosy, with soft-lit interiors, wooden tables and comfortable velvet seating. Add attentive and friendly service – and a delightful octopus artwork on the wall – and you’re in for a treat.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm –10pm
Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 111 0453, info@newmarkhotels.com
Where to find it 57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town

Kyoto Garden

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Kyoto Garden
Claire Gunn

This pared-down Japanese eatery in the heart of buzzy Tamboerskloof has long been the go-to spot for top-notch sushi. Inside, a Zen-like reprieve from the outside busyiness awaits, with dimly lit low tables, bamboo screens and wooden blinds.
US-born owner Scott Wood has a penchant for provenance and is fastidious about unusual ingredients – think farmed abalone, Mozambican conch, eel, sea urchin and Alaskan king crab. The Alaskan king crab handroll is always a winner, or try the two-piece sea urchin uni if you’re looking for something different.
Kyoto Garden is also the only Asian restaurant in the city that serves genuine wasabi root, grated on a traditional sharkskin grater in front of you at the table.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12.30pm – 11pm
Contact  021 422 2001
Where to find it 11 Lower Kloofnek Road, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Aiko Sushi

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Aiko Wall

In the space previously home to Active Sushi, this little eatery is fast becoming known for delicious morsels and super-cool decor – we love the whale-shaped collage of plates on the ultramarine wall. Back to the sushi… apart from the zero-rice options for Banters, pescatarians will be in their element, with items such as the Cry Roll (smoked salmon, wasabi, rice, seaweed and sesame seed). There’s good news for vegans, too: a new tempura range of surprisingly delectable flavour combos, such as deep-fried Tona Crunchy with tofu, avo, radish, sweet chilli sauce and mayonnaise. (In fact, Leaf Eaters voted it Best Vegan Sushi Restaurant in town.
Good to know There’s a daily eat-as-much-as-you-like special for R199.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 10pm
Contact  021 418 0064
Where to find it 4 Bree Street, Portside, Foreshore, Cape Town

Atlantic Seaboard

Willoughby & Co

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Willoughby and Co

You’ll always find a queue of hungry diners waiting to be seated at Willoughby & Co at the V&A Waterfront. And for good reason – the sushi here is consistently delicious. Their extensive menu offers a variety of beautifully made Japanese and traditional seafood dishes prepared by experienced chefs under the eagle eye of owner Jens Tibshraeny and his professional team.
With everything so scrumptious, it’s hard to choose, but one of our favourites is their signature 4×4 dish (four pieces of creamy rock-shrimp maki and four pieces of Rainbow Reloaded rolls topped with deep-fried prawns tossed in a spicy chili-bean mayonnaise).
Though you’re in a mall, the pale-wood furniture and comfortable padded booths give it its own personality. If you’re popping in for a quick bite, perch at the counter and watch the chefs at work As bookings are not accepted, service is quick and efficient, so waiting for a table isn’t a big deal.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 418 6115
Where to find it Shop 6132, V&A Waterfront

Nobu

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Nobu

For a Rolls-Royce seafood experience, take a seat at Nobu at One&Only Cape Town. Everything from the sleek, double-volume interiors and swanky backlit bar to the highly skilled chefs and efficient and friendly staff is top-drawer. Gastronomically speaking, the Japanese-Peruvian dishes will send your tastebuds to Osaka and back. Everything is made using only the best-quality sustainable local fish and produce available – such as their delicious New Style Sashimi Bluefin Tuna. As bluefin tuna a threatened species, the dish is prepared using only wild-farmed bluefin tuna from the Atlantic. But, there’s many more sensational dishes to explore on their extensive sushi menu including the Scallop and Smelt Egg hand roll, the Eel and Cucumber maki and Octopus sashimi, to name a few. Nobu is the perfect destination for any special occasion.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 431 5888, reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com
Where to find it One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Andy’s Sushi Bar

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Andys Sushi Bar
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Owned by former Willoughby & Co chef Andy Wang, this cosy eatery on Sea Point Main Road is all about freshness and quality. Andy’s inventive dishes, prepared in the traditional Japanese way,  are so delicious and very affordable. Try the Rainbow Reloaded (rainbow rolls dressed with sweet soya sauce, seven-spice, sesame oil and spring onion) and the Salmon Fire (salmon roses filled with chopped, spicy salmon, dressed with chili mayonnaise and sweet soya sauce). And, if you are not in the mood to venture outside, don’t worry – they also do deliveries.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Contact 076 578 6322
Where to find it 315 Main Road, Sea Point

Izakaya Matsuri

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Izakaya Matsuri
Bernard Myburgh

Owned by celebrated chef Arata Koga (formerly Tank and Genki), this cool spot is all about authentic Japanese cuisine, super-fresh sushi, good wine and real-deal sake and tea. The indoor-outdoor scene reminds us of a streetside spot in Tokyo.
Arata’s “food is art” philosophy is evident in his extensive menu and beautifully plated dishes. The sashimi (five pieces) and nigiri (two pieces) is good value and includes eel, mackerel and octopus, as well as your usual salmon, tuna and linefish. Try the Eel Dragon Roll (eel and cucumber wrapped in sliced avo and topped with eel sauce) – simply divine! The “three kinds of ice cream” (green tea ice, deep fried and wasabi) are also worth a whirl.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 421 4520, matsurigreenpoint@gmail.com
Where to find it 6, The Rockwell, 32 Prestwich Street, Green Point, Cape Town

Three Wise Monkeys

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Three Wise Monkeys

At this little eatery in Sea Point, great things come in threes – slup-alicious ramen, comforting poke bowls and chart-topping sushi. It’s fresh and fun, with names as curiously exciting as the flavour combinations, like the eight-piece Avalanche: California rolls topped with seared tuna and firecracker mayonnaise. Or try the Simo Salmon Surprise: a seared-salmon roll topped with avo, mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce.
Inside, the vibe is chilled and intimate with studded leather backrests, outsized copper downlights, and an illustration of Kid Goku from the anime TV series Dragon Ball Z to brighten things up.
Good to know No bookings.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 433 1837, info@threewisemonkeys.co.za
Where to find it La Rhone Building, 77 Regent Street, Sea Point, Cape Town

Misfits by Ideas Cartel

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Misfits by Ideas Cartel

This buzzing all-day restaurant oozes cool vintage vibes, with its old red-brick walls, eclectic décor and comfortable seating (Chesterfield sofas, leather booths and velvet chairs). Throw in live piano music and delectable sushi, and you’re guaranteed a great night out.
The sushi is fresh and delicious and the extensive menu means purists and non-sticklers will be catered for.
Chef Caroline also has a soft spot for all things plant-based, so she’s constantly concocting all kinds of exciting vegan delights, such as the delicious (and pretty) three-piece vegan roses.
Good to know On sushi date nights, you and your plus one will receive a glass of bubbly each.
Opening times Sunday – Monday, 7am – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 10pm
Contact 021 180 3098, misfits@ideascartel.com
Where to find it 70 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Kama Sushi and Chinese

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Zama Sushi and Chinese

You’ll find this small family-run eatery with its big menu of sushi and Chinese in the heart of Sea Point’s buzzy shopping-centre precinct. Behind Kama’s bold black-and-gold exterior, an unassuming interior awaits where patrons can sit down for some deliciously fresh variations on classics at excellent prices (a 17-piece platter of California rolls, sashimi and salmon roses for R119!). Ever heard of a Biltong Powder Roll? Didn’t think so. It’s prawn or salmon California rolls with powdered biltong, spring onion and mayonnaise all topped with very hot 911 (yes) sauce. Innovation, passion and good value – little wonder it’s popular with the locals.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10pm
Contact 074 383 9558
Where to find it 67 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Chef Chen Sushi Bar

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Chef Chen Sushi Bar

This open-plan eatery in The Point Mall is perfect for some quick on-the-go sushi or to sit down at the counter while you watch a master chef in action. Yes, with chef Wanli Chen (formerly Willoughbys & Co) at the helm, it’s safe to say you can expect some of the best sushi in town. The prices are great, too, with a platter for one (two salmon California rolls, two pieces of salmon sashimi, two salmon roses, two ago maki and two rainbow rolls) going for R95. Also try the tiger prawn roll (eight pieces of spicy prawn and avo wrapped with tiger prawn and avo and topped with spice mayonnaise and sesame seeds). The decor is subtle and easy on the eye: minimalist wood panelling, high chairs at two back-to-back wooden counters with views of said chef, or shopping activities in the mall.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12am – 9pm
Contact 072 2036 320
Where to find it 2nd Floor, The Point, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Make Chinese Food and Sushi Bar

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Make Chinese Food and Sushi Bar

Minimalist interiors, generous portions of delicious sushi and good prices. That’s Make Chinese Food and Sushi Bar in a nutshell.
But, let’s start at the menu where there is ample to choose from. There’s a selection of rolls and sashimi (which melts like butter in your mouth) and a Creative Sushi section where you’ll find the Volcano Roll, with a little of everything – eight salmon California rolls with chopped crabstacks, seven-spice, wasabi and a sprinkle of onion.
A Sea Point favourite, Make is known to consistently serve some of the best authentic Chinese food and fresh sushi.
Good to know We hear the chicken-fried rice is heavenly.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Contact 021 434 8899, make.restaurant@gmail.com
Where to find it 196 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Southern Suburbs

1890 House Sushi and Grill

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: 1890 House Sushi and Grill

This restaurant in an Observatory side street is loved by locals and out-of-towners alike. Maybe it’s because the busy chefs don’t compromise on quality and their beautifully presented sushi doesn’t cost the earth. Or maybe it’s because they greet regulars by name. Who knows? Everybody loves it.
If you are in a hangry hurry, sit at the rotating carousel and get instant gratification by plucking off whichever plates take your fancy. We recommend the salmon roses, prawn tempura roll and sashimi – fresh, fresh, fresh. And the platters are well-priced, too – there’s even a 14-piece vegetarian platter.
Good to know You can also order Thai and Chinese dishes here, but with sushi this good, why bother? Phone ahead to book, or come early, as it gets very busy from 6.30pm.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 447 1450, housesushi1890@gmail.com
Where to find it 40 Trill Road, Observatory

Salushi

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Salushi

You’ll feel right at home in this modern Claremont eatery with its warm wood floors and soft greenery all around. Situated across from Cavendish Square, Salushi is popular with office workers, ladies who lunch and students who crave delicious sushi and Asian-style light meals.
The sushi is freshly prepared (which means it might take a little longer to get your food, but the wait is worth it). Our favourites are the Bon Bon Gifts (salmon fashion sandwiches topped with mayonnaise and caviar) and Takky Tempura (seared salmon California rolls, topped with tempura prawns, spring onion and drizzled with citrus mayonnaise).
Good to know If you’re her for after-work or pre-movie cocktails, try the piña colada!
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 065 038 2106, info@salushi.com
Where to find it 6 Cavendish Street, Claremont

Sushi Box Uitsig

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Sushi Box

Situated at Constantia Uitsig, offering a beautiful outlook, this branch of the popular Sushi Box chain offers a selection of classic sushi dishes, value-for-money combos and some vegetarian and noodle options. The classic combo – two salmon roses, eight tuna California rolls and four pieces avo maki – always hits the spot, rounded off with Prawn Poppers (tempura prawn) or a Tuna Crunch roll. Service is warm, the wine-farm setting is tranquil – it’s perfect for a leisurely lunch, romantic dinner date or a scrumptious meal with friends.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 12pm
Contact 072 799 5722
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Deep South

Harbour House Kalk Bay

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Harbour House Boats

This shore-hugging favourite stands high above the bustling fishing pier and boasts spectacular 360-degree views of the ocean, harbour and Hangklip Mountain on the horizon. Enjoy a glass of wine – and a delicious selection of sushi – as the waves crash against the giant glass windows. The Tempura Eight (four teriyaki rolls and four rainbow rolls topped with tempura prawn) and the delicious Rock Pool Platter (four Ultimate Rainbow rolls, four prawn California rolls, dipped in a special tempura sauce and topped with spring onion) are just two delectable items on the sushi menu (there are seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes too), making it an ideal spot for a Sunday lunch or special-occasion dinner.
Good to know There’s a second branch at the V&A Waterfront.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12pm
Contact 021 788 4136, kalkbay@harbourhouse.co.za
Where to find it Main Road, Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Village Sushi

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Village Sushi

At The Noordhoek Village Hotel in the ever-popular Noordhoek Farm Village, this cosy spot rubs shoulders with the likes of Franck Dangereux’s feted Foodbarn, and Café Roux.
You’re welcome to sit and enjoy your fresh sushi (and other Asian dishes) here, or you can order takeaways (provided you call and place your order beforehand). All the sushi classics are available, but why not go for the Design Your Own Platter option: your choice of 8, 12, 20 or 60 pieces.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 079 056 0482, res@denoordhoek.co.za
Where to find it De Noordhoek Hotel, Village Lane, Noordhoek, Cape Town

Durbanville and Northern Suburbs

Parafish

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Parafish

Known in the Durbanville ’hood for its supremely fresh sushi that won’t break the bank, Parafish keeps the delightful surprises rolling with its regular specials. From Monday to Thursday, there’s diners can enjoy three platters for the price of two!
The interiors are light and bright, and the service is fast. We recommend the four-piece Dragon Roll (Prawn California topped with eel and avo, drizzled with mayonnaise, teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds and caviar) – ridiculously good value at R65.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Contact 021 979 7341, parafishsushi@gmail.com
Where to find it Shop 31, De’Ville Centre, 36 Main Road, Durbanville, Cape Town

Catch 22

Best Sushi Restaurants 2022: Catch 22

For an all-out coastal experience where sushi (and steak) and killer views are all part of the deal, you can’t do better than Catch 22. The decor is approachable, with blue and white seating and bamboo accents. Expect super-fresh old-time favourites and signature dishes, such as the Jolly Roger: a marinated salmon roll covered in tuna and spicy sriracha mayonnaise; and Rock ‘n Rolls: a spicy-tuna roll topped with tempura prawn and drizzled with Asian bean sauce.
Good to know The Thursday Sushi Social gets you a 30 pieces for R275! Look out for brand-new vegetarian options, such as Tu-No (soy-marinated tomato), and a poke bowl.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Contact 021 557 7449, info@catch22restaurant.co.za
Where to find it Corner of Beach Boulevard and Porterfield Road, Tableview, Cape Town

We also rate

While these spots don’t specialise in sushi (it’s just one item on their extensive menus), they deserve a whirl, whether for the quality and freshness of the ingredients or the uniqueness of the setting or offering.

    1. Nippon for smack-of-the sea value-for-money sushi (a tempura-prawn handroll for R45!) in Hout Bay
    2. Cabo for its sea-scraping setting and finger-licking sushi in the docklands
    3. Grand Pavilion for a Buzz with a capital B and delicious sushi on Sea Point’s Beach Road
    4. Wonderful for cheap and cheerful sushi on Sea Point Main Road
    5. The Codfather for the Camps Bay vibe and immediate gratification (conveyer belt)
    6. Haiku for a sophisticated smorgasbord of Asian tapas in the CBD
    7. Hamachi for fresh, delicious morsels in unsophisticated surrounds in the southern suburbs

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 26 May 2022

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4 Responses to “The 20 Best Sushi Restaurants in Cape Town”

  1. J Carl

    Plushi in Woodstock was incredible. I didn’t realize it was plant-based only. I’m not vegetarian, but I was hungry, so skeptically ordered. OH MY GOODNESS their rolls blew me away, not to mention the presentation. Everything was so different and unique. GF options were available too. Available for take away and delivery. I’m definitely taking visitors.

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  2. Mary

    K1 Sushi in Hout Bay. Balance of flavour is amazing

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  3. Wilhelm Human

    Hamachi in my mind is way to far down on the list. Been at most and they compare well and beat many in the 26 above them. For the rest I agree most of the times.

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  4. Julinda

    Akiya Sushi in Century Village is great too

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