Although Cincinnati isn’t exactly known for its sushi, it does offer a wide variety of places to grab a sushi roll and some egg drop soup if you look hard enough.
Fortunately you don’t have to look too hard because we’ve done that for you. In this post, we share the top ten best places to get sushi in Cincinnati.
10. Green Papaya
Location: 2942 Wasson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (Hyde Park)
Coming in at number 10 on our list is Green Papaya, a restaurant nestled in between Hyde Park and Oakley that offers a wide variety of sushi rolls along with some incredible thai dishes.
Their fresh, authentic, flavor-packed rolls bring people in the door and the unique interior decorations make people want to stay.
Their website provides a nice background on the restaurant:
Green Papaya is locally owned and managed by husband and wife, Sak Kertpet and Sunee (Ta) Panichluechachai, both originally from Bangkok, Thailand. Sak was a chef in Boston and moved to Cincinnati in 2000. Responsible for managing the front of the house, Ta is also a Sushi chef. Together, they have developed many unique interpretations of Sushi rolls, Thai curries, and noodle dishes. Sak is delighted to cook “Thai style” or adjust the spice level to tamer standards; but he never compromises on the flavors and high quality standards for which Green Papaya is known.
If you’re a fan of any type of seafood, thai dishes, or sushi rolls, Green Papaya is one restaurant you can’t afford to pass up.
9. Mango Tree Thai & Sushi
Location: 7229 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Mariemont)
Next up on our list is Mango Tree Thai & Sushi, an Asian restaurant located in Mariemont known for their high quality sushi along with their excellent service.
One of their most popular choices on the menu is the sushi bento box, which includes a mix of rice, sushi rolls, and salad.
Their extensive menu offers something for everyone including egg drop soup, pad thai, red curry, and a huge variety of sushi rolls.
Be sure to check out Mango Tree if you’re in the area – you won’t be disappointed!
8. Cloud 9 Sushi
Location: 1018 Delta Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Mt. Lookout)
Next up on our list is Cloud 9 Sushi in Mt. Lookout. With a menu that includes items like wasabi shrimp, fried calamari, gyoza, chicken skewers, and over 15 different specialty sushi rolls, Cloud 9 offers something for everyone.
They’re known as a popular late night spot to visit, which is evident from their hours of operation: they’re open until 2AM every night through the week and until 4AM on the weekends.
Along with their plethora of food options, they also offer a wide variety of cocktails and specialty drinks that perfectly compliment their dishes.
The atmosphere combined with the unique, fresh flavor of the dishes make Cloud 9 Sushi a must-visit spot.
7. Wild Ginger
Location: 3655 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Hyde Park)
Coming in at number 7 on our list is Wild Ginger. Located in historic Hyde Park, Wild Ginger offers everything you could want out of a sushi restaurant: excellent food, friendly staff, and an inviting atmosphere.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Wild Ginger is their variety of sushi roll choices. Their dinner menu alone includes nearly 50 different options for special and classic rolls.
Whether you’re interested in getting something extremely spicy or a bit more tame, Wild Ginger is sure to have something that floats your boat.
6. Mei Japanese Restaurant
Location: 8608 Market Pl Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (Montgomery)
Next up on our list of best places to get sushi in the Queen City is Mei Japanese Restaurant in Montgomery. Established in 2000, Mei offers a variety of authentic Japanese dishes including sushi, ramen, curry, udon, and tempura. In addition to their high quality dishes, Mei offers seating at a sushi bar, traditional tables, authentic Japanese tatami rooms, and even an outdoor patio.
Comes for the food and stay for the unique atmosphere.
5. Kumo Asian Fusion
Location: 4990 Delhi Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45238 (Delhi)
Number 5 on our list is Kumo Asian Fusion. Located on the west side of Cincinnati, Kumo is known for their wide variety of speciality and classic sushi rolls along with traditional tempura and fried rice.
Kumo is known for their generous portion sizes and most people who stop in known in advance that they’ll likely leave with a to-go box.
No matter how you slice it, Kumo is well worth the visit.
Location: 1020 Delta Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Mt. Lookout)
Next up on our list is Ichiban, a Japanese restaurant located in Mt. Lookout.
Similar to Cloud 9, Ichiban is known for their late night hours, staying open until 1AM on Wednesdays and Thursdays an until 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Although their menu selection is quite diverse, Ichiban shares on their website that guest favorites include:
- Shrimp Tempura
- Beef Teriyaki
- Ramen, Sweet Potato Roll
- Volcano Roll
- The famous JTB
Put simply, Ichiban is a must-stop bar and restaurant for anyone who is looking for high quality sushi in the Cincinnati area.
Location: 8660 Bankers St, Florence, KY 41042 (Florence)
Coming in at number 3 on our list is Miyoshi. Located across the Ohio River in Florence, Kentucky, this Japanese restaurant is one of the most well-known in both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for good reason: their dishes are fresh and flavorful, and the atmosphere is authentic.
One of the coolest parts of Miyoshi are their tatami private dining rooms, which offer an authentic Japanese dining experience with a single table placed in the ground in the center of the room.
Located 15 minutes from Downtown Cincy, Miyoshi isn’t the closest sushi bar for most Cincinnatians, but it’s well worth the drive.
Location: 5889 Pfeiffer Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
The runner up for best place to get sushi in Cincinnati goes to Ando, a Japanese restaurant located in Blue Ash.
Known for their authentic Japanese dishes and delicious desserts, Ando is a small, family run restaurant well-known not just among locals in Blue Ash but among Cincinnati natives in general.
One of the most unique aspects of Ando is the fact that they don’t serve alcohol, but they encourage you to bring your own! As they explain on their website:
We do not serve alcohol, but you are absolutely welcome to bring your own! We are happy to chill and serve your drinks while you enjoy your meal. There’s no “corking fee” and it’s a great way to save money!
No matter where you happen to be in Cincinnati, the next time you’re in the mood for some sushi you should consider visiting Ando.
1. Jo An
UPDATE: Sadly, Jo An is no longer in business.
Locating the 10 Best Places for Sushi
The map below shows the locations for each of the 10 sushi places listed above.