The 11 Best Places for Sushi in San Antonio

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You might not have high hopes for sushi in San Antonio, since a town in South Texas might not be the first place that comes to mind when you imagine ocean cuisine from Japan.

But here’s the truth: with a location near the Gulf of Mexico and a food scene that’s exploding in popularity, San Antonio’s sushi options have really improved over the past several years.

Today, I’m drawing on the perspective of yours truly, a newly converted sushi addict, plus the perspective of person who drove me down this unstoppable road – my husband, a self-admitted sushi fiend who’s been on the ground floor of all the San Antonio sushi spots for years.

The goal?

Sharing the 11 best sushi restaurants in San Antonio with you.

Map of the Best Sushi in San Antonio

Goro’s Sushi

I wasn’t a huge sushi person until I met my husband, who dragged me to Goro’s Sushi one day for my first sushi experience. This place is definitely a hole in the wall; it’s next to a small karaoke lounge and has an itty-bitty parking lot. But if you find your way here, you’ve got to try their funky rolls like the Rainbow Roll and the Oral Design Roll (don’t let the name scare you—it’s so good).

By the way, their cucumber salad is the best I’ve ever had. My husband also says the squid salad can’t be beat!

Sushishima

Sushishima serves some of the freshest sushi in San Antonio. I love the fact that you can get a wider range of adventurous eats here, like abalone, monkfish liver, and caviar. This is definitely a sushi bar for hardcore sushi lovers who want something a little bit different. Check out Sushishima’s sushi bar combos, like The Love Boat, to get a big platter of gorgeous sushi.

  • Address: 2211 NW Military Hwy Suite 132, Castle Hills, TX 78213
  • Website: Sushishima

Shiro Japanese Bistro

With rolls like “Tropic Thunder” and “Let Me Take A Selfie,” Shiro Sushi is definitely packing a lot of Texas sass into its delicious sushi menu. If you’re up for anything, order from their “I’ll Leave It Up to You” menu for the chef’s mix of nigiri or sashimi. You can even upgrade to an “exclusive” sashimi mix for more high-end cuts of fish.

P.S. Shiro Sushi also has a vegan section of their menu that includes cucumber salad and a “Veggie Spider Roll” if you or your friends don’t eat fish.

Koikawa

Do you love sipping on sake with your sushi? If so, Koikawa is a must-see in San Antonio. Nestled in a romantic spot we locals refer to as “The Boardwalk,” Koikawa’s a must for any romantic dinner. I’m a big fan of their soft shell crab tempura, but the Wagyu sushi is absurdly good. My husband usually orders bluefin tuna sashimi or snow crab sushi.

By the way, if you stuff yourself full of sushi and need a post-dinner walk, The Boardwalk is beautiful at night. Strings of lights and a lively atmosphere make for the perfect, low-key date night without the crowds.

  • Address: 4051 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
  • Website: Koikawa

yellowfish

yellowfish is interesting because they do Japanese-Mexican fusion. And you know what? It works.

Their locations are super-small and are only designed for drive-thru, pickup, and delivery. As long as you’re okay with eating your food back at home, you’ve got to try yellowfish’s Japarritos, Japamex tuna sashimi, and their deep-fried rolls. In the spirit of the pandemic, they even started serving a “Coronavirus Roll” with tempura carrots, shrimp, and avocado.

Wasabi

My husband rarely raves about restaurants, but he’s obsessed with Wasabi. The man loves his sushi, and Wasabi delivers. Their spicy crab spring rolls are a glory to behold, but the smoked salmon sushi, uni, and scallop sushi are a must.

P.S. I know kiddos are picky eaters, but you don’t have to worry about that at Wasabi. They have a kid’s menu with chicken nuggets, cheese sticks, and french fries for the little ones.

Sushi Zushi

With four locations in San Antonio, it feels like Sushi Zushi is everywhere. They’re big on delivery, so if you’re craving sushi and don’t want to leave the house, Sushi Zushi delivers. My friends and I used to go to Sushi Zushi’s happy hour (Monday – Friday from 3 pm – 6 pm) to enjoy cheaper drinks and appetizers.

If you’re there for the rolls, you’ve got to try the spicy Flaming Roll, which has fried crawfish, spicy mayo, habanero masago, and serrano chilis with tuna. If you want a little bit of everything, order the sushi sampler, which gives you a mixed plate of tuna, salmon, octopus, and shrimp as well as a roll of your choice.

  • Address: 999 E Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209
  • Website: Sushi Zushi

Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi

The cool thing about Osaka is that they offer a fun hibachi experience, which includes tasty treats like hibachi filet mignon. This place is definitely decadent, but if you’re in the mood for steak and sushi, you can get it all in one place. Try their fatty tuna or tuna nigiri a la carte or with the Osaka Sashimi Deluxe plate, which includes 20 pieces of sashimi for $40.

Sushi Express

I love Sushi Express’s different sushi bar dinner packages, which are perfect for sharing (or pigging out by yourself—no judgment here). My husband and I split the House Boat, which comes with 10 pieces of sushi, 15 pieces of sashimi, a spicy tuna roll, and a chef’s special roll. Every sushi bar order comes with miso soup, too.

  • Address: 19903 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258
  • Website: Sushi Express SA