The Charleston sushi scene has been slowly expanding over the years. Just a few years ago, there were many places in the Lowcountry to grab a California roll or rainbow roll, but less with fresh wasabi or rare delicacies like uni. Today, many sushi aficionados put Sushi-Wa Izakaya at the top, but there are a few other stops in town to quell nigiri cravings. Here are six restaurants offering takeout.Read More
6 Leading Sushi Restaurants in Charleston
From omakase to fat cream cheese rolls
Sushi Wa Izakaya
Sushi Wa Izakaya offers some of the freshest fish around. Chefs Kazu Murakami and Chris Schoedler offer high-end sushi, chirashi, sake, and small plates in the intimate dining room. Experience the nigiri-focused omakase Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at $80 per person, or pick up one of the chef’s choice takeout trays, available for 5:15 pickup.
Chef Sean Park puts the utmost care in every plate and seems to score the freshest catches around. Where else have you seen live uni on the menu? Mount Pleasant residence should definitely make a stop at Kanpai.
Hachiya Kyoto Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
Kyoto-trained chef Yuichiro “Junior” Takebata runs the sushi side of this Japanese steakhouse in West Ashley. He specializes in nigiri and sashimi, but Hachiya also offers an extensive signature roll menu as well. Takebata sources most of the fish he uses in his sushi bar from purveyors who order directly from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
O-Ku is a major King Street hot spot, but it still commits to a solid sushi program. From the lemon and salmon roll to the otoro nigiri, there’s something for everyone.
Shi Ki is a small space on East Bay Street beloved by locals. The long-standing sushi eatery is an intimate space to catch up with friends. The rolls are super fresh, the service is solid, and the sake is affordable. It's a relaxed night with raw fish and perfect rice.
The place to go for "retro rolls," Thai Elephant satisfies the sushi needs of the James Island set. As reviewer Vanessa Wolf once said, "Charleston's cream-cheese, deep fried, extra sauce-loving sushi-philes may want to sit themselves down."