Where can you get delicious sushi in Asheville? As locals, don’t miss our favorite Asheville sushi restaurants for dine-in and takeout.
Do you have a favorite meal in the entire world? One that you could eat over and over again?
I definitely do. I could eat sushi, dim sum, poke bowls, and Pho every single day. Don’t tell my *very* Italian family…
In fact, we love these dishes so much that even when we are traveling to Paris, Palermo, Reykjavik, Dublin, and Jakarta, I have to find the best sushi and Pho restaurants. How faux pas is that for ya?!
You can bet that when we first visited Asheville, there was no way in heck I was moving here unless I loved their Asian and sushi spots. Of course, AVL is foodie heaven. The city does not disappoint.
We have the best sushi in Asheville. AVL even boasts of a sushi restaurant or two that specializes in poke bowls. Count me in! You also know how this story ends: we live here now.
While I wish that I could tell you that I’ve been to all of Asheville’s sushi restaurants, that would be a lie. We have our favorites.
Sorry; not sorry. We don’t always branch out when we have a case of the sushhhh cravings.
However, I promise to share many of the best sushi restaurants in downtown as well as around Asheville.
Plus, find honorable Asheville sushi spots that others loved but we were so-so about. If you are looking for sushi in Asheville, NC these are my top recommendations. Let’s get started!
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Looking For Sushi In Asheville, North Carolina? Here Are Our Top Asheville Sushi Restaurants:
**Before heading to any of Asheville’s sushi restaurants, please remember to check websites for hours and the most up-to-date information. While I try to update Uncorked Asheville frequently, hours and menus are subject to change.
The Madness Asheville
Address: 275 Smokey Park Hwy Ste 251, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone Number: (828) 418-3166
Where can you find gorgeous cocktails, burgers, and the best sushi in Asheville? The Madness! One of the newer Asheville sushi restaurants, this recommendation won’t disappoint — even if the location is a tad congested.
The Madness is trendy, a bit hipster, but also casual delicious. First and foremost, this boozy blogger is all in for their cocktails. Call me a sucker…
BUT, their sushi is absolutely delicious too. Fresh, the right color (I dated a sports fisherman), the right texture, and the right everything.
Order unique specialty rolls, your normal sushi rolls, and beautiful appetizers that are served like pieces of affordable but fancy art.
Plus, if you have non-sushi lovers with you — gasp — their burgers are equally delicious. Those fries. We order a little of everything. They have a bar, too!
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Yum Poke Spot
Downtown Address: 45 Asheland Ave. Unit 101, Asheville, NC 28801; Phone Number: 828-505-2277
South/Arden Address: 100 Julian Shoals Dr., Arden, NC 28704; Phone Number: 828-676-3800
Honestly, I always love the best of both worlds. I love sushi and burritos, in case I wasn’t clear about that earlier. So what could be better than meshing together my two loves?
For the best poké and sushi in Asheville, Yum has both build-your-own sushi burritos and poke bowls.
What is a poké (besides the greatest food on earth?!). Poké is Hawaiian and includes raw, sometimes marinated fish, mixed with rice and a handful of healthy toppings.
I’m not going to lie: I love to dump globs of ginger sauce on mine.
At Yum, you can build a little or giant bowl to eat there or to-go filled with proteins like tuna or salmon. They have tofu, tons of veggies, and salad (instead of rice) options, too.
Then, dump a boatload of toppings on your white or brown rice or salad. My favorite mix-ins are carrots, mango, roe, cucumber, avocado, seaweed salad, fried garlic, and scallion. I tend to go overboard.
You can easily find vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free options, too.
I literally crave these bowls after a hard day’s work. Because Yum Poke Spot is a downtown Asheville sushi restaurant, look for street parking; or, use one of their free spots in the parking lot across the street.
Zen Sushi Asheville
Address: 640 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
Phone Number: (828) 225-6033
Another one of the best restaurants for sushi in Asheville, we practically live at Zen Sushi.
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe — which serves vegan ice cream — is located right below them, making this Asheville sushi restaurant a no-brainer and win-win.
Zen labels their menu with vegetarian, raw, and gluten-free options. They are a little…kitsch…inside, too.
Usually, you can find family members sitting up front making paper book designs or doing homework, which I love. The staff is so friendly and fun here.
If you are looking for a fast lunch special, Zen Sushi has a two or three-roll menu with soup and salad.
For dinner, we love their wide array of specialty sushi rolls. Of course, Zen Sushi also has hibachi options (no tables with food being flung at you, though), sashimi, soups, noodles, salads, and Bento boxes.
Don’t forget the beer, wine, and sake. My husband, who has Celiacs can also find gluten-free options.
While Zen takes reservations via phone, we have never needed them. Yes, they get a little busy, but we haven’t had a wait yet. Did I just jinx us?!
What We Love To Order At Zen Sushi:
One of my favorite lunches here is the Zen Sashimi Lunch with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and whitefish served with a steaming bowl of rice.
For dinner, I just droll for the New Horizons Roll with yellowtail, tuna, salmon, and asparagus.
Did I mention that their prices are super cheap, too? Don’t forget to save room for the ice cream. OH, AND, Asheville Pizza and Brewing (the Merrimon taproom with the MOVIE THEATER) is also nearby.
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Looking for more places with vegan and veggie options? Read our Complete Guide To Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants In Asheville.
Mr. Sushi Asheville
North Asheville: 354 Merrimon Avenue Suite 50, Asheville, NC 28801; Phone Number: 828-505-0871
South Asheville: 1578 B Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803; Phone Number: 828-575-2282
Are you questioning my Asheville sushi recommendations right about now? I mean, c’mon, with a name like ‘Mr. Sushi,’ this restaurant must be the clickbait of sushi, right?
WRONG. For takeout and delivery sushi in Asheville, we vote Mr. Sushi.
There are multiple locations for Mr. Sushi in Asheville, and we couldn’t wait for Merrimon Ave. to open.
Full disclosure: while downtown Asheville is where it’s at, North Asheville is my jam. There are fewer tourists, more locals, free parking, and just overall hidden gems.
Mr. Sushi has a menu that I don’t even know what to do with. It’s huge and delicious. Am I the only one who judges a sushi restaurant by their yellowtail?
We over order at Mr. Sushi, which is hard to avoid. I love their rice paper summer/spring rolls, poke bowls, and specialty rolls. I cannot even begin to pick what’s the best to eat at Mr. Sushi.
You’ll chuckle at the 60s kitchen and subway tile decor as some of the most pleasant staff members make your lunch or dinner. Zen Sushi is down the street from these guys too. They have their own parking lot in the back.
Many of these Asheville sushi restaurants are gluten-free. Read more about the Best GF Restaurants in AVL.
Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas
Address: 82 Patton Avenue Suite 100, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828-505-8688
One of my all-time favorite Asian restaurants is Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas. If you are looking for dumplings or sushi in downtown Asheville, NC, Red Ginger is where it is at.
I will stay out all day just to get my dumpling fix.
Unlike the other three Asheville sushi restaurants that we love, Red Ginger isn’t quite known for being a sushi spot nor is sushi their main cuisine or showstopper.
What makes Red Ginger unique, though, is that you can order a variety of Asian tapas, including sushi.
Find fried rice, every type of delicious dumpling, sushi rolls, Asian pancakes, bento boxes, summer rolls, and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
Red Ginger staff members recommend that you order at least two to three plates per guest, and of course, it’s more fun if you share.
We took my parents when they visited from CT and went to town.
Even tiny plates are quite sizable, and again, I love to over-order. GET THE DUMPLINGS with your sushi. Just do it.
Red Ginger offers reservations Monday through Thursday, but we’ve always walked in with no trouble. If you are an early eater, you can easily find a seat at Red Ginger, especially at non-peak hours and on weekdays.
Downtown Asheville Parking Tip
Since Red Ginger is located in downtown Asheville, I recommend parking in the Coxe Ave garage or paid lots nearby. For Asheville parking lots, you can pay via machine or app. Always read the signs, too.
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3 More Honorable Mentions For Sushi In Asheville
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant Downtown Asheville – 14 years in the running, Wasabi has been officially awarded the best sushi in Asheville for 7 years straight by numerous publications. We are not 100% sold on that claim; we’ve had OK sushi here, but it’s not personally our favorite or even go-to sushi restaurant in downtown Asheville. Address: 19 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Green Tea Sushi Asheville – Green Tea Sushi boasts of being one of the best sushi restaurants in Western North Carolina. They are on my Asheville sushi-craving bucket list. Address: 2 Regent Park Blvd, Asheville, NC 28806
Hana Japanese Hibachi & Sushi Bar – Hana is another downtown Asheville sushi restaurant with your typical sushi rolls. Address: 5B Biltmore Avenue Asheville, North Carolina 28801
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Delivery Services For Sushi In Asheville, NC
Looking for delivery options for your sushi? These are the two apps that we use the most:
North Carolina has its own takeout app and delivery service, Takeout Central. Download the free app, and you’ll see all of the areas and restaurants they serve, including Asheville. Like other food apps, place your order in the app, add a payment method, and drop any notes for the restaurant or driver.
As a partner of Takeout Central, if you use the code uncorked, you’ll be eligible for one free delivery.
Along with Takeout Central, we also use GrubHub. Sometimes they have slightly different menus — even though the restaurant is the same — and/or they service different establishments.
Within Asheville, you can also use Uber Eats and DoorDash, but we mostly rely on Takeout Central and GrubHub for the best Asheville delivery options.
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Are You Ready For Some Sushi In Asheville, NC?
What sushi restaurants in Asheville have you tried? Do you have a favorite AVL sushi spot? Are there any that you don’t love as much?
One Last Local Sushi in Asheville Insider Tip:
P.S. If you are headed to Hendersonville, one of our favorite sushi restaurants EVER is also out that way, Umi. When we were house hunting one weekend, we ate there every night to de-stress.
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