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From the south to Center City, Philadelphia has some great restaurants offering carefully crafted sushi that competes with the upscale dining right around Rittenhouse. Read ahead for our guide to the best raw fish restaurants in the city.
For a low-key evening and some of the best sushi in town, check out Vic Sushi Bar. The BYOB is tiny and laid back, but is a local favorite and you get a good amount for your money. Known for its fresh rolls that are packed with fish, Vic also offers sashimi a la carte and specialty, rolls including the Sansom, which is made with with shrimp tempura, crab and avocado and then topped with tuna, salmon, avocado, eel and spicy sauce.
Vic Sushi Bar, 2035 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-564-4339
The trendy Fat Salmon Sushi sits just on the edge of Washington Square Park and plays host to inventive, delicious sushi rolls. The dancing vampire roll with tuna and salmon in chili sauce and the rolling fire roll with shrimp tempura, cucumber and broiled spicy scallion sauce are popular items.
Fat Salmon, 719 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-928-8881
Featuring sleek wooden tables and modern lighting is Zama. You can find classic sushi here, as well as inventive dishes and special rolls like cheesesteak maki. Favorites include the tuna California roll and the lobster wasabi roll. Guests will find specialty maki rolls and sushi bar items with flavors found nowhere else in Philadelphia.
Zama, 128 S 19th St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-568-1027
The hidden gem is a BYOB with exceptional sushi. Dishes are freshly prepared and the unique layers of flavors and textures make this sushi restaurants one of the best-kept secrets in town. Try from their list of special maki rolls including the spider and volcano shrimp tempura roll topped with spicy tuna and wasabi mayo.
Dasiwa, 735 N 26th St Philadelphia, PA 19130 267-761-9523
Located in South Philadelphia, Izumi is a sushi BYOB that packs creative flavors into its rolls. Service, carefully handmade rolls and attention to detail make Izumi a popular spot off the beaten path. Plus, fresh fish is flown in every day, letting you know there is dedication to the menu.
Izumi, 1601 E Passyunk Ave Philadelphia, PA 19148 215-271-1222