The Best Sushi Restaurants in Montevideo
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If you’re getting bored of the typical Uruguayan food while in Montevideo, fear not, for Uruguay’s capital has a great selection of cuisine from all over the world. Sushi, for example, arrived to Uruguay a few decades ago, and now has become very popular among locals. Try any of these restaurants to have an evening in style and sample some delicious Japanese cuisine.
Bar, Bistro, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, Pub Grub, Seafood, Asian, $$$
Born in Buenos Aires, Negroni is “a blend of Italy & NY in spirit.” The restaurant serves bistro-style food, from gourmet burgers to salads, in addition to a sushi menu. It specializes in accenting the natural flavors of the ingredients in the sushi pieces with different dressings, creating bold and harmonic combinations. It gets busy at night and appeals to people looking to eat good food while enjoying elaborate cocktails. It claims to make the best Negroni cocktail in the city, and it’s difficult to argue.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Japanese, South American, $$$
Founded in 1919, this restaurant is embedded in a lot of local history. It opened its doors on the same street where Juan Zorrilla de San Martín, a very famous Uruguayan poet, used to live. His former house has now been reopened to the public as a museum, which makes Bar Tabaré the place to go after visiting the exhibitions. The bar still maintains its original furniture and architecture, hosts live performances in its basement, and now offers a wide food selection including some of the best sushi in Montevideo.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Vegetarian, $$$
specializes in Japanese cuisine. The menu includes a great variety of sushi, with an ample vegetarian selection, and other typical Japanese dishes to share and to have as a meal. The atmosphere is more of a bar than a restaurant; it hosts a variety of music nights spanning from DJs to live bands. Don’t go if you’re in a hurry—it’s the kind of place where you’ll have a good time by making a night out of it.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, European, South American, $$$
This restaurant is far from the city center, but it’s worth going to. It is located in one of the suburbs, really near the stunning Carrasco Hotel, built in the early 20 century and one example of the city’s finest architecture. Café Misterio is a beautiful restaurant, especially at night time. The modern décor creates an atmosphere of vigor, warmth and sophistication. The sushi is delicious as is the rest of the menu.
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Sushi, Fusion, Asian, Japanese, $$$
is owned by the regionally famous sushi chef Danny Sadi. Among the unique creations that you can find on the menu, the shitake salmon roll and the ‘2 textures’ roll are the highlights. Every dish is colorful and full of flavor, and the pieces are topped with different sauces. You can enjoy some sake with your plate, either sitting on low tables with a pillow on the floor or at the sushi bar. The décor features pieces from Japan that Sadi himself has collected over the years.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Vegetarian, $$$
is very strict about its food philosophy: all ingredients are “sustainably caught, humanely raised and naturally grown, with no compromises.” The menu features delicious Japanese cuisine; including salads, tempura, meat, vegetarian dishes, and of course sushi. You even have the option of entrusting the chef to create a unique menu for your meal. It is the most varied and authentic restaurant in the city in terms of Japanese food, unique cocktails, and Japanese beverages. Choose from a selection of more than 30 sakes, or try the imported Japanese beers, whiskey and Shochu
Restaurant, Bar, Healthy, Seafood, Sushi, Fusion, Wine, Cocktails, $$$
is a favorite for tourists, executives, politicians, and important local and international figures. Visit Francis expecting really good quality dishes and sushi menu; don’t leave without trying the hot and cold rolls, and the wonderful octopus sashimi. The atmosphere is warm and tranquil, even when it’s busy. It is one of the highest regarded restaurants within Montevideo’s gastronomic sphere, providing constantly great experiences to its commensals.
Restaurant, Fusion, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, $$$
At Sakura you will find the only sushi buffet in the country, in one of the most vibrant, modern neighborhoods. The sushi buffet is well-made and varied, with makis, uramakis, tempuras, and geishas. You can also be delighted by other Asian dishes from China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand by ordering from the menu. The restaurant is frequented by couples and families, who like the minimalistic and clean atmosphere adorned with various original Asian objects.
Restaurant, Fusion, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Japanese, $$$
chefs and owners, Erika and Mie Sumi, are two sisters who were born and grew up in Uruguay after their parents emigrated to Montevideo from post-war Japan. Together they made their dream come true by opening the restaurant, and co-created the menu inspired by the traditional dishes of their country of origin. Find exquisite sushi, teishoku
and other hot dishes, as well as creative desserts that blend Uruguayan and Japanese flavors.
Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, Sushi, Peruvian, Japanese, Seafood, $$$
A fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food, this restaurant offers a unique experience in Montevideo. Find traditional sushi pieces and Peruvian ceviche, as well as pieces that combine the best of both worlds. The combination of fish and mango is an amazing example of this fusion. All ingredients are fresh so the menu changes slightly depending on the catch of the day. Try them with a variety of sauces of your choice, some you probably have never had before.