Sushi bars and restaurants in the Corpus Christi area that you have to try

Meagan Falcon
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Are you in need of a sushi fix?

There's no shortage of sushi bars and restaurants that feature a variety of sushi on their menu in the Corpus Christi area. 

While the plethora of eateries may seem overwhelming, we've narrowed down a list of some of the top spots, their popular rolls and why they're worth considering the next time you crave this traditional Japanese dish.

Dokyo Dauntaun

424 N Chaparral St.

The sushi at Dokyo Dauntaun is always fresh, features high quality ingredients and the creative specialty rolls will send your taste buds to another world.

Owner recommendations: Owner Kil Lee recommends first-timers try the Hokkaido (shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, seared scallops, wasabi cream, Japanese mayo, eel sauce) and the Ecstasy Roll (soft shell crab, avocado, seared tuna, seared escolar, fusion ponzu sauce).

"The Hokkaido is our most popular roll. It's cooked, creamy, not spicy and we use a generous portion of scallops," Lee said. "The cooked soft shell crab in the Ecstasy Roll makes it crunchy and the creamy fusion ponzu mixed with spicy mayo makes the roll melt in your mouth."

For drink enthusiasts, he recommends trying the Geisha, a popular bubble cocktail that features Bombay Gin, elderflower, Soho Lychee, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, vanilla bean, an organic flower and a rosemary smoke bubble.

Restaurant hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Contact: 361-462-4620

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Tokyo Den

 5118 S Staples St. (next to Chuck E. Cheese)

Twenty-five years ago, Tokyo Den was one of the first eateries to introduce sushi to the Corpus Christi area. After closing 14 years ago, the sushi bar is back and its bringing new Japanese fusion-style rolls to the city.

Our recommendation: Check out the Dragon Fire Roll. It features shrimp tempura, spicy crab, avocado, cucumber and eel on top. Also, it's on fire! You'll see what we mean.

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Contact: 361-257-1692

More:14 years later, Tokyo Den returns to Corpus Christi with new look and fusion dishes

Takeniwa Asian Fusion Bistro

5216 S Padre Island Dr.

Takeniwa knows what they're doing when it comes to sushi. They feature a variety of sushi like nigiri (fish on top of rice), sashimi (sliced fish pieces), traditional sushi rolls and specialty rolls that will cater to foodies. 

Our recommendations: Try the Electric Shock Roll (crab meat, tempura chicken, avocado with crunchy flakes and topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce), Snow White Roll (tempura chicken, cream cheese, cucumber, and features crab meat and tobiko on top) and the California Crunch Roll (crabmeat, cucumber, avocado, topped with salmon and crunchy flakes). These rolls are bursting with unique flavors and will fulfill your stomach every time.

Restaurant hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Contact: 361-356-6888

Kyoto Sushi

5506 Saratoga Blvd.

If you're looking for creative dishes, we recommend heading to Kyoto Sushi. The sushi chefs at this eatery go all out when it comes to creating dishes like the goldfish-shaped sushi and cucumber-shaped boats for its love boat sushi plates.

Our recommendations: Try the Banana Republic Roll (deep fried banana, tempura shrimp in soy wrapper, topped with steamed shrimp, avocado in-house sauce and tempura flakes), New Orleans Roll (baked krab and crawfish on top of a California roll, which is served with sweet soy sauce, mayo sauce, green onion and masago) and the SeaWorld Dynamite Roll (baked scallop, crab, salmon and Japanese mayo on top of a California roll).

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Contact: 361-500-4455

BKK Thai Kitchen + Bar

3850 S Alameda St.

BKK is known for a lot of things: its wings, brunch, specialty drinks, chill atmosphere. But did you know it's also a a spot for sushi? This eatery dabbles in Thai-fusion sushi rolls that are creative and delicious. 

Our recommendations: Check out the Pablo Escobar Roll (tempura shrimp, krab , avocado, cucumber and topped with lemon pepper seared escolar, Thai chili lime and fried onion) and the spicy Bangkok Heat Wave Roll (spicy tuna, avocado, cream cheese and topped with blackened tuna, fried garlic and habanero). 

For a drink, try the popular White Tiger (lemongrass vodka, coconut, orgeat, lime and orange bitters) and Thai-Tini (gin, grapefruit, lemon, St. Germaine, ginger and mint) cocktails. 

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays (brunch).

Contact: 361-334-1500

Yalee's Asian Bistro

5649 Saratoga Blvd.

Are you needing a quick sushi fix, but don't plan to dine in at a restaurant? Yalee's offers high-quality sushi dishes (specialty, nigiri, sashimi) on the go at its drive-thru on Saratoga Boulevard. 

Due to COVID-19, this eatery has closed its dine-in and is drive-thru and delivery only. 

Our recommendations: Are you into fried rolls? Check out the Ashley Roll, which features tempura fried smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado and topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce. When you take a bite, the crunch of the roll and its variety of flavors will burst in your mouth. 

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Contact: 361-993-9333

Oyshi Sushi

Locations: 14902 Trinity River Dr. #4 (Calallen); 6181 Saratoga Blvd.; 277 Buddy Ganem Dr. in Portland

Since 2013, Oyshi Sushi has been serving traditional and fusion-style sushi in the Corpus Christi area. It's also known for its different types of curry, fried rolls and long list of specialty sushi rolls.

Our recommendations: Try the Allison Roll. It features seared tuna, barbecued eel, krab, salmon skin, avocado, cucumber and is topped with spicy mayo, eel sauce and masago. You can find this roll at the restaurant's Calallen and Southside locations.

If you're looking to splurge, get the party boat. The dish features eight pieces of nigiri, 16 pieces of sashimi and four specialty rolls.

Contact: To reach the Calallen location for orders and hours, call 361-933-1155. To reach the Southside location, call 361-257-1654. To reach the Portland location, call 361-704-9187.

AKA Sushi & Hibachi

Locations: 5301 Everhart Rd. and 415 N Water St. 

Owner and Chef James Kim knows a thing or two about sushi. Using his own creativity for recipes and techniques, Chef Kim has mastered the art of sushi making.

Since opening in 2001, Kim has helped win over many foodies in Corpus Christi and has received many accolades. Most recently, AKA Sushi Downtown won Best Sushi 2020 by readers for the Caller-Times' Best of the Best.

Our recommendations: If you're a lobster fan, this one is for you. Check out the Mega Lobster Roll, which features tempura-fried lobster, asparagus and avocado topped with panko-fried lobster, house sauces and masago. It's definitely a mouth-watering dish that is perfect for foodies looking to indulge in Corpus Christi seafood.

Contact: To reach the Everhart location for hours and orders, call 361-851-9191. To reach the downtown location, call 361-882-8885.

Yoshi Japanese Cuisine

It's the one-of-a-kind specialty sushi dishes, the service and fun, fusion-themed atmosphere that make many locals and tourists head to Yoshi Japanese Cuisine every chance they get.

Our recommendations: Try the Dynamite Roll (California roll topped with baked scallops, crab, masago and scallions) and the Crawfish Slam (California roll, topped with baked crawfish and jalapeno fruit salsa).

If you like fried rolls, check out the Kill Bill (smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber and masago roll topped with baked crawfish and eel sauce). It's similar to the Crawfish Slam, but has its own flair.

Restaurant hours: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Contact: 361-980-0748

Origami Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

1220 Airline Rd.

For 29 years, Origami Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar has been serving up authentic Japanese dishes in the Corpus Christi area.

Our recommendations: If you're looking for a fun roll to try, we recommend trying the dragon roll. The sushi roll includes tempura shrimp, eel, salmon and avocado. Did we mention it's shaped like a dragon?

Restaurant hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Contact: 361- 993-3966

Drunkn' Noodlez

4214 S. Alameda St.

Drunkn' Noodlez may be known for their pho and pahd thai, but many locals continue to rave about the eatery's sushi menu.

Our recommendations: We recommend trying the Hot Cheetos Sushirito. It features spicy tuna, Kani (crab) sticks, cream cheese, avocado, shredded carrots, spinach, edamame, toasted garlic all wrapped in nori and sushi rice before being rolled in Hot Cheetos. It's a popular dish at the restaurant and a fun South Texan take on traditional sushi.

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays; noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Contact: 361-992-1400 (Delivery is available every day after 4 p.m.)

Tokyo Hibachi Steak House

5702 S Staples St.

Tokyo Hibachi has a variety of fare: Vietnamese entrees, noodles, fried rice, steak and, best of all — sushi. 

Our recommendations: We recommend trying the Grilled Lobster Roll, which features crab, cucumber and avocado topped with scallions, sesame seeds, masago and grilled garlic butter lobster tail. It's a big roll that will not only fill you up, but satisfy your taste buds.

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Contact: 361-371-5616

Gemini Sushi & Business Lounge

At Gemini's, you can dance the night away and let your taste buds take a tour in all-things sushi. 

Our recommendations: Try the Triple Salmon Crunch Roll. It features smoked salmon, cream cheese and fresh avocado inside and is topped with premium cuts of salmon sashimi and crispy salmon skin and drizzled with sweet soy glaze, garnished with masago and green onion. It's a visual stunner and tastes delicious.

Restaurant hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday

Contact: 361-452-3429

Water Street Oyster Bar

309 N Water St.

Water Street Oyster Bar has made a name for itself for its oysters, seafood dishes, and most of all — its specialty sushi rolls.

Our recommendations: If you're a fan of Water Street's oyster dishes, we recommend trying the Black Pearl Roll. It features avocado, cucumber, carrot, blackened tuna futomaki style topped with a fried oyster, spicy mayo and green onion.

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Contact: 361-881-9448

Rock Star Sushi & Hibachi

4101 Interstate Highway 69 Access Road., Suite B5

If you find yourself in the Calallen area, make your way to Rock Star Sushi. The eatery offers a live hibachi show, a sushi bar or a traditional dining experience for guests.

Our recommendations: The Rock Star Roll (spicy tuna, crabstick, salmon, avocado, cream cheese and is topped with baked spicy crawfish, eel sauce, spicy mayo, green onion, and masago) is a fried sushi roll that lives up to its name.

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. 

Contact: 361-504-4221

More:Rockstar Sushi & Hibachi part of growth for Corpus Christi's Calallen

Island Time Sushi Bar & Seafood Grill

14225 S Padre Island Dr.

Island Time Sushi Bar is a spot with a club-like atmosphere that serves creative sushi rolls on Padre Island. 

Our recommendations: If you like spicy food, we recommend trying the Ring of Fire roll. It features blackened tuna, cream cheese, avocado, jalapeno and is topped with extra spicy tuna, habanero ponzu, spicy mayo, fresh serrano peppers and sriracha sauce. 

Restaurant hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Contact: 361-949-3046

Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge

15121 S Padre Island Dr. #101

For the past six years, Rock and Roll Sushi Lounge has been serving up some "legendary" sushi rolls on Padre Island. No, seriously! Their rolls are named after rock legends Led Zeppelin, Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Our recommendations: If you're a Blue Oyster Cult fan, we recommend trying the Don't Fear the Reaper roll. It features spicy tuna tartare, cream cheese, jalapenos, tempura-fried eel, spicy mayo, eel sauce and it's dusted with smoked ghost chili. Now, if only there was a way to add more cow bell?

Restaurant hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sundays; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Contact: 361-949-1110

Phoenix Restaurant & Bar in Port Aransas

3500-A Island Moorings Pkwy

The Phoenix Restaurant & Bar serves a bit of everything for the seafood aficionado: linguine pasta, fish tacos, fried oyster sandwiches and fresh makizushi (a type of Japanese sushi roll). 

Our recommendations: Try the Shaggy Dog roll. It features tempura shrimp and avocado in soy paper and is topped with spicy crab mix, eel sauce and sesame seeds.

Restaurant hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Contact: 361-749-9277

Sushi Luck Japanese Cuisine in Rockport

112 Palmetto Ave #7480

Sushi Luck has made a name for itself in the Rockport-Fulton area for serving fresh sushi, tempura and teriyaki chicken with the finest ingredients and original taste. 

Our recommendations: We recommend trying these local-inspired sushi rolls: the Rockport Roll (fried shrimp, avocado, lettuce and sauce), the Fulton Roll (fried oyster, avocado, lettuce with ponzu) and the Cat 5 Roll (smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber).

Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Contact: 361-729-1960

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