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7 Delicious Sushi Restaurants Recommended by Locals in Tacoma

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Tacomans love their sushi! We asked real Tacomans where the best bites in town are, and as you can see… it was hard to narrow it down. Whether you’re craving fresh sashimi or elaborate sushi rolls, there’s something for every taste and budget to enjoy in Tacoma.

Read on to see what makes each of our 7 favorite sushi restaurants special, as told by locals themselves!

Sushi Tama

Located at 3919 6th Ave 98406 Tacoma
Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2pm & 5pm - 9pm, Friday 11:30 - 2pm & 5pm - 9:30pm, Saturday 5pm - 9:30pm

Sushi Tama's ambiance reminds me of a neighborhood cafe in Japan,” shares Katsumi Purbeck. “They have your traditional comfort foods there. I can count on getting a quick bite without having to dress up!”

Keryn Giguere completely agrees—“[I recommend] Sushi Tama on 6th Avenue for a laid-back and authentic feel.” Along with its casual atmosphere, Sushi Tama is all about comfort and traditional Japanese sushi, and cooked dishes based on traditional, main-island staples.

Shogun Japanese Express

Located at 2009 Mildred St W 98466 Tacoma
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:30pm, Friday 11:30 - 10pm, Saturday 12pm - 10pm

Christine Moody highly recommends Shogun, and while she thinks the atmosphere isn’t anything special, their service makes up for it! “Angela will make you a special roll. We always order the El Diablo, Butterfly, and Salmon Nigiri.” In addition to being absolutely delicious, we’ve also heard their service is fast—take a quick look at their Yelp page to check out pictures of their tantalizing creations!

Gari of Sushi

Located at 1209 S st 38th Tacoma
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 1:30pm, Monday - Thursday 5pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday 5pm - 9pm

If you’re in the mood for a huge sushi selection in a laid-back atmosphere, Gari of Sushi is at your service! “[I recommend] Gari of Sushi on S 38th for old school and traditional vibes,” shares Keryn Giguere. Their menu offers a myriad of choice, including mouthwatering options like tempura, sashimi, nigiri, rolls, a selection of entrees, dessert, and more.

Oh, and don’t forget their miso—“No other Japanese restaurant has miso like Gari's!” says Katsumi Purbeck. They have some great lunch specials! You can take a look at their full menu here.


The Koi

Located at 1552 Commerce St #100, Tacoma
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 2pm - 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 2pm - 10pm

“Back when The Koi was Two Koi, I used to go there for for lunch for their all-you-can-eat special. Their rolls are the hit!” shares Katsumi Purbeck. At The Koi, choose from over 30 incredible roll choices, from simple rolls with just tuna or avocado, to more elaborate options like their Rainbow Roll that’s topped with 5 kinds of sashimi and avocado!

Too hard to choose? Christine Moody has a few specific recommendations to share: “The Tuna Poki salad is our favorite, plus [I also recommend the] Heaven of Tuna Roll and Dragon Roll.”

Keryn Giguere also recommends the rolls, and also appreciates their atmosphere, too: “[I like] The Koi for its modern, hip vibe and more modern, styled rolls (including cooked rolls)!” Click here to check out their extensive menu, complete with appetizers (like dumplings and fried tofu), salads, The Koi Specials, teriyaki, noodle dishes, desserts, and more.

Trapper’s Sushi

Located at 3118 6th Ave Tacoma
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11am - 9pm

With a 8 Trapper’s Sushi locations in the Puget Sound area, we’re lucky to have one right here on 6th Ave in Tacoma! Stop by for their all-you-can-eat special, which is just one of their excellent deals. They also have other daily deals (like kids eat free on Sunday!) from Sunday through Thursday—check them out here.


Located at 1125 Court C Tacoma
Hours: Monday - Thursday 5pm - 9pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm - 10pm

“Fujiya is the first sushi to have opened in Tacoma over 25 years ago,” says Michael McNiel. “[They have a] very authentic style. The owner, who grew up in Japan, was classically trained in the art.”

Fujiya’s dedication to the craft shows through in their exquisite menu. Enjoy Japanese classics, which includes a sushi bar, noodles, salad, a selection of appetizers, tempura, teriyaki, and more. View their lunch menu, dinner menu, and sushi menu here.

Sushi Niwa

Located at 9701 S Tacoma Way Lakewood, WA
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11am - 8:30pm

Sushi Niwa in the Paldo World food court is super fun,” says Michael Duggan. “Buy one roll, get the second for free! Military discount too. Also, [there are] more dining options in the rest of the food court if someone in your party isn't feeling sushi.”

Sushi Niwa offers a quick option if you’re hanging out at Paldo! Drop by for carefully prepared rolls, rice bowls, salads and more. You can even order party platters for as cheap as $30—just give them 2 hours notice. Check out photos of their sushi here.

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