Essential San Antonio sushi restaurants for Japanese-inspired dining

San Antonio may be best known for homegrown specialties like Tex-Mex and barbecue, but that doesn't mean we shy away from celebrating other cuisines.

Case in point? Japanese and Japanese-inspired fare, especially sushi, are increasingly common in the Alamo City. We're talking anything from nigiri and sashimi to specialty rolls and chirashi.

If you're looking to nosh on sushi but don't know where to start, this list of essential spots will get you rolling. (Pun intended.)
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Umiya
11075 W I-10 Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78230, (210)455-0299, facebook.com/Umiya-Sushi-Seafood-Bar-104115842271860
Corpus Christi-based sushi restaurant Umiya has opened its first San Antonio location, serving all-you-can eat soups, salads, hibachi and sushi. The new eatery, which also includes a full bar, has taken over the far Northwest San Antonio space that formerly housed Drew Brees' Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, 11075 Interstate 10 West, Suite 200. 
Photo via Facebook / Umiya Sushi Seafood & Bar
Umiya
11075 W I-10 Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78230, (210)455-0299, facebook.com/Umiya-Sushi-Seafood-Bar-104115842271860
Corpus Christi-based sushi restaurant Umiya has opened its first San Antonio location, serving all-you-can eat soups, salads, hibachi and sushi. The new eatery, which also includes a full bar, has taken over the far Northwest San Antonio space that formerly housed Drew Brees' Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, 11075 Interstate 10 West, Suite 200.
Photo via Facebook / Umiya Sushi Seafood & Bar
Tong’s Thai
1146 Austin Hwy., (210) 829-7345, tongsthai.com
Alamo Heights fixture Tong’s Thai has been serving traditional Thai food since 1995. But the sushi bar deserves its due too. Order the fan favorite Ariel Special roll with a glass of plum wine. 
Photo via Instagram / tongsthai
Tong’s Thai
1146 Austin Hwy., (210) 829-7345, tongsthai.com
Alamo Heights fixture Tong’s Thai has been serving traditional Thai food since 1995. But the sushi bar deserves its due too. Order the fan favorite Ariel Special roll with a glass of plum wine.
Photo via Instagram / tongsthai
Kura Sushi
255 E. Basse Road, #384, (726) 208-0888, kurasushi.com
The highly anticipated wait for SA’s first conveyor-belt sushi bar, Kura, came to an end earlier this year. The sushi bar located at the quarry is now up and running serving their famed handmade sushi, ramen and deserts. Kura’s expansion into San Antonio marks the ninth store the Japan-based restaurant has in Texas. 
Photo via Instagram / kurasushi_usa
Kura Sushi
255 E. Basse Road, #384, (726) 208-0888, kurasushi.com
The highly anticipated wait for SA’s first conveyor-belt sushi bar, Kura, came to an end earlier this year. The sushi bar located at the quarry is now up and running serving their famed handmade sushi, ramen and deserts. Kura’s expansion into San Antonio marks the ninth store the Japan-based restaurant has in Texas.
Photo via Instagram / kurasushi_usa
Botika
303 Pearl Parkway #111, (210) 670-7684, botikapearl.com
Though Botika is so much more than just a sushi bar, Chef Geronimo Lopez and his team have an array of 12 sushi options, 6 rolls on the lunch and dinner menus respectively available at their restaurant. Botika’s focus on fine Japanese dining is complemented by an elaborate contemporary menu and dining room at a prime location in the Pearl.
Photo via Instagram / botikapearl
Botika
303 Pearl Parkway #111, (210) 670-7684, botikapearl.com
Though Botika is so much more than just a sushi bar, Chef Geronimo Lopez and his team have an array of 12 sushi options, 6 rolls on the lunch and dinner menus respectively available at their restaurant. Botika’s focus on fine Japanese dining is complemented by an elaborate contemporary menu and dining room at a prime location in the Pearl.
Photo via Instagram / botikapearl
Sushi Haya
226 W Bitters Rd., (210) 370-9332, sushihayaus.com
All-you-can-eat concept Sushi Haya has been in the works since last November, according to its social media accounts and opened its doors in mid-march. Sushi Haya's extensive menu offers bento boxes, rolls, sushi and sashimi, along with Japanese and hibachi entrees. The all-you-can-eat offer holds guests to a few standard rules, including a two-hour time limit. 
Photo via Instagram / sushihayasa
Sushi Haya
226 W Bitters Rd., (210) 370-9332, sushihayaus.com
All-you-can-eat concept Sushi Haya has been in the works since last November, according to its social media accounts and opened its doors in mid-march. Sushi Haya's extensive menu offers bento boxes, rolls, sushi and sashimi, along with Japanese and hibachi entrees. The all-you-can-eat offer holds guests to a few standard rules, including a two-hour time limit.
Photo via Instagram / sushihayasa
Suck It Asian Kitchen
1167 E. Commerce St., (210) 564-9062, chefsuckit.com
Suck It restaurant group has spent the last couple years expanding their empire in San Antonio and while their most recent project: Suck It Mixology Bar May be getting may be getting the most attention right now, Suck It Asian Kitchen is still slinging out quality sushi rolls to delight San Antonians 
Photo via Instagram / stpaulsquare
Suck It Asian Kitchen
1167 E. Commerce St., (210) 564-9062, chefsuckit.com
Suck It restaurant group has spent the last couple years expanding their empire in San Antonio and while their most recent project: Suck It Mixology Bar May be getting may be getting the most attention right now, Suck It Asian Kitchen is still slinging out quality sushi rolls to delight San Antonians
Photo via Instagram / stpaulsquare
Yellowfish Sushi
Multiple Locations, yellowfishsushi.com
This self-proclaimed “Japamex sushi bar” features an extensive menu of traditional and not-so-traditional menu items, including fried and baked roll options.
Photo via Instagram / yellowfishsushi
Yellowfish Sushi
Multiple Locations, yellowfishsushi.com
This self-proclaimed “Japamex sushi bar” features an extensive menu of traditional and not-so-traditional menu items, including fried and baked roll options.
Photo via Instagram / yellowfishsushi
Koi Kawa
4051 Broadway St, (210) 805-8111, koikawasushi.com
Into nigiri and sashimi? Koi Kawa is the spot for you. Chilled tuna, mackerel, salmon, shrimp, squid and octopus rest atop lightly vinegared beds of sticky white rice in a delicious display of sushi chef artistry. Of course, the Broadway eatery offers an impressive selection of specialty rolls for those that prefer their sushi in that form.  
Photo via Instagram /  koikawajapanese
Koi Kawa
4051 Broadway St, (210) 805-8111, koikawasushi.com
Into nigiri and sashimi? Koi Kawa is the spot for you. Chilled tuna, mackerel, salmon, shrimp, squid and octopus rest atop lightly vinegared beds of sticky white rice in a delicious display of sushi chef artistry. Of course, the Broadway eatery offers an impressive selection of specialty rolls for those that prefer their sushi in that form.
Photo via Instagram / koikawajapanese
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471, facebook.com/nikis.tokyo.inn 
Since 1970, Niki’s Tokyo Inn has offered traditional Japanese tatami seating and a sushi bar you’ll want to score a seat in front of. Go solo, or take several friends, but get there early for the best results.
Photo via Instagram / eat.food.travel.eat
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471, facebook.com/nikis.tokyo.inn
Since 1970, Niki’s Tokyo Inn has offered traditional Japanese tatami seating and a sushi bar you’ll want to score a seat in front of. Go solo, or take several friends, but get there early for the best results.
Photo via Instagram / eat.food.travel.eat
Godai Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
11203 West Ave., 210-348-6781, godaisushisa.com
Tried-and-true Northside spot Godai has a classic Japanese menu: all the usual sushi suspects and an assortment of rice and noodle bowls.  
Photo via Instagram / yonggoro
Godai Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
11203 West Ave., 210-348-6781, godaisushisa.com
Tried-and-true Northside spot Godai has a classic Japanese menu: all the usual sushi suspects and an assortment of rice and noodle bowls.
Photo via Instagram / yonggoro