Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Denver has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Sushi. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Sushi Den or at Sonoda's, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!
Sushi Den has received numerous awards and accolades for its exceptional sushi. Wonderful, high-quality dishes are sure to please, and fresh fish is flown in daily – a practice that makes for a slightly pricier, but more than worthy, menu. The modern decor encourages trendy crowds to visit over sake, sushi, and sashimi. Other notable dishes include teriyaki sesame chicken and roasted sea bass with wasabi-caper beurre blanc. (303-777-0826)
This Japanese restaurant knows how to prepare sushi, and with over 100 options available, the menu offers plenty of choices. Select rolls prepared with either fish, seaweed, eel, or avocado on the outside; try whole fried rolls; or opt for a low-carb selection, made without rice. If you prefer a cooked meal, a tempting array of traditional dishes features everything from tempura and teriyaki to katsu and hibachi offerings. Reservations accepted only for groups of four or more. (303-329-3366)
Tucked away from the hustle of Colorado Boulevard, Osaka Sushi is a real find for those who love authentic Japanese cuisine. Expertly prepared by veteran chefs, flavorful dishes come proudly presented by attentive servers. Try a Denver roll, delicately filled with yellowtail tuna, crab, cucumber, and radish sprouts, or sample a vegetarian dish of tofu and steamed vegetables. Cooked options are available, and sushi happy hours offer tasty treats at reduced prices. A pleasant atmosphere, an enclosed patio, and small white lights dangling above set the dining scene. (303-698-9919)
Juxtaposing homespun charm and modern pizzazz, Sushi Uokura breaks out of the mold of typical sushi places. The restaurant is housed in a refurbished cottage and provides a comforting, if somewhat odd, backdrop to stellar sushi. Feast on noodle dishes, sukiyaki, and even steak, but don't forget the sushi. Yellowfin tuna, red snapper, salmon, and Spanish mackerel are cut precisely and crafted into superb rolls that you'll come to crave again and again. (303-278-8000)