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. Fort Myers 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 DaRuMa or at Blu Sushi, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

7 Origami
Sushi lovers consistently laud Origami for setting the bar high when it comes to service, authenticity, creativity and taste. This unassuming restaurant has been catering to connoisseurs for years, and it is also regarded as the number one site for converting locals to sushi fandom. The head sushi chef, originally from Tokyo, serves up signature house rolls like the Yami Yami, the Scooby Doo and the Green Spider, along with the freshest sashimi and nigiri. (239-482-2126)

6 Ichiban
If you're craving a perfectly prepared sushi roll, stop by Ichiban for some of the freshest in the city. You're sure to be impressed by their stand-out service, artful atmosphere and authentic Japanese fare. Start off with an appetizer of locally renowned Asian barbecue ribs, and then dive right into the seemingly endless sushi menu. The maki here is unrivaled in terms of freshness and presentation, with each plate bearing a creative and decorative twist. (239-334-6991)

5 Mr. Mee's
Authentic, fresh and affordable, the stellar sushi served at Mr. Mee's is as close to perfection as it gets. The menu is versatile and extensive, encompassing Thai and Korean inspired dishes in addition to traditional Japanese fare and, of course, sushi. The atmosphere is unpretentious and intimate, and the no-frills service is efficient and courteous, which will come in handy, as you may need help navigating all that the menu has to offer. (239-277-5616)

4 DaRuMa
At DaRuMa, diners indulge in spectacular sushi rolls, as well as other Japanese delights, that are as fascinating and fun as they are delicious. Though the main emphasis would seem to be the classic hibachi dishes, unlike other hibachi restaurants, DaRuMa gets sushi right. Settle in at one of the hibachi tables for simultaneous entertainment and eating, or dine in the sushi lounge and enjoy handmade maki or fresh sashimi. (239-344-0037)

3 Elephant Bar
The Elephant Bar makes for an eclectic and enriching dining experience, whether you're looking for flavorful burgers or phenomenal sushi. Relax amid a uniquely sleek yet comfortably traditional atmosphere and kick-start your meal with a happy hour special beverage accompanied by the quick-seared Ahi tuna or the soy ginger calamari. For your main course, try the Japanese Ahi bowl, or sample something from the beloved Global Grill. (239-936-2775)

2 Siam Thai Sushi Restaurant
Siam Thai Sushi Restaurant may have a humble exterior, but the service and food within is nothing short of exceptional. Watch the talented chef prepare sushi in the open kitchen, or choose from their vast selection of Thai dishes. Sushi devotees will want to sample the Tampa and Mexican rolls, or drop by on Sunday for the all you can eat Sushi Sunday, which includes salad, soup and a tasty tempura appetizer. (239-995-5002)

1 Blu Sushi
This sleek sushi bar flaunts an alluring modern design complete with walls meant to emulate the deep blue of the sea. Complementing the visually stunning interior are the beautiful people you find here nightly —- from the staff to the clientele, Blu enjoys quite a crowd. The skilled sushi artists take pride in their evocative creations, which include eel, crab and salmon rolls that are as beautiful to behold as to consume. (239-489-1500)

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Origami 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar Dining
Ichiban 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Mr. Mee's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Korean, Sushi, Thai
Dining Options: Bar Dining
DaRuMa 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Chef's Table
Neighborhood: Downtown
Elephant Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar Dining
Siam Thai Sushi Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Thai
Blu Sushi 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: SOUTH FORT MYERS
COST: $$