Sushi

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. Greenville 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 Hana or at Irashiai Izakaya Sushi Pub & Japanese Restaurant, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

9 Miyabi Kyoto
Within this Japanese restaurant, the decor is full of exotic flourish, with trailing greenery, gilt-accented mirrors and polished surfaces. The chefs, too, are exuberant, as they prepare steak, chicken, shrimp and vegetables right before your eyes. Slicing, dicing and bantering, they sauté the food at large, communal tables and dish it out in steaming portions. Along with a crisp, dressed salad and cold sake, it makes for a substantial meal. Great for group dinners. (864-675-5114)

8 Irashiai Izakaya Sushi Pub & Japanese Restaurant
Whether you're a sushi aficionado or simply a novice, this sushi pub is the destination of choice. Ken-San Shimizu, known as one of the best sushi chefs in the country, ensures that each roll is fresh, well-prepared and beautiful. If you've never had sushi, you'll be initiated the right way, and if you love it already, you'll gain a new appreciation of the culinary art. Extensive menu and fun atmosphere. (864-271-0900, 800-607-8744)

7 MiMi's Steakhouse of Japan
With its cinnabar hues and shoji screen accents, there's no doubt what MiMi's culinary specialty is, and one glance at the dining room's large stainless steel vent hoods lets you know that some ambitious cooking is going on. Everywhere, chefs man their grills, turning out hibachi dinners of teriyaki chicken, filet mignon, lobster, and more. The communal experience is sure to bring a social aspect to any meal, and a sushi bar lets you post yourself in full view of all the elaborate roll-making. A bar is also available, and the large space easily accommodates groups. (864-987-9030)

6 TakoSushi
Can't decide what to have for dinner? Southwestern? Sushi? Lucky for you, there's a single restaurant for that. TakoSushi brings together the best of both worlds, delivering shumai and sashimi alongside steak ranchero and posole. Whatever you opt for, know that the food is fresh-made and delicious. And if you've ever tried to please different people, remember TakoSushi the next time you attempt to coordinate a group outing. Satisfying diverse tastes has never been so easy! (864-271-5055)

5 Thaicoon Ricefire and Sushi Bar
Sleek, Asian-inspired decor adorns this Thai restaurant, housed in a shopping strip near Furman University. A wide selection of crowd-pleasing noodle, curry and stir-fry concoctions line the menu, and there's also an ample selection of sushi. Most dishes are prepared with your choice of meat or tofu. Happy hour drink specials available throughout the week. (864-246-7255)

4 Tsunami
Attracting constant crowds, Tsunami gains favor for its fantastic sushi. Fresh, well-seasoned and delicious, each item is presented in an authentic Japanese manner. The menu is à la carte, so select a variety of dishes and sample them with friends. Mussels are a great choice, as is the Rock'n Roll, where fish is wrapped around flavored rice, instead of vice versa. Beer, wine and take-out are available, but reservations aren't, so come early to get a table or a seat at the bar. (864-467-1055)

3 Sushi Murasaki
A long, chic sushi bar and tall bistro tables flank the interior of this popular downtown restaurant. Start off with some edomame and shrimp dumplings, then take your pick of the wide variety of veggie, raw and cooked sushi offerings. Try the popular rainbow roll (filled with salmon, crab and shrimp), or indulge in a tasty tempura dish. Trendy cocktails, such as the caramel apple martini, and an upscale atmosphere make this a desirable spot for drinks, as well. (864-271-2452)

2 Sushi Hana
Located in a small shopping strip, this restaurant boasts an elegant interior that catches you by surprise. Wield your chopsticks at the cozy sushi bar, or retire to a table for a more formal experience. In addition to topnotch sushi, you'll discover reasonable prices, a serene atmosphere, and helpful service — all of which keep fans coming back for more. (864-676-0200)

1 Thai Sky Restaurant
Infused with exotic flavors and intent on balancing them judiciously, Thai cuisine is fresh, light, and oftentimes pungent with Kaffir lime, sweet basil, ginger, and chilis. It's an addictive mix. Luckily, Thai Sky has an experienced hand in creating green papaya salad, pad Thai, and a range of curries. If you're up for something more dramatic, consider whole fried flounder or deep-fried duck. Vegetarian dishes can be had easily, and the mango and sweet sticky rice is a dessert delight. Weekday lunch specials are an added perk. (864-233-2668, 864-233-5833)


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Miyabi Kyoto 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: HAYWOOD ROAD
COST: $
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Irashiai Izakaya Sushi Pub & Japanese Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: NORTH PLEASANTBURG
COST: $
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MiMi's Steakhouse of Japan 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: WOODRUFF ROAD
COST: $$
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TakoSushi 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, Japanese, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern, Sushi
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Thaicoon Ricefire and Sushi Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Sushi, Thai
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: FURMAN
COST: $
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Tsunami 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Sushi Murasaki 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Sushi Hana 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: HAYWOOD ROAD
COST: $$
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Thai Sky Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, European, French, Sushi, Thai
Dining Options: Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: PELHAM ROAD
COST: $$