Where to Get the Best Sushi in Sonoma County

When you know, you know. Sushi Kosho is officially the best sushi in Sonoma County.

Now, I don’t say this lightly, because sushi is a lifestyle choice for me — not just a meal. It’s about the warm (hand temperature), perfectly seasoned rice, pristine fish and just-so preparation. With expanded hours and an expanded menu that includes not only nigiri and sashimi, but poke bowls and traditional Japanese entrees, this Sebastopol sushi spot has always been good — but with a new sushi rice recipe, it’s head and shoulders above the rest.

In addition to Sushi Kosho, I have three other best runner-up restaurants for your sushi fix — Shige Sushi in Cotati and Sonoma, Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park and Asahi in Healdsburg — along with more casual sushi stops that offer up solid takes in the raw fish game. Read on for more details. 

Sushi Kosho, Sebastopol

Snapper sushi at Sushi Kosho in Sebastopol. (Heather Irwin)
Snapper sushi at Sushi Kosho in Sebastopol – Photo by Heather Irwin

Chef Jake Rand is obsessed with authentic Japanese food and studied for years in Japan. Hands down, his sushi tops my list as perfectly seasoned, perfectly formed and perfectly impressive. Go for the Nigiri “set” with nine pieces of fish and a six-piece tekka maki. The space is comfortable to grab a lunchtime sushi plate or hunker down with a bottle of sake for a lengthier visit. Read full review here6750 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707-827-6373 

Shige Sushi, Cotati and Sonoma

Shige Sushi in Cotati — Photo by Alvin Jornada
Shige Sushi in Cotati — Photo by Alvin Jornada

Shige Sushi in Cotati is a bento-box sized sushi bar with just 22 seats, including the bar. Despite the diminutive size, the Japanese owners have cracked the code on affordable yet luxe Japanese favorites with authentic karaage (fried chicken), spicy poke salad, top-notch nigiri and sashimi and a laundry list of rolls (including plenty of gaijin-style mayonnaise/fried rolls).

Toki Roll at Shige Sushi - Photo by Alvin Jornada
Toki Roll at Shige Sushi – Photo by Alvin Jornada

Open Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. A large kitchen has expanded Shige Sushi’s offerings in Sonoma. Read full review here8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati; 19161 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, 707-933-9331 

Hana Japanese, Rohnert Park

Sushi bar at Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park
Sushi bar at Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park

This Rohnert Park restaurant consistently tops my list both for service and sake bar, as well as their always-fresh fish flown in from Japan. The late owner Ken Tominaga, who died in May 2022, ensured the authenticity at the restaurant is spot on, training the staff to teach guests about the traditional Japanese cuisine Hana serves. 101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, 707-586-0270 (Jeff Kan Lee)

Asahi Sushi, Healdsburg

Chef's omakase nigiri at Asahi Sushi in Healdsburg —Photo by Nobuyuki Asahi
Chef’s omakase nigiri at Asahi Sushi in Healdsburg —Photo by Nobuyuki Asahi

Owner Nobuyuki Asahi grew up in Japan and spent many hours with his grandparents at the famed Toyosu fish market in Tokyo. He insists on both local and imported Japanese fish, mostly seasonal, for his restaurant. The difference in his delicate hamachi, buttery tuna, creamy scallops and velvety Mendocino uni make Asahi one of my top five in Sonoma County. 335 Healdsburg Ave., 707-395-0487 (Courtesy of Asahi Sushi)

Sake 107, Petaluma

Nigiri at Sake 107 in Petaluma
Nigiri at Sake 107 in Petaluma 

Put yourself in the chef’s hands with the five-piece nigiri. Personally, we wish we’d doubled or tripled that. There’s not a stinker in the bunch, but don’t miss the Hokkaido uni, ocean trout (umi masu), sake (salmon) or maguro (big eye tuna). Read full review here107 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, 241-7580 (Heather Irwin)

Umé Japanese Bistro, Windsor

Ume Japanese Bistro in Windsor
Ume Japanese Bistro in Windsor 

Tucked away in Windsor, UmĂ© is the place that sushi connoisseurs talk about between themselves. The sushi is simple, minimal (not blobbed with wasabi or overly seasoned rice) letting the flavor of the fish express itself and sliced generously without being overdone. 8710 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, 838-6700 (John Burgess)

Kinka Sushi, Petaluma

Kyoto Tower at Kinka Sushi - Photo by Christopher Chung
Kyoto Tower at Kinka Sushi – Photo by Christopher Chung

A Petaluma sushi spot with rave reviews and a focus on high quality fish. Omakase tastings include specific toro, tuna and salmon, Hokkaido scallops and deep-sea snow crab. 

Bento box at Kinka Sushi - Photo by Christopher Chung
Bento box at Kinka Sushi – Photo by Christopher Chung

The Bento Box at Kinka includes salmon teriyaki, tonkatsu and California rolls with snow crab. (Christopher Chung)1410 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, 707-778-1872, kinkasushipetaluma.com 

Kiraku Sushi & Ramen, Santa Rosa

Kiraku Sushi & Ramen, near Santa Rosa Junior College
Kiraku Sushi & Ramen, near Santa Rosa Junior College

Impressive “utility” sushi from this relative newcomer in the Santa Rosa Junior College neighborhood, formerly known as Ippinn Sushi & Ramen. By “utility,” I mean Wednesday afternoon California rolls, veggie tempura and tonkatsu ramen with a girlfriend rather than Friday night, once-in-a-blue-moon, break-the-bank sushi with Daiginjo sake. In my world, both are equally important. Kiraku Sushi is a sister restaurant to the nearby Ippinn Udon & Tempura1985 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-800-7699, kirakullc.com

Sushiko, Rohnert Park

Sushiko in Rohnert Park (Yelp)

With one of Northern California’s top sushi spots — Hana Japanese — just a mile away from this Rohnert Park sleeper, Sushiko has a lot to live up to. But this simple little sushi bar tucked quietly inside a floundering strip mall is getting lots of thumbs up from BiteClubbers who say it’s tops for everyday sushi cravings. 6265 Commerce Blvd., Suite 174, Rohnert Park, 707-585-2774. (Yelp)

Toyo, Santa Rosa

Toyo Sushi in Santa Rosa
Toyo Sushi in Santa Rosa – Photo by Jeff Kan Lee

Presentation of everything from California rolls to simple Bento boxes are camera-ready, adding to the carefully-cultivated vibe of the spot. Nigiri and sashimi are fresh and spot-on. Rolls run an entire page, with the usual suspects–California, Alaskan, Rock & Roll, to wackier things with tempura and mangos, but we’re especially impressed by traditional vegetable maki with sweet tofu skin, natto, pickled radish or shitake mushrooms. 3082 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa, 707-527-8871, toyorestaurantsr.com

Haku Sushi, Santa Rosa

Rolls are a specialty at Haku Sushi in Santa Rosa
Rolls are a specialty at Haku Sushi in Santa Rosa

Located in downtown Santa Rosa, perilously near my office, this is my go-to, weekday sushi spot. I won’t lie, it can range from spectacular to lack-luster, but in general, things tend to be trending upward lately. Rolls are a specialty, and the names are worth the price of admission alone. Asking for a “Funny Feeling Down There” or “Silent But Deadly” is kind of priceless, no matter what’s inside. 518 Seventh St., Santa Rosa, 707-541-6359, hakusushi.top-cafes.com

Oishii Sushi, Santa Rosa

Oishii Sushi in Santa Rosa - Photo by Melissa S. on Yelp
Oishii Sushi in Santa Rosa – Photo by Melissa S. on Yelp

Recently a friend told me about this low-profile sushi bar and grill with a special takeout and delivery special — five rolls for $60. Despite my skepticism, they’re the best rolls — especially the Oishii hand roll with shrimp tempura and lobster — we’ve had in the last six months. Hands down. 1950 Piner Road, Suite 110, Santa Rosa, 707-308-4528, oishiisushisr.square.site. 

Raku Ramen & Rolls, Santa Rosa

Raku Ramen & Rolls in Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village - Photo by Chris Hardy
Raku Ramen & Rolls in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village – Photo by Chris Hardy

Sustainable sourcing, solid sushi and ramen. Read more here2424 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa, 707-623-9668 

Otoro, Healdsburg

Otoro in Healdsburg
Otoro in Healdsburg

Healdsburg fave for a fast sushi meal. The massive menu includes everything from chef specials and Bento Boxes to sushi rolls and noodle soup. 1280 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707-756-3932, otorohealdsburg.com.

Bluefish Sushi & Grill, Santa Rosa

Bluefish Sushi
Bluefish Sushi & Grill in Santa Rosa

Where I take my kids for a big sushi boat dinner. Good quality, reasonable prices. 2700 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-791-7233, santarosabluefish.com. (Heather Irwin)

Paradise Sushi, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Petaluma

Paradise Sushi is all-you-can-eat in Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and Santa Rosa
Paradise Sushi is all-you-can-eat in Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and Santa Rosa

All-you-can-eat utility sushi. Read more here


Written by Heather Irwin

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