BEING NEAR THE OCEAN, Sushi is a hot item on the dining list in Surf City USA. What makes it so popular? I would probably say, the many different food offerings at each sushi restaurant or bite size meals. Maybe though... people just love eating fish near the Pacific Ocean! Well, Huntington Beach Sushi Restaurants has got all the die heart sushi fans covered. They're all one California Roll away from the best meal in the Top 10 Happiest Cities in America. Just roll with Surf City USA for a couple minutes and discover where to get your sushi fix in Huntington Beach, California. 

Sushi On Fire

301 Main St #103, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; 714-374-8885

Where sushi lovers hearts ignite--Sushi On Fire is fire. Being located in the heart of Surf City USA downtown, its sushi is not the only thing that makes it so popular. The location of being so close to the Huntington Beach Pier, makes it perfect to watch the sunset after dinner. Expect artful presentations of innovative culinary treats and plenty of options. With 70 specialty rolls in addition to traditional cut rolls, hand rolls and 2-piece small tastes, there is something for everyone's taste buds. 

What to try 

  • Hello Kitty hand roll sans rice- packed with fresh seafood including tuna, yellowtail, salmon, crab salad and masago (roe) with green and red onions and shrimp tempura. 
  • Pink Lady Roll- Spicy scallops and cucumber. Topped with salmon, and spicy sauce. Wrapped in soy paper. 
  • New York New York- Shrimp tempura, crab mix, topped with seared fillet mignon and green onion with ponzu sauce. 

Full menu here. 


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Matsu Japanese Restaurant

18035 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92648; (714) 848-4404

While walking into Matsu Japanese Restaurant, is like walking into Japan. That's the way they roll. Being one of the oldest sushi restaurants in Huntington Beach, they've pleased many sushi lovers for decades. Enjoy an excellent sushi bar, quite dining area and unique cocktail bar. There is nothing like the atmosphere at Matsu Japanese Restaurant in Surf City USA. With an extensive sushi menu and delicious cocktail menu--it's a restaurant that becomes very memorable to many. 

What to try 

  • Crunchy Roll-  Shrimp tempura, cucumber, tempura flakes with eel sauce.
  • Sumo Roll- California Roll with tuna on top and eel sauce with tempura flakes. 
  • Mai Tai- Delicious and refreshing cocktail. 

Full Matsu Japanese Restaurant menu here. 


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Tsunami Sushi 

17236 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649; (562) 592-5806

Just steps from the beach, Tsunami Sushi hits the sushi tastes buds just right. Because of its popularity in the Huntington Beach community, there's normally a wait after 6 PM. However, it's right next to Riip Beer Co. so the wait is just one beer away. It is a great place to watch sports games, with televisions throughout the dining and sushi bar area. The sushi menu is extensive, offering traditional to exotic sushi rolls. For the sushi sports lovers out there, this sushi restaurant is for you. 

What to try 

  • Maui Wowie- Shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, crab, avocado & cucumber wrapped in soy paper with tempura shrimp and coconut citrus sauce on top. 
  • TNT Roll- Spicy tuna, shrimp, avocado, asparagus w/seared tuna on top and cilantro ponzu

  • Popcorn Lobster- Tempura langostino, avocado, cucumber, eel sauce, and spicy mayo

Tsunami Sushi's full menu here. 


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Hashigo Sushi 

18685 Main St., Ste. 106, Huntington Beach, 92658; 714-848-1111

More traditional than trendy, Hashigo Sushi charms with its high-ceilinged space next to the Trader Joe’s at 5 Points Plaza. Their menu is extensive with sushi offerings and many children options. Cut rolls are elegantly plated and garnished, with options ranging from the quintessential California roll to vegetable rolls for the non-seafood eaters. For the sports fans out there, the sushi bar is equipped with televisions. 

What to try 

  • Paradise Cucumber Roll- a rainbow of seafood with salmon, tuna, crab meat, white fish, yellowtail and smelt eggs with yamagobo, avocado and sprouts, all wrapped up in a paper-thin slice of cucumber
  • Hashigo845- packed with fresh flavors of the ocean with blue crab, avocado and asparagus wrapped with white fish and topped with a spicy baked scallop with garlic butter and drizzled with ponzu sauce for an artful finish
  • Rib-Eye Asparagus Roll- Topped with caramelized onions & sesame seeds - served with ginger sauce

Hashigo Sushi full menu here


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The Backhouse

21058 Pacific Coast Hwy m250, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; (714) 374-1010

If you are one to love ocean views while eating some delicious sushi, The Backhouse is for you. Located in Pacific City, this restaurant has panoramic views of the ocean. Let's just say that missing the sunset won't be a worry while eating a delicious sushi meal. With a large patio, sushi bar and dining area, there's plenty of space for all those sushi lovers. 

What to try 

  • Baked Salmon Roll- California roll topped with salmon and spicy mayo baked then drizzled with eel sauce
  • Peacock Roll- Tempura fried spicy tuna with soy paper & avocado topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce
  • Baked Lobster Roll- Lobster, dynamite sauce, micro greens, spicy crunchy garlic, avocado, soy paper

The Backhouse full menu here 


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8841 Adams Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92646​(714) 965-1904

A cozy spot tucked away in a neighborhood plaza off Adams Avenue and Magnolia, this hidden Japanese restaurant almost always people in line to nab one of its 50 or so seats—and it’s worth the wait. The menu at Irassae runs the spectrum of seafood, doing everything well from the buttery soft salmon to spicier specialty rolls. If you like to turn up the heat, go off-menu with the Ghost or Nancy rolls. 

What to try 

  • Irassae Roll- Shrimp tempura and crab salad inside wrap with eel, shrimp and avocado
  • Marilyn Monroll- Shrimp tempura and spicy crab salad inside wrap with smelt egg
  • Chirasi Bowl- Mixed variety fish on top sushi rice served miso soup

Full Irassae Sushi Menu here

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant 

7801 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; (714) 898-9239

With a large sushi bar and dining area, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant is the place to eat sushi with any size group. Located in the shopping center of Bella Terra, it is popular for those sushi lovers who like to shop or go to a movie afterwards. Kabuki has an upscale casual vibe with fordable prices that make it a perfect spot for dates or family dinners. Don't miss out on their great happy hour Monday-Friday 3PM - 6 PM. 

What to try 

  • Philadelphia Roll- Salmon, Cream Cheese
  • B.S.C.R. Roll - Baked Scallops on top of California roll 
  • Large Roll- Shrimp, avocado, egg, vegetable 

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant full menu here


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