The pandemic has hit the local sushi scene hard. In the East Bay, in particular, many of the most highly regarded spots are small, intimate omakase joints that have thus far been unable to reopen (here’s hoping for a swift return, Utzutzu and Sushi Sho).
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t excellent raw fish to be had, as many neighborhood favorites have successfully made the transition to a takeout model, whether they’re the kind of place that slings full-blown omakase nigiri sets or big specialty rolls with wacky names — both options have their time and place. Some of the area’s top Japanese restaurants (previously non-sushi division) are getting in on the action too, serving up some of the nicest-looking and tastiest sushi bentos and chirashi bowls.
Here, then, are 12 great restaurants where you can get your sushi fix, from San Pablo out to Orinda and everywhere in between.Read More