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Shari Lounge

Downtown Orlando, Florida

We strolled in Shari after finding some parking close by. The restaurant, across the street from what looked like houses, was in a quaint area of downtown. There was an area outside with some high tables and lounge style chairs. The interior was similar any had an awesome vibe. One side had a large bar and the other side had lounge style booths and an upstairs loft. The place had an industrial feel and there was soft jazz music playing. The manager Chris took us to a booth upstairs and we were placed in the care of John, our very helpful and incredibly knowledgeable, server. Click here to read the full review and see pictures . . .

Garlic Edamame is a MUST but ask for pepper blend on the side, Buffalo Lobster, Sirloin appetizer, Love Roll, BFF


Orlando (Sandlake), Florida

We ended our week of sushi at Seito in Sandlake. Seito is the Peter Luger of steak. The family owned business has a large sushi bar, which was manned by at least 4 talented chefs. The booths were large and inviting and the decor was pleasant with pendant lighting, textured walls and fusion art around the restaurant. The manager Chris sat us and next we were in the hands of their chefs

We were immediately blown away by our first dish, Kobe Ishiyaki.

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Kobe Ishiyaki, Ceviche, Tuna Tataki, Yakimaki Roll, Polly Roll, Sunset Roll, Torchamaki



Orlando, Florida

On our last trip to Florida we dined at Dragonfly in Orlando. This is their second location, having a restaurant in Gainesville for many years. Dragonfly is a modern establishment who knows how to be tactful and trendy without being over the top. The restaurant has a great upscale feel and is very spacious.

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Butter Edamame, Black n Bleu, Dragonfly, Mango Tango, Surf and Turf, Miso Yaki Black Cod

Bento Cafe

Downtown Orlando, Florida

We started off our Florida sushi extravaganza at Bento Cafe in downtown Orlando. It has a great location, right in the middle of the action. The decor was hip and updates and the restaurant had televisions throughout it (and in the bathroom too). There was faint club music playing and the while the places is modernized, it is not intimidated and actually quite informal - you seat yourself as you walk in. Our knowledge server Tanya sat us in the back and it was on. We started with Momokawa Pearl Sake.

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Edamame, Tuna Star Crunch, Envy and Lust



Winter Park, Florida

We traveled a bit north, towards Winter Park and found ourselves at Wazzabi. We were immediately impressed as we pulled up. They have a very cool exterior, with a large outdoor seating area. Inside they have a large sushi bar and a full drink bar. They had an updated interior with bright, multi colored lights, but it was still intimate. The large restaurant is divided in two and the other side offers full hibachi services. Pinkie happily sat us and quickly brought us some popular appetizers.

The first thing we tried was Shrimp Stuffed Wonton.

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Shrimp Stuffed Wonton, Stuffed Tuna, Buddah, Pretty Lady, NY Style Izumi-Dai


Samurai Sushi

Lake Mary, Florida (FL)

We're ready to move to Deland. This restaurant is in a tie for 2nd place with TAIKO in NY thus far. It's a traditional sushi restaurant located in a shopping center, similar to TOKYO in Jersey. No fancy exterior or interior. Nice lighting inside, clean bathrooms and nice size sushi bar.

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Fire Starter Roll *, Salmon Lover Roll, BBQ Yellow Tail, Mango Roll & Samurai Roll for Desert

Best Sushi Restaurants in Central Florida (FL)

If you're looking for the best sushi restaurants or Japanese spot in the Florida/Orlando area, look no further. We've traveled around Florida nearly 200 times and know all of the great spots. Sushi to us is more than just fish wrapped in rice. Real sushi takes time to prepare and is an art. The quality of their fish, the service, the cleanliness of their restaurant and the entire package is what we look at. Sauces are important as well. We frown upon restaurants that rely on generic sauces. We aim to list the sushi restaurants in Florida (FL) that take their business and their sushi seriously, not just something extra to serve their customers.

LOCATED NEAR: Orlando, Lake Mary, Heathrow, Deland, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Springs, Wekiva Springs, Deltona, Lockhart, Fern Park, Casselberry, Altmonte, Oviedo, Goldenrod, Tampa, Wekiwa Springs, Daytona Beach, Winter Springs, Casselberry, De Bary, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Sanford, Apopka, Forest City, Fern Park, Lockhart, Maitland, Midway

BOTTOM LINE: Lake Mary, Florida has the BEST sushi