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Gastronomy: Where to eat the best sushi in Santo Domingo

Updated: Sep 4, 2023


Sushi photography at Nau Sushi Lounge in Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Welcome to Santo Domingo, a city where the mix of Caribbean charm and culinary delights is a paradise for foodies. Among the vibrant flavors the island has to offer, one culinary experience stands out as an art form in itself: sushi. For those with a passion for Japanese gastronomy and a desire for fresh, deliciously made sushi, Santo Domingo has become a destination full of hidden gems and well-known establishments, each offering a unique and unforgettable sushi adventure. And these are our five favorite sushi hotspots that you need to try out!


It's the mix with Caribbean flavors that makes the difference.

Even though you can find sushis on the menu in most restaurants in Santo Domingo, there are some restaurants that really specialize in making the best sushis, and thus allow you to experience an unforgettable dinner or lunch.


#1 NAU Sushi Lounge

Nau Sushi Lounge, located in the Intercontinental hotel next to Acropolis Business mall, is a restaurant specialized in Japanese food. With fresh dishes prepared on the spur of the moment, you will enjoy the essence of their Japanese cuisine at the highest level.


Despite being still quite unknown to many, this place is a hidden gem that offers you the best in terms of quality, freshness, great service and value for money. Their sushi dishes are truly delicious and offered at a very pleasant price.


Opening hours: Every day of the week from 12:00PM to 3:00PM and from 6:00PM to 11:00PM

Address: Av. Winston Churchill 2, Santo Domingo


Sushi photography at Nau Sushi Lounge in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#2 Samurai

Named the best Japanese restaurant in the country, Samurai has been offering authentic Japanese food for more than 20 years. And including therefore mainly excellent sushi.


The restaurant collaborates with 4 Japanese chefs who will give you an unforgettable experience, where each course is prepared with delicacy and exquisiteness. Besides traditional Sushi, Sashimi and other delicious Japanese dishes, you will find gourmet cuisine, which is a fusion of Japanese and French style, with top quality meat and international standards.


Due to this high quality in sushi, you will pay a little more than in other restaurant. But it is worth every bite without a doubt!


Opening hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday between 12:00PM and 11:59PM Address: Calle del Seminario 57, Santo Domingo


Sushi photography at Samurai Japanese Restaurant in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#3 Sonoma Bistro

Sonoma Bistro, located in the heart of Piantini, is known primarily for its relaxed atmosphere and excellent all-around world cuisine. You can go there for delicious appetizers, pastas and meat dishes. But so without a doubt for delicious sushi as well! Despite not being a Japanese restaurant, their quality, freshness and taste of sushi is excellent.


We recommend you try the Tiger Rolls, Riceless Rolls and their new sushis with passion fruit and salmon. You will love it!


Opening hours: Open every day between 12:00PM and 11:59PM

Address: Calle Federico Geraldino 96, Santo Domingo


Sushi photography at Sonoma Bistro in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#4 Shibuya Ichiban

Located in the city's most upscale shopping center, Shibuya Ichiban offers authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi offerings such as a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes, including sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki and various specialty rolls.


Thanks to their contemporary and elegant ambiance, the restaurant is hugely popular, and around dinner time it is often a short wait for a table. So be sure to be there on time if you want a comfortable and inviting Japanese dining experience.


Opening hours: Open every day between 12:00PM and 11:45PM

Address: Blue Mall, Av. Winston Churchill 80, Santo Domingo


Sushi photography at Shibayu Ichiban at Blue Mall in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#5 Okazu

We conclude our list with the Okazu Japanese restaurant, highly regarded for its authentic Japanese cuisine and traditional dishes. Their menu also features a variety of classic Japanese dishes, including sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, ramen and other popular favorites. The restaurant's dedication to using fresh and high-quality ingredients contributes to the overall quality of its dishes, making it a popular destination for food and sushi lovers.


The restaurant's ambiance usually combines a mix of contemporary and traditional Japanese design elements, creating a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for guests.


Opening hours: Open every day between 12:00PM and 11:00PM

Address: Calle Max Henriquez Ureña 14, Santo Domingo


Sushi photography at Okazu Restaurant in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

 

Remember, the best way to truly experience a culture is through its food, and Santo Domingo's sushi scene is a delectable gateway to Japan's culinary artistry right here in the heart of the Caribbean.


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