Samurai Sushi: Nashville’s Favorite Sushi Spot

My favorite restaurants always end up being unassuming spots that almost make you wonder if it’s safe to be walking through the door. I love getting dressed up for a fancy meal, but most of the time, I long for one of my little hole in the wall spots that are so good I can’t help going back over and over.

Enter Samurai Sushi. This tiny little restaurant nestled across from Exit Inn on Elliston happens to be where I had my first date with my now husband and remains one of our favorite places to eat!

Samurai Sushi
2209 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203

Samurai has been serving Nashville for over ten years and is consistently voted the best or one of the best, sushi restaurants in Nashville for many years. They have all your normal sushi rolls but owner and head sushi chef Yun Ho Choo has created a variety of specialty rolls that you won’t find anywhere else.

The building is small, and Nashville locals know it’s the place to get good sushi. If you go during regular dinner time, especially on the weekends, be sure to give yourself plenty of time because there will be a line out of the door. If you don’t have the time, you can call ahead to order takeout and eat sushi in your PJs, which is always a good idea.

We always start with an order of Edamame, which is perfectly steamed and salted. As we go down the list of endless sushi options, we always order the Choo Choo and Philadelphia rolls. The Choo Choo is the chef’s namesake, and at first glance, you might say, “no way that’s going to be good.” I promise you; it is delicious. Made up of salmon, crab, eel, cream cheese, avocado, with strawberry, peanut and eel sauce on top, it could be considered a dessert roll. Philadelphia is a basic choice, but for the price, the flavors of smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado make it impossible to pass up.

Next, comes the hard part. We usually order five rolls for two people. Picking the last three is always a challenge. This visit we ordered the Oyster Roll, Jane Roll, and Crazy Roll.

Our full order of deliciousness! From the right- Crazy Roll, ChooChoo, Jane, Oyster, and Philadelphia.

I can’t eat the Oyster Roll because I’m gluten free, but my husband says it’s worth ordering. It’s deep fried oyster, cream cheese, and oyster sauce all rolled up in perfect sushi rice. The Jane Roll is one of my favorite rolls. Its base is a dynamite roll (spicy crab, cucumber, and fish roe) wrapped with yellowtail, avocado, spicy mayo, and green onions. The Crazy Roll was a new choice this visit. It’s comprised of four kinds of fish with spicy mayo, cucumber, smelt roe and avocado. If you don’t like spice this would be a great option, but we need a spicy kick.

Close up of lovely Jane

Even though we truly enjoy everything we’ve tried we have a few other top choices. Mr. Daniel, made of spicy tuna, and cucumber, covered with tuna, avocado & spicy mayo. This is a beautifully colorful roll bursting with fresh flavor. Usually, if we get the Jane Roll we don’t get the Volcano due to similar flavors, but it’s a fantastic and filling choice. It’s a roll of avocado, tuna, asparagus, cream cheese topped with a heaping serving of warm spicy crabmeat.

One of my personal favorites is the Poki Roll. This simple little roll is a Spicy Tuna Roll topped with seaweed salad. I am a huge fan of seaweed salad. Not only because of the taste/texture, but it’s also excellent for you! These are just a few of our favorite choices, but from what I can tell after eating here consistently for three years, you can’t go wrong no matter what you order!

When visiting Nashville, if you’re craving sushi, this is the place to go! You won’t be disappointed…Unless you can’t get a table!

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Isabel S.

Originally, I’m from a little Kentucky town about two hours away, so Nashville was always the “big city” to go to for nights on the town and special occasions. I moved here a little over five years ago, and, let me tell ya’ll, Nashville is exploding with growth. The South has always been known for good food with tons of soul and butter.

Nashville is well known for its hot chicken and Goo Goo Clusters, but we have so much more to offer, especially as of late. It seems like every week there’s a new hot spot to try out. Everything from vegan cafes to French-inspired restaurants have been popping up all over town. That being said, there are a few places so near and dear to my heart that I hope they never go out of style as we grow and evolve.

I’m here to bring you a colorful mix of posts reviewing new trendy spots as well as those small local spots that have been around for years. I think of myself as a healthy food and lifestyle blogger. My goal is to illustrate how you can have a healthy, balanced lifestyle and LOVE food at the same time. Food should bring tremendous joy to your mind, body, and soul! Follow me @izzycooksinsta or subscribe to for even more food inspiration, recipes, and my foodie adventures!

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