Survey 2011: Best Sushi in Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi

It’s a runaway vote, and even better, I agree with all the results, though my favorite is Murata. Proving that Portlander’s have a thing for sustainable policies, Bamboo Sushi swam away from the pack.

850 votes cast:

  1. Bamboo Sushi – 27% of the vote. 310 Southeast 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97214 (503) 232-5255 Map
  2. Hiroshi – 10%. 926 Northwest 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97209 (503) 619-0580 Now closed
  3. Murata – 9%. 200 Southwest Market St # P105, Portland, OR 97201(503) 227-0080 ‎

The 2nd and 3rd choices don’t appear to have websites.

You can see all of the “Best of Portland” results here.

Your thoughts are welcome

  1. jimster says

    Murata is great except fot their apparent insistance on an utter lack of decent adult beverages. They are also just about the only restaurant in Portland that flatly refuses BYOB of wine. I’m not much of a beer drinker and I don’t think sushi goes that well with beer anyway, their wine list in beyond pathetic and their sake is standard crap. I live about a mile from them and hardly ever go (been over a year at least at this point) because I want something more than water with my sushi.

  2. td says

    I like Bamboo Sushi but am a bit surprised that Syun in Hillsboro did not make the list. Maybe just a bias against the suburbs.

  3. jimster says

    I think Hiroshi did close for awhile and re-opened somewhat recently. Eesh, my one experience at Yoko’s was relatively above room-temperature fish.

  4. Asianjo3 says

    I personally would have to disagree with the poll. I know that bamboo is doing a great thing with marketing sustainable sushi but you can still have better quality and still somewhat sustainable without have the restrictions of being a certified restaurant. Masu Sushi downtown, even though over the past years it had gone downhill, a friend of mine had taken over the exec chef position here. Sourcing in products that no one in Portland are getting such as fresh octopus from Spain and cooking in house unlike everyone else getting the precooked ones. Bigeye tuna, local albacore, local “king” chinook and sockeye salmon.. And also revamped the kitchen menu to I would have to say best tonkotsu ramen in town. Hiroshi was going for a nobu concept in the pearl and it had failed because nobu was 10/15 years ago. Murata, hands down great sushi restaurant and still keeps it traditional. There isn’t really many great sushi restaurants in portland and it’s sad to know that from my personal experience of being a sushi chef.
    #1 Masu #2 Murata #3 Bamboo

  5. nyfoodie says

    I was so disappointed in Murata. The ginger was that dyed pink stuff, the fish did not stay on the rice, there was gristle in some of the pieces, the mackerel tasted off, and the ikura was clumpy and gooey – it had a strange texture. Murata reminded me of a place I used to go to in Queens Boulevard, and not in a good way. I really, really, wanted to like this place, especially because of the unpretentious atmosphere, but it doesn’t hold a candle to most places in NY. I found Masu’s fish to be much fresher and better presented. I wish Portland had more really good, authentic Japanese food – it is really lacking. Some places get the atmosphere right and fail elsewhere.

  6. says

    I would have to say being a Portland native and have eaten sushi for over 25 years nothing beats the Sushi at Sushi Mazi ( They have some of the best rolls, sashimi, and isn’t over crowded. Their sushi is always fresh, elegant, and leaves you feeling filled! I have eaten at the above sushi restaurants, Bamboo Sushi, Hiroshi and really wasn’t impressed. If you want to try something that isn’t really well know yet but totally amazing, I would suggest you try out Sushi Mazi in SE Portland. You won’t be disappointed!

  7. Michael Jacobi says

    As a sushi snob from Seattle (best= Sam’s/Ballard, Nara/Redmond, Taka/Lynnwood), I researched and visited the top reviewed sushi spots in Portland. My favorite? Sushi Mazi in SE Portland. Awesome fare, menu, ambience, service. I highly recommend.

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