Posted on 1/17/2024

6 Best Sushi Spots on Galveston Island

Nestled along the Gulf Coast, the charming city of Galveston, Texas, is not only known for its historic architecture and vibrant culture but also for its culinary scene. While Tex-Mex, Creole, and

fresh seafood are perhaps the best-known local foods to try in Galveston, the island also has a burgeoning sushi scene.

From Japanese steakhouses to poke shops and even food trucks, the sushi in Galveston features traditional Asian flavors that infuse island flavors and Texas spice into the rolls.

In this guide to Galveston sushi, we’ve rounded up all the local spots you should try while vacationing at the beach. Since there are only a handful across the island, you can even put together a sushi challenge to sample them all and pick your favorite.

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Yamato Sushi and Steakhouse

  • Address: 2104 61st St, Galveston, TX
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  • Price Point: $$

Centrally located in Galveston, Yamato Sushi and Steakhouse gives this staple Japanese cuisine a modern twist. As you step through the doors, the casual and cozy ambiance immediately envelops you, setting the stage for a memorable dining experience.

Yamato's great sushi menu is a fusion of classic and contemporary creations. The list of traditional concoctions includes everything from a California Roll to a Spicy Albacore Roll with ponzu or chili garlic seasoning and an Alaska Roll with king crab and caviar.

If you want to try something with a local spin, order the Texas Roll, a zesty blend of kani, jalapeno slices, avocado, and cream cheese, or the seasonal Astros Roll with spicy yellowtail, salmon, jalapeno, and raspberry chipotle ponzu.

The restaurant's interior feels low-key and friendly, with hibachi tables for family-style dining. The sushi bar is a hub of activity where skilled chefs showcase their artistry, crafting sushi with precision.

Sky Bar Steak and Sushi

Photo Credit: Sky Bar Steak & Sushi

The modern and colorful interior of Sky Bar Steak & Sushi offers a fun contrast to the historic vibe in the middle of Galveston’s Postoffice District near The Strand. Guests can watch the pro chefs preparing sushi and sashimi at a granite sushi bar or the outdoor seating to soak up the buzz of downtown.

Sky Bar prides itself on using the freshest ingredients to create sushi masterpieces. Begin your culinary journey with the tuna tower, a visually stunning dish that layers succulent tuna, avocado, and crisp cucumber atop a bed of sushi rice and seaweed salad. Specialty rolls include fun fusions like the Habanero Roll, a classic tuna filling topped with Spanish-style habanero sauce and grilled shrimp, and the Tiki Roll, salmon tempura blended with cream cheese and topped with sweet and spicy mayo and chili sauce.

The happy hour here is a crowd-pleaser, with special deals on sushi by the piece, spring rolls, crab tempura, coconut shrimp, and other light bites. The cocktail menu features a whole slew of fun blends that pair well with the menu, from a cucumber martini to the Hawaii Five-O with pineapple and coconut rum.

Suki Poke by the Sea

Suki Poki by the Sea is the perfect lunch stop during a day on the sand for a taste of Hawaii in Galveston. It’s located near Stewart Beach on the East End and has a bright and modern interior for casual dining.

The cafe specializes in fresh poke bowls and sushi rolls. On the poke side, the customizable bowls steal the spotlight. Choose your base, protein, toppings, and sauce to create a bowl tailored to your preferences.

For sushi enthusiasts, the Tropic Roll combines shrimp tempura, avocado, strawberry, and mango and is a tropical fan-favorite. There are also some spicy bites like the Scorpion Roll that add jalapeno to fried crab sticks and top it off with broiled eel, habanero masago, and avocado.

The vibe inside Suki Poki by the sea is breezy and inviting, with a subtle coastal feel that blends the Hawaiian theme with its Galveston Island locale. You can also pop in to grab boba teas, smoothies, and slushies to take back to the beach.

Seawall Cuisine

  • Address: 500 Seawall Blvd suite 220, Galveston, TX
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  • Price Point: $$

Situated along the scenic Seawall Boulevard near Stewart Beach, Seawall Cuisine is a favorite place among locals. With a menu inspired by the bounty of the Gulf, this restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Japanese flavors and seafood combos.

For sushi fans, the restaurant has a menu of “Belly Liscious Rolls” in creative combos. The House Party Roll is a spicy bite of scallops, bacon, and jalapenos, and the Garden of Eden Roll is vegetarian-friendly with taro and sweet potato tempura, avocado, and spicy mayo.

You can also order hearty teriyaki beef or sweet and sour chicken combos, or bowls of ramen or chow noodles.

The ambiance inside the restaurant is very casual, with a bit of a coastal flair. Online ordering for pick-up is also easy here, so you can grab dinner to-go to take back to your Galveston vacation rental.

Natsu Sushi

  • Address: 3825 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX
  • Price Point: $$

Galveston’s Natsu Sushi is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite on a busy day of sightseeing around the island. The food truck eatery is located on Broadway Avenue and specializes in take-out sushi orders.

Natsu Sushi’s menu features fun specialty items that incorporate nods to Galveston and the coast. The Galveston Roll blends a crab mix with cucumber and tops it off with fresh mango and mango eel sauce. The Summer Roll uses spicy tuna with a salmon and avocado finish. Or, for something even spicier, try the Flaming Roll with shrimp tempura, jalapeno, zesty garlic, crispy sweet potato, and a spicy mayo finish.

Vegetarians will also be pleased to see a special meat-free sushi roll with cucumber, avocado, and carrots.

Captain Ceviche

This casual food truck spot on 61st Street makes an easy takeout stop! While it doesn’t serve traditional sushi per se, Captain Ceviche does serve up very Texas-style ceviche dishes that raw seafood lovers have to try while visiting Galveston.

The Latin dish of citrus-marinated fish and shellfish is the perfect refreshing bite during warm island days. At Captain Ceviche, you can order housemade combos with local catches, like the Red Fish Ceviche blended with tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and hot sauce, or the Pacific Aguachiles featuring Gulf shrimp tossed in a green sauce and served with tortilla chips.

Sampling Sushi in Galveston

Galveston's sushi scene is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, each eatery weaving its unique style into innovative creations and traditional craftsmanship.

Whether you're drawn to the classic sushi bar at Yamato, where you can watch the chefs build the rolls, the coastal flavors and customizable bowls at Suki Poke, or the hidden food truck gem of Natsu Sushi, Galveston offers a sushi experience that caters to every palate.

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