Okay, I get why people hate sushi. But I also don't get it. Sushi is one of those foods you can't stop until you feel like you're going to burst. And 10/10 times, it's worth it. I mean, even just hearing the word sushi makes you crave it. Sorry, I'll stop. 

Whether it's all you can eat sushi or a la carte, sushi isn't just sushi. There are amazing places and okay places. But good thing Ottawa is filled with mostly amazing places! If you're a huge sushi fan and a ton of your friends aren't, these spots will change their minds. 

Here are 11 sushi spots in Ottawa that are sure to win over your friends, even those who said they'll never eat sushi. 


New Generation Sushi 

Where: 150 Laurier Ave W

via @maia.pops

Type: A La Carte or Pay By Item

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: For those who don't enjoy sushi, you can get really simple rolls at New Generation Sushi. I know sushi can look super intimidating when you haven't tried it or don't want to, but NGS also has a ton of other options on the menu that don't have anything to do with sushi if you're that opposed to it. 

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Hokkaido Sushi 

Where: 272 Dalhousie St

via @santi.colombia

Type: All You Can Eat

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: This amazing all you can eat spot is only $16.99 for lunch, which is a great deal. They have so many other options too, and you can also forgo the all you can eat and just get a few options if you really don't think you'll like it. But trust me, you will. And if you're reading this and you love sushi, the options that will contribute to the food coma are endless. 

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Sushi 88

Where: 690 Somerset St W

via @chris_annett

Type: A La Carte or Pay By Item

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: This is a more expensive sushi restaurant, but it's totally worth it. You can get a la carte items or just pay for each item you want. They have a ton of sushi combos, which either come with maki rolls or nigiri. If you're super picky, then the pay by item option will probably be your best bet. 

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1000 Sushi Islands 

Where: 129 Riocan Ave

via @n4tcooks

Type: All You Can Eat

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: This restaurant is cheap, but it's my absolute favourite. The price is cheap, but the food isn't! It's $16.99 for all you can eat lunch, which is definitely the best time to go since it's usually packed any other time. The rolls are smaller, which makes it easier for people who don't enjoy sushi to eat. And if you want to fit in but don't actually want to eat sushi, they have a ton of other options such as fried rice, chicken teriyaki, etc. 

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Genji Japanese Restaurant 

Where: 175 Lisgar St

via @genji_ottawa

Type: Pay Per Item 

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Genji Japanese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and either time is a great time to go. If you're just trying sushi out, they have a great option where you can create your own bento box and choose what kind of sushi you want in it! It also comes with a salad a spring rolls, but you still get to try the delicious sushi. 

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Hockey Sushi 

Where: 4055 Carling Ave

via @mollylovesfood

Type: All You Can Eat

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Maybe you're a plain Jane and you're super picky with food. That's okay! Hockey Sushi has so many rolls that you'll probably like, including chicken teriyaki rolls, avocado rolls, you know, the simple stuff! And if you're really picky, they have options like vegetable spring rolls and dumplings. 

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Sushi Kan 

Website: Multiple Locations

via @beccivaughan

Type: All You Can Eat

Price: 💸

Why you should go: Sushi Kan is one of the best in Ottawa, and one of the cheapest. Only $14.99 for the all you can eat menu, and there is SO much on the menu. Even if you like sushi it will be hard to choose, but there is no way your "friends" who "claim" they don't like sushi won't find something they love on this huge menu. 

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Tomo

Where: 109 Clarence St

via @bronwynle5

Type: Pay Per Item

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: Why shouldn't you go? Japanese restaurant by day, bar by night. This modern Japanese restaurant serves some of the most unique and delicious sushi in the city. Since it is a more upscale restaurant, it's not the cheapest but you're paying for quality. This is also a great place to take your friends, since they have a lot of other options like Pad Thai. However, if you're going to try sushi anywhere, it should be at Tomo. 

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Hello Sushiman

Where: 3885 Innes Rd B1

via @theingdex

Type: Take Out

Price: 💸

Why you should go: Maybe you're intimidated by sushi restaurants, honestly, I can't think of a reason why someone would hate sushi so I'm coming up with ideas. However, if that happens to be the case, then this take out restaurant is perfect for you. You can call ahead, and order from their huge menu, and eat it in the comfort of your own home! Plus, they have a kids menu if you're really that scared... *wink wink*

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Kinki Lounge Kitchen 

Where: 41 York St

via @ottawa_magazine

Type: Pay Per Item

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: If you haven't heard of Kinki, then I'm not sure where you've been. You can also BYOW (bring your own wine) to this restaurant, so if your friends are nervous about trying sushi, that will definitely calm them down. This is a pretty fancy Japanese restaurant, but this is where you'll fall in love with sushi if you haven't already. 

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Sushi Umi 

Where: 1311 Wellington St W

via @a.foodz

Type: Pay Per Item

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: This place has everything you could ever want, even if you don't like sushi. From maki rolls to noodles to bento boxes, you'll be living for the selection. And they have super simple rolls for those who don't think they'll like anything extravagant!

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