Reno has made a name for itself as a mecca for all-you-can-eat sushi. I’ve even met some people from the Bay Area who came all the way up to Reno just to have lunch at the popular Sushi Club.
Reno seems like a strange place to have sushi: it’s four hours from the ocean and located up in the mountains. However, flash-frozen seafood is flown or trucked into the area every day for the dozens of sushi restaurants dotted around town. All-you-can-eat (AYCE) sushi is also rare outside of the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. Most people I have talked to, who are happily gorging themselves on rolls and nigiri, have only ever seen AYCE sushi in Reno. That includes other cities like San Francisco and New York.
If you are visiting Reno, there are many sushi restaurants and some are better than others. For the best view of chefs in action and the best service, sit at the bar. Servers will make their rounds to offer drinks, miso soup, salad, mussels, tempura and other specialty items. If you sit at a table, you will be given a slip of paper with the types of sushi offered. Mark what you want and a platter will be delivered to your table in a few minutes.
There are a few rules with AYCE sushi in Reno:
- Don’t order too much and create leftovers. They will not give you a doggie bag.
- When your drink is empty and you are at the bar, just place the empty glass on top of the fish display case in front of you. A server will be right by to fill it up.
- You don’t have to stick with what is on the menu. Ask the chef to surprise you or come up with your own recipe.
Here are some of the best sushi restaurants in Reno. All are open for both lunch and dinner and all offer AYCE…so loosen up the button on your jeans.
Photo courtesy of [C. Jill Reed/Flickr]