I dream of sushi constantly, and Ocean City has a healthy scene for it, considering we’re in one of the seafood capitals of the east coast! In fact, the rice and raw fish business is thriving on the island, as a new sushi joint opened its doors this summer. Here’s a look at five sushi restaurants in Ocean City, from high society spots for a fancy dates to take out locales you can go with friends.
Blue Fish, 94th Street bayside.
Blue Fish is a lovely sit-down place – you’d never know that it used to be a drive-thru by looking inside. It’s a perfect place for either a night out with friends or an intimate date without breaking your piggy bank. Blue Fish has a impressive selection of sushi rolls, as well as Chinese food and thai dishes like drunken noodles and curry chicken. Customer service is their specialty, and wait staff has always proven to be attentive to me whenever I’m there, no matter how packed the place may be. Check out their monstrous tuna tower, or my favorites, the super roll and the Maryland roll topped with Old Bay.
OC Wasabi, 33rd Street
If you’re a high roller looking for premium fish and willing to pay for it, this is the place for you. OC Wasabi is the place for Ocean City’s well-to-do to get their sushi fix. I rave about their other dishes, namely the teriyaki and the fried rice, and their cocktails are prepared by Ocean City’s finest bartenders. Try a blueberry mojito while perusing the menu. There’s creative specialty rolls for sushi lovers to try, like the G-Money (yellowtail, smoked salmon and “G money sauce”) and the Big Germ Roll (shrimp, tuna, avocado, topped with fried banana). Take a walk on the wild side and your taste buds will thank you.
Sushi Café, 137th Street bayside
The newest joint on the block has only been here for two months, and already they’re killing it.
Sushi Café prides itself on being a traditional Japanese restaurant and preparing the dishes right in front of their guests. Their speciality is crab and tuna based rolls (a given with the Eastern Shore) like their Chesapeake, with ebi, avocado, and crab imperial with a wasabi mayo as a accent flavor. Another Ocean City darling at Sushi Cafe is jumbo lump crab with ebi drape and Old Bay. Into little bites? Try out the butterfly shrimp with spicy mayo to whet your appetite.
Tai-Ji Sushi, 106 Baltimore Avenue
Tai-Ji Sushi is a hidden gem of Ocean City, but well-known among the locals for its amazing prices! After completing a menu-by-menu comparison, this place is the most affordable spot in Ocean City. The restaurant started out in Ocean Pines, but has built quite a following in the resort for their stellar presentation, friendly and attentive staff and fresh ingredients. The restaurant also offers all-you-can-eat sushi from $33.95, or you can call in a order for a quick bite. Highly recommend their trademark Tai-Ji Roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and spicy crab meat or their Ocean Pines roll.
Rice House Bistro, West Ocean City
Looking for a quiet place to have a intimate dinner with a date? This is the place. How about a casual eatery? Look here. Rice House Bistro is large place divided up into two venues, one as a traditional sit-down, and the other styled like a bar. But no matter if you’re fancy or dressed down, the Rainbow Roll and White Tiger Rolls are refreshing dishes. This place also has a large menu, mixed with pasta, like udon or fettuccine, or scrumptious seafood dishes like shrimp with candied walnuts or chilean sea bass. Check out their Tuesday night specials!