On a Roll

Get your spicy tuna fix at one of these 10 local eateries.

By Ted Scheffler December 5, 2022 Published in the Winter/Spring 2022-23 issue of Park City Magazine

Yama at Montage Deer Valley

Park City may be a mountain town in the middle of a landlocked state, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of tasty sushi flown in fresh from the waters of Fiji, Hawaii, and Scotland. Have a hankering for some hamachi? Check out these popular Park City spots for sushi, sake, and more.

Shabu chef Bob Valaika was trained by the renowned Nobu Matsuhisa, so you know the sushi at this venerable Main Street dining destination is first-class. Consider sipping sake or a saketini while enjoying the freshest sashimi and nigiri. Or perhaps sample one of the superb non-fish sushi rolls like the innovative Summer Breeze featuring tempura green onion, roasted pepper, cucumber, and mango topped with banana, micro wasabi, passion fruit vinaigrette, and macadamia nut crunch. 442 Main St, 435-645-7523;  

Yuki Yama Sushi

Just down the street at Yuki Yama Sushi, co-owners Kirk Terashima and Matt Baydala raise the sushi bar with unique fish offerings such as blue-striped mackerel, trevally jack, silver sea bream, hotategai, not to mention out-of-the-box offerings like mackerel with red pepper mole. 586 Main St, 435-649-6293;

Relaxed and friendly is the vibe at Park Avenue’s long-standing Flying Sumo Sushi, where chef Adam Brown and his team have been satisfying sushi snobs since 1998. Kick things off with albacore or octopus carpaccio before diving into the dizzying array of rolls, where the style choices include temaki, hosomaki, uramaki, fat futomaki rolls, and tempura-fried rolls. Also, don’t overlook the sashimi, nigiri, and a menu of cooked foods. 838 Park Ave, 435-649-5522;

Throughout the years, one of Park City’s most dependable eateries has been Oishi Sushi. With its mind-bending assortment of maki rolls, there is truly
something for every palate. Go big with the Luxury Crunch roll of avocado and unagi topped with crab and shrimp tempura, or keep it simple with the Red Dragon: a California roll topped with spicy tuna. 710 Main St, 435-615-2255

At Montage Deer Valley, Yama is your go-to sushi spot for custom rolls with sake flight pairings. And enjoy Empire Mountain’s ski runs as the scenic backdrop to this inspired Asian fare. 9100 Marsac Ave, 435-604-1475;

KITA at Pendry Park City in Canyons Village is a Japanese-style steak house with superb sushi in a stylish setting. Belly up to the sushi bar for delicacies such as zuke chu toro, hirame, bincho maguro, and hotate served as sashimi or nigiri. 2417 W High Mountain Rd, 435-513-7213;

Bill White’s Sushi Blue restaurant at Redstone is a beautifully designed Asian eatery with a sensational selection of unique rolls, plus the freshest nigiri and sashimi. Check out the $10 two-course Blue Plate special for lunch, and don’t miss the rad red crab from Southeast Asia or the tombo from Fiji. 1571 Redstone Center Dr #140, 435-575-4272;

In Kimball Junction, chef Hokky Chandiyana’s Shoyu Sushi is an intimate, friendly spot with both classic and contemporary rolls and some of Park City’s best nigiri and sashimi. Best bet on the menu: one of the three sashimi platters. 1612 W Ute Blvd #116, 435-631-0128;  

Over in Pinebrook, drop into Bruce Corrigan’s casual O’Shucks/Ahh Sushi for fresh handmade rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, including scrumptious saba, maguro, ikura, escolar, hotategai, and tako. There’s also an impressive beverage selection. 8178 Gorgoza Pines Rd, 435-658-0233;

Now in its 22nd year, Blind Dog Restaurant & Raw Bar serves everything from steaks and freshly cooked seafood to raw sashimi combos and rockin’ rolls like the Spicy Frida, with salmon, mango, Thai chilies, and cilantro. 1251 Kearns Blvd, 435-655-080;

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