Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

336 21st St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-800-0404
Critics' Pick

Details

  • Monday through Thursday 6 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Full service bar, Family Style, Wifi Access
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended
At this point, the Bromberg brothers' Blue Ribbon family of mostly Asian-leaning restaurants is so well ensconced in New York City it seems as though they should've opened a place in city's sixth borough years ago. In fact, planning for the South Beach Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill began in earnest in 2014 and took three years to come to fruition. It was worth the wait. The menu is packed with traditional vegetable rolls that can be difficult to find amid Miami Beach's cacophony of sushi spots. One is loaded with threads of loamy enoki mushrooms. Another wraps rice and seaweed paper around crunchy matchsticks of burdock root that taste like a hybrid of jícama and sweet potato. The best contain the slightly slimy yet nutty and über-savory fermented soybeans called natto. Meanwhile, each day, a printed menu insert lists the special and seasonal varieties of fish on hand. All of it comes from True World Seafood, a national fish distributor specializing in sushi, which the Brombergs say employs buyers in Japan who scour the country's market to stock Blue Ribbon's coolers. Only a few other places in the city — such as Makoto, Naoe, and Myumi — offer many of the species you'll find at Blue Ribbon. There's a proclivity for silver-skinned fish, which in America are often overlooked because of their sometimes fishy flavor profiles. More important is this place's vast, evolving nigiri and sashimi offerings, which could be a gateway for legions of diners to move beyond tuna, salmon, and shrimp.

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