Sushi Akatora

Ocean views and omakase at Sushi Akatora

By Keyla Vasconcellos

There’s no shortage of sushi restaurants in the South Bay, but having just celebrated its first anniversary, Manhattan Beach’s Sushi Akatora still stands out from the crowd with its beautifully modern Tokyo cuisine.

If both time and money are tight, the bento box satisfies with a wide variety of flavors for just $13, arriving almost before you can think to check your phone. Expect an assortment of sashimi, mixed tempura, and seasonal veggies, plus your choice from a selection that includes grilled salmon, teriyaki chicken, and miso cod. If you feel like punching it up with a little splurge, go for the premium box and savor the lobster tempura, rib eye steak, and high-grade sashimi.

For traditionalists, Sushi Akatora offers an array of stunningly crafted sushi rolls like the lobster dynamite, which marries juicy lobster and avocado with a sweet and creamy miso Hollandaise. The izakaya menu features more creative dishes, like Kobe corndogs and popcorn shrimp, both of which happen to be perfect for sharing.
If both your schedule and your mind are open, grab a corner table—the better to enjoy the ocean views—and order the omakase. With your fate in the able hands of the chef, you’ll experience some of Akatora’s most diverse and innovative flavors and presentations. Recent highlights include spicy tuna wrapped in halibut, and the posh and mouth-watering toro (tuna belly) topped with foie gras and caviar.

Now hopefully you’ve left enough room for that sweet potato mousse, which melts in your mouth and transports you to Thanksgiving for a brief moment. It is almost fall, after all.


Dinner: Sun–Thu: 5 PM–10 PM; Fri–Sat 5 PM–11 PM
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 AM–2 PM

price range

$3 (miso soup) to $32 (rib eye)