[The Sushi Room]

Good sushi can be hard to find. Lucky for you, I am sharing my favorite spots for rolls and wasabi in Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe. Whether you are looking a fast fix for a fresh lunch, a date night destination or a place to introduce the kids to chopsticks, Local Lily has you covered.

The Sushi Room

2475 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler

(480) 821-9000 or

Sushi Room offers an upscale south East Valley option where guests can enjoy lunch on the sunny patio or linger over dinner inside under the glow of paper lanterns. The casual-but-still-kind-of-swanky atmosphere is matched with a creative list of specialty rolls and a menu full of choices that even non-sushi lovers we know will enjoy. A pretty great happy hour is hosted daily and includes fun signature cocktails and $5 rolls. When you go, I recommend the “Da Bomb” roll.

Café Wasabi

3223 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe

(480) 831-3045 or

Café Wasabi has mastered the service of quick-quality sushi. Whether you are dining-in for a quick mid-week lunch or grabbing take-out to satisfy your sashimi craving, this fresh little neighborhood spot has you covered.

Traditional soups, tempting starters, a variety of salads and classic rolls are prepared in addition to original creations, providing more than enough menu items to choose from. Wash down your wasabi with a cold Kirin and premium sake for just $6, all day every day. When you go, I recommend the Dragon King Roll.

(Note: While I would not consider Café Wasabi a typical family restaurant, it is casual enough for introducing kids to a sushi dining experience.)

Sushi San

1440 W. Warner Road, Gilbert

(480) 892-2000 or

Sushi San is the essence of a hidden gem. Tucked into the northeast plaza at the corner of McQueen and Warner roads, the personal service at this family owned restaurant makes you feel right at home. Guests may choose to dine in a booth, or belly up to the low-set bar, where you can watch your order be artfully assembled.

An extensive list of sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls are on the menu, in addition to items like teriyaki, sizzling fried rice full of fresh veggies, noodle bowls and tempura. Meals include complimentary salad and miso soup, and I’ve often been treated to fresh-sliced persimmon and other unexpected extras, making the service truly exceptional.

Sushi San is perfect for an easy extended happy hour and casual enough for introducing kids to a sushi dining experience. When you go, I recommend the Arizona Roll.

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