Updated: September 04, 2019
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Jiro, Saito, or Yoshitake. Whose 3-Michelin-Star Sushi is Best?

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Tokyo has three Michelin 3-Star sushi restaurants. Sukiyabashi Jiro is unquestionably the most famous, thanks to the movie 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi,' but how does his sushi compare to the other 3-star restaurants?

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Tokyo's three 3-star sushi restaurants

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Surprisingly, Tokyo only has 3 sushi restaurants that have managed to earn 3 Michelin stars. Sukiyabashi Jiro is one which you've almost certainly heard of, thanks to the movie 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi.' Eating there is a quick, 30-minute meal of rapid-fire sushi of the highest quality, although Jiro himself rarely prepares the sushi anymore.

Sushi Saito is the restaurant of a fairly young chef who apprenticed at Kanesaka, another famous Tokyo sushi restaurant. His sushi is phenomenal, and he will likely go down as one of the greatest sushi chefs of all time in the future.

Sushi Yoshitake is another top-notch restaurant in Ginza that is on par with the other two on this list.

But which is the best? In order to find out, I went to the internet review websites to see what customers had to say.

What do the gourmet websites have to say?

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'Sukiyabashi Jiro' is undoubtedly the most famous sushi restaurant in the world, and Jiro himself is a legend in the sushi world. That likely plays into people's perceptions when reviewing their experience.
Japanese reviewers tended to be more positive about their meal, with many people not only praising the quality of the food but also the mentioning how honored they felt just to be able to eat the sushi prepared by such a legend.
Reviews by tourists were slightly more polarized, with the majority being 5 stars, but a much larger number of angry 1 and 2-star reviews. The people who loved it said it was the best meal of their life, while some of the angry reviews talked about getting ripped off or being treated rudely.

Sushi Saito has the best reviews out of the three restaurants, which might have something to do with the comparatively reasonable prices on top of truly outstanding sushi. The biggest complaint that came up repeatedly in the reviews was the difficulty of making a reservation.
Japanese reviewers gave Saito some of the best reviews of any restaurant on Tabelog. Indeed, it is the second-highest ranked sushi restaurant in Tokyo on the site (after Sugita in Nihonbashi). There were far fewer reviews by tourists, but they were very positive on the whole, with the worst review on Tripadvisor being 3 stars.

Sushi Yoshitake is the least reviewed of the three restaurants, which is surprising due to its 3-star status. It currently has an average of 3.6 stars by Japanese reviewers, but this is likely to increase as more reviews are made. In contrast, Yoshitake has over 100 reviews on Tripadvisor by tourists, almost all of which are 5 stars. It seems like Yoshitake is quite the hit with people visiting Japan.

Average star ratings:
Tabelog (mostly Japanese reviews):

Sukiyabashi Jiro: 4.19 / 5 stars
Sushi Saito: 4.74 / 5 stars
Sushi Yoshitake: 3.6 stars

Trip Advisor (mostly visitor reviews):

Sukiyabashi Jiro: 4.0 / 5 stars
Sushi Saito: 4.5 / 5 stars
Sushi Yoshitake: 4.5 / 5 stars

How do the prices compare?

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While Jiro and Yoshitake are comparable in price (around ¥40,000), Saito is shockingly less expensive than both, despite superior online reviews. Here are the details:

Sukiyabashi Jiro: Omakase course ¥40,000 +

Sushi Saito: Lunch nigiri ¥5,000, lunch nigiri course ¥10,000, lunch and dinner omakase course ¥21,000

Sushi Yoshitake: Omakase course ¥38,000

What about reservations?

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Reserving at any of these restaurants can be quite difficult, especially if you live outside of Japan. In order to reserve at Jiro, your hotel concierge will need to make the reservation for you, but even then your chances are slim. It's slightly easier to reserve at the second location in Roppongi Hills, which you can do through various online reservation services (see the link below).

Sushi Saito is nearly just as difficult for those living outside of Japan, and they also have a reservation-through-hotel-concierge-only policy in place.

Sushi Yoshitake is probably the easiest to make a reservation at, although it's still difficult due to the popularity. The information for each of these shops is shown below.

Conclusion

The sushi at any of these restaurants is amazing, and there might be a different reason to choose each one. However, based just on customer ratings and value for your money, Sushi Saito is the clear winner out of these three options.

It's not all about Michelin stars, though. Tokyo has hundreds of amazingly delicious sushi restaurants worth checking out!
Check out some of our other articles about sushi restaurants in Tokyo:

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    DeLong
    I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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