Silicon Valley is something of a sushi mecca. Despite the fact that Tokyo is a nine hour flight from San Francisco, there are loads of options in terms of raw fish fare in the city and along 101. Finding creative and innovative rolls that can mask the fish quality is fairly easy, but nabbing fresh sushi and decadent omakase (chef’s choice options) in the Bay Area that rival rolls made in Japan can be a bit trickier.

Tucked away on West Dana Street just off of Mountain View’s main strip lies Sushi Tomi. You’ll know you’ve found it when you spot a gaggle of hungry sushi eaters eagerly huddled together waiting outside. The line is often long, but the wait can be shortened if you opt to sit at the sushi bar rather than a table. (Make sure you pop inside and write your name on the waiting list.)

Appetizer-wise it’s tough to beat Sushi Tomi’s excellent deep fried soft shell crab. It practically melts in your mouth.


A Crabby Catch in Mountain View, California


The seaweed salad is served in a small, but tasty portion making it an excellent sushi sidekick.


Superfood Seaweed Salad at Sushi Tomi


Kanpachi, uni and a plethora of rolls can be found on the menu.


In addition to Sushi Tomi, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.


Various teriyaki and donburi options are also on offer, but it’s Sushi Tomi’s omakase and sashimi that steal the spotlight.


A Spicy Tuna Roll at Sushi Tomi


Service at Sushi Tomi is quick and efficient with many of the servers speaking perfect Japanese. Sushi Tomi has been a Silicon Valley staple for years. Given Sushi Tomi’s commitment to superior fish quality (it often has cuts flown in from Japan’s famous Tsukiji fish market), it’s a place we hope to continue visiting for many years to come.

Sushi Tomi
635 West Dana Street
Mountain View, California 94040
Hours: *Closed Monday, Tuesday and Friday* Wednesday 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Thursday 11:30am to 2:00pm, Saturday 11:30am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 9:30pm, Sunday 11:30am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Phone: (650) 968-3227