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Best Sushi Restaurants in the U.S.

Arigato Sushi, Santa Barbara, CA

The uni capital of the United States is Santa Barbara, where the sea urchin is pristine when in season, and each bite is like tasting the sea. Arigato Sushi serves uni, of course, and much more in a restaurant with a trendy vibe. In this airy, two-story hot spot, snagging a table can take time. But once you’ve ordered, the fish comes out fresh and is presented as artwork. There is everything from a special roll of bay scallops laced with beads of smelt roe to simpler items like a carpaccio of halibut. Not to be missed is the “gold shot,” where a serving of uni is topped with a quail egg.

1225 State St.; (805) 965-6074; arigatosantabarbara.com

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