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Where to have your (affordable) sushi around Tufts

Generally speaking, sushi in the Medford/Somerville area is more than decent, but there is nothing here that will blow you away. However, the best sushi in Boston is far from Tufts and very expensive, so these places are good alternatives…

Ebisuya Sushi Bar:

Located inside Ebisuya, Medford Square’s Japanese supermarket, this sushi bar is only a 20-minute walk from Tufts, and even quicker by bus. It is my favorite spot for traditional sushi when my parents aren’t in town.

Pros: Very fresh fish, extremely cheap (~$12/pp gets you a ton of sushi), no tip or tax because you pay for it at the register and it counts as a grocery item, inside seating

Cons: Limited menu, long waits even though you’re the only customer, no free water (but you can buy a large bottle next door at the CVS or bring our own)

65 Riverside Ave
Medford, MA 02155

(781) 391-0012


HoursMonday – Friday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 7:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am – 6:00pm

Snappy Sushi:

This Davis Square establishment is moderately priced and excellent for take-out. Come to Snappy Sushi next time you’re in Davis for decent and interesting sushi.

Pros: High quality fish, emphasis on healthy ingredients, “fancy rolls” are innovative and tasty (but expensive), more affordable lunch specials, service is very quick

Cons: Fairly expensive (almost 2x more than Ebisuya) although still reasonable, they only use brown rice

420 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 625-0400


Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm

Yoshi’s Restaurant:

This is probably the closest sushi place to Tufts, located just across the street from campus in Powder House Square. Go on a Tuesday from 5-9 PM and take advantage of their all-you-can-eat sushi deal for $27.95/person!!

Pros: Close to Tufts, a Tufts ID gets you 10% off, delivery (for $1.75), all-you-can-eat sushi, large menu, fish is usually fresh

Cons: Can be very expensive if you don’t order wisely, not the most authentic

132 College Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 623-9263


HoursMonday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm – 10:00pm

Gabriel Spieler

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  1. Jocelyn #

    Genki-Ya’s great too! And their delivery specials (miso soup, salad, and 2 rolls for $10, 3 rolls for $13) are a lifesaver.

    January 29, 2012

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