By Carla M. Dubis Tedeschi

There’s no doubt the global pandemic has hurt the Tampa Bay restaurant industry tremendously.

Fortunately, Osaka Sushi and Grill, one of Carrollwood’s top destinations for the freshest sushi in town, has remained strong thanks to the local community’s incredible support.

“I am incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received from our loyal customers; we couldn’t have made it without you,” says Owner Xing (pronounced Sing) Lin. “We have recently re-opened our dining room, and we would love to welcome you and your loved ones back to dine-in with us. We’ve made a few exciting additions and changes to the menu that I hope everyone will enjoy.”

Xing and his friendly staff make all the necessary sanitizing precautions to keep you and your family as safe as possible from COVID-19. All tables and booths are constantly cleared up, disinfected, and sanitized. There’s an appropriate amount of distance between each dining section to avoid overcrowding, and all staff wears masks regularly. Rest assured that you’ll always be in good hands, at Osaka Sushi and Grill.

Local Guide Lisa H. says, “The food at Osaka Sushi is excellent, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they serve, the place is super clean, including the restrooms! Overall fabulous ambiance. They are practicing COVID-19 safety guidelines and social distancing. And prices are affordable for excellent quality and a creative menu.”

With their convenient location in the Palms of Carrollwood Shopping Center just south of Ehrlich Rd and Dale Mabry Hwy, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy some of the best sushi in Tampa Bay, and even if you do, it will always be worth the drive!

Recent customer Kim N. visited Osaka Sushi 3 weeks ago, and shares this in her 5-star review, “My daughter and I were in Tampa yesterday…we stumbled across this gem, and although we live in Brooksville, we will drive to Tampa often for the Sushi at Osaka Sushi and Grill. It was some of the best I have ever eaten. The establishment was impeccable and clean, and the staff was amicable.”

At Osaka Sushi and Grill, the food is almost too beautiful to eat, yet I promise you that it tastes even better than it looks! Every dish looked like a work of art and tasted like a masterpiece.

During my last visit, I got to enjoy a wide selection of the freshest sashimi, including snapper, yellowtail, white tuna, red tuna, and salmon; and a couple of special sushi rolls that were the perfect combination of salty, sweet, and crunchy!

The Carroll Wood Roll had crispy shrimp tempura and cucumber on the inside and was topped with eel, avocado, and eel sauce. I highly recommend it if you’re into sweet and crunchy! But my personal favorite roll of the day was the Bonzai Roll. This delicious premium sushi roll had eel, avocado, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, krabmeat, caviar, and eel sauce, a total explosion of perfectly paired ingredients! 

Even though sushi may be the popular choice for regulars, it isn’t the only thing on the menu. Osaka Sushi and Grill offers a fusion of Japanese-American for those wanting a different dining experience. 

Let’s be honest, and not everyone enjoys sushi or the idea of “raw” fish. Because of this, Xing and his creative chefs strive to offer many scrumptious options; so everyone in your party can enjoy a delicious meal at an excellent price. From soups and salads to fresh seafood, steak, noodles, hibachi meals, and more, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy at Osaka Sushi and Grill! 

Osaka Sushi and Grill offers Happy Hour specials from Monday Through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 pm where guests can enjoy $2.00 Sushi and Sashimi, $3.00 – $5.00 Sushi Rolls, 2 for 1 draft beers, $5 house wines, and more! Hibachi Specials are also available during happy hour. 

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Osaka Sushi & Grill is located at 14428 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa. They are open Mon. – Thurs. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sun. 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. For additional information, please call (813) 968-8877 or