Awabi Sushi Bar

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 4 reviews )

111 S Loudoun St, Winchester, Virginia, USA, 22601

Serves meat, vegan options available. Sushi restaurant with a number of vegetable dishes. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Japanese, Take-out, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by SBrown

Okay food misleading soup - Edit

My husband and I stopped in for lunch when we were in Winchester for the day. The staff was friendly thought there was a child running around the whole time. When the woman brought us the miso soup I decided to ask if it contained any animal ingredients (despite other vegans touting it on happy cow) she said "no, just fish." We obviously passed on the soup and tried a few different kinds of sushi instead. My husband and I both agreed that the nori was extremely chewy and the rice was almost flavorless. (The avocado was the best) I wouldn't go back, but if you want vegan sushi in a pinch they might do. If you're vegan or even vegetarian do not accept the miso soup as it contains FISH!!

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: High prices , Underwhelming sushi

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My go-to for sushi - Edit

When my husband and I want sushi, this is where we go.

1. The atmosphere is nice. The restaurant is small, and the chairs aren't exactly cozy, but it's a cute little restaurant and the servers are always pleasant. Frequent customers also get a discount card, which never hurts.

2. They start you out with miso soup (at least during lunch-- I've never gone for dinner), and it's quite good.

3. The toasted rice green tea is yummy!

4. I think the only appetizer I've tried is the kimchi, and I didn't like it... but I've never had kimchi that I DID like, so I think that's just me.

5. There are about 12 (?) vegan sushi options, though I've not ordered any of the fancier rolls. I always get the avocado roll and vegetable roll, while my husband always gets the avocado roll and shiitake roll. I don't think the sushi is INCREDIBLE!!!, but I think it's good, and I can't say I've had better. It tastes just like the stuff I've made at home.

6. I've never tried any of the entrees, since not many are vegan, and the few that are vegan don't really sound that special to me. Maybe I'll give some a try in the future.

Overall, this is a nice place to have a quiet lunch with a friend. My husband and I used to get sushi at Sucilee when we first moved here, but the sushi is the same quality at Awabi and significantly cheaper. Give it a shot! :)

Updated from previous review on Sunday August 10, 2014


Tonight, I had dinner at Awabi for the first time (every other visit had been for lunch). Here was my experience:

1. Miso soup is still served at dinner. Hoorah!

2. Sushi was lovely, as always.

3. I ordered my first entrees tonight. I got the tofu teriyaki; the veggies were tasty, but the entire dish was too oily. My husband got the tofu bibimbop (minus egg). It was okay. We wouldn't order it again, but to be fair, I don't know that it's the restaurant's fault. It was the first time we tried the dish, so maybe it was exactly as it was supposed to be. (We also don't like kimchi, so maybe we just don't like Korean food.)

Overall, it was a nice dinner, but we decided that, from now on, we'll stick with the miso soup and sushi. :)

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thrasher 22 Feb 2015 - this is super helpful! thank you! i will def be going here to try some more things.  

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its sushi - Edit

its a pretty generic sushi place. they can make a few vegetable/avocado rolls. its nice for a snack sitting outside on the walking mall on a hot summer day. i have to go back and see what else they have as ive only gone there for snacks. its a pretty cute little place tho. :)

Pros: great location, cute, sushi!

Cons: not a ton of vegan things

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Mediocre Sushi - Edit

I didn't love this place. They did have several vegan options, but it didn't taste very fresh or authentic. I ordered the vegetable tempera, edamame, and miso soup. None of it was anything special, so I wouldn't recommend this place unless you really want sushi in Winchester, in which case you don't have many options.

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