Trains, conveyor belts, fresh seafood and beautiful dishes make trying sushi for the first time with your little ones a fun experience they’ll want to do again and again. Portland is packed to the gills with yummy sushi, so check out our handy guide below for kid-friendly spots that are perfect for your sushi newbies.

sushi-flickr-sailor-coruscant-baby photo credit: Sailor Coruscant via creativecommons flickr

Sushi Ichiban
Go by train! It seems that kids are more interested in trying sushi if it’s brought by a little train that circles around the sushi bar. Sushi Ichiban, formerly Sushi Takahachi, even has baby seats that fit right up to the counter near the train. The sushi’s inexpensive, too, so if the kids don’t like the nigiri they selected, they can choose another piece without breaking the piggy bank. Items not cruising by on the train can also be ordered from the friendly, helpful wait staff.

Hours: Mon: 5-9 p.m.; Tues.- Fri: 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; Sat: 12-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m; Sun: 5-9 p.m.

24 NW Broadway
503-224-3417
Online: facebook.com/pages/Sushi-Ichiban/144922634677

SushiIchiban2 photo credit: Rambod B. via yelp.com

Bamboo Sushi
Not only is this the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world, but the food is delicious and quick, if you have wigglers who can’t sit still for long. For peace of mind, the restaurant has partnered with many sustainable organizations, including KidSafe Seafood, an organization that provides information on which species of fish are especially safe for pregnant women and kids.

310 SE 28th Ave.
503-232-5255
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4:30–10 p.m.

836 NW 23rd Ave.
971-229-1925
Hours: 5–10 p.m.; Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 5-6 p.m.

Online: bamboosushipdx.com

Bamboo Sushi photo credit: Rafael G. via yelp.com

Sushi Hana
This locally-owned, family run business has three locations in the metro area and all are super kid-friendly. Kids are mesmerized by the sushi conveyor belt, which usually keeps them entertained for the duration of the meal, and the sushi is affordable and tasty, to boot. Additionally, the restaurant has a decent selection of cooked items and kid-friendly menu items. Be sure to pop in for their frequent specials on fresh sushi, which usually run about $1-$1.50 per plate.

Washington Square
9009 SW Hall Blvd. #142
Tigard, OR 97223
503-598-8083
Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m

11705 SW Pacific Hwy.
Tigard, Or 97223
503-352-7600
Hours: Mon. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, Wa 98684
360-944-9659
Hours: Mon. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Online: sushihanaus.com

Sushi Hanaphoto credit: Yaer E. via yelp.com

Hana, by Sushi Hana
In step with this hip, family-friendly arts district is the industrial-styled, sushi restaurant Hana, by Sushi Hana. There’s no conveyor belt, but in addition to sashimi, Hana offers a large variety of hot plates, noodle dishes and desserts, like mango mochi ice cream.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;Closed Sunday

2236 N. Alberta St.
Portland, Or 97211
503-719-6984

Online: hanabyhana.com

Hana by Kenny C Yelpphoto credit: Kenny C. via yelp.com

Mio Sushi
Serving the Pacific Northwest, this sushi restaurant boasts 11 locations in Portland alone. Families like them because their food is consistently good, affordably priced and they source all of their fish from sustainable fisheries, when possible. Mio Sushi also has a kid-friendly wait staff and a children’s menu with mini portions at lower prices.

See website for locations and hours.
Online: miosushi.com

Mio Yelpphoto credit: Annika H. via yelp

What’s your favorite sushi spot with kids? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway