800 N. High St., Short North


Web: haikupoeticfoodandart.com

Step inside Haiku and it's easy to see why Alive readers keep making it an easy winner in the sushi category. While the dining room's feng shui flow, featured local art and handwritten haiku poems explain the second part of its name (Poetic Food & Art), the centerpiece here is clearly the sushi bar. If you're seated close enough, you can watch masterful chefs transform fresh fish into beautiful pieces of delicious, edible art. And when it's warm, an outdoor patio provides a serene escape from the bustle of the busy Short North.

Runners-up: Akai Hana, Sushi Rock