the naked fish, sushi, Paso Robles

The Naked Fish sushi restaurant is open and is quickly gaining a following at 807 13th Street in Paso Robles. People are discovering that it’s the kind of place where discriminating sushi fans and non-sushi eaters alike can dine happily together, thanks to a generous menu.

The restaurant is located within the historic Heaton Building, where century-plus old wood was repurposed in the interior, just behind the bar. The décor is clean and casual with a custom concrete-poured bar in a freeform marbleized design, high and low wooden tables, a cool array of hanging light spheres, TV screens for peeks at the game scores, and free Wi-Fi.

The meal selection is extensive, ranging from unique sushi rolls like the lemon-splashed Tahoe Crunch Roll to larger entrees like Teriyaki chicken, beef, tri-tip or salmon. Daily happy hours, and Sake Sunday, Margarita Mondays, and Wine Wednesdays top it off.

Paso Robles resident Emily Hallquist raved about her recent dining experience. “The BBQ Albacore appetizer was amazing with a bit of a spicy kick, but the Sizzling Albacore was above and beyond my favorite dish. Nigiri options are plentiful and the portions are much larger than I was expecting.” A former sushi restaurant employee, Emily sets high standards for quality ingredients and selection. “The chefs at The Naked Fish Paso Robles have done an amazing job blending traditional styles and flavors with the more mainstream sushi, along with sauces and deep-fried options.

“The Naked Fish has the whole package,” said Emily. “It’s the perfect place to go with friends who love traditional sushi and those that are still on the fence. There really is something for everyone.”

The Naked Fish is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to closing. Take out is available. Credit cards accepted. Call (805) 369-2600. Visit www.thenakedfish.com.