In a charming little house in a quiet section of Rockport, lies a hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant, Sushi Luck. Enjoy this authentic culinary experience hosted by Yuji and Tatsumi Isada, and be spoiled rotten by Tatsumi’s wonderful service and Yuji’s sushi creations.
The Isadas had holidayed in Rockport for years, but in 2006 they decided to relocate permanently from Houston to this quieter, charming, and less frenetic seaside area and they haven’t looked back since.
The tiny, serene dining room (kawaii!) only contains a handful of tables, so you feel extra lucky when you get one. The menu contains all the usual favorites like edamame, gyoza, miso soup, and teriyaki chicken, plus some special additions like authentic pork tonkatsu, bento boxes, donburi bowls (try the sukiyaki!) and snapper carpaccio. The sushi is elegant and delicious with multiple roll options, nigiri, and considerable sashimi offerings as well. And don’t forget the desserts like mochi ice cream, Japanese flan, and airy cream puffs.
Tatsumi and Yuji have been in the U.S. for over 40 years, and like the rest of Rockport, they weathered hurricane Harvey and were forced to rebuild their home and restaurant afterwards. Then when Covid-19 hit, they could only offer takeout. But the indefatigable Isadas remain, creating and serving exceptional Japanese food from their small bungalow in a residential section of Rockport.
The food is matched only by the warmth, charm, and hospitality of Tatsumi and Yuji and if you are truly lucky, you may get to meet Sachi, their performing cat! Sachi does tricks like shaking a paw, doing high fives, and kisses … with just a little fish incentive.
If you want to have a unique birthday party or interactive get together, try a sushi making lesson at Sushi Luck with 15-20 friends. The serenity of the dining room would also be perfect for a romantic dinner, à deux. Sushi Luck is open for lunch and dinner, but don’t forget to make a reservation in advance or your luck may run out and you will be forced to eat elsewhere!