RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge
RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge

RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rawlounge.net/
  • Phone: 2152381903
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:15pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Sam Yoon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge will work with you to create a special menu for any event. We offer on-site chefs and service staff to service your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private event dining in our outdoor courtyard. We also have indoor private event dining in our Sumo Lounge.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 2152381903

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Street
  • Public Transit: Market Street Subway Stop at 13th street.
    SEPTA Bus lines on Chestnut & 13th and Walnut and 13th.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Discount Parking rates available at Parkway Parking on 12th and Sansom. Street parking also available.
A word from RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge
RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge, located in Philadelphia's renowned Stetson building on 1225 Sansom Street has been steadily growing after five years of hard work, customer loyalty, and good fortune.

Between our exotic sushi bar, traditional hot entrees, or overstuffed specialty rolls, you're guaranteed to find something you love. The fifteen feet glass bar houses an impressive shelf of exotic sakes that caters to new tasters as well as sake connoisseurs.

While you dine, take in the view of Japanese lamps floating down from the bamboo ceiling, or step outside into our private outdoor courtyard and lounge under the stars.
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RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)fit for foodies (27)romantic (25)hot spot (25)good for groups (23)special occasion (23)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (12)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Unusually Disappointed
    PleasantlyPleased
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Raw is one of my favorite sushi spots in the city, so for a celebration dinner we decided to make a reservation. Upon arriving on a humid summer night, the pleasant hostess informed us that air conditioner was broken, on a 90 degree day, and that the outside area was more like a party from left over sips guests. There was no way we could have sat inside with the heat, not only were we disappointed, but our night was kind of ruined because it was too late to make a reservation some place else. In the past I've actually had a restaurant contact me to let me know their air conditioner was broken prior to my reservation. That courtesy would have been appreciated.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Green river roll
    Nessers
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We sat in the loungers in the court yard area it was a nice relaxing start to our night out. The service was great and we enjoyed the green river roll and the spider roll.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Advertised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I last went here 10 years ago and was happy to see that the food an atmosphere are still great. Good food and drink - nice outdoor area now too. Worth a visit
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice evening
    southerncomfort
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We actually arrived late for reservations and were reassured that we could get table. We ate outside and atmosphere was pleasant, service very prompt and friendly. Food was fresh and well presented, quite reasonable bill. I recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner
    lovefood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    me and my wife went there for dinner and had a great time.the food was very good and the wait staff was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    Diner716
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was really excited to go to this place and loved the ambiance when we arrived. However, as far as sushi goes, it isn't amazing and is overpriced. We got the tuna tartar app and it was terrible. I was anticipating some yummy chunks of tuna, but instead it was a very finely ground spicy tuna paste. Almost all of their specialty rolls use this spicy tuna paste as a feature and to me that isn't very impressive. The rolls were good, but not worth the high price. We had a nice time, but when the $100 bill came for 2 drinks, 1 app, and 4 rolls, I wasn't thrilled. I won't be returning for dinner. Maybe for drinks in their outdoor area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Took my husband here for his birthday and the sushi was made so well! the portion was excellent and the taste was exquisite. I recommend this highly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PhillyCityGirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Raw is a decent restaurant. The environment is too dim though. The lighting makes it difficult to read the menu. I had to use my phone as a flashlight. The wait staff was polite and the hostesses were friendly as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressive happy hour
    Jordeke
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I went for happy hour and at first it looked like a good deal. The menu said $6 cocktails so we ordered a few. The food was far from impressive, as well as the lukewarm drinks, which by the way were not $6 (the bartender failed to explain that our cocktails were not part of happy hour). We ended up paying more than $150 for a mediocre experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick and tasty
    TigresSKSVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very nice lunch specials at RAW: spicy rolls featured one salmon and one spicy tuna roll along with miso soup and a salad. The space is very pretty: tucked away in a mostly unsightly strip of Sansom Street. Next time I'll have to sit outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    esskaybee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    AMAZING food. This place made me actually like sushi when I thought I didn't. Everything on the menu is great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The restaurant was having a special event in the outside space....country karaoke. This ruined the ambiance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    stephsev1213
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went to raw for the first time this weekend and I loved it! Food was great, atmosphere was awesome, great outdoor seats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    very romantic dark and sexy ambiance. The food specials a little pricey but excellent. The sushi is high quality all around. Well worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow!!!
    yumming
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was my first visit, and will not be my last. The. Food was presented in such a way, that I tried sushi for the first time.....and What treat. The service was superb. The atmosphere was awesome. So wat you have is an experience what will satisfy all the way around
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary
    Raff
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a terrific meal the server was super knowledgeable one of our favorite spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh....
    ChrisC
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday. We are both fans of special roll sushi selections. For a uber-expensive menu they had 5 selections plus 1 from the waiter. Most had tempura which made the sushi warm. For almost $20 a roll the sushi was bland at best. The martinis were NYC priced ($13!). The only highlight was the spicy tuna tartar (which was premade because it was the only cold thing we had). The waiter was nice until we rejected his ponzu sauce recommendation. He became distant, barely around, didn't drop our check off, didn't say anything to us as we left (mind you the place was empty). There a numerous sushi restaurants in the city to get your money's worth. We went to El Vez after & had a MUCH better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From the sea !
    EttorestyleVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Always fresh ! Always creative with new dishes ! They know how to give the best experience ! Delicious !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi, Ok Service
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food at RAW was delicious. I loved every bite of everything I ordered. I was quite impressed with the sushi rolls. The service was a little sporadic and a bit "surfer dude" for my taste at a restaurant, and the booth seat I sat in was not well supported (as it practically sat me on the floor), but it was still a great dinner. Loved the food, could improve ambiance and service a little more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Lovely dinner. Very accommodating for the kids also!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    On the night I was there, the room was almost as humid inside as it was outside. As was the temperature. This really took away from the experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice night out
    Namak123VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    With so many sushi restaurants out there, raw distinguishes itself by being a cool place in its own right - topped off by some very good and some innovative sushi - along with apps that could be entries themselves. Service was great and the atmosphere really nice. But for the men out there - don't miss the bathroom you will understand when u see it - very unusual- in a good way
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great good and service although out server did recommend 3 tolls per person which would have been an excessive amount of food! It was delicious though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I have been here a number of times, and the service and food are consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi
    Psufan24VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Best sushi in Philly! Have tried other places and always come back to RAW.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal sushi selection!
    Pat4katz
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Five women going out to dinner pre-concert. Ordered four rolls, including the special of the evening. Deelish! Our server was knowledgeable & helpful. We decided that we ordered just enough food so we could go next door to Capogiro for gelato. We all agreed that it was a wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can find better....
    MarkandbunnyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Server not at all knowledgable about the sake or foods. Also very slow service. The rolls were too big and difficult to eat( They fell apart) and the sashimi was not top grade. Overall not worth the trip.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Japanese restaurant in Philly
    Wandy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Sushi and sashimi were very fresh. Fish were cut and presented meticulously. Kitchen has an extensive menu for cooked food. Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge is much better than the over-priced Morimoto in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    belodro
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great sushi, nice place, reasonably priced for the quality of sushi and variety of rolls, and it has a nice outdoor courtyard for dining outside that's set back from the street and fairly quiet/nice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 328 reviews are from the RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge reviews archive.
  • Excellent food, service a bit slow
    LoveMySushi
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food was great as usual but even with reservations it took a few minutes to find a host to seat us. After being seated it took a bit for someone to wait on us and it was not very crowded, maybe 3-5 other tables had guests.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but not for a group
    DaisyMae
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food was very good - not the best I've had - but I'd definitely eat there again. Very attentive service. Some mix-up in our order - largely due to it being too noisy for the server to hear - but the mistake was quickly rectified and the mistake was comped. We were a group of 9 and were seated in a cramped alcove in the main passageway to the kitchen. So there was not much room for all of us and there was constant traffic past the table. So I would call that not ideal for a group - although very nice of them to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raw sushi great find
    Luvsushi
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Good food, intriguing specials, Great outdoor section and appropriate dollar value
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was great and our server was wonderful. Hostess was very rough and a little rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Psufan24VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Have been here several times and love it! Have tried to find sushi as good at other places and have not found any! Have decided that if I want great sushi I have to go to Raw!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for lunch not for dinner
    Michelle
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I visited this restaurant twice once for dinner and once for lunch. My dinner at this restaurant was very dissapointing. It was quite expensive but the quality and service were not up to the level. Foods were served very slowly and 2/3 of dishes seemed to have cooked much earlier than the actual serving time. I cam back to the restaurant two days later for another appoinment the lunch turned out to be much better than my previous dinner experience. So, I would recommend this place only for lunch.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the wonderful sushi
    pamkVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Loved the wonderful sushi and sashimi and the gorgeous seaweed salad. Sake was a good visit to a past good time, but miss wine. If you offer beer, think you need to offer some decent wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Raw is great. Interesting
    ilovehamVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Raw is great. Interesting rolls, attentive service, and very tasty. However, it's pricey. Now, maybe that's because of the quality of the fish, but honestly, I can't tell the difference between this, and the sushi I get at my local place, for half the price. So go, enjoy, but consider yourself warned, the bill will not be small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just what i was looking for!
    Marc
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I went for the Sushi and got a lot more! Great place to visit. Will make it a regular stop now.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When we want GREAT sushi,
    HUDlum
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    When we want GREAT sushi, we know where to go. Can't wait for it to be warm enough to join our friends on the patio. Thanks for making every experience a good one...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad table for a medium sized group
    jack
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Everything other than the table was amazing. The waiter didn't tell me I'd be charged for extra eel sauce but hey that's my fault for loving eel sauce so much I guess. We were a group of 5 and got seated at an awkward sideways table, with a booth on one side and both ends so we were one-three-one-none around the four sides of the table. Because of the weird seating we had basically two separate dinners, because we were so far at one end from the people on the other end that the only person who could talk to both sides without shouting was the one in the middle. Food was DELICIOUS and price point fine. Just bummed that our family dinner got split up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.