Nama Sushi Bar - Cedar Bluff

4.6
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Nama has consistently been voted best sushi in both Nashville and Knoxville, TN.

We offer a variety of menu selections for sushi fans and also for those that prefer hot/cooked Asian fusion cuisine. The "Hot Nama" menu offers many fully cooked options such as Pineapple Pork Tenderloin, Sesame Beef, Shrimp Katsudon and Asian BBQ Salmon.

We are open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Join us in the spring/summer months on our beautiful patio area.

Weekly Features: Mon & Thur- Half Off Select Sushi Rolls 4-11, Mon-Fri- Happy Hour 3-6:30, Tue- Half Off Fish Tacos & Select Draft Beer, Wed- 1/2 Price Wine Bottles, Sat- Happy Hour- 11-6:30, Sun- Happy Hour All Day- 11-10

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OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 1/2 price sushi on Monday. The wait staff was amazing.

s
E. Tennessee
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner for my husband and I. Perfect all the way around!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Sushi wasn’t fresh or creative.

OT
E. Tennessee
109 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good lunch!

RS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an awesome experience. Manager Crystal is always around serving and checking with her guests. The place feels like home. Will be there again

w
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This location is vastly different from the downtown staple. The interior is laid out nicely and is extremely clean, but the feel is more of an American eatery, versus a Japanese sushi bar. The food was fresh and tasted great, although the prices are relatively expensive if you don’t go on Monday or Thursday. For a large group of people, our service was lackluster at best. The restaurant wasn’t crowded - surprising for 7:15 on Friday. Even with this fact, it seemed to take forever to receive any attention or drink orders. I would try this location on Monday or Thursday but will go downtown for any future occasions.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love to go again!

MD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love Nama and I am so happy they opened a location in Cedar Bluff. It is very close to my work! Half price days are the best! Surprisingly it wasn’t too crowded this past Monday!

NK
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi is excellent here. Also, have had heavenly Nagiri here. Love the modern, cool Asian decor. I am so thrilled that Nama now has a restaurant located in west Knoxville which is convenient to us.

TW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not too busy and a good place to eat. Cheap sushi and I strongly recommend the house pinot noir. It was really good.

F
E. Tennessee
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the happy hour specials, which make the meal much more affordable. The sashimi and sushi rolls were great. There are three locations in the area and while this one is the newest, it doesn’t have any less ambiance or quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nama's! Great every time!

K
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This new location has been amazing for me. I work close by and it's an easy place to get to. We got there early, but as the night progressed it go louder. The food was amazing and the server was knowledgeable. All in all we had a great time.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our food took an extraordinary amount of time - 30-40 minutes, which is unusual. Yet, the manager handled it proactively sharing with us the delay and provide us a dessert for our waiting. I appreciated the transparency into the delay, he handled the delay proactively and did the right thing to ensure I had a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch. Thanks Nama, and way to go to turn a potentially poor experience to a positive one.

HL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. Server attentive. Perk it was half-off night b/c we didn’t realize it!

L
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and not that crowded on for a Saturday night We really enjoyed our food and beverages. We each ordered a couple of different things so we would have enough. Everything was made fresh. Thanks

KF
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the server was fantastic. We let him know that it was our first time and he suggested some items and they were all delicious! We'll definitely be back.

RS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, excellent service. Love their half price sushi days. Will definitely go back.

LB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service for our large group of 10 -- food came out quick and delicious and we didn't have to wait for anything all night.

DS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, from the first bite until the last. The spring rolls in the appetizer platter were the best I have ever tasted. We had the Nama Truffles for dessert. Wow! They were exceptional. Our waiter, Frank, was awesome! He took great care if us and made our anniversary extra special. Can't wait to go back!

HH
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our server didn’t seem to be very interested in us.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Nama in Bearden was great, but this new Nama location seems “commercialized” where it’s too busy so the food is just so-so and the value isn’t there.

LS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I would recommend either downtown or Bearden over this location. We were there at 9:15 pm and there was aggressive cleaning going on all around us to the point that it was irritating. At one point a cleaner stuck his rear end near the face of one of my guests in the course of cleaning a booth seat.

EM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great addition to west Knoxville restaurant scene. Food was consistent with their other locations. Would definitely come back!

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

BA
E. Tennessee
42 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanks to William for a nice evening. His sushi suggestions were spot on and delicious.

BM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food and perfectly executed Sushi. A reliable favorite

KT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food for 1/2 price rolls on Mon and Thurs! Such variety on the main menu too.

i
E. Tennessee
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable evening & our server was on top of things.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was great as always. Didn’t get the best service

VG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent sushi. Highly recommend the crabby eel.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nama is the best sushi!

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in the Southeast!!! Get the Thai Stick!

HP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation on 1/2 price sushi night so it was very busy but got right in! It was my first time here, and it was fabulous! Will definitely go back!

TH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Nama never disappoints food wise, but the service wasn't the greatest. I made a reservation in advance since it was New Year's Eve and half price sushi night, that wasn't the problem, we got right in and were sat in a booth, which I requested. We waited at least 10 minutes before our server came to our table. During that time a table a 10 was sat after us and their server brought them drinks before ours did. We ordered everything at once, and our appetizer came before we even had our drinks. I am the kind of person that has to take pills with my food, so I couldn't start eating until our drinks came, which was a few minutes later. Our server apologized and then began to tell us all about how a bunch of people asked off and the management let them off, not thinking about it being New Year's Eve. In my mind I am like..."That sounds like a management problem, not a customers problem." Normally I would give Nama a 5 out of 5 stars, but with all that waiting and problem giving, I would rate this specific visit a 3 out of 5. Stop wasting my time with excuses and spend that time getting my drinks LOL

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great evening server was super friendly and helpful

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our first visit to the Cedar Bluff location. The sushi was not anywhere as tasty or well-prepared as the other locations . A little sloppy on the plate and just not the same. The sesame beef dish (my oh-to dish at Nama) was a little off. Light on the beef, heavy on the mushrooms. The meat was rather cold but the rice was extremely hot. I suspect my beer was poured into a warm glass, it was never cold. Overall, especially considering the price, it was quite a disappointment. We’ll drive further next time to either of the other locations.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

3 of us there for lunch - 2 of us ordered the crunchy shrimp roll lunch which comes with soup and salad - the sushi came out first and we had to ask about the soup and salad, I guess they’d forgotten it or something so we ended up getting it all at the same time. The crunchy shrimp roll was supposed to have avocado and spicy mayo on it but there was no avocado and if there was any spicy mayo hidden in there I didn’t see it so it was very bland.
1 of us ordered nigiri and of the 4-5 slices of fish he said that one tasted very fishy and he left half of it and 1 slice was tough and inedible (it almost looked like it still had the skin on - it was not appetizing) - the nigiri chef’s choice was $15 and they discounted it $4.50 due to the quality of the fish.
Anyways, the service was okay, not great. I felt like it was a bit overpriced for what you got for lunch. Definitely not the best sushi I’ve had - probably won’t go back.

KW
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the restaurant is beautiful. Will definitely be going back.

CM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time ! The food was amazing and the service was exceptional. Definitely will be coming back !!