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Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville

4.5
4.5
366 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
Nama is the premier sushi location and has been consistently voted number one for sushi in the Knoxville area. Whether you are looking to test the waters with your first sushi experience as many have since our opening, looking for a romantic dinner on date night, or headed out for a night with friends or family, Nama is the perfect place for you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Mon - Sat 11AM - 3PM Dinner: 3PM - Close Sunday: Noon - Close

  • Phone number

    (865) 633-8539

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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What 366 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Healthy

  • East Tennessee

    Hot Spot

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Lunch

  • East Tennessee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. P

    Psycholee

    E. Tennessee

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Was seated promptly and the server took our drink order. She returned in a reasonable amount of time and took our dinner order. She never returned to check on us until 45 minutes later when she brought our food. Granted it was a Saturday night, but the place was not overly crowded, so 45 minutes without anything is unacceptable. I ordered the ceviche. It was flavorful but finely chopped to the point of having been minced, and mostly tomatoes. The fish and shrimp were almost unidentifiable. I can not recommend ordering this item….it is not worth the price.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was amazing
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Our reservation request for a booth was ignored despite having the reservation for weeks. When we asked for a booth we were told they would need the open booths for larger groups than two. The ambiance was awful and the simple food order took 45 minutes to arrive. Me draft beer was hot nit warm and my wife’s drink was not made correctly. We used to dine here often, but this experience alters that.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Worst service I have ever experienced at a restaurant.
  5. DL

    DennisL

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The hostess was very pleasant, server was extremely courteous, but the wait time for our food was too long for a restaurant that was not full of customers.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service! From the edamame and wasabi hummus appetizers to the salads to the sushi-it all was wonderful. If not in the mood for sushi, the Shrimp Miso Soup entree is fantastic! Our server was very attentive too. Definitely recommend!
  7. LC

    LoriC

    Charlotte

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    That shrimp soup is AMAZING! I always have excellent sushi at Nama but thought I would try something different. I’m so glad I did!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sushi was delicious and server was good! Hostess seemed miserable, but we all have those days! Will definitely be back!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sushi, great service, clean, and wonderful atmosphere. We will definitely be back again!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome and the choices were many. I started off with the crab dip and then enjoyed the combo tacos and a special roll. Their drinks and service were also great.
  12. J

    Juppstar

    Seattle

    496 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    496 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a nice lunch at Nama. We both ordered sashimi lunch meals and also got a spicy tuna roll. Miso soup and house salads are excellent. I asked for them to replace the normal cilantro dressing with their shrimp sauce and it was a good decision. All the fish were very good and nice portions. I thought the tuna didn’t taste as fresh as the other fish.
  13. OT

    OuTnightly

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Sushi and excellent service! Can’t wait to go back.
  14. F

    Funfoodie7

    E. Tennessee

    192 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The location was convenient for our meeting and in general, the food quality is good. The soup was served lukewarm and no pre-bussing was done until requested.
  15. J

    Jaime

    Orlando

    155 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Not the best but acceptable. Good people though
  16. JB

    JanetB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food not seasoned enough..portions are large though. Overpriced underwhelming drinks
  17. MV

    MichelleV

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An excellent choice for amazing sushi and service. Friendly atmosphere and great staff. Thank you. . .I'll be back!!
  18. C

    Canadianlady

    E. Tennessee

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sushi was really good. Got in and out quickly to go to the theater.
  19. m

    margareto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The sushi here was very good - absolutely no complaints. The only issue we had was the service, which like most places these days is lacking. Our initial order for taken timely but when we decided to order another saki and sushi roll, it took forever (at least 30 minutes) to make it to our table and then the waiter forgot a side dish of candied bay shrimp (really good by the way). The restaurant was not that busy on a Tuesday night - probably only half full by the time we ordered our 2nd roll so there was no excuse for the poor service. I would try this place again when I am back in Knoxville just for the excellent sushi and to give the wait staff another chance.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Manager was very gracious. They were obviously short staffed but she took our order and was our server for the entire meal. Class act.
  21. y

    yogijen

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly good sushi bar right in the heart of downtown. Delicious rich bowls and pot stickers. We had a complicated order and it was no problem at all! Can't wait to dine at Nama again.
  22. R

    Richard

    Los Angeles

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The Sushi as god with generous portions and the staff was really helpful.
  23. RN

    RobNMonika

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful sushi, very fresh and flavorful! I had the ex girlfriend and the rainbow roll. The service was excellent and the wait time was minimal. Def our spot to have Sushi when in Knoxville!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    We made a 5:45 reservation and they gave our table (a specially requested booth) to someone else. We then waited another 15 minutes for our table and approximately another 15 minutes after that to get our drink order in. The manager offered to comp an appetizer for the reservation mix up. We then waited another 15 minutes to get our drinks. The drinks were sub par and then all of the food came out together. Appetizers and main course. When the bill came they had charged us for both appetizers. So we were once again inconvenienced by having to request the correction on our bill. I had requested soda water to try to make my cocktail drinkable and it didn’t come until we were getting up to leave and after the bill had been paid. My husband had the oyster appetizer and stopped at one. I absolutely love Nama and if you asked me my favorite restaurant in Knoxville, Nama is always at the top. I am truly disappointed and saddened that this is the new normal.
  25. LV

    LoganV

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food great wait staff and variety of options. Chef's special was one of the best sushi dishes I've ever had.
  26. NF

    NancyF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good but not great, we’re spoiled by the restaurant Sakura in Indianapolis where we live so our standards are off the char.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  28. M

    Mark

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sushi was okay and probably the best I've had in Tennessee, but still just okay. The sushi wasn't rolled tight enough and when it was dipped in sauce it easily fell apart. My wife and I sat at a booth which had obviously been heavily used and needed to be repaired. The vinyl seat was torn and no longer provided much comfort in the padding. All-in-all, the bang for the buck just wasn't there. Not really sure if we would go back.
  29. DS

    DawnS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful and the food and drinks were top notch! We eat there every time we’re in downtown Knoxville!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Close proximity to everything we love to do downtown.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Below average sushi, rice fell apart when picking up nigiri. Wasabi was dried out, fish was so so. Been to 50+ different sushi restaurants and this one in bottom couple.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I always love Nama’s food. And going on a Wednesday with the extended Happy Hour is awesome. Service was great. Only thing negative is the bathroom cleanliness was lacking, and the booths are getting worn down and less comfortable.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    I’m sad to make this post as we have been to this location along with their others numerous times and loved it each time we went. We had reservations and were seated immediately. We sat at our table for a while and no one came to take our order. There was a table that was seated way after us and they already had their order taken. I asked the server if she knew who our waitress was. Couple minutes later a young girl came to our table to take our drink and food order. She comes back saying we are out of the beer. Fine, we will order another one. Our meal came out and my husbands order was wrong. Someone different fixed it for us. At this point we still don’t have our beer. It’s been sitting on the bar and our waitress is no where to be found. Never came back to see if we needed anything. I understand there are staffing problems everywhere and we are always patient with that but she did not want to be there and it was very obvious. I also was watching her to see if she had a lot of tables. She only had ours and one more. There are too many other choices of places to eat in Market Square to feel like we were a bother to place an order.
  34. E

    Eman

    New York Area

    227 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    227 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Nama manager is my new hero. Someone pretended to be us and took our reservation and table as the restaurant was fully booked and had a wait for tables. When this was discovered, the hostess let the manager know who moved the frauds out of our booth. Thank you. The USA needs to hire the Nama manager to deal with North Korea and Putin! The food and service is always excellent and we always try to go on our trips to Knoxville. Cocktails are also worthy and parking is so easy at the garage behind the restaurant.
  35. a

    abentley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service all around! The Soy Joy roll was delightful and the crab nigiri hit the spot. Will absolutely be returning in the future.
  36. s

    suga865

    E. Tennessee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server, Edward, was outstanding and the sushi was too!
  37. MN

    ManganNY

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    When in doubt, Go to Nama! Nama always on the rescue
  38. KC

    KathrynC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the roll platter with chef choice on the rolls. Was amazing.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Meh! Was not impressed - waitress was either new, had too many tables or not interested. Sushi was average at best…. Will not be back.
  40. JL

    JudeLynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious/ my favorite sushi spot in Knoxville; little pricey but the quality is really good. Try the crab Asiago dip for an appetizer!

FAQs

Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 633-8539.

Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville is rated 4.5 stars by 366 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville

506 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Mon - Sat 11AM - 3PM Dinner: 3PM - Close Sunday: Noon - Close

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wine

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