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Ru San's

3.8
65 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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RU SAN"S, a name that always associated with Japanese Restaurant with young ambiance, loud music, casual dining, and the not expensive foods. Other than that, It offers around 500 menu to choose from, a Full Bar and promise of lots of fun. Try it!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday:4:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(615) 252-8787
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gory Paparin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pine Street
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Parking details
valet parking is free, you only need to provide non obligated tips. Or you can park in the back of building for $2.only
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Takeout, View, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.6
service
3.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Energetic
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on September 21, 2014

My ranking of fair is based on 1 poor and 2 average entrees. Swordfish awful! Had a rank after taste. Served on slightly warm, mostly raw vegetables. 2 other orders were average. The sushi was great. Great location. Most of the other restaurants in the area were busy. Ru Sans was light on customers. I guess the words out. I go to Japan 10 times a year and was hopeful Ru Sans was going to be a Diamond in the stars among the Nashville restaurants.

The waitress was courteous and timely. She gave me a 25% comp on the fish although I barley touched it. Never saw management.

Will never be a returning customer.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2014

I don't eat sushi, my friends do. Ru Sans has a great variety of cooked Japanese appetizers and entrees that I've always liked. It's close to work and easy in and out.

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2.0Dined on September 13, 2014

We waited over 1.5 hours for a Shrimp fries rice and two tuna rolls.. Hardly worth the wait. Had to use restroom and had to pass dump to go inside - just gross. Ruined our evening!

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1.0Dined on September 6, 2014

We weng at lunch. They had lunch buffet which had a variety. If you like good quality and fresh sushi do yourself a favor and avoid. If you have to eat there stick to the cooked food. I needed Tums after eating there.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2014

I've had better sushi but I've also had way worse. The service was slow but I think the guy was new and he was really nice. Everyone else in my party loved their food though.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2014

This was my second time dining here. I love their lunch, and enjoyed the first time I went for dinner. However I don't know where the disconnect came into play after ordering my food. I was brought my entree before my appetizers, and we had to ask where our appetizer was. My partner was brought out an eel appetizer when he ordered uni. My sushi had no flavor at all. Even with being fried....nothing. The bartender was a jerk and seem to not have the time to be bothered with us. Over all I'll choose Thai Papaya next time

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2014

Our waiter was awesome - friendly and personable and attentive. Meal was delicious and I actually likes the smaller rolls better, less sauce and easier to eat in a bite. Total bill was about $25 pp with tons of food and a large sake which is super reasonable and the free valet was great!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2014

Consistently good sushi. Great service. Ambience is lacking, though.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2014

This was my first time trying this restaurant, i was not impressed. I ordered straight from the menu, no substitutions. Shrimp fried rice and an order of dragon roll...easy enough, but the shrimp fried rice was terrible! Even the waiter had to send it back and brought me a new order!! The dragon roll however was amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2014

It was great. They were all really nice the second we walked through the door. Everything was delicious. I can't wait to go back.

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Manager offered 30% off and some free saki. Unacceptable!

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2.0Dined on May 9, 2014

First of all, be aware that your Open Table reservation may not be something the host knows how to access and that your Open Table Certificate may be confusing to the staff.

Secondly, the rolls here sound good and are innovative. However, the choices we made (Two Specials and Two Standards and Sashimi) weren't executed well for two reasons: thinest/smallest amount of fish of my vast sushi experience and sauces/dressings are over used to the point of the rolls "swimming"

Frankly, I would't return or refer people here for sushi or sashimi.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2014

Extensive menu. We were a group of 6 and ordered TONS of different sushi rolls and a few nigiri sushi (all tasted fresh). Service was good. Overall, i recommend you try it!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2014

As a native to Atlanta, I am familiar with Ru Sans and very happy to have a Nashville location! I am allergic to fish, but they have a large enough menu to accommodate my yakisoba and rice ball cravings while my Husband indulges in some sushi. The service on this occasion was less than what I am accustomed to, but I did enjoy the food as much as I always do so I would still recommend the restaurant to my friends!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2014

I planned to eat here as part of my friends bachelorette weekend. We had made our reservation for 12 but had 10 show. We had a large table that was perfect so everyone could interact. They were very accommodating toward our group. I would go here again if planning a similar event.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2014

We had a group of 15 and wanted somewhere that was fun and laid back. The service and food were good but that wasn't all of our focus. We wanted a place that had top 40 music kinda loud but not too loud like a bar. It was a perfect place for this.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2014

Fantastic service, reasonable prices, and an extensive food and beverage menu. Sushi was crafted to perfection and the presentation of the food was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

We really enjoyed the experience we had at Ru San's. The server was great to point out menu options and the sushi was fantastic. Our server was very busy and we had to wave him down a few times but overall excellent experience. Not a place for a quiet romantic dinner but for a fun evening it was perfect.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2014

Let's start with the hostess...we made reservations for 4, but last min decided to have 5 for dinner. Showed up 30 min before our reservation so we could inform the changes. You would have thought we told her we were having 10 people!!! So rude about the addition!! Second....our waiter, it took him nearly 15 min to ask us if we wanted any beverages. He was slow on getting us refills & did not know the menu when we had questions. I wanted a very particular item he told me was available only to find out it was not. Next, we were charged a 18% gratuity for having a party of 5....most places it's 8 & above! Food was not consistent several of the same items were purchased & none of them looked similar. Bad experience from start to finish!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

My girlfriend and I just recently got back together and we both enjoy a more fun, high-energy atmosphere and Ru-San's definitely has that. Very fast paced place and constant club music may not be what some look for in an Asian restaurant....but with some shots or just some drinks and a group or someone you can have fun with this place is great. AMAZING food, she had the best chicken fried rice I've ever tasted and I had some type of spicy tuna roll and some fried calamari- both of which went amazingly with a Sapporo and some water :) 9 out of 10 -- the highest rating I'll give on a restaurant ;)

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We LOVE Ru Sans! It is the very best Sushi in Nashville.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2014

I cannot believe we have not tried Ru San's. This restaurant is excellent. The sushi was great. The volcanic trio of tuna sashimi was out of this world! The crispy crab roll was prepared perfectly. The fried ice cream was excellent as well and is large enough for 2. The menu was creative and extensive. The atmosphere is rather loud but the food is the star.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2014

our server was great & her suggestions were spot on. the food was outstanding. the restaurant had an odor that wasn't very appealing.

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2.0Dined on January 25, 2014

We chose to eat here for my boyfriends 30th bday...we weren't a HUGE group..only 12 of us. The food was great, as always, but the service was terrible. It took 35 minutes to get our sake...I told them clearly it was his bday, and even when the reservation was made that it was his bday, yet nothing was still done to "celebrate". We went in and spent a lot of money...i just wish the experience had been a little different. Definitely not a great first impression for the few who had never been. Wouldn't recommend it as a "group" celebration place. However, food was great ...definitely the place to go if you're a sushi lover.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2014

Came here for a birthday dinner with a group of 8 friends. We had a blast. The food was okay, but the service and ambiance were excellent.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2013

Wasn't sure we were going to make this reservation, but after arriving I was definitely glad. The food was good and the ambiance was even better. I had been told to eat here for years but never got a chance too. Now that I live in another state, I will be visiting another location for the same experience.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2013

Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing, but my food was pretty disappointing. I ordered the bacon wrapped scallops (supposedly a top seller) and they came out overcooked with more bacon than scallop on the little skewers. The bed of veggies and rice was okay, but the main feature was gross. The drinks were also pretty disappointing. I will say the one sushi roll we got was decent.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2013

We had a party of 8. Our waiter was fabulous. Service we very good. Music a little loud. Had a hard time having conversation.
Food was good. Love the area. Fine place to have a cocktail and a little sushi.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2013

Back home (Charlotte, NC), the Ru San's there is amazing. I assumed this one would be too. The sushi selection did not disappoint. My friends were ecstatic to have so many options from which to choose. One guy even had seared tuna just because he loves it so much. To their credit, the good folks at Ru San's cooked it exactly how he wanted it. I personally have no complaints- we received exactly what we wanted.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2013

Next to high rises and contemporary restaurants, boot shops and lots of traffic, sits this restaurant. Small front, but deep room and definitely a great affordable menu. Good beer selection and great service staff.
I haven't had tuna so fresh and tender in a long time

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2013

Had the best time at RuSans this past Sat. We had a large group of 14 and were ordering a lot of food and alcohol... Any server knows that is a LOT to keep up with. Our server was so organized and great about splitting our checks. He had a great personality and was so much fun for everyone- definitely kept us feeling festive. We will be back for sure-- and request him!

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3.0Dined on September 27, 2013

Ru San's has some of the best sushi for the money that you can find in Nashville. The biggest downfall to this place has to be their service. It is very hit or miss everytime you go. The last time I was their we waited over 10 minutes before someone came and asked for our drink orders. Other than that, the sushi is good, the price is fair, and it's very energetic.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2013

Good sushi; nice staff; a fun place to eat. I've been several times and will probably go back again.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2013

This was our first time there and we will definitely go back! My husband's sushi was very good and there was a large selection. I had the miso marinated sea bass and it was on of the best I ever had!

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2013

When we went to Ru Sans last, the food was good but not great (which is unusual for this restaurant). Was extremely hot and muggy inside. Pretty sure either they didn't have the AC on or it was broken.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2013

Appetizers came after dinner, need I say more?..... Sushi was good, udon not so good.
Don't expect Japanese people here...owners, chefs or customers. A/ C was broken...not a good thing in June ...in Nashville

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2013

Ru-San's has some unusual and interesting sushi, but I always order from their Pacific Rim menu. They have some incredible fish and shrimp dishes. My favorites are the wasabi potato noodle crusted shrimp with oyster sauce and the bacon wrapped scallops with plum sauce. Also a really delicious swordfish lightly brushed with curry and grilled... not too strong on the curry. Average little salad comes with the dinners plus miso soup that is one of the best I've tasted. Servers are friendly and helpful with suggestions. It is one of my go-to places when dining before shows are concerts downtown. Love that they have free valet parking as parking in the Gulch would be difficult without it. You should give it a try!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2013

The food was excellent! The sushi was very fresh and there was a huge menu to choose from. The waitress was okay and could have been a bit friendlier but overall an excellent choice. It was worth the drive.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2013

Interesting and delicious sushi.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2013

The restaurant was a recommendation from the front desk at the hotel we were staying at & it was a great find. Service was pleasant, & consistent. The specialty sushi rolls were unique combinations & very flavorful. They were not over stuffed with rice, but instead were filled with very fresh fish. If we lived in the area this would be our new weekly sushi restaurant. We will return on our next visit to Nashville.

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