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Tsunami, Memphis, TN

Tsunami

4.9
4.9
749 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located in the heart of Cooper Young, a historic Midtown restaurant and retail destination, Tsunami is a Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant where guests can feel like globetrotters from the comfort of their own table.

Award-winning owner and Chef Ben Smith fuses various ethnic cuisines—from Asia and the South Pacific to France and the American South—to create unique and flavorful small plates and seafood specialties.

The cozy restaurant, adorned with local art and handmade accents, offers a unique bar centerpiece with fine wines and liquors, local draft beers, and daily-rotating specialty cocktails.

Consistently named “Best Seafood Restaurant” in the Memphis Magazine and Memphis Flyer, coveted Tsunami entrées including a spice-crusted tuna with wasabi vinaigrette, beef tenderloin with smoked chile butter, and roasted seabass with black Thai rice and soy beurre blanc.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Pacific Rim, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (901) 274-2556
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Benjamin Smith
  • Catering
    Please ask!
  • Private party facilities
    Please ask!
  • Neighborhood
    Memphis
  • Cross street
    Young Avenue
  • Parking details
    We have a dedicated parking lot on the north side of our building and share a lot with other businesses on the south side of the building. Please note: we are located in a popular shopping and dining area. Despite our private lot, parking can be a little challenging on weekends.
  • Public transit
    MATA #2 Bus, stops across the street from the restaurant - due every 60 minutes
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 749 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Overall

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Food

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Service

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Ambiance

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Value

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Healthy

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Neighborhood gem

  • Memphis

    Best Overall

  • Memphis

    Best Food

  • Memphis

    Best Service

  • Memphis

    Best Ambiance

  • Memphis

    Best Value

  • Memphis

    Healthy

  • Memphis

    Neighborhood gem

749 Reviews
  1. Simpleguy

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Some of the best food I have had in Memphis and I try a lot of restaurants. Every bite was exceptional.

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  2. DennisL

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great atmosphere. The area of town is very cool.

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  3. MomMomMom

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the fresh baked bread, bacon wrapped dates, sea scallops & flourless chocolate cake-delicious meal from start to finish! Excellent service, too!

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  4. JenB

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My tuna entree was inedible. The fish was dry and gray. Our cod dish was totally unmemorable. Very disappointed after hearing great things.

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  5. SeanI

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always an excellent dining experience at Tsunami.

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  6. MBJHTD

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent, food, service and drinks. Excellent restaurant.

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  7. RicardoH

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tsunami is one of the finest restaurants in the city. Of specific dishes we loved the Sea bass and the Tuna. Just fabulous. And it’s a beautiful space in a really cool neighborhood.

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  8. Same

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a friendly restaurant that welcomes newcomers and regular patrons with warmth and hospitality. The specials vary from day to day, making the dining experience fresh and vibrant. It won’t take you long to be hooked on Tsunami! Thank you, Chef Ben!

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  9. terz1

    Memphis/West TN

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tsunami was wonderful, as always. We had some people from out of town and they loved it. We had drinks, appetizers, entrees and dessert. All were tasty and served in a timely manner. Their service is professional and friendly. I cannot give enough positive feedback about Tsunami.

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  10. Jacqueline

    Memphis/West TN

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always. Jeff is an amazing server and the food is top notch.

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  11. CarlaL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very experience for an anniversary dinner.

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  12. DawnC

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great! The server got our drinks confused, and brought the wrong drink-but overall it was good.

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  13. LaurenJ

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from the food, cocktails, and service was phenomenal. We had a group of 8 and they were so accommodating. We'll definitely be back.

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  14. Memchip

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a wonderful time was had by all. The noice level is something we have to live with.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our second anniversary and wanted to revisit the restaurant from our first date. Tsunami does not disappoint! Still has the magic each and every time we come here.

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  16. Williamm

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never been disappointed at this restaurant, and always leave with an excellent experience.

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  17. SheaO

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tsunami is always delicious. And the service is impeccable.

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  18. SandraB

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sea bass is phenomenal! We come here every few months!

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  19. MarionG

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food with appropriate portions. One of the best places for fresh fish dishes in Memphis.

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  20. addiew

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first visit to Tsunami... we were in the mood for seafood. The location is in the heart of the Cooper-Young area. The food was delicious, and the service was just as wonderful. The Chilean Sea Bass recommended by our waiter was just what we were looking for! We plan on stopping in for another bite soon! Definitely recommend!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere was even better. It is a small place so you never feel like there is a lot going on. Our server was pleasant and very fun.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing! We will be back again soon!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were excellent! Only complaint was the noise level. Trying to have a nice dinner with my husband who is hard of hearing and wears hearing aids. Normally wouldn’t be an issue but the noise level was very high. Combine that with being seated at a very small two-top table where we had to sit across from each other and very close to other patrons, and we could not carry on a conversation with each other. Would have possibly been better at a table where we could have been adjacent or maybe not in the middle of the room. If we go again, I will request better seating when making the reservation.

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  24. johnv

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely Fabulous.Been going since they opened and have never had a bad experience.Food,service and ambiance can not be matched and always something new on the menu.Love the small plates and the fried calamari is awesome 😊❤️

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  25. StevenN

    Little Rock

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorites in Memphis. Best sea bass ever

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  26. johnv

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal with delicious food…calamari, sesame noodles, black bean soup…all perfectly prepared and served by our excellent waiter. It couldn’t have been better and I look forward to many return visits!

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  27. David

    Memphis/West TN

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best!! The small plates are delightful…. We always see people we know and like

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  28. dlmphs58

    Memphis/West TN

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saw a post about this week’s special at Tsunami on Instagram yesterday and decided we had to try it! It did not disappoint! Fresh seafood, light tomato broth and crispy toast on the side. Delicious! Thanks to Jeff for always making our dining experiences at Tsunami memorable!

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  29. betsy

    Memphis/West TN

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Tsunami - always delicious choices. Last night seemed a little haphazard- my soup had clearly been sitting for a bit before it got to me (it had formed a “skin.” It also needed salt, as did the oven roasted shrimp with chilis— and I’m not a salt fanatic. The food deliverer also didn’t know who got what dish which seems out of character for a pretty seasoned and high end restaurant. Minor complaints. Overall still very very good.

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  30. MEL56

    Memphis/West TN

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience. Food and service were great. We love dining at Tsunami.

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  31. Buzz

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for a great dining experience. Great food!!

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  32. Peter

    Memphis/West TN

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at Tsunami. Wonderful food with great service and ambience.

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  33. BradM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a quick one night stop in Memphis and stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant and we are so glad we did! The scallops and trout entrees we had were cooked perfectly and the ambiance was very cozy and relaxing. Excellent service. Would definitely come back!

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  34. David

    Memphis/West TN

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always special and outstanding! The feel of a restaurant in a much larger city than memphis, a real jewel.

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  35. ReneaI

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal at Tsunami last night. The menu was varied and had wonderful flavors. You MUST get the mussels! Everything was ordered and staged for a relaxing, coursed meal. Our server was on top of everything throughout the evening and made excellent suggestions. We highly recommend visiting Tsumani and plan to do so again ourselves!

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  36. BartonL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent seafood and nice portions. Parking is a problem. Liked it when Cooper Young had valet option. Otherwise great!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York State

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our go-to when in Memphis! Fabulous meal, friendly service, great atmosphere. Love Tsunami!!

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  38. Bren

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent dining experience! Wait staff was very attentive. The sea bass was grilled to perfection and the sauce and black rice were simply delicious!

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  39. JimF

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service by Ashley was exceptional. Attentive without hovering. The food was fresh, delicious and memorable. The roasted pear salad was a treat. But the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time is the roasted sea bass on black Thai rice. Amazing. We love Tsunami

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  40. dlmphs58

    Memphis/West TN

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent, always unusual and delicious! Great staff who always takes good care of the customers! Our favorite restaurant in Memphis!

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FAQs

Tsunami offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 274-2556.

Tsunami is rated 4.9 stars by 749 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tsunami

928 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104-5605

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Young Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Memphis
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Pacific Rim, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We have a dedicated parking lot on the north side of our building and share a lot with other businesses on the south side of the building. Please note: we are located in a popular shopping and dining area. Despite our private lot, parking can be a little challenging on weekends.
  • Public transit
    MATA #2 Bus, stops across the street from the restaurant - due every 60 minutes
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Benjamin Smith
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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