Tsunami

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269 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Tsunami’s 5-7 p.m. weeknight happy hour, entitled “Pau Hana,” rotates innovative small plate and cocktail specials.

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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K
Memphis
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for an interview and we sat outside and the noise was very low and good for an interview. Food was excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of best meals ive had not only in Memphis but ANYWHERE

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to eat there!

RP
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Scarlett’s service and kindness, Ben’s great job st the bar, Ben Smith ‘s & his assistants’ culinary expertise——all make this such a valuable & unique part of Memphis .

DC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Our favorite restaurant in Memphis for many years.

DN
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Alex made our night so special. We had mussels and they were off the charts! We had scallops, beef, and a fish dish . All yummy. Such a great place.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Atmosphere plus. And we especially enjoyed our visit with my former student Ben Smith.

OT
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great meal with interesting combinations

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. The sea bass with the thai black rice was absolutely delicious. The wait staff was very kind and made wonderful recommendations!

m
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great but noise from staff serving table next to us was distractingly noisy-loud laughs and almost yelling exchanges.

d
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! The menu items are fantastic with enough variety to please most everyone. The service is always great and creates the feeling that you are the only one they are serving. The Sea Bass in black Thai rice is one of the best meals I’ve ever had!

JS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. We love Tsunami for the creative dishes, attentive service and atmosphere. Excellent bartender too.

PM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our service was good and we enjoyed the people watching from our high top table by the window. Presentation was very nice but not much flavor. The bacon wrapped dates were very over cooked, and the date itself was jelly like and didn’t have an appealing texture. The scollops didn’t have much flavor and the calamari breading was pretty tasteless. The shrimp was well prepared and had a nice flavor. It was just off the mark, a little adjusting and I think you will have a home tun.

DA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife to Tsunami for her birthday. We've been going there off and on for the last 17 years. I started with the mussels in red curry sauce. Along with the bread to dip in the sauce, it's to die for! We both had to get the Sea Bass on Asian Black Rice. It was served in a delicious, buttery sauce. Magnificent as always! The manager, Jeff Frisby, was there and sat to chat with us for a while. There's no one that I know of with a greater love for the restaurant business. Chef Ben came out to chat with us twice. The man is a culinary prodigy! Our service was impeccable! Scarlet when out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed, and the timing between cocktails, appetizers and the entrée could not have been better. Do yourself a favor and give this place a shot. You'll be glad you did.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. I went for a girls night and we were not disappointed. We were seated as soon as we arrived. The table was perfect with a great view from the window so we could people watch. The food was delicious and served very promptly. Even after we had finished our meals, had paid the check, we stayed until we had finished our drinks and not once did we feel the pressure to leave so they could prepare the table for someone else. We will be back and this time we might bring our husbands. :-)

SM
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't love this restaurant or its staff any more if I tried.

G
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tsunami is our favorite restaurant. We had a great meal. It was the first time our children (ages 16 and 14) had eaten there. Also, thanks to Jeff for squeezing in another 2 at the last minute.

D
Memphis
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish. Service was wonderful. Food was fresh and delicious and different from your everyday restaurant fare.

OT
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visit. Wasn’t disappointed. Food was great and service was just as good.

B
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The inside decor was poor and the food wasn’t impressive. They over charge by a lot.

S
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and innovative food combined with professional service. Lovely evening!

M
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and outstanding service

LH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would most definitely recommend to a friend. Great food and service.

AJ
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. Katie Richmond is the best server! Apps, entrees and desserts five stars. Specialty cocktails were delicious as well. Ben creates fresh and creative dishes that don’t disappoint.

CK
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff did a great job helping me navigate the menu and find options that were compatible with my dietary restrictions!

JG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was outstanding and so was our server, Scarlet. It was the perfect evening to celebrate my birthday!

MF
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 5 year old son and I wen there for a fancy dessert date night. It was the first time he had been to a "fancy" restaurant. Candles on the tables, real napkins, beautifully presented desserts, and very nice staff made it a great experience.

A
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I think rate the Sea Bass as the best in town! We will return.

D
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WIthout a doubt, my favorite Memphis restaurant. I've never been disappointed at Tsunami. Dishes have just enough Asian flavor to be interesting yet not overpowering. Wine list offers a good selection of wines by the glass as well as by the bottle. Outstanding!

r
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and wine recommendations!

K
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing. Passed by this place several times and went on eater to find recommendations for good restaurants in Memphis for a date night and this was in the top of the list. Would definitely go back again! Good drink menu for wine lovers as well

p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Himachi appetizer was delicious and don’t miss out on the seas bass! The beet salad was amazing. Tsunami never dissapoints plus it’s a Project Green Fork restaurant. Support Local!

KN
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Tsunami at least a dozen times. Most of our dinners have been with our adult children or friends so we’ve been able to at least sample most every dish they offer. Not one has disappointed!! Each app,entree and dessert are obviously prepared fresh with not only artistic talent but incredible mixes of flavors. This is one of the best restaurants in the entire Memphis area. So good we bought Chef Ben’s cookbook.

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Where to start. My parents have been coming to Tsunami for a number of years, and they always rave about their first visit. My first experience years ago was top-notch, too, but ever since, things have gone downhill. Tonight was probably the last night we will frequent this restaurant. The sea bass and beef tenderloin (two orders) were overdone. I sent back my beef tenderloin, and it was perfect the second time around. However, it’s quite frustrating when the chef/owner is sitting on his computer in the dining room, allowing the subpar dining experience (or outside sitting on a bench in his chef jacket. What’s the point?). Last week, I was here on a date, and the tuna was terrible. The presentation was lackluster, first of all; the tuna was over-seasoned and room temperature; and the “cucumber salad” was something I could have made at home myself. My date’s scallops and salmon also tasted as if they had been cooked in advance. My mom looks forward to this sea bass a couple times a year, and tonight she said she was going out of town for her next birthday. If you’re going to go here, get the deviled eggs and enjoy an entree elsewhere. The service has been much better than the food, so I’m giving it three stars.

OT
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual, everything was perfection!

GH
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With Jeff there it’s going to be even better.

D
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops were amazing! Great atmosphere and service.

s
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dog friendly outside seating. Great small plates and drinks. Katie wonderful server and always like seeing Scarlett and Jeff!

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a very good experience, good food, and good ambience. That being said, the restaurant had the feeling of one that hasn’t quite found its identity. The food, the look, the feel all missed what felt like just one defining element that would set it apart. Keep looking because you are close but not there yet.

BS
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved our dinner there!! The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars on all is because we were sat in the “extra” dining space to the right of the front door. It just feels like extra space. Would help if it had art in the walls. Service, food and beverages were yummy!!!

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