Tsunami

4.8
375 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.

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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JamiF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben is the best bartender in the city. Food and drinks were phenomenal. Dinner plates are perfectly portioned and seasoned. Great wine selections.

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JoshS
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was for business purposes and a perfect quiet place with outstanding food and service.

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gerryd
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were seated right away for our reservation. Service was great. Had the calamari appetizer and the shrimp potstickers. Calamari was good potstickers were excellent. For dinner we had the sea bass on blackened Thai rice, and the tuna. Seabass was excellent tuna was good. Overall it was a great dining experience. Would definitely recommend it.

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jerryp
Memphis/West TN
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is fresh and thoughtfully prepared with many dished featuring local ingredients.
I call it high end Bistro style with Asian influence. We were never rushed which left us plenty of time to catch up with old friends. A wonderful experience that was well worth the price charged.

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vipMartyF
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the creative small plates and the menu items that have been available for over 20 years. One of the best restaurants in Memphis!

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owenn
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and definitely coming back! Great place in general especially the Roasted Sea Bass. Highly recommended!

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Ryan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu in a fun location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t even know this place existed! We had such a great time. The ambiance is so inviting and relaxing. The food and drinks were amazing! We started off with the calamari (so good) and had the pasta and Salmon as entrees. Did I mention how good the drinks were, kudos to the waiter/bartender!! You were awesome! We will definitely be back! ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tsunami is one of my favorite restaurants. Well worth a visit! Yum!

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VeggieCait
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, food was delicious, and ambience was perfect. My partner and I had a fantastic anniversary dinner!

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Bert
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Ben and the entire staff did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous

Always wonderful service and cuisine

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Jenn
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The other excellent reviews were the reason we picked this restaurant to try and it did not disappoint. Sea bass was outstanding. We had to make late in day change to our time of reservation due to the awful bridge traffic and they were able to accommodate our party of 2 at a later time. Great service.

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RandyK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp dumplings, Salmon with ginger/pineapple dressing, flourless chocolate cake, and everything was beautifully plated and absolutely delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most of the food was very good, however I found the beans and rice that came with Fish tacos to be bland

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vipMemphis
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual- thank you for another really nice evening!

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vipMartyF
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates were amazing! Glad to be back in room dining at Tsunami!

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vipVava
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Memphis! Consistently delicious!

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CharltonL
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just a great place to dine! The tuna and sea bass are especially good. We ate outside. It felt like we were in a side walk cafe in Paris or Florence with all the people walking by.

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Marci
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Tsunami for over 20 years!! The food is always delicious and the menu features new dishes along with old favorites. You won't be disappointed!

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DarrinD
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, friendly staff and great service. I have never had a bad meal and probably eaten at this restaruant 75+ times. Highly recommend it. Darrin D. Memphis, TN.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Upscale, cafe style restaurant. Table well space for COVID dining. Host at door very warm, friendly and accommodating.
Our meal was as delicious as it was presented.

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MichaelT
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, atmosphere is upscale bohemian, cool laid back, food and service great! Love that they do small plates as well as regular entrees, had a small plate and a salad and it was just enough.

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CARD
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening. Food and staff was exceptional. Thank you!

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Jetlag
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good and the service was wonderful!

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Cheryl
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Tsunami. And always know the food will be wonderful and the service excellent. We were not disappointed on any of those. We were surprised that he Sea Bass entrée has increased in price to $40.00, We understand that Covid has impacted the restaurants but this one is really hard to take, especially since the portions seemed smaller. While a Australian Rack of Lamb - Half Rack 12-14 oz. is not Sea Bass, it is only $38.00 at Folks Folly, Season 52 has Sea Bass for $32.00.

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SophisticatedLady
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner was just right. I was a little worried our table near the bar would be noisy and busy, but as it is kind of tucked into its own little alcove, neither was a problem. Service was outstanding, food delicious.

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AliciaH
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back since they have reopened, and it was delicious and wonderful as it always has been.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely wines and food. I really enjoyed the black bean soup and fish tacos.

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Mars22
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

First time to visit this restaurant. Waitress attentive at first, but we had to ask for all our needs, like wine refills, missing dressing on salads, sauce for entrees. Room was rather loud from laughter at tables. (Can’t help that) . We had the sea bass and seafood pasta. Both quite good. First time for both to have these. Arrived to table barely warm but still ok. This was a Tuesday and a 6 pm dinner. Not crowded to overwhelm the kitchen or waitress. Overall, it was just ok but a bit expensive. Think they could tweak the attention paid to the tables in a more formal manner for the prices they charge for the wine, liquor & food. I would recommend the restaurant for a go to at least once just to try type .

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vipSteveS
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food were fantastic and the service was exceptional.

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Dinner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the Mahi Mahi. Outstanding!! A great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance of the place. Kitchen closes at 9, but our reservations were at 8:30, we felt rushed to order everything. How ever, service and food was still excellent!

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vipJorge
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb meal in a nice setting
Would love to return sometime

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Leslie
Memphis/West TN
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and its people. The food and service are always wonderful and the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxing. It is hard to veer from the favorites - sea bass, black bean soup, pot stickers - but the specials are always excellent as well. So glad to see them back open and hope to have many, many more wonderful meals at Tsunami!

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vipMemphisdiner
Memphis/West TN
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful as always!

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Voice
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After months of staying home, we were so happy to finally be vaccinated and able to enjoy a social evening and finer dining. Our meal was delicious -- calamari, pasta, shrimp and a fresh salad with goat cheese ! Thank you for a wonderful experience.

NM
NewMemphian
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have missed Chef Ben and all others and so glad to be coming back. Thank you for your excellence!

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SheaO
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tsunami was awesome as always. Food was delicious and service was impeccable.

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Dinner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good drinks and delicious food. I had the blackened shrimp pasta. It was great. My husband had the small plate salmon. Also very good.

FAQs

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

Tsunami is rated 4.8 stars by 375 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.