Tsunami

4.8
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319 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.
What 319 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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MillicentBaxter
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. Service was outstanding, too.

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LaurieS
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious! The service is excellent! My favorite restaurant in Memphis!

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BrisgetB
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very knowledgeable wait staff food and wines excellent!!

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ErinL
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was phenomenal. Definitely going back soon!

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WhitneyJo
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tsunami is my go to restaurant. They always have wonderful food options, the atmosphere is lovely, and the energy is fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did gluten free modifications for my celiac wife with no problem and were super nice. Everything was delicious!

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vipMarkF
Memphis/West TN
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially seafood
Consistently one of best seafood places in Memphis
Great service as well

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vipSuziinTN
Memphis/West TN
169 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meals and appetizers and the desserts shouldn’t be missed. The sea bass is wonderful and the banana lumpia is to die for. Outstanding service

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vipgoodeats
Memphis/West TN
142 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. Excellent service . The waitress was super attentive and polite. We had the dates and skillet shrimp, sea bass and ginger donuts. The seabass was the best we ever tasted. It was cooked to perfection. I can see how that's their signature dish. We had the best time.

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CallieC
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service as always.

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JenniferB
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous night at consistent Tsunami! Everything was wonderful from the service to the dessert.

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tayllure
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scarlett was the best server, she made our time lovely from beginning when I had alterations on our reservation. She also was able to give us other reccomendations for our time in Memphis. The food was also exceptional we tried a little of everything but Scarlett was for sure the cherry on top.

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Bluzcity
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready upon arrival. Service was prompt, competent, and courteous. Wished for more vegetarian appetizers but the oysters were delightful. Chose the sea bass entree and it was amazing, the black rice and sauce elevated the dish; it was perfect. Great desserts but we were too full to indulge. Overall fabulous meal, and romantic setting. We shall return!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day was the occasion. We were looking forward to the tofu but very much enjoyed the eggplant dish.

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vipsutton1517
Memphis/West TN
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sea bass is to die for!!!!!! The waitress was great!

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Bandit109
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the unofficial specialty of the house, Sea Bass over Black Rice, was fabulous! Everything was very good. Service was excellent. Just a great fine dining experience.

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RebeccaR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was visiting Memphis for just a couple days and opted to go to Tsunami in part for the fact that I saw they source a lot of their food locally and their menu is always changing, as it should at any good restaurant. The atmosphere of the restaurant is upscale without being pretentious or too moody and the service is top-notch.

My date and I got five dishes in total and overall were quite pleased. The portions are excellent for the value (and it was much appreciated that our server informed us the "small plates" would be enough to suffice as an entree with us getting appetizers). The restaurant specializes in almost a variety of seafood dishes but if you're coming with someone a vegetarian or someone who doesn't care for seafood, they have a couple options for them as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tsunami is consistently delicious. Service outstanding.

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GenieW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I come to Memphis, Tsunami is at the top of my "Must do" list. The service is always excellent and the food beyond compare. Thank you to Chef Ben, Scarlett, and ALL of the staff for another fantastic evening!

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901food
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit from out of town relatives. Our party of 6 required 2 cars and the dedicated parking area was very much appreciated. Our waitress added greatly to the occasion with her attentiveness and knowledge. The food and drink were exceptional, including the best Sazerac ever. Just a very enjoyable experience for all of us including a 5 y/o and a 7 y/o.

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vipRobertP
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Scarlett continues to be top notch with whatever she does. Thanks too to Jeff, Ben, and really all of the great staff in the front and in the kitchen!

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CindyT
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Tsunami! The food is consistently excellent. The prices are reasonable. The servers are helpful and enthusiastic. It used to be quite noisy, but they have recently put some innovative noise blockers on the ceiling which helps lower the volume a good bit. I recommend it to friends often, and I take out-of-town guests whenever I can.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special date night

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NYEDinner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The entire staff is friendly and efficient. We never wanted for anything the entire meal, our glasses were always full, silverware replaced, etc. the meal and service were seamless. The dessert special was to die for! I can’t stop thinking about it! Looking forward to coming back!

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MichelleB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails and service always over the top amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent

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AlexE
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very tasty small plates in a quiet, romantic setting. Knowledgeable service staff. Decor and menu need freshening up. Pretty pricy for the portions and locale.

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BryanS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Memphis. It's great every time!!!

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Lotza
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, quiet atmosphere. Will definitely return. We loved everything about our visit. Highly recommend this restaurant for a date, special occasion, or girl’s night out. Scarlet was our waitress and she was awesome. Very knowledgeable and friendly.

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RussellD
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for my wife’s birthday. Food, service were excellent. A little pricy.

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vipOutofTowner
Memphis/West TN
64 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bacon wrapped dates were amazing. The mahi mahi special was perfectly prepared.

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vipRobertP
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scarlett’s service is outstanding as are the artistries of Ben in the kitchen and Ben (2) making great cocktails.
Jeff is an excellent overall host. We love Tsunami!
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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Jason
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good, and the service was excellent. I appreciated how they spaced out the courses. I did not feel rushed.

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vipEvilMD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav restaurants in Memphis. Love it. I eat here every week I get a chance. Attentive. Creative and fun.

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vipDave
Memphis/West TN
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was good not extraordinary.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good dining experience!

FAQs

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

Tsunami is rated 4.8 stars by 319 OpenTable diners.

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