Tuna Bar

4.7
176 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
Tuna Bar is a Japanese Raw Bar & Grill concept created by Owner and Executive Chef Kenneth Sze. Located in Old City Philadelphia, Tuna Bar boasts a relaxing, upscale atmosphere serving fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The diverse menu offers traditional and specialty sushi rolls, raw oysters, scallops, hand-selected fish, and shareable entrees. Beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will also be offered tableside and at the full-service bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Bar
Sun–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri & Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Dining Room
Sun–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri & Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(215) 238-8862
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kenneth Sze
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd and Race Street
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Parking details
As a convenience for our customers, we offer $10 parking. The parking garage is located at 231 N. 2nd Street. Bring the ticket from the garage into the restaurant and we will stamp with our Tuna Bar stamp!
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Public transit
The Market-Frankford EL 2nd Street Station

The Route 57 at 3rd & Race Street
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 176 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is very good but the service is not. Waiter was very nice but didn’t change plates between courses or check on us much. Apps not good to share between 3 people. Some had 4 pieces some had 2.

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RS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time checking it out and had heard good things and it did not disappoint.
Enjoyed the ambiance and atmosphere. Ordered a couple of appetizers, salad and sushi. Food came out timely and was excellent. Will definitely go back!

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

Visited Tuna Bar for business lunch and would highly recommend.

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H
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Lunch visit. Ordered the sashimi sampler

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NB
Singapore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

Everything was great other than im not sure why they would play music with profanity in the toilets? Eapecially at an hour when there will be kids in the restaurant?? Highly inappropriate. Play it aftet 9pm if you really have to

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IB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Wentz and Rittenhouse Rolls were our favorites!

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RH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in the city , everything extremely fresh and delicious. There happy Hour is great too. Our stop at least once a week . I highly recommend.

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LR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Tuna was fatty / ny visitors were no happy

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KW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time at Tuna Bar. Sushi, apps and drinks were delicious. My only complaint is we were not seated until half an hour after our reservation while there were plenty of tables open. Waitress and bartender were fantastic.

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G
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Sushi is always great here. I think the sushi is better than DK and RS&I but that’s just my opinion.

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E
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always worth the trip. The owner is very engaged. Staff very nice and helpful.

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GS
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing from the Brussels sprouts to the sushi . Loved the rock shrimp ! My favorite roll was the Wentz roll . Server was on point too .

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was mediocre, I felt that the appetizers were just reheated (the gyoza and spring rolls did not taste fresh). The sushi was very heavy and over-dressed.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Would recommend to anyone. Great food and amazing service.

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LR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great energy / ambience and food . Open late . Very new and clean . Took a while til server cam over to our table but once she did service was fine. Needed to give attention to us sooner after we were seated

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CO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

ordered fried rice, taste like frozen rice...not recommending

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DK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

just average. Fish is average... Appetizers are average, sushi rolls (egh)... Just not good, but average for everything except for nice atmosphere.

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RH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuna Bar is always amazing. Sushi always super fresh. This is a must for us at least once a week. We love their happy hour great drinks. The staff is incredible a big thanks to Victoria we love you girl

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j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Our waitress was amazing.

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NM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Lobster Fried Rice was superb

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S
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent quality fish. We really enjoyed the tuna roll, salmon roll and the Fishtown rolls that we got. The wagu beef spring rolls were good too - portion a big small. Ginger salad excellent and big enough to share.

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YL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was our first time at the Tuna Bar. We were excited to try a new Japanese restaurant. While our waitperson was very nice, the service seemed a bit disjointed. We wondered if the restaurant was short staffed that night. Otherwise, we enjoyed the food and cocktails. The food was flavorful. The cocktails well balanced.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great sushi, excellent ginger salad and seaweed salad, and best ever ("grandmothers") wonton soup!

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance, food and service. Now one of our favorite places to eat in Philadelphia.

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PK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was first rate. Food came quickly for a Friday evening. Food was very good. Almost at that sublime level but for anyone who has eaten at the best sushi places in the world, this is a step below. Still very good and very fresh. Ate the dumplings, noodles, seaweed salad, tuna crudo, ceviche, and sushi. Nothing was short of delicious. Beware that the space is loud so it won't be a quiet dinner date.

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LR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had date night there. The service was great and the food was awesome. We loved the tuna tar tar. And our favorite roll was the fish town roll. Overall great experience

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuna Bar always impresses. Not a single complaint.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I visited Tuna Bar for lunch and were so pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, quality of food and exceptional service. Pete, our server, was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding and very fresh! We will definitely be visiting again soon and would highly recommend the restaurant to others.

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n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Can't wait to go back. The tuna crudo appetizer and salmon sushi roll were the best!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Fish did not taste as fresh as usual disappointing and hard to eat

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AV
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambience were all top notch! We’ll definitely be back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there my first time as a recommendation from a friend. Best sushi I've ever had. Will be coming back for sure. The service was very prompt, helpful, and respectful

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely place. Beautifully presented food. OK quality.

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RH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Tuna Bar . It is our favorite sushi restaurant in the city for sure . Ken the owner is amazing always making us feel special . Sushi is absolutely fresh and delicious . Service is top top !! We go to Tuna Bar at least once a week A MUST

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s
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed a new sushi experience in Philly. Went for a Monday lunch. had the gyozas, kampachi ceviche, lobster fried rice, and three rolls. All were well prepared and delicious. if it was right in my neighborhood i would be there once a week!

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l
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ken is the inspiration behind the Wentz roll! A must try! Pete our server was absolutely pleasant and we enjoyed our brunch very much! If you're looking for high quality sushi, look no further! The brussel sprouts and shishito peppers are CRACK! a MUST try when you're here! What a gem in the NoLibs/ Race Street Pier neighborhood.

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A
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music and ambiance. The food was all delicious. We had the tuna tartare, dumplings and lobster fried rice to start and four sushi rolls. I’d recommend it all! The service was fast and everyone was very friendly and attentive.

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great sushi bar and restaurant. Loved the food!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was AMAZING. We sat outside which had a gorgeous view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and of course great for people watching. Service unfortunately was subpar, we saw our waitress maybe twice and had to ask the manager for our check, we ended up leaving and went for cocktails somewhere else. Overall would definitely recommend.

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AB
Philadelphia
124 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great choice of sushi, sashimi, and Japanese plates.
Beautiful space and food. Tasty, but a little on the pricey side, although the portions are very generous.
We liked everything enough that we will be back.
Good, friendly service.

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