Tuna Bar

4.6
113 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
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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
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Dining Room
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 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 113 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Awesome place - food, service and atmosphere were phenomenal.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Best Sushi in all of Philadelphia!!

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Delicious cocktails and great wine selection. Sushi is always delicious. Tuna crudo appetizer was the bomb. We’ve always had decent service but this time it was very slow.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

There are outstanding restaurants in Philadelphia. Tuna Bar was good but not particularly distinguished. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the food, services or ambiance. It was quiet for conversation on a weeknight, even though we sat next to a party of 7. We were there for nearly 2.5 hours. So, we had a perfectly pleasant meal, an intense conversation, a nice evening but with so many great restaurants to choose from, I don't know that I would return or recommend Tuna Bar in particular unless I needed to be near that location.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Flavors of every dish were exceptional as well as the freshness of all ingredients

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Incredible food and ambiance, the peanut avocado roll was spectacular!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great service.
Gtreate food and drinks. I will recommend to all my friends and family

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Tuna Bar service was great. The Sushi was fresh and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Fantastic sushi rolls and creative sushi specials/crudo. Great selection of sake

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

They need to work on the pace of service and attention to detail on timing of each course, but the overall food was excellent. I went in expecting generic sushi place and it was much better than that. Maguro sashimi was a highlight.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great birthday dinner with my hubby. Easy to get a reservation (surprisingly). Had the tuna tartare, lobster fried rice, real crab roll and the rittenhouse roll. I wouldn’t have changed anything. Everything we had was delicious. Can’t wait to go back when we are in the city again.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Felt like I was in another city. People go out of town to get this vibe. Playlist was great. Loved the food and it was filling. Reasonably priced. Definitely a hot spot and neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Great food, the owner Ken is fantastic and had dinner at bar. Strong restaurant and has a phenomenal future

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Cool spot with some solid drinks. Fried Brussels sprouts were awesomeeeeee

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Tuna Bar is our favorite sushi place in the city !! The quality is just incredible ! Chef and owner Ken is amazing !!! This place is a must !

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great addition to the neighborhood. I wish they had a pinot grigio!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were there on Mother’s Day and had a very excellent meal. I especially appreciated the rolls minus the rice for someone limiting carbs.
The waiter Tony was most helpful and gave superb service. The architect is most appealing. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

If you are adventurous and love Japanese food, then this is a great place. The sushi was excellent and for the non sushi eaters, the cooked salmon was delicious. We love Shishito Peppers and they were very flavorful. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

First time at Tuna Bar did not disappoint. Every dish we ordered was absolutely delicious and the cocktails as well! Super cool vibe and wonderful service. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Excellent food creations. Excellent service.
Will return for sure.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Very good, but extremely pricey. Great apps, very fresh fish with large pieces of sushi, but you pay the price. Service was helpful with recommendations. Only one blip, where it was necessary that our handrolls which had been sitting on top of the sushi bar, were more critical than properly leveling someone else's table. Will probably return when the coffers recover.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Tuna Bar is excellent -- great sushi, sashimi, noodles, specials. We've been three times now, and each time was perfect. It's our new go-to asian (emphasis on Japanese cuisine) restaurant in Philadelphia. Highly recommended.

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1.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My fiancee and I made a reservation to celebrate a special occasion on Thursday, April 26 at 7:15PM. We were with our menus and decided on what we would order once our server arrived. However, our server never arrived. We saw servers and staff attending to every table around us, yet no one even stopped at our table to pour us water. We thought we were on a hidden camera show that was designed to test our patience. At 7:42 (27 minutes without even receiving water) we decided to get up, leave and go up the street to Kisso. I have never walked out of a restaurant before and am not sure if I will walk back into Tuna Bar, which had been a restaurant we visited at least 2-3 times per month.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Food was super tasty and the service is great. Quality cocktail options.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Edamame, soup, and salad were delish... but the crab meat in Real California roll tasted slightly too fishy. Two specialty rolls (Sindy and J&J) were heavily breaded/fried, which was not at all in the description on the menu. The "friedness" was practically the only flavor we could taste. Was never offered a dessert menu. Off night? Beautiful space though, will probably try again.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Solid sushi-centric menu. Hip crowd and atmosphere. Good choice if you are in Old City, but not a destination to drive a long distance to.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Every time I go in I can’t wait till I can come back again! All the food is delicious and beautifully presented. I went in for a celebration with my fried, but I have also gone here on dates with my boyfriend or for a night out with friends. It’s a great spot for any night of the week or celebration. Love tuna bar, love the atmosphere. Always a pleasure coming in.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The space is beautiful and the food is great! Our bartender was also great.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. We went on the advice of Craig LaBan, Philadelphia food critic, and it did not disappoint. The won ton soup, salad with ginger dressing, and the Broad Street roll were particular standouts. Red wine selection was also good. Try the Cuttings Cab. Delicious. Definitely on the list of restaurants to repeat visit.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We ordered the fried oysters, pork gyoza (dumplings), Mai Fried Rice (shrimp fried rice bowl with fried egg) & Stir Fried Soba Noodles (shrimp ramen noodle bowl). They were absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Which then made us excited to try the sushi.... they were a complete letdown.

We had the Old City roll, Broad Street roll & Dragon roll. The Old City was the best and I actually really liked it but she didn't. The other 2 were way too mushy for our liking and we've had quite a bit of sushi before, and none were this texture. Particularly the Dragon which had no rice in it so it was just a big glob of gunk. And was not very tasty either. The Broad Street had a little too much avacado for the size of the slice but once u put a little wasabi it was great, as it cut through the richness of it.

The ambiance was perfect for what we look for in a date night esp in Old City/Center City on a Friday evening. The staff was polite and great, overall we enjoyed ourselves and will be back but just not for the sushi.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Friday lunch. Miso soup, fried oysters, seaweed salad, several rolls and several sashimi. All outstanding. Fresh as could be, served by a pleasant and efficient waitress. Minor quibble, that the uni on the menu was $8 and they upsell you tableside on a “superior” piece. So yeah, I ate a piece of uni for $14. Prices are high, even for great sushi. Not morimoto level, of course. Decor is the trendy mid century modern brass and round edges. Very pretty, with every detail thought out. Definitely adding this to my lunch rotation

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Phenomenal sushi!!!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Everything was great except two small things: we were sat next to the open window wall and it was a little chilly and really windy. If not for the temperature, the wall should have been closed for the wind. And the server cleared all our stuff from the table while my date was still chewing his last bite. Kind of awkward. But—loved the space. The food was excellent and overall the service was quite good. We will definitely be back and I do recommend!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was good, but the service was woefully slow. If was loud and the tables were quite wide so we found ourselves yelling to talk to each other.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A little disappointed with the menu offerings. We look forward to unique rolls and features and perhaps since it was lunch that was not an option. Gluten Free soy sauce was very much appreciated. Look and ambience in the restaurant has a great vibe.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I had grand mom’s wonton soup and the best salmon dish ever! Salmon Shokiyaki! My wife had sushi & sashimi & loved everything...fresh & beautiful. The cocktails and service were also excellent. There was not an empty seat in the house.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great atmosphere service and food.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing food and service! Love the unique specials. Every time we have been here it has been a 5 star experience.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I knew the owner Ken Sze from years ago when he was working in finance. I’m glad he left finance for the restaurant industry... his true passion comes through in every aspect of Tuna Bar. The space is beautifully designed, sexy and modern, but not pretentious. Presentation of dishes are artistic and impeccable. I was particularly intrigued by how the live giant clams from the raw bar were served: the chef sliced the clam in several different shapes and sizes to emphasize the different textures and flavors of the clam, and served it in its own shell. The tuna crudo was superb, and the nigiri pieces were meaty and had just enough rice for balance. The house rolls are very unique and well composed - favorites at the table were the “Old City” and the “Sindy”. Tuna Bar is great spot for a hot date, a business lunch, or even just a Tuesday night treat.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The space itself is very nice. Our server was lovely. The fried brussel sprouts with miso and sesame were delicious, if a little oily. The lobster fried rice was pretty good and it was a generous serving. The rolls were decent. The sashimi was not very good. It was too cold and not very high quality at all, especially considering the price. There are much better places to blow your sushi dollars on (Royal Itzakaya, Sagami, et al)

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