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Tuna Bar

4.6
86 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
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  • Good for a Date
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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 86 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful. Service was friendly but ill-timed and often absent, though it was not a busy time. Finished plates were left on our table when new courses were served, which felt sloppy. Music playing in the bathroom had obscene graphic lyrics about violent sex. The fish was delicious & fresh but it is more expensive than most any other sushi & sashimi in the city - if it was omakase style with attentive service, the prices would be more understandable. For now, the prices seem to be in support of paying off the beautiful construction.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The Fishtown Roll was the sushi item I've ever had in my life, anywhere. The entire experience at Tuna Bar was great.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The sushi was perhaps the most awful my husband and I’ve had in memory.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Fabulous food! The salmon and the soba noodles were spectacular. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Our server, Brian, gave us great suggestions and outstanding service. Attractive contemporary design. Booths for 2 are great for conversation and sharing. Looking forward to going back very soon.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

my group of 4 had a great meal here... we shared a few appetizers, one of the fried rice dishes and 4 sushi rolls and that was plenty of food. We loved everything from the salads to the rolls. This is a top 3 sushi option for us moving forward.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Way to expensive

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Amazing ambience but extremely overpriced for the quality of 🍣 you get. Friendly staff and overall good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Very good sushi and rolls. No pictures on the menu so not for beginners. Not busy on a weekday, good for business meal. I will try to eat here every time I come to stay at the Wyndham, only 9 min walk.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food here was delicious. We had gone to the soft opening and decided it was time to come back. Our only gripe was the service was a little slow and not super attentive. The prices seemed a bit high ($252 for two) but otherwise fantastic food and drink.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Gorgeous restaurant with lax, lackluster service from hostess to server. A shame to see a new restaurant open and not be on point with their service.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great experience!
Great service!
Great food!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Unbelievably good . Sushi so fresh drinks amazing n great service !!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This is the best sushi restaurant in Center City. It has many creative rolls and delicious appetizers. One exception was the sloppy wet tuna crudo - but not everything can be perfect. But everything else was so good this was forgiven

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Sushi was kinda bad for the price but the service and atmosphere was great. Really liked the dumplings and shrimp apps

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great atmosphere and food and service were incredible. Definitely going back here! Price tags were on the higher end but worth it.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Somewhat pricey, but the sushi was very good and fresh and the cocktails were all well-balanced and delicious, especially the mezcal one. I recommend the Fishtown roll and the steamed gyoza. The green tea cake was fine but nothing to write home about. The meal ended on a somewhat sour note as the hostess told us she needed our table "as soon as possible" after interrupting our conversation to awkwardly ask us what we ordered, so that was unfortunate.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food was good but not outstanding. Soba noodle dish was tasty, but overly salty and a bit too oily. Service was attentive and professional. Noise levels from background music and guests at the bar was disturbingly loud -- making it tough to hold a conversation without raising ones voice.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Amazing Food !! Amazing Bartender Israel make the best Margaritas!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Stand out new spot. Classy with a nice casual feel. Freshest sushi I have ever had personally. Very pleased with the overall experience from ambience to service and quality of food/drinks. A must check out new guy in town!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Loved it. It has a cool atmosphere. The server was great. The food was great. Definitely a new spot on my list.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We love the food and the ambiance. Best food in Old City

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Good quality fish and good service. But the nigiri is rather over priced.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Tuna Bar is a great new find in an interesting little spot in town. It's got a very chic, upscale feel. Very modern layout with lots of natural light. Excellent service.

As far as the food goes, the menu is large with lots of different choices. The kampachi ceviche was on par with some of the best we've ever had, though it was a bit pricy for the portion sizing. The lobster fried rice dish could be a meal in and of itself and was probably our overall favorite. There is a large selection of creative specialty rolls. The Fishtown roll was our favorite, with shrimp tempura, salmon, yellowtail, and jalapeno. There is also a great bar menu as well. Great for dates, though I don't believe the layout would be conducive to having a very large groups.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Sushi was fresh and delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

We went here for my husband’s birthday, and sat at the bar. The bartender was fantastic, as were the food and drinks! I love the amount of natural light and modern aesthetic of the place. My only complaint would be that the crudo was overpriced for the amount we revived, but the rest was delicious and well proportioned! I will definitely be going back.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

First of all they sat us by the window and then they turned the fan on. The waiter Up sold this "amazing" toro tuna avocado tartar so we got it and then 25 minutes pass.. nothing. They brought us the sushi we ordered before our appetizers. The sushi was average, overpriced and nothing special and they didn't serve the sushi with wasabi or ginger... we had to wait 10 minutes to ask for wasabi. Insane. They then brought us the toro app after our entree and it was horrible. The toro was falling apart and did not taste like an expensive piece of fish should. The waiter had to come back without us even asking and said I'm so sorry the toro was not up to our standards we're taking it off the bill. We then ordered another roll to supplement which was fine. Overall a $108 meal for 2 worth $60. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Tuna Bar is Old City's newest gem. The food is fantastic, I haven't had one dish that wasn't incredibly fresh and delicious. The ambiance is perfect for a date or dinner with friends on a Friday or Saturday night.

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