Tuna Bar

4.6
156 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
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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 156 People Are Saying
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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Lobster Fried Rice was superb

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S
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
13 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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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
7 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
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely place. Beautifully presented food. OK quality.

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RH
Philadelphia
4 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
68 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
32 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
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great sushi bar and restaurant. Loved the food!

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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
113 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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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. The cocktails were delicious too! Highly recommend the wentz roll and the rittenhouse roll.

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CG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuna bar is one of my favorite places to eat. My husband and I usually dine there once every two weeks! The Old City roll is our fave!

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MP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

SO DELICIOUS!!!!! CANNOT wait to go back again!!! We got tuna tartare and a bunch of rolls that were phenomenal. Staff wasn't the nicest.

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LE
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came here with my mom, it was my first time at this restaurant and the food and ambiance were great! The rock shrimp, udon noodles, and special rolls were delicious. Can't wait to go back!

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DF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good restaurant

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

The absolute best sushi in the city. Beautiful presentation and delicious fresh fish. Love all of the specialty rolls namely Rittenhouse, J&J and Fishtown. So good!!!! Our 13 year old son dreams about the sushi and sashimi.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is sometimes spotty, but we had a great waiter.

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e
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved everything! The tuna crude was especially good and we loved the variety of rolls with different wraps of soy or cucumber

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DF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very positive as usual

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L
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor, great food, excellent service. Will return!

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was not great; food delicious; lots of road traffic noise. Outside seating uncomfortable.

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Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here twice. Once on a date night with the hubby and once for lunch with the fam. Both times excellent food and service. Would definitely return.

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f
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative rolls and excellent quality sushi/sashimi. Love the Broad Street roll, no rice option, scrumptious. Great space and good vibe spot. Great addition to Old City.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

food was exquisite. Easily the best sushi I’ve ever had.
Cocktails were incredible. Innovative and well crafted.
Took a while to be greeted, had to ask for water refills. Other than that, service was fine. It was way too noisy for a higher end restaurant.
Will absolutely be back because the food is next level.

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c
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was great! Nice ambiance. Boozy cocktails. Recommended!

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

Food was great as always however we had a first time server who barely spoke English. Very frustrating and hard to communicate

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service

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s
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice spot, good food. Service was a bit rocky - 3 of 5 drafts on the menu not available, food brought out then snatched back because they forgot a few toppings, tiny loose nail from the sushi container sticking out into our food.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best sushi in Philadelphia

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