Tuna Bar

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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.
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality of food. Amazing waitstaff. Just an overall wonderful experience.

VH
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went early and were pleasantly surprised that they had happy hour. The food was delicious, the drinks were great (and reasonably priced). At 5:45pm the place was nearly empty; by 6:15pm it was full and lively.
We will definitely return!

NL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is excellent. Incredibly fresh. Fun mix of flavors very well balanced. Interesting wines that
Work very well with the food. I do think the wine prices are marked up is a bit too high. The vibe is upbeat and fun. We have had many very good dining experiences at Tuna Bar.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service great! Small portions though. Plus it was so loud in there my husband and I couldn’t enjoy our conversation.

O
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love Tuna Bar! I didn’t use to like raw fish too much but they have the tastiest and freshest fish around. On top of loving the food (and cocktails), the restaurant has a super cool vibe, and it’s in a location where we can always find street parking close by.

OA
Atlantic City
180 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed the wagu spring rolls, sashimi, sushi, and a couple custom rolls. Everything was outstanding. The best sushi we’ve ever had in Philly or NYC. Henry our server was very attentive and sincere. The manager and even the owner stopped by our table.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a home run here!

N
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious and the service was outstanding! i will definitely be back!

RH
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and the nicest people. We have been to Tuna Bar many times and this is by far our favorite restaurant in Philly. And they have a great happy hour too. If you like sushi you must try this place. Big shout out to Ken, Jack and Tamin and the entire staff

E
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently go to Tuna Bar and it never disappoints! Special occasion or just because, make your reservation here!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was NYE. We felt rushed. 3 courses came out at once.
Food was being taken off our table when we weren’t even finished with it. Food was good but 7 courses within 40 mins is kind of insane/

AP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

It was New Year’s Eve so I am willing to cut them some slack. It was our first time here. The food was excellent. The service was pretty bad. I like to be greeted when I enter a restaurant. Not left standing awkwardly in a cold doorway waiting for someone to notice me. We were a party of two with a reservation and seated at a very tiny table next to the sushi bar. There was a lot of wait staff traffic passing by our table which may explain why the second the last piece of food was removed from a dish, the dish was gone. It wade the service feel very rushed (again, New Year’s Eve, I get it to a certain extent but the overall vibe was “hurry up and leave”). We did the $65 per person tasting menu and the food was very delicious. Problem was, after paying the $150 bill, we walked 2 blocks home and made ourselves something else to eat because we were still hungry. I weigh 130 lbs and am usually stuffed after just eating a sandwich, so not a linebacker writing this. I will give this place another shot since it is in the neighbors and the food was good. If that service is the norm on a normal night, it will be my last visit.

PG
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

First, let me start off by saying that the service was impeccable. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and attentive without being overbearing. However, we were very very disappointed with the menu. We made our reservation for New Year's Eve back on October 31st and at no time between then and the moment we entered the restaurant did anyone tell us that they were only offering a prix fixe menu. We loved Tuna Bar for their sushi, sashimi and rolls and unfortunately we were only offered 3 rolls to choose from (we could only select 2) and 4 pieces of sushi and 4 pieces of sashimi. Very disappointing especially considering that it was $95 a person. I really feel like diners should have been notified in advance.

R
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Didn’t know what to expect, and was very pleased with the experience m. The drinks were delicious and the rolls were delightful. Will definitely be back for dinner next time!

K
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An impressive first visit. Great atmosphere, excellent food (and a very good menu). Will definitely come back.

Tuna Bar
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience, we hope to see you again soon. - Tuna Bar Management

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fabulous
Ken the owner and visionary is very creative and serves impeccably fresh fish
We hope to get back soon

B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi!

Y
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner, very very fresh fish. Service was great, attentive. Saki was delicious. Sushi rolls, sashimi, seaweed salad, ginger salad, miso soup, wagyu rolls were some of the best. Would definitely recommend.

AG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna Bar is an all around incredible experience. Sushi is top notch, service is friendly and timely, and the space is beautiful. I can't wait to come back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was incredible. Exceeded our high expectations. The service was fantastic and the owner engaged and indulged us several times during the night. I can’t wait to go back.

RH
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna Bar is our favorite sushi restaurant. Incredible fresh sushi and an amazing staff . See you guys soon for the 2 years anniversary 👍🏻🍾🍣

B
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Nothing was not good. Will return soon.

RN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous appetizers, oysters, and sushi! Our waitress was lovely as well. We'll definitely be back =)

ST
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, super fresh food. Drinks were fabulous and refreshing.
Server was friendly and super helpful, very attentive.
Great experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The waiter brought my bill and I had to go tell someone that I think he forgot the “surprise birthday cake” which inevitably ruined the surprise...

KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Too expensive for an everyday meal and not nice enough for a special occasion. The happy hour menu was reasonable, although not enough to make a meal of. The Omakase was $65 for 16 pieces, and no other options for a selection of sushi or sashimi. Everything was a la carte. You could run up a 3-figure tab in a hurry.

PM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi!

r
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good sushi, not amazing but the best sushi in town outside of the super fancy sushi

KP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality! Great atmosphere! Definitely recommend Tuna Bar to my friends!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

rolls, sashimi—particularly both the uni and quail egg over tobiko—and wines are top-notch...all paired very well with the celebration of my girlfriend’s new job!

SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Everything was delish except the peppered tuna. That was meh. Also so all portions at big prices. But pretty worth it.

B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service was excellent! Definitely a restaurant that targets eating sushi and sashimi. They have a few noodle and soup dishes, but the focus is a sushi bar. I highly recommend getting sake. They have a nice menu and you can try any of them if you can't decide.

CL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

While the ambience is nice, the food was unimpressive and overpriced.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing, extremely fresh and well put together. The staff and chef were extremely accommodating to us. Dina was our waitress and it was the best service we had in a long time! Give this girl a promotion! ;) the atmosphere was elegant and romantic. Can’t wait to come back again 🖤

FA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here a few times, always great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bill and I enjoyed our meal at Tuna Bar. The food was delicious and plentiful. Our server, Sam, helped us make our selections- the fabulous Brussels sprouts, lobster fried rice and a couple of specialty rolls. Sam was attentive and added to the ambiance of this very upscale urban venue.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truely the best Sushi in Philadlephia. The experience and food is worth it all.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I’ve been coming here since it opened, but my last 3 visits did not go so well. The service here has really gotten bad. I love the food, but if you’re frustrated by food not coming, then coming all at once, then you can’t find the waiter because you need basics (like soy sauce) or another round, then you might want to pass.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!