Permanently Closed - RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Tempe

4.4
88 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Combine the RA’ckin vibe a Japanese-inspired menu & it’s easy to see why the RA Sushi is a favorite for locals and tourists. Located on Mill Ave, the heart of Downtown Tempe, RA offers foodies and night owls an unbeatable mix of great dining and creative cocktails in a fun atmosphere. Join us for a casual lunch in the afternoons, a night out in the evenings or a RA'ckin Happy Hour offered twice a day Monday through Saturday and in the evening on Sundays.

Guests can dine al fresco on the our patio, take a table in our dining room, sit with our sushi chefs at the sushi bar or sip and socialize casually in our bar area.

Whatever you choose, it’s all served with a big side of anything can happen. So bring your friends or make new ones; you’re in for a great time in the RA.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Food & Bar
Sun-Thurs, 11am-Midnight
Fri-Sat, 11am-1am

Lunch
Served Until 3pm

Happy Hour
Mon-Sat, 3pm-7pm
Mon-Sat, 10pm-Close
Sun, 3pm - Close
Brunch

Sun, 11am-3pm
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Phone number
(480) 303-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tai Obata
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Catering
We offer catering both on and off-site which includes party platters, sushi chefs, and even a portable sushi case if requested. Please call the store and speak with a manager for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mill Ave. & 5th St.
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Entertainment
Get Hooked Up! Want to score a $20 RA gift certificate every year during the month of your Half Birthday? Sign up for our preferred customer email program, The Hook Up. In addition to the sweet gift certificate, you'll be the first to hear about food and drink specials, parties, events and all other happenings in the RA. Go to our website to Get Hooked Up.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for some colleagues’ work anniversaries. Great happy hour menu and the service was excellent. Free dessert from the waiter to celebrate was a big plus. Food, as always, was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sushi good. Server nice and helpful but some confusion in kitchen had two incorrect dishes being served. Corrected reasonably quickly.

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JL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a group of 10 for a birthday. We’re on the back patio with heaters and the fireplace and it was enjoyable! The Food was excellent as usual and the service from Cary and the team was great! RA always delivers a good time.

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RS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid food and service. So many options.

Our only issue was that we booked our table for 6 and it wasn’t ready till 6:20 which made us late for the game we were attending

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LC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and quality food.

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CB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

We come here a lot because they have a great happy hour, and the food is decent. Most of the rolls are crab/mayo based which I’m not a fan of so I usually get the chili or garlic ponzu yellowtail and the “chips and salsa” the HH sake bombs are great and the ambiance is young and fun. You do not come here for good service, as long as you remember that you’re fine. They are really unorganized and forget stuff all the time. Not good for a date, but for a group of friends who are laid back..great.

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Service was very slow and our table was next to the door where they wheeled out three huge metal garbage cans during our meal. Gross.

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LT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Ra has been around a long time and is overdue for an aesthetic update. The food was fine and the service was good, although they were down a sushi chef when we were there, so the food came out slow.

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NG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely enjoyed my time here. Everything was fresh and delicious. Service was amazing

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RM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was working a very large table that came in after us, but still made sure we always had what we needed and apologized that drinks might be a little slow because of the large table. He really made sure to let us know we were still a priority even with the large table! He was awesome!

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AG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi options, great service and great atmosphere!

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Y
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was amazing! All the sushi choices that we had were amazing and the service was great. They had a great variety for all kinds of sushi lovers. It was our friends birthday and they did a great job of taking care of us!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

What can I say we waited about 20 minutes just to get something to drink then we waited another 20 minutes just to get a menu then we waited like about 40 minutes just to get our food it was a horrible wait they could have at least given us something to munch on while we were waiting for our food I would not recommend this restaurant

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D
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went there for a birthday dinner. Was bummed they don’t sing happy birthday! It was very loud in the restaurant, the waitress was super busy. The food was good but it was warm, not hot, when it came to the table. Over all, it was good, but not super impressed.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good, but it took about 30 min before we got any service, and they forgot one of the dishes I ordered.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the sushi, great variety.

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SG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The place was extremely loud. I will not be going back.

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H
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is creative and aesthetic. I’m very particular about Japanese food and I have had some of the best. I would say this is a good choice overall.

The service and staff are exceptionally warm and attentive. It was a good experience.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for happy hour thinking I wouldn't spend much. Ended up spending $55 for 3 sushi rolls pineapple wontons And 3 corona. Not cool at all

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was very good but our waitress was not. I think she was having a bad night because it showed. She didn't smile or say hello, she slammed our water glasses on the table, brought my boyfriend a beer then later asked if he wanted a glass. She didn't come around that often to see if we needed anything. There is more.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Walked in and they sat us down immediately. Our server was wonderful. Very patient with my date, ready to answer all questions, since it was their first time enjoying sushi, the staff, the food and atmosphere completely made her first experience wonderful! Thank you.

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A
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They didn't have our table ready and instead offered us the bar. Amateur hour.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It would have been nice to be informed that all streets and ways to your venue, was closed. It was a nightmare to reach!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed RA. Sushi, Dynamite and appetizers were all delicious. Service was excellent and waiter was super friendly and attentive.

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E
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! The sushi was fresh and the Japanese Mule was delicious.

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C
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not my favorite place. Of course we were in a college town, but this place was so loud I couldn't even think. It was a birthday dinner for my friend. When I made the reservations I specifically told them and also requested a table. Did not get a table. Waitress was horrible. Food was ok . Kind of pricey even for a happy hour price.

There are other RA locations that are not as noisy and the service is better. Not sure I will be going back to this place.

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CA
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great. The mule pitcher was good. The crispy tuna was amazing. But the udon noodles w chicken was ok. It was way too spicy. And mostly bell peppers. Chicken didn't seem fresh either. And could have used more noodles

The one on mill is very college heavy so it was quite loud w a younger crowd. But overall ok.

Didn't try the sushi this time

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Service

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BP
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Friendly service, sushi was good, prices reasonable at happy hour. We were seated near bathroom with somewhat bad odor. A bit dark inside. I'll go back due to convenient location, but try outside next time

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly and on top of everything start to finish. The food was tasty and fresh, and the bill didn't sting

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SS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

- Waiter was attentive and was actually good
- Food was so, so
- Hostess not very friendly, then actually speed walked to the table outside where there was an outdoor bar with smoking but not mentioned by the hostess when giving option for outside or sushi bar
- off duty employee or manager sitting at bar where employees kept coming outside to chat, complain about other employees and where about 30 F Bombay are dropped all within earshot of the customer tables
- one waitress came out numerous times to chat and touched her hair so many times I thought for sure she'd visibly wash her hands so the customers could see that she wouldn't go back in to serve food but then she brought out a tray of sushi to a bar patron a few minutes later

Been to multiple RA locations and this was by far the worst. Sitting outside is basically like sitting in the employees break room. Awful experience and management should be embarrassed.

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AA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect as always . Service was great, food was great.

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P
Phoenix
59 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When we have access to good sushi we have to go for it! Had been to several other Ra sites. Rolls are always good, consistent and service is always good too. No disappointments here. Was glad we made early reservations as Mill Street on St Patrick's Day even early was busy. Enjoyed dinner , but ate without dawdling and left!

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SR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They are trying, and to be fair, its a college town with college kids, but food, service and ambiance were all sub par

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I have been taking my students to RA for the field trip for many years, but this would be the last time. The worst pert was the service. The server (Allie) was not friendly, was busy picking up dishes (as if she is waiting for us to leave quickly), but not filling our water or drinks. The food was horrible... old salad was even warm. Iced green tea was warm, no flavor...almost like warm water... no color.

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p
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid choice for sushi in Tempe. The happy hour is a pretty good bargain ($3 hot sake and more), especially on Sunday's when it is from 3-Close.

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Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious!! Always very good!

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is DIRTY and it smells, it's just gross and that is not a good sign for sushi, raw fish in filth not ok! The service was horrid also! I will NEVER go back! If you read this review don't go!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The sauce for the beef was entirely too salty! Specialty drinks are excellent, though. Overall good evening.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was great and our server was nice. The only thing I did not like, was that I had a group of 7-10 people and they wouldn't seat us right away unless we had 70% of our party at time of reservation. The rest of our party showed up later. But we had to wait around for 15 minutes to be seated for that reason. They finally sat us down. However, I think if 50% of your party shows up, you should be seated right away. Parking and walking is not easy on Mill Avenue.

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