About RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Tempe

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.

411 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

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, 8pm - Close

Brunch
Sun, 11am-3pm

Cross Street:
Mill Ave. & 5th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 303-9800

Website:
http://www.rasushi.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Tai Obata

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Tempe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.0

service

3.6

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3.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

67% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for a Date (2)
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Good for Anniversaries (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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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·Dined on September 13, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great food and Service

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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)·Dined on April 26, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 15, 2017

- 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 17, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on February 23, 2017

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)·Dined on February 21, 2017

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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Delicious!! Always very good!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve dinner

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The food was OK. We tried the Thai chicken to start and was undercooked. However, the sushi was decent. We didn't care too much for the "signature" dish, RAckin Roll. Very messy and too much for chop sticks.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Excellent all around! Great food and service. Definitely a return visit place for dinner!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 25, 2016

First time in town and was open for the holiday. The food was good and the prices are as well. Good value for the money.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Spicy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2016

The sushi tastes very fresh.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Service was terrible. I don't know if they were just really behind, but we waiting almost 45 minutes for our food. We ordered another roll and it took almost the same amount of time. We saw our waitress all of three times. We looked around at all the other waiters and waitresses consistently heckling up on their tables, we couldn't figure out who our waitress was as attentive. The only reason we will be back is because of the food.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 10, 2016

We arrived at a very slow time of day (@3:30). Everyone was very pleasant and accommodating. We sat at the sushi bar and had a wonderful chef. My husband and I each picked a thing from the menu, but then asked the sushi chef what he would recommend. He was very personable and knowledgeable. We went with his recommendations and were not disappointed. Everything was fresh and well prepared. We will definitely be back. :)

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Delicious sushi, amazing seasonal offerings and cocktails!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2016

If you're young college kid...you will love this place. Not a place you would bring your family, or a date night for couples who want a night away from kids/teenagers. Good food and great variety.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Nice lunch with grandson who loves sushi. I a learning to like it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 27, 2016

The sushi chefs were the most unfriendly people ever. I felt as though I was a burden to them. Anytime I asked about a sushi item I got the biggest eye roll such a turn off, I'll never go back there again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Mediocre sushi, a place for the large crowds, but not a place I would always go back to, unless I could not find any other sushi place. Young servers, so don't expect superb services. You'll get the basic service. They just want to get your order, run to the back, and check the iPhones....literally that's what happened with my server

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 27, 2016

Our waiter was very nice and professional.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 20, 2016

Always come here for sushi when my friends and I are in town. But we doubt coming again. The place had a terrible armpit smell which we tolerated because we like the sushi here. But our waitress was what ruined our experience. She would rush us, after asking her a question what kind of sushi was this she would look at us like if we were dumb. Not sure if she was having a bad day but it sure ruined our night. Not planning on coming here again

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 18, 2016

Our experience at ra was hyped bu many people. The food was ok but not for tje price. The severoce was also ok. However the manager did a get deal to try to save the night. Overall i wouldn't come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Only go if you have no idea what Japaness food shall taste

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 22, 2016

The service is amazing! The food is fantastic the environment is wonderful & inviting a touch loud but not obnoxious. Surprising due to it being in the heart of a college town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 21, 2016

Food is decent, but nothing special. Service needs work..

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