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Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville

4.6
4.6
351 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi

Nama is the premier sushi location and has been consistently voted number one for sushi in the Knoxville area. Whether you are looking to test the waters with your first sushi experience as many have since our opening, looking for a romantic dinner on date night, or headed out for a night with friends or family, Nama is the perfect place for you.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Mon - Sat 11AM - 3PM Dinner: 3PM - Close Sunday: Noon - Close

  • Phone number

    (865) 633-8539

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 351 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Good for Groups

  • East Tennessee

    Hot Spot

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JB

    JanetB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Food not seasoned enough..portions are large though. Overpriced underwhelming drinks

  2. MV

    MichelleV

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    An excellent choice for amazing sushi and service. Friendly atmosphere and great staff. Thank you. . .I'll be back!!

  3. C

    Canadianlady

    E. Tennessee

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Sushi was really good. Got in and out quickly to go to the theater.

  4. m

    margareto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The sushi here was very good - absolutely no complaints. The only issue we had was the service, which like most places these days is lacking. Our initial order for taken timely but when we decided to order another saki and sushi roll, it took forever (at least 30 minutes) to make it to our table and then the waiter forgot a side dish of candied bay shrimp (really good by the way). The restaurant was not that busy on a Tuesday night - probably only half full by the time we ordered our 2nd roll so there was no excuse for the poor service. I would try this place again when I am back in Knoxville just for the excellent sushi and to give the wait staff another chance.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Manager was very gracious. They were obviously short staffed but she took our order and was our server for the entire meal. Class act.

  6. y

    yogijen

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Surprisingly good sushi bar right in the heart of downtown. Delicious rich bowls and pot stickers. We had a complicated order and it was no problem at all! Can't wait to dine at Nama again.

  7. R

    Richard

    Los Angeles

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The Sushi as god with generous portions and the staff was really helpful.

  8. RN

    RobNMonika

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful sushi, very fresh and flavorful! I had the ex girlfriend and the rainbow roll. The service was excellent and the wait time was minimal. Def our spot to have Sushi when in Knoxville!!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4

    We made a 5:45 reservation and they gave our table (a specially requested booth) to someone else. We then waited another 15 minutes for our table and approximately another 15 minutes after that to get our drink order in. The manager offered to comp an appetizer for the reservation mix up. We then waited another 15 minutes to get our drinks. The drinks were sub par and then all of the food came out together. Appetizers and main course. When the bill came they had charged us for both appetizers. So we were once again inconvenienced by having to request the correction on our bill. I had requested soda water to try to make my cocktail drinkable and it didn’t come until we were getting up to leave and after the bill had been paid. My husband had the oyster appetizer and stopped at one. I absolutely love Nama and if you asked me my favorite restaurant in Knoxville, Nama is always at the top. I am truly disappointed and saddened that this is the new normal.

  10. LV

    LoganV

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food great wait staff and variety of options. Chef's special was one of the best sushi dishes I've ever had.

  11. NF

    NancyF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good but not great, we’re spoiled by the restaurant Sakura in Indianapolis where we live so our standards are off the char.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food

  13. M

    Mark

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Sushi was okay and probably the best I've had in Tennessee, but still just okay. The sushi wasn't rolled tight enough and when it was dipped in sauce it easily fell apart. My wife and I sat at a booth which had obviously been heavily used and needed to be repaired. The vinyl seat was torn and no longer provided much comfort in the padding. All-in-all, the bang for the buck just wasn't there. Not really sure if we would go back.

  14. DS

    DawnS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was wonderful and the food and drinks were top notch! We eat there every time we’re in downtown Knoxville!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and atmosphere. Close proximity to everything we love to do downtown.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Below average sushi, rice fell apart when picking up nigiri. Wasabi was dried out, fish was so so. Been to 50+ different sushi restaurants and this one in bottom couple.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    I always love Nama’s food. And going on a Wednesday with the extended Happy Hour is awesome. Service was great. Only thing negative is the bathroom cleanliness was lacking, and the booths are getting worn down and less comfortable.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    I’m sad to make this post as we have been to this location along with their others numerous times and loved it each time we went. We had reservations and were seated immediately. We sat at our table for a while and no one came to take our order. There was a table that was seated way after us and they already had their order taken. I asked the server if she knew who our waitress was. Couple minutes later a young girl came to our table to take our drink and food order. She comes back saying we are out of the beer. Fine, we will order another one. Our meal came out and my husbands order was wrong. Someone different fixed it for us. At this point we still don’t have our beer. It’s been sitting on the bar and our waitress is no where to be found. Never came back to see if we needed anything. I understand there are staffing problems everywhere and we are always patient with that but she did not want to be there and it was very obvious. I also was watching her to see if she had a lot of tables. She only had ours and one more. There are too many other choices of places to eat in Market Square to feel like we were a bother to place an order.

  19. E

    Eman

    New York Area

    227 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    227 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Nama manager is my new hero. Someone pretended to be us and took our reservation and table as the restaurant was fully booked and had a wait for tables. When this was discovered, the hostess let the manager know who moved the frauds out of our booth. Thank you. The USA needs to hire the Nama manager to deal with North Korea and Putin! The food and service is always excellent and we always try to go on our trips to Knoxville. Cocktails are also worthy and parking is so easy at the garage behind the restaurant.

  20. a

    abentley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and excellent service all around! The Soy Joy roll was delightful and the crab nigiri hit the spot. Will absolutely be returning in the future.

  21. s

    suga865

    E. Tennessee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Server, Edward, was outstanding and the sushi was too!

  22. MN

    ManganNY

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    When in doubt, Go to Nama! Nama always on the rescue

  23. KC

    KathrynC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the roll platter with chef choice on the rolls. Was amazing.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Meh! Was not impressed - waitress was either new, had too many tables or not interested. Sushi was average at best…. Will not be back.

  25. JL

    JudeLynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious/ my favorite sushi spot in Knoxville; little pricey but the quality is really good. Try the crab Asiago dip for an appetizer!

  26. TJ

    TonyJ

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Great food And great service. Grabbed a bite to eat before seeing a show at the Tennessee Theater

  27. PT

    ParkT

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server, Phillip, was amazing! The food and drinks were excellent as usual! Thanks!!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this restaurant w we come to town for Tennessee games

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to Nama on a Sunday evening when the crowds had died down from a big football weekend. We opted for chefs choice rolls and they were phenomenal. Our server was attentive and offered up excellent recommendations! Highly recommend!!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food. They seated us very quickly and the service was excellent. They have increased their beer selection and the draft beer was very cold. All around an excellent experience.

  31. RR

    RandyR

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Sushi rolls were uneventful and quite frankly forgettable. Ert few salmon choices and only a couple of tuna. Almost all fell apart when dipped.

  32. EM

    EmilyM24

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is great, the best sushi restaurant in Knoxville for sure! Staff was great and has helpful recommendations!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed everything and it was delicious. We will recommend to anyone and be back

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    My favorite sushi place as they have very interesting rolls. Food always tastes fresh. Ate outside on the street which was fun if you’re into being in the downtown mix.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great food and service. Although service was so quick I was in an out in 45 mins for a 2 course meal. Possibly a little rushed, although as I was dining alone (away on business) I was quite grateful for that!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    When we walked in, they acted like we didn’t make a reservation, and we sat there for almost 10 minutes without a waiter coming to see us. And it was dead, so they didn’t have customers as an excuse.

  37. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Always love going to Nama! It’s a go to for date night :)

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were very good

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience.

  40. S

    Samish

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Small portions and high prices. The food is good but not worth it.

FAQs

Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 633-8539.

Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville is rated 4.6 stars by 351 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Nama Sushi Bar- Knoxville

506 S. Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Mon - Sat 11AM - 3PM Dinner: 3PM - Close Sunday: Noon - Close

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wine

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