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NAMA Sushi Bar

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506 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1501
+1 865-633-8539
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon 11:00 - 12:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu 11:00 - 12:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I never miss going to Nama when I'm up in Knoxville. Great food, atmosphere and service. The Tn Mule is pretty tasty too!

Thank Lily M
Knoxville, TN
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a very busy Thursday night, which we heard was half price on a certain menu and just happened to luck up on the front patio. The weather was perfect and they were busy enough that everything took a bit longer so it was the perfect date night. We had great rolls, Royale, plus a mystery Chefs Choice, they... More 

Thank carmen52794
Knoxville, Tennessee
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Nama has long been known as Knoxville's best sushi restaurant. My son and I love going there and sitting at the sushi bar. That way we get to watch the creations being made. The chefs are friendly and never offended by questions or comments while they work. The final product at Nama is always delicious and makes you want to... More 

Thank DwightPrice
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

First, the good news: * We were seated right away without a reservation, however the place filled up fast. Recommend calling ahead! * Parking downtown is free in some garages after 6pm. On a nice night it's great to walk through the city, hear street performers, musicians, and observe artists. Bring cash to support the street folks. * Back to... More 

Thank ec0adventurer
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

I haven't had really good sushi in awhile, so I followed the recommendations of some locals and gave Nama a try. I was not disappointed! Enjoyed a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc and 3 rolls. What? I was hungry! The Scallop Fantasy Roll was delightful. All of the fish was delicious and each roll was skillfully crafted. Did I drop... More 

Thank David H
Lori S, Guest Relations Manager at NAMA Sushi Bar, responded to this review

Come back to see us soon, David! Thank you so much for your review! More 

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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We have been going to NAMA for the last 10 years. It is always fresh. It is always consistent. It is always delicious. They have very creative sushi combinations that will please most anyone. They also have a very extensive sake and mixed drink menu.

Thank seslie
Lori S, Guest Relations Manager at NAMA Sushi Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! More 

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92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We ate at the Nama Sushi on Kingston Pike. It's fairly small, so make a reservation. Note: You have to make a reservation before 4pm if you do it on the same day. The sushi was good quality. I liked the Dragon Roll and Ex-Girlfriend Roll. I didn't care as much for the Spider because it was loosely rolled and... More 

Thank Rob H
Lori S, Guest Relations Manager at NAMA Sushi Bar, responded to this review

Please do come back and take advantage of our wide assortment, Rob. Fish tacos are always a good choice! Thank you for your comments and feedback as we take our guests' impressions very seriously. More 

Abbotsford, Canada
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I ate at the bar on a quiet weeknight: staff wax friendly, made great food recommendations :) The dessert truffle consisted of 2 scoops of ganache with some really nice fruit, sauces, a crisp bit of ? (carb wrapper for wonton?), and 2 Pocky sticks. I don't know what kind of sushi roll I had, because it was an altered... More 

Thank Susan T
Lori S, Guest Relations Manager at NAMA Sushi Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much, Susan. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Love that this place opened downtown, but the parking can be irritating. If you have any health issues, you have to walk up from the parking behind the building...even healthy, it can make you breathless. (Something has happened to the parking garage we usually park at near Market Square.). The interior is lovely, but it can be crowded. The sushi... More 

Thank Maclebon M
Lori S, Guest Relations Manager at NAMA Sushi Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and advice regarding reserved seats (always a good idea at this location). Parking can definitely be tricky but if you're willing to walk a block or so, there are some paid lots available and the city is always trying to improve parking for those who enjoy our downtown district. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Its as good as everyone said it would be. Call and ask for daily specials. We ate for half price. Wonderful.

Thank dave h
Lori S, Guest Relations Manager at NAMA Sushi Bar, responded to this review

That's right. Mondays & Thursdays are half price sushi nights (4p-close) and on Taco Tuesdays we have $5 fish tacos ALL DAY! We look forward to seeing you again next time! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 506 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1501
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-633-8539

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?