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about nama sushi bar

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.

The original Nama Sushi Bar opened July of 2004 in the heart of Downtown Knoxville's 100 block of Gay Street. In 2011 the downtown restaurant doubled in size and transitioned into a modern and sophisticated atmosphere, by moving from its original spot to its new location at 506 S. Gay Street. Our popularity led to our second and ever popular location in Bearden in 2008.

In 2014, Nama opened their third location in Nashville. For those of you who are familiar and/or for those of you visiting this popular city…you may now join us for lunch or dinner at the corner of Elliston Place and 23rd Avenue North in Nashville near Vanderbilt University. Due to the success of the first Nashville location, the Nama Management team has opened a second location south of Nashville in Brentwood.

And now we've expanded in Knoxville to the Cedar Bluff area with our fifth venue, located at 260 N. Peters Road -- open now for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Check out the news links listed below for more information. Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to serving you the best Nama Experience.

- Nama Management

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Nama Sushi Bar opened Cedar Bluff location on Tuesday

Nama Sushi Bar opened its new location at 260 N. Peters Road at Cedar Bluff Road on Tuesday, replacing Puleo's Grille, which previously operated there.

"Today is the first official day of opening and the lunch crowd has been outstanding," R. Gale Huneycutt Jr., president and CEO of Nama LLC, said via an email Tuesday. "The guests are very excited that we are finally open and so far we have had stellar feedback on the food, service and atmosphere."


West Knoxville to get Nama Sushi Bar at former Puleo's Grille location on Peters Road

R. Gale Huneycutt Jr., president and CEO of Nama LLC, has announced that the Asian-themed restaurant Nama Sushi Bar will be coming to North Peters Road in the former location of Puleo's Grille.

In a news release Huneycutt stated that he had looked at a number of locations in West Knoxville in which to create a Nama and found that "rebranding the highly visible corner location at one of the busiest intersections in Knoxville" was the best option.

This is the third Nama location in Knoxville. The original Nama opened at 506 S. Gay St. in 2004. The Bearden location is at 5130 Kingston Pike at Homberg Place. The restaurant has also expanded into Brentwood and Nashville.


Dine Out for Education fundraiser has Nama on board for today's event

Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Knoxville, Nama Sushi Bar is the perfect place to start your night on the town. The menu has a cornucopia of options to choose from whether you're looking for hot and delicious Asian entrees, cooked sushi rolls, or delectable sashimi. Start your palette journey off with some Warm Sea-Salted Edamame. Continue to the next course with the Ex-Girlfriend Roll: seaweed and rice wrapped around snow crab, panko shrimp, cream cheese, cucumber topped with eel, avocado, spicy scallops and fantasy sauce. But if you're on your first date it might be better to order the Maui Wowie: seaweed and rice wrapped around crunchy shrimp, avocado, spicy aioli topped with yellowtail, avocado and pineapple salsa. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth by delving into Nama Truffles: chocolate truffles with raspberry sauce, golden pineapple, kiwi, mango, fried gyoza and pocky sticks.


Nama Wins

Best of the Best Sushi From CityView Magazine


Nama Wins Best Sushi in Brentwood Lifestyle's Best of Awards

This small Knoxville-based chain made its debut in Brentwood earlier this year and sushi lovers have continued to flock to the modern venue with fresh and imaginative fare. Portions are sizable and prices are reasonable, a welcome surprise from a restaurant that fits right in with its upscale neighbors.


UberEats launches in Knoxville

Starting Oct. 18, UberEATS will deliver food from 40 Knoxville restaurants including Nama Sushi, Yassin's Falafel House, Shuck Raw Bar, Cru Bistro and Wine Bar, Puleos Grille, Oliver Royale, and Trio Cafe.

The UberEATS app is free to download. Starting Wednesday, Knoxville residents can open the UberEATS app, order food from a great restaurant, and have it delivered.