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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 sixth 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.

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Nama Sushi Bar opened Cedar Bluff location on Tuesday

September 19, 2018

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."

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

May 6, 2018

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.

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

April 10, 2018

Dine Out for Education, an annual fundraiser for Knox County Schools, is being held today, April 10, during breakfast, lunch and dinner. More than 30 local restaurants are participating in the event by donating 10 percent of the day's proceeds to the Partners in Education program.

Partners in Education helps students and teachers through mobile screening vans, research tools for school libraries and more.

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Nama named in top three sushi spots in town by CityView Magazine

January 2018

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.

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

October 28, 2017

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.

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UberEats launches in Knoxville

October 18, 2017

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.

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Grub Scout: 5 great sushi bars in the Knoxville area

October 2, 2017

I first visited Nama more than 10 years ago, not long after it made its debut at its Gay Street location. I’ve been many times since, but this is definitely one place that deserves its frequent Best Sushi honors in various readers’ polls in local publications. Read More


Toast of Music City 2017: Food and drink winners

September 22, 2017

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Nama in Brentwood is Nashville blogger's favorite date night destination

July 15, 2017

One word – PHENOMENAL! Nama is our favorite ” date night sushi restaurant in the Nashville/ Brentwood, TN area. Chris and I try to have a ” date night once a week, whether it’s having a fun dinner out on the town or watching a movie and spending some cozy QT together on the couch. I think keeping your relationship at the top of your priority list is key to a successful partnership. Now onto our experience at Nama! From the moment we walked in the hostess gave us a warm welcome and seated us at a comfy booth by the patio window. Johnny, the manager, was very courteous and came over a few times to check in on us and make sure we were enjoying our experience. The service is always top notch and the sushi is fresh and delicious. You can taste the quality. Read More


New Fish in Town: Nama Sushi Bar Opens at Hill Center

January 11, 2017

Nama got its start in Knoxville, where there are currently two locations of the restaurant. In 2014, a Nama opened up in Nashville on Elliston Place. When that restaurant proved to be a success, Director of Operations Anthony Fowler said he began looking for other areas near the city where Nama could move.

“We were looking to expand the concept and we felt that Brentwood was a great location for us,” Fowler said.

There are multiple reasons Fowler felt this way. For one, he said Brentwood was a town that had a clear interest in cuisine.

Location also had a lot to do with it. Fowler sensed a demand for a Nama outside the city.

“Within six months, we were getting, ‘You guys should come to Franklin, Brentwood or somewhere south of Nashville,’” he said.

Fowler said Brentwood is an ideal location for people who want to go to a nice sushi restaurant, but don’t want to have to drive all the way into Nashville.

Yeah! Burger, Nama Sushi to join Hill Center Brentwood

November 23, 2015

The first Nashville-area locations of Atlanta-based burger concept Yeah! Burger and casual Mexican restaurant Uncle Julio's and the second Nama Sushi Bar will be among the new dining options at Hill Center Brentwood.

Nama Sushi Bar, which has a Midtown Nashville location, anticipates opening at Hill Center Brentwood in late 2016. Uncle Julio's, whose president, Tom Vogel, lives in Brentwood, expects to open in a standalone building in late 2016 or early 2017. Yeah! Burger is targeting a spring 2017 opening.

Best Happy Hour! Nama Sushi

October 8, 2015

When Nama announced plans in 2014 to open a Nashville location, that was music to this East Tennessean’s ears, as I’m sure it was for many Knoxvillians who moved west to the big It City. Nama has been serving sake and sashimi, among other Japanese and Japanese-inspired items, in downtown Knoxville since 2004, and is generally beloved in the city’s dining scene. The newest spot in the restaurant’s three-location portfolio, and the first outside of Volunteer country, is in the Elliston 23 mixed-use development near Vanderbilt. Menu prices range from $4 appetizers to $23 entrees, but a discerning diner would be wise to check the daily specials and plan accordingly. Make it in before 6 p.m. for happy hour, and you can pair $3 sake and $5 cocktails with your meal. A sushi steal!

Nama Sushi

December, 2014

The vast, two-story space at the base of Elliston Place apartments has been aptly filled by Knoxville-based sushi restaurant Nama. And while there is plenty of sushi to be found at other spots nearby, Nama offers it in a fresh environment that feels stylish, buzzy, and fit for its West End location.

A large bar takes up one end of the room, and out front there’s a light-filled patio surrounded by greenery. The second-story balcony seats look like a great perch for scoping out the city streets, but they’re currently only seating private parties up there. No matter, though, since the main dining room provides ample views as well. There are cozy booths along one wall of windows in case you want a quiet dinner, or you can join the bar scene by grabbing a seat nearby at the long communal table at the center of the room.

Either way, settle in with one of the many sakes on hand. Nama’s list is both long and full of good options; take advantage of the selection with a tasting flight. When it comes time to order a bite, sashimi and rolls may be the stars here, but it’s hard not to be tempted by the menu of chef specialties, like the lime-laced, masago-topped ceviche made with whatever fresh fish is on hand that day or the shrimp egg drop soup, a peppery rendition that won the restaurant’s internal “Top Chef challenge” wherein chefs across the three Nama locations competed with original dishes. On the hot menu, check out the pineapple pork tenderloin for a play on the sweet-and-sour staple or heartier items like the spicy tuna burger.

But back to that sushi. There’s a lineup of traditional nigiri and maki plus an array of specialty and vegetarian rolls. The Soy Joy is one of their best sellers for good reason: Made with spicy tuna and seared albacore tuna, it’s the perfect mix of crunch, cream, and heat. There are also more playful items—the Maui Wowie’s crunchy shrimp is topped with slices of yellowtail and pineapple salsa, and the Orange Crunch features candied shrimp, salmon, and carrot. And while roll prices tend to run high (about $9 to $18 each), Nama offers half-price menus on Mondays and Thursdays, happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily (and all day Friday), plus an express lunch menu during the week—meaning they’ve got you covered whenever you need a raw fish fix.

Nama Sushi Bar opens in Midtown

December 9, 2014

A new two-story, 225-seat sushi restaurant is open in Midtown.

The 5,200-square-foot Nama Sushi Bar opened in late November on the ground floor of the Elliston 23 mixed-use development.

R. Gale Huneycutt Jr., CEO of Nama Nashville LLC, said he has been pleased with the community's response to the new restaurant. Nama serves lunch and dinner daily, with a full service bar offering wine, sake, craft beer and cocktails.

"The residents at Elliston 23, as well as the students in the area and just the overall community, have really been excited about our opening," Huneycutt said.

Founded in 2002, Nama Sushi Bar operates two locations in Knoxville.The Nashville location is a franchise.

The restaurant's menu includes appetizers, salads, entrees, traditional sushi rolls, vegetarian options and a "hot nama" section, which Huneycutt described as Asian fusion dishes for the non-sushi customer.

Nama Sushi Bar expanding to Nashville

December 27, 2013

A popular sushi restaurant in Knoxville is expanding west, and it's just a small part of a bigger picture.

According to our partners at the Tennessean, Nama Sushi Bar will open its first franchise location in Nashville.

There are currently two in Knoxville - one downtown and one in Bearden. Middle Tennessee's first location will open in Midtown Nashville.

The Tennessean says the chief manager of Nama plans to open several locations in the area over the next few years.