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Tuna Bar

JapaneseSushi

Old City

$$$$Perfect For:Big GroupsBirthdaysCasual Weeknight DinnerFirst/Early in the Game DatesHappy Hour
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Whether you come for date night, a solo meal for a few rolls, or want to apologize with sake flights to everyone you honked at on your way to this Japanese Old City spot, Tuna Bar's dining room is spacious enough for any of those situations. It’s a relaxing place where they keep the sliding doors open on sunny days, which makes it a great spot for people- and cherry blossom tree-watching. 

With small plates like wasabi fried rice, tuna flatbread, wonton soup, and a handful of raw bar selections like oysters and shrimp cocktail, you could make a satisfying meal out even before you get to the sushi rolls. But make room for maki—they're the best thing they have on the menu. If you can’t decide between the rolls, we suggest the Old City, Liberty, or one of their regular house options like the yellowtail and chives. The Old City comes filled with spicy tuna and asparagus, but it’s the creamy rock shrimp that sets it apart. Although the shrimp is crunchy, the rolls remain light while the oniony cream sauce they’re coated in adds a little savoriness to the seafood duo. 

The drink menu is full of champagne that’s mostly French, a few sparkling rosès, California reds, and more sake options than questions being thrown around during a game of Guess Who. When you stop by for Happy Hour, they have deals like $2 oysters, $5 California rolls, $7 karaage, and discount rotating wine and bubbly. And with the entire menu ranging from $6 rolls to a $70 chef combination tuna plate, there’s something for nights when you’re in a celebratory mood or when you’re not looking to spend too much. 

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Wasabi Fried Rice

This bowl of fried rice is big enough for three or four people, has lumps of juicy crabby meat, and gets a nice crunch from the peas and onions. The flakes of wasabi furikake sprinkled in the dish don’t make this too spicy, though, as the rice just has a subtle peppery spark. So you can safely order it and not think about how many extra glasses of water you’ll need.

Brussels Sprouts

This bowl of miso- and honey-glazed brussels sprouts are light and airy and topped with a sesame oil drizzle that gives them a toasted nutty flavor. Order this small plate for the table.

The Rittenhouse Roll

Stacked like a pyramid, this is one of the bigger and taller rolls here. Each circle is full of salmon, avocado, and cucumber, and is soaked in a citrusy and briny truffle masago sauce that’s good enough to drench over the entire stacked dish—making it look like an erupted volcano.

Hurts Roll

They always have a roll named after the Eagles starting QB at Tuna Bar. This one is packed with avocado and shrimp tempura that has the crunch of a cracker. It also has a refreshing layer of spicy kani salad that tosses strips of crab, glass noodles, and scatters black sesame seeds throughout. It’s one that you should order and can rely on to be on the menu (at least until the next NFL Draft).

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