Sushi, like such bite-size creations as miniature dachshunds and iPod shuffles, tastes best when every flavor melds in the mouth at once. Today’s Groupon rolls a compact whollop of the sea's friskiest foodstuffs into your pearlynets: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, drinks, and Japanese cuisine at Ru San’s, conveniently situated on 12th Avenue South. Use your Groupon for any of Ru San's specials, including happy hour, and its succulent lunch buffet, which is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Cozy up in a booth with friends at this charming eatery. Amidst bright yellow walls and vibrant wall art, a bustling crowd of diners fawn over Ru San’s vast menu of sushi and entrees. Appetizers such as the crispy calamari ($7.25) and soft-shell crab tatsuta-age ($7.25) clear a path through your throat jungle to help a steaming dish of beef tataki ($8.25) warm your belly unencumbered. Japanese dinner choices such as grilled swordfish ($15.75) and scallops teriyaki ($16.25), as well as Pacific Rim selections such as miso chili-glazed tiger prawns ($17.25), arrive with fried Japanese somen angel hair pasta, shiitake ginger sauce, and a sombrero salsa tray in tow. Of course, Ru San’s offers a bevy of sushi options, including a tuna and avocado roll ($5.75) and smoked salmon nigiri ($2.50).
If you can't narrow down all of the options, ask for a recommendation. One of Ru San’s knowledgeable servers will be happy to guide you through the maze of mouthwatering menu options and will deliver your meal with care, ensuring safety from sushi-swindling minotaurs.
- The breadth and complexity of the menu, combined with the loud, frenetic activity in this tightly configured room, are enough to inspire a severe bout of ADD. One finds items familiar to most American-Japanese restaurants here: sashimi, miso soup, teriyaki, tempura, edamame and seaweed salad. There are some oddities, particularly among the appetizers, like the freshwater eel with pesto-seasoned sushi rice baked with mozzarella cheese. – Nashville Scene
Ru San’s chefs blend the subtle flavors of timeless Japanese cooking with the artistry of contemporary cuisine, creating edible masterpieces of fresh sushi, umami noodle dishes, and tender-seafood steaks. Diners sample delicate morsels of roe or smoked-shrimp nigiri, or dive into plates of specialty sushi maki, artfully plated to create likenesses of cucumber flower stalks and red-tuna valentine hearts. Far from a mere sushi bar, Ru San employs chefs that can bring to life a wealth of savory ramen and soba soups, crispy, dippable tempuras, and elegant seafood dishes—such as the sweet mocha cake scallops, or soy-butter grilled sea bass.
505 12th Avenue S
Nashville, Tennessee 37203Get Directions