Tsunami Celebrates 25 Years with Special Dinner Series

The Cooper-Young restaurant is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of special dinners on July 10, July 17, and July 24.

exterior of tsunami restaurant with awnings blue paint
Tsunami Restaurant

Since opening in 1998, Tsunami has long been Memphians go-to restaurant for a dinner worth treating yourself with. Tsunami specializes in Pacific Rim cuisine aka lots of seafood and Asian-inspired dishes.

When you dine in, the entree menu is nearly all seafood (with the exception of a plant-based dish for vegetarians and vegans). Owner and Chef Ben Smith works to keep an exciting rotation of additional small plate menu items. You can always check out the rotating specials here – in addition to the full menu.

crab in risotta
Tsunami Restaurant
shallots in risotta looking dish
Tsunami Restaurant

We know too well it’s hard for restaurants so to have a locally owned one make it to a 25th anniversary – well that’s worth celebrating.

Good news! Tsunami is giving you three opportunities to celebrate and enjoy some great food in the process. It also highlights the long history of the restaurant with special guest chefs helping.

The three special dinners will feature guest chefs/alumnus Tommy Pappas, Benoit Teisseire and Travis McConnell.  

Chefs Pappas and McConnell were both instrumental in the early days of the restaurant according to Smith. Chef Teisseire is a long time friend of Smith going back 30 years to when Smith worked in the San Francisco culinary scene.

desserts from tsunami
Tsunami Restaurant
empty dining room inside Tsunami
Tsunami Restaurant

Dinner Details

All three dinners will start with an hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour at 6 pm followed by a three-course sit-down dinner with wine pairings at 7:00. Cost of the dinners is $125.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Here is the breakdown of dinners by special guests:

July 10 - Chef Travis McConnell | Executive Chef with Ropeswing Hospitality Group in Bentonville, Arkansas. Previously: Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, Boccalone Salumeria in San Francisco, Revival Bar + Kitchen in Berkeley, and the famed Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.

July 17 - Chef Tommy Pappas | General Manager and Executive Chef at Brunswick and Hunt in Seattle for the last eight years. Previously was with Tsunami before the travel bug drew him to the west coast.

July 24 - Chef Benoit Teissiere | Executive Chef of the German embassy in Washington, D.C. Teissiere, a French native,  spent more than four decades in chef stints spanning the globe in San Francisco, Paris, Cologne, Istanbul, and more.

Reservations can be made by calling Tsunami at (901) 274-2556.

photo of owner and head chef Ben Smith
Tsunami Restaurant


928 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN

Hours: Tues-Sat 5-9pm


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