100 Lafayette St.
Few restaurants command a view of the mighty Mississippi that comes close to that of Tsunami. Located atop the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, Tsunami and its rooftop terrace face westward toward the evening sun.
“We’re constantly hearing people say they didn’t know that the Mississippi could look so beautiful in Baton Rouge,” says partner Fred Nonato. Views that great, says Fred, typically come from more secluded locations—giving Tsunami, in the heart of Baton Rouge, a unique place on our list.
Tsunami’s menu features all manner of fresh sushi and sashimi, including rolls like the Big Tuna, a fried tuna roll with cream cheese and jalapeño, and the Truffle Salmon, which keeps it simple with white truffle oil, oak smoked salt, and scallions.
In addition to sushi and sashimi, Tsunami offers other house specialties, including the Sumo Ribeye, a 24-ounce bone-in ribeye, grilled and served with asparagus and ginger-caramelized onion butter.
“The Sumo Ribeye triggers a lot of childhood memories for me,” says Fred. The dish is his father’s recipe and consequently his personal favorite on the menu.
Tsunami also boasts popular happy hour specials throughout the week and a variety of events, like rooftop yoga and sushi preparation classes.