Thursday, August 11, 2016

Locals Love It: RAW Restaurant

Written by Tori Ward, Marketing/PR Assistant

In continuing with our "Locals Love It" blog series, we're spotlighting RAW, a locally-owned Japanese restaurant that has become a culinary staple in Ruston since opening its doors in 2010.

Locals Love the Intimate Atmosphere
"Whether you are looking for a quiet romantic evening or just a place to relax this place has it all." - Jason B.

The atmosphere of RAW is undeniably unique. Positioned in the middle of historic Downtown Ruston, RAW's modern design and setting provides a sharp yet refreshing contrast to its surroundings. The restaurant is dimly lit inside, providing the perfect atmosphere for date night or a relaxing meal with friends. While the architecture and d├ęcor are sleek and contemporary, the restaurant maintains an intimate and quaint feel that locals can't seem to get enough of.

RAW Restaurant in Downtown Ruston

Locals Love the Fresh Menu
"Absolutely amazing sushi. Always fresh and always presentable." - Kelley H.

RAW's impressive and creative menu offers a wide assortment of sushi, as well as other options for those who aren't sushi lovers. RAW consistently delivers fresh and flavorful dishes made by highly-trained chefs who strive to make every meal a culinary experience. Several sushi rolls even have some local flair, like the Louisiana and Cajun rolls which feature crawfish as a main ingredient. If you're looking for a sushi suggestion, locals rave about the Tech Roll, a tempura-fried roll with crabmix, avocado, cream cheese and spicy mayo. 

Chef Special roll at RAW
Photo: Tammy B. Caudle

Locals Love the Personable Service
"The Chef's truly listen to what you like and don't like." - Tammy B.

Locals love that the RAW waitstaff is knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. Not only do locals appreciate the stellar waitstaff, but the bartenders and chefs never fail to rack up major kudos for their work. Locals who frequent RAW will tell you that the sushi chefs go out of their way to learn about their customers' tastes. The chefs are also happy to take special sushi requests if you are a little more particular about your rolls.

RAW Sushi Chef making fresh rolls

Next time you're in the Ruston area, be sure to stop and experience this hidden gem in Downtown Ruston. RAW is located at 114 W. Park Ave. and is open on Tuesday-Saturday from 4-11pm.

Tori is a proud Louisiana native and social media nerd. She has a passion for travel, food, and all things related to tourism promotions. Tori is an avid movie watcher, coffee fanatic, and lover of the outdoors. Still want to know more? Head over to her website

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