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Hama Sushi
Hama Sushi

Hama Sushi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hamasushi.com
  • Phone: (310) 396-8783
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Happy Hour Patio Bar: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Mon-Fri
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Bracero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Our renown Catering Chef Jason Levine, can accommodate both large corporate functions as well as small, intimate gatherings in your home. We have a menu selection for every size and budget.
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact us to schedule your next private party.
  • Private Party Contact: Kat Stewart (310) 396-8783
  • Entertainment: We encourage guest participation in our famous Birthday and last call for sushi songs! We also feature 2 huge projection screens and 3 flat screen TVs on the patio which play everything from old surf movies to the playoffs!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking and Valet services available
A word from Hama Sushi
Hama Sushi is a landmark restaurant located in the heart of Venice. Serving the freshest, most authentic sushi creations and French inspired fusion cuisine since 1979. Our eclectic clientele, lively atmosphere, innovative world class weekly specials and knowledgably and friendly staff make for an unforgettable dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "I've been here 100 times. I bring so many different friends and out of towers I love the sashimi and cuisine so much. We had a table of 6 and got really lucky this time. I normally prefer the sushi bar because service isn't always the best when it's a busy night like this past Sat. Our waitress was great though, food came out fast and the food outstanding as always!!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We have been going to Hama for over 30 years and enjoy their quality sushi and atmosphere. It has changed and expanded and been remodeled, but food is still high quality and location is great fun."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was great . We were sat inside at a table that was so small and cramped I could barely fit . There was a person sitting behind me and there was nit enough room for two people."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was good, but not as great as I would expect for Sushi in LA. Also, back "patio" kinda dingy.. and for what you pay, could have had a higher quality meal somewhere else."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "But this time we were very disappointed in all of our food, with the exception of the crab hand roll. It just didn't seem like the usual fresh sushi we are used to at Hama. Hopefully it was just a bad night, or maybe just a new sushi chef. We will give it another try, but this visit felt like a a waste of money. Hama IS however quite the local scene. Always a good time when sitting at the bar there."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I choose this restaurant because one of the local person was recommended. It was so noisy and so many obnoxious people were dining and they were very laud. We mentioned the service person she said there is nothing she can do. Food was way below average. I don't recommend this restaurant at all."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We dined here for the first time after living in the area for 10 years. It was just okay for $118 before tax and tip (2 of us and nothing fancy ordered). We tried it, checked off the list, no need to go back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We met up here with some friends that we haven't seen in a while. The place itself was located in a great spot but you do have to valet park because there is no parking. This would be a great place for people to walk to if they lived in the area. The atmosphere was vibrant but so much so that it was difficult to hear conversation at the table. The host who seated us placed us in the 'quieter' area...but it was not. The sushi and food itself was OK. Nothing out of ordinary. They did have a Strawberry Roll which I've never tried before. It was good but not worth the money. Overall I would go back to this place if I was in the area, however, I don't think I would make it a destination."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We called the restaurant to let them know we were running late and that we had two extra people in our party. Despite and insanely busy Friday night, they accommodated us and had a great table waiting when we arrived. The server was excellent as was the sushi. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have had very good experience at this restaurant in the past and I used to think of it as one of the best sushi restaurants in LA, but unfortunately, the last two visits were disappointing for one big reason: The sushi was not fresh. It had a fishy smell that you only get from fish that isn't fresh, and considering the prices, I didn't expect to have this problem. Everything else was good, it is a nice fun place to go, but I won't be going there anymore to eat sushi."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I think the atmosphere really effected the overall dining experience. The dining room was cold and members of the party were uncomfortable."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "than the food.Blair and Molly took great care of us but there is much better sushi to be had in LA and Malibu.Fun place to party and food is decent but not for aficionados by any means."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "overall a very good address for well-prepared sushi, sashimi etc.Food is nicely presented too as it should be. Fish is very fresh. Only drawback is that the online reservation made no distinction between the eating area under the awning (noisy) versus the brick and mortar dining room (quiet). Our party would have preferred to dine in the quiet area."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Went during happy hour. Amazing price on appetizers $4-$6, then sushi rolls for $5, and $1 off drinks. Service was great, food was great and I will definitely be back next time I visit California (Venice)!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "wear earplugs. Had a birthday gathering on a Saturday night. Not smart on my part. The service and food were very good, but my ears are still ringing. The table behind apologized more than once for their extremely loud partying. I'll go back mid week when it's not so wild."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went after not being there for years and it was still terrific! The noise level was a bit high but hey, it is all about birthdays sometimes!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great sushi, plain and simple, and at a good price."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I visited Hama Sushi at the Windward Circle location (in Venice) last Saturday night and was quite disappointed with the lack of Happy Hour menu when seated INSIDE the bar, but not AT the bar. The other location (on Wilshire Blvd.) provides Happy Hour throughout the restaurant and for the quality of the food, the Happy Hour prices are just right. Although the service was really great at the Windward Circle location, the food was definitely not worth the price - $19 for a specialty roll that wasn't all that special, 5 pieces of Yellowtail Sashimi for $15, and $15 for a basic spicy tuna roll? Sorry but, I've had better. If I return to this location, you can bet I will be sitting at the bar."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My family loves Hama. Great sushi is always extremely fresh, and the servers are always helpful. Our server tonight seemed a little preoccupied, but hey, we all have off days. We had a great time, amazing food, and will return to Hama Sushi again in the near future."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "This was our first time here so the number of items we've tried is limited. I had the beef gyoza which was supposed to be pan steamed, but seemed like it was fried. I had one of the specialty rolls which was pretty good. we also ordered tempura which was a bit too greasy. My wife's teriyaki chicken was OK. The service was quick and the staff is very friendly. They also feature a very large collection of cold Saki's. We may try this again because of the location and also just one try isn't really a fair test. But bottom line there are better, comparable priced Japanese restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great imaginative Sushi and fantastic happy hour. Has a big tv screen but play surf movies, also can sit in dining area rather than bar area and have no tv but no happy hour. I love to go to the end of happy hour order a few things and work my way into a couple speacial rolls. When in Venice go to this great neighborhood restaurant. its always fun great service and happy."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "This is one of my go-to sushi spots where it has a friendly and relaxed vibe. The food is tasty, always fresh, and the flavors are consistent. I love sitting at the sushi bar and watching the sushi chefs make the dishes and there's such always great energy flowing at the sushi bar. I love their shiso lemon roll, surf and turf with yellowtail, and always finish off the meal with the baked blue crab hand-roll. If you can take the heat ask for a side of their habanero sauce to dip your rolls in."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We love this restaurant and have been going for past 25 years. It is fun and yummy - some terrific dishes that are not on the menu so ask - and enjoy on your birthday"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food is very tasty and fresh. There could be a more vegetarian entree choices so everyone feels the're eating a complete meal together. We would dine there more for happy hour if there were full bar drinks. Would like more choice other than beer and sake with my sushi."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "If you go, sit at the sushi bar and let Chef Jason take care of you."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I managed to convince her to hold onto my luggage while I walked the beach before my dinner reservation, which was a huge benefit to me and much appreciated. Food was excellent, and menu (food and beverage) interesting. Service was relaxed but quite good. Had a great evening meeting my friend there. The quasi outdoor seating was very nice."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Yummy sushi the happy hour is amazing and fancy rolls even better. Very venice place a gem."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Great, casual restaurant, with tasty food, good service and fun vibe ! The specialty rolls are amazeing, I love the blue crab hand roll and the Ono sushi is done to perfection. Defenitely a favorite place to go!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Eclectic beach bar look. Bright, energetic. Always a great fall back."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "Hama has been around for some time and they never disappoint. The quality of their sushi is always A1 and the service is great. I would definitely recommend Hama to anyone who is looking for a great place to gather with friends. The outside patio has a tv and I've never really paid much attention to what is playing but it's got a sports bar feel and the inside dining area has your typical sushi joint feel to it. Overall - a great place - we visit quite often!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "The service started out a little slow but the great food made it worth the wait"
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "Good sushi, good saki...all set to great old school surf videos. Fun place, fun staff. But word of warning: when they say SPICY they mean SPICY. The Devil Roll curled some eye brows! And make sure you ask for the not-on-the-menu Live Prawms. As pure as you can get and the crispy heads are a great treat."
    Dined on 4/29/2013
  • "Great atmosphere and well-priced sushi make for a fun dinner spot in the heart of Venice. Don't expect world class sashimi, but try the rolls and special preparations. Great sake and wine list. Indoor sushi bar and tables create a very different ambiance from the fun and loud outdoor patio with huge projection screens showing surf films and a fun bar."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Took a group of co-workers here while we were on a business trip from NY. Everyone had a great time. Food was great, service too. I have been coming here since 1999 and always enjoy myself."
    Dined on 4/16/2013
  • "My favorite sushi spot on the west side, love!!! Best sushi, great neighborhood atmosphere, friendly service."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Hama has become our go-to place for a casual, relaxed sushi and sake dinner. We travel a lot and live in Santa Monica so it's where we go on the way home from an LAX pick-up. Food is impeccable, service relaxed and efficient, and it lacks the usual sushi house cliches, feeling a little more like a neighborhood bar. The outside room is noisier and more bar-ish (which is fine by us). he inside room is quieter but still energetic. If you want an adventure, tell your server how much you want to spend and ask the kitchen to send out what's interesting that night!"
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "A Venice staple I greatly miss the days of working out of Amplify.la and having this place across the street for after work snacks."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "Hama Sushi is an iconic LA restaraunt, know for good food, a lively bar scene, a spirited Venice location that is known for its last call sushi chef participatory tribute to the Eagles "Hotel California"... that said, the food this night was just ok, the server we had was barely interested in taking our order, getting us our food, or even getting us the check. There was a birthday party going on for the owner which may have contributed to this situation, but if this had been my first time dining there, and I didn't know how good and fun the place typically is, I would not be back again."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "I had not been there in years, new ownership, and it was as good if not better than I remembered!"
    Dined on 2/17/2013
  • "Hama is always great! Food was excellent, as usual."
    Dined on 2/15/2013