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Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://wasasushi.com/hamamori/index.php
  • Phone: (714) 850-0880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: James Hamamori
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sunflower
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Structure
A word from Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Chef James Hamamori presents an inspiring take on sushi with delicate detail and innovative ingredients. Crystal illuminations provide a contemporary and elegant setting for a spectacular dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Diner Reviews
  • "Let's begin by saying, if you prefer California rolls and tempura, this restaurant is not for you. the Chef/Owner, James Hamamori, is truly a culinary artist. My client and I decided to let Hamamori San choose our sushi for us (Omakase style, "Trust me"). I told Hamamori San that the only thing I didn't like was UNI. To which, he replied, "you haven't had MY UNI". Every single piece he served us was spectacular. A perfect balance of the freshest fish paired with a special sauce to enhance, not mask the flavors. We also saw beautiful trays of sushi that were prepared and taken out to the open air patio guests. The restaurant is on the 3rd level of Crystal Court. p.s. the UNI was out of this world."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My partner and i enjoyed a lovely meal at this restaurant. The food is very good, the service was excellent, and the ambiance is pleasant. I won't hesitate to go back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Server was very knowledgeable on the menu and made some great suggestions. One small pet peeve was that the female server overseeing the table next to us was extremely attentive to her table: always touching the table and refreshing hot tea; practically every 5 mins...seriously. As for our male server, he seemed to be quite forgetful and each time (no kidding) would have to request multiple times and constantly remind him to refresh our hot teas. It got to be quite annoying. Sometimes, it's the little things that can tick people off. Yes, it was a bit of an annoyance to be honest. To see the table next to us having phenomenal service while us here, spending over $300+ and have mediocre service is not cool. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "She had a very pleasant demeanor and was very attentive to our table. We were there for lunch and it was pretty busy; surprisingly. Food is good but do go with a thick wallet. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This place is decorated very bright and white, nice looking place, unfortunately I do not like sushi otherwise I'm sure this place is just wonderful as everything looked to be prepared fresh. I had the crab rolls which were pretty good, I just didn't realize that sushi was the star of this restaurant. Go if you love sushi. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food quality was okay, service was friendly, price was fair. Too many options for sushi nearby, but okay to get a quick bite if you're shopping."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Extraordinary shopping mall restaurant. Not very busy for a Wednesday night. Fresh , tasty fish and interesting preparation. We loved the sashimi.... Tried the fried calamari, sea beam platter , mushroom salad.... All succulent. But expensive...... "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Excellent sashimi and very polite service. Will eat there again. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Was lucky to catch the end of Happy Hour so we could try many of the appetizers. Food was amazingly fresh and the presentation is just beautiful. The prices are high though, be forewarned!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had a pretty " cold" waitress, not saying she was mean, but, she did not show any enthusiasm to show the menu, when we asked abt Japanese tea, she either not know anything or did not want to take any effort to explain . I disagree the other review said it's a high end Japanese restaurant but nice for a restaurant at a quiet corner in a shopping mall, the food was not too impressive, but not too bad, the miso soup was good , not too salty , the salmon was just abt right , fully cooked as I wished but still tender . The cold waitress asked if we want anything else, but did not mentioned desert, so we went other places for sweets . Drove one hour there , but very disappointed ."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "One of my favorite Japanese restaurants. The flavorings added to the sashimi fish are unique and do not detract from the flavors of the fish. Service is great at the tables, but at the sushi bar, you get a chance to interact with the chefs and maybe get some combinations that are not on the menu."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The quality and the taste of the sushi was outstanding. Especially the Toro, Hamachi and Scallops. Some of the sauces used are unique and quite tasty. I'd do here for the food only, the ambience and vibe is very quiet at dinner time. Recommended for sushi eaters."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We are frequent diners here and often order the omakase. Some of the sushi is quite innovative and there are delicious appetizers to choose from. The service is quite relaxed during non busy times so you can sit and enjoy the company you are with. The desserts are also quite delicious with a Japanese flair to "traditional" dessert-- such as yuzu cheesecake or kabocha flan. Overall, Hamamori impresses me with quality Japanese food in a mall."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Had a great meal here while on travel and staying near SNA. However - the location being in the third floor of a busy mall took us by surprise. We decided to carry on - ordered some warm apps, followed by omakase sushi and dessert. Everything was very good - a happy meal. happy to recommend esp if you're nearby as we were quite happy."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Tucked in a corner of the mall, close to an escalator, the location is perhaps not auspicious. You can sit on a sort of patio that puts you inside the mall--strangely pleasant enough--or go inside and promptly forget your location. The sashimi and sushi are top notch, and the small warm plates range from the familiar but well done (e.g., tempura) to the unusual and innovative (crispy pork belly, shiitake frites, etc.). Good deals on drinks and small plates at happy hour. Service is attentive and not overly boisterous--no one yelling "Irasshaimase!" here."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I think the food is pretty elegant and clean. Creative and interesting as well. However, just not satisfying on that level that makes you crave more. If anything, simply too boring and bland from a flavor perspective. Clean but not flavorful. Also, the setting is terrible. Inside the mall? Mehhh. I hate that atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went here for Valentine's Day for Omakase. The food was ridiculously good. Couldn't complain one bit and the chef was very nice. The place wasn't overtly romantic so maybe not ideal for this holiday but for a birthday or some other special occasion would be perfect."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dinner consisted of various rolls, sashimi and a pork belly dish. All were perfect! And the service from the hostess, our waitress and her busser was great. Each were extra friendly and helpful with the menu. We'll be returning."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is an elegant, authentic Japanese restaurant with fresh well prepared dishes. We had both back cod and salmon teriyaki as well as several sushi dishes. The oysters were served with a unique sauce. In short a great experience! After dining one can shop at South Coast Plaza, one of the premier malls in America. What a way to spend the day!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I can't understand the great reviews. The service was amateur, sushi was good, not phenomenal, some appetizers were minimally warm."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "I reserve a table where is quiet and I can see a view for my mother birthday. But when we get there they put us outside of the restaurant and there wasn't any view. They put us right in the booth sitting next to other people. My mom were really upset. So I have to ask the hostess if we can be seated inside the restaurant and she finally got us a table in the inside. The other busser/host, he was very rude when he saw us walk in. He gave us a snobby look just because we look like mediocre customers. He didn't even bother help clean up the table or set up the table. I don't like his attitude."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The quality of the food is great, but the amount of food was close to a smaller portion (Japanese style) rather than unforgivingly big "American" style. If you are more comfortable with diet plan friendly meal instead of Cheese cake factory portion. this is the place to go. Just a side note, maybe due to its price and the location, you will not see much of an average Joe here. Most of the people were somewhat dressed up with their neckties, even though there wasn't any dress code for this restaurant."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "My wife and I have been to most of the top named sushi bars around. Nowhere except Hamamori has delivered what we believe is the best sushi bar in town. James Hamamori made the most delicious and perfect bites and paired our meal perfectly to our champagne and wine. There is nowhere else my wife and I will have sushi."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "2nd time to this restaurant in the last 60 days. They don't publish a lot of their rolls and I was told that just request what you want and they will prepare it. The issue with that is that you don't know the cost of what you are ordering. Still a positive experience."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "So we wanted a glass of Champagne for our anniversary each. We figured two splits would do it..the menu said $25 for a bottle of champagne, but a split. But thats what we were charged. So as to not ruin our evening, we let it go. The food is great, but that was not very good....won't order drinks there again..."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "We love the food, ambience, and the personal attention of Chef Hamamori. This restaurant is not to be missed!"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Good food and service. Nice to see sushi being prepared by Japanese Sushi Chefs."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "Freshest sushi I've ever had. Melt in your mouth, super high quality. Amazing."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "We are regular fine diners -- 1-2 or even 3 times per week. We're extremely experienced in fine dining and really enjoy the experience. Hamamori not only didn't disappoint, but was seriously over the top -- especially for Japanese cuisine. We enjoyed several different courses and dishes, one better than the next. I have never thought or said this before, but the chef here is Iron Chef worthy -- no doubt about it. The food and service were 6 stars out of 5; extremely impressive --and that's coming from a couple of serious foodies. Kudos to the owner and chef! Would highly recommend to fellow foodies."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "The food quality is fantastic and the setting is quiet enough to conduct a business lunch or a romantic outing."
    Dined on 5/29/2013
  • "Yes, it's in a mall, but the modern elegant design and the creative presentation of the food makes this a special restaurant. The food was as pleasing to the palate as it was to the eye.I highly recommend Hammamori."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "Seafood was extremely fresh. Great presentation,creative dishes, knowledgeable waitstaff, everything was delicious, my first time but it won't be my last."
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "Refreshing to the palet with layers of taste and textures. Complete artistry,"
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "We had a great dinner, tried the asparagus, shiitaki frites, hamachi with himalayan salt, and spicy tuna rolls. All were extrordinary, the hamachi divine. Will go back whenever we're in the area."
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "The food here is interesting. Not just rolled up fish that you can get almost anywhere in the country. The restaurant is very pretty inside. Unfortunately, we were seated on the patio, out in the mall. Good, all the same."
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "Delicious and fresh omakase, with a great fresh sushi selection. Hama-san is a knowledgeable and skilled chef that clearly loves his craft and isn't shy about sharing his love of fantastic food. Definitely worth stopping in and spending some time enjoying beautifully prepared sushi. Will definitely be back next time I'm in the area!"
    Dined on 3/21/2013
  • "Despite having a reservation, the restaurant was very slow to seat us (and they were 2/3 empty on a Saturday night). The food was not good at all. Don't mind the high prices but serving edible food - and providing a minimum level of service - would be nice."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "I guess I didn't realize that this sushi restaurant charges $4-5 for each single piece of sushi. I took my parents here for dinner and I started to feel really guilty about how much the sushi cost because the price isn't per roll but per piece of sushi. We gave up and left not feeling full at all but spent a lot more than I had anticipated. I also didn't think that the quality of the fish was any better than places that are more reasonably priced."
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "Special detail goes in to each and every plate. Everyone was friendly, the food - so fresh it crawled, and the hospitality shown by James and Yoshi could not have been replicated. Would highly recommend Hamamori to anyone. I hear the lunch specials are worth the visit."
    Dined on 3/5/2013
  • "best toro ever. this place needs to move to a better location. great food."
    Dined on 2/23/2013