Finally, great sushi in the city...
This was my third time at Zama and this time I brought a couple of friends that don't get out much, so there was a lot of pressure to impress. Luckily Zama delivered!! Everything we ordered was fantastic. I'm so happy I picked Zama for my friends night out in the city.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location-very vibrant
Great location-very vibrant and fun
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
wow, the food was amazing!
do yourself a favor and get several of the sushi bar items and small bites. though they are on the pricey side, you will be very impressed! to fill up, get plenty of the reasonably priced maki rolls
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best fish in Philly
Bar none the best fish and sake service in the city.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food drinks and service were all outstanding. Only minor complaint was the one Hamachi specialty plate with the tempura avocado was tiny and only had three pieces making it awkward to share with my date. Other than that it was delicious though and so were the other rolls and small bites. The dumplings were superb. Can't wait to return.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Almost perfect !
Food was fine but service was off...problem coordinating soup...not a huge concern. I'll definitely return as the food, location and ambience are superb!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice surprise!
I am suprised that I don't see much press or talk about Zama. The food was great, very fresh sushi, great selection of sake, one of the best seaweed salads ever, and a lot of different things that you don't find at every sushi place (such as red miso soup or bronzino sushi). The service was attentive and knowledgable, and the decor was chic.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite spot for Sushi
Our favorite spot for Sushi in the Rittenhouse area. Always a delight
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am always very skeptical of trying a new sushi place, because I have so often been unimpressed/disappointed with the quality at a lot of places, and it's so easy to walk right by Zama without paying it much attention. As such, it took me a while to try Zama for the first time a couple weeks ago, but since the first time, I've already been back twice more. Zama has great, fresh sushi, and knowledgeable staff. Their sushi offerings are straightforward (fewer crazy, over-complicated rolls than some other menus), yet also more diverse raw fish selection (i.e. bronzino). Servers could recommend sake, answer questions about any dishes, and suggest without coming off as salesman-like. Best of all, it's not crazy expensive.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Sushi, Reasonable Prices
Put simply, everything from the appetizers to the dessert course were well thought out and original.
The ability to customize Americanized Japanese sushi appetizers, like edamame, with specific flavored salts restored a bit of adventure to an otherwise mundane dish.
The sushi offerings that we sampled were out of this world. From ahi tuna hammered into a thin sheet and covered in a wasabi soy marinade to the mini-hand rolls with cracked pepper rice paper, everything was delicious, unique and a fun twist on more traditional sushi dishes.
The fact that Zama boasts its own bar, complete with sake service only made the night better. Tasting flights are available for the uninitiated, making it easy to transition to a full carafe or bottle.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
really enjoyed this experience, the food was outstanding. several of the specialty sushi entree's were exquisite, although not as sharable as we had hoped. the kind crab dish and the hamachi tataki highlighted and amazing meal....
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Japanese dining experience in
The food was excellent! Traditional Japanese style dishes with the chef's tweaking for the American palate. The freshness of the fish made the nigiri outstanding! Certainly some of the best I have had in my 35 years living in the Northeast. Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Yes. Recommended? Yes! Absolutely the only minor flaw was my waitress seemed a little confused in when to serve each dish.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Warm, friendly staff, helpful explanations. Did not rush us even on a Saturday night.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
In addition to having amazing sushi, their japanese-style paella and braised short ribs were GREAT. It's a cozy, cleanly decorated restaurant that is great for dates.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I highly recommend Zama for great sushi, great service, and a great atmosphere. Get the shrimp and eel fiesta!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night
Waiters/servers were very knowledgeably about the menu which helped alot! Nigiri/Sashimi selection was very good but a little pricey. The 55$ tasting menu was exceptional. Get ready to eat fish that simply melts in your mouth and explodes with flavor.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zama awesome, but for cooking odors
Pet peeve: smelling like cooking after leaving a restaurant.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique Sushi Spot
Zama offers unique rolls like the Bronzizlle and Rittenhouse Three.
The fish was fresh and was the star of the rolls, not covered up with sauces and accessory ingredients.
Rolls were served as they were completed unlike other sushi spots which serve all the rolls simultaneously.
The dining room had a clean and modern design.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the sushi but unexpectedly found that it was the mini desserts that won us over! Friendly, fast service and nice ambiance. Great place to take a date.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found the service to be slow, especially for lunch, but the spicy chirachi I ordered was excellent (albeit I would have preferred more fish and less rice). It's got a nice ambience for a Japanese retaurant, clean and modern. I'll be back to try more things.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great sushi experience.
The food and service were both excellent, possibly some of the most fresh and innovative sushi available in Philadelphia. You would hard pressed to find a better place in town.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zama is one of my favorite sushi spots in Philly. Check out their specialty rolls - they change all the time. I also recommend the house green tea - it's the best green tea I've ever had.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A remarkable bargain for lunch
I am constantly struck by all that makes Zama a huge asset. Terrific, imaginative food, portion control, price, and hospitality. Lunch is an exceptional bargain. Costing about what salads and some sandwich plates cost elsewhere, the most expensive Bento Bite ($15) is, for me, more interesting, healthier, and better portion control. Keep it up Zama!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sushi Lunch
I have nothing bad to say about our meal here. We had various makis and they were all fresh and delicious. The house salad was excellent and the waiter very nice.
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
RED HOT CHEF ZAMA
TODAY FOR LUNCH I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE OF HAVING A KINGS FEAST ZAMA. AS ALWAYS SERVICE, THE FOOD, AND THE AMBIENCE JUST TOTALLY ROCKED. MY FIRST DISH WAS THE SPICY SUPER CRUNCH SALMON ROLL-JUST YUMMY,2ND WAS THE WASABI TUNA ROLL-INSANE,3RD WAS THE EEL EGG OMELET-YA BABY,4TH WAS THE HAMACHI PONZU -BANGNG,5TH WAS THE SEARED ALBACORE TUNA OTORO JUST THE FINEST,6TH AND FINALLY WAS A ROLLTHE CHEF ZAMA CREATED FOR ME. WITHOUT A DOUBT ZAMA IS THE FINEST JAPANESE CHEF AND RESTAURANT IN ALL PHILA. TODAY JUST TO TASTE THE FRESHNESS OF THE FINEST FISH, THE VERY HIGH END QUILITY THAT YOU ONLY FIND AT THE BEST OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD. CHEF ZAMA WAS THERE AND SERVED MY WHOLE MEAL-OVER THE TOP!! FINALLY PLEASE CATCH THE ZAMA MANIA !!!!!!!!
9/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic food, went for restaurant
Fantastic food, went for restaurant week, but ended up ordering off the real menu, best sushi I've had on the east coast, one dish was slow to arrive and we were offered free dessert to compensate
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE FINEST JAPANESE FOOD IN PHILA
WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE FINEST OF THE FINEST JAPANESE RESAURANTS IN PHILA ONLY ONE COMES TO MY MIND AND THATS ZAMA. FROM THE FIRST TIME THAT I STARTED TO GO TO THE RESTAURANT TO THE PRESENT ITS HAS ONLY GOTTEN MORE INTENSE WITH THE BANGING HIGH END JAPANESE FOOD THAT WE ALL LOVE. CHEF ZAMA IS WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND CHANGING HOW WE SEE DINNING IN THE JAPANESE STYLE. BECAUSE ONCE ZAMA MANIA HAS YOU YOUR DONE HIS SUSHI IS THE FINEST THAT IVE EVER HAD AND HIS COOKED JAPANESE IT TO DIE FOR. I JUST LOVE GOING TO A RESTAURANT THAT ONLY KNOWS FIRST PLACE. TODAY MY LUNCH CONSISTED OF 1ST THE SURFER ROLL,2ND WAS THE FISH MARINATE,3RD WAS THE SHRIMP AND EEL FIESTA, AND 4TH WAS THE SESAME SALMON ROLL EVERY ROLL MAGICAL AND YUMMY. CHEF ZAMA YOU ROCK
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
THE FINEST OF THE FINEST
ALL I GOING TO SAY IS THE FINEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT IN PHILADELPHILA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
THE FINEST SUSHI IN ALL PHILA
TO DAY I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE OF TRYING ONE PIECE OF SUSHI THAT ZAMA HAD TO OFFER. THERE HAD TO BE AT LEAST 15-18 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SUSHI GRADE FISH FROM AROUND THE WORLD. WELL LET ME TELL YOU THIS EXPERIANCE WAS TOTALLY BANGING. ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SUSHI GRADE FISH MELTED IN MY MOUTH LIKE BUTTER. THIS IS ONE DAY THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET A CHANCE IN A LIFE TIME FOR ME TO HAVE THE MOST FAMOUS JAPANESE IN PHILA CHEF ZAMA TO PRESENT ME WITH THIS AMAZING EXPERIANCE. I RECOMMEND IF YOU HAVE NEVER SAT AT THE SUSHI BAR PLEASE DO AND IF YOU HAVE A TRUE LOVE FOR SUSHI AND AT THE SUSHI BAR ASK THE CHEFS TO TRY THE DIFERENT AND THE EXOTIC SUSHI FISH THAT ARE AT THE SUSHI BAR. ZAMA IS THE FINEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT PAR NONE ITS JUST AMAZING
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Zama the Great
I dined there during Restaurant Week and was not disappointed. The lunch menu was perfect and everything on the menu for Restaurant week was just wonderful.. I will come back and enjoy the regular menu too..
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried this restaurant for lunch during restaurant week. Food was excellent and the staff were very accomodating. Seemed not to be very busy upon arrival @12 but quickly filled up. The whole group enjoyed the set menu selections. Would return again.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Sushi in Philadelphia
Best sushi in the city hands down. Great value during Restaurant Week. Highly recommended!
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
THIS HAS BEEN JUST ONE AMAZING WEEK AT ZAMA. TO BE ABLE TO SPEND 5 TIMES MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY IN ZAMA. THIS WAS A GREAT VACATION. EVERY DAY WAS THE ULTIMATE EXPERINACE IN HIGH END JAPANESE DINNING. TODAY MY MEAL CONSISTED OF 1ST THE BLACK DRAGON ROLL-BANGING,2ND WAS THE TEMPORA FRIED YELLOW TAIL-LIKE BUTTER,3RD WAS THE WASABI DRAGON ROLL-INSANE AND 4TH WAS THE JOSE GARCIS CHIRASHI THIS DISH WAS OFF THE HOOK. I JUST LOVE GOING TO A RESTAURANT THAT OWNER/CHEF ZAMA HAS NO LIMITATIONS AND IS THE BEST OF THE BEST. EVERYDAY WAS A DAY TO REMEMBER, EVERY DISH PICTURE PERFECT, SERVICE WAS GRAND AS TO BE EXPECTED. SO I LIKE TO THANK CHEF ZAMA- AND HIS AMAZING TEAM FOR A BANGING WEEK AT THE FINEST JAPANESE RESTAURNAT IN PHILADELPHIA
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
CHEF ZAMA IS PURE MAGIC
LAST NIGHT AT ZAMA I HAD THE HONOR OF THE FAMOUS CHEF ZAMA TO PREPARE ALL OF MY FOOD AT THE HOTTEST SUSHI BAR IN ALL PHILA. AND BUT OF COURSE IT WAS PURE ZAMA MANIA. MY 1ST COURSE WAS SPICY SUPER CRUNCH YELLOWTAIL,2ND WAS WHOLE SPICY TEMPURA,3RD WAS JAPANESE WASHUGYU BEEF. 4TH WAS MONK FISH CHEEK,5TH WAS RED SNAPPER BELLY SUSHI,6TH WAS TAZMANIAN SALMON SUSHI,7TH WAS BLUEFIN AND YELLOWFIN TUNA SUSHI,8TH WAS BUTTERFLY BREEM SUSHI,9TH WAS WILD STRIPPED BASS WITH SHARK CARTILAGE SUSHI,9TH WAS YELLOWTAIL BABY YOUNG AND KING SUSHI,10TH WAS YELLOW JACK SUSH 11TH WAS CHU TORO AND OTORO,12TH WAS SEARED OTORO,13 WAS SPICY SHRIMP TEMPURA HAND ROLL.WITHOUT A DOUBT I WAS BANGING HAPPY,PICTURE PERFECT STUNNING FRESH FOOD GREAT SERVICE.CHEZ ZAMA YOU ROCK
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
THE AMAZING CHEF ZAMA
WHEN WE TALK IN PHILA ABOUT THE FINEST CHEFS AND THE MOST AMAZING CHEF ZAMA COMES TO MIND. THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST OF THE BEST. LAST NIGHT AT ZAMA I WENT ON A DIFFERENT ROAD. A LITTLE SUSHI YES BUT LET ME GE INVOLVED WITH CHEF ZAMA JAPANESE COOKED STYLE. WELL MY FIST COURSE WAS TRULY AMAZING SPICY PAICHE TEMPURA,2ND WAS SUSHI-SPICY SUPER CRUNCHY TUNA ROLL$$$,3RD WAS MELT IN YOUR MOUTH BLACK COD SAIKYOYAKI,4TH WAS THE AND IS WITHOUTA DOUBT ONE OF THE FINEST STEAK I HAVE EVER HAD THE ANGUS NEW YORK STRIP WITH 3-DIPPING SALTS, AND 5TH WAS THE BANGING BERKSHIRE PORK CHOP TONKATSU-JUST STUNNING. THIS IS THE FINEST COOKED JAPANESE FOOD THAT IVE HAD. MY ENTIRE EXPERIANCE JUST ROCKED. THERE NOTHING LIKE THE FINEST JAPANESE IN PHILA-ZAMA!!!
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved Loved Loved it!
The food and believe me I am not that much into sushi but it was my son's birthday and he loves it so I had to do it...outstanding everything I tried. we will be back...thank you!
10/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Came here for lunch with a friend. Everything was absolutely delicious and our water was awesome. The desserts were just meh...but the food was fantastic!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience and incredible service. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, and was patient in helping our group to make decisions.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was solo at the sushi bar and ordered a "soft shell shrimp' appetizer, the "Black Belt" sashimi assortment and two different Japanese craft beers - ginger brew and ancient barley. Everything and I mean everything was delicious. They offer two versions of the sashimi platter regular and black belt which is $10 more - I went for it and have no regrets the fish was amazing however portions could be more generous. Felt guilty I was solo and my wife was missing out. Next time we're in Philly Zama will be our first meal.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
tasting menu delight
wonderful meal at Zama for a special occasion with the hubs. Excellent service, great food
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
City's Best Sushi
Excellent sushi. Top quality and creative. Expensive.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A BANGING TIME !!!!!!!
THERE IS NEVER A TIME THAT WHEN IM AT ZAMA THAT THE WHOLE NIGHT IS JUST A BANGING TIME. LAST NIGHT I HAD THE GREAT PLESURE OF BRING A FRIEND WITH ME TO ZAMA FOR THE FIRST TIME. WELL THE MASTER HIMSELF WITH HIS STUNNING MAGIC-MEANING CHEF ZAMA HIMSELF ROCKED MY FRIENDS WORLD. EVERYTHING THAT WE HAD FROM CHEF ZAMA WAS OVER THE TOP YUMMY. WELL TO SAY THE LEAST BY TIME WE LEFT ZAMA-WELL THEY SAY A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS,WELL HOW ABOUT A GRAND SMILE. AS ALWAYS THE FINEST JAPANESE CHEF IN PHILADELPHIA.FOOD,SERVICE, JUST EVERYTHING JUST BEYOND THE FINEST. THANK YOU CHEF ZAMA FOR FOR BEING THE BEST OF THE BEST AND MOST OF ALL YOU HAVE A NEW FRIEND CYNTHIA SHE LOVED LOVED ZAMA-BANGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for a date
The mix of deliciously innovative dishes and cocktails infused with Asian twists amount to a memorable culinary experience. Would definitely recommend for a date night or moderately fancy family occasion
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an incredible meal
Always an incredible meal and outstanding service.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently amazing. Food is fresh and tasty and eye appealing
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Zama's a few times since they opened, but not recently.Catering to the Rittenhouse Square crowd it's a little pricey but not unreasonable, given the quality of the food & the meticulous care with which it is prepared. Mostly younger (20-35), Girls nite, dates & the scattered middle-agers
The food choices & preparation is presented with pride. it's an intriguing adventure
Staff brings the dining experience together. Almost without noticing, your food arrives , course after course ( plates are to be shared) and you are free to enjoy the experience Our server (Rebecca)was excellent. Besides knowing the various details of virtually every item, she was extremely knowledgable describing the subtleties of the extensive Saki menu.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I used to go to Zama nearly every time I visited Philly (about once a month). I always loved the sushi and some of the bites are great too. Then I had a bad experience when the sushi tasted weird and we left before finishing the meal. Two years later, I decided to go back and give Zama another chance. Glad I did. Delicious appetizers: edamame is always good (esp. reg salt or wasabi salt) and the Wasabi Salmon was AMAZING!! We also loved the Dragon Roll and the Yellowtail Jalapeno Mango.
The service is a little slow, but it's always been that way. Go for the delicious food, plan to spend a long time there and you should have a good time.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Japanese food!!
I think all of suchi neta are so great.
Especially we could enjoyed the alive scallop sushi nigiri and Denraku.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
sushi at a price
Great food, fabulous variety of plates and sushi. Pricey but it seems good sushi almost always is....
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and i did the 8 course chef's tasting..Blown Away! The way it was served and the choices of food and fish were awesome!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM