Zama
Zama

Zama

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zamaphilly.com/
  • Phone: (215) 568-1027
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private area located in the back of our restaurant for up to 22 people. Please call and we can work out a menu, menu build for all budgets.
  • Private Party Contact: Bryon Phillips 2155681027
  • Special Events: We can host large parties in our private dining room up to 20ppl. Buy outs are welcome.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Moravian
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There are several parking lots in and around our restaurant
A word from Zama
Traditional Japanese with modern twist. With unique specialty rolls and a full bar that features Japanese beers and large sake list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Zama reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (36)neighborhood gem (33)hot spot (29)romantic (25)great for lunch (25)good for groups (23)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Sushi is fresh and delicious.
    YumInMyTumVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The sushi here is always fresh and delicious. The bronzizzle roll is pretty special! They also have additions to the menu each night and some rather adventurous options. Great selection of cocktails, wine, sake, and beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went here on a recommendation from a friend. Sushi selections were excellent, Chef Zama doesn't dissapoint!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    Goffgreen
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Zama is currently my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The creativity of the menu and boldness of the flavors are almost unbelievable. We especially liked the Branzizzle, the black cod dice, and the calamari salad, which we split.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly Roll!
    tropwesVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I specifically chose Zama for it's specialty rolls. My wife and I love great sushi restaurants and Zama's menu is strong on specialty particularly if you are interested in Sashimi. We chose the surfer, zahav and spicy lobster rolls... but it was the final selection, the PHILLY ROLL, that was out of this world. We love Zahav and thought the Zahav roll which was special would be the top choice. The Philly roll was very unconventional and worth every penny. We loved it so much, we ordered a second round. The beef, cheese, onion, rice and soy paper... and the presentation are a wow. I normally love large pieces of Sashimi and the menu offered a number of specialty options there. I will go back for that... and the Philly roll!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • MetzVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food very good with different combos. Drinks expensive, but ok. Our server, Sam, was exceptional. Great service and nice and funny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi!
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Honestly, this is consistently the best sushi and sushi experience. I haven't personally found a better menu or quality in any other cities, New York included. Chef Zama is incredibly talented and the food is amazing! HIGHLY recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner and martinis
    HappyinBoulderVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The $55 chef tasting menu was outstanding and great value. The biggest surprise was the $11 sapphire martini on a Saturday night no less. This wasn't a small martini glass but the regular size. So, even if you don't like Japanese, just start your night with a reasonably priced drink at Zama.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, But Little of It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Did tasting menu - wow each course of was amazing....but problem was there was very little food (ended up getting a cheeseburger afterwards) .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • spotleo
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Dinner was very good.Fish was awesome....Enjoyed the cooked food as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Zama was not what I expected. The sushi was just okay. I think there are many other places in the city that make inexpensive and better sushi. The service could have been better (waiter forgot to bring our wine and needed to be reminded). One thing that was very good was the edamame sampler.
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  • Been better
    MJOL
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love this restaurant, but this visit was not the best. They took my favorite item (wasabi salmon) off the menu since the last I went in late spring. I was very disappointed since I brought my family there to try it. Sushi was good, but not as good as usual. The waitress was very helpful, especially about gluten-free options for one person in our party. She even recommended another place for gluten-free dessert since the restaurant didn't really have good GF dessert options.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing sushi
    mattphillyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Easily the best sushi restaurant I've been to. Delicious food along with some of the best service. The wait staff always has great recommendations and spot on descriptions of each dish for anyone suffering from indecisiveness. The black cod dice appetizer is excellent and a must for your first visit. It'll make a great first impression for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 95% perfect
    Phillyfamily
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The server went above and beyond. When we asked about the sake he brought us a sample of one that he thought would be good for us, and it was great. The service in general was very attentive yet not obtrusive at all. Some of the food was exquisite - the black cod "Bite" especially. The tempura was fine (nothing special), but the dipping sauce was really good. The "charity roll" with the escargot was the only weak spot. While the combination of the vegetables in the roll itself were excellent and texture of the escargot on top was wonderful, the sauce used on the escargot was overwhelming with a dark salty taste that overpowered the more delicate flavors of the roll. The Japanese beer selection was good but pricey. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and oh so accommodating.
    FoodisfunVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My dining partner was running late so we were last to order and our waitress couldn't have been nicer or more gracious. Food was scrumptious as ever. Love the salmon skin salad, jalapeño yellowtail, dumplings, crunchy tubs and cod dice. The chicken skewers not as much. Always a great meal in this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, unique, creative
    TKandMe
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wow what an incredible dining experience! I had heard this place was great, but was expecting a typical sushi place. Couldn't be further from it! Wasabi roll, vetri roll, the edamame with 3 different salts, the Brussel sprout side dish, all amazing. Fun lively atmosphere, not 'sceney', excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, decent sushi
    Devin
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Took gf for bday dinner, as it was recommended to her by a local food critic. Great atmosphere, the staff overall was super friendly (I think we were thanked for coming/told to enjoy our evening 6 separate times between getting up and making it to the sidewalk, which was kind of comical), but our server seemed a bit aloof - both helpful and disinterested at alternating intervals throughout the meal. Miso Soup - luke warm; Wasabi Tuna roll - awesome; Surfer roll - good; cheese steak roll (got for novelty's sake) was unnecessary - felt like I paid $21 for a chz steak empanada; Chirashi which I was super excited for had suprisingly little fish on it for $25 (but soft shell shrimp nomnom!)... cool place, but way overpriced for what's delivered
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Incredible- like usual!
    Lrichards642
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Zama is always on point with their sushi game. One of my top favorite restaurants in the city. Fish is always incredibly fresh and delicious. Being a sashimi fan, the freshness is very important. Had the surfer roll, citrus fluke, the sashimi appetizer, oshinko side and a few other items. Brian, our server, was outstanding. Great customer service and super friendly and knowledgable. It was my friends first time at Zama and he spent some time eating sushi in Japan and was extremely impressed by Zama. Of course, I will be back. Not my first rodeo at Zama and won't be my last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The server difference
    Moi1VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I had been here once before and thought it was great. After my last time, I doubt I will be back. The first time was for dinner and we tried a lot. Last time, was for lunch and we had the sashimi bento box. We would have tried more, but for the server's lack of helpfulness. When we asked her what the Japanese Classics were (about 10 listed at the end of the menu, with names in Japanese and no descriptions), her response was to ask us if she really had to go through them all. We asked how else would we know what they were? When asked for a recommendation, she told us that it depended on what we liked, but didn't volunteer more. Too bad, as the first time, we were guided in our ordering and the overall experience was completely different.
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  • High quality and authentic style
    DSuzuki
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Excellent sushi and sashimi, with what it takes - very high quality fish selection, with great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Junebug
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The philly roll is awesome but it's very loud and lacks much scenery but overall great food and drinks
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi!
    keplertracker
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    You come here for fresh fish, then splurge a bit and go for the black belt tasting menu - its worth the extra $20 to sample the seasonal and more exotic fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch!
    awax
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The restaurant seems to be a hit for business workers on their lunch break. The food was delicious, especially the udon soup. Sushi was fresh. The restaurant week menu was a great deal. Good for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner. Our only complaint is that the tables are too close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kindofafoodsnob
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a delicious meal here before a theater performance. Service was great.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Amazing
    Gr8dinner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best sushi in the city. Better than Morimoto...seriously. We were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Our server was exceptional too. She pretty much recommended our entire meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    amil51
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Zama far exceeded my expectations. The service staff was knowledgeable and informed my party that there were two separate kitchens therefore our food would come out staggered when prepared. Knowing this upfront set the precadence for how our meal would go, which i appreciated. The sushi was spectacular, fresh, and diverse. Do not pass up the opportunity to dine at Zama-minimalistic decor, helpful service, trendy yet not pretentious.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THERE IS ONLY ONE WORD BANGING
    cal1dineVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    THERE IS ONLY ONE WORLD TO DISCRIBE ZAMA RESTAARANT PHILADELPHIA AND THAT IS BANGING!!!. FROM THE TIME THAT WE GOT TO THE RESTAURANT IT WAS PURE LOVE. WE HAD THE GRAND PLEASURE OF SITTING AT THE #1 SUSHI BAR IN ALL PHILA AND TO ADD CHEF ZAMA WAS THERE AND PERSONLY COOKED FOR US. THE MAGIC OF CHEF ZAMA IS OF THE MASTERS. THIS IS THE FINEST JAPANESE CHEF EVER TO COOK FOR ME. THERE WAS MULTIPLE DISHES THAT WERE CREATED FOR US AND EVERY ONE JUST ROCKED. NOW THE FISH AS TO BE EXPECTED ONLY THE BEST AND LAST NIGHT THE OTORO MELTED IN OUR MOUTH LIKE A STICK OF BUTTER.THE SERVICE ROCKED AND THE FOOD THE BEST THAT $$$ CAN BUY. IF YOU WANT THE FINEST JAPANESE IN ALL PHILADELPHIA THEN I GIVE YOU CHEF ZAMA THE #1 JAPANESE CHEF IN ALL PHILA!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - overpriced
    PhillyS
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Zama's sushi fish is excellent but they are clearly budget conscious -- lots of frills and lots of rice in a bowl that's fairly expensive, without much fish to speak of. Delicious, but probably not worth the price.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Feast for stomach and eye :)
    phillyfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was a feast for our stomachs and eyes. A special Thank you to Steven for a wonderful service, and to the kitchen for their handling of food allergies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Miso glazed Code
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was shocked how terrible the miso glazed code (the bento box). I remember how great it was previously. The service was great as usual and everything else was great.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good place for lunch!
    Rssp
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good. Nothing to over the top I would say. We had two of thier signature special sushi rolls and 1 roll from the regular sushi menu and preferred the regular roll over the two specials that we had.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Incredible sashimi selection
    miamiforlifeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This Japanese gem stands out for its cold dishes. The Black Belt Sashimi/sushi combinations provide rare cuts of fish such as Bluefin tuna at a relatively affordable price. The food is at once authentic and innovative. There are numerous traditional Japanese hot and cold dishes, as well as innovative new creations. Try the Zahav roll - it combines Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine and is very tasty. The ambience is minimal, but the sushi is the best I have had in the city and is affordable relative to other Center City restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    highexpVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Loved Zama! The ambiance, which doesn't usually matter much to me, was lovely. Most important were that the serving staff were very patient with questions and immediately gave us details about specials, but not in that usual rote way. The sushi and seaweed salad were outstanding, as were my dining partner's sashimi. Go! it's terrific.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great sushi and lovely atmosphere. Much better than many other sushi places around Philly.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavidS
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Family favorite. A different league than most of its rivals.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a reservation and got there a little early. We were rewarded by being sat next to the bathroom! Mind you it was empty. Our appetizers came out individually which we thought was odd, but umm ok. My entree arrived and then my partners didn't arrive for over 20 minutes. No apologies. We weren't impressed. At. All.
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  • AbsolutelySensationalSalmonSashimi!
    JoeysMyra
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I love raw Salmon. I could live on it and I often do. I live in New York and I have a few favorites there, but Zama's salmon is worth every $3.50 per slice. I never order the chef's choice. What do I care what he likes. I order my choice and it's always Salmon. Zama's salmi was superb! I can't wait for a reason to visit Philly again so I can scoop more of it up.
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  • Best Sushi Ever.
    BarbL
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Zama is so much better then Morimoto and other top Sushi houses. Creative, innovative...and the flavored were outstanding. Presentation beautiful. Our waitress Sam was so knowledgable she could even tell us the hidden spice in the short rib small bite selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    RickJB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food as always. Excellent sushi and othe Japanese specialties.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fefe
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Really great sushi! Service was wonderful, drinks and sake selection outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.