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Zama Details

  • 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: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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 (215) 568-1027
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
Diner Reviews
  • "Menu and Maki selections in particular had no descriptions of content. Server had attitude when asked. Rice on rolls was dried out. Service was poor. Water glasses empty for most if the meal. When we asked for replenishment, we got half a glass. Don't waste your time going when there are so many fabulous options in the city."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Came here to celebrate a job offer. For a Friday night at 9:00pm, the place was not as full as we would have expected. The food was absolutely delicious! We ordered a combination of both hot food and maki rolls. The Hamachi Tataki was wonderful, as was the spider roll. Unfortunately, the high quality of the food was undermined by the mediocre service and ambiance. The restaurant was absolutely freezing. Two couples who were seated next to us had to relocate and I was so cold that we rushed our meal. Additionally, service was mediocre. Our waiter told us that he couldn't wait to get off and didn't really want to pick up our table. I didn't know how we were supposed to respond to that but it was so cold we were out within an hour anyway!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I come to Zama often, and I never leave disappointed. And the wait staff is great - well-versed in the menu and specials and attentive."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had the chef's menu. It was delicious at every turn. Completely worth the surplurge. Definitely would do it again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant and sushi restaurant in Philadelphia. The food is fresh, inventive, and always delicious. Great cocktail and sake selection. I try to get dinner here once a month with friends, and it never disappoints. Great service, amazing food! Will always go to zama for great sushi, ambiance, and service!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I can't believe I have never set foot in Zama before, but certainly will again. Nice vibe and great value lunch with salad, miso soup, edamame and maki/nigiri. Good quality fish and lovely room."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "very good lunch. one of the best sushi restaurants that I've been to in a long time."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This restaurant was okay. The food was fine but the sushi took forever and my husband was finished with his meal before we even got ours. Dessert was another 20 minutes."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Creative Japanese cuisine done right. The sake flights are great, too."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Dinner with six friends here was incredible. We shared a lot of what was ordered and loved everything. Many of the offerings were unexpectedly original yet still of the high quality of the classic menu items. The atmosphere is perfect too! The price was reasonable considering this is among the best in the city."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Girlfriend and I were lucky enough to have a gift card from a family friend to Zama and were able to spend a bit out of our normal budget and enjoy Zama. After a truly fantastic experience with an amazing waiter and wonderful food we'll be saving up to go back as soon as possible. The sushi is incredibly well prepared and fresh and the ingenuity of the bite sized variants of the main courses really let us get the full menu experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Every time we come here we are impressed with the quality and originality of the sushi. You've done it again, and we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Server very pleasant, but not well trained. Food not served intelligently or deliberately enough for a business lunch. Very good food but overpriced."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This small space has the best sushi I've ever had. I keep going back! I highly recommend the Bronzizzle and the Wasabi Tuna. The flavors are so great that they don't require additional wasabi or soy sauce."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I enjoy this Restaurent. Food is always fresh. The tuna is particularly well prepared as well as their version of Miso soup."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent, best sushi place we've ever been to in the city. Ambience was very very simple, almost stark but fitting for the type of place it is, focus is on the food. Tables a little close to each other but not an unusual set up compared to other great restaurants. Bronzizzle role was excellent, pork dumplings excellent, sashimi sampler excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Eh? Worth maybe half what I paid. Sservice was slow! Food was ok. Really disappointing overall"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went here with a friend and we haven't stopped talking about the sushi. The Philly style was awesome as well as the sesame salmon. Already can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful sushi spot with clean flavors, great ambience and fantastic service. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "awesome sushi!!! Very fresh and the fired brussel sprouts are the best thing that I have ever tasted."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I have worked in Center City for several years now and this was my first time to Zama. I have to say the sushi was incredible as I have eaten at numerous sushi places and this restaurant is definitely in my top 3 now. I will be going back multiple times with coworkers, family and friends."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I have been a chef for 35 years, I have taught in a culinary college, I ran a seafood restaurant that won Best of Boston twice, 4 star hotels, catering in Palm Beach, you get the picture. Zama is Fantastic. The quality of the food is the best. Flavors are wonderful. I only know of one sushi restaurant that compares. No I have not eaten at Nobu. I will go everytime I am in Philly!! Kiyo is friendly and always aims to please. Two seats at the bar please."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a great dinner with many surprises, our server was great, very knowledgable"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband had the meal of his lifetime there, Salmon with bokchoy."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always a great experience. The dragon roll is phenomenal."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "What a wonderful find. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable and the sushi was fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "One of the best meals in the last 12 months. 6 course chefs tasting was fantastic. Nice to see that the whole table did not have to participate in the tasting as is policy in many other restaurants . Looking forward to our next dinner at Zama"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great food. I think the rice is softer now which is very good (it was a little bit harder side for a sushi in the past)."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Best fish in town. This place gives morimoto a run for its money as far as fish quality is concerned. However, the red snapper IS best I have ever had anywhere in the world, as good as the fish in Japan. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The dishes we especially like -- black cod, sushi/sashimi black belt combo, individual rolls -- are so good that even after many visits we find it hard to try new options. It's easy to spend more than we intended though."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went last night with foodie friends who consider Zama their favorite. Had terrific service from Sam who gave us efficient attention and has a great personality. Also met executive sous chef Will McMonigle who was justifiably proud of his creations. The restaurant and bar have a beautiful decor--don't miss the ceiling. And the food was well-prepared--highly complicated in its creation, artfully arranged and full of complex flavors--we shared many small plates. Make sure to get the scallop & cauliflower dish--unbelievable! And the raw oysters with mango ice and caviar--I don't eat raw oysters but they tempted me & won me over. All other dishes were the same high caliber. Can't wait to return! Thank you Will and staff for a meal to remember!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went to Zama to celebrate a birthday and we did the 6 course tasting menu. Everything they brought out was on point, the waiter explained in detail exactly what they brought out. He was also very attentive to bringing out each course in a timely manner and made sure drinks were full through out the meal without being overbearing. This is our new favorite spot!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We loved our meal. We had the chef's menu. Each course was unique and beautifully composed. Great flavors and sauceswith every morsel we'll beback soon "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We have been regulars since Zama opened and have raved about it to everyone we know. This was our first bad experience and it was really bad. I believe it was more because of the waiter than the kitchen. My edamame were cold and my miso soup lukewarm. The waiter replaced them. My lunch was served, my husband's was not. For a long time. We had to flag him down to find out when it would be served. I had to eat really slowly to avoid finishing before my husband had any food. His lunch appeared as soon as we inquired. He had ordered it spicy, it was bland. Flagged the waiter again, since he was so inattentive. He said he'd check his notes to confirm that the order was for spicy. Really unpleasant, lax, terrible attitude. Bad lunch"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Lunch special is a good deal: udon soup, edamame, dressed salad greens, and a standard maki roll. Everything was tasty, though I would label the sushi as perfectly adequate. The spicy tuna maki was not particularly spicy or flavorful in any way. I definitely can get more delicious sushi for cheaper in Center City. PS. The decor was very nice."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Zama is a go-to place for my friends and me. We always enjoy our time there. The food is always delicious. You have to finish the meal with the green tea mochi. It's perfect!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I would rate this average good sushi. Nothing to complain about. Certainly not disappointed , but nothing to blow your sock off either. had a great waitress."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The sushi here is extremely fresh and very consistent. Big fan of Chef Zama and his restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Found them in a "best of Philadelphia" list online, they turned out to be great. Two of us, we each did the $75 (8 course!!) tasting menu, we each rated it a 9.5. Good service, very thoughtful and well-prepared menu. High-grade sushi/sashimi, fresh, flavorful. Other courses were fascinating - rich flavors, interesting (but not unpleasant) textures, impressive variety. The seating was a little crowded, but a great dining experience. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "My brother and I took my mother here for Mother's Day dinner and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The food was fresh and they had a wide selection of items not often seen. Our server was also very knowledgeable on the menu and explained any terms not understood without being demeaning or belittling. The only issue we had was that not all dishes were brought out together. There was nearly a 10 minute spread before everyone got their plates. Considering we ordered sushi and shashimi, it did not get cold, but it was still inconvenient when we were not all served out plates together so that we could at the same time. However overall, the experience was well worth it and food was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014