Zama
Zama

Zama

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zamaphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2155681027
  • 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
138 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (46)great for lunch (31)hot spot (28)romantic (28)good for groups (19)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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    fit for foodies
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food and presentation were great service was the worst
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    JillyeatsPhilly
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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  • Great food, mediocre service
    kitoconnorVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    NeilS
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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  • A sublime meal
    Taboa67
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE!
    Phillyfoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really great
    NMonsterVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    very good lunch. one of the best sushi restaurants that I've been to in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • SLOW service
    leeseaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pricey, but worth it
    omnivore
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Creative Japanese cuisine done right. The sake flights are great, too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative & Quality
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Spot
    Microdino
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    parentsnightout
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, slow service
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Server very pleasant, but not well trained. Food not served intelligently or deliberately enough for a business lunch. Very good food but overpriced.
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  • Unique and Delicious Sushi
    PhillyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian delight
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I enjoy this Restaurent. Food is always fresh. The tuna is particularly well prepared as well as their version of Miso soup.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Linda
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh?
    John
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Eh? Worth maybe half what I paid. Sservice was slow! Food was ok. Really disappointing overall
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  • Loved my dining at zama!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in Rittenhouse
    Amanda77
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Wonderful sushi spot with clean flavors, great ambience and fantastic service. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • SherryVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    awesome sushi!!! Very fresh and the fired brussel sprouts are the best thing that I have ever tasted.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Sushi!
    JJones
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • chefgwilly
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • chef's table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a great dinner with many surprises, our server was great, very knowledgable
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Love it!
    Salmon
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My husband had the meal of his lifetime there, Salmon with bokchoy.
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  • Yum!
    MJOL
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Always a great experience. The dragon roll is phenomenal.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic choice in Rittenhouse
    MeetinCJ
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    What a wonderful find. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable and the sushi was fresh and delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • R stern
    Robert10
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushisnob
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fresh and well-prepared
    Malcolm
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic Meal!
    Biggo
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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