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
144 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (42)great for lunch (37)romantic (31)hot spot (29)good for groups (23)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    RickJB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food as always. Excellent sushi and othe Japanese specialties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    JillyeatsPhillyVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    NeilSVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate