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About coZara

coZara is a true Japanese Izakaya, Japanese word for Gastro pub , small plates tapas style restaurant located in University City.

3200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Yakitori, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday Through Friday 11:30-4pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
33rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 233-7488

Website:
http://www.cozaraphilly.com/

Executive Chef:
Zama Tanaka

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

Sat 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

We have many areas that hold different size parties. Please call to see menus and the space.

coZara Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (6)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
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Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tapas (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Casual (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a nice evening, nice people helping us, and time with friends.
The food was somewhat special, tasted good, but was not a 'bargain' price deal!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Try the truffle Brussel sprouts. They’re amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was overall a good experience, but the ramen noodle was not cooked well.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Two brothers from DC and NY needed a place close to the train station for lunch. We do this several times a year. Tried CoZara. Convenient, tasty, and not rushed. We will do it again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I thought the food was ok but not even close to the raving reviews I read.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

VERY GOOD VERY GOOD

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Have been several times with even non-sushi people and they love it too! Our go to spot near Drexel. Love it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Tapas, Late-night Find, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Disappointing food, value,
Crowded tables, loud.
However nice, decor

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very nice decor. AMAZING food. It was heavenly.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

If you want to eat authentic Japanese food, I recommend not to go there. Sushi was unbelievably small and way over priced. I still can't believe that the restaurant is being run by Japanese owner. So disappointed. Service was good though.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome duck!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2017

first time for lunch. Wide range of choices on the menu, and reasonable value for good Japanese food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service is always excellent and the menu has multiple options of Japanese cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing food. Great location. Service was slow and the food came out at different times so half of our table was done eating 30+ minutes before the other half got their food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

priced reasonable and food was pretty good. it was quaint & cozy

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great variety of food (yakitori, vegetarian, ramen, sushi, rolls)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Servers were nice but not meticulous

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Ramen is overpriced for quality. Rolls were ok. Drinks were cheap.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The food was either exceptional The Cod and Crab Wontons or overly salty the Shrimp fried rice. The salmon fig role was a nice twist and the price was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Sorry, the edamame were soggy and the sushi too small and uninteresting to merit a $30 lunch

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

My only suggestion is that the outside aearing be changed from picnic tables to something more comfortable and nicer (tables with chairs that have backs)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Outstanding Japanese cuisine.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food was superb. I love the skewer options and how you're able to mix and match. That and our server were delightful.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Great duck ramen and tasty small plates.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This restaurant is a little find! My son introduced the family to coZara as he enjoys sushi and Asian food. We had reservations, which I would recommend, and we were promptly seated. The waitress was friendly , told us what specials there were and what they no longer had. When we ordered the first round of food we did not have to wait long for it. Even when we ordered more, no problem. It was fresh, tasty and the presentation was delightful. We will definitely go there again.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The nomihoudai was great but we were not served the edamame and salad which were supposed to be included. It also took a while for the first course to come out. Service was great. It's a great deal.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Loved it, food and service were great. Will go again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Tried a new menu and it was great! The waiters were sometimes slow to respond, but they were friendly.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Had an amazing time at CoZara - was visiting from out of town and wish they had a location where I live!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

food was ok, have enjoyed better sushi, but server was fantastic and there were some hits and misses. The ribs would skip totally, the pan fried mushroom won ton, was the best thing on the menu, as we tried 6 small plates. Sushi rolls were average. know of 5 places with better fresh sushi.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The restaurant was excellent - but we almost didn't go as Open table could not get a reservation before 9.15pm. When we got there at 9 there were many open tables and when we mentioned it to the waitress she could not explain. Call the restaurant directly, I've come to learn that is the best way.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The small dishes we ordered came out fast and were really good. Our server, Lindsay, was helpful with deciding how much food we should order and which ones we might like.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Food was fabulous! The "tapas" part of it allowed us to get lots of small plate items and share. Everything was delicious. Definitely going back to try the sushi. We got specialty cocktails, which were great! Service was really slow but the servers were attentive and apologetic. There was some sort of kitchen issue. They took some items off the bill to compensate - before we even complained.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great service, phenomenal delicious food, reasonably priced. Total winner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Food was good . Kitchen was slow and made mistakes with each portion of the meAl. Our entree came out before our appetizer . They didn't allow substitutions . Server was slow and did terrible anticipating our needs. Manager apologized for Kitchen mistakes .

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Not that impressed. Food was OK compared to other Japanese restaurants in the area. They also stuck us in the back room upstairs, which felt like a big storage room that was converted for more table space. Service was also a bit haphazard and the table next us get a free meal for something that went wrong which wasn't encouraging. I don't believe the value was worth it. It is expensive for Japanese food. I think there are many other sushi places in the area that have better food at a lower price.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Very accommodating!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

We have been to coZara numerous times. The food is absolutely delicious. This is the only sushi restaurant we frequent where I would recommend the specialty rolls (we tend towards sashimi). We had and would highly recommend the Hokkaido scallop, U Penn, Bronzizzle and Hamachi Tataki rolls. Their veggies are also outstanding. Finally, the true test of a restaurant is how they handle it when something goes wrong. There was a mix-up with our order and hence, we did not receive some of it in a timely manner. They handled the situation extremely well - kudos to the manager! We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The food was decent but not worth the price in my opinion.

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