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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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (8)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
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Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tapas (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Authentic (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Spicy (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

This is probably my single favorite in Philadelphia.
Creative Japanese fusion taken to the next level.
It's my"Go To" place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Great spot for an Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day combo lunch. Would have been 5 stars across, but too quite some time to get our check after we had finished. That might be the most minor of complaints on this site. Really enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was some of the best Asian fusion we have ever had. Service was also excellent :)
We will certainly be back and will recommend to others!

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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent range of vegetarian and gluten free options. Kitchen got really backed up on the sushi items and they took a long time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great for a quick bite to eat. A friend and I came for dinner during a study break. I ordered the fried pork gyoza, a chicken thigh skewer, and the lunch portion of the spicy chicken ramen and would recommend all of them. Everything came out of the kitchen piping hot and in a fairly quick amount of time. The service was also great, as dishes were cleared and drinks were filled as soon as needed and without having to ask.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Horrible service. Rude and condescending staff. Avoid.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Sushi & rolls prices were outrageous and also the portions extremely small. the quality of the food was acceptable but did not justify the High price that this restaurant charges for.
Service was slow and a bit disorganized. Nothing special with the design of the place and the seating was not comfortable at all...
I will not recommend this place at all...

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It used to be an excellent value. Went frequently when my daughter was a student at both Drexel and Penn. Had a date with my husband after a ball game at the Palestra. It was Horrendous. Food was not good, but our server was a nightmare. Her impatience, condescension and ultimately her indifference was intolerable. I will not return.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We were treated like VIP. James and Andrew, the managers were so great! From the second we walked in to the last. The head chef is out of this world. The food coming out of the kitchen and the sushi bar are awesome. Quick, fresh and delicious are just the top three words to describe how awesome the food is. We do enjoy Zama, but CoZara is our new favorite place. Hands down! Go and grab a happy hour bite or an entire meal. You won’t be disappointed.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2018

My friend and I split 4 sushi rolls and I got the calamari salad. Total was under $30 and our waitress was very sweet, attentive, and fast. Totally would recommend. Their sushi is the best in town! So fresh and you can really taste the difference in their rice vs other sushi’s I’ve had.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

First time here. Awesome! Fantastic menu with some of the best sushi in the city. Great with friends to share plates. We will be back!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

What a great place! We loved the casual vibe, the excellent food and service. The management was amazing, and service was great. Great food, and great prices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

coZara is a great place to enjoy good quality sushi. Simple, fresh and local joint. I definitely recommend it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We came in about an hour and a half before closing time and there was only one other table there so the restaurant was rather quiet besides the sounds of cooking. Despite coming in so close to closing time, all of the table were still set and still looked nice, all menu options were available, and the food did not suffer in quality (quite the opposite actually).

My sister and I ordered a lot of small shareable dishes: fried pork gyoza, sukiyaki spring rolls, grilled okra, a few chicken thigh and new york strip skewers, fried calamari, and the spicy chicken ramen. It sounds like a lot of food but it was the optimal amount for us two young women. Everything tasted great and came out pipping hot except the the calamari. We had just gone to CoZara days earlier and they used a different coating (much better) for the calamari than they did for this visit. The coating on the calamari for this visit was too bready and ruined the dish. I definitely recommend sampling the menu by doing a lot of small dishes like we did.

The service was great. Both the manager and the one server ensured that our glasses stayed full and that our food wa brought to us as soon as it was ready. Being one of the only two tables there was great, like renting out the restaurant for a private dinner, so I would go late at night for service like that.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food is just wonderful! Flavors and presentation can’t be beat! We’ll definitely be back.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I love Izakayas. They are really hard to come by, so I was thrilled to find CoZara. The food was delicious, and the space is beautiful. Can’t wait to come back with friends!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Sit upstairs! Great service, fantastic prices, and food! I will definitely be coming back. Our waiter Zach was attentive and patient, great guy.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service is absolutely horrendous.. I would not recommend this restaurant unless you want to go for happy hour drinks & sushi/ sushimi rolls or appetizers. The food comes out whenever even though you have specified that you prefer to have the small plates first. I will not go back

Tags: Casual
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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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Took a group there for a friends birthday and we had a blast. The staff was great, food was delicious and they were very accommodating. We were a bit loud but they sat us upstairs and away from people which was perfect. I would highly recommend!

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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 30, 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 15, 2017

Servers were nice but not meticulous

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 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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