About Hama Sushi
Hama Sushi is a landmark restaurant located in the heart of Venice. Serving the freshest, most authentic sushi creations and French inspired fusion cuisine since 1979. Our eclectic clientele, lively atmosphere, innovative world class weekly specials and knowledgably and friendly staff make for an unforgettable dining experience.
Venice, CA 90291
Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday : 11:30am - 10:30pm
Friday : 11:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday : 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Happy Hour Patio Bar: 4:00pm - 7:00pm DAILY (Mon-Sun)
(Happy Hour at Patio Bar Only)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We encourage guest participation in our famous Birthday and last call for sushi songs! We also feature 2 huge projection screens and 3 flat screen TVs on the patio which play everything from old surf movies to the playoffs!
Our renown Catering Chef Jason Levine, can accommodate both large corporate functions as well as small, intimate gatherings in your home. We have a menu selection for every size and budget.
Street parking and Valet services available
Private Party Facilities:
Contact us to schedule your next private party.
Private Party Contact:
Tony Kim: (310) 396-8783
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Hama Sushi Ratings and Reviews
This place was wonderful! My boyfriend has been going here for a long time and couldn't wait to bring me! But it is a little pricey so he waited for a great occasion - the night before valentines day! and after we ate a wonderful meal we were able to walk to one of the hotel's on Venice beach and drink the night away on the rooftop!
I can't wait to go back! =]
I've been to Hama now once for lunch and once for dinner. Dinner was jam packed and LOUD! Lunch was dead. The food was great both times, with the fish absolutely buttery. The lobster roll was a little disappointing, as it was very dry, but everything else was good.
Haven't been in years, but recalled the fun atmosphere and tasty sushi. On Friday night, we found the lively environment still in tact, but the food has gone astray. We relied on the server's recommendations - crispy rice tuna, seaweed salad, Venice roll, Florence roll - and were disappointed by each. Even the rice was gummy.We did not eat everything and indeed, returned the seaweed salad. Adding insult to injury was a pricey bill.
The server was quite pleasant, but her recommendations were way off track (unless perhaps, that's as good as it gets these days at Hama).
Unless you're just looking for a fun vibe, look for another sushi spot - this town has lot of them.
I've been here 100 times. I bring so many different friends and out of towers I love the sashimi and cuisine so much. We had a table of 6 and got really lucky this time. I normally prefer the sushi bar because service isn't always the best when it's a busy night like this past Sat. Our waitress was great though, food came out fast and the food outstanding as always!!
But this time we were very disappointed in all of our food, with the exception of the crab hand roll. It just didn't seem like the usual fresh sushi we are used to at Hama. Hopefully it was just a bad night, or maybe just a new sushi chef. We will give it another try, but this visit felt like a a waste of money. Hama IS however quite the local scene. Always a good time when sitting at the bar there.
I choose this restaurant because one of the local person was recommended. It was so noisy and so many obnoxious people were dining and they were very laud. We mentioned the service person she said there is nothing she can do. Food was way below average. I don't recommend this restaurant at all.
We met up here with some friends that we haven't seen in a while. The place itself was located in a great spot but you do have to valet park because there is no parking. This would be a great place for people to walk to if they lived in the area. The atmosphere was vibrant but so much so that it was difficult to hear conversation at the table. The host who seated us placed us in the 'quieter' area...but it was not. The sushi and food itself was OK. Nothing out of ordinary. They did have a Strawberry Roll which I've never tried before. It was good but not worth the money. Overall I would go back to this place if I was in the area, however, I don't think I would make it a destination.
We called the restaurant to let them know we were running late and that we had two extra people in our party. Despite and insanely busy Friday night, they accommodated us and had a great table waiting when we arrived. The server was excellent as was the sushi. Highly recommend.
I have had very good experience at this restaurant in the past and I used to think of it as one of the best sushi restaurants in LA, but unfortunately, the last two visits were disappointing for one big reason: The sushi was not fresh. It had a fishy smell that you only get from fish that isn't fresh, and considering the prices, I didn't expect to have this problem. Everything else was good, it is a nice fun place to go, but I won't be going there anymore to eat sushi.
overall a very good address for well-prepared sushi, sashimi etc.Food is nicely presented too as it should be. Fish is very fresh. Only drawback is that the online reservation made no distinction between the eating area under the awning (noisy) versus the brick and mortar dining room (quiet). Our party would have preferred to dine in the quiet area.
wear earplugs. Had a birthday gathering on a Saturday night. Not smart on my part.
The service and food were very good, but my ears are still ringing. The table behind
apologized more than once for their extremely loud partying.
I'll go back mid week when it's not so wild.
I visited Hama Sushi at the Windward Circle location (in Venice) last Saturday night and was quite disappointed with the lack of Happy Hour menu when seated INSIDE the bar, but not AT the bar. The other location (on Wilshire Blvd.) provides Happy Hour throughout the restaurant and for the quality of the food, the Happy Hour prices are just right.
Although the service was really great at the Windward Circle location, the food was definitely not worth the price - $19 for a specialty roll that wasn't all that special, 5 pieces of Yellowtail Sashimi for $15, and $15 for a basic spicy tuna roll? Sorry but, I've had better.
If I return to this location, you can bet I will be sitting at the bar.
My family loves Hama. Great sushi is always extremely fresh, and the servers are always helpful. Our server tonight seemed a little preoccupied, but hey, we all have off days. We had a great time, amazing food, and will return to Hama Sushi again in the near future.
This was our first time here so the number of items we've tried is limited. I had the beef gyoza which was supposed to be pan steamed, but seemed like it was fried. I had one of the specialty rolls which was pretty good. we also ordered tempura which was a bit too greasy. My wife's teriyaki chicken was OK. The service was quick and the staff is very friendly. They also feature a very large collection of cold Saki's. We may try this again because of the location and also just one try isn't really a fair test. But bottom line there are better, comparable priced Japanese restaurants in the area.
Great imaginative Sushi and fantastic happy hour. Has a big tv screen but play surf movies, also can sit in dining area rather than bar area and have no tv but no happy hour. I love to go to the end of happy hour order a few things and work my way into a couple speacial rolls. When in Venice go to this great neighborhood restaurant. its always fun great service and happy.
This is one of my go-to sushi spots where it has a friendly and relaxed vibe. The food is tasty, always fresh, and the flavors are consistent. I love sitting at the sushi bar and watching the sushi chefs make the dishes and there's such always great energy flowing at the sushi bar. I love their shiso lemon roll, surf and turf with yellowtail, and always finish off the meal with the baked blue crab hand-roll. If you can take the heat ask for a side of their habanero sauce to dip your rolls in.
The food is very tasty and fresh. There could be a more vegetarian entree choices so everyone feels the're eating a complete meal together. We would dine there more for happy hour if there were full bar drinks. Would like more choice other than beer and sake with my sushi.
I managed to convince her to hold onto my luggage while I walked the beach before my dinner reservation, which was a huge benefit to me and much appreciated. Food was excellent, and menu (food and beverage) interesting. Service was relaxed but quite good. Had a great evening meeting my friend there. The quasi outdoor seating was very nice.
Hama has been around for some time and they never disappoint. The quality of their sushi is always A1 and the service is great. I would definitely recommend Hama to anyone who is looking for a great place to gather with friends. The outside patio has a tv and I've never really paid much attention to what is playing but it's got a sports bar feel and the inside dining area has your typical sushi joint feel to it.
Overall - a great place - we visit quite often!
Good sushi, good saki...all set to great old school surf videos. Fun place, fun staff. But word of warning: when they say SPICY they mean SPICY. The Devil Roll curled some eye brows! And make sure you ask for the not-on-the-menu Live Prawms. As pure as you can get and the crispy heads are a great treat.
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