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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.

213 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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)

Cross Street:
Main St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 396-8783

Website:
http://www.hamasushi.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
Street parking and Valet services available

Executive Chef:
Joseph Bracero

Private Party Facilities:
Contact us to schedule your next private party.

Private Party Contact:
Tony Kim: (310) 396-8783

Additional:
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

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4.5

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4.5

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2015

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! =]

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2015

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2015

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2014

Good specials and fish is fresh with reasonable prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2014

Fun atmosphere, great service and sushi, wish there were fewer birthday sing a longs tho..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2014

Slow service, Bugs around table, very disorganised table seating service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 27, 2014

Few sushi restaurants can beat Hama in Venice. The fish is fresh... a favorite for decades.. must try the Ika (barbequed squid)!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2014

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2014

We have been going to Hama for over 30 years and enjoy their quality sushi and atmosphere. It has changed and expanded and been remodeled, but food is still high quality and location is great fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2014

The food was great . We were sat inside at a table that was so small and cramped I could barely fit . There was a person sitting behind me and there was nit enough room for two people.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2014

Food was good, but not as great as I would expect for Sushi in LA. Also, back "patio" kinda dingy.. and for what you pay, could have had a higher quality meal somewhere else.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2014

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 21, 2014

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 17, 2014

We dined here for the first time after living in the area for 10 years. It was just okay for $118 before tax and tip (2 of us and nothing fancy ordered). We tried it, checked off the list, no need to go back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 16, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 2, 2014

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 25, 2014

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2014

I think the atmosphere really effected the overall dining experience. The dining room was cold and members of the party were uncomfortable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 5, 2014

than the food.Blair and Molly took great care of us but there is much better sushi to be had in LA and Malibu.Fun place to party and food is decent but not for aficionados by any means.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 25, 2014

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 24, 2014

Went during happy hour. Amazing price on appetizers $4-$6, then sushi rolls for $5, and $1 off drinks. Service was great, food was great and I will definitely be back next time I visit California (Venice)!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 8, 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 1, 2014

We went after not being there for years and it was still terrific! The noise level was a bit high but hey, it is all about birthdays sometimes!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Great sushi, plain and simple, and at a good price.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2014

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2014

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2014

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2014

We love this restaurant and have been going for past 25 years. It is fun and yummy - some terrific dishes that are not on the menu so ask - and enjoy on your birthday

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2013

If you go, sit at the sushi bar and let Chef Jason take care of you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2013

Great space, great service and excellent Sushi

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2013

Yummy sushi the happy hour is amazing and fancy rolls even better. Very venice place a gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2013

Great, casual restaurant, with tasty food, good service and fun vibe !
The specialty rolls are amazeing, I love the blue crab hand roll and the Ono sushi is done to perfection. Defenitely a favorite place to go!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2013

Eclectic beach bar look. Bright, energetic. Always a great fall back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2013

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 24, 2013

The service started out a little slow but the great food made it worth the wait

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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