Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar

4.7
303 reviews
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Chef James Hamamori presents an inspiring take on sushi with delicate detail and innovative ingredients. Crystal illuminations provide a contemporary and elegant setting for a spectacular dining experience.
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Orange County
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, though it should be for these prices. Service was good, but it often seems like the server was just too shy to approach and follow up with us.

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C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It may have been because it was NYE but I have to say that the service was severely lacking. And the sushi in particular did not seem fresh. At the prices they are charging it's definitely not worth it.

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Hamamori sushi experience was even more magical before Christmas ;) Service and food was outstanding as always! Thank you and Happy New Year!!

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ER
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great quality,
I have been eating Sushi all my life around the world this holds up very well

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s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi and interesting unique dishes. We sat at the sushi bar and the sushi chefs were personable, knowledgeable and informative - so we tried delicious new foods and fish that we wouldn't have tried without their recommendations. It is not inexpensive, but it is worth it. Highly recommend this place.

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PL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING SUSHI 🍣. Great service as well, a really great find that I wouldn’t have expected to see in a mall. 👍🏼

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice ambience, especially given the location inside Crystal court (a mall). Food was good although the calamari was too chewy. Service was excellent.

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JR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall the prices are reasonable to pricey, but we ordered a caviar appetizer for $49 and is was no more than a small amount of caviar on a single cracker.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase was excellent. High quality fish. Highly recommend!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. I am definitely returning.

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F
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff that picked great sushi for us to try. We wanted to try something new and tasty! The sushi chefs were very friendly and entertaining. Will be back

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ST
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fish was exceptional, great choices in wild and farmed fish. Great appetizers. I will definately go back.

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The delicious food and consistently excellent service keeps us coming back! Thank you to everyone working at this great sushi restaurant!

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DL
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Hamamori. The servers are truly engaged with their customers. The food is always perfect and the quality is beyond belief! A little pricey but worth it. Still our favorite Sushi restaurant in OC

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L
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent omekase menu an amazing individual items.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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WM
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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BC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our small order (5 gems) took 40 minutes to arrive with the restaurant at half capacity; other tables were served multiple dishes before we got our food. The food was delicious and very expensive.

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OT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi and service, best in OC, even better than Nobu and Kitayama

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JK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always high quality ingredients. One of the best Sushi restaurants we have found. We dine here several times a month.

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HO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good as usual, however the service was very slow especially since we told them coming in that we had to be at the theater for a specific event. I was also unhappy that I did not receive my points for using Open Table. No explanation was given.

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SW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive been to many of the top sushi spots in southern California and this was a very big surprise. The food was amazing. We ordered the Omakase and the waitress just asked us what were some of our favorite flavors. All the sudden they engineered a beautiful line of dishes for us. Some of the most authentic sushi.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for business professionals after work.

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l
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is definitely good. We had the sampler sushi. The asparagus was great and perfectly cooked. The spicey tuna roll was bite size and perfect not too much rice. Overall a very good experience.

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KU
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal thanks to James! He treated us like royalty and kept the delicious food coming! My entire family and parents we’re completely overwhelmed by the food!

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F
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The tempura was greasy but the sushi was excellent.

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TS
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in OC! Creative and delish food! Friendly and great service.

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P
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi served with a modern flare but, at the same time, with a sense of respect for the fine quality of the fish being served. Hama-san has the found the perfect balance at Hamamori.

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ME
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

waiter misdescribed what came out in dinners and completely forgot to put in my dinner. barely even recognized how they completely ruined dinner. don't bother going, wait staff is completely unacceptable.

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AJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an great place to eat. The food was great even to the dressing of the salad. Service was also excellent. I think the only suggestion I have is that they should serve coffee for the end of the meal

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S
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has the best Sushi and staff. You are not a local if you don't know this spot. You don't know sushi if you haven't been here repeatedly.

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AA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I have eaten here, both lunch and dinner. This most recent experience was disappointing. Errors and omissions by the food servers with a level of attentiveness that was disenchanting; less than exceptional or mentionable quality sashimi on my Ocean Salad. Most disappointing: my Ocean Salad was prepped and placed on the service bar for the wait staff to deliver but they saw me eating my miso soup and elected (correctly) to wait for me to finish. They then (incorrectly) were negligent in monitoring my progress and completion of the miso and the salad sat on the bar for at least an extra 15 minutes.

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m
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy the setting of this restaurant in Crystal Court. Decor and ambiance is really nice despite being in a mall. The food was excellent. The sashimi we got was very fresh and delicious (yellowtail). We also got an assortment of appetizers during happy hour and all were delicious. Service was friendly and courteous.

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b
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Super overpriced sushi for a mall restaurant.

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R
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food, awkward service. We were seated in the mall area, which was noisy

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MC
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the best ! Always Fresh, Always Fun !

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JK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat a Hamamori a few times a month. Everything we have tried has been excellent. A few things that should not be missed are, the Okaki coated Jumbo Asparagus, the salmon sushi with jalapeño and pineapple, and their preparation of Tako sushi.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love sitting at the sushi bar here. Every time I’m in town I try to bring new work colleagues here. They have all loved it. I highly recommend the Live Sweet Shrimp and the Hirame Hand Roll. The sushi chefs are always having a good time and are fun to interact with.

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N
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Hamamori's was fantastic and Chef Hamamori really knows how to entertain bar guests.

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TD
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in So Cal!

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