Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar

4.6
330 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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EB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Sushi is very quality, chefs are great and fun. Can't wait for next visit

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boyfriend birthday dinner. Our chef Taiki was awesome! The ambience was good. Restaurant wasn’t too busy tonight so we had more of a personal sit down Omakase experience.

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JK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always high quality food with great service.

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MC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you can’t be in Japan eating Sushi, Hammamori delivers the Goods.

It’s always a great time especially if you sit at the bar. Taiki, & James are the best. Prices are reasonable and the fish is fresh.

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant dining experience as always. Staff is very professional and friendly and the food is excellent.

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Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hamamori is bright and light as well as elegant, not your normal Sushi environment. Perfect place before an evening at Performing Arts. Our server was a pro. Some of the wine prices are a little crazy. Rose is one of the most popular wines today and they had only a split available for $80! I drink and collect wine, I haven't had a $160 or Rose lately, have you? There is not shortage of decent French dry Rose's. Softshell shrimp are amazing, the appetizer sampler had very little taste, (close your eyes,....good luck trying to discern if you are eating tofo or fish) Hamachi prep is outstanding. Octopus was decent. Here is my one huge question "how can a restaurant give you a $200 bill and use the absolute cheapest chop sticks made?" "would you like splinters with your $200.00 meal?" we will bring our own next trip.

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We had the VIP lunch.
Excellent food and service!!

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Their food just okay. Nothing special.
Wouldn't recommend to get the courses menu, is not worth to pay so much money for little simple food.
Overall service was satisfied. They are friendly.

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RK
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly creative takes on sushi with fish you won't find anywhere else. Make sure to try the river crab

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K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Everything about it was amazing. From the food to the service. I recommend the omakase

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Happy hour tasted like the fish that was about to be thrown away.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reasonably priced for the high quality of food and service. We decided to do Omakase and the chef did not disappoint.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, the sashimi is among the best we've ever had.

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AW
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff went above and beyond to make my husband’s 40th Bday memorable. They catered to my 2 year old as well!!! Best restaurant for service, food quality, basically,the best sushi restaurant period! Great Happy Hour deals too!

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GC
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific menu & super great service!

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M
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised by Hamamori. Because it was in a mall I didn't have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised by the upscale decor, excellent service and delicious food. I had the salmon. It was cooked to perfection, with the slightest crispy outside and tender moist inside. It was accompanied by a good sized salad, rice and miso soup. The edamame had a tasty flavor as well. My friend had soba soup, which was accompanied by tempura vegetables and shrimp. She enjoyed it as well. A little noisy once it filled up but overall a very pleasant experience. I will definitely return.

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DL
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the restaurant, the spectacular sushi and we love the people that put their hard work into making every visit special!

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KN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful service. Great job Chef James. Food is delicious.

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BA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was slow but courtesy. Food quality was excellent. They ran out of Alaskan Cod on Valentine's Day.....frustrating for me because I was looking for a cooked fish and that was the only one. Very pricey and portions are small. Also ambiance isn't that good when your sitting at the outside section which is within a mall.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Went here on Valentine’s Day. Had a 8pm reservation. 30-40 minutes later we got sat at a table (understand it’s a busy night but communication was poor). Once we got sat at the table we waited 15 minutes for drinks. Then ordered food and took at least 30 plus minutes to get our food. It came once we asked when the table next to us who sat 20 minutes after us got their food. She apologized and came back with our sushi a minute later so I assume it was just sitting up at the sushi bar. It was only part of our order and asked later where the rest of the order was and she seem confused.

The pork belly was by far the best dish. The salmon and yellow tail were really good. The yellow tail and amberjack were ok. The scallops were dry and over cooked.

For a higher end sushi place I was expecting a lot more with regards to service and food preparation.

Overall disappointing.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food at Hamamori was decent (we enjoyed the pork belly, tuna, salmon, and yellowtail sushi). On the other hand the service was pretty poor. We had to wait almost 30 minutes past our reservation time to be seated, our server repeatedly forgot what we ordered and had to come back to ask. The service was also extremely slow. We waited almost 2 hours before cancelling the rest of our order (after verifying it hadn't been started yet).

The value is also poor in our opinion. Although we enjoyed the sushi everything on the menu was incredibly expensive for what you get. Small quantities of decent, but not great food. We likely won't be returning to Hamamori.

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G
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly good sushi and friendly chef in the mall. It's a high end restaurant tucked in the back of the 3rd floor of the mall.

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MC
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food ! Taiki is the man ! Price is Reasonable ! Fun Staff & Environment ! It's a little bit of Japan in OC without going to Japan.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was incredible. The fish was so fresh and the service outstanding.

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NS
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is located on the third floor of the Mall. The service and food are excellent...!

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh, artistic presentation, reminds me of eating in Japan!! So so good!

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c
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was ok.. very expensive portions were small. Convenient location inside the mall on the third floor. Decor was pleasant, atmosphere was quiet. A nice place to take a date, or special occasions with someone special.

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B
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
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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Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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 13, 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 9, 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
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 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
5 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 24, 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 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase was excellent. High quality fish. Highly recommend!

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MS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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F
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 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 3, 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
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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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