Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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$31 to $50
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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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KK
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamamori is a longtime favorite but usually for omakase at the sushi bar. This time it was a seated lunch with a business associate. Absolutely delightful; the restaurant itself has a simple sophistication to it with white, blue design and amazing light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. My guest had the Nabeyaki Udon which came with five pieces of tempura (learned you dip it in the broth from friendly server) and dark and white meat chicken. Generous portion and a deal for $15. I ordered the Lunch Special of assorted sushi with house salad and miso soup. Fish was pristine and melted in your mouth. The tamago (Japanese omelet) piece was a treat. Had a nice crowd.
Another plus about Hamamori is you can make a reservation for the sushi bar and indicate whose station you would like to sit in; we request James, the owner, who is a master with a following from LA and OC. His son, Tim, also creates wonderful sushi. Always run into people we know there. Truly a gem at South Coast Plaza!

MG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was incredible.

j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Usually love this place. The waitress was great, the drinks were great , everything except the main course was very good. But for the second time in a row they were out of the Miso marinated lamb. The waitress says they run out often. Well if you sell so much buy more, or if you don't have it that often take it off the menu and make it a special item when you do have it. So I ordered Nabeyaki udon and found the udon to be over cooked and the dish was missing the usual shitake mushroom which I was told they do not add. Have had many times in Japan and in the US and find only uniformed non Japanese restaurants miss. My wife had the chirashi bowl which she said was noticeable smaller than she had here in previous visits.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good octopus, got large plate sushi ...not the best fish

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and the our server was very informative and knowledgeable. Uni is my favorite and their uni shooter was pretty tasty. Of course, the restaurant a little pricey but I’d definitely return for another special occasion.

TP
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sashimi was excellent. The other foods tempura lamb chops miso soup were below par. No taste or to heavy fot tempura

Plus sat us right in front of the kitchen entry which was not pleasant

NX
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at Hamamori!! We can leave the selection to the expert 🙏🤗

BM
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the staff at Hamamori excels. The food and service experience doesn’t disappoint.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nori was amazing!

WL
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best sushi restaurants I have ever eaten at. Not cheap, but worth it.

F
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was mediocre. I recommend Otorro in Irvine for more authentic dishes.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Quality of sashimi and rice were not as good as other OC top Japanese sushi restaurants.

CF
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh. I love the selection offered. Service is awesome. A bit pricey!

OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Hiroko was very attentive as well as all the staff. Always made sure our water/ tea was full. The sushi/ sashimi was top quality. Our appetizers were delicious especially the ishiyaki (wagyu beef) where we cooked on a hot lava stone. The beef melted in your mouth. Definitely recommend if you want top quality food. Can't wait to come back.

b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday this past weekend and we were really impressed with the entire meal. Although a bit on the pricey side once you add sake and mixed drinks, the quality of the food was incredible. Unique dishes, melt in your mouth sashimi, delicious rolls, and great appetizers. The birthday cheesecake dessert was light and airy and just the right touch of sweet. Will definitely return!!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, amazing sushi

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish was like butter, fun sushi chefs, and all white interior makes for a great experience! We'll be back again soon - thank you.

d
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service is awesome!

JG
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hammamori is the best sushi spot in Socal, conveniently located on the 3rd floor of the lower mall at SouthCoast plaza, all of our servers, Vincent, Christina, Jimmy are great and very attentive. I am new to sushi and not quite ready for Omagase but all of the staff have educated me on the best dishes along with recommendations of what I might like. I stayed away from sushi for many years mostly because it was new and I didn't understand the whole concept.
For a serious sushi lover or for a novice like me, James will make sure you have a great experience.
Kampai to all my friends at Hammamori!

G
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Japanese food

t
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Food was just ok and service was incredibly slow. There weren't enough people in the restaurant to have such a slow experience.

DS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and stellar service. I went with my husband for his birthday and we ordered the omakase. If piece of sushi was perfectly prepared and seasoned. No added wasabi or soy sauce necessary. I also highly recommend the signature Japanese Mojito....sooo good! We will go again in the near future for sure!

m
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always sit at the sushi bar, and their recommendations and preparations are amazing!
If you're as consistently pleased here as we are, try buying the chef his favorite beverage..

CW
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and wonderful service. Would definitely come back.

G
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great menu and very good quality. Definitely upper echelon for OC. Solid omakase and hot stone plate Kobe. The restaurant suffers from a poor location tucked away on the 3rd floor of south coast crystal court so the ambience was a bit off. Still one of the top 5 or so spots for sushi in all of OC food wise. Location takes away from the food experience unfortunately.

T
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and quality. James the head chef/owner is very creative. I mostly order Omakase when I’m there and he always have new sushi dishes , never the same. Good value for the high quality sushi.

K
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been meaning to try this place for quite some time, but didn't get the chance until recently. I am very sad I waited so long to go! It was absolutely amazing!! Sushi quality was awesome and the appetizers were great too. I wish I went with more people, so I could have tried more things on the menu. I am a bit of a sushi snob, so this is a highly recommend. The crispy pork belly app was yum, and I don't think there is any sushi that you wouldn't like. I can't wait to go back.

TB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Upscale place. Not for the casual sushi meal. Ironic that its in a mall but it is South coast plaza. If youre on a budget get in and out by 630 or youll pay 2x the cost.

EB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always high quality food with great service.

MC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

MK
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

RK
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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

J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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