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Date
Mon, 4/23
Time
10:30 PM
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Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar

4.8
259 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Phone number
(714) 850-0880
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
James Hamamori
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunflower
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 259 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Always Awesome ! One of Orange Counties Best Secret Spots !

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Good food and great service in this tucked away sushi spot.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I have wanted to try this restaurant for years and so glad I finally did! The service was wonderful and we dinned here before going to the Performing Arts so we were a little early but just in time for the Happy Hour Menu which was delicious!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent sushi - the salmon melted in my mouth. The service was delightful. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Any occasion. It’s a little pricey but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was amazing as usual. Discovered happy hour this visit, which was delicious! Only disappointment was they were out of truffle for the scallop since I’m not a fan of the ginger or yuzu substitute. Scallop was as fresh as can be!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Amazing food! I can’t wait to try more things on the menu. Very simple, light, and yummy.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Nori was awesome, food was great

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The best sushi in Orange County. Best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

On the expensive side due to sushi is 1 piece BUT quality, freshness, and great drinks makes Hamamori a must-go-to!!!...just came back from Japan and this place is better !!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The sushi was amazing. Our server was friendly & knowledgeable. I suggest ordering the Honeymoon shooter. Just mix it up, & down it. So good, you'll want to order another one right after.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding service as always! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Awesome ! Always Consistent ! Great Sushi Chefs ! Fun Environment ! My Go To Sushi Place in OC ! Chefs are all Japanese Trained ! Always a Treat !

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Was fortunate enough to be serve by Chef James Hamamori himself at the sushi bar. He was very accommodating and funny. The sushi he served was exceptional! My wife and I favorites was the uni and toro, aburri toro with foie gras, and uni shooters! Their ishiyaki from the kitchen is also commendable. We will definitely be coming back to this place!

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2017

We went for sushi. Found it to be overpriced (e.g. $17 for spicy tuna roll) ... "signature" dishes were not particularly inventive. We sat at a table (not the sushi bar) - service was relaxed; server tried to be helpful but didn't give us many recommendations.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

We were surprised to find there was a Happy Hour for drinks and food.- which was wonderful. Server were very helpful in suggestions and very attentive. Everything was delicious and my daughter and I had a lovely meal before going to the theater.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Fish was delicious. Service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The food and service were excellent. We were seated outside, which is a partially walled off section on the third level of Crystal Court, but there was very little noise. Overall it was a very good dining experience.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Wow!!! That is all I have to say. I can't believe this restaurant has ben ere fro 10 years and I have never gone. I sat at the sushi bar and had the sushi chef make what he thought was good. Literally the best sushi I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

We had 7 people for a business lunch. Food was excellent and service was perfect. The portions were generous...overall value was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Hamamori has the best Sushi in Orange County. Sushi Chef Shinpei is a sushi magician. I recommend you visit Hamamori, but do not order from the menu, instead allow Chef Shinpei to create a series of sushi delights. From that visit forward, you will be hooked!!
Enjoy,
Dr. R

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

We arrived during Happy Hour and so the sake carafe (wonderful and warm) and fabulous appetizers were at a reduced price. They also gave me a lovely birthday dessert on the house. Modern, clean, attractive environment located on the third floor of South Coast Plaza Crystal Court side.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

If you want delicious, authentic, fresher than fresh Japanese food, Hammamori is your place. We are never disappointed. Try to get a table inside if possible.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Was not crowded on a Thurs. night, which lead to great service. Food was excellent. We had a window seat which most of them are and could see the holiday lights. It was our 48th anniversary and we let them know that: they put candles in our dessert. We had to be out by a certain time to get to the play and they kept on a good schedule. Down side is it is on the 3rd floor of the Crystal Court part of South Coast Plaza and parking is below. So we took escalators which do not line up and require walking to get to the next one after the parking garage. There are elevators but they were not on our radar. We came down one that is by the restaurant but then had trouble finding our car because there are a lot of walls in the parking garage.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Very special as always. Best of its kind on the West Coast. A favorite.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Family lunch. Good quality sushi and food

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food even with several healthy and delisious veggitarian items. Servers are warm, friendly, and attentive. Pleasant experience.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Wide selection choice. High standard for sushi. Very enjoyable. Typical few loud folks at the bar. One of our favorites.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Second time at this restaurant and have sat alone at the bar both times. Sushi chef very accommodating with special requests -- and even letting him choose options for me based upon what was fresh that day.

Highly recommend for an upscale sushi experience.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Service and food was outstanding as always.

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3.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Oysters were not properly cleaned and had shell bits. Sushi quality does not match pricing.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Becoming one of my favorite places. Food and service are simple, but excellent. Are you listening Onyx?

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Thanks again for a wonderful dinning experience.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Always the freshest sushi and excellent customer service. James Hamamori has been providing his customers excellent sushi from around the world. His Santa Barbara uni is delicious, as well as uni from Japan and South America. James combines uni with Wagu steak, toro, or foie gras. His toro, yellow tail, live scallops, sea bream, and sweet shrimp are all delicious. So many choices that you have to visit more than once.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We have been to Hamamori many times over the past two years. They never failed to create a special experience for us and the food is always so good and fresh! A special thanks to all the great people working there.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Very pleasant and attentive service! We can't wait to go back for more delicious sushi :)

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2017

sushi is fresh and authentic. Mr Takei and the staff are wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent service as always! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

Spectacular meal.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

Exceptional quality sushi, with creative menu items. Lovely atmosphere on third floor of South Coast Plaza Home Center - quiet part of the mall. Always efficient friendly service.

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