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About Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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.

3333 Bear Street, Suite 320
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese

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

Cross Street:
Sunflower

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 850-0880

Website:
http://wasasushi.com/hamamori/index.php

Parking Details:
Parking Structure

Executive Chef:
James Hamamori

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Healthy (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Casual (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Cozy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 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

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Healthy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 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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·Dined on November 9, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Healthy, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Family lunch. Good quality sushi and food

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service and food was outstanding as always.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Thanks again for a wonderful dinning experience.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 12, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Casual, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent service as always! Thank you.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Spectacular meal.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Awesome meal

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 9, 2017

This is a great place to take a break if you are shopping at South Coast Plaza. It's a cozy little place with a view of the bridge and innovative foods like the Okaki Coated Asparagus which was a pleasant surprise, not like the standard ones smothered in oyster sauce. The Crispy Calamari which is cooked in tempura batter which is a lighter and fluffier (and better tasting in my opinion). The Chirashi Bowl was the unanimous choice hands down for the group.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 5, 2017

The quality of food and customer service is excellent and very consistent. I highly recommend their signature cocktail as well :)

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Went with a large party to celebrate Fathers day. Our entire experience was very disappointing, especially for an upscale sushi restaurant. Food quality was poor, service was poor, and when discussing the food problems we had with the server he didn't seem to care.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 15, 2017

My first time with a client. Food was excellent as was service. Best Blu Fin ever. In the $$$ area but real quality. Beautiful presentation as well. Will definitely return.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 14, 2017

I did not like they used dark meat chicken for the chicken

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I had a reservation with flowers waiting. This was our first time dining here and it was perfect. The Omakase was really nice - being able to have items arrive to the table for us to eat until we were ready to stop eating was nice because it removes the anticipation for when the meal would be over - basically, it's not over until we said it was over - it was an excellent dining experience. Thank you so much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Our second time here. We live in Nor Cal and remembered this place from our last visit. Amid all of restaurant possibilities in this area, this is by far the best. Truly amazing sushi - the quality of which we have only experienced in Japan.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Came her for Mother's Day lunch. Nice place. Great service. Sushi was disappointing. For the price, I expected much better quality. The Oh Toro was old and lack flavor. I should have sent it back. Soft shell crab roll was average, was not rolled well. Fell apart very easily. Mixed tempura was good. Sweet shrimp was good. Yellowtail was average. Lacks freshness and sweetness of fresh tuna that I'm used to. The Japanese Waygu sushi topped with fois gras was the only dish I would rate as excellent. The fresh water eel was average. Overall, a disappointing experience when it comes to the food. I expected more quality for the price.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Chef Hamamori may have a good reputation but I was disappointed with the quality of our meals: spring mix salad was not fresh, albacore sushi was spoiled, nabeyaki udon noodles was overlooked. For the price there are many better Japanese restaurants. The key to great Japanese food is freshness, taste, and presentation.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had the chefs selection sushi. Fantastic!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 30, 2017

James Hamamori is a MASTER! THE Best sushi in OC by FAR!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Tempura is awesome! The playing is wuire beautiful!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 27, 2017

James Hamamori is one of the most talented sushi chefs in Orange County. We used to dine at Wasa at the Bluffs when he was there, and followed him to this upscale sushi bar at South Coast Plaza. The ambience is lovely, with lots of natural light, high ceilings and plenty of space. Those are all nice, but it is all about the fish. We have eaten at many of the top sushi restaurants in Orange County, with extremely fresh fish, but somehow Hamamori surpasses them. This includes Nanasan and Kitayama, which are both outstanding. This is better.

We ordered Omakase and let James prepare our dinner. The fatty tuna/ wagyu duo was out of this world. It was a meal to remember.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The foods was excellent. The drinks were poured perfectly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This restaurant is one of my favorites and I make it a point to visit every time I'm in Costa Mesa. Delicious food, enjoyable ambiance, friendly staff. Can't go wrong!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Nice ambiance- white leather chairs and natural lighting create happy atmosphere. Sashimi is fresh- note some lunch entrees over $40

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 15, 2017

great japanese restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We ate here before theater, 6 of us, and we all loved the ambiance and the food. Prices were high but we were there during happy hour when not only drinks but various other small plates were half price. Food was very fresh.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Tonight we went with their $50 South Coast Plaza anniversary special which was fairly decent. The pork belly entree was really good. I wasn't too crazy about the dessert.

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