Excellent sushi - the salmon melted in my mouth. The service was delightful. Will definitely return.
Any occasion. It’s a little pricey but well worth it.
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!
Amazing food! I can’t wait to try more things on the menu. Very simple, light, and yummy.
Nori was awesome, food was great
The best sushi in Orange County. Best I have ever had.
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 !!
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.
Outstanding service as always! Thank you!
Awesome ! Always Consistent ! Great Sushi Chefs ! Fun Environment ! My Go To Sushi Place in OC ! Chefs are all Japanese Trained ! Always a Treat !
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!
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.
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.
Fish was delicious. Service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Very special as always. Best of its kind on the West Coast. A favorite.
Family lunch. Good quality sushi and food
Great food even with several healthy and delisious veggitarian items. Servers are warm, friendly, and attentive. Pleasant experience.
Wide selection choice. High standard for sushi. Very enjoyable. Typical few loud folks at the bar. One of our favorites.
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.
Service and food was outstanding as always.
Oysters were not properly cleaned and had shell bits. Sushi quality does not match pricing.
Becoming one of my favorite places. Food and service are simple, but excellent. Are you listening Onyx?
Thanks again for a wonderful dinning experience.
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.
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.
Very pleasant and attentive service! We can't wait to go back for more delicious sushi :)
sushi is fresh and authentic. Mr Takei and the staff are wonderful.
Excellent service as always! Thank you.
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.
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.
The quality of food and customer service is excellent and very consistent. I highly recommend their signature cocktail as well :)