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Zama Restaurant & Bar, San Diego, CA

Zama Restaurant & Bar

4.0
4
55 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
Located in San Diego’s vibrant downtown, Zama brings Latin American cuisine with an Asian infusion in a captivating space inspired by the Amazonian jungle. Brought to you by the group famous for Rusticcuina and Breakfast & Bubbles, Zama will focus on Latin American cuisine with the addition of Peruvian and Mexican dishes like Carpaccio, Agua Chile and Tartar and a Japanese-inspired sushi bar created by Chef Tayuka Kudo (formerly of Nobu and Lumi) against the extravagant backdrop of the lush jungle-inspired space.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Latin American, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 915-5789

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Island Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 55 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Sushi

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were fabulous!
  2. GR

    GinaR

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend’s birthday
  3. A

    Amazingnight

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the ambiance here! We had a great time and the food was delicious, but I wouldn’t recommend going for a birthday or special occasion. We noted we were celebrating a birthday on our reservation and it wasn’t acknowledged.
  5. MM

    MarkM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Overall everything was good. What was lacking was the service/experience. There were only 5 tables with guests and yet no one really came by once food and drinks were served. Giving it a 5 and another shot when I come back. Food ordered; Bone marrow Oysters Grilled corn Japanese yuzu Sashimi
  6. F

    Foodloverdiva

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Ok keep in mind they just opened a month ago. However it's way overpriced!! Main course scallops came with 3 tiny 2" sized portions and a cup of rice for $49!!! Appetizer size with a premium price. They were good but come on its not a kids meal?! The Rolls Royce Maki roll was my favorite and much more filling for $38. We asked our waitress to request the music to be turned to a lower level because we couldn't hear her or converse without shouting throughout the entire time there. Are we dancing at a club or eating hanging out with friends?! I really hope they will make some improvements because I really do like the decor and overall vibe. I just don't want to have to buy a slice of pizza after the meal or shout. If you keep your prices at that elevation there are other competitors who do it better and I am happy to pay premium for premium experience but it wasn't quite that yet.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loud music, good drinks & good looking people.
  8. LL

    LovelyLisa

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the filet mignon and salmon, and both were excellent. Asparagus was okay. Drinks were good. The food is a little overpriced but the quality, service, and ambiance was great!
  9. M

    Michelle

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Almost cancelled because of a lot of bad reviews online but asked two friends that had been here that I personally knew and they had great things to say. We decided to risk it and so glad we did. The sushi was amazing. The desserts and drinks were amazing. Ambiance was amazing. No complaints at all!
  10. a

    acunningham

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation at 6:15 for 3 inside and were seated at 6:25 at a two top outside while we waited for a table to open up inside. Our drink order was taken at 6:30 and we were moved inside shortly thereafter. By 7 we had not received our drinks and no one had come to take our food order so we left as we had a concert to attend at 8. Very disappointed would not recommend.
  11. EW

    EddieW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Awful experience. We were seated at the time of our reservation. Drinks and an appetizer were ordered and came in a timely manner. It was hard to rate the food because it never came!! We ordered and an hour and a half later…the waitress and manager said that there were still two tickets in front of us. We ordered salads and entrees…and, our salads had not even come to the table. Arrived at 5:45 pm…had to leave at 7:30 to catch a performance. Do NOT waste your time with this restaurant!!
  12. LD

    LeslieD

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The sushi dishes were the best. Try the Salmon sashimi - its small but so yummy
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We came here before the Elton John concert for dinner. We had a great time! The food was way better than we all anticipated! We enjoyed everything we tried. All of the rolls were awesome! We can’t wait to go back again! Only negative was the cocktail were kinda boring. Not a lot of flavor. But they did just open so I’m sure things will continue to get better. Thank you for an amazing dinner and experience!
  14. JG

    JoshuaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food. First time there and will be going back
  15. Q

    Qlovesfood

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Fries arrived cold. Sent them back immediately. My friend had to send the salmon back after asking for it to be more on the well done side (to prevent it from being raw in the middle) sure enough, it was undercooked. The employee returned with 3 mins later with THE SAME PIECE OF SALMON ( had the same fork and bite indents). Corn was delicious so we ordered another serving. Second serving did not have the same flavor as the first. Too many inconsistencies and our server, nick, seemed to blatantly disregard our table throughout the night as discrepancies arose. I simply wanted to enjoy a meal with my friend without it being increasingly difficult to receive the basic standards upheld at this establishment. Will not be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three words: Pom Passion Roll. best sushi I’ve ever had
  17. n

    nataliev

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible service!! Reservations were at 8pm. Weren’t seated til 8:25. A waiter didn’t arrive til close to 9pm. Never ate as we were frustrated with the service. The food coming out didn’t look appealing. Im assuming you come here for the ambiance, since the music and noise level is so high. Making it hard to have a conversation. I do not recommend this place!!
  18. LS

    LadieS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Girls night out. Had reservations for 5 @8:15pm on a Friday night Halloween weekend, was seated right away thank goodness no wait like previous reviews. We had a female server, music was way too loud it’s difficult to have a conversation period. It’s a struggle even for the server to input our orders. Service was slow which I can understand, possible short staffing and busy weekend. We had to ask 3 different workers for a straw because our server seemed to forgot, took at least 10 minutes. My friend was actually just gonna get up to grab a straw from the bar. Anyway moving on, we tried variety of foods: salmon, sashimi, scallops, corn, truffle fries, mashed yuca (not pictured) Food took a good 20 minutes to come out, not too bad for a busy weekend. My friends said their food was ok, nothing special. I ordered the filet medium, but clearly I was served well cooked. I told the server she didn’t even apologize, but did offer to bring me another one. I asked how long will it take she didn’t give me a time frame. So I just kept my food as I didn’t wanna have to wait longer. Aguachiles good but portions not worth it for $16. Bone marrow was a little over cooked for my liking. It wasn’t rich or buttery. As for the cocktail drinks I tried the Junglerita and Verdezado. Did not like either one. Not much alcohol. My friend who has not drank any alcoholic beverage for over a year tried the Agua Bendita (cognac) and didn’t even get a buzz. Clearly watered down cocktails. We should’ve just opted for a round of shots! Restroom line is always long, with 2 stalls. The place is cute and very well decorated. Instagram worthy. I wouldn’t recommended this place for sit down dining. Maybe to stop by and grab a drink before heading out to the club.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a lot of fun and the food was really good… the service was amazing!!! I just felt like couple of the seafood we had ordered could have been more fresh especially for the price we paid, and their sushi needed a little more fresh vibrant/bold flavors. The inside of the restaurant was gorgeous and the ambiance was amazing, although they lacked some energetic music or sound which would make the dinner experience more fun. The cocktail were kind of weak and nothing big deal… maybe they can add couple other cocktails containing vodka or gin to have better and more variety choices. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and I’m definitely going back again… hopefully they’ll be more satisfaction!!! Keep up the good work and strive for better 👍🏼
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Service was okay. Food wasn’t the best. Very loud. Very Smokey w all the sparklers.
  21. T

    Tina

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I honestly couldn’t get past the strong sewage smell in there! They have to do something about that. It completely ruined the experience. Bummer because I was so excited to try it! Our service was wonderful and the food was good (just seemed a bit overpriced for what is was). Wouldn’t recommend coming back until they fix the smell.
  22. JR

    JimR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from beginning to end. Valena, with a strong support staff, made everything perfect.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday celebration
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice, I’ll definitely be back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with family
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very energetic vibe with great food and service.
  27. S

    Senoritanunez

    Sacramento

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    We have a birthday dinner here, and our guests loved it. The drinks were unique and really great.
  28. SM

    ScottM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Music was way too loud for a restaurant. This establishment should decide if it's a restaurant or a club/bar. If the former, then people should be able to understand each other when they talk. Our waitress couldn't even understand us.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We had the sushi. It was just okay. The fish was oddly warm and the texture didn’t really sit well with me. The service was excellent though. They seem to be trying to appeal to the 25-35 age range and it probably works for that.
  30. A

    Aleksandra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I tried ceviche and it wasn’t fresh. I feel like they made it in the morning and were just storing in the fridge. $25 was too much for the food that wasn’t fresh enough. I’ll give this place another try, maybe it was just a wrong choice of the meal. The ambience was incredible though.
  31. KD

    KathrynD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Me and my lady was sitting there for about an hour waiting on just two drinks. The restaurant wasn’t busy at all, not sure If it was because of the color of our skin.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Service was poor. Took forever for someone to bring us a menu. Took 45 mins for 2 appetizers. When the food came, it tastes nasty and cold. Fries were all stuck together, corn was literally all water. Drinks were good but overall, this restaurant is not it.
  33. LJ

    LorenaJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Even with a reservation, we got seated almost 40 min later and not even in a inside table. We got seated outside only cause at that point we were over it and asked to be seated anywhere at that point. Food was okay, got charged a roll and didn’t even get it brought out. after I let them know we didn’t receive it, they said they took it off but still charged for the original amount. This place has a lot of potential with the right management.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible food, music was WAY TOO LOUD! Sushi was warm and horrible. Menu was not good either
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration! Everything was awesome
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Very bad service the, the food is good but it a small restaurant and the service is very bad.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Service sucked. Waited an hour and 20 mins for our food. Table behind us got seated after us, enjoyed their entire meal and left and we only had gotten drinks
  38. S

    Stay

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We were a party of 8 and celebrating a birthday. The birthday cake never came out even though we reminded the server a few times. We were then asked to leave because the next reservation party had arrived. The service was very bad!
  39. E

    Eater

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Slow service, food not too great. We were sat between two tables that were both experiencing issues with their food - red flag to start. Table to the right sent back 2 dishes - one cause the salad was missing key ingredients, the salmon because it was undercooked. The restaurants' eye to detail and customer service is lacking. For example, we ordered fries as an add on. The fries came out cold. I asked for it to be fixed - they brought out fries that were clumped together and hard and overcooked. Not a big deal...but hey if you cant get fries right...you are doing something wrong. Another example - we ordered cocktails during our meal - 30 minutes later after we finished our food we waited 10 minutes and finally got our waitress to come to our table. The waitress apologized for the lag at the bar so we asked to cancel the drinks and to get our check...instead they deliver the drinks and another 15 minutes to get our check. The overall experience was unpleasant - not great service, slow resolution to food issues. They just seemed disorganized - wouldnt recommend the place and we wont be going back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Ambiance, drinks and service were great. Food was lackluster and at times tasteless.

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Zama Restaurant & Bar is rated 4 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Zama Restaurant & Bar

467 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Island Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Latin American, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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