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Zama, Philadelphia, PA

Zama

4.7
4.7
2202 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Traditional Japanese with modern twist. With unique specialty rolls and a full bar that features Japanese beers and large sake list.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 34 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Creative Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 568-1027
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka
  • Catering
    We can offer catering platters designed to feel about 10 guest each. They come in many sushi styles and can be tailored to dietary concerns. From sushi to salads and some hot food, email us at info@zamaphilly.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private area located in the back of our restaurant for up to 20 people. Please call and we can work out a menu, menu build for all budgets.
  • Private party contact
    Bryon Phillips: (215) 568-1027
  • Neighborhood
    Rittenhouse Square
  • Cross street
    Moravian
  • Parking details
    There are several parking lots in and around our restaurant
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 2,202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Japanese

  • Philadelphia

    Good for business meals

2,202 Reviews
  1. ChristaL

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent love the small bar area in the front, great service.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    315 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    315 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A busy night at Zama - everything was great as always, and this time we noted how well the wait staff works together - it is a great team at a wonderful place.

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  3. DEANNA

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at Zama was a great experience for my boyfriends 30th! The vibe was romantic and very modern, while also maintaining a sense of intimate vibes. The food was great 10/10 with the chicken dumplings fried to perfection and paired well with the honey mustard sauce on the side, the roasted half chicken with potatoes, asparagus, and carrots cooked exquisitely, and the NY strip steak cooked well done but still flavorful with mushrooms as a great additive. The cocktails were made wonderfully and the sake (the bottle) is a must have! Brian, our waiter, was attentive and friendly during this whole experience. The location is easy to miss on your right hand side while driving (perhaps maybe minimal additional lighting at the entrance would be best); however, street parking was easy to find and the restaurant was an amazing spot to try Japanese food for the first time.

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  4. GoNow

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch options - the udon in the lunch box is really nice.

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  5. Homer

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a reservation for noon and they wouldn’t let us in to the restaurant until 11:57. In the winter. Ridiculous.

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  6. waleM

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sushi was impeccable and we tried some menu additions. Cocktails were also well crafted

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  7. JessicaS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience at Zama was great as always. We got the $65 chef’s tasting menu and everything was so good. It was a busy night and our waiter was being pulled in a million directions. He apologized for the lag in service but honestly, he was doing a great job and made us feel even more valued by comping a dessert and tea. It was a great experience and we’ll certainly be back to try more of the menu.

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  8. RarelyReviewer

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great staple when you want to go out and get good sushi but aren’t up for a more legit and expensive omakase experience

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  9. RoboQ4

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience, from the host to the drinks from the bar, from the server to the Sushi plates, delicious and fresh. One of Philly's top sushi places. 10 out of 10.

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  10. Bella

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went with a couple of girlfriends. We enjoyed the food and the quite environment.

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  11. YDubs

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dumplings and sushi were good. I don’t recommend the bao. It’s not the bao you’d expect. Salmon was alright but a bit salty and bok choy was overcooked. Service was fine and ambiance was nice. Perhaps best to just stick to sushi at Zama

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very underwhelmed by the chefs tasting menu. Overcooked Filet, excessively fatty cuts of toro with little to no meat present and overall just unimpressed. The best items by far were the tuna bao bun and tempura rock shrimp. Besides that a waste of $430.

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  13. EricB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and we really appreciated that the waiters explained each dish to us. Great dinner!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    315 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    315 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zama is always great - this time I was reminded what a wonderful bargain "Drunken Zama" sake is ...

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  15. AMCH

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good. Food quality has gone down. Not as great as before.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lunch menus were amazing, great value. Very fresh fish and their pickled veggies remind me of what my grandma used to make in Japan.. very authentic and they complemented dishes very well. This place will become our favorite go to Japanese restaurant in Philly from now on!

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  17. AlejandraA

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food! We ordered the Chef’s Selection of Nigiri - would come again for this.

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  18. Virgie

    Costa Rica

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are really good! Ambience is very modern. The eel roll is to die foooor.

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  19. Foodisfun

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious fresh fish. Good miso soup and shu mai. Loved the Black Belt sashimi sampler. Hot sake hit the spot on a frigid night.

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  20. JoeandRo

    New York City

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic local gem in Rittenhouse. Amazing specials with great service. Never had anything here that I did not love. Always try the specials as they are truly special.

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  21. robertoo

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Si algo he hecho en mi vida ,es pedir Chirashi en un restaurante japonés l,la primera vez que lo visito,y si es un restaurante sin pretensiones. Con ese plato sabes muchas cosas a cerca del sitio.En Zamba me hicieron un Chirashi de los mejores que haya probado . Y con adicional extra fantástico.El Wasabi era fresco y recien rayado.Un 10

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The whole experience was fantastic. However the table behind us was incredibly loud. Not your fault but really over the top. Food and service top notch!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and always consistent. Would highly recommend.

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  24. MarkC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pedestrian sushi with no real flare. Service is good and it's not wildly expensive - but still, just functional food. I may have been there a bit too early (6PM) for the better chefs.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My only issue with Zama is that the space is tight and, therefore, it can get noisy. The food is wonderful and fresh. The Lunch boxes and Bento boxes are generous, and the service is very friendly and efficient.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was awesome, highly recommended! The sushi was some of the best I’ve ever had.

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  27. EthanM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal with excellent service. This is one of my favorite places to go in Philadelphia.

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  28. Deborah

    Philadelphia

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely lunch with a friend. I love the bento Bites at lunch! So delicious and well prepared.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Sushi in Philadelphia. Our server was amazing friendly and wonderful!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    315 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    315 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    "Drunken Zama" is about the best buy in sake you can find ...

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  31. drnanger

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Zama! My favorite restaurant! I highly recommend!

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  32. JohnB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zama was fantastic as always, and it was wonderful to see Zama himself back in action. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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  33. BOSFoodguy

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Considering all of the high reviews it was fairly surprising how mediocre this restaurant was. Fish was ok, with a fairly “fishy” taste to the sashimi than you would expect from a top tier sushi restaurant. This is a fantastic spot for those who are not experienced with top tier sushi restaurants or who do not expect high quality sushi experience.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and excellent food. I would definitely recommend Bao Bao Bao

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  35. Drrickjay

    France

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was excellent, maki was average, it might have been made earlier. The noice level was much too loud, and that is one thing I rarely complain about, but this was unpleasant. I would still return to Zama, but either late in the evening, or earlier when it is less crowded. Overall I would give Zama a 4 Thank you

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Manager was not interested in the comfort of his diners.

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  37. NEBH

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was just delicious! All the recommendations were great and all the food was perfect!

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  38. WeezeeJonz

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is consistently delightful. It still amazes me how the staff is so thorough and friendly, and operate so cohesively.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very awesome stuff, but food was unsatisfying. Waiter handled it extremely well! Amazing stuff, but this time wasn't as good as last (July 2023).

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    315 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    315 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special roll was the King and Queen - always good.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Zama offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 568-1027.

Zama is rated 4.7 stars by 2202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Zama

128 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Moravian
  • Neighborhood
    Rittenhouse Square
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Creative Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are several parking lots in and around our restaurant
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 568-1027
  • Catering
    We can offer catering platters designed to feel about 10 guest each. They come in many sushi styles and can be tailored to dietary concerns. From sushi to salads and some hot food, email us at info@zamaphilly.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private area located in the back of our restaurant for up to 20 people. Please call and we can work out a menu, menu build for all budgets.
  • Private party contact
    Bryon Phillips: (215) 568-1027
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