Zama

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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Sun 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 10:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1559 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always an exceptional experience with close attention to creative combinations of fresh and delicious fish and spices

SG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service. A bit pricey, especially the sushi. The Black Cod and Short Rib were very good.

PD
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch. We were able to have their $55 tasting menu for during lunch.

KZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place is really cool. We had a great meal, the desserts are awesome also.

RB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Zama twice now and found each meal delicious. I especially like that in addition to the fast service, they offer dishes I've never seen elsewhere. Everything from the brussels sprouts appetizer to the sushi, sashimi and specialty dishes like fried chicken were wonderful. I look forward to going back soon.

G
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We return often. Great value, diversity and quality in small dishes. We will generally split a large plate.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was and is always good! If you like sushi, it’s a great place to go!

BK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi, best service, tiny atmosphere for intimate meals ..... power lunch, date night, Sunday funday.... all outstanding!!!!! Can't wait until the next time I am there... .service and sushi chefs were brillant, I am gluten free and theny made all the modifications to make me happy.

o
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was excellent. Some very innovative dishes - especially Philly Style maki, Oysters 3 ways and Wasabi truffle escargot.

R
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi chef's are the best in the city, all fresh fishes.

KR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, staff & management!!! Our waiter Peter made our experience that much better!! We drive an hour and a half from Baltimore to get dinner here.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The special White Dragon roll was one of the best rolls I have ever had! The miso soup was delicious! We could have done without the desert, it wasn’t as enjoyable as the meal!

I
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always love Zama when visiting Philly. The noise from neighboring tables is sometimes a bit overwhelming, but the food and service are always outstanding.

AA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sashimi was delicious!!

X
Philadelphia
142 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our first time dining here, we came in for a late snack. We both had rainbow rolls, I had miso soup, and my husband had the seaweed salad. The sushi was very good, but a bit pricey. Very busy on a Tuesday night, but they tried really hard to keep up with the service.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

My husband & I chose Zama based on reviews and location to our hotel. Staff was not friendly nor welcoming. It took 20 mins after being seated for our drink order to be taken. Another 15 mins to receive our wine and 45 mins to receive 1 dish that did not come out with other orders. The seats were not comfy and lighting terrible. The only positive note was that the food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Cost was fair.

AS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The food was good but very overpriced for the serving sizes and cuisine. The service was mediocre and the note about my son's birthday was completely ignored.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Great service. A wonderful night. I recommend Zama highly.

NR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, as always!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everyone was so sweet

G
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Zamia 4 times and it never disappoints. Great sushi, great service and a great value!

JB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to eat at Zama. Zama has the best sushi in Philadelphia, particularly the scallop and the Rittenhouse Three. Try the desserts as well.

D
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. The food is great in general, and this year's restaurant week deal was just perfect

MR
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

For restaurant week, it was not worth the price. Two different people ordered the same item off the menu and it came out on one plate as if it were two separate portions. That is NOT okay. This happened for two different appetizers. I love Zama, the food, and the ambience but it's not worth it for restaurant week.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

SUPER fast service, was expecting to be there for an hour and a half but with drinks dinner and dessert we were there for less than an hour and our res was for 6:15

a
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent and delicious as always. the food is prepared with careful attention. Small plates, enrtees, not and cold can all be sequenced as the diner desires. And they have a comprehensive cellar of sakes of different profiles to choose from

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant week

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dinner was delicious and beyond our expectations. Strongly recommend the sesame salmon and the salted caramel mochi/fluffernut dessert. Only negative thing was the excessive amount of noise. Would definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Good service, and nice ambiance

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, a bit pricey but delicious. Our server Peter was very helpful & friendly.

p
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Loved the creative cocktails! And dessert was amazing. We loved our oysters 3 ways, but were a little disappointed in each of our choices for small bites and bites. I had the soft shell shrimp. They were 'okay' but the taste was nothing really special, except for the novelty of eating shrimp shells, which we did! Then I had the scallops on quinoa salad. The scallops were seared perfectly, but the salad didn't have much flavor. My husband ordered the halibut and grilled avocado. He felt they were 'good' but not amazing. I'd definitely recommend going back for drinks and dessert and I'd try it again for dinner. Maybe we just ordered wrong for our tastes. The atmosphere was wonderful and the wait staff very attentive.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The sushi at Zama was excellent, and they featured rolls with unique flavor combinations we’d never had anywhere else...and we’re frequent sushi-eaters. Be sure to try the truffle roll. The precise name escapes me, but ask for it and your server will know what you’re looking for. On that note, the service was excellent, and the staff was communicative, friendly, and knowledgeable. The ambiance was cool, but no better than average for Rittenhouse. We’ll definitely be back.

f
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This has become my favorite Japanese restaurant in Philly. Great apps, shashimi, rolls and entrees. Always consistent with food and service! Any nigh/every night a home run!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food usually good but the pace of food service is bizarre.
The only sushi place I have ever been to where the food consistently comes out either too fast or too slow, they seem to have no idea how to pace a meal and every time we go the sushi seems to come out very slowly whether the restaurant is full or empty.

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat right down. Very good martini. Portions good. Waitress grest

HA
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It's been a long time since we've been to Zama, and we've called Zama the poor man's Nobu, and that remains true because the food was excellent. The salmon tartare was a thin layer of perfection with complementing flavors. The sashimi sampler was ideal for sharing and a great way to taste three of my favorites. Lastly, the salmon croquette on salmon roll was clever, tasty and filling. The hostess was dismissive when we asked for a booth; I think it's fine to say no if there are reservations and they expect a full house early on a Tuesday night, but being dismissive is just not nice. Our waiter could not possibly have been any better, and the bartender was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super dank food and service

MS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time eating at Zama and the second wonderful meal I've had there! The first time we ate outside, while this time we dined inside the restaurant. Our waitress was great at giving suggestions and recommendations, and we loved everything we ate! The sushi is incredibly fresh and the portion sizes were perfect! The edamame with sea salt on them that we started with were excellent. I also recommend the pork dumplings. For dinner, I had the Wasabi lobster roll...amazing! Our party of four enjoyed the 3 dessert sampler at the end of our meal and were easily able to share that between the four of us, giving each person a bite or two of each dessert. The sake and drinks were good and all around it was just a great dining experience. I would definitely add this restaurant to your Philly list of places to eat!

h
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zama was very good. My husband is Japanese American and we have been looking for good Japanese food in the area for a while. We have had some great meals and some not so great meals all over the area and even into NJ. Zama was one of the great ones.

The fish was impeccably fresh, the combinations were both classic and innovative, the service was friendly and professional. We stuck to the more traditional Japanese style dishes but next time, and there will be a next time, we might branch out to some of the more fusion dishes.

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