Zama

4.7
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1616 Reviews
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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vipAnthonyM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Surprised how expensive everything was but the quality of sushi was noticeably higher than other restaurants.

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vipPatrick
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing fresh sushi. Cool vibe, good service.

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RobeS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious...Wasabi Tuna Roll and Pink Dragon Roll were big hits...The sashimi was super fresh and the House Sake (Drunken Zama) paired perfectly

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There was a hair in one of our dishes and there was no compensation. The manager did not apologize.

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vipElizabethA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Celebrated our anniversary, and mentioned that on the reservation, but nothing was ever said. They also sat us at the worst seat where we could hear all of the employee’s conversations. Food and drinks were over priced for what you get. It smelled like trash when we first got there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We like this place BUT it just has some kind of problem producing sushi in any kind of reasonable time. We ordered as soon as we sat down and it took over an hour for most of the sushi to come out. The staff is (mostly) really nice and profusely apologetic but this happens here too often (and the staff know it). We are regular guests (live in the neighborhood) and the food, while also way overpriced, is usually pretty good. But if we weren’t too lazy to travel further away or it was easier to get a table at Double Knot, I would avoid Zama for too many frustrating and costly experiences.

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vipNatalieR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always an amazing dinner! The food, service and ambiance are always great!

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vipLauraW
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. We enjoyed sharing a few appetizers- shrimp, and the escargot. Delicious!! Then we had shushami and sushi chef’s sampler. We enjoyed all except the eel, which was slimy.
Even the desserts were interesting and tasty. Try the cheesecake, and mango sorbet.

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vipskylandergiant
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place for sushi! had a good time, was delicious!

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akny
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Expensive, small portions, significant price increase for "top shelf" seafood.

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SocietyHill
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent sushi. But with the number of exceptional Omakase experiences (Royal Izakaya) the bar has been raised in Philadelphia. I would like to see Zama, which I think is still great, to raise their game.

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vipspoiled
Philadelphia
199 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service .

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KimG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi place in the city! They always have the freshest fish and everything tastes amazing!

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vipCHARLESK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The first bad sign was that we had to wait half an hour despite making a reservation, which tells you they are bad planners. Second bad sign: I ordered green tea and they gave me tea in a bag. Do not trust a Japanese restaurant that is lazy about green tea. Sushi was ok. For dessert, the mochi ice cream was the cheap kind you buy at an Asian grocery. Terrible ambiance. Inattentive, slow service.

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vipjeanner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Zama is a great spot. The cocktail list needs to be updated.. maybe consider a flight of beers or wine

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good ... service was very friendly

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VanessaS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dumplings go hard. Decent wine list but every time I order the avinyo they’re out! Which is sad. Still love this place tho

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The sushi rice was hard but the fish was fresh

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Katie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zama is a restaurant I highly recommend. The ambiance is inviting and intimate, although sometimes a little loud. We always order the usuzukuri, cod, short ribs, salmon on salmon, at least a few desserts, and we are never disappointed. The server we've had the last two times in the back dining area is attentive and lovely. The cocktails, salmon skin salad, beignets, and the chocolate mousse are also delicious!

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vipLolly
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

If the waiter stepped on my foot one more time, I would have screamed. I thought he was terrible and told me they don’t substitute anything in the rolls, like they would not take the jalepeno pepper out. Was not great as a server in general

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vipPaulY
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. Second time here. Had two of the sushi appetizer - striped tiger - really good. Also had a Berkshire pork small plate - again, very good. Also had a scallop small plate (2 scallops on a risotto cake). Everything just awesome. Bottle of Paul Hobbs Chardonnay was excellent. Can’t say enough about it - we’ll be back.

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avi2616
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Went for our anniversary with lot of expectations after reading the reviews...food was quite ordinary for the price...a bottled beer cost upwards of $10...and service was really slow...not the waitress's fault but they just didn't have enough waiters for the number of tables...every order took a long time to serve...entire space was quite cramped...there definitely are better options out there for that price.

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markb
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my niece a college student who loves Zama. Had a fabulous lunch and were left alone to talk, enjoy our time together

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic and the sake selection impressive.

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vipKelly
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Kennett Square roll and it was one of the best vegetable rolls I've ever had!
Service was quick and the rest of our food was also great.

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Brutus
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was delicious and the service was good. The bronzizzil was fresh and had a nice hit of spice at the end.

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vipPhilly4Food
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a variety of small and large plates and shared everything. The food was hot, well prepared and delicious. We will return again.

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Colin
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time

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vipRobertS
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons birthday and we wanted something different. Excellent service ! The special Maki options were creative and delicious. Can’t wait to go back to sample more of these unique dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Zama. Excellent black cod!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in the city!

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vipdolly
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredibly patient, accommodating and gave incredible recommendations.

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ChadA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I would call it unremarkable for the price point. Server was inattentive. Food was nice but could have been better.

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Janet
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal.

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vipSydneyL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible. Overpriced for the quality you get.

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vipRoeg
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshest/Best sushi I ever ate.. we there for restaurant week lunch. Bento box was great also. Definitely going back,
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vipdrmagoo
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first day of Restaurant Week, and the four-course meal was excellent and a great value. Everything was delicious, and the sushi was very fresh and well-crafted. This is definitely one of the better Restaurant Week menus I've seen. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food quality is consistently high, and the ambiance is nice.

The service has been poor, with wait staff forgetting simple requests, and often long delays between table visits/check-ins. This was never the case, but has been true during our last 4 visits.

FAQs

Zama does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Zama also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 568-1027.

Zama is rated 4.7 stars by 1616 OpenTable diners.

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