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About Zama

Traditional Japanese with modern twist. With unique specialty rolls and a full bar that features Japanese beers and large sake list.

128 South 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Moravian

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 568-1027

Website:
http://www.zamaphilly.com/

Parking Details:
There are several parking lots in and around our restaurant

Executive Chef:
Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka

Private Party Facilities:
We have a private area located in the back of our restaurant for up to 22 people. Please call and we can work out a menu, menu build for all budgets.

Private Party Contact:
Bryon Phillips: (215) 568-1027

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We can host large parties in our private dining room up to 20ppl. Buy outs are welcome.

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Details
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

Zama Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Creative Cuisine (19)
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Healthy (15)
Casual (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious and fresh sushi, creative drink menu and lovely atmosphere

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

This was my second time at Zama and it was just as good as I remembered! I can’t wait to come back again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Zama is always wonderful. Great sushi, great service. Definitely try the scallops and the shrimp tempura.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great quality sushi! Very creative dishes and presentation!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Consistently good sushi in a cozy atmosphere. Noise level fine for conversation. Good bar and solid service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Zama is always reliably great. I chose to take a new friend that was visiting the city for the first time and they were absolutely impressed with the entire experience. The food, as always, is wonderful, and our server, Peter, was outstanding. I never get tired of the beauty of the atmosphere and the dishes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Zama's food was great. I enjoyed the sushi and appetizers including our tofu lettuce wrap. There were enough choices for vegetarians. The only small criticism is the tight space, which made even getting into the chair rather difficult.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Always enjoyable. Probably best Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Honestly wasn't as good as everyone said it would be. The food is creative in theory, but doesn't taste like anything special in reality.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I have lunch here every week and enjoy their Bento Box. Servers are very friendly and professional and food usually arrives in a expedited manner. Decor is beautiful and reservations are honored promptly

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The meal was very good for the most part. Our only complaint was that one of the male servers/food runners was absolutely rude and dismissive. It almost ruined the entire experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Good sush, very nice atmosphere, fast service. Loved it

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We went for Restaurant week and had a good meal (Bento Box) for lunch last week. Service was good and good value for the amount of food served.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good food in a nice atmosphere. The staff was excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for a birthday !! Have gone before we love it there !! Everything we have ordered it delicious and my husband always does the tasting !!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Unique, creative food and drink choices. Terrific service and good vibe.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I came here with my best friend last night for a 9pm reservation. We were seated promptly and the service was impeccable. I personally suggest the edamame, sashimi combination appetizer, entrée salmon and a cute little banana roll for dessert. Will definitely be being my boyfriend here for date night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Restaurant week

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Tried Zama for dinner during Center City Restaurant Week and enjoyed it very much. As a matter of fact, I tried to get reservations again the next day but nothing was available until after 9:30pm. I recommended Zama to my son and his friends and they enjoyed it as well. Thanks for a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great food and excellent service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The fish is fresh!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Chefs Tasting Menu was OUT OF THIS WORLD. all staff were very professional, informative and accommodating ❤️

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We went for restaurant week on Sunday and the entire experience was positive. The staff was attentive, food was excellent, and value was great! Def a good place for another visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Sushi good. Not life changing. Service ok

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This was my second visit
It’s been several years
The food was innovative and tasty
Much variety
We had a service dog and were treat hospitably
Looking forward to return

Tags: Bar Seating, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Quick Bite, Cozy, Great Beer, Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Disabled Access, Tapas, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Zama is one of the best Sushi restaurants in downtown Philadelphia. The service is great. The food is tasty and fresh and it is convenient to both my office and home. I took my daughter and son-in-law out to dinner last night. Couldn't decide what we wanted and I suggested Zama, my go to restaurant when I have no idea what I really want for dinner. My daughter suggested the sizzle roll and the Kennett Square. Both were delicious. The Brussel sprouts have always been one of my favorites as well as their sushi. The selection last night was excellent. While they do not go overboard with presentation as other Japanese restaurants I frequent on the West Coast, they more than make up for it with great food. I highly recommend Zama. It is definitely on a par with Shino Sushi in San Diego were my Japanese friends from Panasonic have taken me.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food great service. Had sushi and drinks. Fabulous. Would go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We are never disappointed at Zama for dinner or lunch. My husband and I do not eat sushi - raw fish - but we do love the selection of vegetable tempura, seafood and meat items offered. We again took two friends who had never been to Zama - one who doesn't eat any meat and the other who only eats meat. Both enjoyed the dinner and were pleased by our restaurant choice. We will return and bring others who have never dined at Zama.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Took a client to dinner here based off a recommendation. Everything about the restaurant was excellent from the staff to the food. You can’t go wrong if you’re looking for good sushi in Philadelphia.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We came in for a late lunch. Great meal. Priced right. Easy, non-hovering service. Will be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Interesting choices and generous portions. Very pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent Bento box luncheon
Very good friendly service

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent meal, ambiance, and service. Delicious Japanese food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Server was Jonah - knowledgeable about the menu, patient with us being first-time customers and had a few great recommendations.

They did put us at the very last table in the back and the area back there was hot/stuffy but otherwise good experience. Incredible sushi. Try the house Sake as well.
Make a reservation, busy place.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food, great suggestions by our waitress. Testing menu was phenomenal. Can’t wait to go back!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wonderful lunch bento box with many choices

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve and were just blown away by how awesome the food was. Not only was it creative, inventive and interesting, but it was just plain delicious! Our server was extremely attentive, the manager stopped by a few times, and we felt well taken care of. We asked our server what was popular and what was worth trying and she steered us to some choices we might not have considered and they were wonderful. Edamame with 5 different kinds of salts?! Great! their sampler of three hand rolls was amazing. We upgraded to "black belt" for a few rolls and it was TOTALLY worth the price. We've eaten in NYC at "the" sushi places and fancy Yellowtail in Vegas and ZAMA exceeds them all.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We took a special trip from Virginia to a Philadelphia just to try Zama. It was well worth the trip and we'll definitely be doing it again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Was yummy - one of us did chefs tasting menu which was very interesting and one ordered from menu.

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