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Zama

4.7
1289 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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Traditional Japanese with modern twist. With unique specialty rolls and a full bar that features Japanese beers and large sake list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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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
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Phone number
(215) 568-1027
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka
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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.
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Private party contact
Bryon Phillips: (215) 568-1027
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Moravian
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Parking details
There are several parking lots in and around our restaurant
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Special events & promotions
We can host large parties in our private dining room up to 20ppl. Buy outs are welcome.
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

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What 1289 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was fabulous. I can hardly wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Our visit to Zama yielded an anticipated standard dinner. Food was fresh and well prepared and there were plenty of available options. One of our selections was the Japanese crudo, which consists of three small pieces of sashimi, a few sauces and a salt block. For the price of $16.00, this was hardly worth it to begin with but when the plate was served, it included two pieces of mackerel and a scallop....no one at the table would eat scallops so before the waitress left, I asked that the one piece be replaced with something other than scallop. (It was bad enough that two of the three were the same..). The waitress refused, explaining that they could not...(would not!) substitute on the chef’s choice. Needless to say, our choice was not to eat the scallop, thereby paying $16. for two small pieces of mackerel and a block of salt. We dined early so there was only one other party seated in the restaurant and two people at the bar. It was extremely unreasonable of the waitress and the kitchen not to accommodate a small request....one that now results in a party of three uneager to return to Zama. Lesson to learn: a little courtesy would go a long way with your customers.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Love the bento box options and the miso soup is the best in Philly. Every visit is a treat for the senses.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Bento box is a good lunch. Small portion of fish, supplemented with soup, salad, and rice. The salad with crab had tiny bits of crab, less than when I ordered it before. We shared the crab salad and got tiny plates even when we asked for larger ones. In general I like the food and the place but it has some quirks. If you are in a booth and the people behind you are very loud, it can be annoying.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Delicious Bento Box lunches

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent Sashimi and fabulous atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My daughter and I were at a volleyball tourney in Philadelphia and went to the restaurant based on reviews - found food to be mediocre quality, service condescending, and the prices extremely high for what we got. We love sushi, this is not a place we recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good service. Average sushi. Good ambience. There are better sushi restaurants in Rittenhouse.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything was delicious! Actually, better than I remembered. Lots of flavor and creativity with the menu!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The place is always solid. My "go to" place for Japanese in Philly.

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Lousy place, overpriced and had sugar in everything I ate. The portions for “Bites” were minuscule. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and there were three pieces of fish the size of a dice each. Sugar in the soy dressing. Sugar in my husband’s dressing ...

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

My server and I produced a satisfying small plates meal with variety in taste and texture: the mezze platter with outstanding Muhammara Lebanese hummus and eggplant dip with their home prepared pita; octopus and scallop ceviche; and greens with cashews. Exceptional martini and wine. The service was wonderfully creative and attentive. Their enlarged dining spaces unfortunately not accompanied by more parking, a perennial problem in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I love sushi and I truly have never been to a better sushi restaurant. The menu was so unique, particularly the edamame with a tasting of different salts. Even the sushi selection was so enticing and I had a hard time choosing rolls! I will definitely be back to Zama and am still thinking about the meal after days!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Amazing in a word. Most delicious sashimi in Philadelphia. Get the Black Belt. It is so worth the money. If you like raw fish; this is the place to go

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I’ve eaten here many times and have never had a meal less than wonderful. Highly recommended. Delicious, creative dishes served by attentive staff.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food always good quality. Specials are unique and yummy. Never had a bad experience. Staff friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Father came to visit

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2.0Dined on March 6, 2018

While service was amicable and dishes were flavorful, value for money was atrocious and space design left a lot to be desired. Sushi rolls were deplorably small (albeit regularly fresh), and my boyfriend and I left hungry, with a $200+ bill burning a hole in our stomachs (2 appetizers, 2 rolls, 4 drinks total). We rolled straight to another restaurant thereafter. Being from NYC and dining out regularly, I'm not against paying for value, but this restaurant was a huge mistake for a special occasion. If you're here for a business lunch, go hard. But if you want a meaningful, filling meal for your money, go anywhere else. Maybe Zama had its good reviews years ago when it first opened, but it's game over for this restaurant in a modern city unless they make some legitimate upgrades to foodie deliverables.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Sushi is good, but the portions are very small. Nigiri slices very small. Tuna roll had scraped or diced tuna inside, not solid pieces. The staff is very friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Zama is always good for lunch and dinner. We continue to take friends there to introduce them to the great food.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

best sushi ive had in the region. also, beer and wine selection is great.
its also a good opportunity to learn about different things/cuisine. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and educating.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very good meal. Enjoyed the appetizers and desserts more than the sushi and sashimi but all in all it was a pleasant meal. The ginger sake was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was very good! Brought our second bottle of saki after dinner, service staff wasn’t in tune with each other

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Waiter was not as friendly as he should be for what I consider high end restaurant. It felt like we were bothering him with every question and every time he answered he made us feel like he was doing us a favor. For 2 people and a 4 year old the bill was $178 and I left a $20 tip (more than he deserved for the service) so as we were leaving and right inform of everyone and being sarcastic he yelled “thank you very much I really appreciate that”. Food looked much better than it tasted. Food was average at best. If I’m paying almost $80/person I would expect better service and actually better experience than what I had. Won’t be going back again.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Always great Bento Box lunch

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I took my wife to Zama for her birthday. The meal started out innocently enough. Our server was engaging and we ordered some sake. Dinner went quickly downhill from there. First, the short rib special appetizer, which I believe was $15 or so, came out cold. it was served on a bed of what amounted to some not very crisp rice noodles that could have come out of a can. They returned the rib and managed to serve another that came out at least warm. We ordered some sashimi and a sushi roll and a few oysters. The oysters were good, but of course Zama didn't "cook" those. The portions of fish were embarrassingly small and though one is forewarned in the menu that the fish is priced per piece, I have never seen, in all my years of eating Japanese food, such small pieces or such a lackluster presentation. We waited too long, they never brought the second 2 oysters we ordered and the bill was $160, even after they took something off to try and compensate for what had to be the worst restaurant meal I have eaten in years. Don't go!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent, authentic food. A bit pricy though for the small portions.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Delicious and fresh sushi, creative drink menu and lovely atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great quality sushi! Very creative dishes and presentation!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Always enjoyable. Probably best Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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