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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

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Healthy (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Cozy (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Romantic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

My second, though definitely not my last time to come to Zama. The servers know the menu thoroughly and are quick to offer suggestions which delight the tastebuds. You cannot go wrong with any selection and the black belt options are well worth the value. Thanks for the great experience!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

As always Zama delivers. This is my goto for sushi in Philly as the food and service is always topnotch. Thanks to our server Travis who was super attentice.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was ok served well but overpriced

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We got the chef’s tasting menu and LOVED it

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Had lunch. Chose black belt sushi combo. Everything was ok, but just not impressive. Unlikely to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

One of best Japanese dinner I ever had in North America. Try the tasting menus.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The best of the best Japanese cuisine experience. Fabulous tasting menu. Each of the 6 dishes was delicious, beautifully presented,and definitely dishes we would not ordinarily order (but are so glad we tasted). Importantly, although we left feeling full and satisfied--we did not feel glutted. In other words, wonderful dining experience.
We'll be back...again ordering the tasting menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Really good creative sushi dishes... tables are a little close if you get a two top.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Waited almost an hour and a half for our food! Waiter had an attitude from the moment we were seated. I️ have eaten at Zama several times before tonight. We put our appetizers in first as the waiter told us the food comes out when ready. I️ have ordered this way every other time I️ have eaten there. Before our appetizers were served we ordered our sushi. We sat and waited for our food for an hour and a half . I️ finally approached the manager and let him know how long we had been waiting for our food. He was shocked and turned and went to the sushi bar. Shortly after our food finally arrived only to be missing some of our sushi. When we were walking out of the restaurant I️ approached the manager and explained my dissatisfaction w the service. I️ let him know I️ has eaten at Zama other times and as a matter of fact just last week. He went in to tell me condescendingly that the waiter told me that the food must be ordered at the same time as the appetizers. In actuality when the server took our order he explained that the food comes out as it’s ready. That was the reason for the hold on the Main sushi order. His response to me was you will know the proper way to order next time. I️ was so taken aback by his attitude I️ let him know there would be no next time. As he walked passed me he said oh well!! I️ was not looking for a free desert or credit off of my bill. A simple explanation like the kitchen is backed up or whatever excuse he could muster up along w an I’m sorry the service wasn’t good tonight. Will never go back!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

They always do a great job.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Shrimp appetizer is really good!!!

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 (Czech Republic)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent. Fresh. Katie was an excellent server. This place never fails. Oyster shooters a must.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great food, the miso was outstanding.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful sushi, great vibe. Best food in my opinion was the classic nigiri. Very very fresh melt in your mouth.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing all aeound meal with excellent service. Fine dining at it's finest.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We regularly seek out specialty restaurants; and have been impressed with Zama's creative cuisine on numerous occasions. Their variety of marine delicacies and service responses are always appreciated.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food is delicious, great quality, our server was excellent and the restaurant has a really nice vibe and feel to it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Healthy
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a great time. Thank you so much.We will come back next year.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THE ZAMA JAPANESE RESTAURANT OF PHILADELPHIA IS THE FINEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT IN ALL PHILADELPHIA.FROM THE FINEST FISH FROM THE SEA TO THE FINEST JAPANESE COOKED FOOD. LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always predictably excellent and so convenient for us in the neighborhood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner after Philly Pops. Everything was delicious. Service was great, had recommendations for both food and Sake ( which was very helpful as we knew little about it). We would definitely go back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excelente calidad y servicio. Para recomendar.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We selected five small dishes; they were all superb and enough to keep us full.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

3rd time here, very good food, too quick service, lots of variety in the menu

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was about as good as many other sushi restaurants I have been to, but I felt it was not an above average experience. Also I felt the prices were rather high considering.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It's small space, and it just felt a little hot and enclosed. The sushi was very good, but it was definitely pricey.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I were in Philly for a weekend getaway and we wanted to have a Saturday night dinner at a nice place. This place totally hit the spot for some amazing Japanese food, both hot and cold/raw options, which was nice for my hubby since he doesn't like sushi. I'd highly recommend!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Absolutely a great experience. Our waiter Pete was awesome he recommended our entire menu for the night as well as sake. We were treated awesome the food was incredible loved every minute definitely go back

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Unusual selection of fresh sushi, otherwise unexceptional. Portions were small and prices high. Good sake selection.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great service, good food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food is wonderful! I find the price is very expensive for what you get alThough the food is delicious-the drinks are expensive, as well.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Absolutely outstanding. Sarah our server was excellent and made great suggestions. This place never ever disappoints. Fresh. Oyster shooters a must. Escargot and rice heavenly. O’toro and Uni exceptional. Some of the best sushi I’ve had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Of the many Japanese restaurants I have enjoyed both east and west coast, Zama is by far my favorite. Each dish is excellent-flavorful, beautifully presented, original interpretation of classics and new dishes I haven't experiences anywhere else. Highly recommend for special occasions as well as for lunch. If I lived in Philadelphia I would be here weekly. Five Stars for cuisine and service.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food and even better service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

excellent food and service- very creative menu. nice wine list and specialty drinks

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Slight increase in rating from my last visit for the pleasant, speedy service I received at a recent lunch, and the more flavorful crunch, spicy tuna roll and spider roll.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had miso soup, edamame with wasabi salt, soft shell shrimp, sushi bar sashimi sampler, spicy jumbo lump crab, wasabi lobster and for desert the banana spring roll and a vanilla mochi and a chocolate mochi. EVERYTHING was delicious and I would order it all again and again and again with the exception of the banana spring roll. I wish I had ordered another mochi instead. There was enough food for both of us and the bill came to just over $100. I can't wait to go back!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Very delicious sushi. The specialty rolls were incredible.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food and staff were great, but noise level is too high. I could not hear the waitress and my wife and I had to lean across the table to talk to one another.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Wonderful. Fresh fish at it's finest

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