Zuma Japanese Restaurant - NY

4.6
926 reviews
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Zuma, the brainchild of award winning co-founder and creator, Rainer Becker, brings its internationally acclaimed style of contemporary Japanese cuisine to midtown, New York.

Serving dishes designed to share and inspired by the informal dining style of izakaya; the three kitchens present authentic yet alluring options, with bold flavors and simple presentation, highlighting quality ingredients.
261 Madison Avenue 10016
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Sun - Wed 5:30PM - 6:15PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 6:15PM

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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF DINING WITH MY NIECE AT ZUMA IN NYC ON MADISON AVENUE THIS PAST SATURDAY, MARCH 16. EVERYTHING FROM START TO FINSIH WAS AMAZING!! THE HOSTESS SAT US AT A LOVELY TABLE. OUR WAITER WAS VERY NICE AND WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE MENU. HE RECOMMENDED A FEW DISHES THAT UNLESS TOLD, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER ORDERED ON OUR OWN. MY NIECE IS 15 AND FELT VERY GROWN UP ORDERING A MOCK COCKTAIL AND TRYING NEW SOPHISTICATED AND FUN DISHES IN A VERY MODERN, COOL, & SLEEK ATMOSPHERE! THE DESSERTS WERE FABULOUS AS WELL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING DISHES: THE ROCK SHRIMP, THE SHISHITO PEPPERS, THE SPICY TUNA ROLL, THE TOFU SALAD, THE WASABE CHICKEN ENTREE, AND THE BANANA-GREEN TEA CAKE & THE DECADENT CHOCOLATE SOUFLE! THANK YOU ZUMA! CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, exceptional food, chic and at the same time kids friendly. Very rare combination.

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DT
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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KD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sushi and phenomenal service at a business lunch price.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The front of house staff couldn’t have been ruder. Upstairs crew tried to be more accommodating . Was sat 35 min after reservation time. Wait staff was incredibly nice at table. Will not return

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice atmosphere and delicious food

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FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as per usual. Do the tasting menu!

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TT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing. Service was great

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WF
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Small plates but decent size portions. Black cod entree was wonderful. Sushi very good. Cocktails also very good. Zuma Bellini was yummy.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I waited over 45 minutes past my reservation to be seated. The hostess was confused on where to seat us and when and if a table was available.

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MS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, definitely going back

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SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Business meal with my boss. Bartender was non-attentive. No water during the whole meal. No good seats available so ended up eating at the bar with very poor service. Had the cod and salmon- it was ok nothing special. Disappointing. Ambiance is the best thing about this place, that’s about it.

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FC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite of my friend Rachel and I. We celebrated our March birthdays there this week.

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V
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The services was very slow, we waited like 10minutes just to get our beverage order. Food was extremely whatever and overpriced...

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NN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Perfect place for all occasions.
Family friendly but yet never romantic and chic.
Love this place ..

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We liked the one in Miami so we wanted to try NYC. Very good.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food ambiance and service.
Welcome crew is the best.
The dumplings, chocolate lava cake and signature black cod was beyond!
Great job Zuma!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Zuma is always a good choice!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner. Special place, rich menu of wines...

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AO
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Having been to the restaurant twice and being the host of a massive private party which I paid for I would’ve expected to be known when I arrived and been given a nice table. I was made to wait for one hour and then they put me in a tiny corner right next to the kitchen. After having to complain a great deal I finally got a nice table with a great server. The food was okay but it is no Nobu standard - that’s for sure. Overall very disappointed. I will have to give it a year before I go back

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed multi course tasting menu. Special treat

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RM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I had booked for 3 people they put us at the chef table which is very uncomfortable for 3 people. We asked to change and they said I had booked last minute and it was all they had. They should have told me in advance and I would have booked another restaurant as I wanted a comfortable dinner with friends. It was not inexpensive and it was difficult to hear and communicate across the bar. I won’t be going back.

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SL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent - organic chicken, rib-eye, etc. The menu for lunch was simple and easy to choose from. Service was good as well...could have been quicker but it was busy!

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HH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a dinner with my girlfriend. It was amazing food excellent service! I felt like royalty!

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E
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome love it here and The Miami one inside the EPIC Hotel

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service. My wife and I ordered the $225 seasonal set and it was too much food.

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B
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While very pricey the food was excellent. This is definitely a place to go with a number of people so you can share. We ordered individual entrees but shared multiple appetizers. The waiter was very good at making suggestions.

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R
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Zuma, our first time was in London. The food is outstanding the service is beyond. They went out of their way to make us feel special and happily made accommodations for my crustacean allergy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The worst Wagu beef we have ever had. Waiter never even came over to see how things were. We each ordered 4oz. Total waste of 400$. I left all mine on the plate it was so fatty.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Horrible svc, first thing the hostess mentioned was that the table has a 2hr limit, and at around 1:45 into the dinner they were reming us like hawks thats we have to go. Mind you this is after coming here for years and even throwing corporate events.

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service amazing

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MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Very beautiful location.
The prices are too high for the quality of the food.
Most of the dishes are super expensive and not satisfying.

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Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration for husband and Daughter. Food and service consistently excellent

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not bad. Not worth the price but was very enjoyable and wonderful time for a date. Food was rather good but was lacking some “umph”. Waiters were nice and friendly.

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a
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Worst service ever!

Drinks always late we set and first round of drinks were served after 2 courses. Same for the 2nd and 3rd round. Then we had a omakase we decided to order an extra spicy tuna roll while waiting for the roll they came with our dessert we had the roll served after the dessert actually were on the table at the same time for a 450 dollars meal you expect a better service. Zuma in Miami London Mayfair and Rome as well Roka in London and Etauru in Hallandale are way way better this is. Poor service actually horrible

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u
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

took a client out for lunch and we both ordered the omakase. We waited 20 minutes for our dessert after our last savory course but was reassured by staff that it was coming out soon. We waited another 5 mins, and decided to just get the check and leave especially since my business client had enough of waiting and being assured the dessert was coming out. Not sure what the hold up was but it should not have taken 20-25 minutes to bring out the dessert after our last course.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time!!
Thank you very much!!

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r
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Christina, was great! I always enjoy dining at Zuma.

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