Zama

Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Sake Bar$$$$
Center City West, Philadelphia
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  • Emily M.
    "Get the Vetri roll; it's spectacular."(2 Tips)
    Adeline A.
    "Try the Super Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll"(2 Tips)
    Danielle O.
    "Vetri & zahav roll"(2 Tips)
    Tamkinat F.
    "Amazing sushi rolls."(5 Tips)
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  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 6, 2015
    The shortrib dish is a beautiful thing. The dark cube of Kirin Ichiban-braised beef wears a miso-mustard glaze patterned wavey stripes that wouldn’t be out of place in a French pastry case. Read more
  • Cameron B.
    Cameron BlankSeptember 29, 2014
    Best sushi in Philly. Order the Zama sake it is delicious. I had Japanese uni for the first time here and it may have been the best single bite of sushi in my life. Also get the paiche tempura.
  • Erin E.
    Erin ElFebruary 2, 2012
    Flashbacks of my best childhood memories, instantaneous comfort and pure relaxation are the first things that occurred when Zama's miso soup graced the taste buds of my mouth.
  • Christine S.
    Christine ShepherdSeptember 15, 2012
    Do not leave here without ordering the Bronzizzle roll. Also if the tuna tataki special is available get it. You will not be disappointed!
  • Joanna D.
    Joanna DJune 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't get enough of this place.. Love Zama.. The salmon skin, hamachi Kama and all other morsels are just amazing!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 7, 2012
    Sitting at the sushi bar allows you to watch the sushi chefs first-hand; plus it gets you even closer to the sake.
  • My N.
    My NguyenDecember 7, 2014
    Amazing service, everything tastes incredibly fresh and the flavors are phenomenal. Get the bronzizzle!!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2011
    Get famous and this place will eventually have a sushi roll named after you. Until then, purchase another celebrity's roll and some of the proceeds will go to charity. How about that? Read more
  • Lex W.
    Lex WainwrightOctober 19, 2011
    Sorry but Heather is wrong.... Zama is the best spot in town. The food is delish and the service is excellent.
  • Tommy R.
    Tommy RossApril 26, 2013
    I liked the multigrain rice option for sushi rolls but have never see such a small amount of fish in/on the rolls. Would never order sushi here again. Was here once and it was just ok, tried again.
  • Eileen N.
    Eileen NortonApril 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the shrimp and eel fiesta! It's really like a party in your mouth! It was recommended by our fabulous server Cameron!
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.August 21, 2014
    This is Philly's best sushi place. Get the Vetri roll; it's spectacular.
  • Shaun R.
    Shaun RichmanOctober 20, 2015
    Best sushi in the country. No exaggeration. Get the Black Belt sushi combo.
  • Phil E.
    Phil EdelsteinFebruary 4, 2010
    Amazing place. Get the shortrib--the meat pulls apart like a Chop Stick! Or, just ask Zama to go wild and he will make you something unbelievable.
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RoseFebruary 28, 2015
    Best sushi I've had.. Very fresh .. Sesame cheesecake is outrageous
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GillJune 25, 2010
    One of the best sushi places in the city. Great japanese micro brews. Try the yellowtail jalapeño mango roll.
  • Mo Y.
    Mo YoungFebruary 4, 2011
    Great food & service. Very unique and reasonably prices sushi. Must try: Bronzizzle. Don't let the Zagat dollar signs fool you, good prices.
  • Robin J.
    Robin JAugust 22, 2015
    Delicious and beautiful sushi and food
  • Jack S.
    Jack SladeSeptember 20, 2016
    I must say, everything is good here. Go for a black belt sushi selection
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BuiSeptember 7, 2015
    Great sushi experience. Def try the combo rolls!
  • Michele G R.
    Michele G RogersAugust 5, 2013
    Amazing food & service. Do the tasting menu if you can swing it!
  • ✨ Larry S.
    ✨ Larry SeaveySeptember 1, 2010
    Server Roxanne is the BEST, ask for her. She recommended the Bronzino Roll and it was AMAZING...
  • jared z.
    jared zlotnickSeptember 4, 2011
    Ask for Marc Anthony - excellent guide to this fantastic dining experience.
  • katie n.
    katie naglApril 9, 2014
    holy bronzizzle! don't miss it. the wasabi tuna roll is an excellent complement.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChangJune 27, 2014
    Bronzizzle is so good. Gazpucho special is amazing too.
  • Dhyana Y.
    Dhyana YogaOctober 25, 2010
    Bring ur own wooden chopsticks, the ones here are cool but plastic! Great service!
  • Jen L.
    Jen LincolnJune 29, 2012
    Ask the waiter/waitress for suggestions sooo good!
  • Augusto M.
    Augusto MoralesNovember 16, 2012
    Amazing food very tasty & excellent service
  • Koeun I.
    Koeun ImJanuary 31, 2013
    The restaurant week menu is 
  • Shannon K.
    Shannon KJanuary 30, 2011
    Great menu! Large menu so if you're confused ask the waitress.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing! Try a roll with multi-grain rice. Yummm!!!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SharplesOctober 21, 2011
    Tuna spicy crunchy. All you need in life.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    Service is slow and can sometimes be forgetful, so sit at the sushi bar for an expedited meal.
  • Chloe
    ChloeJuly 28, 2011
    Yuzu Gimlet perfect every time! Stiff drink..don't get drunk!!!
  • Steph E.
    Steph EMJune 14, 2013
    Try the wishing well sake. It's amazing :) :)
  • Tamkinat F.
    Tamkinat FirozJuly 25, 2015
    Amazing sushi rolls. Try zahav roll!
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.April 17, 2013
    Try the Super Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll
  • Maureen V.
    Maureen VJuly 30, 2011
    Everything is good -- good sake flights!
  • Scott L.
    Scott LandauFebruary 24, 2013
    Huge and very fresh rolls and sushi.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Michael Solomonov, chef of Zahav, eats here on his nights off. He loves the King Crab Oshizushi. Read more
  • Heather
    HeatherSeptember 27, 2011
    Unfortunatly this Sushi joint did not hold up to its 95% rating.. full of flavor but high on price for the amount you get. First and last trip to Zama. Read more
  • Yueyue G.
    Yueyue GuoFebruary 3, 2016
    $26 for the 12 saddest little pinky sized pieces of fish. This wouldn't be more than $16 anywhere else. Stay away!
  • Wesley K.
    Wesley KaminskyMay 20, 2014
    Best sushi in the city of Philadelphia (not suburbs).
  • Matt B.
    Matt BetzApril 6, 2014
    Just go crazy and order everything!!
  • Marisa R.
    Marisa RosenthalNovember 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great sushi but the service is the worst in the city.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VailMarch 24, 2016
    Everything!
  • Allison S.
    The best sushi I have ever eaten.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FatlowitzAugust 11, 2013
    Zama is definitely overrated. If you like traditional Japanese, stay away. This place caters to the crazy sushi yuppies. Take your money elsewhere.
  • Thomas F.
    Thomas FinneganOctober 19, 2011
    The calamari salad is a must!
  • Shereef Z.
    Shereef ZakiApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy Tuna with crispy shallots? nom nom
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