Zama

Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Sake Bar · Center City West
128 S 19th St (btwn Sansom & Walnut), Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No

Zama Restaurant has an 8-seat sushi bar and a private dining room. Full bar with unique cocktails, local and Japanese beers with an extensive wine by the glass program.

8.7/10

Based on 137 votes

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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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  • sushi
  • vetri roll
  • good for dates
  • zahav roll
  • spicy food
  • sake
  • fish
  • lively
  • gimlets
  • yellowtail jalapeño
  • branzino
  • miso soup
  • king crab
  • tempura
  • romantic
  • great value
  • trendy
  • vegetarian food
  • authentic
  • good for a late night
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    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

    Philadelphia Magazine · January 6, 2015
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  • Cameron B.

    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.

    Cameron Blank · September 29, 2014
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  • Tommy R.

    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.

    Tommy Ross · April 26, 2013
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  • Erin E.

    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.

    Erin El · February 2, 2012
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  • Philadelphia Magazine

    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

    Philadelphia Magazine · September 14, 2011
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  • Phil E.

    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.

    Phil Edelstein · February 4, 2010
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  • Christine S.

    Do not leave here without ordering the Bronzizzle roll. Also if the tuna tataki special is available get it. You will not be disappointed!

    Christine Shepherd · September 15, 2012
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  • Heather

    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

    Heather · September 27, 2011
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  • Visit Philly

    Sitting at the sushi bar allows you to watch the sushi chefs first-hand; plus it gets you even closer to the sake.

    Visit Philly · March 7, 2012
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  • Joanna D.

    Can't get enough of this place.. Love Zama.. The salmon skin, hamachi Kama and all other morsels are just amazing!

    Joanna D · June 29, 2013
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  • Stephen G.

    One of the best sushi places in the city. Great japanese micro brews. Try the yellowtail jalapeño mango roll.

    Stephen Gill · June 25, 2010
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  • My N.

    Amazing service, everything tastes incredibly fresh and the flavors are phenomenal. Get the bronzizzle!!

    My Nguyen · December 7, 2014
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  • Anna F.

    Zama is definitely overrated. If you like traditional Japanese, stay away. This place caters to the crazy sushi yuppies. Take your money elsewhere.

    Anna Fatlowitz · August 11, 2013
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  • Lex W.

    Sorry but Heather is wrong.... Zama is the best spot in town. The food is delish and the service is excellent.

    Lex Wainwright · October 19, 2011
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  • Eileen N.

    Try the shrimp and eel fiesta! It's really like a party in your mouth! It was recommended by our fabulous server Cameron!

    Eileen Norton · April 23, 2011
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  • ✨ Larry S.

    Server Roxanne is the BEST, ask for her. She recommended the Bronzino Roll and it was AMAZING...

    ✨ Larry Seavey · September 1, 2010
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  • Yueyue G.

    $26 for the 12 saddest little pinky sized pieces of fish. This wouldn't be more than $16 anywhere else. Stay away!

    Yueyue Guo · February 3
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  • Mo Y.

    Great food & service. Very unique and reasonably prices sushi. Must try: Bronzizzle. Don't let the Zagat dollar signs fool you, good prices.

    Mo Young · February 4, 2011
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  • Shaun R.

    Best sushi in the country. No exaggeration. Get the Black Belt sushi combo.

    Shaun Richman · October 20, 2015
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  • Dhyana Y.

    Bring ur own wooden chopsticks, the ones here are cool but plastic! Great service!

    Dhyana Yoga · October 25, 2010
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  • Emily M.

    This is Philly's best sushi place. Get the Vetri roll; it's spectacular.

    Emily M. · August 21, 2014
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  • Lauren R.

    Best sushi I've had.. Very fresh .. Sesame cheesecake is outrageous

    Lauren Rose · February 28, 2015
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  • Shannon K.

    Great menu! Large menu so if you're confused ask the waitress.

    Shannon K · January 30, 2011
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  • Sarah B.

    Great sushi experience. Def try the combo rolls!

    Sarah Bui · September 7, 2015
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  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Service is slow and can sometimes be forgetful, so sit at the sushi bar for an expedited meal.

    Philadelphia Magazine · January 14, 2013
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  • jared z.

    Ask for Marc Anthony - excellent guide to this fantastic dining experience.

    jared zlotnick · September 4, 2011
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  • Michele G R.

    Amazing food & service. Do the tasting menu if you can swing it!

    Michele G Rogers · August 5, 2013
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  • Jen L.

    Ask the waiter/waitress for suggestions sooo good!

    Jen Lincoln · June 29, 2012
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  • Sarah C.

    Bronzizzle is so good. Gazpucho special is amazing too.

    Sarah Chang · June 27, 2014
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  • Nicole B.

    Great spot. Fabulous ambiance. Awesome food

    Nicole Breuch · January 16, 2013
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  • katie n.

    holy bronzizzle! don't miss it. the wasabi tuna roll is an excellent complement.

    katie nagl · April 9, 2014
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  • Augusto M.

    Amazing food very tasty & excellent service

    Augusto Morales · November 16, 2012
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  • Marisa R.

    Great sushi but the service is the worst in the city.

    Marisa Rosenthal · November 18, 2015
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  • Jennifer

    Amazing! Try a roll with multi-grain rice. Yummm!!!

    Jennifer · October 12, 2011
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  • Ricardo A.

    Good service, way overpriced, mediocre at best

    Ricardo Araujo · September 7, 2014
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  • Maureen V.

    Everything is good -- good sake flights!

    Maureen V · July 30, 2011
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  • Robin J.

    Delicious and beautiful sushi and food

    Robin J · August 22, 2015
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  • Koeun I.

    The restaurant week menu is 

    Koeun Im · January 31, 2013
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  • Chloe

    Yuzu Gimlet perfect every time! Stiff drink..don't get drunk!!!

    Chloe · July 28, 2011
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  • Steph E.

    Try the wishing well sake. It's amazing :) :)

    Steph EM · June 14, 2013
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  • Adeline A.

    Try the Super Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll

    Adeline A. · April 17, 2013
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  • Chefs Feed

    Michael Solomonov, chef of Zahav, eats here on his nights off. He loves the King Crab Oshizushi. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
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  • Tamkinat F.

    Amazing sushi rolls. Try zahav roll!

    Tamkinat Firoz · July 25, 2015
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  • Mary S.

    Tuna spicy crunchy. All you need in life.

    Mary Sharples · October 21, 2011
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  • casey s.

    The sea bass tempura is amazIng

    casey simmons · April 5, 2010
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  • Scott L.

    Huge and very fresh rolls and sushi.

    Scott Landau · February 24, 2013
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  • Shereef Z.

    Spicy Tuna with crispy shallots? nom nom

    Shereef Zaki · April 3, 2011
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  • Thomas F.

    The calamari salad is a must!

    Thomas Finnegan · October 19, 2011
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  • Wesley K.

    Best sushi in the city of Philadelphia (not suburbs).

    Wesley Kaminsky · May 20, 2014
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  • KC M.

    Get the sparkling cranberry juice. Soo good!

    KC Marquart · April 3, 2011
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