128 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.950882 -75.172181
Neighborhoods: Center City West, Center City
In addition to sushi rolls they have many delicious entrees and fantastic cocktails.
Good, not great for the price – I enjoyed my food at Zama and I would gladly eat there again. I would just wait a few months before my next stop in because to leave satisfied you are going to have to open your wallet. Zama is a bit upscale and they have a progressive menu to justify their prices. And the food is good. But you can most likely spend a fraction of the price at other restaurants that offer Japanese food and leave about as happy. The atmosphere is unique and the decor is pleasant to the eye, but the seats are very uncomfortable no matter if you're in a chair or on a booth. The food was nice and had an abundance of fresh flavor combinations. We had to wait a bit but the service was pleasant and helpful. I don't want to sound too negative as I really did enjoy Zama, I just wouldn't rush back to show my friends.
Citysearch Editorial Review – The chef who has overseen Stephen Starr’s two sushi pads--POD and Morimoto--has, after 20 years, fulfilled his dream of opening a restaurant of his own. Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka rolls up classic and specialty rolls, fresh sashimi and hot Japanese entrees in a long multi-layered dining room surrounded like a permeable prison cell with blonde wood slats that contrast starkly against the shiny black floor. A stubby bar sits to the left of the entrance but is easily overshadowed by the uncovered row of two-tops to the right, the sushi bar and its requisite seating to the left, the raised platform that accommodates more tables in back and, catching the eye of everyone who walks underneath, the whale-sized, fish–shaped rice paper lantern that swims along the ceiling.
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