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Hamamori Restaurant and Lounge

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3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA (Sunflower)
714-850-0880
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A rare "excellent "

I rarely rate a restaurant excellent, but the food here is just that. We had the blue crab rolls, spicy tuna rolls and vegetable and shrimp tempura. Located in South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa. Crystal court building. First time, try happy hour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
Priscilla G
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
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22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I rarely rate a restaurant excellent, but the food here is just that. We had the blue crab rolls, spicy tuna rolls and vegetable and shrimp tempura. Located in South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa. Crystal court building. First time, try happy hour.

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Milan, Italy
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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I was invited by some Japanese friends and I found it strange to eat in a mall, but when I got my order I understood that this is a real Japanese restaurant, not one of those commercial fakes. Quality was absolutely great and so was the service, white impeccable table clothes and napkins accompanied the food and the ambience was... More 

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Orange County, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Hamamori's is the number one Japanese dining experience in Orange County, possibly Southern California. James Hamamori is from Okinawa where longevity is legendary and researchers say it could be the food. I've also read that their respect for each other and the reverence for their elder's wisdom attributes to their health. I believe that James has brought this wisdom to... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a great experience at Hamamori. The sushi was fresh and delicious. We all left quite full and very satisfied. The cost was very reasonable too. The elegant atmosphere makes this a very special occasion restaurant.

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Fresno, California
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230 reviews 230 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is NOT mall food. Elegance sums up my experience. Great service. Great food and new and exciting offerings on the menu. I enjoyed all of the new sushi options. They also steamed some veggies for me that were not listed on the menu. If you are in the area and want sushi then go here. Even if you go... More 

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Went here with my husband for our anniversary dinner. We didn't like the fact that it's in a mall but when it comes down to it, location isn't everything but Taste is !! The decor is simple and modern. We sat at the sushi bar, chef James was great. We told him to just make us what he recommend. He... More 

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Nice decor, great service, clean restaurant, and well presented sushi...but it was of average quality. The food was good, but forgettable. I expected something more inventive and exciting in Orange county...this was not very creative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I have been working in Manhattan last 23 years and have eaten lots of high quality Japanese there. Now, when I am in Orange County Hamamori is the one that I for sure go for its consistently high quality food including sushi and most other dishes. Sme of our favorites are special sushi with various sauces, buta kakuni(simmered pork) and... More 

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San Diego, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

After a shopping trip to Sou Coast Plaza with my daughter-in-law, we met up with my other son who lives in the area, for dinner. I had been craving sushi so thought this would be a good choice. The restaurant looked lovely and clean and somewhat chic so I was ready for a good meal. Only it wasn't to be.... More 

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La Habra, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Hamamori has some of the best sushi in Orange County. Service is friendly and attentive. They have special Hamamori sushi dishes that have special flavoring... no soy is recommended. These dishes are excellent... must try! They also have traditional sushi and sashimi which are EXCELLENT. We also liked the appetizer dishes... Albacore with Maui onions, mushroom frites, asparagus, and spicy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA
    (Sunflower)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: 714-850-0880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?