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Hamamori Restaurant and Lounge

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3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA (Sunflower)
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Fancy Japanese Restaurant in the Mall

We came here for Father's day dinner, a day before Father's day. It wasn't crowded but we made reservations, got seated right away. My brother and sister in law have been here once before and liked it so we gave it a try. I don't eat seafood, so my choices were limited, however I did get the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Todd H
Los Angeles, California
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  • Business meetings
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The calamari was like eating rubber. The sushi was disgusting. The shrimp tempura was not fresh and was mushi. All in all it was a disaster. Avoid at all costs!!

Thank Brett G
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We came here for Father's day dinner, a day before Father's day. It wasn't crowded but we made reservations, got seated right away. My brother and sister in law have been here once before and liked it so we gave it a try. I don't eat seafood, so my choices were limited, however I did get the Nabeyaki Udon which... More 

Thank Todd H
Greenwich, Connecticut
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I was traveling on business and joined a friend, who is a bit if a foodie, for dinner. I'm so happy she picked Hamamori. The space had a cool vibe with white furniture. We sat at the sushi bar and let the chef select for us. The sashimi was incredibly fresh, flavorful and beautifully presented. I can't wait to return.

1 Thank LolaLeeLou
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 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.

1 Thank Priscilla G
Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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 

Thank giorgiod486
Orange County, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

Thank Loren B
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 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.

3 Thank BennyMc
Fresno, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 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 

1 Thank traveltheworldcs
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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 

1 Thank Bowiebow
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings


Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?