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Hamamori Restaurant and Lounge

3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA
714-850-0880
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Ranked #74 of 417 restaurants in Costa Mesa
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Doing business
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Sunflower
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English first
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Taipei, Taiwan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Wow, that was a great dinner. Well prepared and presented, chef service was top notch. Try the Albacore "Tataki", it is mouthwatering.

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Irvine, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This restaurant is perhaps one of the best sushi spots in Orange County. It takes reservations, it has trained and knowledgeable servers, it has table linens and is very clean and well run. We often each here while shopping as South Coast Plaza. We have had numerous appetizers, salads, rolls and sashimi varieties. The food is consistently fresh, artistically presented,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

Excellent service. Green tea had a nice subtle flavor. Octopus was the best, bar none, that I have had in the states. Excellent flavor and texture. The eel and shrimp, also, were excellently prepared. They have a very high grade of seafood coming through here. The sushi rice had great texture. Ask for a little less wasabi and you'll have... More

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Newport Beach, California
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241 reviews 241 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
874 helpful votes 874 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

My husband and I ate at Hamamori for our first time last night at the recommendation of friends. It was phenomenal. The sushi was delicious, fresh, and melted in our mouths. There were some special combinations (albacore with maui onion, red snapper with pepper, etc) that were out of this world, as well. Some of those specialty dishes remind me... More

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Newport Coast, Ca
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105 reviews 105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Hamamori is definately one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area (and we have plenty of them in Orange County). The food and the service are very good. The space is beautiful but you have to look for it because it is on the top floor and the mall map just doesn't show it well. Once you find it,... More

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