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“Venice Vibe” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Hama

Restaurant Hama
213 Windward Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291-3764 (Venice / Beach Areas)
310-396-8783
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Ranked #399 of 8,655 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Venice / Beach Areas
Cross street: Main St
Description: Hama Sushi is a landmark restaurant located in the heart of Venice. Serving the freshest, most authentic sushi creations and French inspired fusion cuisine since 1979. Our eclectic clientele, lively atmosphere, innovative world class weekly specials and knowledgably and friendly staff make for an unforgettable dining experience.
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Venice Vibe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Our family enjoyed a quick meal here of some delicious sashimi, sushi and other modern twists on Japanese cuisine whilst on holiday here.
The setting is nothing flashy but the food is fantastic. It had a great Venice Beach vibe and I can see why it is an institution - I would definitely go back if we had the chance.

Visited April 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
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English first
Ocean City, Maryland
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Was in LA on business and took a few extra days to relax at the beach. Found this place totally by accident. Food was outstanding and staff was super friendly. We were in town for only 3 nights. Had dinner there out first and ended up back there for our third as well. I would highly recommend if you love sushi. Fantastic find!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great Sushi. Nice ambience. Definitely go back.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The sushi that we had here was AMAZING. We had a bit of a tough time finding it but it was worth the search in the dark. Would prob get a cab next time as had to walk past some unsavoury Venice Beach characters. The sushi chefs were really friendly which is nice. There was alot of different things on the menu so had lots of choice. Would definitely go back. Very nice clean place. Very busy as well.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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124 reviews 124 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Hip, buzzy, trendy yet laid back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Second time here for me and still super impressed. Noisy atmosphere but in a good way. Hip. Laid back. Local eatery with of course sushi at its heart. Has a chilled out beach-side ambience but with West Hollywood-quality cuisine. Also, they experiment a lot with their specials. I'm not sure all those specials work out but it keeps this establishment fresh and Inventive. Healthy portions. Staff are charming / friendly but not intrusive. A must-try. You can just roll up but best book as it gets busy.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A MUST visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I'm lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it considering I live half a globe away) to have visited the west coast of the USA twice in a very short period of time, and each time I've been in the vicinity, I make it a point to eat at Hama.

Their food is just incredible. It's a sushi / sashimi only restaurant with minimal seating. If I recall, the bar table can seat about 12 or so and there maybe 2 tables for 4 each. Everything is made in front of you.

If you're looking for a spectacle, california roll or bento, go elsewhere. Just to give you an extent of how far I'd go here, on my 2nd visit I was on a trip to Vegas and had an off-day between conferences and I rented a car for a day to go to L.A just to eat there. Yes it was that good.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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