Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 4752 California Ave SW

    Seattle, WA 98116

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  • 206-937-1514

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After they first opened it was a great spot but they've tweaked the menu and gone down the "Precious-food-as-art" road which always turns me off.

I predict they won't be in business much longer.

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★★★☆☆

After they first opened it was a great spot but they've tweaked the menu and gone down the "Precious-food-as-art" road which always turns me off.

I predict they won't be in business much longer.

Pros: Location, vibe

Cons: Menu

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This is a great little place in West Seattle. I have driven by it many times, but never went since I expected a high price, fancy, asian-themed fish restaurant. What I got was something entirely different. It had a wide range of meal options from cod to veal to sirloin and lobster. The menu was diverse and all the options made my mouth water. I would highly recommend the veal and the lamb. The spring salad and the spot prawns were delicious as well. Definitely a place I would go back to and would recommend everyone to triy it out.

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★★★★★

This is a great little place in West Seattle. I have driven by it many times, but never went since I expected a high price, fancy, asian-themed fish restaurant. What I got was something entirely different. It had a wide range of meal options from cod to veal to sirloin and lobster. The menu was diverse and all the options made my mouth water. I would highly recommend the veal and the lamb. The spring salad and the spot prawns were delicious as well. Definitely a place I would go back to and would recommend everyone to triy it out.

Pros: Great food, friendly staff

Cons: Not hearing about this place earlier

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Great food, oysters are delicious, and the service was fantastic. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. Yummy!

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★★★★★

Great food, oysters are delicious, and the service was fantastic. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. Yummy!

Pros: Fun Friendly Staff

Cons: Parking a little difficult

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well this place is for bar hoppers... i like it here because the place is not that bad.. you better guys check this place out... you'll understand what i mean..

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★★☆☆☆

well this place is for bar hoppers... i like it here because the place is not that bad.. you better guys check this place out... you'll understand what i mean..

Pros: not good but better

Cons: ain't it

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Ama Ama has a decent happy hour including both drink and food specials. The $5 Cosmos were pretty strong and the $14 Kobe Burger was extra tasty even though it wasn't discounted. There's also a menu with $3 and $5 small plates to round out the offerings The ambiance is interesting and very "swank", but it matches the quality of the food. The Kobe Beef Burger we had was great and the mac and cheese was definitely worth the $5 happy hour price.

You can check out my fuller report over at my blog: seattlenomnom.blogspot.[com]/2009/03/happy-hour-report-ama-ama.html

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★★★★☆

Ama Ama has a decent happy hour including both drink and food specials. The $5 Cosmos were pretty strong and the $14 Kobe Burger was extra tasty even though it wasn't discounted. There's also a menu with $3 and $5 small plates to round out the offerings The ambiance is interesting and very "swank", but it matches the quality of the food. The Kobe Beef Burger we had was great and the mac and cheese was definitely worth the $5 happy hour price.

You can check out my fuller report over at my blog: seattlenomnom.blogspot.[com]/2009/03/happy-hour-report-ama-ama.html

Pros: Ambience, Good Food, Drink and Food Happy Hour Specials

Cons: Pricy, Name/Food Disconnect

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I came here for new years! I have been in earlier this year for there oysters and was impressed but thought it was mediocre. The new menu is wonderful, just to name a few, clams with shorizo (sp?), there kobe steak with ravioli that went perfect with the wine. It was packed and I dont like packed places but the staff did well, ( I know this because I have been in the buisness before). Not sure if it ususally gets an audience like this or because of all the posters "tagged" on every corner of the junction. This is why I was interested in the first place because the flyer stated free champaigne and a DJ. The DJ set the vibe with a jazzy not too much of a rappish style. My girlfriend loved it. Our plans were to go downtown but we stayed because of the atmosphere. Im just a walk away from them and I will be back and was also informed by a staff member that they usually have live music on Thursdays, and he said it is always a great group playing. Count me in!

Jessie

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★★★★★

I came here for new years! I have been in earlier this year for there oysters and was impressed but thought it was mediocre. The new menu is wonderful, just to name a few, clams with shorizo (sp?), there kobe steak with ravioli that went perfect with the wine. It was packed and I dont like packed places but the staff did well, ( I know this because I have been in the buisness before). Not sure if it ususally gets an audience like this or because of all the posters "tagged" on every corner of the junction. This is why I was interested in the first place because the flyer stated free champaigne and a DJ. The DJ set the vibe with a jazzy not too much of a rappish style. My girlfriend loved it. Our plans were to go downtown but we stayed because of the atmosphere. Im just a walk away from them and I will be back and was also informed by a staff member that they usually have live music on Thursdays, and he said it is always a great group playing. Count me in!

Jessie

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I dined this week with a friend at Ama Ama. The visit started out badly when the bartender knew nothing about the wine. She mistook the name of the wine region, the only information on the wine list, to be the name of the wine. So we take off points for the uninformative wine list and the unknowledgeable bartender. We ordered to dishes and two salads. The salads were OK, nothing special. One dish was a roasted mussel dish. The mussels were totally carbonized and to make matters worse, were doused with excessive hot sauce or chiles. The other dish was a scallop and beef cheek . This dish was notable for it's absence of beef cheek. The waitress was notable for her absence! The kitchen couldn't get both dishes out at the same time. And to top everything off they charge for a few slices of non desrcript baguette!

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★☆☆☆☆

I dined this week with a friend at Ama Ama. The visit started out badly when the bartender knew nothing about the wine. She mistook the name of the wine region, the only information on the wine list, to be the name of the wine. So we take off points for the uninformative wine list and the unknowledgeable bartender. We ordered to dishes and two salads. The salads were OK, nothing special. One dish was a roasted mussel dish. The mussels were totally carbonized and to make matters worse, were doused with excessive hot sauce or chiles. The other dish was a scallop and beef cheek . This dish was notable for it's absence of beef cheek. The waitress was notable for her absence! The kitchen couldn't get both dishes out at the same time. And to top everything off they charge for a few slices of non desrcript baguette!

Pros: The salads were decent

Cons: Everything else, food and service, was unacceptable!

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Dined here at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We had the "large plates" -coho salmon and the grilled Kobe sirloin. Both were exceptional in the way the dishes enhanced taste through the imaginative presentation. The salmon was nicely seared with a near-perfect crust; taste boosted by beets, bacon, chanterelles and potato. The beef came with chanterelles, edamame, mushroom ravioli and a olive caramel coulis. Service was excellent. The place is very dark - takes very good eyes to read the menu. The noise level is fairly high, not a good spot for a romantic date.

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★★★★☆

Dined here at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We had the "large plates" -coho salmon and the grilled Kobe sirloin. Both were exceptional in the way the dishes enhanced taste through the imaginative presentation. The salmon was nicely seared with a near-perfect crust; taste boosted by beets, bacon, chanterelles and potato. The beef came with chanterelles, edamame, mushroom ravioli and a olive caramel coulis. Service was excellent. The place is very dark - takes very good eyes to read the menu. The noise level is fairly high, not a good spot for a romantic date.

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We went to Ama Ama having been there many times and knowing that we loved the food. Once there, realized that the menu had changed! A bit reluctantly, we tried a few new entres, the mussels, foie gras and the mac n cheese. The mac n cheese was good, though not as good as one on the previous menu (it was a little watery and not as falvorful), the foie was tasty, the mussels were horrible. I can certainly overlook new menu items that I dont like, but what I cannot overlook was the horrible service. We were at the bar, right in front of our server who knew we were a little unsure of the new menu items and she never once checked on us to see how things were. (no, the place was not busy). When we paid our bill and left the ENTIRE order (minus 4) of mussles, there was no question or comment about why. We will not return simply because of the service.. or lack thereof which is too bad, because it was one of our favorite places before last night.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Ama Ama having been there many times and knowing that we loved the food. Once there, realized that the menu had changed! A bit reluctantly, we tried a few new entres, the mussels, foie gras and the mac n cheese. The mac n cheese was good, though not as good as one on the previous menu (it was a little watery and not as falvorful), the foie was tasty, the mussels were horrible. I can certainly overlook new menu items that I dont like, but what I cannot overlook was the horrible service. We were at the bar, right in front of our server who knew we were a little unsure of the new menu items and she never once checked on us to see how things were. (no, the place was not busy). When we paid our bill and left the ENTIRE order (minus 4) of mussles, there was no question or comment about why. We will not return simply because of the service.. or lack thereof which is too bad, because it was one of our favorite places before last night.

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I have to agree with a poster below - the atmosphere is sophisticated yet unpretentious. The servers are very nice if not hurried sometimes. We checked out their new menu - we've felt the food at Ama Ama has always been decent to really good. But the new menu is some of the best seafood we've had in Seattle in awhile. Crab cake mac and cheese - so good. Roasted cod and crusted catfish. Yum. The happy hour (if we can ever get there that early or stay that late for late night happy hour) the 0.75 oysters are pretty good - best deal in town at that. We'll be back especially as someone else said, w/ all the great music they play.

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★★★★★

I have to agree with a poster below - the atmosphere is sophisticated yet unpretentious. The servers are very nice if not hurried sometimes. We checked out their new menu - we've felt the food at Ama Ama has always been decent to really good. But the new menu is some of the best seafood we've had in Seattle in awhile. Crab cake mac and cheese - so good. Roasted cod and crusted catfish. Yum. The happy hour (if we can ever get there that early or stay that late for late night happy hour) the 0.75 oysters are pretty good - best deal in town at that. We'll be back especially as someone else said, w/ all the great music they play.

Pros: nice new additions to the menu

Cons: a little far for us non west seattle dwelling folk but still worth it

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I recently went to Ama Ama for the first time with a large party (they have two rooms set aside for big groups, so one would assume they could handle this). After ordering drinks, we waited about 15 minutes before any of them started to arrive, which was a sign of what was to come. We placed our appetizer and dinner orders at 7:30. Appetizers started showing up around 7:45, but only a few at a time; the last ones arrived around 8pm. Entrees did not appear until about 8:30, and again a few at a time. Three of us (out of 16) did not receive our dinner until after 9pm, at which point several people had already finished their meals and had their plates cleared. And the two most delayed dishes were just pasta! The server did apologize for the delay, explaining that the kitchen was "overwhelmed" with the size of our party...but of course they knew the size of our party well in advance. She did not offer any type of compensation until we specifically requested that the two pasta orders be comped. Several drink orders never appeared and had to be re-ordered.

The food, when it arrived, was good but not extraordinary -- certainly not good enough to make up for the terribly slow service. Considering that the final bill for our party was around $1000 including the built-in 18% gratuity, I would have expected a lot more attention and effort on the part of the staff. We weren't being bitchy about the delay -- if anything, we were probably too patient. The water boy was the only person who was consistently attentive!

It could have been a nice evening, but I will not be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

I recently went to Ama Ama for the first time with a large party (they have two rooms set aside for big groups, so one would assume they could handle this). After ordering drinks, we waited about 15 minutes before any of them started to arrive, which was a sign of what was to come. We placed our appetizer and dinner orders at 7:30. Appetizers started showing up around 7:45, but only a few at a time; the last ones arrived around 8pm. Entrees did not appear until about 8:30, and again a few at a time. Three of us (out of 16) did not receive our dinner until after 9pm, at which point several people had already finished their meals and had their plates cleared. And the two most delayed dishes were just pasta! The server did apologize for the delay, explaining that the kitchen was "overwhelmed" with the size of our party...but of course they knew the size of our party well in advance. She did not offer any type of compensation until we specifically requested that the two pasta orders be comped. Several drink orders never appeared and had to be re-ordered.

The food, when it arrived, was good but not extraordinary -- certainly not good enough to make up for the terribly slow service. Considering that the final bill for our party was around $1000 including the built-in 18% gratuity, I would have expected a lot more attention and effort on the part of the staff. We weren't being bitchy about the delay -- if anything, we were probably too patient. The water boy was the only person who was consistently attentive!

It could have been a nice evening, but I will not be going back.

Pros: Good variety, tasty onion rings

Cons: Terribly slow and spotty service

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I visited Ama Ama for the first time recently for their Happy Hour. I was immediately impressed right from the moment I walked through the door. It is so stylish and sleek inside, with great accents and dark colors. The music that played was a fun mellow Chicago House. My favorite kind of music. The staff was attentive and served water and menus right away. I ordered the Po Boy and Lamb Slider, and 1/2 dozen oysters. The Po Boy slider was very good and the Lamb Slider was to die for! The oysters were nice and cold and just so tasty! I could not help but smile after gulping down each oyster.
I highly recommend Ama Ama for their happy hour. Great prices and a attentive staff.

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★★★★★

I visited Ama Ama for the first time recently for their Happy Hour. I was immediately impressed right from the moment I walked through the door. It is so stylish and sleek inside, with great accents and dark colors. The music that played was a fun mellow Chicago House. My favorite kind of music. The staff was attentive and served water and menus right away. I ordered the Po Boy and Lamb Slider, and 1/2 dozen oysters. The Po Boy slider was very good and the Lamb Slider was to die for! The oysters were nice and cold and just so tasty! I could not help but smile after gulping down each oyster.
I highly recommend Ama Ama for their happy hour. Great prices and a attentive staff.

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You have to love an oyster bar on California street in Seattle. If you can eat many oysters you won't pay too much here as compared to many places. The rest of the food was good as well.

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★★★★☆

You have to love an oyster bar on California street in Seattle. If you can eat many oysters you won't pay too much here as compared to many places. The rest of the food was good as well.

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Super fun atmosphere yet quietly sophisticated. Great corner seats next to the windows on nice days, fun menu, great seafood - including the sliders and the mac and cheese. The Oysters were amazing. Great drinks. This is actually a fun bar as well. A great neighborhood spot and a fun place to actually "travel to" from "Seattle" to get a legitimate taste of West Seattle - big thumbs up for Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill...

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★★★★★

Super fun atmosphere yet quietly sophisticated. Great corner seats next to the windows on nice days, fun menu, great seafood - including the sliders and the mac and cheese. The Oysters were amazing. Great drinks. This is actually a fun bar as well. A great neighborhood spot and a fun place to actually "travel to" from "Seattle" to get a legitimate taste of West Seattle - big thumbs up for Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill...

Pros: food, atmosphere, decor, music, bartenders, tables, service

Cons: parking sometimes, but there is a lot next to ama ama...zebra print on wall

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Food was great. Service was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was awesome. Would definitely go back.

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★★★★★

Food was great. Service was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was awesome. Would definitely go back.

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I received a gift card for Ama Ama and took three friends. The whole evening was a hit and miss experience. Some items on the menu were fantastic, like the Ahi tuna and the mac and cheese with wild mushrooms and oysters. Others were poor, like the mussels, which were all shriveled up and dry, and the fried oysters, which were so dark brown they looked like dog droppings.

Service was very attentive yet very poor. The place was not very busy but it took far too long to get three oysters on the half shell. Then they lost our appetizer ticket, were slow with drink service, and took ages to get our check.

I will try Ama Ama again, the food that was good was reason enough to give it another shot, and while the service was poor they really seemed to be trying.

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★★★☆☆

I received a gift card for Ama Ama and took three friends. The whole evening was a hit and miss experience. Some items on the menu were fantastic, like the Ahi tuna and the mac and cheese with wild mushrooms and oysters. Others were poor, like the mussels, which were all shriveled up and dry, and the fried oysters, which were so dark brown they looked like dog droppings.

Service was very attentive yet very poor. The place was not very busy but it took far too long to get three oysters on the half shell. Then they lost our appetizer ticket, were slow with drink service, and took ages to get our check.

I will try Ama Ama again, the food that was good was reason enough to give it another shot, and while the service was poor they really seemed to be trying.

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The interior was beautiful. I only wish that the food was as good. I won't return to this place. It seems the menu was a bit to complicated for the cook to understand.

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★★☆☆☆

The interior was beautiful. I only wish that the food was as good. I won't return to this place. It seems the menu was a bit to complicated for the cook to understand.

Pros: Interior

Cons: Food

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This resturant is fastly becoming a family favorite. My husband & I have been to Ama Ama
several times on different occasions. And each time we are never disappointed. The staff
is friendly & attentive. The courses are ample & delicious. We will continue to recommend
& refer our friends, family & strangers to Ama Ama.

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★★★★★

This resturant is fastly becoming a family favorite. My husband & I have been to Ama Ama
several times on different occasions. And each time we are never disappointed. The staff
is friendly & attentive. The courses are ample & delicious. We will continue to recommend
& refer our friends, family & strangers to Ama Ama.

Pros: Oysters

Cons: N/A

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I really did want this to work. An good mid range place for sea food and oysters in W. Seattle would be great. I wanted this to be something that was even marginaly close to Ovio in it's prime days.

I forgave the Mac and Cheese swimming in oil. I forgave the half shelled oysters still hanging on to the lower shell. I forgave the overpriced drinks at happy hour. I forgive and overlook when folks honestly try and improve, but all I saw was the lean toward the pretentious in attempt to veil the poor quality and effort.

When quality is not an option pretend to be elite.

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★★☆☆☆

I really did want this to work. An good mid range place for sea food and oysters in W. Seattle would be great. I wanted this to be something that was even marginaly close to Ovio in it's prime days.

I forgave the Mac and Cheese swimming in oil. I forgave the half shelled oysters still hanging on to the lower shell. I forgave the overpriced drinks at happy hour. I forgive and overlook when folks honestly try and improve, but all I saw was the lean toward the pretentious in attempt to veil the poor quality and effort.

When quality is not an option pretend to be elite.

Pros: nice furnishing

Cons: overall poor quality food (for the 4 items i have tried) attention to detail lacking

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Had a great time there. We had a large Birthday party group and the staff was very assisting. I recommend this place for dates, parties, etc

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★★★★☆

Had a great time there. We had a large Birthday party group and the staff was very assisting. I recommend this place for dates, parties, etc

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I thought that this place was very good! i actually liked everything else I had more than the Oysters! The Lamb Sliders are tops and the small plate Scallop was amazing. My husband and I went there for our 3 year anniversary and when I asked if we could be put in a corner for some privacy they were very accommodating. i like the fact that it is swanky but you don't have to get all dressed up. They have good wine and a good selection. We ordered a bunch of small things and shared them all and I love being able to taste everything. i will definitely go back.

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★★★★☆

I thought that this place was very good! i actually liked everything else I had more than the Oysters! The Lamb Sliders are tops and the small plate Scallop was amazing. My husband and I went there for our 3 year anniversary and when I asked if we could be put in a corner for some privacy they were very accommodating. i like the fact that it is swanky but you don't have to get all dressed up. They have good wine and a good selection. We ordered a bunch of small things and shared them all and I love being able to taste everything. i will definitely go back.

Pros: Good location, fast service, good selection

Cons: The noise

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The late night menu was just right. A bit of everything available. Shooter was great. Po'Boy Slider was great. Half shell live oysters were tasty, with a lovely sweet and vingary dipping juice. We chose non-spicey pommes frites. Hot, tasty, but a small portion. We were hungry after a late concert. Drinks were fine. We were blown away by the great choice of music: Getz-Gilberto, and lots of jazz and pop music to satisfy pre-boomers born in the '30's. Once I turned down the volume of my hearing aids, the loudness of the music was OK. We will be going back.

Third trip back after 10 PM confirmed our first impressions. Hot tartar sauce on the oyster slider will bring us back again and again.

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★★★★☆

The late night menu was just right. A bit of everything available. Shooter was great. Po'Boy Slider was great. Half shell live oysters were tasty, with a lovely sweet and vingary dipping juice. We chose non-spicey pommes frites. Hot, tasty, but a small portion. We were hungry after a late concert. Drinks were fine. We were blown away by the great choice of music: Getz-Gilberto, and lots of jazz and pop music to satisfy pre-boomers born in the '30's. Once I turned down the volume of my hearing aids, the loudness of the music was OK. We will be going back.

Third trip back after 10 PM confirmed our first impressions. Hot tartar sauce on the oyster slider will bring us back again and again.

Pros: Seafood, drinks, music

Cons: Size of portion of pommes frites.

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We stopped in at Ama Ama, not knowing what to expect. I was pleased to see a menu that offered a wide variety, that was not overwhelming. My fiancee, who is a real foodie, reported that the proteins were cooked perfectly, the flavors were well balanced yet homey tasting, and the overall experience was one that she'd long remember. I was especially impressed with the value of the experience . . . unparalled food, service and value for the price! I''ll leave you with the small adventure of sorting out your particular dishes and drinks.

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★★★★★

We stopped in at Ama Ama, not knowing what to expect. I was pleased to see a menu that offered a wide variety, that was not overwhelming. My fiancee, who is a real foodie, reported that the proteins were cooked perfectly, the flavors were well balanced yet homey tasting, and the overall experience was one that she'd long remember. I was especially impressed with the value of the experience . . . unparalled food, service and value for the price! I''ll leave you with the small adventure of sorting out your particular dishes and drinks.

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I love the vibe they have going here...I felt like I was in Hawaii! Menu is excellent; very diverse. Wine and cocktail list was superb. Our group shared alot of small plates and enjoyed all of it. The Mac n Cheese with fried oysters is the bomb!!! And the mussels! And the lamb sliders!!!! Our server, Ryan, was friendly, efficient and good at recommending things. I was not disappointed with anything about this place...can't wait to go back!! Thank you Ama Ama!!!

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★★★★★

I love the vibe they have going here...I felt like I was in Hawaii! Menu is excellent; very diverse. Wine and cocktail list was superb. Our group shared alot of small plates and enjoyed all of it. The Mac n Cheese with fried oysters is the bomb!!! And the mussels! And the lamb sliders!!!! Our server, Ryan, was friendly, efficient and good at recommending things. I was not disappointed with anything about this place...can't wait to go back!! Thank you Ama Ama!!!

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Okay, so, to start with, this place is beautiful. I know beauty is only skin deep, but if you want to take your date for a cocktail and a bite to eat someplace that's just a little bit magical, I'd recommend this place. Also if you just want a place to get delicious happy hour munchies when it's raining out. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. The atmosphere is a seemingly effortless blend of cool/relaxed and romantic. The drinks are tasty and original--I'm a big fan of the Junction. Once my drink wasn't quite right, but they fixed it and then came by and checked to make sure I liked the second version. The lamb sliders and black cod always satisfy, and you can't go wrong with Bakery Nouveau desserts and breads. Is there anything I don't like about this place? Well, the drinks aren't cheap. Cocktails tend to be $8-10 each. And I sort of wish the onion rings came with come kind of dipping sauce. But these are minor complaints, like wishing a boyfriend wasn't always five minutes late or that his hair was slightly wavy. Nobody's perfect, but Ama Ama is a keeper. (And did I mention beautiful?)

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★★★★★

Okay, so, to start with, this place is beautiful. I know beauty is only skin deep, but if you want to take your date for a cocktail and a bite to eat someplace that's just a little bit magical, I'd recommend this place. Also if you just want a place to get delicious happy hour munchies when it's raining out. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. The atmosphere is a seemingly effortless blend of cool/relaxed and romantic. The drinks are tasty and original--I'm a big fan of the Junction. Once my drink wasn't quite right, but they fixed it and then came by and checked to make sure I liked the second version. The lamb sliders and black cod always satisfy, and you can't go wrong with Bakery Nouveau desserts and breads. Is there anything I don't like about this place? Well, the drinks aren't cheap. Cocktails tend to be $8-10 each. And I sort of wish the onion rings came with come kind of dipping sauce. But these are minor complaints, like wishing a boyfriend wasn't always five minutes late or that his hair was slightly wavy. Nobody's perfect, but Ama Ama is a keeper. (And did I mention beautiful?)

Pros: ambience, tasty drinks, great small plates

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my boyfriend and i had dinner at ama ama and we both left with happy bellies and smiles on our faces. the dish i ordered may curtail any further menu exploration on my part: i ordered the black cod and i just might get stuck on this for the next few visits. the fish melted in my mouth, and was served with the perfect sauce and sides. it is hard to believe that something that tastes this good can be healthy for you too! other reviews have mentioned the lack of options for vegetarians, but the chef was kind enough to prepare a special veggie entree/combination for my boyfriend which incorporated many of the yummy sides that are offered with the regular entrees. the restaurant's space is sophisticated and comfortable with a hip, distinctive character. we will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

my boyfriend and i had dinner at ama ama and we both left with happy bellies and smiles on our faces. the dish i ordered may curtail any further menu exploration on my part: i ordered the black cod and i just might get stuck on this for the next few visits. the fish melted in my mouth, and was served with the perfect sauce and sides. it is hard to believe that something that tastes this good can be healthy for you too! other reviews have mentioned the lack of options for vegetarians, but the chef was kind enough to prepare a special veggie entree/combination for my boyfriend which incorporated many of the yummy sides that are offered with the regular entrees. the restaurant's space is sophisticated and comfortable with a hip, distinctive character. we will definitely be back!

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A friend and I went to Ama Ama on a recent Friday night. Despite the fact that the place was packed, we had quick and friendly service. The menu was wide-ranging and inventive, inspired by a variety of cultures. I was also impressed by the fact that there are options for those benighted souls who do not like seafood. Portions are generous, and dishes are well-balanced. The wine list contains some unusual treats, like the Basque white (which I had and loved), and the cocktail list brings some new twists to contemporary and classic favorites.

We started with raw oysters, and sadly, I can't recall the name, but they tasted divinely of the sea. We next moved onto the mussels, an absolutely brilliant and unique preparation with roasted tomatillos and onions. I have long been a mussel fan, and these are by far the best I have ever tried. The tomatillos bring the zing normally provided by white wine or lemon, and offer a richer backdrop for the umami of the mussel. The fries that accompany the dish are perfectly spiced and complementary; even my Midwestern dinner companion who orders 1 star at Thai restaurants loved them. We also tried the calamari, extremely tender and redolent of middle eastern flavors like olive and preserved lemon. We finished up sharing a crab roll and the macaroni and cheese, both tasty and fun spins on traditional American dishes. I especially enjoyed the crab roll with its generous helping of meat spiked with bacon and avocado and set atop a piece of butter lettuce and a rich, eggy roll.

And, if the great food isn't enough to lure you in, Ama Ama's ambience really should. They have two different rooms to suit your mood: one more dimly lit and quiet, the other more bustling and bright. The music is upbeat but unobtrusive. And, with it's beautiful retro-styled decor in the vein of a classy tiki lounge, you feel like Sammy Davis Jr. may come snapping by at any moment.

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★★★★★

A friend and I went to Ama Ama on a recent Friday night. Despite the fact that the place was packed, we had quick and friendly service. The menu was wide-ranging and inventive, inspired by a variety of cultures. I was also impressed by the fact that there are options for those benighted souls who do not like seafood. Portions are generous, and dishes are well-balanced. The wine list contains some unusual treats, like the Basque white (which I had and loved), and the cocktail list brings some new twists to contemporary and classic favorites.

We started with raw oysters, and sadly, I can't recall the name, but they tasted divinely of the sea. We next moved onto the mussels, an absolutely brilliant and unique preparation with roasted tomatillos and onions. I have long been a mussel fan, and these are by far the best I have ever tried. The tomatillos bring the zing normally provided by white wine or lemon, and offer a richer backdrop for the umami of the mussel. The fries that accompany the dish are perfectly spiced and complementary; even my Midwestern dinner companion who orders 1 star at Thai restaurants loved them. We also tried the calamari, extremely tender and redolent of middle eastern flavors like olive and preserved lemon. We finished up sharing a crab roll and the macaroni and cheese, both tasty and fun spins on traditional American dishes. I especially enjoyed the crab roll with its generous helping of meat spiked with bacon and avocado and set atop a piece of butter lettuce and a rich, eggy roll.

And, if the great food isn't enough to lure you in, Ama Ama's ambience really should. They have two different rooms to suit your mood: one more dimly lit and quiet, the other more bustling and bright. The music is upbeat but unobtrusive. And, with it's beautiful retro-styled decor in the vein of a classy tiki lounge, you feel like Sammy Davis Jr. may come snapping by at any moment.

Pros: great food, diverse menu, good wine list and cocktails, fun ambience, great service

Cons: not recommended for vegetarians

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I had dinner with a friend there on Saturday, 11/17. I was very impressed-between the delicious food-oyster slider, mixed green salad, and black cod entree, right down to the friendly staff. The food was exceptional and not the type of food you would eat everyday. The black cod came with sweet potatos and chinese brocolli. Also, the steak is not only local, but grass fed and organic. Ama Ama had a fun, and urban flare to it. Also, they serve French Press coffee, which was delicious with their chocolate cake. Overall, it was wonderful experience. In fact, I am sending my parents there.

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★★★★★

I had dinner with a friend there on Saturday, 11/17. I was very impressed-between the delicious food-oyster slider, mixed green salad, and black cod entree, right down to the friendly staff. The food was exceptional and not the type of food you would eat everyday. The black cod came with sweet potatos and chinese brocolli. Also, the steak is not only local, but grass fed and organic. Ama Ama had a fun, and urban flare to it. Also, they serve French Press coffee, which was delicious with their chocolate cake. Overall, it was wonderful experience. In fact, I am sending my parents there.

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We dropped in for dinner on Friday night 11/16/07 to try this place. It didn't impress me but I wasn't disgusted either. The prices are reasonable for seafood...about $18 entrees and about 50%-60% that for smaller plates. We ordered the fried oyster salad with bibb lettuce and horseradish dressing to split. I think it was a little small to share between two. I thought the oysters were pretty good but my partner thought they tasted like little oil-balls. To each his own. The horseradish dressing was unusual and I thought it was a nice compliment although I think I would have preferred less of it on the lettuce and more of it on the oysters. I order 1/2 lb of mussels for dinner and my partner order the crab roll. The mussels were tasty but I really do prefer a wine-based broth for steaming and they are prepared in some tomato concoction. The real disappointment was the side of fries with the mussels...they were way way way too spicy...they completely detracted from the mussels. I think they should get rid of the fries and just serve the delicious bread from Bakery Nouveau with the mussels. Justin thought the crab roll was okay...nothing worth a special trip though and the onion rings on the side were cold. There was also a noticeable absence of vegetables from the menu...just lettuce for the salads...no other vegetables. This just isn't the way I like to eat so I probably won't go back unless I have a specific hankering for oysters.

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★★★☆☆

We dropped in for dinner on Friday night 11/16/07 to try this place. It didn't impress me but I wasn't disgusted either. The prices are reasonable for seafood...about $18 entrees and about 50%-60% that for smaller plates. We ordered the fried oyster salad with bibb lettuce and horseradish dressing to split. I think it was a little small to share between two. I thought the oysters were pretty good but my partner thought they tasted like little oil-balls. To each his own. The horseradish dressing was unusual and I thought it was a nice compliment although I think I would have preferred less of it on the lettuce and more of it on the oysters. I order 1/2 lb of mussels for dinner and my partner order the crab roll. The mussels were tasty but I really do prefer a wine-based broth for steaming and they are prepared in some tomato concoction. The real disappointment was the side of fries with the mussels...they were way way way too spicy...they completely detracted from the mussels. I think they should get rid of the fries and just serve the delicious bread from Bakery Nouveau with the mussels. Justin thought the crab roll was okay...nothing worth a special trip though and the onion rings on the side were cold. There was also a noticeable absence of vegetables from the menu...just lettuce for the salads...no other vegetables. This just isn't the way I like to eat so I probably won't go back unless I have a specific hankering for oysters.

Pros: Fun atmosphere/ambience, convenient location, interesting cocktail menu

Cons: no vegetables, uncomfortable dining chairs, expensive wines & cocktails

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