After being a regular for over two years, I have to add my kudos to Hama.
The fish is fresh and excellent. If you want a treat order from the selection of specialty rolls. They are more expensive, but will make your dining experience exceptional. I love the Venice Roll, it is fresh and clean; the Strawberry Roll, it is sweet and almost like desert; the Green Dragon for some spice (order the Red Dragon but only if you can handle habanero!!); the Temptation Roll is BEYOND!
The hot entrees vary in deliciousness. Keep in mind that this is a sushi restaurant first. That said, the duck entree is unbelievable. You will not be disappointed. The teriyaki is just ok. Portions would be good for children or someone with a small appetite. I can't say much more because I eat sushi and rolls most of the time.
Keep in mind that the food does not come out in courses like other types of restaurants. Food will come out as it is prepared. This can be irritating to people who are not familiar with how Hama works. It is almost a family style service.
The atmosphere is different depending on your choice of rooms. The inside with the sushi bar is quieter and more romantic. The sushi bar is festive and the chefs are fantastic and love to interact with their customers.
The covered patio is definitely louder since the bar is in this space. I love this room. The surf movies on the wall and the locals make it fun. It can get loud, so request inside if you want a more subdued evening.
Regardless, the seating is close together to give the space its well-known communal feel. I've made friends with people dining next to me! If you want a table separated from others for a date, request that when you make a reservation.
The prices are less than Sushi Roku but more than the hidden away strip mall joints.
Barring the rare snafu, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and very, very cute!