31441 Santa Margarita Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688


  • Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sun., noon-3 p.m. & 4:30-9:30 p.m. Mon., 4:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Beer/Wine
Unlike other sushi masters, Yamame’s chefs are neither above serving rolls nor naming them fancifully such titles as “Lion King” and “Wow.” The most expensive roll here—the namesake of the restaurant—features modern sushi bar ingredients of lobster, sliced jalapeño and mango. Wrapped in soy paper in lieu of seaweed and absent of rice, you get the feeling that the Yamame Roll must be designed for the Coto de Caza housewife who might wander in demanding something carb-free. For certain, it’s the prettiest thing the chefs produce, with celery carved into dramatic curlicues and a naked lobster claw stuck upright so that it resembles a sea monster reaching out from the deep.

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