Awesome find! Just driving
Awesome find! Just driving by and saw it. So glad we stopped! Sushi and drinks were awesome!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We ate sushi exclusively.
We ate sushi exclusively. Signature rolls were wonderfully balanced and well-portioned. The standard rolls, like the spicy tuna with its subtle smoky flavor, were fresh and flavorful, as expected. The interior decor is well-illuminated by the windows and gives the space a larger, more open feel despite its small size. The staff were all helpful and prompt, providing a great Friday night experience. We live in the neighborhood and will be going back often.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great sushi, slooping roll
Great sushi, slooping roll was great. Udon noddles were cooked properly and amazingly tasty. Service was attentive.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better & Better
UAMI is getting better and better with each visit! Look forward to our next visit.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Made a reservation and was
Made a reservation and was about 10 min early. We were sat immediately upon arrival, but it seemed our server had not been informed we were there. Another coupler was seated near us, after our arrival and were asked for drink orders nearly 10 min before our server arrived. Once there she was fantastic, quick, polite, friendly, and accommodating.
The food was fantastic, as was the wine (Malbec) the environment was cozy and we got to chat with both couples dining on either side of us.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Visited Umai for an early weeknight dinner. The sushi was excellent and the service was great. Will definitely visit again in the future.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The name of this restaurant definitely fits what we experienced. We're Japanese and Japanese food is our life. The food we had was extremely delicious! It was just absolutely wonderful authentic Japanese food.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great big bowls of noodles!
Three out of four of our party opted for noodle dishes and two of us barely made a dent in our bowls. We had a couple of appetizers, all of which were delicious. If you are looking for the restaurant using a GPS, however, be warned that they are located up the street in the corner of the building with the entrance around the corner from the street address. A great place to go to with the girls before a show at the Auditorium Theatre.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great sushi, great atmosphere.
The rolls and sashimi were very fresh and tasty. The service was fine, but the ambience was what was really great. I loved the mood set by the combination of the decor, music and lighting. This place is perfect for dinner with friends or a date, and definitely for anyone who likes sushi.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Well prepared sushi
For Japanese food lovers, nothing is more refreshing than well prepared sushi/sashimi/maki rolls. Umai had just that. Clean, bright restaurant with street views. Sushi bar to sit at, or tables. Menu is thorough and has all the basics of Japanese cuisine. Will definitely be coming back soon.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
UMAI super nippon!
fantastic real authentic japanese food and ambience... ramen are super and luncheon dishes more than suffcient in quantity and great taste and good prices.
to be recommended..
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful urban experience.
Wonderful urban experience. Very fresh, lots of complicated flavors.
Service was great! Energetic atmosphere yet sound level was appropriate for easy conversation.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food and atmosphere and service! Great sushi and appetizers. My friend said ramen was amazing too.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
I made Open Table reservation on the run - for 8 people with barely more than 10 minutes notice.
That is not uncommon in my life, and usually I can spot restaurants that are available on short notice.
However, what was unique was that this place actually knew about our reservation and had our table ready by the time we arrived.
That as a good start, but it just got better from then on - the service was subdued but very friendly and efficient, the food was very good, and the decor was fairly modern and inviting. Prices are reasonable, especially considering the great food and experience.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arguably the best sushi in Chicago
In town for a conference, I did not want to eat another meal at a hotel. Found Umai through OpenTable - so glad I did. Nice staff, cute restaurant, short walk from many hotels, fresh, tasty sushi and reasonably priced.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice corner spot for this Sushi restaurant. Easy access location in the south loop and good parking options. Restaurant was bright, clean and good for having a conversation. Food was very good and effecient service. We will definitely go back!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty Menu, Lots of Variety
So far, Umai appears to be a neighborhood joint, attracting mostly locals. The food is hit-or-miss. Of the things I've tried, I really recommend the salads and tempura. The batter on the agedashi tofu is fine when dry, but melts into this weird, slimy consistency after sitting in the broth. I would stick to the simple, traditional sushi rolls as the fancier, more "creative" rolls miss the mark on taste.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
More than sushi!
I'm a big fan of Japanese cuisine and am always happy to find a restaurant that celebrates everything on their menu--not just the sushi. The sushi was delicious, as was the beef tongue skewers, soups, gyoza. I wanted to order so many items on the menu that deciding was difficult. My husband and I will definitely be returning.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The overall experience was great! I like the variety of selections on the menu and drinks. The service was great from the time you walk in and greeted to the time you leave. Even the cooks wished you a good day, nice personal touch :) Oysy use to be my neighborhood favorite sushi restaurant, but have gone down over the years. Umai sushi portions are big and fresh.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is probably my favorite
This is probably my favorite sushi/Japanese place in the South Loop, where we live. The ambiance is very nice and the food is tasty and fresh. I wish they didn't charge extra for rice (just something that annoys me, especially when you aren't told when they ask if you'd like some rice). Otherwise, this is a very nice place to eat in the South Loop.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place for a business lunch (in this case, part of a job interview). I've been to Umai before both for this purpose and on the weekend for lunch. The food quality is consistently very good. There is a good variety of nigiri and sashimi, and the bento box is a favorite. There are other menu items as well, with some of the specials occasionally veering toward an Americanized palate. The service is attentive, friendly and un-rushed. The interior is attractive and comfortable. There is outdoor seating, although it's on a busy corner, and right now there is a major construction project across the street.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local spot
Perfect place for late night sushi after the movie. Portions are small and reasonably priced so try a lot of rolls and appetizers.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I FOUND IT!
After having increasingly bad experiences at another South Loop Sushi place, my friends and I were looking for our "next spot". THIS IS IT! The food was excellent and the atmosphere was simple and homey. We really felt comfortable and have plans to go back very soon and take others with us. I get off work at 3:00 p.m. and it was nice to find a really good restaurant open that early. We usually have to wait around until 5:00 p.m.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Japanese food
We really enjoyed our dinner at UMAI. Our food was fresh and delicious. The ginger beer was very good and there is a nice selection of wine.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good Japanese food
This was our second visit to UMAI and it was even better than the first experience. The food was wonderful and reasonably priced. We are going back!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Black rice sushi is yummy
Celebrated a birthday with a friend. Had a nice table at the window. Great variety and innovation in the menu. Everything was great. Service was super. Black rice sushi sampler is a must have.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hard-to-find Japanese food
I love eating at Umai because they go beyond the typical Japanese fare and offer more traditional Japanese dishes that I have so far only been able to find in Japan.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM