Small dinner spot in the Falls
This is a very small restaurant in down town Chagr Falls. The proprietors are the chef and head waitrss. She is delightful and is quite bubbly and personable. My wife and I dine there for our anniversary every year! The dishes are unique and flavorful.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every Mouthful Delicious!
We went to Umami on my birthday with another couple. None of us had dined there before, so we were there because of recommendations from others. We ordered the goat cheese and broccoli appetizers, both of which were wonderful. I had the mixed greens side salad and red snapper special. Others ordered the chicken curry and sea scallops. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and felt the portions were just right. We shared the strawberry rhubarb shortcake for dessert and were glad we only ordered one dessert as it was huge. The service was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, and not overbearing. The timing of the food was comfortable, and we did not feel rushed.
We will definitely return!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had such and amazing experience at Umami! Although it took a bit for anyone to greet us and take our drink order, the rest of the evening more than made up for the hesitation I initially felt. We realized that the servers take the time to discuss the intricate components of each day's specials with each table before moving on to the next. This caused a short delay in our greeting, but the attention to detail and the fantastic service there after made us feel so special. We LOVED the food--our favorite being the Torro appetizer...a once in a lifetime opportunity. And we were completely stoked that the chef came out to talk with us about his food. Can't wait to go back!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
dining in the heart of Chagrin
Small, intimate dining experience
Wonderful food...always interesting and delicious
Friendly efficient waiters
Love this restaurant!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Make sure to try the Trout-
Make sure to try the Trout- absolutely fresh and delicious. Also the potato kimchee pancake is a terrific accompaniment to the hangar steak. And it goes without saying, the service, ambience and accoutrements which accompany this wonderful food make this restaurant a truly special place. Thanks everyone!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Umami was fantastic. We had two kinds of sashima--one of which was tuna flown in that very day from Hawaii. Both types of sashimi were fresh and prepared with wonderful spices. It has a great atmosphere and we had a wonderful waitress. Thumbs up all around!
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
always a good meal
We can count on getting a great meal here every time. Freshest fish in town and also a wide use of local ingredients. The sauces and sides highlight the main ingredients but never overwhelm them. It's a small restaurant, a little cramped, but who cares, with food like this? Service is always very attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Parking is easy in a free public lot around the corner.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Ivory and King salmon
The Ivory and King salmon should not be missed on the Specials menu as well as the Thai Mussels. Scrumptious!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girl and I were referred here by friends. Our experience was beyond what we had hoped. The service was amazing and the food was perfect. Dining here made our anniversary very special and we will be returning often. Worth the drive from Cleveland.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and service!
We had a great experience at Umami. Our 3rd time here and brought another couple with us. Excellent food and service.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very tiny place, which was
Very tiny place, which was fine, since it was just two of us. Any group larger than 6 would be a problem. Very interesting menu, well-prepared. Best for fish.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I were very impressed with Umami. The food was outstanding. The staff were friendly and the service was great. We will definitely be going back.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food. Well balanced flavors. They have a fresh selection and utilize local produce. This is a quaint restaurant and is good for date night with your spouse.
7/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch for Two
Every thing about our meal was perfect. The price was very reasonable. The food - fresh and tasty! Service was perfect. Looking forward to going back.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was absolutely fabulous. My wife normally does not order sea food but she ordered the scallops special and thought it was one of her best meals ever.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Umami was wonderful
We love this restaurant and the chef and really consider it a neighbor gem. The menu changes daily and is noted on a chalkboard. Everything was delicious and prepared to perfection!! The service is terrific and very personable. We love to come back here often. The restaurant is small, so always make reservations !!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding as usual 4th visit
Outstanding as usual 4th visit in the last year planning on many more visits!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Dad and I have always LOVED
My Dad and I have always LOVED this unique restaurant. Just a truly great find in CF. We will be back.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten here several times and have ALWAYS been so very happy with our experience! The food is outstanding! The service is outstanding! This is one of our favorite places! Thank you, chef, for working your magic with our meals, yet again!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
best food in Chagrin Falls
Absolutely the best , most creative and tasty food in CF!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place, local and fresh
We have been to this cozy place many times and always are impressed.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another stellar meal at Umami
Another stellar meal at Umami - You never can go wrong by eating the special small and large plates. Fish was exquisite on Saturday night and the oyster mushrooms and green beans were excellent starters for another memorable meal. Thanks everyone!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small wine list. Miss some of their past offerings. Food creative and outstanding
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Umami a precious gem in every sence
locally sourced finest goat cheese. Fresh fish from
Hawaii, done rare as requested. Perfect presentation. Friendly staff.
Every time here is a great evening.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Umami is our favorite place in Chagrin and is a hit with guests every time. We love to walk there for a terrific meal and overall experience.
The menu is small and delicious.
It is a treat to watch owner/chef Matthew at work in the open kitchen.
Nikki offered very good wine suggestions.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We could not make a decision, so my friend and I ordered five starters (all inventive and well executed) and then two fish options (snapper and trout, very fresh and perfectly prepared). We topped it off with creme brulee and coffee. Absolutely everything was delicious, and the service was excellent...this is now my new favorite local restaurant!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as always - roasted
Excellent as always - roasted red snapper and bread pudding with summer fruits were outstanding together with excellent wine pairing suggested by Nikki. Matt's cooking was superlative. What a gem of a restaurant for Chagrin Falls. Thank you for another memorable evening.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Miso soup was pretty tasteless
Miso soup was pretty tasteless (all 4 people ordered and we all agreed), Food was good although the portion size rather small for the price. Appreciate that everything was locally grown though. Overall, a nice place but the 2 men left hungry. Kale salad was excellent. Would have appreciated salt, pepper and other spices on the table to liven up some of the food.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
So I heard you like salt
The apetizers we had were amazing - the goat cheese salad, the chopped kale salad, and the beats were superb.
Sadly, the udon noodles and the veggie roll fell victim to an overzealous salt shaker, rendering the meal more or less inedible. When dining there, please remember to ask the staff to "go easy on the salt"!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy our meals
We always enjoy our meals here-- specials were excellent, as usual, and you can take any recommendation with confidence.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not the best this time; still a gem
I treated my wife to dinner for her 39th birthday. This is out usual special occasion dinner location. Everything was good but my dinner entree: curry chicken over black rice, as the rice was a little undercook and there was not enough sauce on it.
We had the special sweet corn soup with crab and spicy tuna sushi. My wide had odon (spelling?) noodles which she enjoyed.
The waitress is always a pleasure and recommend a Riesling for my wife.
I've had better here but still an 8/10.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Matt rocks
We have been to this restaurant over 50 times over the past 3 years and have never had a meal I didn't rave about afterwards. From the local ingredients to the flavor pairings and presentation, wow! Different fresh fish at least weekly all prepared to perfection. This savory chef also makes some of the best desserts I've ever eaten.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Japanese in CLE area
I feel confidant in saying this. I have eaten here several times and each experience has impressed. This time had a to die for app of fresh sashimi for 2. Couldn't believe it. Love the intimate atmosphere and small, masterfully created menu. Still thinking about the flavors days later.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've long said that Chagrin Falls is filled with C+ food choices. Umami fills the void and I need to go there more often.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Neighborhood Hot Spot
Hard to believe they packed so much amazing cuisine, wonderful ambience into such a small place. We absolutely loved it & can't wait to be back. Highly recommend reservations.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back!
Had a great time at Umami. Food was great - the combination of local ingredients and seafood brought in from afar was fantastic! Fun little place to go to.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My new favorite restaurant!
The mussels with curry and cilantro are the BEST THING EVER including frequent meals in Paris!!!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious coat cheese dumplings
I stop by here with friends at least once a month and the food is always consistently good. My favorite thing to get is off the appetizer menu. Their goat cheese dumplings are absolutely delicious. Their tuna seaweed salad is also wonderful. If you have a large party make sure you call ahead. Seating is limited and they're closed on Mondays.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intimate wonderful restaurant
The food, service and ambiance was wonderful. This is a gem of a restaurant. Clean, vibrant flavors, great products and an overall 10.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Cleveland Gem
My first time dining at Umami Asian Kitchen, and start to finish the experience was exceptional. From the vegetarian pasta special to fresh salmon and scallops to udon noodles with steak, everybody at the table enjoyed the meal thoroughly! The daily dessert specials did not disappoint either! Instantly one of my top 3 restaurants in Cleveland!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little spot to meet a friend
Great place to meet and leave you stresses at home or at work. The food is excellent and the environment has excellent lighting.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small but powerful!
Fabulous little gem of a restaurant in Chagrin Falls with outstanding food and skill in the kitchen!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent appetizers as well
Excellent appetizers as well as entrees. Sushi was fresh, tender. Mushrooms were tender and flavorful. Our server was patient with our indecisiveness and explained the specials multiple times. I would definitely return.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The very BEST !!
This has been my very favorite restaurant for at least two years now. It is a small restaurant with the best food. Hard to pinpoint the "type" of restaurant, as the dishes are just very unique and flavorful. LOVE IT!!
I will be back soon and I highly recommend it!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although the restaurant was loud and difficult to have a conversation, the atmosphere was fun and intimate. The menu had a nice mix of meats, fish and veges. The wagou beef was excellent.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, this was great experience. A bit small, but very romantic and homey. I cannot wait to go back.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed our Umami dinner
Very nice dinner. Restaurant is small and reservations are a must. The restaurant was crowded on Sat. night and the service was a little slow. The wait staff are personable and knowledgeable. Food was as always excellent and prepared well.
We look forward to trying their Monday Supper club !
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Umami never fails to disappoint!
Umami never fails to disappoint! Food was outstanding, as always, as was the service. This is our favorite restaurant!!!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special, Delicious Experience
Everything about this quaint restaurant with a big-city feel is great except it's seating, a tight 34 maximum. Of course this also gives it its atmosphere. We were unable to make a reservation for 8 a month in advance. For parties of 2-4 it is perfect. Items ordered ala carte ---flavorful and beautifully presented. Helpful and attentive service.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my fav's
I dine here almost every time I'm in town, which is usually 1-2 times per month. Great food and terrific service! The Salmon or Udon noodles our always my top choices.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM