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UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi
UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.umaichicago.com
  • Email: Umai@umaichicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 986-8888
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm (no lunch menu)

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Polk
  • Public Transit: Red line Harrison
    Blue line Harrison
    Bus number 62, 22
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi
At Umai, the experience is meant to be a series of sensations to be shared and lingered over, whether it’s a cozy meal for a few or a lively evening out. The interior of Umai has a modern-lofty feel with an artistic decor of Japanese mural on the wall. The dining room has natural earthy color, dark high-ceiling and hanging lights that makes the dinning elevated, warm and hip atmosphere, providing an intimate and fun dining experience for any occasion.

At the sushi bar, our expert chefs work their magic, creating a dynamic and interactive dining experience where guests can savor either the sushi or the full menu.
Umai's kitchen is a laboratory for innovation. The chefs integrate classic Japanese techniques with international flavors to create stunning, mouth-watering bites for an eclectic crowd. From seasonal exotic fish, to an excellent sake and wine list, Umai is a promising destination for all to enjoy and share.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Went to Umai before going to the Auditorium Theater. We had a couple of sushi rolls and ramen. Everything was so fresh and clean tasting! The ramen was totally awesome! Our waitress was prompt, very pleasant and took great care of us without hovering. An all around great experience!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great flavors, service and a great corner. Sweet, tight and smart staff. It is undiscovered by the neighborhood. That's the problem and the opportunity. This is an authentic Asian masterpiece. Get the word out and thive."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Took my daughter out for dinner and we had a great time! The service was great, the waitress was very friendly and accommodating. Great vibe no matter the occasion. I don't know much about sushi but the food was great as well (I had the Chicago roll). I highly recommend this restaurant and will go again."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I'm really a Japanese food fan, and I've tasted a lot of Japanese food in U.S. It's one of the best, both for locations and the menu. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I do like the sushi at Umai, and the wait staff is typically very helpful and agreeable. In my recent experience, don't bother trying to make a reservation - they may not honor it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The place was on point. The food was very good... The menu favored pork more than I like. Yet the food is o. Point......"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had the vegetable tempura but it was a bit oily. The wasabi shumai was excellent. The silky tofu appetizer was very tasty. We enjoyed some sake with our meal and we were not rushed to finish. A very good experience."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I felt the food was very tasty, yet quite overpriced. It was definitely off the beaten path and they had no happy hour specials or deals. I had the Naked roll, Edamame, and Miso soup. I would recommend the Udon next time, I wish I ordered that as my friend did. Although scorching hot when it came out, it was quite delicious, especially paired with a white wine,"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I was so impressed that Umai serves great sushi, great rolls, AND great Japanese food. Spicy edamame and shishito peppers made fantastic starters. Maitaki mushroom chowder was out of this world (came in an adorable mouse-looking cast-iron bowl, too!). Nabeyaki Udon has a delicious broth, lots of ingredients, and perfect silky and thick udon. Large portions were another bonus (especially the Chicago roll!). Beautiful sashimi plating, great drinks, quick service."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I always go into a restaurant with moderate expectations but this place exceeded my expectations. I had the Dynamite and the Goosebumps rolls. Also worth mentioning is the shrimp shumai. Very good food. Service was good but not warming. The server did a good job but he needed more personality. None the less, it's worth going back."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We have been to Umai several times and were never disappointed. Really nice Sushi bar and variety."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Perfect place for late night sushi after the movie. Portions are small and reasonably priced so try a lot of rolls and appetizers."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2013