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Umami Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.umamichagrinfalls.com
  • Phone: (440) 247-8600
  • Hours of Operation: 5-9 Tuesday-Thursday
    5-10 Friday/Saturday

    Closed Sunday/Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Contemporary Asian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bell
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking with access to sidewalk. Parking lot in rear of building.
A word from Umami
Local. Unique. Delicious.

"A jewel box of a bistro that offers an alternative that is both original and delightful; svelte and sexy" - Cleveland Scene

Umami features seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant has been described as "a little bit of New York tucked away in Chagrin Falls. Umami has a great selection of wine, beer, sake & bar selections. Located right across from the falls, Umami is walking distance to all of Chagrin Falls parks, galleries, shops, & theater.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great specials on the board. Always find something wonderfully tasting and healthy. Just had duck leg on a bed of 5 spice spaghetti squash with a light orange sauce. So delicious and not carb heavy."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Super experience, as always! Consistently great food and service!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Living close to Chagrin Falls this is one of our favorite restaurants to go to. It is a small restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere and always good food and wine. If you live further away, it is worth the trip"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "One our very favorite restaurants.....the food is consistently excellent and the service is always very good.....5 star worthy."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We visited Umami late on a Saturday night. It is a small and eclectic Asian centric restaurant. Food was very good and drinks were creative (my martini was flavorful, balanced with alcohol and not too sweet). We sat in the window, side by side, which I liked because we could watch all the activity on the street. You don't feel exposed, because you are in a store front recess. Our server was knowledgeable and prompt. Food was fresh, very well prepared and everything tasted great. I would highly recommend the goat cheese dumplings, the beet salad and the green tea noodle salad. We also had 2 sushi rolls - one was the special tuna and was outstanding. We will return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Very good experience this past week; I had the Big Eye tuna - very, very good. My tablemates all had the swordfish - they thought it was a little overdone, but had a good flavor"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Umami is a fantastic spot for terrific fresh fish and unique asian inspired dishes."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Meal: daily special starter (sashimi), Tofu fritters, BBQ ribs. Everything was well prepared, and unique. Fair prices for decent portions. The game winner was the tofu fritters - ask for the house hot sauce because it is that good. The spare ribs were different, in a great way - two people dined on this short menu and were very satisfied; but left room for ice cream and a walk to the falls, of course!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Dined for lunch and really enjoyed the food. You need to allow time if you're on limited lunch - they seem to have one waiter doing all the work and one gentlemen taking reservations /seating people but didn't seem to do much else."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Amazing service and I am a very picky customer..waitress was fast, friendly, and efficient"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Service was attentive but not at all rushed. Sushi offerings were limited but excellent in freshness and taste. Halibut entree was perfectly prepared, fully cooked, tender and flaky. Emphasis is on local produce. Greens salad was adequate but not a "stand-out" dish. The berry-lemon tart for dessert was excellent, full of flavor and not too sweet. Chef is hands-on and present throughout dinner, an added benefit."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Menu limited, which is a plus because everything we had was quality, as well as innovative and beautifully presented. Wine list is notable, not because it is extensive but carefully chosen, includes a variety, and reasonable values. Small place, closely seated unless you are willing to sit in booths at front window."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Umami has a selection of unique dishes and specials with an Asian flair. Every one has been great and we have tried many. The chef is an artist in the kitchen and after dinner you can take a walk and look at the falls."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This has become our go to restaurant in Chagrin Falls. Service, food ,and ambiance are all excellent. I had the tuna special of the night and my wife had the scallops both cooked to perfection. We started with the spicy pork meatballs , just the right amount of heat."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times and always been very impressed. The food has been wonderful as has the service. Our last visit we took foodie friends from Dallas, TX who have dined at some of the finest restaurants in the metro area and they LOVED Umami!Said it rivaled any of the best places they have dined in Texas. Yummy martini's, great appetizers, super entrees and service great as always. Just a note...for you vegetarians/vegans out there....the chef at Umami will sub in high quality, organic, non-GMO local tofu to replace meat in any dish. Five stars!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Although the sushi/sashimi we chose was very good and fresh, the portions were small. We each had kale salad as well and it wasn't enough to fill us. Unfortunately the prices for the above were enough to stop us from ordering more food. The diners next to us ordered entrees which were amply portioned. Dessert was very good, and very generously sized. It's a teeny tiny restaurant and tables are very close together. Request a booth if making a reservation - you'll have more privacy."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Never would have found if not for open table. Had scallops from menu and tuna special ... both outstanding. Small menu, but considering the size of the place, they have something for everyone's taste. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Thank you, yet again, for a fantastic meal! You never cease to exceed expectations!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The owner chief, Matt does a supurb job with fish and local fresh produce. We both ordered the fish off the special board and ate 1/2 and then traded plates. We thought the other plate was just as good, but in a completely different way. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Cleveland. We go at least 3 times a week. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had our daughter in from L.A.; and wanted to treat her with a fine dining experience. She travels world wide; and has close contacts with the Napa Valley wineries, so we wanted to give her an exceptional dining experience. We selected Umami as a result of our previous experiences at Umami. Without a doubt, Umami measured up to our expectations from both the quality of the menu and the excellent wine selection. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "If you haven't tried Umami you are missing out. Menu is concise but there are always new and creative specials including fresh seafood flown in from the source. Consistently excellent. Small restaurant, not many tables so make reservations. Service is friendly and fast. Put it on your list of places to try. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "food was wonderful and service was great. really enjoyed the experience. server was excellent as well. overall, very nice."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Always look forward to their specials, even though the salmon is prepared like no other restaurant. It is so good its hard to try something else, howeve I just tried the Duck Confit and it was amazing!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We had a great time with good, interesting food and outstanding service. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "As is our custom, we opted for one of the specials of the evening, typically fish that is flown in from Hawaii. Big Eye Tuna over a green tea noodle salad with spring ramps was terrific combination and made us think "spring". You can never go wrong with the lovely hydroponic greens as a starter, tonight with a lovely blood orange vinaigrette. A fresh grapefruit shortcake desert cleansed our palate and closed out another outstanding creative culinary experience. Pair wonderful food with the expertise of Nikki in the front of the house and you are in for a truly memorable evening. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We loved everything about our experience at Umami except the dessert, which was meh. But the sashimi was very fresh, goat cheese dumplings were an unexpectedly delicious surprise, and entrees were killer. I had the udon and my husband had the ribs. Delicious! We will definitely be back. The dessert, as I mentioned, was boring and his wasn't very good. Mine was good but not up to par with the rest of the meal."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Umami, and like the previous two, it was a great experience! We ordered the sashimi special, served with three housemade soy sauces. The smoky one was divine; rich and earthy. The sashimi was so fresh & flavorful. My boyfriend ordered the hanger steak, which was cooked to perfection & accompanied by tasty little edamame cakes. I had the seared tuna special over a bed of vegetables sauteed in a lovely Asian sauce. I love that they use locally grown produce & other local products. The service, as always, was impeccable. Just the rich amount of attentiveness, with a touch of good humor & great menu suggestions. It's a very tiny place, so reservations are a must. One of my favorite restaurants on that side of town."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My father and I have been going to Umami for years, and we always LOVE it. It is unique and flavorful. Just a wonderful find. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is a small restaurant with seating for about 30 people max. Still has everything you need for a great meal - great food, decent selection of wines & beers, good service and ambiance. Worth a try, and a repeat visit or two - especially if you like fresh fish/sushi/sashimi. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was good. Great spot for an intimate date, not good for large groups."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Umami has great food. The chef manages to change the menu with his daily specials, however its hard not to order my usual (the salmon) because he grills it perfectly! He offers a local green salad which is amazing. Desserts are great and he always manages to offer at least ONE that is gluten free. Love this place."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great food & excellent service. We went to this place as a change for sushi & we're impressed with the quality of the food & the excellent service. Keep up the great work. We'll be back"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great food and environment for dinner tonight. Will be going back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This has got to be my absolute favorite restaurant in the Cleveland area. My husband and I always celebrate our special occasions with a nice dinner out. Umami never disappoints ! From the ambiance to the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. This is one very talented chef and the food is always fabulous."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Relaxed atmosphere, incredibly fresh and delicious food. Wonderful wine list to choose from. We always have a wonderful Meal here- never been disappointed in the food or service!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "An international group was staying in a nearby hotel after long trip. This was a perfect place in this quaint, suburban village. Very interesting Asian fare. Seafood bias. The specials were special. My marlin on sweet corn was exquisite...especially in early March. Great time had by all. The restaurant is small and intimate."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food and Service are the Best. Fish is outstanding; fresh, beautifully prepared with wonderful flavors."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I'm a huge foodie who works in the industry and this is my new favorite restaurant. The dishes are amazing , the check is on point and the service is knowledgable, courteous, and excellent at pairings. I will eat here as frequently as possible."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I have been to Umami many times. The food is consistently very good. The presentation is exquisite . I feel the specialty drinks while good are overpriced."
    Dined on 2/22/2014