Umami
Umami

Umami

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.umamichagrinfalls.com/
  • Phone: 4402478600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    5-9 Tuesday-Thursday
    5-10 Friday/Saturday

    Closed Sunday/Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Asian, 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Umami reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (32)special occasion (20)romantic (14)notable wine list (8)hot spot (5)great for lunch (2)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Always special!
    traveltooVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We dined at Umami to celebrate my husband's birthday. Everything was excellent (as usual)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small and busy
    nocrayons
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were packed in like sardines, though you would not be able to tell that because the lights were so dim. The food was ok, but salty (like most Asian dishes). The wine list was overpriced, and except for the goat cheese dumplings, the entire menu was hyped to be way more awesome than what it actually was. In a word: pretentious.
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  • Used to be SO much better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Umami was one of those "go-to" places that we looked forward to for special occasions. It was food that your eyes would roll back in your head it was so good. I was very disappointed in the taste of the food this time. The wait staff continues to be great but the food was not what I am used to.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as ever!
    JoieDeVie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Don't worry about the change of chef - the lunchtime chef is now doing evenings so the food is as delicious as it ever was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always delicious!
    yummyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Super experience, as always! Consistently great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place close by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babe
    Babs
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    One our very favorite restaurants.....the food is consistently excellent and the service is always very good.....5 star worthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Umami - Intimate and Eclectic
    PepperP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    BaBa9
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    Marilyn
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Umami is a fantastic spot for terrific fresh fish and unique asian inspired dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Umami
    ixlr8VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but allow time
    seabee
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service
    C1468
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Amazing service and I am a very picky customer..waitress was fast, friendly, and efficient
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, quality wine
    Winy1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Dishes
    Gabe
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect as usual
    Jeffp
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb as Always!
    SFJF
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Somewhat disappointed
    karenem
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
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  • hole in the wall gem
    JayMink
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 466 reviews are from the Umami reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Thank you, yet again, for a fantastic meal! You never cease to exceed expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place
    ChagrinPete
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Best restaurant in Cleveland. We go at least 3 times a week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Experience
    umaisbest
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always impresses
    ArtVandalay
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • intimate setting, good service
    ilovesanfran
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    food was wonderful and service was great. really enjoyed the experience. server was excellent as well. overall, very nice.
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  • AdeleVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a great time with good, interesting food and outstanding service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kenyongalVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ap1978
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Taracotta9
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Great and Unique Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate Asian Affair
    ChainbossVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Food was excellent, service was good. Great spot for an intimate date, not good for large groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Chagrin Falls
    AdeleVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time at Umami
    FansOfEatingOutVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    SROBBVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great food and environment for dinner tonight. Will be going back!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous
    Sharon
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxed atmosphere, incredibly
    Svenska327
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.