Umami Moto Milwaukee
Umami Moto Milwaukee

Umami Moto Milwaukee

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.umamimoto.com/
  • Phone: 4147279333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Sushi Chef Israel Cruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party options available
  • Private Party Contact: Hayley Parmentier 4147279333x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason St / Wisconsin Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street & Valet parking available
A word from Umami Moto Milwaukee
Umami Moto embodies Far East elegance infused with modern French nuances that exemplify the best of western world culture. Its name is derived from a Japanese word meaning “savory,” which is precisely what diners can expect at Umami Moto: delectable Asian fusion cuisine destined to deliver satisfaction with every dish. With the addition of Umami’s newly renovated sushi bar, Sushi Chef Israel Cruz has hand crafted a selection unparalleled in the city of Milwaukee. Chef Cruz uses fresh ingredients and an eclectic styling to offer Umami Signature Sushi Plates, a segment of the menu that showcases composed fresh and raw seafood combinations. Umami Moto also offers Main Flavors, a collection of entrees reflecting past Miso Cod and Salmon specialties and new non-seafood options.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Umami Moto Milwaukee reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (21)fit for foodies (19)romantic (14)good for groups (11)hot spot (10)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best Sushi
    MexicanaddictVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The is the place to get the best sushi in Milwaukee. Living in New York for 8 years, I have missed the fresh sushi at the amazing restaurants but have found a place to compete with the best. Can't wait to go back and try different options, have never been disappointed with anything I have ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    pnt225VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Absolutely one of the best Asian restaurants I have ever been to. This restaurant would do very well in NYC or anywhere else for that matter. David - the manager - and also a server - is outstanding. All of the service is top notch. We will be headed to Milwaukee often to eat at Umami Moto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    On a Saturday night, not surprised the place was almost empty especially with the poor service received. Taking our order took 15 minutes, and almost 45 minutes for the appetizers to come out. Sorry, won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very hot in the restaurant. The air was turned on but the windows were open and it was a very humid night.We had a table below one of the vents which leaked onto our table. When we questioned the waitress her response was "yea it does that" with no thought to move us to a different area. I'm sorry but who wants the vent to be leaking on their sushi the whole night? Then the food was brought out sporadically. Some people would get theirs and some would be waiting a long time. So we all ate at different times. Drinks were made incorrectly and when "fixed" still incorrect. Waitress had an attitude and was heard complaining to the hostess about our table by one of my guests. We had a larger party and this place could not accomodate.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Suburb Living
    PrimeSteak
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our first time to this location. The restaurant was laid out very nice with the windows open to the street. At first we were worried that it was going to be to muggy inside but they had the air on which was nice. So we were cool while being able to view outside. We liked the sushi. A bit limited on the selections but it was good. The Kung Pao chicken was only so so. The chicken seems a bit soggy and the flavor was like something out of the freezer. Would choose something else next time. The wait staff was excellent! Very helpful and attentive
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful night!
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated a birthday at this restaurant. From the service to the food to the special greeting on the menu, it was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing!
    Patsy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was fabulous and they offered the types of food great for sampling and sharing. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Amazing food and service. A bit on the spicy side. Fantastic wait staff. And, over all.... Great!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    Boogie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was excellent as was the service. We would definitely go again. The room was very live and loud making conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than sushi
    Jahenson
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great sushi, but the hot dishes and small plates are great as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patrick13
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food and service. We had two servers(one in training) They were friendly knowledgeable and fun.Food was spot on and I would combine the trip with a cocktail from Distill next door.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very delicious food.....and lots of choices on the menu!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    RQGQ
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great atmosphere and service. Food was excellent! Rock shrimp app and lobster potstickers were wonderful. Service was attentive as well. Great job.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Good: craft cocktails, spicy crab roll, lobster potstickers, chocolate-peanut butter-caramel dessert. Bad: spicy shrimp roll (flavorless), lobster bisque (beyond salty), grilled salmon (salty again), Korean ribs (tough n chewy), house Pinot Grigio (ran out of it mysteriously after it was recommended to us and we ordered a bottle, waiter brought an alternate brand to the table but at a higher price).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    Waterfrontguy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food and atmosphere were outstanding! Sushi was awesome, service terrific and Kung Pao was the best ever. Great spot for special times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service. Great food.
    eldernos
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our server, Rachel was fantastic. The overall staff quality cannot be overstated. The food is very good and promptly delivered. For all that, the price is not that high. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 495 reviews are from the Umami Moto Milwaukee reviews archive.
  • another great night
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The quality of the sashimi is wonderful. There is something on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Sushiyum
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food choices, our server was very knowledgable of the menu, the sushi was awesome, great location.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in downtown Milwaukee
    SanFranVisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We wanted Asian/sushi food and this place had a good rating. The food was delicious and fresh, and our server, Michael, was very knowledgable and helpful with explaining the menu. The wines we tried were very reasonably priced and very good, too, and I'm a wine snob. The atmosphere is modern, yet comfortable. Next time we're in Milwaukee, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    HonestFood
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It took an hour to get our order taken once we were seated. The quality of the food was mediocre. The vegetable tempura was the worst I have ever had. The server who brought the tempuras to the table did not know what the dish was so one couple did not recognize the dish as theirs and it was sent back mistakenly. The rolls and tuna pearl were very good. The lettuce wraps had the most amazing lettuce ever -- the lettuce was simply divine and perfect but the food to stuff them with tasted like chicken fajitas -- not good. The salmon was very tasty but the presentation on the plate was horrible -- it was sliding all over the plate as it was being served, almost fell off the plate -- very bland looking -- no color whatsoever.
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  • Amazing special occasion place
    BestInMke
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My fiancée and I love sushi, and this is our favorite place to go! We went there for dinner and it was the best meal we have had in a very long time (minus the sea urchin). It was also a special occasion for us, as I was proposing to my girlfriend there. I had called ahead and Hayley (GM I believe) was amazing in helping me put it together. Everyone was extremely nice, friendly and helpful. The service was great and our servers were very knowledgeable and courteous. It was the perfect night and went so smoothly and the staff made it special for the both of us. Highly recommend this place to anyone for special occasions or just a night on the town. We are so grateful to everyone at Umami Moto. Oh yeah she did say yes! :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a Find!
    RickandLeaVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Everything was amazing... We'll go out of our way to come back here often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decidedly disappointing
    kcat
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Having been here once before, a year ago, and thinking it was probably the best sushi in MKE (and who knows, maybe it is) it was really disappointing to return and find it not only not-good, but also just... pathetic. The largest disappointment was the super white roll which was completely deep fried but was not described that way on the menu. We thought we had ordered the wrong item. In addition the service we polite but lacking in attentiveness and our other courses were of grocery store quality. Our waiter did take the fried monstrosity off the bill which was appreciated. But all in all our search for a great WI sushi spot continues...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    CaptainKirkVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We celebrated our daughter's 18th birthday here. Our first time visit here made this restaurant an instant new favorite! The passion fruit dessert topped off a perfect evening here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time is phenomenal again!
    TPW1970
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    1st time we got invited here last minute, as we were in town for a show, the entire experience was phenomenal. Food, service, ambience, was completely outstanding.we planned another visit to confirm our experience wasn't a fluke. I was more impressed the second time around than the first! We shared the sliders/ best sliders we have ever eaten! The italian cheese & tomato spread =outstanding. We also shared the rock shrimp=amazing, being from Louisiana, just enough kick to make me miss my home state cooking! Then she had beef and broccoli,she is a little picky/ she now has a new favorite meal! I had a dragon roll,& spicy tuna roll,=both rivaled any rolls from Rm Seafood, Mizuya, or Nobu in Vegas, or any restaurants in California, ANYWHERE!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Sushi
    Sabytoge
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I have only tried the sushi here, so that's the only thing I can review. They sushi here is ok.. the service was good though and the waitstaff is very friendly. Nice ambiance. Sushi could be better.
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  • Food is Mediocre at Best
    NG1981
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Was really excited to Umami Moto's sushi. It looked like a great restaurant. Unfortunately, the sushi rolls were at best poor. I mean the rolls are no better than something you would get a grocery store. The rolls were not rolled tightly and fell apart quite easily. And most importantly, the rolls lacked flavor. It was as though you were eating some flavorless concoction. I will not be back.
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  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The wait staff is attentive and helpful, the food is fabulous. I have nothing but good things to say about Umami Moto.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    LisaraeVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The kids love sushi and with the varied menu, there is something for everyone. I always have a great meal at Umati Moto.
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    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very interesting interpretations
    Burnman
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Very interesting interpretations on each dish both in presentation and taste combinations. Food quality was excellent as was the attentive service. Very quiet place to meeting and discuss business. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit Excellence
    diningout4fun
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We decided to sample the Asian Fusion of Umami Moto. Our server was Tatiana & we were truly lucky to have her. Her recommendations made your mouth water. Her descriptions of each food item showed that she had a clear command of the menu. The lobster potstickers were flavorful & the lobster was cooked perfectly. The Signature Rolls were the stars of the evening. The Crispy Shrimp Roll had great texture & a sweet finish. The Avocado Shrimp Roll was quite the treat with the avocado being the outermost layer, it was truly unique. The hit of the evening was the Dragon Roll which Tatiana highly recommended. I was very skeptical & cringed when she said that it contained cooked eel. Despite my apprehension, we gave it a try, it did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine sushi
    Al0518
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This place still has the trendy eve vibe while serving delicious sushi. A great place to dine for any occasion. Can't wait to go back. I made reservations online but wanted an earlier time ( online availability was only for 945 or later). They were very accommodating and got us a great table right at the time we were looking for so we could still make the show at the comedy club. Prices were surprisingly reasonable for a trendy sushi place in the heart of downtown.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Wisconsinjr
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great visit ... Wouldn't change a thing ...lobster pot stickers and beef sliders for apps, spicy crab roll and shrimp roll for dinner, dreamsicle for dessert. Wife enjoyed the dragon roll for dinner and chocolate peanut for dessert. Server was friendly and happy to share his recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing sushi!
    foodluver86
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Service at the resturant was outstanding! The decor is just beautiful and very modern! Booked through opentable from the online website and requested a seat near the window...we got a great seat exactly what was requested! Smoked salmon and eel rolls were very tasty and delicious as well as the small plates! Excellent flavors and seasoning in all the food we tasted. Would def recommend anybody to try this out whether it be a date or group birthday, etc. Overall oustanding experiance!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to detail, great!
    JillG
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was our first time eating at this restaurant. The restaurant was clean, and had a modern and sophisticated feel about it. The food presentation was very well done and the taste was just as good. We ordered soup, a few small plates and a few signature sushi plates. Delish!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good sushi
    Gabe
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Good food, good price, good atmosphere. That should sum it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always.
    Ndalzell
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Everything was delicious. Started off with the Spicy Crab roll, ended up ordering a few more rolls as well and they were all incredible. Highly recommend the Signature Scallop plate, have not had anything that delicious in quite some time. Michael Kroll was such a great server! Props to everybody involved in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a joy. They are always
    Powerthree
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Always a joy. They are always willing to do special requests with a smile. They never make you feel like you are being a problem. Love this place. Even when we are doing a late dinner we never feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines night
    Yumfood
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had great and interesting sushi, great service with some extras, they brought out Hamachi with a passion fruit foam something I wouldn't normally order because it would have sounded to sweet however it was refreshing. At the end of the night they brought my wife a rose, concluding a great night of service. Umami Moto sometimes gets a knock for being to pricey, we had 3 signature rolls 2 orders of shashimi 2 martinis, a Hendricks and tonic and it was $91 before tip, I was surprised I was prepared for a higher bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was really, really good
    DMBenG
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I'm not a sushi expert, but I've eaten at quite a few sushi joints all over the country. The food was really, really good. The tuna poke was probably my favorite. The Milwaukee roll was delicious as well. They poured good, generous drinks too which is important. The only downside was the seating. I went here on Valentine's Day though, so they could very well have changed the seating arrangement in order to fit more guests. Our seat was about 1-2 feet away from people on both sides of us. So privacy was not on the menu, but the food and well-poured drinks made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.