Umami Umami
Umami Umami

Umami Umami

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.umamidresher.com/
  • Phone: 2155426993
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;

    Saturday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday 4:00pm - 9:30pm

    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday 4:30pm - 11:00pm

    Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Korean, Japanese, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, BYO Liquor, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Susquehanna
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Umami Umami
Umami Umami is an intimate dining experience where food aficionados can go to enjoy sitting in a cozy downstairs sushi bar or ascend the grand staircase, admiring the beautiful crystal chandelier en route to the spacious yet intimate dining room.



Umami Umami is a family owned and operated restaurant: Inspired by the historical background of the building; the family was determined to restore the building to its former glory. Their dream was to reintroduce the former Dresher Inn to the community as a dynamic culinary experience blending Japanese and Korean cuisines. We are proud to have accomplished their goal and invite you to join us.
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Umami Umami reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (10)special occasion (8)good for groups (7)romantic (5)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After several years of driving by this neighborhood restaurant, my wife and I finally decided to dine there. Don't know why we waited so long! The inside of this former hotel has been beautifully converted to an attractive dining spot, complete with an inviting bar and a fabulous chandelier. The food and service were excellent. Needless to say, we're returning there soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    DBarra
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time to Unami Unami. Our server was very patient and helpful with explaining the menu. Food was delicious and with nice presentation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a try!
    BonpaulVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our first time at Umami Umami. Charming setting. Sushi was fees, well done and beautifully presented. Wide variety of choices. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy!
    PattyH
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Have dined at umami umami several times, and continue to find it to be one of my favorite sushi restaurants in the area. Fish is super fresh, roles are large and creative. It's not cheap, but is worth every penny. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not only sushi
    Teacher48
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Umami Umami is the only sushi place that we go to, whether it is just the two of us or with others. The great thing is that if you do not care for sushi, there are other items on the menu that are equally tasty. The sushi dishes are beautifully presented and the portion sizes are generous. The non-sushi items, such as the Korean dolosot bibim bop, which I may have spelled incorrectly, is wonderful, specially on a cold night. the wait-staff are knowledgeable and friendly. All in all, it is a great place to have lunch and dinner in a lovely room.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • 2nd Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This was our 2nd visit and it was just as good as the first time. Fantastic food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Tower of taste
    Philnader
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We tried the Umami Umami dumplings and the Tuna Tower. The dumplings were very tasty, the Tower had amazing taste and contrast of flavors. We added to our list of favorites when we are in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavor explosion
    TableTalkerVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We stumbled upon Umami Umami about six months ago, and we are oh so glad we did. Although we live about 45 minutes away, it's more than worth the drive to experience their incredible sushi rolls. This is by no means your everyday sushi. The sauces, presentation, and flavors simply delight. We introduced the place to friends who also live 45 minutes away, and now they're anxious to meet us here! The special rolls are simply an experience...try The Sampler...Boom Boom...Dresher...haven't had one we don't love. The squid and cucumber salad appetizer is pretty awesome, too. If you pull in and they're not busy, don't let that deter you, but be glad that you're about to experience a flavor explosion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Towering Japan
    Pigout
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Their tower is an awesome dish, made even better when served as a combination platter. The oyster shooter with quail egg yolk was full of unique flavors. Green Tea ice cream was classic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance2.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 103 reviews are from the Umami Umami reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Food
    Steve
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything we ate was perfectly prepared. Every time I go to the restaurant I try something new and am always satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Everything we had from the tower to teriyaki was tasty. The service was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Everything was fantastic including the food, service and ambiance. It's a bit pricey, but so worth it. There are a bevvy of options ranging from Sushi and Japanese dishes to Korean dishes and alcoholic beverages. We had a handful of different Sushi rolls and the best Chilean Sea Bass I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great Service
    DirkDigglerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Although the prices were a little high the food was very good, the service was outstanding.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Cc14
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    You definitely get what you pay for at this restaurant. The specialty rolls are a bit on the expensive side but it's worth it. They are huge rolls and absolutely delicious. Everything was super fresh and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    SMOscVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Surprisingly high quality food and presentation for a restaurant sandwiched between fast food restaurants and a gas station. It was great! Sushi and both the Korean and Japanese entrees we tried were fresh and delicious. Service was wonderful and the restaurant upkeep is immaculate. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    yumsushi
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was very good and came out promptly. We had very friendly service. The food was presented nicely. I thought it was a tad bit more pricy than some other sushi places I had been to, but just by a little.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    LightYearsAway
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I really like the food here. The sushi is fresh and that's enough to recommend any restaurant in my book. Service is attentive and friendly but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Umami Umami is a hidden gem
    itwasyum
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Each dish looks and tastes like it's own work of art. As total foodies, we visit often. Do yourself a favor and make reservations if you plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time we come here we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Every time we come here we leave raving about how good everything was. This visit was no different. As always we got the tower and then we split the boom boom and zaya rolls. Everything was delicious. I was a fan of the white wines they have by the glass but my husband was disappointed that they didn't have mixed drinks. Their desserts also didn't seem overly appealing but I came for the sushi so that didn't bother me. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Japanese restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Favorite Japanese restaurant, without question. I will return often.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You have to try it
    ripplepig
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I am so happy my wife and I were able to book a table for Valentines Day. We had been told about this restaurant by friends who raved about it. I have to say, their hype did not disappoint! The Food was FANTASTIC. Do yourself a favor if you love Sushi and order the Creamy Golden Crab! Umami Umami is a great hidden away gem that you can take your friends too and surprise them. Fantastic Sushi, the next time I go I am going to try some of the Korean items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Jagerbreath
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I were very impressed on Valentines day. It was pretty busy because Vday was on Friday this year, so the slower service was forgiveable. Our server had an expert command of their large menu and was able to give spot-on recs to my wife who isn't a big raw fish eater. I tried baked sushi which was alright but I am probably more of a raw sushi person. The other rolls were excellent and the jalepeno spicy tuna appetizer is probably the best and most creative appetizer i have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love the service and food at Umami Umami! we always go for birthdays and special occasions! Everyone is so attentive and the food is always delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    rdp121
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We dined at this restaurant with another couple and our 2 toddlers- def not kid friendly. No kids menu and they are not flexible in modifying orders. We managed to order for our kids and placed the order asap. Unfortunately, we did not receive our kids orders in the same fashion. We received our appetizers, ordered much later, before our kids orders. Although it didn't seem too busy, the waiter said the sushi bar was backed up. The food was good when we finally received it, however by that time our kids were going crazy as they had been sitting there for so long! Lastly, we decided to split the bill. The waiter swiped our credit card twice instead of splitting the bill. Overall even though the food was good the service was extremely poor.
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  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    This is a wonderful little restaurant. Great sushi, sashimi, tempura and more. The pear sake is awesome. Love the seaweed salad too, although I didn't have it on this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best suburban sushi... Period!
    JBreslerVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    If you want amazing sushi, you've found the place! Try the tuna tower, it's the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    Rubes
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The food was very good. We loved the tuna tower and corona. We plan to go back very soon
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service are always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The food and service are always spectacular. The sushi is always fresh and delicious! We love sitting aat the sushi bar and talking sports with the chef. It is our favorite neighborhood spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, atmosphere, and service
    JBreslerVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    My husband and I looooove this place! It is hands-down the best sushi I've ever had and I've tried it all over the world! Our favorite is the Spicy Tuna Tower- very original and delicious. The appetizers are incredible, as are the desserts! The service is wonderful and we're always able to book on OpenTable even last minute. We've had birthday parties here and they did an amazing job hosting my bridal shower! Don't wait a second longer to try this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thinks its upscale but isn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Sorry it did not meet my expectations.. Easy parking, nice building, but should not have cross out on sign when walking in..Very noisy upstairs where dinner is served. All wood and no sound barriers at all. Server was pleasant and knowledgeable. We go for Sushi and this is not the restaurant if you want high quality tasty Sushi. Its a shame as they try hard but they need to put a real effort in understanding the expectations of a Sushi customer. It was too cold, no taste and cut too large to make it appear that you get more. Even the second serving after our complaint did not help. Sorry may be good for other food.
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  • 4th time here. Great for sushi,
    Jurancon
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    4th time here. Great for sushi, etc. The spider roll and tower are fantastic!
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Happy to find good sushi and sashimi in the suburbs along with other Japanese dishes.
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  • Very very good
    Bill
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    This is one of the few restaurants in Lionville/Exton that never disappoints. Bring a bottle of wine, go with the 'Lover' roll amongst others, use the chopstix and enjoy a different evening. :-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi!
    brjacobso
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    I was nearby on business. My colleagues all wanted to go to Cheesecake Factory, but I used Opentable to find this place. It was really good sushi at pretty reasonable prices. I had the three sample rolls (tower, ninja, red dragon) and it was awesome. I was pretty surprised that they were not busy, although it was a Tuesday night.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummi Umami Umami
    afd1121VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Love Umami Umami. Consistently fresh and flavorful sushi, interesting combinations and old favorites. The tuna or salmon tower - is simple incredible - and worth the trip! I think easily some of the best sushi in our area The service is always attentive, they are just so nice. It is a pleasant place to be, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exceptional service
    zuwa
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Good service. We had a very pleasant group dining experience. Food was very well presented, one dish (bass) was slightly on the salty side for our taste.
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    good for groups
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  • needed sushi for him
    reen
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I drove by this place for years when I worked in Ft Wash. Love the rehab on the original Dresher Inn. Very nice restaurant. Sushi bar is downstairs, with more seating upstairs. Nice menu with unusual items, like oyster shooters. My dining companion had one and liked it. He ordered his regular fare of tuna, salmon and yellowtail. Waiter mentioned that they had toro and my date upgraded. He was satisfied with the freshness and the portions of the fish. (larger that he is used to) I had the Kitchen Hibatchi with beef. Beef was a little tough, but the balance of the dish was fresh and tasty. I would go again and more importantly he would go again. Bill came to 84. (two warm sake - one large one small)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Go To
    rgsm9300VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    This restaurant has the best food. The waiters are polite and friendly. A must go to. My kids ask to go as thier favorite all the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was fresh and presentation
    sushilover
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    food was fresh and presentation appealing- slightly more pricey than other sushi restaurants but would definitely recommend
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Good
    Mandy
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    First time at this restaurant. Great experience, good food and a wonderful server. Will come back soon!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.