Umami
Umami

Umami

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.umamisf.com/
  • Phone: 4153463431
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; bar open up to 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Sam Josi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate private parties of 18-70 or more depending on your needs. We have a private room, and the added benefit of two floors where either one or both can be utilized for a private function.
  • Private Party Contact: Stryker Scales, stryker@umamisf.com, 4153463431
  • Special Events: SUMO HOUR: 50% off all wine and special kitchen menu, 5:30pm - 7pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is both street parking and public lots very close to Umami.
A word from Umami
Umami is the new hit restaurant from the Sustainable Restaurants Team (Mamacita). Umami has been developed to highlight great dishes, traditions and drinks from across Asia. While the menu focuses on delicious and true to form Japanese and Vietnamese offerings, you will also find highlights from other countries as well. Umami takes the utmost care in preparation and the ingredients that they use, putting high quality sustainable and organic ingredients and food at the forefront of their offering. Umami has excellent seating for large parties, a private room, bar seating, and great seating for smaller parties as well.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Umami reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (44)hot spot (39)good for groups (37)neighborhood gem (34)special occasion (33)vibrant bar scene (31)romantic (17)notable wine list (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • jeffVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very disappointing. Food mediocre. Noise overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too noisy
    Ecosal
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I love the food at Umami and have dined there several times. But this last time was so loud that I could not have a conversation with my colleague. we had to scream at each other over a narrow table. we expressed the concern to the waiter who said, "I cannot hear either". It will probably keep me from going back. Too bad because the food is really good, but not worth it, if you cannot hear your dinner partner speaking.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great for a date.
    TheAnswerIs42
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Perhaps I should have done more homework on picking a place for a date with my wife. The restaurant turned out to be loud. I couldn't hear what my wife was saying from across a small table. The restaurant turned out to be dense with tables. I am not a fan of stacking two-top tables in a row with 6 inches between each table. I am trying to have a conversation with my wife, not the four people next to me. My opinion of the food is mixed. The seared tuna and salad was great. The sushi rolls were not. For example, we ordered the Midori roll but it might as well be called the Avocado roll - lots of avocado and tiny pieces of fish. The concept was good, but the execution was not.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    suzeyqz
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    loved it! food and service were spot on. food was fresh, bright and so well prepared. Matthew, our server, was knowledgeable and helped guide us through the menu. I would highly recommend Umami.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TWO WORDS = CRAZY GOOD . . .
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    THE ORIGINAL UMAMI SLIDERS = Umami-seasoned Masami Ranch Kobe burgers (3 sliders to a plate) with spicy aioli, crispy shallots with gingered pickles on steamed buns ($15) were so Over The Top good, they could serve only that one item and have a line of customers going down the street. The AHI POKE TACO'S (3 to a plate) were melt in your mouth fantastic ($15) * We had 3 "House Rolls" that were extremely fresh (avg. $15) * Note: Classic Rolls averaged $9. The SEA SALT & CARAMEL dessert roll ($9) was a salted caramel ice cream with butterscotch, triple chocolate brownie dough with pistachio toffee & Feur De Sel . . . made to look like a Sushi roll. This was probably the best dessert we've ever had . . . Truly Crazy Good - Go and Enjoy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    CJay
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My second time here was just as good as the first. The servers do a great job recommending items if you're unsure or indecisive. Amazing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    veronika
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We came here to celebrate one of my friends birthday. She loved it. We shared a everything, and even though the portions are not too big I had enough. I am vegetarian, but I had no problem to choose from the menu. Great place, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Spot
    Carey
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A fun spot for a date; the ribs are fabulous and so are the rolls.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic service!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were seated a little later than our reservation, which was not a big deal to us, but the manager came up and offered us an appetizer. Fantastic doting server and the best dessert roll ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing sliders
    PHISIGSTEPH
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We have been going to Umami for several years now, and on our recent trip we weren't disappointed. As usual, the Kobe sliders were amazing (we ate three orders!) and the tempura fritters were delicious. We also got the edamame hummus, which my sister was particularly excited for since she just found out she's allergic to garbanzo beans (goodbye regular hummus). Due to being pregnant I didn't get to enjoy any of their delicious drinks, but my sister loved her wine (educated guess was the name) my husband loved his beer, and my bro in law raved about his mojito. The sushi was also quite yummy, with real crab in the ca roll. The best part is that everything we ordered was from the sumo hour menu, so it was very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as usual
    NickSFVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Umami has long been our fav SF sushi place. Akira-san is an excellent chef and gets excellent product, much straight from Tsukeji market. We tried some new sashimi offerings, the daily special nigiri, and essentially had a custom omekase.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi great scene
    danjeffer
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Pretty good food. Not so sure about the siracha drink, but maybe worth a try from some. Definitely a good date spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somethng bad
    Monika
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We dont eat bad, it was very nice but the food did not agree with us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious alone
    pickiegirl
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food is really good and the service is solid. Great sake list. The noise level is ridiculous, especially downstairs. The bar has a cool vibe to it. Overall not a great place for a first date if you actually want to talk to or hear what the other person is saying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yet another SF Foodie
    annon
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We always love Umami. They have absolutely the best sushi dishes in the city. And you can actually taste the difference between their sushi rolls. So many places you order a variety of rolls and they all taste the same! The staff is wonderful. There was a table of noisy people next to us and we commented to our waiter. He told the manager and they offered to move us to a quieter table. That's service! Try it. You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall
    mfaz88
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love the rolls here and there is a great ambiance! One of my favorite sushi places in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool spot, bomb food
    eatgoodfood
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I love sushi and this place was excellent. Great rolls, starters & cocktails. Also nice big booths for large parties. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant!
    brookilyb
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We help with a group of 6... food was amazing and the service was quick! Waitor helped us with sushi roll recommendations, and they were all fantastic. We're very excited to go back again soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sustainable seafood
    MsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We love that Umami is doing its best to use sustainable seafood and organic veggies. The happy hour is a super bargain for tasty rolls and half price bottles of wine. The service was excellent and we appreciated being put in the quietest corner ("quiet" is a relative term though, the restaurant is really, really loud). We especially liked the spicy butterfish roll with daikon radish sprouts, and the hamachi rolls. We didn't try the sliders - but we overheard another table raving about them. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden gem
    rorok46
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've been to umami 4 times since my husband discovered this place last March. The food is excellent and consistent. The ambiance is so lively and young. The service always great Nikki is the best waitress ever. I highly recommend this resto one of the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    luvthefood
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was awesome! I like the fact they have happy hour on Saturdays. The service was excellent! Our waitress was so nice and very attentive. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    foodluver
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Overall the best sushi I've ever had. Service was ok. Our waitress seemed to disappear for a long amount of time. The only thing I would suggest is new blinds up stairs. When the sun is coming down the reflection beams off the apartments and straight into you eyes if you are facing the window. I found it distracting and annoying. Other than that I would definitely come here again, but request to not sit by the window during sun down.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING SUSHI!
    SMOfood
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This restaurant is outstanding. Best sushi I've ever had! The tuna tataki was served so creatively and was absolutely delicious. The non-sushi selection was also extremely impressive! You can't beat the happy hour prices and selections from 5:30-6:30! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. The cookie dough "sushi rolls" were so adorable and inventive! I've never seen anything like it. Loved the entire experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All I can say is WoW!
    sterlinghawk
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My daughter recommended this and we went to this. Had the sliders and they were so good, ordered another order. Co-worker had the same and the other co-worker had ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We made a reservation on open table at 9 P.M. for a group of 6 at 9:15 P.M. after an event in the neighborhood. Our table was ready on time and service was great. Waitress made sure we got all our orders in before the kitchen closed and we had a great late dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Came here upon a recommendation. Had a fantastic dinner. Excellent sushi. Wonderful service. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unpleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The food was pretty good, the service was abysmal. They tried to give our check several times, without asking if we wanted anything else. We had to ask several times for the desert menu, a spoon, another drink, etc. Wont be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 678 reviews are from the Umami reviews archive.
  • Good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent menu for sushi - many different kinds, very innovative, very very fresh.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious sushi!
    janers310
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Umami offers unique sushi options and is considerate of food allergies.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I used to love this restaurant. Especially the Black Cod and the staff. This time I found the hostess to be snippy. The waiter was OK, but spent much of his time flirting with guests, rather than paying attention to customers. I was surprised to see the change to the menu, and even more surprised to see Black Cod was off the menu. We were told that it took too long to make. Apparently the 20 minutes that it used to take was too long. Now the menu is filled with rolls. They taste like they were pre-made in order to save time. This has sadly become a very atmospheric pick up bar. A shame because it used to have great food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ok sushi
    RobotVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    umami is more about experimental stuff than high quality fish. i'm about the fish. it was ok. also, they have a gluten-free menu, and i have celiac, but there was a lot of confusion about what came out of the kitchen. i totally don't trust them to be gluten-free for celiac.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, hip twist on Japanese
    FoodLoverWith3Kids
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Loved the polished slices of trees that table tops werre fashioned out of on main floor, and the way the 2nd floor used large tree trunks and wooden planks with rice paper to give the feel of a country house in Japan....dishes were inventive, beautifully ptesented and chock full of flavor. We loved the salt n pepper ribs, and seaweed kale salad. Liked the kids menu and crayons with illustrations of Japanese culture. Smores dessert a disappointment as the flavors didn't quite work together (even tho we still ate it all!), creme brulee had interestg citrus twist to it, but caramel apple bread pudding was da bomb....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I judge sushi places based
    hmehrVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I judge sushi places based on the quality of sashimi and Umami was quite avg. Some creative dishes (like the the slider) and nice decor.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rock n rolls
    Lili
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This place never disappoints. The wakame and buttercup roll are to die for. I've never ordered anything and not liked it. The Kobe sliders are perfectly cooked and seasoned. The rock shrimp are a nice indulgence. It's such a great place for groups and sharing or just a nice evening with your date or friend. Fun young crowds well. Fun cocktails too:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slide in for some sliders
    jasonHHH
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Place was cool. The sliders were AMAZING. Nigiri was good, sashimi was okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi!
    sushilover
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Great Sushi! Very good service. Ask for the butterfish roll.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    engineertwin2
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    It was a bit of a walk from our hotel (Fairmont SF), but it was well worth the effort. Although the pricing of the sushi was a little high for what I am accustomed to ($8-$15 per roll and fewer slices per roll), it was some of the better sushi I've ever had. The fish was fresh - and creative (I don't get to eat butterfish as sushi here in Phoenix). The neighborhood is fantastically fun and we found the architecture extremely interesting. Overall, this one will make the 'must do' list for future visits to SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip Japanese
    HappyguyVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great Japanese food in cow hollow with a fun bar scene and ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Not A Quiet Place
    Ballplayersd
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Although at 49 I was easily the oldest person in the restaurant it was easily a 5 star dinner. Great sushi...loved the sliders, crab carbonara, teriyaki chicken as well. Service was attentive. Noise was at times so loud you couldn't talk...but the food made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sugar heaven
    MGal
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I loved the sliders and sushi rolls but nothing could prepare me for the dessert that was yet to come. The cookie dough roll was the best thing. Ever! Highly recommend people go just to try that, if anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.