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Umami Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.umamisf.com
  • Phone: (415) 346-3431
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; bar open up to 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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, (415) 346-3431
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We dont eat bad, it was very nice but the food did not agree with us."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I love the rolls here and there is a great ambiance! One of my favorite sushi places in SF."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love sushi and this place was excellent. Great rolls, starters & cocktails. Also nice big booths for large parties. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Came here upon a recommendation. Had a fantastic dinner. Excellent sushi. Wonderful service. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Umami offers unique sushi options and is considerate of food allergies. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Excellent menu for sushi - many different kinds, very innovative, very very fresh."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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:)"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Place was cool. The sliders were AMAZING. Nigiri was good, sashimi was okay."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great Sushi! Very good service. Ask for the butterfish roll."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great Japanese food in cow hollow with a fun bar scene and ambience"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Came here and really enjoyed the happy hour. service was pretty good. seems like it'd be awesome to bring a group of friends here."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Found this place about a year back and all I can say it it's the best sushi in the city. I have taken numerous foodies here and every time the come back to the city this is the place they want to go."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "amazing rolls, sliders and wine at a great happy hour price!!!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Good food but it was sushi. Wine list severly lacking. Server pushed too much food on us even though we asked repeatledly if we were ording too much. Didn't need the extra 2 rolls. Bill was $200 (with tip) for 2 with a $46 bottle of wine. Pricey for a neighborhood sushi joint."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "My friends and I love to go here for Happy Hour - indulge a few bottles of wine and way too much Sushi!! Great go to spot!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "From the festive sake inspired cocktails to the clever desserts, this sushi has gone above and beyond your traditional roll. Had a hellokittty cocktail that tasted like fresh cucumber and strawberries, extremely refreshing. Had the edamame hummus- spectacular. Basic sushi rolls were so fresh tasted like fish caught just for our arrival. Dessert had the cookie dough roll with clever ginger candies and green tea frosting made to look like wasabi on a traditional plate. Only draw back, place was really loud. Definitely would re visit!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Sumo hour offered some tasty rolls and apps at great prices and we complimented the meal with a bottle of Rombauer chard for only $35 since wine was half off. We also enjoyed the steak tar tar and Midori roll on the normal menu. Deeeee-lish. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Was very surprised .. the best sushi I've had in a long time.. I'm still thinking about the pasta with uni butter and the sliders. Will be back VERY soon.."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We were a group of 8 with varied dining needs, but all adventurous. Umami was very busy and quite loud on the evening we dined, but we were seated upstairs in a round booth that fit us well. The specialty cocktails were fun and good. Our server was excellent. We had her order for us mixing up raw and cooked items so we could all taste many different dishes. She did a great job with the flavors, variety and timing. I will definitely recommend Umami to my friends when traveling to SF."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Umami was great at accommodating our big party. The service was really fantastic. Food was good, but didn't blow me away. Had a really fun night out at Umami."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Excellent Japanese cuisine with some local spiced up dishes. Liked the Kale dish very much!!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "It never dissapoints, one of the best Sushi spots in the city the happy hour has great prices the Hotsui roll is amazing"
    Dined on 12/27/2013