Umami
Umami

Umami

  • 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: 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Umami reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)hot spot (52)neighborhood gem (51)vibrant bar scene (41)good for groups (40)special occasion (23)late-night find (13)romantic (13)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • Good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent menu for sushi - many different kinds, very innovative, very very fresh.
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Not A Quiet Place
    BallplayersdVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sugar heaven
    MGalVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good sushi!
    cilla
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi sushi sushi
    DiMo
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best happy hour in sf
    sfdiner
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    amazing rolls, sliders and wine at a great happy hour price!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over ordered
    MickyVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour Sushi!
    ndandrea
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around gem
    SushiFan
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite spot!
    Alika1982
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was very surprised .. the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group dine
    mpty
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodated our big party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West Meets Far East
    Simonsan
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Excellent Japanese cuisine with some local spiced up dishes. Liked the Kale dish very much!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greay Sushi
    LuciaVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    It never dissapoints, one of the best Sushi spots in the city the happy hour has great prices the Hotsui roll is amazing
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool place
    psutowo
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Very good food. The restaurant is noisy though. The kobe sliders and the steamed bun bread pudding are the gighlight of the menu. The fresh sushi also gets honorable mentions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    SmileVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    We love the tuna tataki and the shogun. So happy that they have our favorite Japanese beer, Echigo. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    oadldo
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I love coming here for happy hour. The food and service were great! We had more people than our reservation originally said and they accomidated us no problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sliders Are to Die For!
    camilleleon
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    It is so loud here you end up screaming at each other and it's annoying. But to make up for it, they have the most delicious Steam Bun Kobe Sliders and Ramen. I would eat those two items definitely again. I wasn't impressed with the sushi or the tapioca creme brulee.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating and DELISH SUSHI
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Thank you for accommodating us on a Sunday night. We came in with my dad who can't hear at loud places and you made room for us in the side booth, which was perfect! We ate only raw fish, and it was incredible. The waiter was very helpful and gave great advice on the meal as well as the sake accompaniment. A perfect dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible sushi
    Hans
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    All of the fish was so buttery soft and would melt in your mouth. Fantastic! And get the dessert roll
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • December 2013
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    The menu is looking tired and needs a refresh. The food quality has really dropped in the last two months and the flavors/taste have gone flat, but also everything is OVER salted now too. Maybe give the menu a spring refresh?
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sit at the sushi bar great
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Sit at the sushi bar great entertainment ,wonderfully fresh seafood absolutely delicious. Vibrant scene lots of conversations and laughter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beutiful food great service
    Kirmarsh
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    We had a lovely meal here, all excellent. I was very impressed with kids menu, a lot of places just feed kids rubbish not here excellent food well prepared, very impressed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came for Happy Hour
    JaclynVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Came for the happy hour menu which i recently learned about. 1/2 off bottles of vino. And many $5 sushi rolls, and half off apps to choose from. Would definitely come bacK!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate