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Umami
Umami

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
  • "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
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "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?"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We love the tuna tataki and the shogun. So happy that they have our favorite Japanese beer, Echigo. The service was great!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "All of the fish was so buttery soft and would melt in your mouth. Fantastic! And get the dessert roll"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Overpriced. Too loud. The food was below our expectations. We don't recommend this place for dinning."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Sit at the sushi bar great entertainment ,wonderfully fresh seafood absolutely delicious. Vibrant scene lots of conversations and laughter."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "We were there right before the pahhy hour ends(6:30) so we got some appetizer 1/2 price. The service was OK, becuase drink did not come for a while then a few dishes are already on the table. THe slider was good, sushi was good. Carbonara was heavy. tempra was good."
    Dined on 8/11/2013