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
97 reviews since July 31, 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 (63)neighborhood gem (51)hot spot (51)vibrant bar scene (39)good for groups (39)special occasion (22)romantic (13)late-night find (12)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • A Good Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Our server was wonderful. Food was good. Some interesting items on the menu. Currently offering happy hour - drinks and food at reasonable prices. Noise level was a bit loud but could be the acoustic of the restaurant. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great rolls at reasonable price
    KennyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Visited last week based upon reviews. We ordered a variety of appetizers and then a number of different sushi rolls using servers recommendations as well as our preferences. All appetizers and rolls were great. Server was knowledgable, friendly and very helpful - knew her menu and was not afraid to help with selections. Overall service was excellent. Only knock was noise level - so loud you practically had to scream to talk to your companions. I would suggest the restaurant have someone help them with acoustics. All is all ... A definite recommend if you like sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay but expensive.
    Tiny
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was an okay spot. The food was a little expensive for what you got. My spicy tuna role did not have much flavor and my beet salad did not come with what they said it would. If you want a trendy spot go here. If you want good sushi find somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Japanese/American food
    GreatFoodEaterVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food - solid Japanese/American food. Pretty fancy, but not overly expensive. Sushi - fresh, and well thought out and made. A good date spot, or fun group dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great décor, great service, fantastic food...the 2 of us enjoyed every dish. We ordered one-two items from each section of Sea, Land & Veg., items from the new-style nigiri, plus dessert. It was excellent. We are NOBU lovers, this is equal and very creative. Great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Umami on honeymoon
    MalloryEats
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Our servicer was really great. We weren't too hungry as we were in town on our honeymoon and spent the whole day eating at various "must have" locations. So we only split a couple of sushi rolls, an appetizer and a salad at Umami. Our server was sweet about it and the sushi was so great. Especially the baja roll!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great top to bottom
    LeftToBeDesired
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We came on a quiet Monday night (open Mondays now) and we were seated in the back area with only 3 people. We tried about 5 different rolls and a few appetizers. All outstanding for the most part, but nothing totally face melting. I think the best part for all of us was the dessert. The cookie dough rolls!!!! This might have been the best dessert I've ever had at a restaurant, let alone a sushi place. Shaped and cut like a sushi roll, the cookie dough serves as the outer layer with the ice cream and other assortments on the inside. Simple and magnificent. Seek it out!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    PlanetRVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Enjoyed the endamame hummus with flatbread. Sushi was very good. Interesting desert roll was delicious. Tables are close together and the place is quite noisy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi but crazy good sliders
    megrecoVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Really delicious house rolls, creative and interesting combos. A slider app with Kobe beef that was out of this world. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    funtogo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were in from out of town from Minneapolis and we loved it so much we came back the next night. YUM. I would absolutely recommend the Spicy Brussels Sprouts. It would be even better if the restaurant wanted to share them with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    ManieaqVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were visiting SF for just one evening. Umami was the perfect spot. We happened to be early for our 7PM reservation and were able to take advantage of the 1/2 price bottles of wine and the $5 sushi offerings. Amazed at the quality of the food, the prompt - attentive service, and the terrific value. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good sushi, but loud
    Pvbkearm
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was loud and tightly packed in updstairs. hubs raved about the sushi so we would go back but ask to be downstairs.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food to die or
    george
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Amazing taste and flavour, would keep coming back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    jbh5079
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fresh fish, great presentation, amazing Kobe beef sliders, no complaints whatsoever
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Traveller01
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Enjoyable dining experience all round. The Salt n Pepper ribs outstanding. Will recommend Umami highly to friends visitingSan Francisco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    FoodforlifeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food. Vibrant and energetic restaurant. Great place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great vibe
    SAT4Din
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had a group of 6. They sat us in a booth upstairs, which was perfect. The food was amazing, the vibe was great, and the service was really good. Everyone had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were seated next to a group of five men who clearly were drinking their way through each course and who were loud and boisterous. As a result, it was difficult to enjoy any of the dining experience
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 700 reviews are from the Umami reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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