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Ume Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.umeoakland.com
  • Phone: (510) 444-7586
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Plum Bar:
    Monday - Thursday 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Friday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Saturday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Sunday 5:00 pm -12:00 am
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Patterson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Walking distance to the Fox and the Paramount Theaters! Come before or after the show!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Call the restaurant to inquire.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Grand Ave.
  • Public Transit: The free downtown bus shuttle stops right in front and Steps from 22nd Street stop of Bart Lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ume
Ume [oo-mey]: noun: plum; adjective: tasty, devotion

Ume serves creative dishes grounded in northern californian ingredients, and inspired by the Japanese pantry. The menu, created by Daniel Patterson of Coi, features simple, clean, bright dishes that feature the best of the season.

Plum Bar, a neighborhood bar and restaurant, is also right next door. We serve inventive and classic cocktails, and fun, tasty bar food. Happy hour is 4:00 to 6:00 pm M-F. We open at 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Small and intimate. Great on a Wednesday when it wasn't crowded, might be overwhelming on a busier night or weekend. Charred broccoli with misonnaise was awesome. Braised oxtail was also very good. Shared appetizer, entree and a cocktail on $36. Good value. I'd go back."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Really wanted to like Ume, but the menu is too limited to not have better/knockout food. Nothing was bad, but nothing was really great either. The menu and food seems overthought and overseasoned, all except for the ramen, which fell totally flat. The space is beautiful and the service is great, but this space needs better direction. With such a lovely atmosphere and set up, have good, hearty, standout food (i.e. Wood Tavern) instead of overpriced confused dishes. Sorry Ume...I really wanted to like you."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Ume is a great new spot. We really enjoyed both the cold and warm small plates. They were very unique and special. The use of freshly chopped herbs like mint and shoos lead added a really great unexpected flavor to some of the dishes. The larger plates were very filling."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have been to this dining place twice in the last 30 days. I enjoyed everything, try the oxtail dish, it is delicious !"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I made a reservation to dine at Ume to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We've been curious at trying this restaurant when it was previous Plum, and we're glad that it's still associated with Plum Bar being just next door. Enjoyed our cocktail beverages, and variety of small plates to choose from is great to share. The squid small plate was tender and most scrumptious, I could just eat this as an entree on its own. We both enjoyed our bowls/main entree, found them very flavorful and good portion for sharing as well. It was a very quiet evening when we were there, which is of no complaint at all. I do wish Ume luck and hope their business will pick up with time."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great ambience and excellent wait staff. We tried most of the menu and would re order everything. Absolutely will become a regular place for us."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I wanted to like this restaurant since Plum was excellent, but it fell flat. The food lacked flavor and creativity."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you've been to Coi, you likely know and appreciate the philosophy of letting quality ingredients speak for themselves, with occasional unexpected ingredient pairings. With our experience of the Ume menu, this approach was outstandingly successful with the roasted eggplant dish, which had a perfect balance of smoky, savory, minty, and spicy notes. I'll remember it for a long time; it's always impressive when you are convinced to like an item (eggplant) you usually don't. With the other things we tried, however (snap peas, soba noodles, chicken ramen), the flavors weren't as inventive... the pea dish was a pale shadow of Coi's delectable pea soup, and they don't make their own ramen noodles (disappointing for a $17 noodle dish)."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great to have a more casual, less expensive concept, but the food is not outstanding as it was under Plum. Food is still creative but not entirely successful. Highlights were the tender seared squid, peas with miso & marinated white trout (they were out of salmon). Although others enjoyed the sticky pork & rice dish, I thought it too salty with soy with tough pieces of pork. The yuba/mushroom/egg dish was too mushy without contrasting textures. There was a lack of flavor with the soba noodles & the broccoli was too charred. Server was inattentive considering less people were there at 9:30pm. Music was too loud--obviously trying to attract a younger crowd. I would go again but let Ume improve some of these dishes first."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Good quality, creative food if you're not too hungry. More like fusion tapas dishes tho hard to describe."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Ume is a reincarnation of Plum. I always thought the food at Plum was just OK. The food we had at Ume was disappointing. Plate of pickles looked like someone just flop a mass of radish on it. Short ribs didn't come with knife and were too large to eat with hands. Ramen was ok. I wish the broth had more flavors and that the chicken weren't so soggy."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I was so happy to get this reservation. The menu is SO limited. In our party of 4, we tried almost all the dishes. The ribs were so fatty, the portions are so tiny and overpriced. Why would you open a Japanese restaurant right next to one of the best Japanese restaurant in the Bay Area? Plum was so good, this latest Daniel Patterson attempt is a big boo. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "4 of us tried almost everything on the menu. Nothing disappointed. Definitely check it out. Great bar as well. Enjoy. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I had been to Plum twice and planned to return but discovered Ume was now there. Serendipity. With the help of a lovely server my friend and I had a lavish meal. Four small plates and one bowl. Of course we over ordered and we were warned but it was all so interesting. Don't miss the dumplings and the ribs. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Not everything was a hit but five of six small plates--that's pretty good! Love the rice crackers and rainbow trout together. Skip the cabbage dumplings. Like it more than Plum."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I loved Plum when it first opened though on subsequent visits the food did not shine. The Ume menu looked very enticing so we thought we'd try again. Service was bumpy -- the waiter didn't know the new food very well, and things came in fits and starts. Even three glasses of wine did not arrive all together, and there was no explanation why one was missing. The food was also variable -- the rice chips with umami powder are addictive and perfect with a cold ale. Other dishes were less exciting. Though everything was reasonably tasty, for a concept that proposes to be inexpensive it really wasn't."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great space and service, but food was below average considering this is a Daniel Patterson restaurant. Of the 8 small plates ordered, the charred brocolini was the best. I have feeling this one won't last either...Plum should have remained."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My date and I had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. Excellent in every respect. The dishes were imaginative and tasty, we left feeling very full. The beef and the Asparagus soup were our favorites. The egg ravioli was also great. My only comment was that the seats on our side of the restaurant did not have backrests so after a few hours the seat was a bit uncomfortable. Overall though an excellent experience we were both glad to have dined at Plum."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Second visit, and it was as outstanding as the first. This is a "do not miss" restaurant on the Bay Area food scene."
    Dined on 4/22/2013
  • "This was a disappointing meal and dining experience. The prices were high relative to the food quality and quantity. The attitude of the server was haughty and unwelcoming. We will not be revisiting."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "A fabulous find for the most creative and beautifully presented food I have had since Cyrus closed. In fact the Rock Cod was the most memorable fish I have had in 50 years!I urge everyone who reads this to try this astounding restaurant in revitalized Oakland."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "We dine out 3-4 times/month usually in SF. It was only because we were attending a show in Oakland that I chose a restaurant there. Plum was a wonderful surprise! The wine list is impressive; cocktails are imaginative and great tasting; appetizers and entrees were innovative and every bite revealed the complexity, interaction and melding of carefully selected ingredients. To round out our enjoyable experience, our server was attentive to getting us out the door to meet our show time schedule."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "Ate at the chef's counter for the first time. The cooks were all very nice in offering recommendations and explanations. New manager in training Russell was very personable and accommodating. A very pleasant evening. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "We enjoyed the dinner -- I had the lamb; my guest had the duck. Service was speedy. Desserts were outstanding. We ate early before the theatre (with a reservation,of course), and the staff accommodated us without prompting."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "This place is phenomenal. I sat at the chef's counter with my brother. We had incredible food, wine and service. The chef's were entertaining to watch and brought us special additional plates of food. The ambience was perfect-not stuck up but the food was totally fit for foodies. I will definitely go back. Everyone was so generous and the whole evening was perfect."
    Dined on 4/18/2013
  • "Good times. We ate at the end of the counter overseeing the kitchen staff, much hustle. Great homemade ricotta, fried oysters, lamb shoulder stew. We'll be back when we're in the neighborhood - close to the Fox Theatre."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "It's really a lovely place for a simple, straightforward meal with excellent food. Not at all pretentious. Excellent wines, and they understand what they are serving. We've been there three times. No complaints!"
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is always excellent and the service great."
    Dined on 4/10/2013
  • "We were looking for a place to catch an early dinner before heading to the airport hotel when we stumbled upon Plum online. The neighborhood around this restaurant has undergone a makeover which intrigued us to see urban renewal at work. Also, the menu on the website and restaurant photos looked interesting. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived so we had a choice of seats and chose to sit at a bar like area where we could see our food being prepared and talk with the kitchen staff. While our burger and lamb were excellent, we also enjoyed the friendly staff who explained a lot of what they were doing. My guess is that this would not be possible in the middle of a rush but we found it fun anyway."
    Dined on 4/9/2013
  • "Great food, great service, friendly place. Would recommend it to anyone. May become my Cheers spot in the Bay Area."
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "The service was the best part of our Plum meal; it was attentive and professional. At first the music was too loud, but the waiter responded by turning the volume down appropriately. I found the food good, but not outstanding compared to other Oakland restaurant choices. The menu was rather limited and the prices were on the high side. The wood block chairs were hard to move and if you are thin like my guest, beware the wooden banquette with art work at head level, thereby keeping you from leaning against the banquette's back. Sitting for the whole meal on a hard wood surface without a backrest does not promote restful dining. I will not be returning."
    Dined on 4/2/2013
  • "The menu has recently undergone some revisions and they are all for the better. The food was spectacular. Lamb, duck, cauliflower, gnocchi, coconut cake. Every bite of each was amazing. Food lovers go and sit at the open kitchen and watch the magic."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "Lovely food but way too noisy. Not much point if conversation is part of what we go out for. We are glad to have tried Plum but won't be back"
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "our first visit would definitely go back, seating could use some improvement. Very hard and not great back support!"
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "Food great but took a long time for a cocktail to come and it came at the end of the meal- so we didn't drink it and they comped us the drink. That was the classy thing to do."
    Dined on 3/28/2013
  • "Great food with interesting combinations -- never thought I'd like rutabaga soup but it was wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/28/2013
  • "Plum sat us at the Chef's counter; my friend and I are a real handful...questioning every plate, dissecting each flavor and finally hearing the chef's input - what a special treat!Pork belly and duck confit spectacular with the local vineyard Zinfandel(Urbana). I was impressed by the perfect lil' pockets of Gnocchi glazed "crisply" on one side sitting in a perfect sauce of peas, pistachio and mint. Yummy! The chocolate tart was the perfect topper to my BIRTHDAY dinner. Thank you Plum!"
    Dined on 3/26/2013
  • "Plum was amazing! Creative and thoughtfully prepared, each dish was memorable. Pork belly , rye spaetzle appetizers were great. Rock Cod, lamb shoulder, duck confit, and burger were the four entrees devoured at our table.service was attentive but not intrusive. This is a place you will come back to again and again."
    Dined on 3/26/2013
  • "Wonderful find! Lovely ambiance, surprisingly creative and delightful food. Plan to return soon."
    Dined on 3/24/2013
  • "Had a great birthday dinner here. Spaetzle were tender and flavorful with charred cabbage and apple slices, rated one of the best dishes ever by my discerning son. Burger was excellent, juicy and flavorful. Rock cod was cooked perfectly and served with tender fava beans and fennel. Desserts did not disappoint. Serving waiter was excellent though bar was a bit slow and initial glass of wine was turned. Waiter quickly and unquestioningly replaced it. Sit at the "Chef's table" to watch the chefs at work in a smooth dance."
    Dined on 3/23/2013