Ume
Ume

Ume

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.umeoakland.com/
  • Phone: 5104447586x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Ume Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Ume 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
  • Private Party Facilities: At Ume, we offer the option for semi-private dining for groups of 10 - 18 guests. The entire restaurant can be reserved for seated dining up to 40 guests (including counter seating). Plum Bar, located next door, accommodates up to 20 guests semi-privately, and up to 75 guests with a buyout.
  • Private Party Contact: Angela Cerreta 8775781117
  • Entertainment: Walking distance to the Fox and the Paramount Theaters! Come before or after the show!
  • Special Events: 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
Ume reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (22)hot spot (11)romantic (10)special occasion (8)late-night find (7)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • New Japanese food
    kangaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Interesting take on Japanese food. Quality ingredients and tasty. However nothing bowled us over and the portions were small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is loud hip-hop necessary?
    AliMento
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I understand that loud hip-hop is what's happening for 20 and 30 somethings, and that's who the restaurant hopes to draw - but Plum's new incarnation as a Japanese-infused restaurant doesn't go well with the noise. Some very good dishes, like tongue dumplings, but fairly ordinary squid dish and tough vegetable did not make for great meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant in Oakland
    pxs47
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant has great vegan appetizers and entrees. I enjoyed the dining experience. I had the fermented pickles and cucumber and spicy radish seaweed salad as appetizers and miso ramen with tofu as an entree and both were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere
    Bishbosh
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The small plates are great. Service was attentive and professional but still friendly. I'm looking forward to returning. Plus Plum Bar next door is great for a dirk before or after dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Weeknight Find
    Josie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mainly forgetable
    Doug
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    soba noodles lacked flavor, sticky pork bowl was dry, the pork had been braised but not stored in braised liquid, no sticky sweet glaze. the spicey glazed ribs tasted as though they were cooked with salt and pepper only, warmed and brushed with glaze and served, no depth of flavor. The ox tail was cooked perfectly but lacked flavor, it was as if they boiled all the flavor out. The squid cooked perfectly but lacked flavor. the corn on the cob was the best dish of the night followed by the broccoli. At that price point we shouldnt have to pick up food with our hands, the corn, and ribs. All in all I expected much better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ume Confuses Me
    karenwalker
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
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  • Ume
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mvogue
    MVogueVIP
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food...
    Chinois
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, unique food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I wanted to like this restaurant since Plum was excellent, but it fell flat. The food lacked flavor and creativity.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coi lite
    Nate
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • from Plum to Ume
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small unique dishes-
    SloanwallVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Good quality, creative food if you're not too hungry. More like fusion tapas dishes tho hard to describe.
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  • Nothing changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
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  • What a disappointment
    WineandDineOaktown
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent food.
    SFdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    4 of us tried almost everything on the menu. Nothing disappointed. Definitely check it out. Great bar as well. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let's Go. You 'n Me. UME
    TheMaven
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic, delicious
    cublubberVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs work
    oaklandauthor
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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  • Below expectations
    blah
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
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  • Tasting Menu
    FoodMan85
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 492 reviews are from the Ume reviews archive.
  • Second visit, and it was as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    Second visit, and it was as outstanding as the first. This is a "do not miss" restaurant on the Bay Area food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a disappointing meal
    Ctfrank
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fabulous find for the most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • You have to try this place!
    Eat2liveVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ate at the chef's counter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed the dinner -- I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
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  • Plum is Phenomenal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good times. We ate at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's really a lovely place
    mccalmoVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I love this restaurant. The
    ThisandThat
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    I love this restaurant. The food is always excellent and the service great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The Food and Staff Rocks
    kenwyatt44VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Great food, great service, friendly place. Would recommend it to anyone. May become my Cheers spot in the Bay Area.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was the best part
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    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.
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  • The menu has recently undergone
    BDH1VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely food but way too noisy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our first visit would definitely
    DanceVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    our first visit would definitely go back, seating could use some improvement. Very hard and not great back support!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A classy thing to do!
    Olivier
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate