Umi
Umi

Umi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://umichicago.com/
  • Phone: 7734637299
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Thursday & Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Thursday & Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Public Transit: Blue Line Irving Park Road CTA Irving Park and Mozart
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot with 30+ spaces
A word from Umi
Offering fresh, clean flavors of Japan in a casual yet elegant atmosphere.
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Umi reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)romantic (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Dont judge a book by its cover...
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    From the location & out side i didnt expect much. Now I cant stop telling people about it. Great food awesome service 5 stars all the way...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, and we will be back!
    LovelyLunchVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fresh, delicious sushi. Great, attentive service, and lovely decor in an unlikely location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food/service for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A little overpriced for the cooked food and some sushi items. I won't go back just because I can get same or better food for cheaper. But if you are in the neighborhood and within walking distance go for it!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 35 reviews are from the Umi reviews archive.
  • Wonderful
    Tcccc
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This Asian restaurant located in the strip mall is very deceiving bye it's outside appearance. Inside the food is impeccable. Wonderful waitstaff great selection fresh sushi. Definitely will go back. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great local Japanese restaurant
    ezdiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I love Umi! The food is consistently good and the service is warm and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed with a modern coolness. The appetizers, sushi, and entrees are prepared tastefully and are generous portions. To make things even better, they have now added liquor to their menu. I highly recommend this little northwest side gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food and service was great but a little expensive. Bar only had sake and beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food,friendly staff,
    Manny
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Great food,friendly staff, would recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Change
    Lookn4adeal
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    It was refreshing to find a quiet, friendly, and reasonably priced sushi restaurant close to home. Our meal was fresh and the service was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Japanese food with a
    yosh62VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Solid Japanese food with a nice ambiance despite the strip mall location. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    chrish
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    The sushi here is quite good, but I wish they were still BYOB. But, I'll still come here anyway.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eh.
    Alwaysgg
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    definitely had better. the gyoza are gross... sushi is average at best, service.....um, yeah.
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  • Definitely going back, but....
    GroupDiner
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    ...watch for the speed cameras on Irving Park between Western Ave. and California .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Northside Japanese Restaurant!
    Keith
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    I have eaten here on several occasions now, and I have to say that this is the best Japanese Restaurant I've eaten at in Chicago. The food is outstanding, especially the Teriyaki Chilean Sea Bass and any of the Makis (my favorite is the Rainbow). Behind the unassuming storefront near Irving Park and California lies a chic and modern, yet comfortable, space. Umi offers everything you would ever want in a great restaurant, including easy parking. It's also BYOB, so bring your favorite bottle of wine and have a fantastic and memorable experience at Umi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Open
    Lwilkins
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I intended to take my my here for her birthday, Only to find out that they had been shut down by the city of chicago. Not sure why they were shut down or when they'll be back open, but i will definitely not be returning.
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  • Interesting experience
    Muffin34VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    I have been here many times, in fact I really enjoy this place, and clearly have enjoyed it time and time again. As usual the food and service was very good. I brought a co-worker for lunch to show off a new place for them to dine at. However, the restaurant felt as though I was sitting in a sauna ... not good when you're thinking sushi. I swear it was cooler outside, in the middle of July on a 90+ degree day, than it was inside. I'm hopeful that they have since fixed the situation so I can go back and enjoy a comfortable meal soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was friendly.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The service was friendly. Bought a groupon so got a lot of food. The sushi was honestly just okay though. Had the fiery tuna specialty roll and it got bland after awhile. The crunch maki was good. The gyoza was okay. My cousin had the sashimi set, so I don't know how that tasted.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What great sushi place. A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    What great sushi place. A gem definitely! It was a little pricier than we were used to, but it was a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place with great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Great place with great food and very nice staff. Couldn't make fried rice as a side dish for some reason even though they have it as an entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great variety--sushi and noodles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Lovely ambiance--elegant and comfortable at the same time. Good menu for everybody (which isn't always the case at a sushi place)--sushi/sashimi, delicious bowls of noodles, scrumptious cooked fish selections and more. Friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Some of the best sashimi I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    Some of the best sashimi I've had in the city, especially the scallop (both the spicy scallop roll and the hotate nigiri was DELICIOUS). The staff is very friendly and the interior is quite nice. Don't be deceived that it's in a strip mall--once you're inside, you can't tell at all (they do a nice frosting thing on the window that makes it very nice and intimate in there). I highly recommend Umi!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance inside this BYOB!
    ChicagoGirl10
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Don't let the frosted windows of this sushi restaurant in a strip mall fool you. Great ambiance inside of this BYOB! The husband and I got the Triple Maki Spicy and Tropical Maki that were very good with nice portions. Would probably not get the tuna tartar appetizer again though. Will definitely be back!R
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sushi was good and displayed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    sushi was good and displayed nicely. the service on a saturday night was slow.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great to see Sukiyaki on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Great to see Sukiyaki on the menu. Sweet Asian broth filled with beef, vegetables and noodles. There is a good selection of freshly made artsy sushi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Food was excellent! It's
    10121996
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    The Food was excellent! It's BYOB! If you need to keep something cold, ask for a bucket with ice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been here a couple times
    Jill
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    I've been here a couple times and feel that you can definitely get your money's worth of sushi here. The service is pretty good and sushi is fresh and inventive. If only they served sake :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Perfect Night
    josh
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    Well I took my girlfriend for our anniversary and I couldn't have asked for more. I had her favorite flowers delivered to the restaurant and they had them placed perfectly on our table with a reserved sign when we arrived. She loved the presentation. The food was delicious and fresh, and we were served quickly. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly also. It actually costed less then I anticipated for such caliber of service. I would highly recommend Umi. My girlfriend loved it and was impressed that I had found such a nice place, and believe me, she's notices the smallest details. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food! Very creative
    MashaO413
    Dined on 6/24/2012
    Excellent food! Very creative appetizers and we would definitely come back for the desert! Their fried bananas with green tea ice cream were to die for! The location is not so hot, but don't judge the book by its cover!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The sushi is good but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    The sushi is good but not great, the prices are average so that's ok. It's a really nice looking restaurant. Most average priced sushi restaurants look more like take-out joints, so the well appointed dining room is a plus. The service is friendly and very good. And, I always like a BYOB.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good selection of food, tried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Good selection of food, tried several items. Service was quick (almost uncomfortably quick) but thorough. Very reasonable pricing for the large portion sizes. Wish they delivered a little further!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We celebrated my nephew's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    We celebrated my nephew's 21st birthday and everything was just perfect...the service and food were top notch. We had a large group of 12 and our server was most accomodating and attentive - everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is very ordinary. Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Food is very ordinary. Restaurant was more than 1/2 empty at 7:30 on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't rush back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Umi is located in a strip mall so I did not expect much. That said, the restaurant was nicely decorated and has a modern fresh look. However, the lighting was too bright making for a lunch/ diner feeling. Food was mediocre at best. Service was friendly but way to fast.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice place. Better than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    Very nice place. Better than we expected. We had both the sashimi and sushi combo's as well as the chicken teriaki. Everything was good/acceptable. Decor was very nice. Don't know if we'd recommend it, but may try it again. Would probably select our sushi and try the noodles.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From the outside it looks
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    From the outside it looks like an unassuming strip mall restaurant, inside it is a different story. The sushi was quite good, the decor very pretty, and the service attentive. We also tried a spicy beef udon soup that was really good and very hearty. Its BYOB so also a value as sushi places go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As a BYOB they made you feel
    ddoright
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    As a BYOB they made you feel that whatever your beverage was like it was from them. They brought out the appropriate glass for saki. Staff covered each other to make sure your water glass was filled and kept checking to see if we needed anything else. They did not rush you out even though you might have been done.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great, the environment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    The food was great, the environment is lovely and the service was very good. My only criticism is we were trying to have a quiet dinner and were seated near a large, young, loud group, which was not the evening that we had planned. We would come back but ask to be seated in a quieter area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's great to have a decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    It's great to have a decent sushi place in walking distance. The maki was good, not amazing, but the prices are decent. Service was great and the general vibe was very comfortable. We'll be back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lovely sushi restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    A lovely sushi restaurant that's easy to drive by without noticing. They have a great selection of high-quality rolls in a nicely-designed restaurant. If you're vegetarian, they have a large number of rolls without fish. And if you like Tank in Lincoln Square, this is a more-affordable and significantly-quieter alternative only 5 minutes away. The menu also has a large selection of Japenese dishes, but the sushi's so good, that's all I've eaten. This has become my go-to sushi place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet