Umai Restaurant

4.5
41 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Good food + Good taste = UMAI
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Daily Hours: Monday - Thursday: 1!:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(773) 248-8886
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar
What 41 People Are Saying
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tbis was my first time eating at Umai and it was absolutely wonderful! The food and atmosphere were top notcb and totally worth the expenses!

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CD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was alright; not good enough for the price...

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HW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Umai is my go-to spot for Japanese food. Their menu has a ton of variety if you're not feeling sushi. Good quality for the price and it's nice that they have 2 locations.

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w
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent sushi and a nice selection of other Japanese dishes. Not everyone in my family likes sushi so I needed to find a restaurant with a broader menu and Umai was perfect, we had a dinner group of 6 people and everyone loved their food.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

i feel the quality of food is not as good as past. The rice tastes hard and the pork tastes dry.
Maybe i will go to the main store in downtown next time.

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OT
Chicago
351 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great udon curry noodle with beef!!! Wow! So good!!! And the white truffle sushi roll was to die for as was the chicago roll! We will for sure be back,

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Big Disappointment... went on a strong recommendation, but was totally disappointed by the quality of the sashimi... the tuna color was not right, so lifeless. I know my sashimi. Was it because it was a Sunday? I am too scared to try again.
The Nabeyaki udon that my mother ordered was fine. Standard fare. But why on earth do they put in two kinds of eggs, the sushi egg tamako AS WELL as the poached Japanese egg? I can only think of them as fillers for lack of other ingredients.
Not sure why this place has such high ratings...

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Amazing udon and really great curry... brought back mems of being in Tokyo.

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

NOT VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY!! A couple of appetizers, and a couple of rolls are about your only options. Service was friendly but slow. It took 10 minutes before anyone said hello to us.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Never entered my opentable reservation just sat us at an open table. After the fact I got an email I skipped out on my reservation.

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B
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 5 best sushi restaurants in Chicago! Delisious!

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ES
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I was disappointed in my whole experience. They seemed to changed a few items on the menu. I ordered a mojito and it was not good one at this location. They used to have a ginger beer that was not alcholic now it is. The ginger ale is nothing special. The food was not the best all around.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very comfy, beautiful, and clean environment. The staff were friendly. The food was really good! I h the d the wings which were delicious and Ramen, which was okay (It was my first time). Overall, great experience

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We waited for 25 minutes, and nobody had even come to take our drink order, so we left. It seemed other tables were also waiting for service.

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l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Been coming here since it first opened and it seems to be that they're relying too much on their success at the expense of service and food.
The meals never seem to come out together which leaves for an awkward period of time between you and your guests. Should you eat or wait? How long is the wait? It seemed way too long! Your food gets cold while there's is not even at the table.
The staff sort or "throws" the food/beverages at you, and there's spillage on the table. Fortunately they don't care and don't bother to clean it up unless you ask. We all requested hot tea (it was January) and the microwaved cups were so hot you couldn't touch them for several minutes, and had to wrap a napkin around them to even touch. The cups were hotter than the tea unfortunately.
As for the food, it seems hastily put together. Had the dynamite roll, and the seaweed was old and couldn't bite into it; more like stringy. The seafood quality was also lacking as you can see they had to chop it up rather than have premium slices. The staff was in a rush to have you finish, but then they're no where to be found if you need something like more ginger or water, or another beverage.
Sorry, but I will not be going back unless it's a last resort.

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JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great setting , very good experience, loved the decor

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f
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Umai is a very special experience. Their sushi, sashimi, seaweed salad are unusual as to taste and presentation. Never had seaweed salad so tasty and satisfying. Friendly presentation.

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f
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Umai is enjoyable for many reasons: comfortable, friendly and competent service among others. The main reason we enjoyed it so much was the creative and over-the-top food that was served.

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c
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been to UMAI in Printer's Row. The Restaurant on Fullerton was also nice. The same menu. Had the Sukiyaki which was delicious. Not cooked at your table but piping hot. Was a little disappointed that entrees arrived before sushi because sushi chef was very busy.

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JL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting food. Really does a great job on a variety of Japanese dishes. The Ramen and Sushi are off the hook, Green Tea Creme Brûlée was out of this world.

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurants! Love their japanese classics such as gyu don, udon and set meals with rice!

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for sushi. You can definitely find cheaper options in the area, but the sushi is amazing.

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LC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Glad Umai opened another location in one of my favorite Chicago neighborhoods! Solid food, appreciated the clean and unique interior design- will be coming back again!

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F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was slow and horrible. Luckily the food and drinks were amazing. I prefer this locations over the one on Clark, minus the slow service. There was really no excuse bc it wasn't crowded. Nevertheless, the food was bomb....I'll go back just because I like to eat and drink and they satisfied both needs.

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B
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top three sushi restaurant in Chicago. Excellent. Fullerton location.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always superb here. I get delivery from them, but I try to dine in too. The staff are very friendly and the service is very quick.

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food, and staff! The food is always delicious and fresh!

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TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Have been a fan of Umai on South Clark for years, we recently discovered their restaurant on Fullerton and enjoyed it just as much. The ambience doesn't match the original, but the food was superb! An unknown gem. No waiting on a Saturday night!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always! I love the Chicago and Mexicana rolls.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Denifitely ordering from, and going to this place again.

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi and at a great value. They have a lot of other option as well if someone in your party doesn't like sushi.

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B
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Fresh. Delicious. Beautiful space.

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Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I really like the Umai restaurant in the south loop and because I was on the north side, thought I'd try this one. We arrived a few minutes past our 9:30 reservation, closer to 9:40. The service stops at 10:15 so we were well before that hour. The staff was cleaning and seemingly more concerned with closing than with us as customers. After a few minutes, our server put aside those tasks and took our order. Almost immediately our tempura arrived, barely done but okay, and then within a minute, our sushi. It was fine but because the place was almost empty, and the service so rushed, not a pleasant dining experience.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had nice family dinner in quiet atmosphere when you can actually have a conversation. I was please by the size of the table - large, fit all dishes for 5 people without crowding the space. New venue, nicely done with good taste. Spacious. Food was good.

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MB
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Once the food was delivered, our server didn't stop by our table again until after we were finished.

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V
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Exceptional service. Can't wait to go back!

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JT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a surprisingly good Japanese restaurant on a fairly nondescript Lincoln Park street corner of Racine and Fullerton. Combining both izakaya, noodle dishes, and sushi, it builds on their highly rated sister restaurant in the South Loop on Clark. The ambiance is simple with a somewhat incongruous (but fun) collection of a dozen or so old-timey radios on display. Service was friendly and very efficient with lots of helpful suggestions about the menu. We were there with another couple so could sample from several parts of the menu, starting with spicy edamame and pork gyoza ($6 for 6) before moving on to shrimp and vegetable tempura ($11), and skewers of hanger steak and pork shoulder ($6 for two skewers). Excellent quality and really good value for money. Think Momotaro for about half the cost (and you can have a conversation!). We finished with a few rolls, including the Chicago roll ("Tuna, salmon, white fish, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, wrapped w/black tobiko and crunchy topped w/honey miso sauce"), which was excellent with wonderful quality fish. Drinks are similarly affordable, with all wine bottles priced in the $30's and draft sake at $6 for 180 mL. The four of us had more food than we could eat, a bottle of NZ Sauvignon Blanc and 3 carafes of sake for $135 before tip. Really great value. Highly recommended new neighborhood gem!

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LL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for dinner with a friend on a Friday night and have raved about it ever since! Very cute spot right in Lincoln Park, basically next to Depaul. We split 4 sushi rolls which were all excellent and it was served in a huge round bowl with cute decorations. The people next to us ordered ramen and it looked AMAZING. Will definitely be ordering that next time I go!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

You need to check out their affordable and delicious lunch specials. The quality of the fish and the food is outstanding and the decor is lovely.

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MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

You must get the bacon wrapped tomatoes. Two skewers of 3 grape tomatoes each wrapped in thick slices of bacon and on a syrupy tare sauce. $6 and great. should have gotten another order

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