Umami Burger - Costa Mesa

4.4
47 reviews
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At Umami Burger, we’re all about about amplifying your taste buds by dropping some serious umami flavor bombs into our food. It’s not by chance so many people call an Umami Burger the best burger they’ve ever had. And now we go beyond the perfect burger with new menu items like fresh salads, chicken sandwiches, and craveable sides. Whether you’re looking for an enjoyable casual dining experience or hitting your favorite craft beer spot for happy hour, Umami has a surprise for your taste buds.
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1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great server! He was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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TL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the burger which is really tasty and the food came out pretty fast.

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MT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Burgers are delicious! Loaded tater tots are a little too big which makes the cheese overwhelming. Overall very yummy place and a little pricey.

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food quality and taste has really gone DOWN since I last ate there a while ago. We remembered it being so good...definitely NOT anymore. It was a huge disappointment. We are never going back. Our server was nice tho but that’s about it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST BURGERS EVER!
My girlfriend and I come here as often as we can.
It’s our go to “date night” spot every time.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Parking is a nightmare. The place is in a tiny mini-mall and all the spots are usually filled and surrounding lots only allow parking for their customers

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D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!!!

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AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Great beer selection! Try the manly burger!

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BK
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent burger and fries...parking was a hassle.

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R
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this place. Been driving by here every day for over a year and finally have it a try and I’m so mad I haven’t been here earlier. They have vegan and vegetarian options which is why I really wanted to try this place. I got the impossible burger and it was delish! Will be back for sure. Lucky it’s only 2 min from my house :)

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l
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The burger itself was good but I would say this place is overpriced, overrated.

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tried the truffle burger and it was very tasty. I also tried the maple bacon fries and that was yummy goodness.

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DR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choices n price was reasonable. I cant wait to come back again n get some impossible burgers

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L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Hamburger is definitely different flavor , it hits all the senses , little bit pricey but overall is great burger. Parking is bad during dinner. It has free valet parking in the back. Service is great will go again and try different burger on the menu.

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting from Washington for the OC 1/2 marathon and Umami came up on our Google search for burgers. We totally enjoyed the food- delicious! The service and our waitress were great! We would definitely come back again when in the area and have also recommended Umami to our friends that live in California!! Thank you.

Mike and Dawn
Sammamish, WA

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s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy burgers and the help is cute. Can't beat that.

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C
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Love all the vegetarian options! Servers are great and it’s a fun place for a casual meal with FABULOUS tasting food.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Initial service was slow and unwelcoming. Eventually our server got started with us. The food came out promptly. Our waters stay filled. I have been to various Umami locations in LA & prefer them over this location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for the parking, we had a great time there, the host took good care of us and explained everything to us 1st timers. The food was fantastic and we will definitely be back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I ever had

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious.
The waiter was very helpful in explaining menu since our first time there.
He was very attentive and energenic.
Small but great atmosphere.
Had a hard time finding parking on a Sunday.

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MR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You can never go wrong with an amazing burger and a kine beer

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and consistent with most locations but the servers at this location are excellent. Very friendly and efficient.

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i
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is good. One of the few places for the famed Impossible burger. Service could use some work. Don’t blame customers for getting the order wrong, when the kitchen staff came and hand delivered our food and said that they didn’t receive the right instructions from the server. Also, several tables were served before us, despite us being the first to be seated.

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e
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ordered the trio and maple/bacon/sweet potato fries. The trio of sandwich’s were well done and the fries were super sweet. The balance was way off, way too sweet.

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MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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R
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

I made the reservation specifically for a regular table and they ended up sitting us at a bar style table. There was no need to specify a table type in my reservation if they were going to ignore it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a yummie burger and fun with friends or a special date night out!

Enjoyed this place.

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l
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Different, trendy, & great food!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I tried the “Impossible burger” 🍔 and it was very delicious. The best vegetarian burger 🍔 I have ever eaten and paired with tempura onion rings I was in heaven!

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p
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanks for a great “Umai” meal! Our group loved EVERYTHING, especially the maple bacon fries, tempura onion rings, California Samurai and Impossible Burgers!

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MC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Umami was a great experience. The service was extremely good. The Costa Mesa location is rather small so we appreciated being able to make a reservation. The menu is varied and the food amazing. Original, tasty and fun. We will certainly be back!

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

They got my wife's order wrong once and my order wrong twice, and and undercooked my food. They were to pre occupied with being a hipster restaurant than having good service. The waitress didn't even right down what we ordered she just acted like she had it all from memory and all cool like.. and the food ended up being not even that great.

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l
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My first time tasting umami burger and wasn't blown away. Still prefer In N Out. Also didn't like the truffle fries which had a sauce and made the fries soggy. Sweet potato fries were better. Service was very good though, and waiters were friendly and helpful.

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O
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went in to try the new Impossible Burger that is served at this location. It was ok... did not feel as good as it was hyped up to be. Service was good... crowded place.

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c
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

WAY more "ambiance" & a big bar & patio at the Anaheim location. The brussels sprouts and onion rings and thin fries were VERY good, however, I was very disappointed that I did not enjoy the "Cali" burger I had ordered. It came with only about 1 Tbsp of carmelized onions could hardly taste them) and about 1 Tbsp of roasted tomatoes. PLEASE....put MORE onions on your burgers. Our waiter was VERY nice and gave good service. Also note: VERY VERY difficult to find a parking spot here...had to use the valet service :( We will not come back.

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I would have like to have given a higher rating for ambience hit there are just tables and chairs. Our server was fantastic making suggestions and very attentive. The food was great! I'll definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always great service, nice people. Food is excellent.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, hands down my favorite burger. Try the manly burger and cheesy tots ❤

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I've been going to Umami for years. I've been to the locations in Downtown LA, Santa Monica, and the West Village in New York. The food is always awesome and this time was no exception. But the service was absurdly bad. Like we literally thought we might be on candid camera. They didn't attend to us --- a lot of waiting when we didn't have basic things like silverware or when my friend's burger was rare. When he pointed out the burger was uncooked, the waiter looked at him confused and said how did you ask for it? My friend answered medium rare and then the waiter replied "okay so should I take it back and cook it Medium?" as if my friend was being unreasonable when we've all eaten many gourmet burgers and rarely complain about this kind of thing. The meat was literally cold. Then, they brought us a check without a check in it on accident. Just the empty leather booklet. I guess the waiter felt bad about that cause he offered us "waters to go," but that's just bizarre. After so many mistakes, the standard reply in customer service is generally to comp some part of the meal. Anyway...I still love umami but this whole experience was really quite unusual

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