Umami Burger - Oakland

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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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LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food never disappoints at Umami, but our poor waiter was barely able to keep up as there only appeared to be two people working a busy lunch shift. Just needed a little more help during the lunch shift.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was tasty, but small portions for price. Nice selection of food to choose from.

H
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made midweek lunch reservations for my adult daughter and myself. We shared plates and benefited from flexible luncheon specials that offered vegetarian and meat options that included beverages. We arrived early and were seated immediately! Very friendly staff. Yummy food and we so enjoyed our meal! Thanks Umami Burger!

SF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had the Manly Burger. Outstanding flavor! The fryer was down the day we visited, though...

J
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for business lunch for 2-6 people. Definitely try the impossible burger!

JV
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server helped me navigate various dietary restrictions. Food was fresh and high quality.

d
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious burger and side dishes! Nice ambiance and friendly service.

KH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it here. The employees are nice the food is nice everything is great

LH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The burgers were delicious as were the fries. A little pricey for me to go back there more frequently for lunch, but their happy hour is nice.

PN
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I read several of the reviews as this was my first time there. We had lunch there and everything was great, our server was wonderful and helpful, the burger I had was excellent and I don't really eat burgers so I was really surprised it was so good, I went home and recommended to several of our peeps that work in the area there. We also had the asparagus - yummy! Noise level was what should be expected for an open forum so it didn't bother me, after all it's a burger place! My experience was great and I intend to return and bring friends.

BK
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The deep fried asparagus is to die for and the classic burger contains just about every umami-loaded item you can imagine - parmesan cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions and beef. Go hungry and expect warm, friendly, and efficient service.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. It was busy but no one greeted us on arrival to table and we had to ask and wait for everything from water, drinks, food order... Food was just ok and overpriced.

F
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great hamburgers. I was excited about the cheesey tater tots but love the tempura asparagus better. But overall very good. Not great wine selection.

K
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Both meat and Impossible burgers are great. A little pricey but a discount coupon makes the value right.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food ! The truffle cheese is just perfect

C
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wow! Great burgers, and the best onion rings I’ve ever had.

e
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The poor reviews that I read about this place are more than justified. The patty on my burger was absolutely tasteless.

DL
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always great. Thin fries are amazing and the Truffle Burger is always very tasty. My friend had the Manly Burger and she thought it was the best burger she had ever eaten.

AF
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Not what I expected. Decent drink menu and food was fine. But a total “joint” and not really a restaurant.

MA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A great place to grab a burger with a twist. Also a great place to grab fries and beers. Give it a try.

S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

I would recommend this restaurant but with exact information about MY experience.

MG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love those truffle fries. The burgers were good - our party had 1 beef burger, 2 ahi burgers and 1 chicken burger. The ahi burgers got the best reviews.
We did like the ice cream sandwiches except mine was frozen solid. I had to wait several minutes to eat it.
The service was great.
I’ll go back for those truffle fries!

BE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We really enjoyed the burger, but the service, though friendly, was painfully slow. We ordered apps and burgers at 6:20. The apps arrived a little after 7:00 (actually, one of the apps never arrived), and the burgers closer to 7:15. A "quick burger" place this is not.

RD
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was 10 min late due to traffic. Waited 10 more min for hostess/manager to come to front. Told us he gave away our table and would put us at back of waistline with 30 min wait. Walked across the street to a fantastic Mexican restaurant without wait or reservations. Manager and restaurant too arrogant for burgers. First disappointment with Open Table. Try the Mexican place across the street. Amazing place.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was okay but better when they first opened a few yrs ago.. Service was slow-- had to ask to for silverware and the check. Looked like only 1-2 servers for entire place n it was full-- maybe at most 50% capacity

RS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found a new "go to" pre-concert spot. Only a couple blocks and an easy walk from the Fox and the Paramount, this place is a hidden gem. The truffle burger, bliss! The truffle tater tots, double bliss!!

Great service on top of great food!!

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Disappointed with the whole thing. We’ve been here many times before events at Paramount and know it can get super busy. Made a reservation for 6:00, got there 6:05 and were seated quickly with menus. Server very nice but clearly busy. Two simple burgers, two drinks-food arrived 6:50,drinks arrived AFTER we had finished our food & made at least three requests for our drinks. Bummer

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We just came back from Anaheim and ate at the Umami Burger there and it was spectacular. Unfortunately, the Oakland location is nothing like it. The salad was over dressed the lettuce cups where terrible (nothing like the first time) and the burgers so so. The prices are pretty high, so we expected more.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 1

They noted they don’t do opentable reservations on Saturday’s which was annoying. While we were able to get a table, probably would’ve chosen to eat elsewhere and get open table points

OA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

The Burger was sooooo great, but the service pushed the product to the bottom of our experience, Management clearly does not know how to staff appropriately, there were four people trying to serve more than 100 demanding customers. I'm willing to pay more for the burger to cover Jose's hourly rate, trust us!!!!

HL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Service was remarkably slow. Had to wait almost an hour to get two burgers and two kids meals. Food was very tasty, and the server was extremely nice and apologetic about the kitchen’s delay. Not sure I would go back though because of the time it took.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a 6:30 reservation and had a 7:30 show at the Paramount. Got there at 6:25 and learned they had not held our reservation because "it got busy." They said it would be a 40 minute wait with no apology.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We came here 75 minutes before a show a block away (with a reservation). It took us 15 minutes to be seated. When we were seated, we told the waitress about our timeline and that we wanted to order quickly. We ordered and waited 50 minutes and the food still hadn't arrived, at which point we had to cancel our order. It was insane. I have literally never had to cancel an order in my life!

TB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our department was debuting a new intern so we decided to debut this restaurant, as I've walked past it many a time and thought "why not"? Given it was paid for by somebody else, I did not concern myself with how much my burger, fries and tea cost, and just let the experience soak away.... Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, the food was tasty and filling, it wasn't too loud in there, and it felt as if we were on the edge of hipness, if not exactly drowning ourselves in it.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

When we got there for our reservation, there were only 2 other tables of guests. We eventually got our drinks, but we waited an hour and still hadn't gotten appetizers. Our waitress ghosted us. We tried to get change to pay for our drinks, but couldn't get any staff to assist. We finally just walked out.

OT
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and the burger menu was awesome. The service and atomsphere was great. A good spot for the Paramount Theater access. Easy and convenient

t
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I would have given 5 stars overall but for a Saturday afternoon it took a while for the hostess to seat us. About 7 mins until we were even acknowledged and an additional 5 mins until we were seated. However once we were seated our server was great, very attentive and answered all our questions as first timers. So to the woman that has blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail thank you. You were great! Because of you I’d come back.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was great food and drinks but was sad a lot of items on the menu and beers they did not have / out of stock — seems unprofessional to be out of so many things on a Saturday night peak dinner time. But other than that love this place and it’s vibes always good dinner and obsessed with truffle cheese fries!! Service is always fast and prompt and friendly too. I recommend this place to anyone who loves burgers.

BW
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Bad food and bar at high prices. Umami burger ordered as medium was severely over cooked, dry as sawdust. No garnishes on the otherwise empty plate. Initial bartender service was good. But replacement guy had to search internet on his phone for how to make a martini and I ended up with more of a gin old-fashioned

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Went on Saturday, Dec 8th at 7:30pm. Waited 45 minutes for food, before walking out. Service was non-existent. The place was not that busy. Staff needs training on serving customers.

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