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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The bathrooms were gross.

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viprhino
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The drinks came out way after the food and that was after we asked twice. It was not busy so there was no excuse for the delay. Also, I didn’t like the fact that our server kept trying to up sell my girlfriend on a margarita that she insisted she didn’t want. I hadn’t been to this place in over 5 years and I’m not sure I will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was lacking e.g had to ask for water, they forgot my beer and the salad was not good and had too much dressing - I had the Caesar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Too slow to get the food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Servers and manager didn’t seem to care. In looking at the reviews online this seems to be the norm. Corporate should be forced to suffer through this experience. Seems like they are just paying lip service in responding to reviews. I’m not sure how they stay in business.

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AlexG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great spot. We stopped here before a show at The Fox.... the burgers were outstanding, and the Load ‘Em fries, forgetaboutit! We’ll be back!

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DavidS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Our food never arrived!

After about 45 minutes we were informed that the chef quit and the manager was no where to be found. I felt so bad for the wait staff and bartender, they basically told customers that their food would never arrive so all of the customers in the packed restaurant left.

My husband and I were grabbing a bite before a show across the street, needless to say we went to the show hungry.

Get your act together and have a plan B for situations like this! I’ll never dine at any Umami again.

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JackieR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The waiter needed help. He was great considering the number of tables he had to deal with. The meal, ambiance, etc. was fine.

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vipBayareabosoxfan
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I have gone to Umami Burger dozens of time. There were dishes on the menu that I couldn't wait to eat. There was an alcoholic drink on the menu that had become my favorite. So, imagine my surprise and disappointment to find that they had completely revamped their menu and that my favorites were no longer on the menu. When I asked for the drink, I was informed that the bartender didn't know how to make it. How could such a popular drink that had been on the menu for years be something that the bartender now didn't know how to make?

I truly wish that Umami Burger would bring back the items deleted on the current menu. Otherwise, it may be time to find an alternative restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The server was friendly and he never made us hurry after eating, so we enjoyed hanging out in there.

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vipPaige
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We've had friends rave about Umami, so we decided to scratch our burger itch and make it there. Burgers were meh - really not a ton of flavor, which was readily apparent on the one burger we ordered without a bun. The meat itself was a pretty bland, no char or crust...just okay. The other burger had good additions to it (bbq sauce, for one), but was underwhelming at about 4 ounces and $15 and not a ton of flavor. We're happy to pay $15 for a burger that makes us say YUM, but this...not so much. Service was super odd - after being in the nearly empty restaurant for over 5 minutes, we wondered if there was even table service. The server herself seemed uncomfortable with human interaction, while the bartender was REALLY into it and very enthusiastically delivered my husband's beer (after finding out that two of the five beers on tap didn't exist)...the bartender and his delivery were the best part of the whole night.

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LauraH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for happy hour and enjoyed several dishes including tempura asparagus, kimchi Brussels sprouts and the French fries. Delicious!

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LauraH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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Hagabe22
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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vipSeanF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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Jaylo
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipJVSF
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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dbone1d
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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KierraH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LauraH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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PamelaN
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipBKB38
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Julf
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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vipFoodywithwine
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipKevin
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food ! The truffle cheese is just perfect

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vipCarmela
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipelliott
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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

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DonnaL
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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AndersF
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

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

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MaryAnnSF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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vipSusan
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

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

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vipMsriaGF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipBobE
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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.

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vipRajD
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

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

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vipRSmith
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!

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ladyS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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.

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