Umami Burger - Pasadena

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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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MN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service!

E
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Service was excellent. Everyone was very kind. However, the food and ambience has gone downhill. The chairs were unclean, the wall decor was peeling at the edges. My burger was tasty but the buns were inedible (dry, chewy and crumbling apart). I love Umami burger and I will still frequent the downtown locations but will have to go elsewhere when in Pasadena.

M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Was not a fan of the truffle burger. Normally I am with truffle flavored items but not this time. The sides were on point and the others in my party had sunny side and umami burger which they both liked.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great dining experience. We were a party of 4. Service was attentive even though it was busy. Burgers were from good to very delicious. Cocktails were interesting and tasty. Fried appetizers were crunchy and didn’t taste greasy.. I liked the music they were playing.

S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Impossible Burger is the best burger! Vegan or not!

AD
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The burger albeit tasty was pricey. Service was good; kind of a noisy eatery. Probably won’t go back...

MK
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This place was just ok. The food was average. I prefer the burgers at Red Robin. There is no ambiance at this location. The maple bacon old fashioned tasted strange. There was a bug crawling across our table that I was trying to get rid of while the waitress was standing there. She didn’t seem to notice or mind. My wife and I tried it because of a Travelzoo deal. I have no need to go back.

GE
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good but service was extremely slow despite almost no other customers. Building needs help, bathrooms iffy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server appeared new to the job so we waited quite a long time to get straws, condiments and food. When our food finally arrived, after 30 minutes of wait time, our burgers were already cold.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

So disappointed! Umami has changed so much unfortunately :( they don’t even have their special ketchup anymore cause for some reason they thought it would be great idea to make it vegan ketchup. I was literally so annoyed when I heard this as they had such a special ketchup. I’m not a fan of their new management. BRING BACK THE OLD UMAMI!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Hostess/ waitress was sweet, we were having very open conversations, her recommending things etc, good environment, and food! The chicken sandwich is so good. Will be coming back again

NA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great burgers, loved the Brussel sprouts

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've visited umami plenty times in the past, so for us it was a nice little date to a place we knew had great food. We loved the seasonal burger.

PF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We arrived at 11:45 and there was only 1 waitress working the lunch shift and it appeared only 1 cook. Both employees were doing the very best they could but it was busy. I don’t understand how they could only have 1 server working at lunch time. It was almost 1 by the time I got out of there and we didn’t receive our appetizer until after we received our lunch. It was my first time here and I was not impressed.

H
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

It's like a coffee shop...no ambience....hard chairs & booths. Food was way overpriced & burgers not
half as good as In & Out.

VK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The hamburger (a Waygu burger) was very good, although with no sides whatsoever, it was overpriced. The salad was average, the brussels sprouts were drenched in oil. The ambience is horrible; bright lights, formica feel.

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Went for the Impossible burger. Told the truffle version was the one to get by the waiter. It was awful. Heavy greasy and a gooey mess. The burger lives up to the hype that it tastes like meat but the rest-you can have it. Not impressed an overly priced for what we received. 2 burgers, truffle cheese fries, also nothing to write home about and 1 glass of wine, with a tip, almost $60. Never again.

j
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The chicken sandwich was really good.

C
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great burgers. A little pricey by the time you add in extras, but the burgers can't be beat! The Umami ketchup is super yummy!!!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Love Umami! Food and drinks never disappoint! Only complaint would be that we really wished this location’s interior decor and ambiance matched the gourmet level of food and excellent level of service.

S
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but nothing spectacular.

A
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Manly burger was very good. Service very poor and value for money very low.

C
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We got several burgers to share so we could get a taste of all the best offerings here. The Umami burger was everyone's favorite at our table. We also loved the french fries with gravy and short ribs, yummy! And don't skip the "Adult" root beer float; "hard" root beer with lucious ice cream, what a great dessert!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for late night after my brothers graduation and loved it! Casual but elevated food. Love all the djfferent sauces and unique burgers

r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

food was good, they were out of things that I had originally wasted to order. Waitress talked way to fast and not loud enough for noise level. Food and drinks great concept, me and my gf both agreed too much sauce on burgers though. Definite second visit though all in all.

TG
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Medium Rare was completely rare.

JD
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The impossible burger was delicious! Makes converting over to veganism more of a possibility for me. Would recommend to all!

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been a vegetarian for almost 10 years. This is the best veggie burger I've ever had!!!

E
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Cali Burgers Anywhere! Outstanding wait staff - not only was our order perfect, but we could see them perfectly balance time with other patrons as well

T
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Onion rings were mostly greasy tempura. Not my favorite. I liked the Brussels sprouts but otherwise the food was not that great. The full bar might appeal to those that want drinks and a hamburger.

DB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I recently discovered The Impossible Burger at Umami Burger in Pasadena, and now I'm hooked! It's an entirely plant based burger that looks like meat, tastes like meat, smells like meat, chews like meat, and is simply delicious! Even my non-vegetarian friends were knocked out by them! That alone is reason to return often, but, in addition, the cocktails are good, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is lively. It's rather loud, so it's not the place to go for an intimate conversation, but it's a fun place.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

tried the impossible burger. liked it i don't eat meat.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My "manly burger" was great and my girlfriend really enjoyed her "Impossible burger."

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the late night social hour with $7 cocktails and $3 truffle fries. They also have $6 starters and $4 drafts. The servers are very friendly and attentive. They have the impossible burger, the vegetarian burger that "bleeds." Located in Old Town parking in the garage on Raymond and Green is easy.

J
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Needs air conditioning too hot. Not comfortable. Comfort is very important.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent burgers, fries, sauces, and salads. We had the Impossible! vegetarian burger and it was fantastic! Attentive service, clean and tidy, friendly atmosphere, hand-crafted cocktails, and tasty food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed Umami Burger. We had the " Impossible Burger" it was great! I would not have guessed it was meatless. Definitely going back to try again.

P
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at this location.... had a good experience from starters to main courses followed by dessert.

JL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The burgers were just ok. $60 for 2 burgers, couple of sides, and a kid's meal.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very lovely spot to grab a meal! I really didn't know what to expect since this was our first time, but by the end of dinner I was felt satisfied. I would definitely tell friends about this place and will be visiting again.

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