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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DP
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is really goo except that the burgers were rare at best even though they were ordered medium.

B
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meal. Pricey but worth it. No one makes the Impossible Burger like Umami Burger. Fresh moist and tastes like a rare hamburger.

FS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Burgers are okay. Definitely over priced and the restaurant is often quite empty when I stop by. If you are wanting a pretty average experience but pay a lot of money... go for it.

s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Where do you begin. Place was almost empty around 615pm. Waiter sits us then disappears. Comes back to fraternize with a table that appears to be the only one he cares about.
Tall African American waiter appeared totally checked out. I asked 3 times for the same soda and my daughters food came out with the cheese still cool and unmelted on her burger.
He never asked about our food even though she didn’t eat it.
He never did any refills and had to be hunted down to get our check. Over all a very poor experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t honor reservation. Not sure if that was a glitch on their end or through OpenTable, but had special event not accepting reservations.

MN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and great service!

E
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

AD
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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
44 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food3service4ambience2

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great burgers, loved the Brussel sprouts

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The chicken sandwich was really good.

C
Los Angeles
182 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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
45 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food but nothing spectacular.

A
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience1

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

C
Los Angeles
182 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Medium Rare was completely rare.

JD
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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