Umami Burger - Santa Monica

4.5
149 Reviews
$30 and under
Burgers
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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QtheZen
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious 😋 Vegan Truffle Burger 🍔 was my favorite. 👍🏾

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vipBluegreenSonia
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I just didn’t care for the food and left hungry and cranky. I know this place is beloved but I guess not by me....

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AmberR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing server (male in his mid/late 40's) Wonderful food and brought out a vegan birthday shake. Was a wonderful experience! Highly reccommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on my own for a quick bite! Spectacular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were brought the wrong order, and they had run out of coffee. Food was great and staff very friendly.

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vipBobkat
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Delicious impossible burger and umami burger. They don’t have tea bags....? Waitress was unimpressive... couldn’t find a smile and we were her only table. Restaurant was cold inside. Enjoyed the food but $40 for lunch for just two burgers was pricy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience3

Server was noticeably stoned. Forgot multiple things.. 30 mins before another server had to come take our order and then he did the whole good bye and thank you without giving us our credit cards back! We had to try to flag down another server again who finally found our server 5 mins later. We started the meal with “hi were trying to make a movie on the next 1 hour 20. That should not have been a problem at a burger joint!!

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vipLovin43
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dine at Umami Burger every time we are in Santa Monica. Had the Beefy burger (formerly known as the Manly) and didn't disappoint. Server was friendly and courteous. Fries and onion rings were delish!

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vipBethK
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The night our group was there the server was spread thin and our service was slow. Some of our bugers came out cold and one burger has to be reordered twice until the right order came out.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday family mid way
Nice place to meet, easily accessible
Everything was tasty
Service was great

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vipdarailise
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good food but inattentive waitstaff.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming for years however they just changed the menu. No more hatch burger. Manyly is called beefy and added BBQ sauce?? Seemed like some other classics were missing too. Newbies wouldn't know better but us vets can be disappointed with the changes overall still good though

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating good news!

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MeowMistiDawn
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stu is the best! we live local and he always takes wonderful care anytime we come in!

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almac
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We loved the Impossible burger, so good! We also received an outstanding service from Kiara! Thank you again

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food great but two mistakes on the order for 4 people (were fixed promptly) but didn’t impress

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ReneeR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

For a place that specializes in burgers- the burger was just ok, the patty to small and completely overpriced. I was disappointed.

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CatherineM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellents burgers même pour ceux qui n'aiment pas trop cela d'habitude. Serveur très sympa.

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Josh
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Waitress seemed to care less that we were there to eat, and seemed annoyed by our presence. Food was ok but nothing to write home about.

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soHoboken
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing I mean amazing veggie burger. 🤟🏻🤟🏻🤟🏻

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The worst on every level. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 8:00 pm. Waiter never around. Totally missing in action. Had to get up and walk to the bar to get my drink filled. The establishment was not busy and there several empty tables.

The meat in the burger is tasteless, turned me off looking at a it, and was overwhelmed in taste by Velveeta-type yellow cheese. Horrible. The fries and sweet potato fries were good, as were the Brussels sprouts and the “UFO” dessert. We had the “Dine L.A.” menu. I will NEVER go back. I urge folks to go to PONO BURGER for a quality burger. NOT UMAMI.

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vipAxelG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We arrived at Umami hoping to participate in their DINELA menu for July 2019. However, upon our arrival, the hostess said "Dine-what?" We explained what DineLA was and she said she'd talk to her manager. She never did talk to a manager, I think, since no one ever came over to talk to us, except for a waiter. We told him we wanted to do DineLA, and he said "Oh, we're not doing that this year." We showed him the DineLA website with the Umami Burger DineLA Menu, and he said "Uh, let me go talk to the manager." Then he disappeared and no one came to talk to us. We waited about ten minutes, and then we got up and left. Went to another restaurant nearby where they had DineLA and had a very nice time. This whole incident indicated to us that the management at this location is not on the ball. They should have been prepared for DineLA, and when they say "We're going to talk to a manager," they should actually talk to a manager and have someone come over and talk to the customers in question. Maybe they weren't doing DINELA and the website was in error, but someone should have come talked to us a lot sooner if so. As it was, we were sitting there for a LONG time, trying to be patient, and no one ever came back to us. Their water was very nice though. So that's the food rating I gave.

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LesleyS
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Funky place and popular at weekends so be sure to book. The vegetarian "Impossible burger" is amazing, as are the skinny fries

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vistorfromcali
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Server had a hard time keeping up with our large party (14 people) even though we had a reservation. We were able to split the table into two tabs (rather than dividing the final check in two) but it was difficult for the server to manage. One half of the table was never bused after our main meal and we ended up putting the dirty dishes on the bar ourselves. Infrequent visits back to check on drink orders, even though the restaurant was not full.

Calamari and asparagus were excellent. Ahi "burger" was very good. Others at my table said the beef burgers were nothing special. Was hoping for more.

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Srayn
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was average. Overpriced. Small portions. Bad music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger experience ever! Cuisine was fresh, unique and flavorful. The staff was attentive and kind. Will return on our next visit to Santa Monica!

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vipNapaDiner44
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The impossible vegan bbq is amazing.

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SevgiKafali
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the ultimate bacon burger, and it tasted amazing! I also recommend their Umami Heat cocktail.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We enjoyed a few sliders, burgers, and a variety of truffle fries. We were seated quickly, but took some time to be seen for drinks. Once our drink and appetizer order was taken, it did take quite a while to receive the appetizer so we were getting a bit hangry. We eventually got our food and the server was rather attentive afterwards.

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vipOldSchool
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the price of the burger. On the expensive end when you think of it being a burger house, but the food is good, both the burgers and all the appetizers.

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vipNapaDiner44
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious vegan options as usual I wish they still carried the "get up offa that brown" beer. That was an awesome pairing.

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saya437
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We came here for my birthday lunch with coworkers and overall it was a pretty good experience. They already had a large table set up for us and the service was consistent and attentive. We ordered the chicken lollipops, tempura asparagus and brussel sprouts to share and they were all pretty fantastic. For the main course, I ordered the Impossible truffleburger and was a little disappointed. The bun was a little hard and not that tasty and I decided I much prefer real beef over the fake kind. I also couldn't really taste much of the truffle flavor. The thin fries were excellent but the sweet potato fries were sugared with cinnamon and tasted like churros (which are fine but not your traditional sweet potato fry). I would still come again and order a regular burger off the menu.

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NancyR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

The food was good but the atmosphere and service were mediocre at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Been here a few times, and each time our experience gets worse and worse :( Considering the location of this Umami, you'd think they'd have heaps of staff working both the front of house, and kitchen but NO!

When we checked-in, the greeter was nice enough, but showed us to a table that was 2 short of our party size, as we walked past dirty tables, and impatient customers.

We were forced to stand around for 5 minutes, while another table was found, finally we were seated at an appropriate table our server was extremely over the top in friendliness, probably in an attempt to hide how crap the service is.

Our burgers were on their way to the table, when one of the severs dropped a couple of then on the floor, making a huge scene - who cares, it happens. But then our waiter came back with an extra glass of water (we'd hardly touched our original waters), as he thought that'd help the situation.

Water?! For dropping half of our food on the floor?! No fries, or comp burger?! Just a glass of half ice to water?! Ok then... When our food did actually arrive, 2 of the burgers, and the fries were room temperature - but we were in a bit of a hurry, so didn't complain.

The fries were also missing the famed umami ketchup, and didn't arrive when initially asked about. Our waiter then brought 2 sides of ketchup, which was extremely wasteful, as we'd almost finished them by the time we got ketchup.

At the end of the meal, the obligatory question about the quality meal was asked, we said very clearly that we were abhorred by the lack of a proper staff, dirtiness of tables, and no tp - we were never going to return! At this point, an opportunity for reconciliation had arisen for the waiter, but nothing, nothing came to mind but "Oh, uh, sorry..." as if no one had ever given him bad news in his life.

We mean it, won't be back. And we love Umamai. Sad.

1/10

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vipAGRDC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Burgers and fries are excellent. On both occasions I have visited, service has been sub-par.

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CameronN
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Unfortunately, for the amount that you pay, it’s not worth it.

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vipSoorajA
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Umami used to be awesome. HiHo cheeseburger is much better

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BrianB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent! The burgers are amazing and the sides pleased us all. I will definitely be coming back the next time I am in town.

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AliC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great, service not so much. Had to wait 20 min even though we had a reservation. Took 15 min to get a beer.

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Sophiakpei
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good spot for a gourmet burger with friends -- I'm a huge fan of their truffle burger

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Umami Burger - Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Umami Burger - Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 451-1300.

Umami Burger - Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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