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Umami Cafe - Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR

Umami Cafe - Portland Japanese Garden

4.8
4.8
162 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

The Umami Café provides a place for you to relax and reflect during your visit at the Japanese Garden.
With a design reminiscent of Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple, the Umami Café floats over the hillside and provides views of the area’s natural beauty.
Here, you will experience world class Japanese tea paired with local, hand-crafted Japanese confectionaries.

Please note, Garden admission or membership is required to visit Umami Café. Currently, the Garden is not accepting cash until further notice.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Café, Japanese Speciality

  • Hours of operation

    Business Hours Mon, Wed–Sun 9:30 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 542-9355

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Northwest Portland

  • Parking details

    Metered parking in Washington Parkhttps://japanesegarden.org/parking/

  • Public transit

    Year-round, the Garden is served by TriMet bus #63 which connects to the MAX stations at the Oregon Zoo and Providence Park.Frequent-service buses #15-NW 23rd and #20-Burnside both stop at NW 23rd & Burnside, about a one-mile walk.Red or Blue line MAX train to the Washington Park stop (the Zoo) then take a free Explore Washington Park shuttle.

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. D

    Dalton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So glad I made reservations. I enjoyed amazing tea with traditional delicacies while taking in the beautiful view outside. Very romantic<3. Very very good service as well. And not as expensive as I anticipated at all!

  2. B

    Barbie

    Hawaii

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was absolutely lovely! Staff was very nice; the teas and small bites were very delicious. I hope anyone planning to go there treats it as the zen experience that it can be (and was for us!) by keeping voices low. We appreciated others doing the same. That makes for such a lovely time in that little "treehouse"! ;) We look forward to going again!

  3. MP

    MichaelPDX

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An oasis of calm in a crazy world. The tea and cake selections are limited but wonderful, and the staff makes you feel like you're their only customer.

  4. LC

    LloydC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cafe just sits right at the top of the entrance, after a 5 min hike. Reservation is a must.

  5. T

    Tealover

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful ambience, excellent service! Thank you!

  6. V

    Valuvs2dine

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Worth the wait, worth walking around outside in the rain. Absolutely worth it all around. The cafe is so simple in design. I enjoyed every single aspect of the food and the tea. Wonderful. Oh my, and the popcorn was lightly dusted with salt and wasabi powder. So yummy. I wish they sold it.

  7. SR

    StephanieR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Scrolling the magnificent Portland Japanese Garden and finishing with tea at the cafe is a beautiful experience unlike any other. Can’t wait to return.

  8. KK

    KiarraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sitting on the Cafe balcony is an amazing way to relax and take in the forest after walking around the garden. The tea sets are delicious and a sweet way to end your visit. Make sure to stop by on your next visit!

  9. JA

    JoAnnN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was knowledgeable and kind. Enjoyed my time and a fee different teas.

  10. s

    subhadip

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    beautiful ambience, servers were helpful to explain the dishes

  11. SD

    SusanD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect for a quick pick-me-up of tea and a sweet.

  12. GH

    GretchenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Japanese sweets and perfectly brewed tea in a stylish cafe surrounded by nature. The staff are helpful, friendly, and attentive. The tea is superb! It’s a nice spot for a quiet getaway by oneself.

  13. RW

    RobinW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great location, nice pairing tea set and friendly staff.

  14. N

    Niko

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Didn't realize when making the reservation that we could also request to be outside. Once we got there, we were lucky enough to snag a table on the terrace which was perfect. The tea and daifuku were delicious and the staff polite and helpful. Great way to wrap up a visit to the garden.

  15. JE

    JimE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely venue, food and service. Loved the hand towels!

  16. KC

    KatyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Small, mostly sweet snacks with tea in a beautiful garden, with amazing service.

  17. K

    Kathy

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A perfect part of a visit to the garden. The view is beautiful and the tea is a lovely addition to the garden experience.

  18. BA

    BrookeA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely snack and tea after a visit to the beautiful garden.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary trip

  20. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    All the café offers is tea and sweets. The interior, while nice and simple, is all flat reflective surfaces, which means it's noisy.

  21. VR

    VickiR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Tasty treats with tea in a lovely setting, friendly service. Options for sitting indoors (noisier) or outdoors on the patio (covered from rain). Seemed a little over-priced for a snack with tea, but very delicious!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful and relaxing. Good prices and good tea and food. Friendly and attentive staff.

  23. CB

    CelinaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the service, ambiance, and the tea. Everything was a breathtaking experience. Thank you to Marilan for taking very good care of us and for your patience with all our questions!

  24. J

    Jordan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible tea experience with exceptional service.

  25. C

    Christine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious tea and sweets in a gorgeous outdoor setting.

  26. PD

    PDXBearDad

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Near perfect experience. Sencha tea and cake, lightly raining and sitting on the covered deck of the cafe. Dress warmly and enjoy the patter of the rain and the way the damp air muffles the sounds around you. Near perfect, because the obnoxious couple at the next table were grousing about having to sit outside in the cold and rain and how the menu didn't describe anything and they had to either ask or look it up on Google. I acknowleged their presence and then, after a few minutes, realized how sorry I felt for them for missing the beauty and peacefulness around them and chose to focus my mind on enjoying my tea and surroundings rather than spending it on them.

  27. EF

    EmilyF

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful experience for my out of town guests to the Japanese Garden!

  28. CC

    ChelseaC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Umami Cafe is a beautiful, peaceful and immersive experience at the Portland Japanese Garden. After touring the gardens, a tea set and fun company is appreciated! I will definitely return!

  29. y

    yougogrrl

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat at an outdoor table for 2. Perfect. Ordered tea sets (tea and a snack) as well as umami popcorn. Quite nice. Reservations are a must Plan ahead for a nice ending to the garden tour

  30. BB

    BethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful, atmospheric, tranquil space. Staff are very attentive. While menu was not familiar to us, as was our first visit, was flavorful. Would recommend without hesitation.

  31. TI

    TejanaInTown

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a lovely, small tea house that feels like a treehouse. The menu is small and to some may seem a little pricey but the quality is top notch. Very relaxing and calm.

  32. EG

    EagleGirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    I love getting a tea service during a visit to the garden! I highly recommend a timed entry ticket about 1.5 prior to your reservation, which gives you time to explore everything including the gift shop, then have tea, then do one more walk-through if you'd like before you leave. The tea was lovely and it's fun to try new things you've never had before. It's tea and a sweet treat, so don't expect a full meal.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It's always a pleasant experience at Umami Cafe. The tea and the snack treat food is top notch plus the service is attentive and friendly. The setting can't be beat, within the Japanese Garden and perched at the top of the hill entrance path, just perfectly dreamy.

  34. P

    Peggy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! Very close to the experience of Japanese culture. Definitely recommended!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting and site seeing

  36. DS

    DianeS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at the Umami Cafe adds the perfect touch to your Japanese Garden experience. The tea and cakes were delicious and the atmosphere was tranquil. Prices are modest and service was excellent. There are drink options for people who don't want tea. Reserve before you go as seating is limited.

  37. Y

    Ymiki

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Wish I lived closer so I can visit more often.

  38. AT

    AnnT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh tea, delicious food, and knowledgeable and attentive service.

  39. B

    Bayareatraveler

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely as always

  40. CR

    CathyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Japanese cheesecake! The tea our server suggested to pair with it was fantastic too. Besides being pleasant, our server had interesting information for us too! (Did you know each tea has it’s own special style of tea pot & cups!??!) Expensive maybe, but a wonderful treat in a beautiful setting!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Umami Cafe - Portland Japanese Garden is rated 4.8 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Northwest Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Business Hours Mon, Wed–Sun 9:30 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Café, Japanese Speciality

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered parking in Washington Parkhttps://japanesegarden.org/parking/

  • Public transit

    Year-round, the Garden is served by TriMet bus #63 which connects to the MAX stations at the Oregon Zoo and Providence Park.Frequent-service buses #15-NW 23rd and #20-Burnside both stop at NW 23rd & Burnside, about a one-mile walk.Red or Blue line MAX train to the Washington Park stop (the Zoo) then take a free Explore Washington Park shuttle.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access

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