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Umami Cafe - Portland Japanese Garden

4.8
4.8
148 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
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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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  • 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

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

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Menu

Tea Sets

Tokyo-style tea sets featuring classic Japanese teas paired with local, handmade confections

  • Matcha & Koi Stream Kanten$14.00

    • Matcha & Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream$12.00

      Allergens: egg, milk

      • Genmaicha & Manju$11.00

        Allergens: soy, wheat, egg, milk

        • Sencha & Castella$12.00

          Allergens: wheat, egg

          • Hojicha & Chikara Cake$11.00

            Allergens: nuts, tree nuts, egg

            Sweets

            • Matcha & Hojicha Brownies$8.00

              Allergens: tree nuts, wheat, egg, milk

              • Adzuki Cheesecake$9.00

                Allergens: wheat, egg, milk

                • Flight of 3 Mochi Ice Cream$9.00

                  Black Sesame, Green Tea, Mango; Allergens: egg, milk, seed

                  • Umami Popcorn$4.00

                    Allergens: wheat, milk, bonito (fish)

                    Additional Beverages

                    • Mecha Tea$5.00

                      Hot or Iced

                      • Kimino Sparkling Soda$5.00

                        Yuzu (Lemon), Ume (Plum), Ringo (Apple)

                        Last updated: May 25, 2021

                        What 148 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

                        NoiseModerate

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                        1. N

                          Niko

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 1 day ago

                          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.

                        2. JE

                          JimE

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 1 day ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                        3. KC

                          KatyC

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 2 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                        4. K

                          Kathy

                          Portland

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined 3 days ago

                          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.

                        5. BA

                          BrookeA

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 4 days ago

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                        6. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 4 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Anniversary trip

                        7. JH

                          JohnH

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 5 days ago

                          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.

                        8. VR

                          VickiR

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 6 days ago

                          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!

                        9. 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.

                        10. 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!

                        11. J

                          Jordan

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on October 8, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Incredible tea experience with exceptional service.

                        12. C

                          Christine

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on October 7, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious tea and sweets in a gorgeous outdoor setting.

                        13. 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.

                        14. 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!

                        15. 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!

                        16. y

                          yougogrrl

                          New York Area

                          17 reviews

                          5.0

                          17 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

                        17. 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.

                        18. 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.

                        19. 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.

                        20. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          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.

                        21. 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!

                        22. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 22, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Visiting and site seeing

                        23. 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.

                        24. 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.

                        25. AT

                          AnnT

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 20, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                        26. B

                          Bayareatraveler

                          San Francisco

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on September 18, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Lovely as always

                        27. 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!

                        28. N

                          Natasha

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 16, 2021

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          This cafe is lovely. They serve authentic Japanese tea and desserts. Service is impeccable. I wouldn't change a thing about this place.

                        29. AT

                          AnneT

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 13, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Awesome! Will go back anytime! Love to have more savory Japanese item

                        30. S

                          Salty

                          Portland

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on September 13, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great place to relax and share a cup of tea and a treat!

                        31. J

                          Josh

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 11, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The service at the garden cafe was a highlight of my experience. Very friendly individuals work here.

                        32. SS

                          SudhaS

                          Portland

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on September 9, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wish they would bring back their old menu someday . A great experience as always

                        33. L

                          Lunygirl

                          Portland

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 8, 2021

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          Always a pleasure. I love the ambiance and the serene setting.

                        34. DL

                          DavidL

                          Portland

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on September 8, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great place for tea and cakes. Wonderful food; couldn't be in a more beautiful place

                        35. 2

                          2winers

                          Portland

                          56 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          56 reviews

                          Dined on September 6, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This cafe just gets better and better! They do an amazing job at introducing unfamiliar elements of Japan’s food culture to every visitor.

                        36. AB

                          AshleyB

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 5, 2021

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          We loved the tea house. It is not a lot food so probably don’t plan on having lunch there but it’s the perfect midday snack.

                        37. SM

                          StMI

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 5, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Every time we visit the gardens we also try to stop at the Umami Cafe. This was our 2nd visit and both times it has been a fantastic experience, tea, and food. Highly recommend!

                        38. DP

                          DylanP

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 4, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful experience and great drinks and food. Definitely recommend.

                        39. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 4, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Very soothing and quiet, a good compliment to the garden

                        40. VP

                          ViviPearl

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 3, 2021

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          Only tea and snacks served now. I missed the rice and noodles choice they had earlier. Other than that the service are as good as before.

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                        Umami Cafe - Portland Japanese Garden is rated 4.8 stars by 148 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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                        Google Map for Umami Cafe - Portland Japanese Garden

                        611 SW Kingston Ave null Portland, OR 97205-5886

                        • 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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