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About Permanently Closed - Umami
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Umami is a trendy Japanese restaurant and bar that specializes in inventive sushi dishes and contemporary cuisine. The multi-level restaurant features a sushi bar, a full-service bar and large private booths for intimate gatherings or special occasions. Umami is a great place to meet up with friends for an evening out or to enjoy a casual date.
Umami serves a wide range of classic and inventive sushi rolls, sashimi and nigiri for guests to enjoy. The menu also features a variety of dishes like Ahi poke tacos, albacore tataki, pot stickers and Wakame seaweed salad. The full-service bar offers an array of imported Japanese beers, sake and wine as well as specialty cocktails.
San Francisco, CA 94123
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; bar open up to 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
There is both street parking and public lots very close to Umami.
Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate private parties of 18-70 or more depending on your needs. We have a private room, and the added benefit of two floors where either one or both can be utilized for a private function.
Private Party Contact:
Stryker Scales, email@example.com,: (415) 346-3431
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
SUMO HOUR: 50% off all wine and special kitchen menu, 5:30pm - 7pm
Umami - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
I love the food at Umami, and I appreciate that it has a full bar. It's a great place to take guests because its fare is fresh and unusual, and everyone can have their favorite beveridge. Moreover, the food is presented beautifully, so each dish is its own little art form with lot's of layers of flavor! Yum!
I had heard that Umami was sometimes loud and requested to be put in one of the upstairs booths becaus I was looking for a low-key dinner with family. It was perfect!! The booths are removed from the bar scene of the restaurant (which looked hip and fun for a different occassion) and the service was amazing.
The Happy Hour is outstanding. They serve several of their popular appetizers and rolls for half-price. Also available are wine by the bottle at half-price. The Sumo Happy Hour is every day of the week before 7 pm. I particularly reccomend the spicy tuna roll.
Top notch food for this upscale neighborhood level of restaurant - fresh, creative, tasty, with a lot of edible flourishes and extras on most orders (e.g., noodle soup had a side of quail egg, pork belly, steamed carrot and other garnishes; pot stickers had a side of beet salad; etc). Table reservation was honored promptly; table service was friendly and outstanding; menu was explained in just enough detail. Mostly young and beautiful patrons contribute to a lively loud scene, but everyone treated us (middle aged group) with great respect, attention and a wonderful attitude. We used to be regulars for decades at Yoshida-ya at this location; this replacement is a real gem and perfect for today.
Every item listed on the sumo hour menu were exceptionally good, especially the prices.
Their tempura, potstickers, sliders, teriyaki chicken and black cod were prepared perfectly and scrumptious. Sushi rolls were deliciously good. Excellent location and
friendly environment and wonderful ambience. Perfect for after work and small bites and
will not hurt your wallet.
We loved the ambiance and the wait staff and bartender were all professional. The wait staff were well informed and were able to guide us through the menu. The food was a little confusing with its cross-Asian favors. With a name like Umami I thought it would be a Japanese restaurant. There was a definitely a Western bend to the food.
Our entrees were, in short, spectacular. I goggled a bit at buying ramen noodles in a restaurant setting, but they were the best ramen noodles I have ever had. Cup noodles are shredded cardboard in comparison. I'm impressed they're using actual Japanese nira and not scallions.
The appetizers, not so much. The potstickers (greasy) and edamame hummus (way too much cumin) failed the "CIMBAH" test (could I make it better at home). The sliders, while they were quite delicious, felt overdressed. The point of kobe (I'm guess actually Wagyu) beef is to taste it, not to cover it with kiware sprouts, radish slices, fancy mustard, grilled onions, and so on. Way too much stuff. Would have been better on the side.
We had 3 different waiters/servers. the first waitress who took our order was great; the mail server was clueless and the 2nd female server was rude and condescending. when they failed to bring our water or cocktail halfway thru the meal, she was unapologetic and patronizing. later, she asked, "happy now?" in a snooty way. the first waitress came over and apologized.
The unnecessary rudeness hurt the experience. there's no reason a waitress should treat a customer so poorly.
Happy Hour was a great deal but the rolls were a little dry and lacking flavor.We had a guest join us late and our server told her she couldn't order anything because they had another party that needed our table.After my 15 years working in fine dining, I understand the predicament but their handling of it was amateurish and rude.The decor was gorgeous, but I'd have preferred to have great food and service.
The sushi rolls stand out amongst the many sushi restaurants in town. Service was fantastic for us adults and our kids- who were in a demanding mood. The wine list was well done with no "filler" bottles. And the pre-7pm, 1/2 price bottles will make this one of our frequent go-to spots.
I eat here at least once a month and never have a bad experience. This last time wasn't bad either, but I think because we ate on a Sunday, the food wasn't as great as normal. We normally go in on a Monday or Tuesday, so the food is fresher. Not sure if it was just an off day or if it was because it was Sunday, but I don't think I will go back on a Sunday.
I took my husband for his birthday and it was delicious. We went during their happy hour and found the prices of the sushi rolls very reasonable. Most rolls were about $4 each and the portions were substantial. Some of our favorite items were the edamame hummus,shrimp roll, and potato crab cakes. We tried the tapioca pudding with cocunut icecream for dessert and that was also quite tasty. The noise level of the restaurant was nice with light music playing in the background. We were a little disappointed when we ran out of pita for our hummus, were offered more, but were charged $2 for it. We reasoned it was worth it though since it seemed that the bread was specially baked and served warm.
The reservations were at 8 not 8 30. It is always annoying when u make a reservation at 8 get there ten to 8 and have to wait at the bar to be seated for 30 minutes if the place is that far behind a few complimentary drink are in order.
Also the hostess was a little unfriendly and not dressed like a hostess
Was just decent. Have been before and was more impressed those times.
Too loud where we were seated. Service was terrible - brought everything in wrong order (didn't bring soup, tea and edamame until way after the meal had started and been served, then table was way too full, not friendly, etc). Food was just decent. Miso soup unflavorful - too bland. Not anxious to go back...
The food was wonderful. I love their sushi and have a very hard time getting sushi somewhere else now that I have eaten there. The service was ok. There was cork in my wine and I asked the server to bring me a new glass of wine and she did, but there was still cork in it. It looked like the same glass. We also sat around a lot waiting for our server. She wasn't very attentive. I understand that it was busy, but it was bad. Overall though, it was a great experience. I will definitely go back time and time again. LOVE the sushi.
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