Umaya

4.4
505 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Umaya, where East meets West in a plethora of Japanese inspired small & large dishes. We focus on drawing from the simplicity of flavor in fresh ingredients, while giving it a Western flair. Specializing on the popular Japanese ‘street food’ - think small 'tapas' style dishes that are easy to share amongst friends & family. Our Izakaya grill features a one of a kind charcoal brick that is imported from Japan & allows for the natural flavors of the proteins & vegetables to radiate.

Umaya elevates the typical 'beer garden' concept with hard-to-find Asian dishes. Our menu promotes friends, coworkers, family to enjoy their time together. We carry a wide array of Asian beer & Japanese Whiskey, complimenting the tranquility of the restaurant. The menu will feature seasonal highlights; however, the time-honored staples will always be available. ‘Umaya’ directly translates to a ‘place that tastes good’ in Japanese; it is a place where you can go

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • 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
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was EXCELLENT!! From the octopus’s to the pork belly …. and please, let’s not forget the fried shrimp dumplings!! It seemed as though the waiter knew we loved food and gave us his best dishes!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The restaurant was very cold and it was very bright.

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vipBESTsushiInDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in the DC metro area! The food and service were on point!

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vipOmnivorousFoodie
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very pleasant surprise and exactly the kind of dinner I was looking for to bring in the new year. If you’ve ever been to any Tokyo bar or Izakaya type restaurants, then you’ll be happy to dine at Umaya. Except for the spacious dining room, this really felt authentic. The food was prepared fresh and brought out as they were ready. The karaage chicken was fried perfectly… light batter, crispy, non greasy, and flavorful moist chicken. The grilled squid was delicious with that ginger sauce. The spicy tuna was okay… not bad… but not over the top for me. We then had ramens for our “main” course. The spicy miso ramen was delicious and thiugh it was spicy, it was just enough heat. The amount of pork was a little scant, but it was delicious. The ramen egg too had a great flavor… it wasn’t just an ordinary soft boiled egg that most ramen places use. I want to also say that the hostess, who was also our waiter, was delightful. It was our first time and she was friendly, made some great recommendations, and came to check on us a few times. The prices were very reasonable as well.

Everything about Umaya was comforting and inviting, delicious and warm. If you want a true taste of Japan, go to Umaya. We can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food but service was painfully slow.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our waitress was great and was working her tail off!!

They were short staffed and she did a remarkable job handling all the tables.

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happydiner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average. Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For the most part a very good experience. The host greeted us and wished my partner a happy birthday. We were seated and food came out at a good pace. The quality was very good, especially considering the price and portions. It wasn’t overly fussy so that was nice. The wait staff was a tad slow on getting the empty plates even though it wasn’t super crowded. However the nice touch of bringing my partner a birthday green tea mochi sandwich was sweet. The waiter even apologized for not having candles.
Considering the treatment at a more pricey and fussy restaurant for my birthday a few months ago, I commend this place. The host again wished my partner a happy birthday as we left. Sometimes small personal gestures mean a lot.

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vipCAM629
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

So when we walk in, we are told to stand apart from the next guest, and then use the hand sanitizer at the counter. There are maybe 5 tables occupied in the restaurant. Then we are seated directly next to a family table, nothing in between, and all these other tables in the restaurant, distanced from others, remain empty. This was contradictory and appalling. Other than that, the food was good. The Chesapeake roll is highly recommended. Delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not bad but so expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The food was okay in general. The sushi was good (only had the mage tango) but the ramen wasn’t good, not home made noodles. The service was terrible. It was disrespectful and took much longer then other tables to get anything, an easy 20-25 minutes for drinks, then to order, then to get food, etc. we would be finished with eating or deciding to order for at least the 20 minutes before the server came by again. The noise was so loud, music and people talking much too loud for dinner and the lights were too bright. Also they had an Uber alert go off every 5 or so minutes externally loud and ear piercing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Because the place was under staffed our food was taking a while but the bartender was so kind to give us free shots.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a good time and they accommodated a nice booth for us!

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MaryP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always enjoy eating at Umaya. Drink and food are always top-notch.

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RobinW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Quiet, friendly atmosphere. Amazing food with lots of variety.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great, but the services was amazing. Our server was very Friendly, provided great information around wines and food and help us make the perfect pairing selection. Definitely coming back

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vipNYCmum
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Our family is from NYC and this place was not up to our standard. The place is loud from music and from people talking. It has bright spotlights in your face if you eat in the center of the restaurant (where they turn it as dance floor later in the night). The service was slow and the sushi are smaller than what we get in NYC places. The price were more expensive that our usual casual spot in NYC too. We will not go back to this Japanese place.

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Redplanet4
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place, good food. Thanks to inflation prices are higher

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Long waits until our food was there. It took about 25 min to get our orders in and another half an hour to get 2 apps. 40 min from that point to get our main dish…. Food was good but the place is understaffed.

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DennisL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic Japanese food. Yokitori and Sasumi are very fresh and well prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Tataki!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My food didn’t come out until after my date finished eating and the check took forever too.

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AmyM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The signature drinks were ok, not very strong. But the food was great. We got a bunch of sushi rolls and each one was delicious.

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vipChristianM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, just perfect. As always. My server was Alex and he suggested a new dish, Fish and Chips with their Japanese twist. Let me tell you, perfectly battered/deep fried fish with cole slaw and those seaweed chips are just freaking tasty. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection and that mango sauce just perfected it. Some new Mezcal cocktails were tried and they were delicious and full of flavor. Alex did an amazing job with his suggestions and level of service. Just love this spot. Will be back soon.

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ILIYAS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious meals - try the Veggie Ramen and Beef & Fish skewers.

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MonteW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good and ambiance somewhat noisy

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this experience! My family has some picky eaters but everyone got to eat things they loved!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and server with great sushi!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was good. Service was alright.

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vipChuckD105
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We were the only people at Umaya on a Sunday morning. They sell a Chesapeake roll here that is just god-awful. Otherwise, the food was generally fine. This thing was just so foul that it is impossible to give a good review. Do not order this unless you want oceany-smelling, thick-paste crab taste with no soft-shell crab in it (despite it being offered as a soft-shell crab roll). Miso soup was great. Other sushi pieces were good but very small. They must do a great non-Covid, office-lunch business, but this place is just not good.

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mtdc2016
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great, as was our server but the pace of the food from the kitchen was off. Nothing for 45 minutes and then everything came at once. Robatayaki was tasty and the fish for the sushi was great. Will have to try the omakase next time. The ambience was ok, a little a sports bar and very loud.

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vipRoxanneM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Good food, but slow service. Make reservation in advance.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
871 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Terrific staff and chef.

Corn on the cob was among the best I’ve ever had.

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marisag
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good rolls!

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Strasnuts
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised how good the sushi was. Ordered uni to begin with and was very fresh.

CM
vipChristianM
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Missed this place

AP
AimeeP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the autumn roll! Absolutely delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews