Umi - Winter Park
My wife and I had not been to Umi for some time and were glad to return. The menu had changed from our last visit and it took us a while to be reoriented. I was disappointed to see the draft beer had been discontinued as I looked forward to trying one of the changing selections. I settled on an unknown Japanese bottle beer at a steep $10 per bottle as they were out of Sapporo. Louie was a great server and helped us navigate the new (to us) menu. The owner/manager was very attentive and provided us a complimentary plate of tasty Korean dumplings. Fortunately the nigiri and sushi roll choices we enjoy were still there. Some of the entree choices we liked had gone away so we went with the small plate grill kabobs and were not disappointed. My wife had the lobster skewer and I had the ground beef and both were delicious. While we were not thrilled with some of the menu and beer changes the visit was a solid 4 stars.
We showed up a little early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Our server, Corina, was incredibly knowledgeable on their drink selection and was able to suggest appetizers based on a high level of detail to ensure we received food that was appropriate to our dining mood for the evening. Being seated outside, you'd think it would be uncomfortable, but the awning kept us covered from direct sunlight and the outdoor fan systems mounted overhead provided a pleasant atmosphere. We were visited by an individual that was obviously of a senior role with the restaurant, and were asked how our experience was so far and if there was anything we needed to make our visit better. This was very reassuring, and bolstered the already excellent and attentive service from the dining staff. The menu items seem to be just a tad overpriced (the drink menu is a bit high if you plan on having a few drinks, however they are very high quality), and although we had the sashimi platter and Wagyu beef entrees, our impression still had us thinking a few dollars lower in price would have been warranted. Still very good, though. This is a restaurant we will definitely be visiting again in the future.
Bento boxes were excellent. Friendly service. Sidewalk table. Would have given 5 stars but the kitchen was a bit slow. Recommended anyway :)
Umi was fantastic all around. The owners walked by to check on us every now and then to ensure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves. The staff were also attentive. The food was delicious and fresh. Will be returning again!
Staff and owner were super friendly and the grilled whole squid was delicious! Best tasting uni too!
We had the most amazing meal at Umi. Beautiful presentation, fresh & delicious sashimi and sushi. The tuna and rice crisp .. must have! Delicious, the tuna was so fresh ... The crispy rice , great appetizer!! Louie the server was knowledgeable, fun and engaging! The owner took the time to stop by to ensure we were happy and well fed. A stellar restaurant in Winter Park. If you live there, go often...if you are visiting, make it a stop on your itinerary. Promise you will walk away happy!
I like the food
Is better have an reservation the salmon Robata and lobster lemon salad is amazing!!
The food was great - we ordered a tuna appetizer which was delicious, as well as a few rolls and a Yakisoba noodle. However, the service was actually terrible. The server was hesitant and awkward, and there were many different people who brought dishes out to our table, and had the audacity to ask "did you order this?" There's a seating chart for a reason. Everyone was feeling very uncomfortable as the servers all looked confused, would walk into the dining area holding food, look around awkwardly and very confused, and go back and huddle with the other staff, trying to guess where it should go.This awkward experience made us super uncomfortable and feel awkward. Order takeout here - dont dine in. At least 5 other friends who we've spoken to have all had this weird experience here.
Excellent food and impeccable service! Our beverages never had a chance to be empty before someone was filling them, and the food was beautifully made & delicious. Best tuna kobachi I’ve ever had! We have 3 kiddos, and I wouldn’t recommend this place for kids- a bit pricey & quiet- perfect for date night.
We have been here several times but this last visit was definitely not worth the money.
Great food with competent and polite service. Wide range of menus items.
Great sushi, amazing yakitori delicious yakisoba and ramen. I highly recommend trying this place at-least once
Our waiter, Jose, is exceptional. He make recommendations on the dish and it turned out really good. He is very professional, attentive and friendly. Definitely will come back & would ask for Jose again
I have recommended UMI in Winter Park a number of times! My recent visit is no exception! W thoroughly enjoyed our meals - their rolls are always fresh and the Sashimi is unbelievable! Recent updates have made the place even better with crisp white tablecloths and an all new wine list that has some great additions. I am excited to try their new Fresh Oyster bar on my return trip!
Food and service were both exceptional. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive. The food we ordered was fresh, tasty and a good blend of choices from the menu. All around it was a great dining experience.
Appetizers were great and the sushi is always good. The chicken ramen broth and meat were a bit plain and not that flavorful. Would definitely recommend the spicy pork instead. Great service and experience as usual though.
Loved it ! I will definitely come back ! It’s more suitable for dates and date nights .
Everything was great the sushi super fresh and wasabi was kicking.
Horrifying experience. The waitress was rude and served us over-spiced food on purpose to prove a point. Do not eat here. The restaurant has gone downhill in every way!
Wine guy was great!
Umi was one of our favorite Sushi restaurants in Orlando. Unfortunately, the last two times we've been there after the new ownership change, the experience, service and food have not been as good as before. The service has been the most disappointing part. On both occasions, the service has been inattentive and does not seem well organized (many of the staff were standing around together not sure what their responsibilities were while we had empty finished plates on our table) . There seems to be no management oversight. Also, there is a lot of turn over with the staff. We didn't recognize anyone same on the staff on both occasions and the staff did not seem happy to work there. In the past, it was nice to be welcomed by the same consistent staff when we went. Overall, the feeling in the restaurant is unwelcoming and one of disorganized and unfocused ownership. We hope they will find a way to regain the quality in service and food that made it a neighborhood gem in the past.
Great food in an excellent setting of beautiful winter park. Service was exceptional and the ambiance superb.
Umi provided excellent service and delicious, quality meals. Well definitely return!
Birthday lunch for our 14 year old triplets
Great dining gem in Winter Park
The wait staff were sweet and humorous
Very nice to us
Stay with ordering sushi and not anything else.
We had ginger salad, miso soup and rainbow rolls. They were good but overpriced. I have had better for less money. Of course
Maybe it was overpriced because it was in Winter Park.
Maybe it was overpriced because it believes most customers are tourists.
Overall could it have been a more disappointing experience? no
Creative rolls and a diverse Japanese menu. Reservations are a must
Great food. Great date night experience.
Food and presentation very pleasing!!
Check for specials before going in. Would have loved it more if it was not so bright in the dining area, more intimate. Will be back!
They’re going through a menu shift and I suppose that comes with it’s fair share of hiccups. What inconveniences my group experienced were reimbursed by way of a portion of our bill being comped. It was a fairly nice atmosphere but the sushi was just ok. The squid was amazing and that made up for some of the lackluster array. It wasn’t a bad dinner or evening, but it’s suffice to say that neither my friends or I will likely return.
Amazing restaurant, good was wonderful and quiet! Perfect for a date
My partner and I had been looking forward to getting back to Umi since we discovered it not too long ago. This time, we were concerned it had switched owners. The sushi was just okay, the edamame was overdressed. They also mentioned getting rid of their entire wine menu, which was cause for concern about a management/ownership change. Now, it was Halloween, but it was early, and we were almost the only ones there. When we walked up, someone who looked like she could be the owner’s daughter was at a hostess stand up front, and seemed dumbfounded by the fact that we had a reservation. She actually said nothing, and someone behind her ended up walking us in to grab menus. We sat outside, and she was FaceTiming for almost the entire meal. I’m sure it was a one-off, but it was still annoying. We’ll go back to give it another chance since it was SO GOOD the first time, and we’re so hopeful our experience was just because it was a holiday!
Umi never disappoints, with an inventive and delicious menu there is something for everyone. The staff is friendly and they take the time to make sure you are comfortable with every part of your meal. Highly recommend.
One of the best sushi places I’ve visited. Highly recommend to try a plate from each section. Worth it!
The food was awful. We ended up leaving the majority of our food on our plates and going home and eating leftovers.
Always excellent service with a wide variety of Asian Fusion, Japanese and Korean food. Sushi and Sashemi is superb. Fresh fish flown in every day.
Had a craving for sushi. Had heard about Umi, but never tried it. Since this was the last weekend of Magical Dining decided to go. Still cannot believe what I got for $35. Started with Miso soup. Delicious. Next was a full sushi appetizer. There was a choice of 4. I cannot remember which one I got, but the server recommended, and it did not disappoint. For main course I had the fish, once again for a large selection, which was a white fish that was fried. I do not believe I would order this again as I do not care for fried food, but in any case it was also very good. Finished off meal with creme brûlée. My friend said she thought it was not moist enough, but I really enjoyed it. Had a choice of 3 desserts as well. Overall a really great meal. Would return in a heartbeat. Highly recommend. Server fast, knowledgeable and polite. When we first arrived, noise level quiet since we had an early reservation. As the evening went on it did get loud, but that was only because every table filled up. I do suggest making a reservation.
The food was wonderful, my first time ever having sushi and I was very impressed. The waiter was very attentive, but not over bearing. It was a little warm, but they had fans set up, and there's only so much you can do!