UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

4.6
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510 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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At Umai, the experience is meant to be a series of sensations to be shared and lingered over, whether it’s a cozy meal for a few or a lively evening out. The interior of Umai has a modern-lofty feel with an artistic decor of Japanese mural on the wall. The dining room has natural earthy color, dark high-ceiling and hanging lights that makes the dinning elevated, warm and hip atmosphere, providing an intimate and fun dining experience for any occasion. At the sushi bar, our expert chefs work their magic, creating a dynamic and interactive dining experience where guests can savor either the sushi or the full menu. Umai's kitchen is a laboratory for innovation. The chefs integrate classic Japanese techniques with international flavors to create stunning, mouth-watering bites for an eclectic crowd. From seasonal exotic fish, to an excellent sake and wine list, Umai is a promising destination for all to enjoy and share.
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4.5
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My server was excellent! She was upbeat and attentive and had great recommendations. I come here often for the ramen and love the place!

DS
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Happy that we tried Umai. The sushi lovers in our group gobbled up their meal. I tried a shrimp tempura roll that had avocado pieces in it. Really enjoyed this Japanese fusion dish.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As reliably good food and fast service as ever.

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just really wasn't impressed with the quality of sushi. I wouldn't recommend it. :(

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious sushi and ramen! The pork shoulder bbq melts in your mouth.

JL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, this place is amazing! Wonderful, friendly service and delicious food! The dynamite roll is our favorite!

JK
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Japanese restaurant. A bit pricey, but worth it. Amazing ambiance and food! Went there with my mom on10/29/2019. Got the shrimp tempura dinner, tuna ngiri, and a soft shell crab maki. Superb food. Totally satisfied my Japanese food craving!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious. You can eat real Japanese foods.
Great experience, today.

G
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good value

p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Umai is my go-to place for Japanese in Chicago. I've never had a bad meal there and have been there 20+ times. It is where I take out-of-town guests that want authentic Japanese at reasonable prices. Bonus that it is right down the street from Jazz Showcase so you can get your live music on after a fabulous meal!!

CB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

They added items on tab without my permission. This is not cool.

j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always consistent and good. I love the variety of sushi, really good ramen and various Japanese entrees.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was amazing. Sushi was fresh and well prepared. Service was timely and friendly. This is our favorite Japanese restaurant in Chicago.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to get Japanese food. Many options available and very reasonable pricing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

YUMMY!!! The food at Umai is always delicious and the staff is always friendly & polite. On a busy night dining indoors usually makes conversing a bit difficult as it’s a pretty small space so it can get kind of loud. However, my favorite time is during the summer months when we can dine on the patio which allows for more ease of conversation and great Chicago summer people watching.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband took me here for my 35th birthday, it was delicious and service was very fast!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is always great and consistent. They have a really large and diverse menu

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I wasn't greeted right away when I walked in even though there were two people standing there at the counter and we made eye contact. I think one girl was being trained. Our waitress was friendly but seemed very rushed which made me want to rush and leave quickly. The food itself was very good but pricier than I thought. Overall, I enjoyed it.

T
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to UMAI twice during visits to Chicago. Always an awesome meal and experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tons of food for your money, wow.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sushi

JR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. We scheduled a dinner for 3 and ended up expanding to 4 without any issue. Compliments to the chef.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It wasn’t the type of sushi bar we were going for. There weren’t a ton of sushi options & there was no option to get the sushi cooked (I know I know) - so if you’re looking for any fried rolls or sautéed veggies with your teriyaki chicken - this is not your place!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food!

VP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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GN
Cincinnati
70 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food not much room on tables / tight seating, space

KG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with kids. Outstanding food and service. Get the naked sushi roll.

R
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

In Printers Row, this location had a solid ambience despite the construction going on right outside. Outdoor dining adds to the pros of this spot. Food was solid but unspectacular, especially compared to Los Angeles sushi. Still, we received great service, the prices were reasonable, the place had good energy and I would recommend it to those in the area.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to UMAI many times in the last year, and have brought friends. The food is wonderful, service is quick and friendly. Would highly recommend!

CL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rolls and sake. Perfect spot for a date. Will come back soon

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going here for over 2 years on Tuesday night. Service is wonderful. Wait persons all are great.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is very bright, hip, relaxed and vibrant. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The menu is expansive and easy to navigate. I had shrimp dumplings, a yellowtail handroll and spicy pork ramen, all of which arrived quickly and was fresh and delicious. The prices were extremely reasonable. Reservations seemed to help as the restaurant got busier around 6:00pm. We stayed on the Magnificent Mile and getting to this restaurant took about 10 minutes by taxi (a $10-15 cab depending on traffic).

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I ordered the pork katsu kare and the huge dish was filled with sauce to the point that I had to create a dam so it doesn't mix up with the rest of the pork and the rice. It looked pretty but it was not functional. 1/3rd the amount of sauce would have been enough for the amount of rice and pork in the dish.

The service was great and the location was accessible, however, I came there for the food not the service.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Met up with an old friend here, it was absolutely perfect. Perfectly priced sushi, great quality, great location, and ambiance. Highly recommend!

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

My favorite spot to get sushi in chicago. It is a great value with even better food

B
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to many sushi restaurants, and this remains one of the best. Everything is super fresh and the service is outstanding! I would recommend this to anyone visiting the South Loop.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience akwatd

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time, food was good. Service was friendly.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live across from UMAI and it’s our favorite Japanese place to go to in Chicago! Good prices. Great sushi and ramen!

PT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They never hold the door for you when you’re struggling to get in with a stroller. But other than that, food is great, service is good. Good value for your $$