UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

4.7
451 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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r
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Some of the rolls were too moist and/or not wrapped tightly enough, but good overall.

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HR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food wonderful prices. They were very helpful with my vegan friend!

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G
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great here, and the service friendly and efficient.

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

If you are looking for an affordable and chill evening after work, this is IT!! People and atmosphere are amazing.

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SM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and all around experience! Bar seating is nice and lets you into the sushi chef's preparation of dishes going out to the dining area. Good selection of beer, sake and other libations. I recommend for a nice, casual sushi experience!

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EH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi and Japanese food. I love the cold soba dipping noodles with tempura and the sour plum and shiso nigiri. Fish eggs were super fresh.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They have sushi, ramen, udon, sukiyaki and everything. Many choices and either tastes nice. Good for a group to visit.

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DA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, especially the sushi. Very reasonably priced and the service is excellent!

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AV
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was just stunning and very reasonably priced.

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was so attentive and pleasant. She was aware that in my my online reservation notes I described this was a birthday, so wanted to surprise with a dessert. The restaurant offered a complimentary dessert which I thought was so kind. The food was spectacular definitely lived up to the online description "an experience for the senses." I definitely hope to bring more family here -even kids. This is a very beautiful space that feels comfortable and accessible for families.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Umai has consistently been both my favorite Sushi restaurant and favorite Japanese restaurant in Chicago over the last several years. I strongly recommend the Chirashi or one of the other sashimi dons. You get a lot of fish and it is all very high quality. I lived in Japan so I'm pretty picky on fish but Umai has never let me down. On top of the excellent fish, they have a variety of exotic rolls (Surf and Turf is my favorite), and traditional rolls as well. Outisde of sushi, the excellence continues with a variety of noodle dishes (ramen, udon, etc.), Japanese meat dishes, and much much more. Also, go for the Hakutsuru Sake. You get a big bottle of it for 6 dollars and it is incredibly smooth. Can't recommend Umai enough!

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GR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love this place. The only negative is getting seated can be complicated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was tasty!

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and food was tasty

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AA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Front/Host situation seemed to be over their head and unorganized, but everything else was top notch.

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D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had wasabi shumai for appetizer, a good choice. The salmon teriyaki was an unusual cut, but well prepared and tasty. The nigiri and sashimi were excellent, both in presentation and in the size of the portions. This is an excellent restaurant with a large menu, although it's a bit noisy.

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were seated a half hour after our reservation. The food was mediocre at best.

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GS
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great go to sushi spot in that area. Would recommend, and I will be back.

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HT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Made a change to my reservation from 4 to 12 people within 1 hour of the reservation. They accomodated us with no issue. When we arrived the table was set for us and they were ready despite being right at the beginning of weekday busy hour. Service was outstanding and the food was brought to us quickly especially considering the dinner rush was starting and we had everyone in our party ordering non-family style. Food presented well and was extremely good. Nice job and highly recommended.

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant for sushi and noodles, leaning towards the less frivolous rolls (I know cream cheese, sweet sauces, et al are now standards but not my flavor inclination, as would rather have more traditional Japanese dishes), but here, the fish is stupendously fresh and delicious as are the ramen and noodles.

Would prefer a less "energetic" soundtrack i.e. jazz, ambient, to create nicer dining experience, but overall, a great place

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RO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot to relax and enjoy a delicious meal from an extensive menu. The flavours are genuine. The staff are friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent salmon pieces.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

My boyfriend and I eat sushi and ramen quite often but he’s never tried the dippin type. The broth was so fishy, he couldn’t even eat it and requested the Tonkotsu broth instead which wasn’t good either. I order one roll and 2 halves for us and they were all just okay. Service and ambiance were good but I don’t think we will be back. Plenty of better places in the surrounding area.

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AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noice sushi. Toight atmosphere. Cool cool cool cool cool.

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z
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was fun. Food was good. Raman noodles were awesome. Rolls were unique. Service was good.

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a
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place on weekends

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P
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. We mentioned to waitress that we needed to be finished in time to see a set at the Jazz Showcase and she made it happen.
Impressed with server as she or kirchen made an error on my 7 piece sashimi which included a spicy tuna roll.
As a result I got a 10 piece sashimi dinner and she gave me the roll which was not included, all at the same price as the 7 piece- that's the kind of service that keeps you coming back for more.
Bravo!

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

MY FAVORITE SUSHI in Chicago!! The Mexicana Roll is fantastic!! This place is way better than those over priced restaurants in river north. This place rocks my socks off. Love it and their iced green tea!

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W
Stuttgart Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best Sushi places I’ve been in Chicago!

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for early dinner on a Thursday evening and was seated right away. Good food and clean modern interior. Sushi was the best that we have found in the loop. We will be going back. Only downside is the space is small and the tables are very close so you basically have no choice but to listen to everyone's conversations.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place. Maki rolls was good, I will definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fairly good, service was attentive. Only issue we had was the heated bench seats were too hot. The waitress was aware of the issue, said they are working on fixing it, and offered to reseat us, so no complaints.

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m
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

During the polar vortex, the restaurant had no heat on, and still sat everyone by the window first. Would have appreciated some heat

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience! Everything we ordered was delicious

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mmmmm ramen

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JP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious sushi! Menu has a variety of options! There are plenty of veggie options as well! Sushi was delicious. A little pricier than normal, but totally worth it!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always, recommend the ramen.

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 2

Asked for a booth while making the reservation and when I got there, many booths were available all throughout the night, but I was seated off in an awkward table that needed to be moved in order to get in or get out, the tables are cramped and this is not the first negative experience I’ve had at this place.

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W
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent, high quality sushi. I’m picky about sushi, UMAI meets my standards and also has a nice list of rolls that are interesting combos without being too crazy. I also judge a sushi restaurant based on the gomae spinach appetizer and how they make a saketini and UMAI excels on both fronts. Plus there is a broad menu beyond sushi, important for me as my husband doesn’t eat sushi/fish.

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