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UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

4.6
337 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Healthy
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm (no lunch menu)

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 986-8888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Polk
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Public transit
Red line Harrison
Blue line Harrison
Bus number 62, 22
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 337 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.2
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food selections, priced very reasonably and delicious!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was great and service was friendly.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great meal all around. Will return to try more noodles. Spicy pork ramen was on point.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

I made the mistake to order a traditional sashimi platter at a hipster place. I suspect that had I ordered some ramen and a California roll, I’d likely write a different review. But that’s not what I did.
I had the most sorry looking toro and the aji (Spanish mackerel) had the look, consistency, and flavor of dried rubber. The regular mackerel was overmarinated, tough, chewy, and dominant flavor from the cloying piercing sweetness of acesulfam-K. The albacore was a dried out brownish brick of no discernible flavor, were it not for the bonito flakes drizzled over them. The uni was serviceable and the amaebi was actually very good, albeit the heads should have been served fresh and then later served fried.
All of this came cramped on a plate, which didn’t help.
The spicy tuna and negi toro roll were both excellent.

Don’t order a sashimi platter unless you’re sitting at the sushi bar and can see the fish. Sticking to rolls here would probably leave you satisfied, albeit I would have preferred some daikon sprouts and yamagobo in my spicy tuna roll.

Disappointing overall.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The service here was outstanding and the waitress explained all of the items to us. They made my daughters 8th birthday very special by surprising her with a special ice cream served with beautiful orchids on her plate.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food is very good. Service is excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Good atmosphere and service. I love shrimp tempuras and also veggies. Tempura batter was a little bit heavy for us. Lighter and crispy taste would be better.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Nice set-up! And sushi was good! The beef wrapped asparagus was delicious!!!!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This place is mediocre and non memorable sushi. Had to wait half hour to be seated despite having a reservation. The food was not bad but really nothing special for the hamachi don and sushi platters.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Umai Japanese Kitchen & Sushi is what we call a "no-fail" restaurant. We've taken friends here now for a couple of years, and the experience is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Outstanding sushi, one of my favorite dinner spots. ❤️🍣🍜🍶

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Great Ramen and katsu. Staffs were friendly and professional!
I had lunch with my boss here and dinner with my friends here before, good fit for both!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Overall good experience. Took a long time for our waitress to initially come by but otherwise service was prompt. As a vegetarian, I was thrilled to see they had a signature vegan maki separate from the standard veggie rolls. Unfortunately, it was not spectacular relative to other vegetarian signature rolls I've had. Furthermore, I ordered a sweet plum roll veggie roll and disliked it strongly. I acknowledge that was a risky choice to begin with, however (I'm very sick of cucumber/avocado or sweet potato and wanted to mix it up), and in hindsight I should have gone with something more traditional. The rest of the table did enjoy their sushi. Plating was superb and the atmosphere was genuine. The only downside is they did not excel in vegetarian sushi rolls. I would return with this knowledge and elect a different dish.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Place was awesome , food ,service fantastic. I almost spend that much for 2 people at Burger King.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding meal. Sukiyaki and ramen flavorful and soulful. Good sake and they also have a full bar. Really great and attentive service service. It was very good meal on a chilly CHICAGO day. Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The reservation process was super easy. However, the restaurant is extremely small. There is no place to accommodate people waiting for tables and it forces people to wait right next to tables where guests are sitting enjoying their meals. It’s awkard to have this group of people standing next to you and staring at you while you eat. The hostess was sweet, but shouldn’t have been telling guests that they were just waiting for the paid customers to leave to seat them. I watched one woman walk over to a table and ask them how much longer they’d need to finish their drinks! Food was good and the price was right. I don’t recommend the Philadelphia roll in any form. Extremely bland. Service was ok. We were brought out a dish we didn’t order by the hostess. It took 15-20 mins to wave down a server to ask why we had it. They didn’t know and took it to another table who had ordered it. After it sat there untouched for 15-20 mins. Never got a drink refill either. Maybe a less busy time would be better, but service should be consistent no matter what. Won’t be running back any time soon, but not totally crossing it off since it’s a good price. If you can handled being packed into a small space where you can’t enjoy private conversations, have people standing around you while you eat, and no drink refills... this place is for you!

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The food was good but the meat was a bit tough. This can be expected for a place that specializes in Sushi. The wine selection is limited, but my husband liked the variety of beers.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Small restaurant and very crowded and loud. Food was good. Prices were reasonable. Server was not real organized. Don’t order the green tea ice cream....yuck....but had to pay the $4 anyway. Ate 2 bites and left rest.

Unique experience but won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great restaurant, great food , friendly and patient waitress. Great Tonkatsu and sushi options.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Was a little disappointed in the spicy tuna roll but other than that everything was great

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was great!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent, fresh sushi and sashimi. The omakase sashimi was perfect, but the real star of the show was the spicy garlic ramen bowl. It was more or less perfect, and you couldn't beat it for the freezing winter day.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

This is our go to place for celebrations, and also just if we’re in the mood to treat ourselves. The food is always consistently excellent, they have some very unique combinations, no MSG ever, and the service is impeccable.Highly recommend it, you won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious and great service, thank you.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This is our go-to place. Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food great price

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was excellent Everything was so fresh the spicy edamame was outstanding!! Everyone needs to try them

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Best sushi and best service!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Nicely prepared and tasty Japanese food in a stylish modern setting with good service. I was surprised at how affordable it was. My only negative is that it is quite loud, so probably not good for intimate dinners. It is a fun casual place.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Finally got to try Umai. We had spicy garlic ramen, mushroom soup and maki rolls. All were excellent. Cool design, good food and service.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Sat at the bar and mostly at maki rolls which were excellent. Friendly, fast service.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I was very impressed, comfortable and delighted

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Perfect for everyday dining

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Rolls and sashimi were average. Tea could have been more flavorful. Mushroom tempura was really disappointing. I expected a thin crispy coating but got a thick soft coating :(. Host was nice but could have visited the table more frequently. The look of the restaurant was nice.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Always a pleasure to eat here. Love their Spider and Dragon Rolls! Delicious. Staff friendly.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Great ramen. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2017

I visit Umai once every few months and as usual, the meal and service were very good. Our sushi sets were delicious, we also enjoed some reasonably priced sake. I highly recomment this place for a casual dinner/date or a friends' get-together.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Food is excellent. Lots of options for vegetarians. Back room is very loud, but otherwise service and ambiance are great.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

The sushi and potstickers were wonderful! This was my second time here and I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Awesome food and great service! The atmosphere is so elegant. I would go back there for luch and dinner.

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