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About UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

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.

730 South Clark
Chicago, IL 60605
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

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

Cross Street:
Polk

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 986-8888

Website:
http://www.umaichicago.com/

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

UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
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Good for a Date (9)
Casual (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Authentic (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vegan (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious and great service, thank you.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is our go-to place. Never disappoints!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food great price

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Best sushi and best service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I was very impressed, comfortable and delighted

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Perfect for everyday dining

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great ramen. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I dined here for the first time and was won over by the quality of the sushi, sake, and also service. It's worth driving down 20 miles from the North Shore to eat here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I always come to this place because the Chicago roll is so so good, maybe it’s a little bit expensive but totally worth it. The service could improve a lot. Since they just ignore you for a long time, but the food is very fast.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was delicious. It was very reasonably priced and we had great service. We were with colleagues from Hawaii and they thought it was phenomenal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Probably the freshest and tastiest seafood that I've ever had in the midwest with a good mix of traditional and innovative plates. The service was excellent and staff were very kind and helpful. I'll definitely be returning!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The three of us had such a nice experience dining at Umai early Sunday evening. The service was extraordinarily welcoming. She suggested some menu items that really complemented a wonderful meal. Everything was outstanding - we left happy!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This was the best sushi we have had! And the cocktails are really good too!

Tags: Vegan, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wide selection of excellent food including maki, sushi, and other dishes.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Love this place. Delicious food, great choices, elegant/fun/cool vibe. Staff are attentive and professional, friendly and helpful. It’s not a large place - make reservations if u can. We always visit here when we’re in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and staff! A little slow to place order but everything else is great! Small touches, like fresh flowers, make it so much more!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Just OK. The restaurant was finishing up lunch service so we were warned when we sat down. Standard Sushi + Izakaya fare. Everyone was served a bowl of miso to start - even the person having udon. The udon was the same you would get anywhere. Sysco must have a prepared udon they offer. I had an over cooked and under seasoned (sea salt) salmon shioyaki served oddly enough with broccoli and potatoes. Sashimi seemed fine. It's not a destination.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great service coupled with better food! Easily accessible location and ample and comfortable seating. The Dynamite Sushi is really.....well.....Dynamite!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Amazing service here!! Always a go-to spot for Japanese food. The salmon teriyaki is great as well as the sweet potato tempura maki.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great as usual. Service today was just ok. Lunchtime is definitely different from dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Best sushi in the city! Amazing staff and service!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food and service is always great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was in town for a music festival and my girlfriend and I found this place on Google. It sounded great and turned out to be great! The quality of the food was high and the prices were reasonable. Everything I had I liked. The service was timely, friendly, and I was paid enough attention to. Would definitely go back again when in the area.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Spicy, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The menu is extensive. I had ramen, gyoza, and salmon nigiri, which was all great, and our service was amazing. I would highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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