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Umami

4.5
815 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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Local. Unique. Delicious.

Open Table's top 100 Restaurants in America, 2015

"A jewel box of a bistro that offers an alternative that is both original and delightful; svelte and sexy" - Cleveland Scene

Umami features seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant has been described as "a little bit of New York tucked away in Chagrin Falls. Umami has a great selection of wine, beer, sake & bar selections. Located right across from the falls, Umami is walking distance to all of Chagrin Falls parks, galleries, shops, & theater.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
5-9 Tuesday-Thursday
5-10 Friday/Saturday

Closed Sunday/Monday
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Phone number
(440) 247-8600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Corey Kosel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bell
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Parking details
Street parking with access to sidewalk. Parking lot in rear of building.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

The food and wine were very good; the Waite staff was nice. A good experience overall. Thank you

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Umami never disappoints. You can count on having a fantastic dinner, in a cozy atmosphere. And the servers are outstanding. I just wish they were open for lunch, as well as dinner.
Five Stars to Umami !!!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Always an excellent meal ! Great service , great appetizers , drinks !

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2017

This was our second time at Umami and we were disappointed. The service was inconsistent - our server was initially attentive but later, even as the restaurant cleared out, became hard to find. Our appetizer/salads appeared promptly but our main courses took forever to arrive, even though by then the place was only half full. Two of the three people in our party noted that their portions were smaller than expected, particularly the sides. And the other party's entree was way over-salted and inedible and was sent back. Even that was not without confusion as the wait staff didn't seem to understand that there was a problem. We were pleased that the replacement entree arrived fairly quickly and our primary waiter was very apologetic. The food was certainly good, but this visit was not nearly as special as our first a couple months ago - and we will probably not return or recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

I love this restaurant. It is quite small so it is best to plan ahead and make a reservation. Knowledgeable staff and excellent dining options.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Tiny quarters. Perfect for a date with your special someone. If you can score the window seats, it's bonus.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

While a little on the noisy side due it's tight confines, it's a very warm and energetic atmosphere. Service was very good, but it seemed like there were some odd delays at certain points in the order/serving process. And this is despite three different individuals having involvement with our table. The food at Umami is always very good, but it seems to me that something is missing to take it to that top level. The cream of mushroom soup lacked flavor intensity/zip, and the tofu entree did as well. The salmon was top notch, but the potatoes on the side a little rich and oily.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

one of the best meals I have had in a long while! The goat cheese dumplings are amazing!
service was great too.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Always a great place, fun atmosphere and creative cuisine.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Loudness and semi-awkward environment is to be expected since you are sat with strangers at the same table. Not to the restaurants fault, there were screaming and crying kids that ruined a good portion of the time. The food tasted delicious but for some reason didn't sit well with the hubby and I which is unusual. Could be because the chicken was brought in late to be cooked since it was forgotten initially.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Northeast Ohio. Consistently serving interesting, unique and delicious flavors that are impressively presented.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

A rare night out and a Friday opening sent us flying to Umami. We were rewarded with brand new summer menu with a number of enticing options. Make sure you do not miss the Spicy Tofu. We were lucky to also score the special Duck Breast of the evening. We enjoyed a Smith & Hook Cabernet with a Blueberry Bourbon Crisp. It was delightful to catch up with Nicki and we are already looking forward to our next visit to our favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! Every meal is always delicious !!!!

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was too salty and tuna was so so. Perhaps it was an off night. Have had better food on a previous visit.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2017

We had the most delicious meal. Started with the special salad - incredibly fresh with a homemade dressing. We had a lovely Sauvignon blanc & halibut.
Amazing! The staff and service are so friendly and professional and make you feel so welcome.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Really enjoyed the fabulous beet salad and massaman curry with tofu. It was such a pleasure to sit outside at their sidewalk table, and watch the people go by. Outstanding experience all around!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

Great as always

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Great friendly service .Food is creative and outstanding flavor, as always. I highly recommend Umami.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

We just had not made it to Umami due to being a little farther from our 'hood but after our meal I am going to make it there more often. It reminds me of small restaurants in Europe where the focus is on having a fine meal with outstanding service. Behind velvet curtains the magic is made. After seeing the same menu at noisy 'hip' restaurants in the Cleveland suburbs, Umami is a relief to enjoy a wonderful meal in a quiet atmosphere. My teenage son's loved the sashimi, udon noodles and duck; I had the beet salad (wonderful) and my husband had pork tenderloin which was perfect. We finished it off with blueberry rum crisp. We were sad that we could not try every dish, so we will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Highly recommend!! Delicious food and great service!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

The rice in our sushi appetizer was over cooked and gummy, but the halibut entree looked beautiful and tasted delicious. Our friends ordered the scallops and salmon entrees, which were also excellently prepared. The staff was very friendly, knew the menu very well, and the service was excellent. All in all a great meal.

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1.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Awful customer service....uninspired menu.

My fiance and I went on a Saturday night to celebrate her birthday. I had made reservations several weeks in advance and arrived on time only to find that no tables were available and we had to wait for 10 minutes. Since there is no bar, we had to wait outside. The hostess didn't apologize and didn't seem to care that they can't keep their reservation schedule tight. When we were finally seated, we were given a tiny window seat adjacent to the door with the sun directly in our face, where we were blinded and roasting. The waiter knew what was on the menu but didn't give accurate descriptions for most items seemed completely distracted and erratic. We settled on goat-cheese dumplings that were more like gnocchi (no goat cheese to be found) and their sashimi sampler. The dumplings were quite tasty, despite the fact that the goat cheese was minimal, and the array of soy-based sauces were good. The sashimi was excellent but we were charged the "market price" of $33 for only TWELVE pieces of fish. The rest of the limited menu was uninspiring, with a standard selection of beet salads, grilled salmon and hanger steak. I had high hopes, but will not be returning to Umami.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

This is undeniably the best restaurant around -
Fantastic food, ambiance, service & consitant!
Our favorite!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Wonderful evening with friends. Service excellent. Food excellent. A DEFINITE PLACE TO RETURN TO.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

The service was excellent - attentive without being overbearing. Our food was very fresh, artfully prepared. However, the soft shell crab was a bit over salted. Our cocktails were inventive and quite good. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

We have not dined there for awhile and we were very pleased to find the same fine service and great food that we had come to expect from before. We started with a spicy tuna roll then I had the Miso Soup and Udon Noodles. I don't know if it was faulty memory but the portions seemed slightly larger. My wife had the curry chicken. We had pondered heading to Jenni's up the street for dessert but were very glad we didn't because the pear ginger crisp was delicious

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Always a fan of Umami. Really like their local produce and amazing sashimi.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Some of the best meals we've had. Delicate and subtle preparation with wonderful flavor. Everything was beautifully prepared and perfectly cooked. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Great, creative food and a nice, reasonably priced wine list. Attentive service. It is small, so be sure to make a reservation.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Cleveland. It's a small, but outstanding restaurant. They make everyone else look so boring and predictable in comparison. If you're a foodie, this is your place. Great service from Nicky adds to the charm.

D.D.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

The menu was so interesting and there were multiple things I wanted to try! I ended up with the Goat Cheese dumplings to start, which were almost painfully oversalted. In contrast, I had the lambchops as an entree, which, though perfectly cooked, had no seasoning that I could discern - not even the baby bok choys or roasted potatoes. Odd, but I would absolutely give them a second chance. However, try not to sit facing the sunset if sitting in the front window - you'll go blind.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

Consistently one of the best around. Creative menu and great local ingredients.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Had some concerns due to recent reviews which showed inconsistency in service and quality of the food. We went this past Saturday, June 3, we were very pleased with everything. The service and food was very good. The desserts were fabulous. A great night . Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2017

My first time to be at the restaurant. The place is surprisingly small, so is the distance between tables. The service was quite good, and the quality of food was okay. For the kind of marketing you see on ads, the ambiance does not live up the expectation.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

I can't say enough good things about Umami. Everytime we come here it's consistently amazing. What always stands out to me is not only how delicious the food is, but how fun and on point the service is. The small staff never misses a beat! Be warned though, the place is tiny, can get a tad loud at times.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2017

mediocre food at very high prices
very disappointed

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Umami is my favorite restuarant in Chagrin Falls! AMAZING FOOD!!!!

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2017

My wife and I have been fairly frequent visitors to Umami and overall have had very good experiences which is why we have kept going back. That being said, this past Saturday was a really off night and it will be awhile before we decide to go back, if ever. Apparently, the kitchen lost our order and there was a very long wait for the main courses. When they finally showed up, they brought my wife the wrong dish so there was another wait. While every restaurant has a off experience, Umami absolutely failed in taking ownership for the experience. The staff hid in the back. No one came to apologize. There was no effort to make things right. All they did was bring us the check and run away. When we got ready to leave, there wasn't a staff person in sight. This was absolutely one of the worst customer service experiences we've had at a restaurant. As a somewhat frequent visitor, it is not what we expected from Umami.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

As always, Umami did us proud! We booked for my brother and sister in-law for a rare date/birthday night. They thoroughly enjoyed the food and mead, the atmosphere was perfect, and Nikki and the staff looked after them beautifully. They had a wonderful evening. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Unfortunately, we didn't get the table we wanted. The atmosphere lacks privacy. The curry chicken was delicious!

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