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Umami Umami

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168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Perfect For:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
Umami Umami is an intimate dining experience where food aficionados can go to enjoy sitting in a cozy downstairs sushi bar or ascend the grand staircase, admiring the beautiful crystal chandelier en route to the spacious yet intimate dining room.



Umami Umami is a family owned and operated restaurant: Inspired by the historical background of the building; the family was determined to restore the building to its former glory. Their dream was to reintroduce the former Dresher Inn to the community as a dynamic culinary experience blending Japanese and Korean cuisines. We are proud to have accomplished their goal and invite you to join us.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Japanese, Korean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;

Saturday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm,

Friday 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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(215) 542-6993
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Susquehanna
Additional
Beer, BYO Liquor, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
What 168 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The waitress pretended the credit card used to pay my bill was declined. I was with two guests. This was embarrassing and deflated the excitement of a really good meal. I was paying for the entire luncheon.

This was my first visit to Umami Umami.

I am not pleased. Wait staff should remain helpful and expedient. Allow the food to speak to the customer.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Umani Umani has really good and unique sushi. The Dresher Roll and Ninja Roll were two standouts. The food alone is reason to go back. That said, service was slow. The waiter was moving constantly, but with only one person and a two-floor set-up, he was constantly disappearing downstairs to prep and pick up food. People who came in after us sat downstairs and watched us while they waited to be seated. The building is historic, but inside is totally disconnected from that look and modern looking. Everyone that works there is very helpful and friendly, there just isn’t enough. And don’t look to the right of the building in the courtyard - it’s just not appealing before you eat.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had no experience!!!!! We got to the restaurant but it was dark & shut. There must have been an outage but no one notified us. Disappointing. We should have been contacted.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Umami Umami is a local gem. Very authentic fresh Korean and sushi. The sushi is outstanding- extremely fresh and beautifully presented, with a wide variety of options. The Korean dishes, including spicy bolgolgi and dolsot bimbimbap are delicious, and particularly good on a cold winter night. Everyone is very friendly, and Eric, our waiter was always smiling and efficient.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Incredibly fresh sushi, beautifully prepared. Tasty sushi and sushimi, great Korean cuisine!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was good and the servers were very pleasant. Groovy little spot.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food and great service

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The staff was very attentive. Not a big Japanese food person but the waitress helped us through getting our order. Food was very good. Came on time and was prepared nicely. This was a first date, my date went really well and the atmosphere helped.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent. A hidden gem. If you go you must experience the tower.

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2.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Slow would be an understatement. We were one of three seated tables and waited over 15 minutes for drinks, over 45 minutes for apps and 1 1/2 hours for dinner. We were celebrating an important birthday and our waiter seemed to care less. We had the salmon tower which was so-so (though we had heard rave things about it), the tuna club sandwich, which was was basically a rice sandwich and inedible, and shumai for apps. The Shumai was ok. The sushi was ok, but made me ill afterward. The fried cheesecake and fried banana were awful. Both were cold and had a nauseating sugar coating on them. Overall, extremely disappointing.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

the dining area was almost empty when we arrived. We ordered and had to wait over an hour to even see a waitress to ask about our meal! We watched two separate tables come in , order, drink, eat and leave before we even got our food. The food was OK at best and overpriced for what we ordered. I will never return again due to the poor service!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was good, the sushi rice was not that tasty but the fish were great.
the hot Bibimba was very good

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Food was great as always. Even though our favorite waiter Eric wasn't in, the service was still very good.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

We have been to this restaurant on many occasions. The food is outstanding. The sushi is very fresh and tasty. The sushi tower appetizer is to die for. Also the Bibimbap is our favorite entrée. I am definitely going to return again.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2016

We met for an end of the year dinner after a year of work on a local commission. The atmosphere is pleasant and the food is great. If you like Japanese food this is a great option.

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2.0Dined on December 4, 2016

Skip it. "Hibachi" seafood arrived NON grilled in a brown tasteless sauce and white rice with frozen veggies. I did asked if it was grilled and was told on their grill - should have returned the dish. Husband's S2 and Tower was "ok sushi". Not super fresh or flavorful.

Miso soup was lukewarm and not great.

Oh - and we were the only people in the entire restaurant. Friendly server.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Love this spot. Everytime I go I wonder why I don't come back sooner. I will say the place itself it just a rectangle dining room but the service is always friendly and fast. Our server Brad was so sweet and patient with us and our questions. Sushi was out of this world!! Also try the tuna tartare on wonton wrappers.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2016

Our waitress was fantastic. Knowledgeable and very attentive. The food was very very good and I would definitely go back

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Their menu is not current on your site. They do not serve cocktails. The sushi was only okay, we've had much better at other restaurants in the area.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Awesome restaurant. The food is always fresh. Highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2016

The seating area is one large room upstairs. There were only a few people there. but the place echoed. We waited 15-20 minutes until a waiter asked us if we had ordered. We said no, he apologized, then walked away. A few minutes later another waiter came up and took our order. To compensate, they did give us our Edamame appetizer for free. The sushi was just OK. One roll had shrimp tempura in it, and it tasted like it was time to change the fryer oil. Overall, Not the worst place for sushi, but we'll keep looking for better.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Waiter could have been more helpful with the menu -

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

We have been to Umami Umami many times before and we have never been disappointed. From the start, the service is wonderful, not intrusive and always there when needed. The variety in the menu is extensive and everything that I have ever ordered has been delicious. They never disappoint.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2016

More of a family restaurant. Definitely not a place you'd be looking to go for a girl's night out. It was quiet with radio music, a family with young kids, and an old couple. And this was on a saturday night. You wouldn't be gramming this if ya know what I mean. The menu was a bit confusing and dated (as well as the interior). Food was slightly better than average - like a 3.5 but I've had better sushi/rolls/sashimi for a better price at other places. The server kind of seemed disinterested and barely explained the dishes. I wouldn't come here again unless it was with my great aunt or something. Oh and the raspberry sake tastes like robintussin- YUCK.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2016

Excellent food, I've been there several times - try the Mini Tower - delicious

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Hands down better than Ooka ! Their menu is amazing, the chefs are perfectionists and everything is fresh and delicious.
Don't let the decor sway you, it's bit olde city decor but the food make's up for it !

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was a little overpriced but was overall a nice dinner

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2016

This restaurant is fine if you need to eat but honestly I'd recommend the Wendy's next door first. The place is pretty and well decorated but that's where it stops. The service was fine but the waiter very pointedly did not ask us how our food was when he saw all the barely touched dishes. It's like he knew what we were going to say.
We tried the shu Mai, the tower, and three rolls. All were somewhat edible. None were good. The owners and sushi chefs are just going through the motions and have no enthusiasm to create a lively and exciting meal. There is no umami in this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Plating was beautiful

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2015

We set out to fine some great Asian food nearby and this place fit the bill. The food was good and the service was excellent, especially considering that there were only two people running the front of house. Nothing fancy, but a great solid restaurant that I would certainly visit again and again.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

Can't believe we've never tried this place before. Outstanding! Went on a Friday night and surprisingly it wasn't crowded. Folks are missing out. I started with their signature sushi tower (the small one) and it was really really good. I can't even begin to imagine how big the large one was. My wife had the bulgolgi and even through my head cold it smelled delicious. The meat was flavorful and tender, and not overly fatty. Our daughter had the tempura and it was crispy, not greasy and super flavorful. I had a medium 10 piece assorted sushi as my main and everything was fresh and delicious. The individual pieces of fish were some of the largest I've ever seen on a sushi plate. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on September 21, 2015

Restaurant is in a remodeled colonial from the 1800s and is very comfortable. The wait staff and sushi chefs are friendly and out going. Had the Nigiri sushi bento box for lunch. Most of the fish did not taste fresh. They do not seem to turn the inventory very fast. It is a convenient location, but I'd rather drive a little further for better food experience.

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3.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Food was wonderful. Nicely presented. However, the service was nor up to part. The servicer gave us the dessert menu and never came back. We had to xall

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner Saturday night!! The food and service were great. We can't wait to try it for lunch.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2015

Best sushi in town. Order the tower, ocean and ninja roll

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2015

Great place, shame that not more people know about it. The food is really fantastic though and its certainly an adventure to try. Their Umami sampler is my personal favorite as well as the dragon roll. They have a variety to chose from and its amazing. Also, really good service. We always sit as the bar and watch the sushi and other dishes being made. Really interesting. The people are nice and its usually full of locals.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2015

we went for mother's day dinner and despite making a reservation, waited nearly 25 minutes to be seated with no assigned host at the door. Our waiter--who was also filling the host role, was then another 15-20 minutes before taking our drink oreder, which ended up being out entire meal order since the wait was so long. He was friendly and apologetic, but the wait was too long, especially when only about half of the tables in the relatively small seating area were actually empty! To top it off, by the time we finished and the dining room actually started clearing out, an additional waitstaff arrived, but there were practically no patrons there by then. Having said all that, the sushi was excellent, our favorite was 'the tower'. Can't figure out their staffing plan here though. The dining space is somewhat bare and open/cavernous, which leads to more ambient noise than you might expect from a small number of people.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2015

This is a great sushi place.We've been there many times and have never been disappointed. This was the very first time that the service was slow, and I mean extremely slow. I will give the waiter the benefit of the doubt and say he was probably new.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2015

Very accommodating to our younger diners, who appreciate a good sushi dinner when they eat one.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2015

I went for lunch on Mar 9th.. They have some of their own creative dishes.
The server was especially knowledgeable and helpful. She could tell you everything about everything on the menu and made great suggestions.

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