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Permanently Closed - Umi

4.1
66 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Offering fresh, clean flavors of Japan in a casual yet elegant atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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(773) 463-7299
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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
California
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Parking details
Private lot with 30+ spaces
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Public transit
Blue Line Irving Park Road CTA Irving Park and Mozart
Additional
BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.1
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Sushi fanatic super excited to try Umi but was disappointed. The portions were tiny. 3 of us actually had to order more food. Womppp.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

In addition to the great sushi, I have always enjoyed the clean & modern atmosphere. All the staff we've ever encountered here are always super friendly too.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Love the fried bananas!!!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Loved the food here, all of the sushi was delicious and we had to order extra ice cream because we were so pleased the first time around. This was my first time at Umi, but definitely won't be my last!

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2.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Lots of rice. Bland sushi

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Great food and great service.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2016

Small sushi restaurant in a strip mall. Very empty when we arrived at 7:30. Fish was not very fresh- mushy.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2016

Great tempura and rolls. The waitstaff is excellent. Very attentive and gracious. I definitely recommend. I will be returning.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2016

3rd time at Umi. For Japanese and Sushi in the area, Umi is the best option. It's modern, clean, food and service are good. Some of the prices are high especially for the area - beef teriyaki for some reason at $19 is quite high. Tell me it's grass-fed and pasture raised, then we're in business. Some of the boxes could probably be shared by 2 so those would be a good value, as are the soups. Sushi is decent though not the best and some of the rolls have just too many frills (the only lobster option is smothered by 3 types of fruit.)
Mochi ice cream had freezer burn. It is my firm belief that if you can't send your best out of the kitchen, you apologize and tell the customer that it's not available. Don't serve it!

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2015

This was my second time at Umi. We were there on a Saturday shortly after opening at 4:30. The service was unbelievably slow; there seemed to be 2 servers for about 6 tables by the time we left (2-3 at the time we arrived.) Both of our servers came by infrequently; I had to get up to seek them out on more than 1 occasion. Our experience was lengthened by at least 30 minutes due to this. Our entrees did not take long, but the dessert (ice cream and mochi ice cream) took over 10 minutes. Service was very nice and friendly; just extremely slow and infrequent. The food is good, though the prices are a little high for the area. We shared 1 roll, 5 entrees, and 1 dessert and somehow that came out to $145, almost 30 per person. Seems high for what we had.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

All of the above! Friendly staff, creative rolls, great ambiance!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2015

I went to Umi twice. The first time my friend suggested it to me, and we had rolls. The second time I brought a different friend with me and we had ramen noodles with pork belly, among other food. It was so amazing, it left me craving it for two days straight. I look forward to coming back tot Umi. It's one of those places you can confidently recommend to your friends.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2015

Delicious, beautifully plated food and very friendly wait staff. Easy to get a table, it was slow on Saturday night at 6:30, which made for a very pleasant dining experience. A bit pricey, is my only complaint.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2015

My girlfriend and I went here just for ramen. We got the warm moist towel treatment upon being seated and the waitress asked if we'd like anything to drink - we just had water. We ordered the tonkotsu ramen (2x) and an edamame appetizer. The app came quickly, and was as expected. The tonkotsu ramens came quickly after and were delicious. There were no mushrooms in this one, but it had bamboo and pickled ginger, which added a nice flavouring to the overall really good ramen. The noodles were a little more al dente than I like in ramen, but the portions were favourably sized and we were full. No dessert option - out goal was a good ramen soup and we had it. The place was a bit on the empty side, around 8:30pm on a Saturday night - but the interior is very nice, modern, and I would hope more people would go there because the service and location were great. They also have a front (shared) parking lot, which is great if you don't like paying the city for parking. I'd go again.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

Went there for sushi, but had other items on the menu as well. The Ramon was awesome and the appetizers were good as well.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2015

Delicious food and service. Sensible portion sizes. Innovative Japanese fusion style. Destination dining at its best, located in a strip mall.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2015

Very creative sushi rolls. Always very fresh and flavorful.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Try the Maine and Godzilla maki. The mango on the Maine is so on point.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Just found the sushi to be excellent- the service great and the place is quietly beautiful- plus I can walk to the resturant

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2014

The food was good, the service and atmosphere was good. Everything was good.
Not great but not negative in anyway. If you are in the neiborhood it's a good bet.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2014

They have good food selections and sushi is good not too fancy. Enjoyed having dinner there with friends and service is good too. They are very attentive.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2014

My God this place was great.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2014

The sushi is well prepared, the miso soup is flavorful, and the sauce that comes with the pork katsu is delicious. The servers were extremely pleasant.

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2014

Great ramen, really good sushi, reasonably priced and friendly service

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2014

From the location & out side i didnt expect much. Now I cant stop telling people about it. Great food awesome service 5 stars all the way...

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2014

It was pretty good food at this establishment. Food came out fast and hot. Food portions were of good and lots of variety on menu. Everyone in party was able to try many different things.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2014

Fresh, delicious sushi. Great, attentive service, and lovely decor in an unlikely location.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2014

A little overpriced for the cooked food and some sushi items. I won't go back just because I can get same or better food for cheaper. But if you are in the neighborhood and within walking distance go for it!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

This Asian restaurant located in the strip mall is very deceiving bye it's outside appearance. Inside the food is impeccable. Wonderful waitstaff great selection fresh sushi. Definitely will go back. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

I love Umi! The food is consistently good and the service is warm and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed with a modern coolness. The appetizers, sushi, and entrees are prepared tastefully and are generous portions. To make things even better, they have now added liquor to their menu. I highly recommend this little northwest side gem!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

The food and service was great but a little expensive. Bar only had sake and beer.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2014

Great food,friendly staff, would recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2014

It was refreshing to find a quiet, friendly, and reasonably priced sushi restaurant close to home. Our meal was fresh and the service was really good.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2014

Solid Japanese food with a nice ambiance despite the strip mall location. Would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2014

The sushi here is quite good, but I wish they were still BYOB. But, I'll still come here anyway.

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2.0Dined on January 3, 2014

definitely had better. the gyoza are gross... sushi is average at best, service.....um, yeah.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2013

...watch for the speed cameras on Irving Park between Western Ave. and California
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5.0Dined on October 19, 2013

I have eaten here on several occasions now, and I have to say that this is the best Japanese Restaurant I've eaten at in Chicago. The food is outstanding, especially the Teriyaki Chilean Sea Bass and any of the Makis (my favorite is the Rainbow). Behind the unassuming storefront near Irving Park and California lies a chic and modern, yet comfortable, space. Umi offers everything you would ever want in a great restaurant, including easy parking. It's also BYOB, so bring your favorite bottle of wine and have a fantastic and memorable experience at Umi!

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1.0Dined on October 8, 2013

I intended to take my my here for her birthday, Only to find out that they had been shut down by the city of chicago. Not sure why they were shut down or when they'll be back open, but i will definitely not be returning.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2013

I have been here many times, in fact I really enjoy this place, and clearly have enjoyed it time and time again. As usual the food and service was very good. I brought a co-worker for lunch to show off a new place for them to dine at. However, the restaurant felt as though I was sitting in a sauna ... not good when you're thinking sushi. I swear it was cooler outside, in the middle of July on a 90+ degree day, than it was inside. I'm hopeful that they have since fixed the situation so I can go back and enjoy a comfortable meal soon!

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