Umi Sake House

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Umi Sake House is a unique Japanese cuisine restaurant in the Belltown area of Seattle featuring the highest quality seafood available in the Northwest, a large izakaya-style tapas menu, and boasting a sake list of over 60 imported Japanese bottles. The interior is multi-faceted, with a black slate tiled traditional dining room, a gorgeous 14 person capacity wooden sushi bar, a semi private "tatami" room which holds 12 people, a larger 25 person private dining room, an enclosed "back patio" casual dining room complete with tropical garden, a black concrete liquor bar with custom sake cocktails and fusion traditional cocktails, and a "front porch" casual dining area with a daily extended happy hour from 4-8pm. The variety of atmospheres allows for a different experience with every visit, and the vastness and quality of the menu does the same. For the budding sake enthusiast or the seasoned veteran, the sake menu at Umi is bottle for bottle the best found anywhere outside of Japan!
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Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came mostly for the Lobster soup and tempura but it was unavailable:(.
Everything else we ordered was wonderful

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite sushi spot in Seattle! A must whenever we visit.

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s
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food - wonderful selection - nice area under the skyight

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DS
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service!

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JH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Sushi was delicious. Service outstanding. Vegan options soo good.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great, server was very knowledgeable and able to make really nice recommendations on sake flights and sushi. Lower rating stems from very poor interaction with hostess team. We were treated rudely at the hostess booth, enough to possibly discourage my party from returning. It really just soured the restaurant experience.

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S
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Met a friend at Umi for dinner and some sake. Had a 6:45pm reservation on a Tuesday.
Very busy (and I don't think it had anything to do with the fact that it was National Sushi Day as I think Umi is generally busy) and VERY loud.
However, the food was good (expensive though) and we were able to have good conversation.
I'd recommend Umi for the size of the menu (many options for rolls) and the location. Lots of other great sushi restaurants to choose from that I'd recommend before Umi.

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DG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

One of the best Happy Hours in Belltown by far. Typically 45 mins to an hour is plenty of time to order 1 or 2 courses and have a couple cocktails. This time around they seemed pretty understaffed for the rush. Our server ran her tail off trying to stay afloat, but at one point she had 8 or 9 tables going. Our order was a little messed up, but she was apologetic and comped one of the incorrect items which was sweet. Food is always awesome, but it took a half hour to get drinks and 45 minutes to get food, so happy hour was done before we could order another round of everything. Won't prevent us from going back, but we'll probably get there earlier next time so we don't run out of time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to spend a birthday dinner :)

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ST
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing that’s why I keep coming back, best sushi spot around

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Overpriced, loud, harried staff and inconsistent quality across dishes left us feeling that we had just eaten at the after party in a college area restaurant.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always the girls’ night choice. The sushi is outstanding and the service is excellent and fast. It is super loud, just know that going in.

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Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Very loud amd server was not good at all. Table amd chairs were dirty. Food is very good.

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d
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Awesome food, as usual. The main dining area is quite loud, as always.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Umi is my favorite sushi restaurant. They have very unique rolls and flavor combinations that are truly awesome and the visual presentation is outstanding. Do yourself a favor and try a Lychee Saki-tini, you'll see why.

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JK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Love UMI sake house! prices are decent, atmosphere is bustling... but we ordered spicy tuna roll and the tuna was the mushiest, grossest tuna I’ve ever had🤢

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VK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food served by a very polite & helpful server. We loved it.

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AJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The sushi was good but i just left feeling “meh” about the whole experience. Waiter was fine. Food was fine. Drinks were fine. Nothing was exceptional.

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite sushi spot - has been for many years, thank you for continuing to impress!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and over all ambiance was great. We ordered a couple of apps and rolls to share. The soft shell crab, black cod and tofu were good, but the rolls were all pretty disappointing. The rolls were cut super thin, about 1/3 of an inch thick and every slice would immediately fall apart when you picked it up. There was also weird an abundance of sauces or something they used to drench each roll. So the rolls were are swimming in a pool of liquid, with a mixture of soupy liquid and rice— similar to a porridge.

If I were to comeback again I would give the rolls a wide berth and stick to nigiri and other apps.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fav sushi place!

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DE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great but hard to hear over the crowd

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here late after the baseball game. The sushi was super fresh and the service was very good. The place was busy and had a great reverse happy hour menu for late night. Ended up feeling like I stumbled into a heck of a deal. I would highly recommend to hungry late night fans.

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HC
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Maybe my standard is too high, nothing really wrong with the experience. The service was great, and ambiance is excellent for date and friends. However, I had issue with their food. Overall, everything seem to be too oily and over cocked. The sashimi is okay for regular standard. In their price point, I was expecting more refine dinning experience.

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and happy hour specials are great. Definitely coming back.

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RG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very positive experience.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and sake were amazing. Service was great and loved all of her recommendations. Other reviews are spot on — it is loud and energetic but location and taste can’t be beat.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was great. Food prepared promptly. Nice ambiance. A little bit loud and the seating was slightly cramped but well worth it overall.

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HB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

we went here because of the sake- but the 3 different kinds of sake we tried were all very poor quality compared to the stuff we are used to in Japan. Service was terribly slow- we had to chase down a waiter to order drinks to accompany our food, which wasn't special either. Won't be back.

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TD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great happy hour food. Was sat promptly for the time of our reservation and server was friendly and tentative. One of our favorite spots to go.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

It took a while for food to come out or get the check but it was an amazing experience

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BL
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very loud for a Tuesday night. The sushi rolls are huge, be prepared to come hungry (or share)!

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

However this was my 1st bad experience and been here many times. The food took longer than normal to come out. When wanting to place another order as asked by waitress he rushed me to order. Each time I selected an item he said "thank you" and started walking off. I politely said I'm not done with my order. He did the same thing two more times. Not good service and I think I'm going to wait a while before returning. This was disappointing for this has never been my experience here.

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DR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our twins’ birthday ... came from East Coast and had an amazing experience! Food was wonderful, great options and creative combinations! Was able to reserve the tatami room that made it so special!

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EW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service! They have a fantastic happy hour too!

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IW
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, but not stellar. Quite loud and not a very cozy atmosphere. Definitely a good restaurant but we had higher expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Umi Sake House! The service was awesome, they made a mistake with one of the entrees and promptly took it off the bill without my asking. So many vegetarian sushi options and all the rolls were delicious. Definitely will go back if I’m ever back in Seattle again!

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Second time going here and the food is still as amazing as the first time. The waiting staff is brilliant and very attentive. The hostess was the only downfall. We had a reservation at 6pm but we arrived about 15 minutes early. We gave our name and asked if we could possibly be sat earlier than 6pm and the hostess said no but she would put down in the book that we were already here so when our reservation did come around we could be sat immediately. She advised we could sit at the cocktail bar and she would come get us when our table was ready. So we sat at the cocktail bar and watched as other parties were sat (even ones that were at the cocktail bar waiting like we were), 6pm came and went. Finally, close to 6:30pm I went back to the hostess and asked how long it would be for our table and she didn’t even recall who I was or that I had a reservation. After providing my information all over again, she said we could be sat right now if we wanted. The rest of the evening was fantastic. Great atmosphere, great servers, water glasses were always full.

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AB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Have been to Umi many time before particularly for their regular Happy Hour....great value, and lots of excellent Japanese food choices. Quality is very good and price very reasonable. Only issues are the noise level is much too high and the venue is dated - but food, service and values excellent.

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RS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, crazy loud.
Service was terrific, and everything we ate was delicious. We just couldn’t carry on a conversation without shouting and straining to hear.

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